Moving Tips

The Ultimate Guide To Packing Before Your Big Move

Packing before your big move can be stressful and chaotic, but with the right preparation, it doesn’t have to be.

For a seamless transition into your new space, packing smart is key. Today, we’re sharing our best tips and tricks to help you survive your move.

Gather Moving Supplies

There’s nothing worse than running out of moving supplies in the middle of packing. To combat this, start gathering supplies several weeks ahead of time. Here are a few items you shouldn’t forget:

  • Packing tape
  • Cardboard boxes in various sizes
  • Scissors or a box cutter
  • Padding materials for fragile items (bubble wrap, old towels, newspaper, etc.)
  • Markers, labels, or stickers for labeling boxes
  • Furniture pads or moving blankets
  • Dollies
  • Plastic wrap

You might be able to find free boxes from your local liquor store, cardboard recycling bins, or neighborhood social media groups.

Take Photos of Your Old Home

Photos of your old home can help you replicate your previous arrangements when you start unpacking. You can take pictures of decorations, cabinet organization, photograph placement, bookshelves, and more to help make your transition easier.

Declutter and Purge

Moving is an excellent opportunity to evaluate the things you own and ask yourself if you still need them. You don’t want to start off on the wrong foot by cluttering up your new place, so be sure to purge unwanted items instead of letting them tag along. You can sell or donate these belongings to those in need. The Spruce offers a comprehensive list of donation resources for everything in your home so nothing has to go to waste.

Develop a Detailed Labeling System

Taking a moment to label your moving boxes will save you stress and valuable time in the long run. There are a variety of methods to choose from, so pick whichever system works best for you! Here are a few tips:

  • Color-code your boxes by room by using different colors of packing tape, sticker labels, or markers
  • Use large label stickers to identify each box’s destination
  • Number the boxes so that you know how many are supposed to end up in each room
  • Label all sides of your boxes
  • Be sure to clearly mark any fragile items

Start with the Least-Used Rooms First

As you begin packing before your big move, it’s most efficient to start in the spaces that you use the least. You don’t want to put away items that you use every single day until right before the move. Instead, pack any non-essential items first and work room-by-room as you go.

Save the Bedroom and Bathroom for Last

The bedroom and bathroom usually contain the items that you utilize each day. To save yourself the headache of looking through stacks of boxes for your toothbrush, save these rooms for last. We recommend packing an overnight bag with a day’s worth of clothes, toiletries, and medications for easy access.

Choose Best of the West Movers for a Stress-Free Move

When packing before your big move, hire Best of the West Movers for the finest moving and packing experience possible. Our moving experts can do anything from helping you pack to hauling all of your belongings to your new home. We offer labor-only moves, full-service moving, and even long-distance moves. Plus, we do it all at a price you’ll love.

We serve cities in Davis and Salt Lake County, Utah, including Layton, Bountiful, Kaysville, South Jordan, Murray, Sandy, and more! Contact us to get a free estimate today!