How to Move When You’re in a Rush

The Moving Kit
Aug 12 · 7 min read

When you are in a rush and trying to figure out how to pack boxes for a pending move, it is worthwhile to take a breath and create a strategy.

The moving process creates a tremendous amount of pressure since there is a lot to do is a small amount of time. It is important to remain coordinated and manage your time practically. It doesn’t matter if you are moving a week or a month from now — simply stick to these tips when packing boxes, and you will efficiently accomplish everything you need for your move!

Create a moving to-do list

Before you do anything, create a moving to-do list. When you’re packing boxes, you should have a list of tasks to follow. That way, you will be mindful of what you have completed and what still needs to be done. Here are some examples of things to prepare for when packing boxes, particularly when you’re in a rush:

  • Have something to eat at home — Purge your pantry and fridge by eating at home several weeks before you move out of it.
  • Assemble your legal and financial documents — Keep folders of all essential paperwork and store them in a labeled box.
  • Get rid of chemicals you use for housecleaning — Cleaning products, including the ones you use in your garden and your household, are not allowed on most mover’s trucks. You can find out how to property discard toxic chemicals here.
  • Take some money out of the bank before moving day to give your movers a tip — Ensure you have some money on you on the day you move to pay the people helping you.
  • Keep some clothes out of boxes — When packing boxes, take out any clothing that you will need to wear for the last several days before you move, as well as for the first few days of living in your new place.
  • Walk through the residence one last time — Conduct a final inspection of the whole house before you leave it for the last time.

You can find additional moving suggestions here, where you can figure out how many boxes you’ll need, and locate cheap moving boxes near you.

Set up an appointment with a moving company

Once your moving day is established and before you begin packing boxes, look for a moving company with good customer feedback. When you are preparing to pack boxes within a small window of time, you might not be able to scout for quotes from a bunch of moving companies. Rather than stressing yourself out, make use of The Moving Kit’s highest-value moving company list to begin, which will take a lot of pressure off of you before and during moving day.

Keep the following in mind with regards to selecting a moving company:

  • Reviews and complaints about the moving company, as well as their safety rating.
  • Extra moving services you require to based on what is on your to-do list (for example, packing services).
  • The rate quoted by the moving company.
  • Availability on the day you plan on moving.

For more things to keep in mind, have a look at our guide on selecting a moving company. After you have chosen a reputable company, you can coordinate the remainder of your move.

Schedule a cable technician and transfer utilities as soon as you can

Get in touch with utility companies, as well as internet and cable providers, several weeks ahead of your moving day. Once you start the transfer process, check in these providers on the week of your move to ensure that the new hook-ups are on schedule.

To bypass coming to your new home without any of your expected services switched on, book an appointment with these providers immediately. Give yourself a window of time if you intend to get quotes from other providers, if necessary.

Assemble moving supplies

Start assembling or storing some moving supplies early so you can pack at your own pace. Getting some cardboard boxes is the ideal place to start. If you are in a rush to pack, you can buy some moving boxes at hardware stores or online.

You can often pick up some for free at supermarkets, office supply outlets, liquor stores, and restaurants, among other places. Whether you are buying moving boxes or taking some free ones home, find ones of various sizes. For heavier items, plastic moving bins are a smart option.

Label your boxes

After you have acquired some moving boxes, ensure you also have tape and markers to label them accordingly. By picking up your moving supplies ahead of time, you can bypass hours of trying to find things during the unpacking process. Ensure boxes containing delicate items are marked as “fragile.”

Use household items for moving supplies

Rather than spending more money on moving supplies (such as furniture stretch wrap, moving blankets, and bubble wrap), use items around the home to offer protection and padding. This keeps delicate goods in once piece. Make the best of household items with these examples:

  • Linens and towels — Utilize linens and towels to wrap frames, mirrors, platters, vases, and other fragile items. Consider placing a cushion at the bottom of the boxes they go in.
  • Socks — Use clean socks to encase your stemware and glasses.
  • Suitcases — Pack footwear, books, electronics, and clothing in suitcases safely.
  • An assortment of bags — Sandwich bags, tote bags, and plastic bags are all useful on the day you move. They can be used to protect remote controls, pieces of furniture, bathroom items, and wires.
  • Garbage bags — Protect your clothing and save some time by keeping them on hangers and inserting them into a garbage bag. This simplifies an aspect of the unpacking process.

Organize, pack, empty, repeat

Packing in a rush entails more than tossing your stuff in a box. When things are sorted properly, packing can minimize your moving budget while emptying rooms in the process. You can organize the process of packing as follows:

Pack one room at a time

Create a plan and take on every room in your home one by one. After one room has been emptied, you can start sanitizing it so it’s prepped on the day of your move. This will outline what rooms have been organized and preserve some time as a result, which is helpful if your schedule is tight.

Create a few packing categories

Designate three categories for packing things: things to discard, donate, and hold on to. When beginning, pack whatever you plan on keeping firmly and set them aside. Afterward, you can start bagging things and dealing with items in the discard pile.

The donation pile should be handled last in the event you have a change of heart about anything you are packing. When this box is full, deliver it to Goodwill, a thrift shop, or a church. If time is on your side, you can host a yard sale to generate a few bucks for moving expenses. The less you put on the moving truck, the more you will end up saving.

Contact USPS to change your address

Based on the amount of time you have before the day you move, you are encouraged to contact the post office to have your address changed. When timed right, your mail will start coming to your new residence on the day you move in. Create a window of 10 to 12 days between when you change your address and the day you expect to move into your new place. If your move is immediate, contact the post office about the address change as soon as you know the day of your move.

Although a change of address application is ideal for transferring your regular mail to your new residence, it doesn’t inform companies who might send you offers or bills. Don’t forget to update your address with everyone you conduct business with, including online stores you shop from, credit card issuers, banks, magazine subscription services, newspapers, loyalty programs, alumni groups, etc.

You can also forward your mail and change your billing address for your subscriptions through our website, absolutely free.

Fill up a bag of essentials

For the sake of making your final night in one home and your first night in another as comfortable as possible, fill up a bag of things you use regularly. This will stop you from opening one box after another to find something. This list of essential things to pack is a good example:

  • Towels
  • Shampoo, conditioner, and soap
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste and a toothbrush
  • Pillows, blankets, and bed sheets
  • Several days’ worth of clean clothes
  • Bottled water
  • Tablet, laptop, and phone chargers
  • Shoes

Coordinating a move when you are in a rush is not a simple task. We suggest beginning with logistic aspects before handling your moving duties. After you put together a moving plan, you will be able to see what your priorities are and take them on first. With a rough idea of what to do, an execution plan, some moving supplies, and a proper attitude, you will have no problem packing boxes for your move no matter how much (or little) time you have.

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