When it comes time to pack up an old home and move to a new home, most people tend to get overwhelmed. So, instead of trying to do everything at once, let’s break it down into 6 easy steps:
1. Stay ahead of the game
Instead of waiting until two nights before your big move, start organizing and packing within days of signing your new lease or setting a move-in date. If you are using a Chicago professional mover, this is the time to start gathering quotes.
2. Don’t be afraid to throw things away
Before you start packing, go through each room drawer by drawer, shelf by shelf, and throw away anything that can’t be given to charity and you’re certain you won’t want in your new home.
3. Make charity piles
We talk about this a lot, but make sure you give as much away to charity as possible. Here’s a list of places you can donate your belongings in the Chicagoland area.
4. Gather all your at-home moving supplies
There are a ton of moving supplies that live in your home. Sheets and towels make great padding for breakable items. Read our blog post for more at-home packing supply inspiration.
5. Start packing
By this point you should have purged your home of everything you don’t want, so packing will be much easier. Either buy boxes or scavenge them from department stores or grocery store who throw out used boxes. Make sure to label the boxes and keep rooms together. Don’t throw kitchen supplies in your bathroom box. It will only make unpacking more confusing.
6. Keep out computers, clothing, and toiletries
When you get to your new home you are going to want a few things right away. Whether that is your computer or a change of clothing, make sure to leave a pile aside that the movers won’t take, and you can carry with you.
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