Consider this: The faster you move out of your apartment, the earlier you can be finished with the whole stressful moving process! On top of that great benefit of moving out quickly, though, there are a plethora of other reasons people may want to speed up the task.
No matter what, moving out quickly will keep the whole operation efficient and get you moved in and ready to start setting up your new place in a timely manner– and who doesn’t want to begin hanging curtains and arranging furniture as soon as possible?
Here are seven tips that will make moving out go much faster:
1. Start Packing Early
You may not think it matters how early you start packing as long as everything is ready to go by moving day, and to an extent that’s true. However, packing up early will give you ample time to go through your belongings and get rid of excess stuff you never use or don’t need.
It doesn’t make sense to move more than you have to, so taking time to downsize will speed up the whole moving process. Packing early will also help you keep things organized and stress-free.
2. Stay Organized
A systematic packing process can greatly increase your efficiency on moving day. Organize all of your boxes by room and make sure you know what’s in each one. You can label the boxes with all of the items that are in them, number the boxes and keep a list of items separately, or even take pictures of everything that’s going into each box.
That way, if you need to find something quickly, you’ll be able to with no trouble. Keep all of your moving information, including your moving truck reservations, new apartment information and movers’ contact information in a single folder or binder so you can access anything you need right away.
3. Consolidate Your Belongings
Use your dressers, baskets, suitcases and anything else you can pack items in to cut down on the number of boxes you’re moving. Keep all of your clothes in your dresser, and wrap the whole thing with plastic wrap so the drawers stay closed.
Use shirts or sweaters to wrap breakable items, rather than moving paper. Also, don’t discount plastic garbage bags for your pillows and blankets– they’ll be easier to stuff into nooks and crannies than sturdy boxes.
4. Ask For Help
This is perhaps the most important way to speed up your moving day: Get as much help as possible.
5. Move Some Stuff Early
If at all possible, try to move some of your belongings before moving day. Even if you can bring just a few suitcases of clothes or some breakables that will have to be moved cautiously, you’ll be able to spend a little less time on those items on the big day.
Ask your new landlord to let you know when the apartment will be available– if it’s a few days before moving day, you’ll have a little extra time.
6. Prepare Everything The Night Before
You shouldn’t have anything to do on moving day but move. That means everything from cleaning out the fridge, to repairing the holes in your walls, to packing up every last toiletry should be done the night before.
Keep some items that you’ll need that night or the next morning in a small suitcase or tote, and put everything else in its box. You should also confirm your truck rental and make sure your friends know what time to head over the next day.
7. Pack the Truck Strategically
When packing the truck, load all of your furniture and other heavy items first, then follow up with your boxes and bags. Continue loading items from biggest to smallest to ensure you can fit all of the larger boxes.
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