What Room Should You Pack First When Moving?

August 13th, 2020

Moves of any distance require careful, strategic planning to make sure you have a smooth transition into your new home. Part of this will likely include picking a date, changing your address when necessary, and working with local packers and movers to save time and money. One of the most important questions to ask, of course, is which room to pack first. 

It’s tempting to focus on things like the bedroom, but there may be better ways to approach your move. Here are the places you should pack up first if you want to minimize the stress of moving:

The Garage and Basement

While garages and basement areas are often portrayed as highly functional areas in some television shows, they usually end up being used as extra storage for clothes, books, old photos, and more. Something all these items have in common, though, is that you won’t need them for the immediate future to get into your new home.

Go through your basement or garage, if applicable, to sort out what you want to take. There might be some items that you don’t need (or don’t want) to take with you, making them perfect candidates for the donation bin or a garage sale rather than taking up precious space in your moving boxes.

Closets and Spare Rooms

Like other storage areas, closets and spare rooms might have been destined for a highly organized and functional purpose, but they often end up being extra storage for various belongings. Like the other storage areas, they should also be near the top of your room packing list.

Living Room

The living room might be a bit counter-intuitive to pack first. There are so many things that happen in the living room, and you might not want to tear it apart until the last moment. However, there are many things in the living room that you should consider preparing early so that you don’t get overwhelmed with it as the big day approaches.

Consider taking any pictures, artwork, or other decorations off the walls and carefully packing them, so they don’t get damaged during the move. Doing this early can minimize the risk that you or the movers accidentally damage a frame or break a glass knick-knack that can cause injury while you’re unpacking.

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