31 May


Cassidy's Moving and Storage

How to Pack to Move in a Hurry

We know that packing can sometimes be a chore, and when you have to do it in a short period of time, it can also become stressful. Whether you have a week to pack, or only have one day, there are some things you can do to make the process more efficient, and ensure that everything gets where it needs to go.

Don’t Panic

Remember to breathe. It may seem like a lot, and  that you will never be able to pack a house in one day. Trust us, you will. Just because it seems impossible doesn’t mean it is. The key is to take it step by step.

Hat tip: Thanks to our friends at Rockbrune movers in Toronto for suggesting this one!

Make a Checklist

Having a checklist of things you need to get done can help your packing process run as smoothly as possible.

A checklist will help you keep track of your priority packing goals, when certain tasks need to be completed, and where things need to go. It will also serve as a reminder in case you forget something.

While you can decide how detailed you want it to be, a checklist can be an essential part of staying motivated and getting everything done on time, especially if you are moving in a hurry.

Not sure where to start? Get a free copy of our ultimate packing checklist.

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Organize, Organize, Organize

Before you start popping the bubble wrap and pulling out the tape, we recommend organizing everything you are packing – especially your garage. Even papers, pen caps, lone socks; it all needs to go somewhere.

Make piles based on where the object is going. Are you keeping it? Throwing it away? Donating or storing it? Put it in the corresponding pile.

Packing tip: If you can’t decide on the fate of some items, make a ‘Maybe’ pile. This will allow you to keep moving, saving you valuable minutes of packing time.

The pile doesn’t have to be neat and tidy, it just has to have a designation. When you have clearly defined piles, you get a better idea of how much you have.

Be Ruthless – Donate or Throw Away

Moving in a hurry can actually be a blessing in disguise. The deadline means that you will be more decisive about what stays and what goes.

When you pick something up, follow your gut. Never going to use it again? If the item is still in good condition, find a place to donate it. Otherwise, throw it away.

We recommend bagging the items you are getting rid of as you go, so you aren’t tempted to try and take something back.

Packing tip: There are some things that you aren’t allowed to move in a moving van. Find out what you can’t pack and why you can’t pack it.

Pack Clothes in a Snap

Finding places for all of your commemorative shirts can often be one of the most daunting moving challenges. Here are a few tips to make moving your clothes a breeze.

  • Try moving your dresser as is. If the clothing is light enough, you may not have to remove it, saving time and energy.
  • Use wardrobe boxes or bags to pack clothes, hangers and all. This can save you packing time, and post-moving ironing. If you are in a pinch, a garbage bag and some twist-ties can also do the trick.
  • Use your clothes to wrap your breakables. This minimizes the amount of packing material you need, and helps reduce the number of boxes you need to move

This is just the tip of the clothes packing iceberg. There are several ways to pack your clothes for a big move.

Get Proper Packing Materials

While most people recommend more eco-friendly options, like used boxes or plastic bins, for a hurried move, you don’t want to be scrambling for a properly sized packing container.

We can make it even easier for you. We offer moving boxes and supplies. Get everything you need to streamline your packing process, including boxes, bubble wrap, and tape – delivered right to your door!

Now when you need that really big box, you’ll be able to find it with much less hassle.

Packing tip: Don’t make any boxes too heavy. If you can’t easily lift it, try spreading the contents to other, much light boxes. For items like gym equipment or appliances, there are specialty boxes that you can use to move them safely and securely.

Ask for Help

Many hands really do make light work, which is why we recommend calling your friends or hiring professional packers to give you theirs for your last minute packing.

If you do take this route, make sure that you have some idea of what you need them to do. Consult your checklist to help keep everyone organized. And don’t forget to give them a big thank you for all the help!

Ready to Move? Hire Professionals

If you are all packed up and ready to go, hiring professional movers will continue to keep the process organized and efficient. We’ll provide you with a free moving estimate and help you pick the moving option that will work best for you, leaving you free to enjoy the prospect of your new home.

Call us at 613-836-4225 to find out about our services.

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Get an online quote using our online form, or contact us to talk to one of our Moving Consultants.

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