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The 7-Step Plan That Gets You from One Home to the Next, Frenzy-Free!

Packing up boxes and lugging them from one home to the next is the absolute worst part of moving. Your friends and family probably don’t want to chip in either, especially the kids. They’ll dread the frustration of having to track you down over and over to ask which room to set each box in. Well, it doesn’t have to be that way!

Use The Correct Boxes

Even if you are on a budget, make sure to purchase specialty boxes. Just one wardrobe box per bedroom will help tremendously. Your clothes will not arrive at your new home wrinkled and you won’t have to worry about packing your hangers.

TV and art boxes are also worth the cost. Don’t chance your expensive art or electronics getting damaged.

Other boxes can be found at your local grocery store. We recommend the produce boxes. You can also find deals on Craigslist and Freecycle.

Make Sure to Allow Enough Time

As a rule, allocate one day of packing per room. Double that if you have a lot of belongings or unusual sized things to pack.

Budget 3-5 full days to pack a three-bedroom home. A studio should take 1-2 days. A one-bedroom should take 2-3 days and plan on 5-8 days for a five-bedroom. Of course, it will take less time if you have help!

Color Code The Boxes

Instead of writing room names on your boxes, color code them! This will keep you from having to direct your helpers all day long, freeing you up to do other things.

Our Moving Game Plans moving kit offers a unique visual system that organizes and simplifies the packing, unloading, and unpacking process, saving you and your move team hours (if not days) of precious time.

Pack One Room at a Time

Begin with the least used room and complete it before moving to the next. This will help you stay organized and focused AND you will feel a great sense of accomplishment when it is done! Wandering from one room to another will waste your precious time.

Your least used room could be your guest bedroom, the attic, garage, or storage closets. Make sure to put the heavier items on the bottom and don't leave any extra space in the boxes.

Make sure to put the heavier items on the bottom and don't leave any extra space in the boxes.

Room by Room Tips

For detailed recommendations, visit our BLOG for these nifty packing tips: 1.Kitchen

2.Dining Room


4.Garage & Outdoor Furniture


6.Living Room & Office

Things to Set Aside

Create an Essentials Box. This is the first box you will open, and it should have what you need for your first night and morning in your new home. It should have medications, snacks, toilet paper, paper towels, phone chargers, coffee, and a set of clothes. Make sure to include a first aid kit too!

If you have small children and pets, consider packing their own essentials bag.

Develop a Moving Timeline

Having a calendar is very helpful. It will help reduce your stress and keep you motivated. You’ll feel less rushed knowing that you are on task.

Break big rooms and projects into small, easy to accomplish tasks. It will keep your spirits up knowing you are accomplishing things!

Stick to the schedule and you'll have everything ready when the moving truck arrives!

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Content by Suzie Lang and Krista Alexander Danville Realtors

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