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The Ultimate Packing Timeline For Moving

Moving can be an exciting adventure, but the process of packing and getting everything in order can be overwhelming. A well-planned packing schedule can make all the difference in reducing stress and keeping everything organized.

In this article, we will provide a step-by-step guide on how to create a packing schedule for moving, including a moving calendar that outlines what tasks to complete each week, how to pack your belongings, and even how to arrange your boxes in the moving truck.

Packing timeline for Moving - Estrada Pro Moving
Week 4: Before the move

Four weeks before your moving day is the perfect time to start your packing schedule. Start by packing items you rarely use, such as seasonal clothing, books, and decorations. Don’t just place items in random boxes, instead, develop an organization system that makes unpacking into your new home easier.

Label each box clearly, not only with the contents inside, but also with its intended location in your new home. This strategy will save you time and frustration when it comes time to unpack and organize your belongings.

Additionally, create an inventory list to keep track of your goods throughout the moving process. This document will be invaluable if something is lost or damaged, plus it will give you a sense of control over the chaos that moving can sometimes entail. Also consider taking photos of your most valuable items before packing them, as an added security measure.

Moving Inventory List Example

Kitchen

  • Box 1: Cookware (3 frying pans, 1 large pot, 1 kettle)
  • Box 2: Tableware (8 plates, 8 glasses, cutlery)
  • Box 3: Small appliances (toaster, mixer)

Living room

  • Box 4: Decorative items (2 vases, 6 paintings)
  • Box 5: Books (15 hardcover books, 30 paperbacks)
  • Box 6: Electronics (television, DVD player, video game console)

Main bedroom

  • Box 7: Seasonal clothing (10 winter sweaters, 5 coats)
  • Box 8: Shoes (6 pairs of shoes, 3 pairs of boots)
  • Box 9: Bedding (2 sets of sheets, 4 pillows)

Children’s bedroom

  • Box 10: Toys (dolls, cars, board games)
  • Box 11: Clothes and shoes (clothes of the week, 4 pairs of shoes)
  • Box 12: School supplies (books, school supplies)

Garage

  • Box 13: Tools (hammer, screwdrivers, drill)
  • Box 14: Garden items (hose, garden gloves)

Week 3: Before the move

Three weeks before your moving day, it’s time to step up your packing efforts. You should continue packing non-essential items. This includes extra bedding and kitchen appliances you rarely use, like the bread maker or deep fryer. You can also start packing dishes that are not used daily.

In addition, it is the right time to start dismantling the decoration on the walls. Pictures, mirrors and works of art should be packed carefully to avoid damage during the move. Remember to use enough packaging material, such as bubble wrap or newspapers, to protect these fragile items.

If you are hiring a moving company, this is the week you should make sure they have all the necessary information about your move:

  1. Provide accurate details about both locations (current and new), including complete addresses, parking restrictions, the presence of stairs or elevators, and any other details that may affect the loading and unloading of your belongings.
  2. Additionally, provide a detailed inventory of the items to be moved, especially if you have items of high value or that require special handling, such as antique furniture, musical instruments, or delicate electronic equipment.
  3. Finally, confirm the date and time of the move and verify that the company has your correct contact in case they need to contact you on moving day.

Week 2: Before the move

As you get closer to your moving date, two weeks before the big day, it’s time to pack up most of your belongings. Start with all non-essential items that you won’t use before the move, such as clothing you’re not currently wearing, sports equipment, and furniture that isn’t used daily.

Make sure all valuables, such as jewelry, and important documents are secure. Consider storing these items in a safe deposit box or other secure location until you are settled in your new home.

In addition to packing tasks, this is the crucial time to arrange to turn off utilities in your current home. This includes services such as electricity, water, gas, internet and cable television. Contact each service provider to inform them about your move.

Each company will likely have its own process for deactivation, so it is important that you do this well in advance. Some companies may require a technician to come to your home to perform the disconnection, while others may allow you to do it yourself on moving day.

Be sure to request any deposit refunds you may have with these companies and confirm cut-off dates to ensure you are not billed after your move. This is also the time to provide a forwarding address for any final invoices or correspondence.

Week 1: Before the move

A week before your move, the goal should be to finish packing the rest of your belongings. Pack essential items like toiletries, cleaning supplies, and bedding last, as these are the items you’ll likely need until the last minute.

Additionally, it is time to dismantle any large items such as beds, desks and tables. If you have furniture that requires specialized disassembly, consider hiring professionals or searching for online guides to do it correctly and avoid damage.

As for the logistics of the move, confirm the schedule with your moving company. Make sure they have all the necessary instructions and the correct address of your new home.

This is also the crucial time to make the necessary arrangements to enable utilities in your new home. This includes electricity, water, gas, internet and cable service.

Contact each service provider with your move date to schedule connections. Some services may require a technician to be present for installation, so arrange an appointment that fits your schedule.

Remember that some services, such as internet or cable TV, may require additional time to install, so it is recommended that you get ahead of this to avoid periods without service once you move.

Moving Day:

On moving day, everything should be prepared and ready to go. Do a final check to make sure all items are packed, labeled, and organized correctly. Take a final inventory and do a final check on your old home to ensure you don’t leave anything behind.

When it comes to loading the moving truck, it is essential to do so strategically. First, place the heaviest and largest items on the base. This includes furniture such as sofas, appliances, and boxes with books or tools. These objects will serve as a solid base and prevent lighter items from being crushed.

Next, place the medium-weight items on top of the heavier ones. This could include boxes of clothes, kitchen utensils, or toys. Leave the lightest, most fragile items for last. These should go on top to minimize the chance of damage.

Use straps or bungee cords to secure items and prevent them from shifting during transport. Also remember to fill empty spaces with filler material, such as blankets or bedding, to prevent the boxes from moving.

It’s also helpful to keep in mind the order in which you’ll need your things in your new home. Try to load items you’ll use right away, like kitchen utensils and bedding, last, so they’re easily accessible when you arrive at your new home.

Finally, remember that safety is paramount. Never overload the truck and always make sure the driver’s visibility is not obstructed. With careful planning and organization, you can ensure that your belongings arrive safely at your new home.

At Estrada Pro Moving we have different types of packing services available if you need professional help. Feel free to contact us to discuss packing options for your next move.