During the pandemic, everybody was studying at college from home, or so we thought. In 2020, four out of ten college-aged Americans left home to study. This is the largest student exodus since the Bush era.
Whether you are a student, a newlywed, or a downgrading empty nester, moving is on the horizon. It's already a nightmare selling a house and planning a move. And in almost every case, it takes more time than you anticipate.
You might be asking how to pack for a move in 3 days. Is it even possible? It is, and in this guide, we show you how to do it.
How to Pack for a Move in 3 Days
In this guide, we assume that you have already sold your old place and found a new one. If you haven't, then skip the problems of Realtors.
We'll talk only about packing for a move and how to make it efficient with a 3-day window. Let's start with the preparation, then go to the packing itself.
Make a Packing Checklist
If you just go through your house or apartment and pack as you see it, you'll create a mess. Instead, jot down a packing checklist.
Go through the house and make zones, i.e., kitchen, living room, etc. Determine how many boxes you will need per zone, and which items will pack. Find out at this point what you will leave behind and set it aside.
Take Inventory of Furniture
Furniture takes up the most space, so account for it ASAP. Make sure to measure it and compare that to the size of the moving truck. The last thing you want is to find out that your armoire doesn't fit on moving day.
Get Lots of Boxes
If there is one rule about moving, it is this: get more boxes than you think you need. They can be expensive if you buy them brand-new, so find old boxes if you can.
Now you are prepared for the move. Let's look at packing tips.
Pack Fragile Items Well
Do not just throw your fragile items into the top of the box with a towel. Give them their own separate box, and get some bubble wrap or packing peanuts to store them. Mark these boxes with a clear “FRAGILE” label and make sure the movers know.
Label and Tape Boxes
Create a system for labeling boxes, such as writing their zone on the top and side of the box. Make sure to secure every single box with tape. Folding their flaps closed is not enough.
Stack the finished boxes in their proper zones. You might put them all in the garage for the convenience and speed of the movers.
Start off Your Move Well
Now that you know how to pack for a move in 3 days, it's time to get started. Make that packing checklist, measure your furniture, and secure a ton of new boxes. Take extra care to pack your fragile items and label the boxes so there is no confusion.
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