How to Begin Your Packing and What to Pack First When Moving

Packing the proper rooms and goods first also saves you from having to reopen boxes and unwrap non-essentials that you mislabeled. You’ll feel driven to throw it in at the last minute with the haphazard repacking of items that don’t belong together, making unpacking and settling into your new home much more difficult.

Read on to know more about getting started on packing and where to find an Alexandria moving company.

Before Beginning Your Packing

You shouldn’t pay to have anything moved that you don’t need or plan to utilize in your new home. Start by clearing your home and sifting out items you no longer need with a pre-packing cull. Imagine how you want your new house to look and feel as you tackle this process.

If a souvenir or trinket doesn’t suit that goal, it’s usually time to give it away, sell it, or dispose of it. The same may be said about your closet and getting rid of old clothes and linens. Be confident in seizing the opportunity to simplify your life, except for family treasures or emotional objects.

One of the major advantages of relocating is the increased space available in your life. Place everything that needs to go in a specific location of the house. Maintain a huge rubbish bag and a separate box in this area for anything that needs to be thrown away (to friends or charities).

As you pack, maintain this designated section of the house marked out as your disposal area because you may keep coming into unwanted items as you go through each room.

Start getting your house in order at least four weeks before your move. Not everyone has a garage or a spare room in huge cities like New York, where space is scarce.

An inventory list, big or little, is crucial in planning your attack. Make a list of your rooms and determine which ones, such as a garage or storage room, can be packed with the least amount of interruption to your daily activities.

Make a list of these places and number them as you travel, noting any concerns. If you have friends coming over to help you pack, this list will come in handy. They can work on the less important rooms while you concentrate on the kitchen.

Pack the following rooms in your home first:

  • Kitchen
  • Living area
  • Master bedroom
  • Children’s rooms
  • Bathroom
  • Garage
  • Room for visitors
  • Attic or basement
  • Study
  • Laundry

Any room previously used for storage is the greatest place to begin, as these items are unlikely to be needed or used daily. The first rooms we recommend packing are the garage, guest room, and basement. The kitchen should not be done last because it is a time-consuming room with non-essential and important items.

Allow yourself to indulge in a night or two of takeaway after the pots and pans are stocked with silverware. You can’t rush bubble wrapping and padding your china and glassware neatly and meticulously at the last minute.

Children’s quarters can be partially packed, but if you’re moving into a small studio or apartment with limited space, leaving their toys and books out until the last day to keep them occupied (along with spare sets of clean clothes) may help everyone relax.

Books, artwork, and infrequently used devices are excellent places to start because you’re unlikely to have additional time to sit and read while packing. Pack any extras or collectibles first. You may already have things in boxes; all you have to do now is double-check that everything is safe and that nothing has to be eliminated.

If you do not have the time or energy to follow all these steps, there is one ideal solution for you: you can hire an Alexandria moving company to do the work for you.


Packing your stuff can be a tedious process, so it’s best to hire Alexandria movers instead. Hiring professionals ease the moving process but also helps you in making sure that all your stuff is moved smoothly and safely.

Division 1 Moving Services is a reputable and professional Alexandria moving company that offers the best storage options. Request a free quote today!

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