In an ideal world, you would decide that you need or want to move, choose a new house, and pack up your things over the course of a few months. However, the world is rarely that ideal – and sometimes, the news that you're moving and the actual moving-in happen within a very short amount of time of each other. But how can you pack up your entire house in just a few days without either getting too frustrated and overwhelmed to do it or without making a complete mess of (and potentially ruining) your belongings? If you're looking for tips and tricks for moving house in a hurry, then here's what you need to know.
Follow the Rule of Three
When you enter a room, you may see everything in there and get discouraged at all the work you have to do – but don't start just throwing everything into boxes just yet. Instead, set up three piles within the room – one for things you'll keep, one for things you'll donate, and one for things you're going to throw away. Chances are good you've accumulated a lot of possessions you don't want or don't need, and spending time packing those is a total waste, especially since you'd just end up trashing or donating them once you got to your new place anyway. You'll not only help someone in need, but you'll also cut down on the amount of things that you need to pack.
You may be tempted to run into your bedroom, empty out your dresser drawers, and start shoving shirts, pants, and underwear into boxes as fast as possible, but slow down before you make a huge mess – because you'll need to move that dresser, too, so why unpack it?
A good helping of plastic wrap – professional grade, if at all possible, as it's much stronger than the kitchen stuff – wrapped several times around the entirety of any cabinet, dresser, or other container will keep it closed during the move but save you valuable time unpacking and repacking its contents. Ensure nothing in there is too valuable or breakable, then start wrapping. If you're concerned about the container itself getting damaged, follow up the plastic wrap with a layer or two of bubble wrap.
Go Room By Room
Packing will go a lot more slowly if you spend all your time trying to track down all the cords or electronics in your house to pack in one box – and time's a luxury you don't have. Instead, pack things room by room; not only will this save you time running all over, but it will also allow you to know exactly which boxes' items go together, allowing for you to save time on deciding where each box should be as well.
For additional help with your move, contact a long distance moving company like Men On The Move.