How to Handle Last-Minute Moving

November 25, 2019 / Posted in How-to
Eva Johnson

Digital nomad born in New York but currently living online, Eva knows everything there is to know about packing and moving.

Whether we’re talking about unexpected guests or last-minute moving, events take place every day that we cannot predict. In such situations, it’s important to know how to handle things with a cool head. If you just got the news that you have to move to another state on a short deadline, don’t panic. We’re here to share some useful tips on how to approach this task strategically and move without a fuss.

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Get as many boxes as you can

Get Organized for Last Minute Moving

Yes, we understand that you’re in a hurry and all you want to do is start cramming all your belongings into boxes, but that’s simply not the right way to do it. No matter how tight of a deadline you have, you can surely set aside a minute or two to sit down, get organized and figure out a strategy. With a good plan, it will be much easier to track progress and know how much time you have left for your tasks. If you are moving with your family, try to distribute tasks among all family members.

Pack Fast and Smart

Now that you have a clear idea of everything you need to do, get down to work. Packing is the part of the process that takes the longest and requires a lot of energy, so it’s crucial that you approach it the right way. Here are some tips you should consider in order to pack the right way.

Gather as Many Boxes as Possible

Since your deadline is near, you can’t exactly make an inventory list based on which you’ll calculate how many boxes you’ll need. In other words, you’ll have to go off a hunch and simply get as many boxes as you can find. We suggest visiting your local grocery stores, bars, and shops and asking them whether they have any cardboard boxes they don’t need. More often than not, they’ll be happy to let you take those off their hands, and you’ll get your supplies for free.

Use What You Have to Pack and Protect Your Belongings

You don’t really have enough free time to go around buying moving boxes and other packing supplies such as bubble wrap, paper, and so on. Instead, use what you already have in your home as your DIY supplies. For example, towels, rags, or old clothes could serve as protective layers for your pots and pans. Instead of buying wardrobe boxes, simply use regular plastic trash bags to wrap your clothes. Of course, some items, such as duct tape, simply can’t be replaced, so make sure you have them on hand.

Moving Day Essentials Bag

As your relocation is pretty rushed, there is a good chance that you’ll reach your new home before your boxes do. If that happens, you’ll want to have a bag of first-day essentials with you. Pick a medium-sized duffel bag and pack everything you believe you’ll need once you get to your new home. This could include a spare set of clothes, bed linen, toiletries, and meds you might be taking, phone chargers, and important documents. Of course, if you’re relocating with pets, make sure you pack their essentials too.


Pack Clothes as They Are

Having to wash, dry, iron, and fold clothes takes forever, and you simply don’t have the luxury to do it right now. So pack your clothes as they are and worry about sorting them out after the move. If you have a dresser you’re taking with you, instead of taking your clothes out and packing them, simply secure all drawers and doors with duct tape and plastic wrap and move the dresser as it is. Clothes that are already on hangers can simply be wrapped in some plastic for protection.

Use Original Boxes for Electronics

If you still have original boxes from your TVs, speakers, printers, computer components, and such, you should definitely use them. This way, you won’t have to waste time looking for a box with the right dimensions and figuring out how to protect your belongings.

Don’t Worry About Unbreakable Items

When it comes to items that can’t be easily broken, don’t worry too much about them. For example, you can simply tie your cutlery together with a couple of rubber bands and call it a day, instead of wrapping each one of them individually and wasting precious time.

Simple Labeling

Even though you’re in a hurry, you should still label your boxes. However, instead of coming up with a special system such as color-coding, simply write down the contents of a box and additional information such as “fragile” and move on to the next one.

Move Things out of the Way

As soon as you’re done sealing a box or disassembling a piece of furniture, move it out of the way. You can either start piling things up into corners or designate a whole room for the items you’ve already packed – whatever works for you.

You Could Use Some Help on the Moving Day

Even if you’re moving on your own, consider asking your friends or family members to help you out on the moving day. They could help you with some last-minute packing, or they could give you a hand in preparing your new home for your belongings. Alternatively, if you have children or pets, they could watch after them while you deal with movers.

Leave Some Things Behind

There is no reason why you should move absolutely everything. We’re sure you have some items around your home that you never really use, so why waste time packing them?

Donating Does Not Cost a Penny

If there are any items you don’t want to take with you that are in generally good condition, consider donating them. Many charity organizations have pick-up services, so you won’t have to waste time driving to their drop-off centers.

Use Storage Provided by Movers

If, however, you’d rather think about these items later, ask your moving company whether they provide storage services. Using them will make it possible to deal with this stuff later on after you’ve moved in and settled down in your new home.

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Consider storing your belongings in a unit

Let Your Movers Know – They Can Help a Great Deal

Moving last-minute is not something you have to face alone. Feel free to let your movers know that you’re on a short deadline – they’ll surely be able to help. By providing you with quick and reliable packing services and car shipping, movers will take a huge load off your hands.

Take Care of Yourself

Sometimes when we’re in a hurry, we tend to disregard our own wellbeing and needs. Make sure you don’t skip meals and take an occasional five-minute break to recharge your batteries while preparing for the relocation and let professional movers do the heavy lifting.

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