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Blog May 29, 2017

How to Pack When You Are Short On Time

Posted in How-to / By Michael Vaughan

In the ideal situation, you would like to have around 9 weeks to sort through your belongings and decide what you want to pack for your upcoming move. However, sometimes you are caught off-guard or are overburdened with other responsibilities, so you end up having to do your packing in a shorter window of time. Since these last minute moves are a reoccurring event, East Coast to West Coast Movers has made this guide to help all those people who have only a few weeks to prepare for their upcoming move. The guide is sure to help you get all your belongings sorted and packed, just in time for the big day!


Some people think that because of the limited amount of time they have to sort, organize and pack all their belongings, that it is easier to pack everything and then later sort through it and decide on what to keep and what to throw away. We assure you, most of the people who have gone this route have regretted it. They end up hurriedly packing everything and in the end take ages to find something, that is if they even remembered to pack it. That is the wrong tactic, you should decide to purge yourself of unnecessary items. When you have a limited amount of time to pack all your things, you are sure to feel some pressure, but the good part f this is that you can be really savage with your packing and sorting. The added pressure wakes up your decision making, which can really help you meet your deadline, but make sure you are not careless and forget something important.

If you are meticulous and still manage to keep that ruthless packing spirit alive then you will have no problem sorting through all your belongings and getting rid of the items you truly don’t need. The decrease in unnecessary items will save you a lot of time, energy, and money in your move.

There is a method to make sure that you do not forget anything important. Firstly make a list of the essentials. Then proceed to go through every room and separate your belongings into3 piles. The first pile should be things that you are taking with you. The second pile should be items you can sell, give away or donate while the third pile should be items that you have no use for anymore and you should throw away. If it is an item you really don’t feel is a part of you or you really don’t use, then be grateful that you had it and decide to part ways with it. You can have your whole family go through their belongings so as to divide the workload while you and your spouse go through the more important items.

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When time is of the essence there is no need to feel bad for asking for help. You can always ask people you can rely on for help with your move. Your friends and family will always be there to help you whenever you are in trouble, just make sure that you instruct them clearly with your move. Aside from relatives and friends, you always have the option of hiring a professional moving company to help yu out with your move. These are trained professionals that have vast experience, inform them of what you want and they will make a plan with you to ensure all your items are ideally packed.

Professional packers have can help you with packing some belongings or all your belongings, depending on home much work you are willing to delegate. It is a service that will save you a lot of time and energy, as well as the migraines that come through packing a lot of items, you just leave that to those who enjoy it.

Something to keep in mind with professional packers is that they are more costly than doing it yourself, so if you are trying to be economical and waste as little as possible then you better handle the packing yourself. If the extra cash isn’t a problem for you then the services are very welcome and will leave you with the job of supervising and planning out other aspects of your move.

When it comes to the items that you don’t want to take with you, you can organize the services of a pick-up company to stop by and take away your unnecessary items. This goes for the items you want to give away as well, if you are donating them you can ring up an organization and schedule a pick up. Both of these beat you having to rush around and personally take care of items you aren’t going to keep. All you have to do is set up dates and times with the various people and let them help you. This way you save time and they get they do their jobs, it is win-win for everybody.

Have packing supplies

It is usually recommended that you look around and find useable boxes for your move, however, if time is a factor then it may be better to go out and purchase some boxes or packing supplies from a moving store or office supply store nearby if you intend to do the packing yourself. If not then you can rely on the companies moving services to handle that for you, they usually come well prepared for all moves.

When you have gone through these steps you are left with only one thing, which is to start packing! You will by now have all your moving supplies, help and a pile of things that you are sure to take with you. The only thing left to do is go through these and organize, so what are you waiting for let the packing commence.

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