METCALF MOVING BLOG

August 14, 2020

5 Ways to Declutter and Pack for Moving Day (Fast!)

If you take the time to declutter your home and embrace some minimalist tendencies, you’ll make your moving process much more straightforward.

 Ready to try it? If so, keep reading for five of the best ways to declutter and pack for a move.

1. Pack for Moving Day One Room at a Time

If you’re wondering how to pack for moving, start with one room at a time. By breaking the project into smaller sections, it becomes less daunting and easier to achieve.

Even apartment moves can quickly become more significant than you realize, so focus on one area as you go. 

2. Sort Items into Piles

All of us accumulate more than we need, so when it comes time to move, don’t just pop everything in a moving box.

Instead, sort things into three piles or boxes: one for things to throw away or recycle, one for items to donate to charity, and the last for items you want to keep.

When figuring out how to pack clothes for moving, for example, first get rid of items you never wear anymore. Then, start packing boxes and clearly label if they’re sweaters, coats, shoes, etc.

Clothes can be quite heavy, so don’t use boxes that are too large.

3. Donate and Give Away

Unwanted gifts, old sporting equipment, and clothes that are no longer needed are great items to give away to charity.

Instead of throwing them out, they can have a second life and help others if you drop them off somewhere like Goodwill or the Salvation Army.

Donating unwanted items will simplify not only your move but also your life. Removing clutter from your home reduces anxiety, can increase your confidence and can be energizing.

4. If It’s Dusty, Let It Go

It is a good test for whether you should keep an item or not if it’s covered in dust. If it’s dusty and forgotten about on the back of a shelf, it’s probably something you never use.

Items that are never used, buried in a closet, or haven’t been touched in years probably don’t need to move with you.

Consider selling old items, giving away, or seeing if friends can take them. Or, for the items that you want to keep but don’t need in the home, a temporary storage unit is a good option. 

This way, you’ll be streamlined and ready when your moving company arrives.

5. Start Ahead of Time

Never underestimate how long it takes to get ready for a move! It can take a long time to sort through your clutter and pack, so give yourself plenty of time.

Kitchen packing can be especially slow. How to pack dishes for moving? With fragile items like plates, you’ll need to wrap each item individually in bubble wrap or packing paper, carefully stacking on their sides in the box.

Any areas of your home with lots of fragile items will take longer to pack.

Contact Us for Your Moving Needs

Decluttering to pack for moving day is a big task. However, use the tips above to make sure your packing goes as smoothly as possible.

Once you’re ready to book your move, contact us. Metcalf Moving has been helping families and businesses move since 1919, across Minnesota and beyond.

Our friendly, caring team will make sure your precious belongings are moved safely. Let us take the stress out of your next move.

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