If you’re planning your next moving day, you’re not alone. The average American moves 11.7 times in their life that’s a lot of boxes and bubble wrap. Whether packing for your move is a pain or a pleasure, our top 5 tips for pro packing can take the pressure off preparing for your big day.

5 Ways to Make Packing Simple:

1. Make a Checklist:

Once you finalize your move, it’s time to plan. It might feel easier to procrastinate, but channel your inner Type A planner and create a list of everything you need to do to make your moving day easy-breezy. Getting clear on what you need to do will save you a lot of time and frustration in the long run.

Make sure your checklist includes lightening your load by sorting through your belongings, packing with forethought and booking a mover (or a family member with a pick-up truck) if you need them. Revisit your list often as moving day approaches, stick to your timeline and don’t be afraid to ask for help!

2. Purge Unwanted Belongings:

Everyone has items they’re holding on to, but don’t really need. It can be hard to let old possessions go, but downsizing for your move ahead of time is key. Not only can purging help lower the cost of moving, it can spare you carrying another heavy box up the stairs on moving day.

 Sort through your belongings well in advance and host a yard sale or donate what you no longer need. You’ll be surprised at the objects you accumulated over time and have forgotten about.

3. Plan for 30 Days to Success:

It’s easier to keep your move orderly and stress-free if you can pack without rushing. Aim to give yourself a month to get your belongings in boxes and get rid of what you don’t need, especially if you’re moving during the holidays or another busy time of year. It’s important to set your schedule and stick to it, so you have a frame of reference for what’s been accomplished and what still needs to be done.

If time isn’t on your side, you don’t have to suffer alone. Hire a moving company to do the heavy lifting for you, or put your friends and family to the task.

4. Pack with Purpose and Care:

It might be tempting to just throw items in a box and be done with it, but packing with intention will make both moving and unpacking much easier. Be strategic with your packing—color coding, clear labels and putting items from the same rooms together will make your life easier.

Not only will this make settling into your new home faster, it will also prevent damage to your belongings. Avoid scratches and dents by wrapping individual items in bubble wrap, dish towels or moving blankets to keep everything protected. Trust us, you don’t want to regret it later.

5. Pack your Moving Day Essentials Separately:

Pack a personal bag to go! A small backpack or suitcase full of easily accessible items will save you from trying to guess where you’ve put your wallet or what you’re going to wear on moving day morning. Set aside any important documents, medications, phone chargers, toiletries, and your change of clothes so you’re prepared to hit the road. Feeling overwhelmed? Moving day should be exciting, and we’ve got the skills and equipment to have you snug as a bug in your new home, without the worry. Give us a call at (702) 381-1200 or drop us an email at [email protected] to schedule a free visual estimate for your move!