What Should You Move First When Moving?

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No one enjoys packing and moving to a new place because it is an emotional and physically draining process. The problem is, if you do not pack your own belongings when moving, there is a likelihood that things can get lost. But for most people thinking of the prospect of moving leads to procrastination and the recurring thought of “Where do I start?”.

In this article, we answer the question on everybody’s mind before moving to a new place; What do you pack first? Before we discuss exactly which rooms you should pack first, we want to share two basic guidelines that professional movers recommend.

First Basic Guideline:

You want to make sure you stay organized throughout the entire process without creating a disorganized mess. Keep in mind that you might have valuable possessions and fragile belongings that you want to make sure remain safe throughout the moving process. One way to remain organized as you pack your belongings is to create an inventory as you go along.

The inventory will come in handy to make sure you brought along everything you need when you reach the new location. 

Second Basic Guideline:

Do you want to wake up exhausted in the morning and start packing? Pack your bedroom last so you can get a good night’s sleep every night. Always start packing from the rooms that you use the least. This is because you will have the most composure and energy at the beginning of the moving process. As the packing progresses over the coming days you will get more and more exhausted, and you may not have the strength to manage packing a room with a lot of items right at the very end.

Hence, save the easiest rooms for last. This way you can easily manage packing it all up without exerting too much energy. The washrooms fit this description perfectly. 

The Order Of The Packing & Moving Process

Now, let’s look at the order in which you should start the packing process.

  1. Garage

It’s time to roll up your sleeves and start packing the rooms with the most contents first. Your main motive should be to sort, pack, and inventory only the belongings you need in the new location. A garage contains a variety of unique items from tools, spare parts, and supplies that you rarely use.

Remember that movers will not transport hazardous items like paint, thinner, and toxic materials. Try to sell these items online if you have the time. Dispose of things you no longer need in your new house and only pack valuable items.

  1. The Basement & Attic

The contents of the basement and attic contain strictly storage items. You can expect to encounter things that are not in the best condition. Some things might not even work properly anymore.

Do you have the time to check if all these things actually work before disposing of them? Consider getting rid of stuff you no longer need because it will cost you more to transport these items. Do you think you can put a bit of extra money aside and buy brand new things instead? If so sell what you can and dispose of the rest.

  1. Cupboards & Closets

Begin packing all the stuff inside your house from the closets and cupboards. Some homes have many built-in closets and cupboards. You can find out of season clothes, shoes, sports gear, bedsheets, and the odd, misplaced item in the cupboard.

The entire packing process will be systematic if you sort and pack your closets and cupboards properly. You will feel a huge load off your shoulders has been removed once you finish sorting and packing all the stuff in the closets.

  1. Guest Room Or Spare Room

You can now take a breather. Packing the items in the guest room or spare rooms should be easier. In most cases, these rooms do not have a lot of stuff. Make sure you check every nook and cranny though as you never know what you may have left there.

  1. Kitchen

Most people underestimate the time it takes to pack a kitchen because they forget about all the appliances, utensils, and cutlery. You need to carefully pack all these items, making sure that you break nothing. Also, did you remember to defrost your fridge or freezer on time? If not make sure you do that first before moving your fridge.

Keep only the dishes you will use in the next few days and carefully pack everything else. You do not want to leave packing the kitchen for the end because it can get hectic.

  1. Living Room

It is understandable if you want to leave packing the living room for the end. After all, you spend most of your time there. But this is not such a good idea, because the living room contains some of the heaviest items and the most valuable appliances.

You might damage the electronic appliances if you rush through the packing process. Consider getting the help of an electrician to help you disconnect and pack all the electronic appliances in the living room. Make sure you properly pack and secure all the heavy objects, like sofas, cabinets, tables, chairs, and coffee tables.

  1. Children’s Room

Packing the children’s room will take time because it contains a wide collection of items. You can ask your children to help pack if they are old enough. It will also give you a better idea of what things are especially important to them. Avoid packing clothes that no longer fit.

  1. Bedroom

The bedroom should be the last room on your list because you will need your sweet rest during the entire packing process. You want to wake up refreshed every morning so you can continue packing. 

But how will your current bedroom fit into the new location? Do not make the mistake of trying to answer this question and just pack everything you want to keep. Keep all the bed sheets that match the size of your bed mattresses. You can organize these things in the new location once you have everything you need.

  1. Bathroom

All the stuff in the bathroom will always be there during the entire packing process because you need to maintain your hygiene. Start packing from the medicine cabinet and work your way into all the other cabinets in the bathroom. You can economically replace some toiletries in the new location. Don’t forget to carefully pack your hairdryer, hair straightener, electric razor, or electric toothbrush.

Using The Right Packaging & Moving Material

Your inventory list helps make sure you bring along everything you pack into your new home. Try to use plastic boxes, like the ones from Bin It, to store and move your belongings. Unlike cardboard boxes, plastic boxes are much easier to carry and will keep your belongings safe and secure. 

When moving always make sure to move the heaviest and biggest items first such as the furniture, appliances, and cookware. If you are moving to New York and are seeking professional help consult with one of the experts at Bin It. They offer complete moving solutions for all your moving needs.