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How to Move at the Last Minute

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Sometimes the decision of a big move might happen overnight, and maybe you’re moving within a week or less of making that decision. That doesn’t give you much time to get everything in order, pack, and tell friends and family the news. It can be an extremely stressful time, especially if you’re worrying about where to start with such little time to prepare. But it can get done, especially if you work quickly, efficiently, and only focus on the necessities. If you’re moving in a hurry, try following these tips to take some of the stress out of your move and speed things along.

Use Social Media to Let People Know

When you decide to move last-minute, there are going to be many people you want to tell. One way to easily reach them all at once is by posting on social media about your move. This not only lets all your friends and family know that you’re moving, but you can ask for help with packing at the same time. You’re likely to receive lots of offers of help, which can really speed up your packing and moving time.

Get Rid of as Many Things as You Don’t Need

While there are many ways to pack and move in a hurry, things will always go by much faster when you have less to pack. With that being said, get rid of anything you don’t need or anything that can be easily replaced. You can throw away these items or donate them if you have the time before your move.

Sometimes people aren’t sure if they need an item simply because they’ve had it forever. But when you’re going through your home getting rid of anything you don’t need, ask yourself these questions to determine if you can get rid of the item:

  • ● Does the item have a real purpose?
  • ● Does the item bring long-term joy to you and your family?
  • ● Do you actually use the item?
  • ● Is the item a priority for your new home?
  • ● If this item were in storage for a year, would you miss it?

These questions will help you find which of your items have a purpose and which do not. Whatever items you decide to get rid of, place them in a separate pile for you to later throw away, donate, or even sell on Craigslist. If you do decide to sell your items, be sure to post the date at which you need them to be gone as well.

Put Together a Bag of Necessities

Before you start your packing, have you and all your family members go through and pack a bag of necessities. This bag should be filled with anything you will need during the actual move. Things that should be put in this bag are:

  • ● Spare outfits
  • ● Phone chargers
  • ● Important papers, financial items, or documents
  • ● Medications
  • ● Toothpaste, toothbrush, and any other daily routine toiletries

Pack Quickly (without Sorting or Labeling)

If you’ve decided to pack your home on your own with the help of friends and family, you may be tempted to be organized with your packing. While it’s great to label boxes and sort items by room, this can be extremely time-consuming, especially when you are very limited on time. Right now, the most important thing is that you get your home packed as quickly as possible. Don’t worry about staying organized—what’s important is that all your items are packed, taped up in boxes, and ready to go come moving day. If you really want to hurry things along, you could also consider hiring a professional packing company as well.

Look for Cheap, Last-Minute Movers

Unless you want to pack your boxes in the moving truck yourself, which can save you money but not time, consider hiring professional movers to pack all your boxes into your moving truck. While you’d only be hiring them by the hour, you’d be extremely surprised by how quickly professional movers can pack and unpack a truck.

When you’re in a hurry to move, be sure to stick to these tips to help you get things done as quickly as possible. It can be an extremely stressful time, but knowing what you need to do and getting it done quickly can help you get through this last-minute move. Don’t forget to consider hiring a professional packing company, such as Slater Transfer & Storage, to help you speed things along. They can not only help you pack but move you to your new home as well!