Preparing for a last minute move
While giving yourself lots of time to prepare for a move is ideal, the reality is, that you don’t always know that you’re going to need to move until it’s time to move. For example, you have been searching for a new job for a couple of months. All of a sudden, you find an opening for a job that you have always dreamed of, but the challenge is that it is in a city a couple of provinces away. You eventually get the job, but catch is that they need you there for training in two weeks. While this may seem excessive, it can be a reality for today’s fluid workforce. Therefore, preparing for a last minute move can be of the utmost importance. While searching for your moving company is important, the purpose of this blog is preparation, so that when your movers arrive, you are ready to go.
It can certainly be a little overwhelming looking at all the work that needs to be done to get everything packed up and ready to go. However, when you’re preparing for a last minute move, there are somethings that you can do to help ensure that you’re ready for moving day. When you’re preparing for a last minute move:
As you begin preparing for a last minute move, start by making a list of everything that needs to be done. Go room by room through your home and make a list of all the things that need to done for each room. For instance, not everything in the any particular room needs to be packed. Making a list can break down the whole job into bite sized tasks, and that can help increase your optimism, and confidence completing your move preparation on time.
As you begin preparing for a last minute move, as previously mentioned, not everything needs to go. Go room by room, and start sorting what you want to take with you, and what you don’t need anymore. For example, you may not need those old shoes that you said you’d fix that are 3 years old. Sort things into a couple of different piles: Items to be packed, Give away or donate, and Throw away. If you’re having trouble deciding whether to keep something or throw it away, you can also start a maybe pile to that you can return to before you finish sorting that room.
After sorting everything, you’ll have a better idea of how many boxes you’ll need for packing. Some of the places you can find boxes are, Kijiji, local community Facebook pages, as well as your local hardware store (they often sells boxes). Make sure that you don’t forget to also pickup packing paper and tape. In the same way that it is hard to complete any job without the right equipment, it is hard to get packed up when you don’t have the right boxes. Make sure that you have the right boxes to finish up your packing. Make sure that you have a variety of small, medium, and large boxes, as well as some wardrobe cartons (for clothes). Don’t forget about the TV and picture boxes for any artwork that will accompany you on the move.
Pack room by room
When preparing for a last minute move, it can be really easy to jump from room to room and start packing a little bit here, and a little there as you think of different things. This really drags the moving process out, and slows down your packing and momentum. Try to discipline yourself to tackle one room at a time. Fully completing a room can help you to build confidence in your ability to get the work done.
When preparing for a last minute move, don’t hesitate to try and enlist help. Asking family and friends to help can be a great way to not only connect before your move, but also multiply efficiency beyond anything that you could do by yourself. Having helpers can certainly help cut down on the amount of time that it takes to get everything packed up.
As a last resort, get professional help
When preparing for a last minute move, if your are unable to get everything done, or just don’t have the time, talk to your mover about having them come in to help with the packing. Whether you want them to pack up the breakables only, or you want them to pack everything, talk to your mover to see what they can do to ensure you’re ready to move.
As you begin preparing for a last minute move, while it may seem overwhelming, and you may think that there’s no way that you’ll be able to get everything done, take a breath. You’ll be surprised at what you can do when you tackle one thing at a time. As we mentioned, breaking your move up into bite sized portions can make the whole thing seem more manageable and palatable. As a last resort, if you know that you’ll need help with your packing, get in touch with your mover. They may be able to take a couple things off your plate, and knowing that you’ll need to pack a few less rooms can provide some relief, and confidence in getting the rest of your place done. For more tips on the best way to pack, make sure to check out our blog!
If you need help with an upcoming move, make sure to give Quick Transfer a call. No matter whether you’re moving locally to the other side of town, or if you’re moving three provinces away, Quick Transfer can help you out. If you’re needing help with packing, talk to our sales representatives about our full and partial packing solutions to help you get ready for your move. Make sure to get in touch with us for your upcoming move!