How to pack your home in a day

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Packing is a long process that requires a lot of energy. But what if you don’t have the time of a week or two on your hands? What if you have to pack your home in a day? If that is the case with you, you will be glad to hear that packing in a day is possible. It is going to be stressful and you won’t have a lot of time to rest but this is something that can be done if it needs to be done that way. And Santa Fe Storage and Moving is here to give you certain tips that are going to make this whole process much faster and easier to handle.

Start early 

If you need to pack in a day it is a much better solution to start early in the morning than to stay up until late hours packing. It is much easier to pack and focus during the day. You will also be more efficient this way. The night before you start packing, you need to make sure that you go to bed early so you can wake up around 6 a.m. and start your day. Make sure you have a good breakfast so you collect even more energy. Eating something healthy like eggs and avocado toast is a great idea. Have your coffee and start packing. 

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Make sure to prepare for your moving day in the best way possible.

Have a helping hand 

One thing is for certain, you can’t pack your home in a day alone. You are definitely going to need someone helping you. If you are moving with children, figure out a way to get everyone involved. And if you live alone, ask some of your friends to help you finish this task. Offering to pay for drinks and dinner after everything is done is a nice way to say thank you to those who helped you pack. 

Have all the supplies ready in advance 

To pack your home, you need packing supplies. And you need to get them in advance. As you need to start early and dedicate your whole day to this, you won’t have time to go and get these supplies. Here is a list of all the packing supplies that you need: 

  • boxes of various sized, either plastic or cardboard ones 
  • tape and tape dispensers 
  • bubble pack, packing peanuts and packing paper 
  • labels and markers 
  • vacuum bags for packing clothing. 

You can also use some of the things you already have at your home such as bags and suitcases. These are great for packing clothing, blankets, sheets, towels, etc. But you are definitely going to need boxes too. And you have to make sure you have various sizes of boxes and types of boxes if necessary.

For example, if you have a mirror that needs to be moved, you need a mirror box. Use bubble wrapping and packing paper to secure breakable items and items that are easily damaged. To keep them even more secure in the boxes, fill the boxes with packing peanuts. Remember not to be shy when protecting these items and use a lot of bubble pack and packing paper. For extra security, tape them with a layer of tape. 

Packing supplies
Get the boxes for packing your belongings.

Packing strategy 

To make packing more efficient, you need a packing strategy. You need to pack one room at a time. Packing this way has plenty of benefits. It makes packing faster and more organized. This way you will know exactly what you are packing where, and it is going to be a lot easier to keep track of everything. Packing this way also means there will be less mess in your home. All the mess is going to be focused on just one room at a time.

This creates a safer environment if you are moving with pets or kids. It also keeps you safe. A lot of people get injured during moving because they trip on something while packing. And getting injured while moving and packing is something you don’t want to happen. Especially if you only have one day to pack. Getting injured only elongates the whole process. 

Declutter while packing 

To make packing the most efficient and fast, you definitely need to declutter while packing. This is something that is advised to anyone who is packing for a move because decluttering makes things so much easier. Decluttering is going to make the packing process last shorter and it is also going to make your move lighter. This especially comes in handy if you are hiring professional residential movers Santa Fe because the fewer things you have to move, the cheaper your move is going to be. So, get rid of unnecessary items and items that you don’t use. 

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Get rid of everything that you don’t need and use.

Take short but constant breaks 

Even though you have to pack your home in a day, you definitely need to take breaks. Make them short but keep them constant. This is going to keep you on your feet and you won’t have the time to feel the tiredness. Taking one or two long breaks can only make everything worse for you. It is also important that you stay hydrated and eat light food. As you will be doing a lot of physical activity, eating heavy food is definitely not a good idea. It is best to save that type of food after you finish unpacking because you are going to need it. 

Remember to label all your boxes 

Even though you are in a hurry and you need to pack your home in a day, you need to take the time to label all your boxes and write down a packing list. Label your boxes by rooms and numbers. Write down the content of each box. This is something that is going to make unpacking much easier and faster. 

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