Organizing Your Home for Packing to Move

Organizing Your Home for Packing to Move


Organization is key in preparing and executing a stress-free move. (OK, maybe not stress-free…) Still, being well organized can relieve a lot of stress and makes the whole process of moving much easier.

When using a professional mover, such as The Moving Factor, be sure to have wardrobe boxes delivered ahead of time! Set them up in each room with closets and immediately pack anything you absolutely don’t need. Shoes can go into the bottom of the box and of course, the bar is for hanging things. Leave the box open until the day of your move to put last minute items in. (These are great for tossing in wrapping paper (for some reason I have tubes of wrapping paper in my closet!), and other miscellaneous, light items in your closets.


Use a bold marker to clearly mark where each box will go in your new home. Using a specific color for each room makes the unloading and placing of your boxes even easier! You and your mover probably don’t have ESP so having boxes clearly labeled by room and possibly by name make everyone’s day so much easier!

Place plenty of various sized boxes in each room and near closets. I suggest starting with closets where rarely used items are stored. For example, start with a Linen Closet and pack almost all your sheets, towels and blankets.  Leave out enough linens to get by until your move. Whatever you leave in the closet try to keep all on one or two shelves so that when you come back to pack those last items they are all together.


Start in the closet at the top shelf. Chances are top shelf items are rarely used. From the top down, start packing.  Seal each box as you top it off to prevent the kiddos from coming in and discovering items they haven’t seen in ages and deciding that’s the time they need to play with those things! Be sure to use book boxes to pack books! Keep like items together. Remember: label, label, label!
KITCHENS (my nemesis!) 
Using the Top Down approach, start with upper cabinets and pack away anything you have not used recently and that you are sure you won’t need in the kitchen for a couple of weeks. (You are starting your packing well ahead of time, right!?) You will be surprised at how little you actually need to get by in the kitchen. Pack as many pots, pans and bakeware items as possible.  I usually leave out one or two skillets, one large and one small pot (with lids), a cookie sheet and a casserole dish or two.

What about utensils? Packing paper is your best friend! Again, pare down to only the basic necessities and pack everything else! Wrap items such as tongs, skewers, basters, mixing spoons, etc in large packing paper and tape it up. It’s a huge pain to try and sort these items out when you are unpacking.

Book Boxes Use book boxes to pack canned food, spices, boxed pasta, etc. Canned food becomes very heavy! Only use the bottom of the box for cans then layer on top of the cans with spices, pasta boxes, etc.

Take time to absorb this information and stay tuned for your next packing project – THE GARAGE!!

Of course you can save yourself a lot fo hard work by simply hiring a professional to do all your packing! We do that too!