Packing in a hurry requires a little less deference paid to organization and a little bit more paid to just getting everything in a box and setting it aside. The goal here is to get all of your things from your current home to your new one intact, and if a short time frame means that you can’t optimally sort items or keep an itemized list of what’s packed where, so be it. Instead, keep your eye on the prize and follow these packing tips for moving in a hurry:
- Pack now and sort later. Don’t worry about keeping like items together or having a “theme” for each box. Put things where they fit, even if it means packing the water glasses with the board games and the spare light bulbs with the contents of your filing cabinet. As long as everything is packed safely and securely, you can deal with sorting once you’re in your new home. And it’s okay to skip labeling boxes, but do make sure to note on a box if there are fragile items inside.
- Use soft items like socks and towels to wrap breakables. Fill two needs with one deed by wrapping breakable items like vases and glassware in soft items you need to pack anyway, such as socks, towels, and clothing. As a bonus, you’ll also save money on packing supplies.
- Set up boxes as you need them. Keep your space as clear and manageable as possible by only setting up boxes as you’re ready to fill them. Once a box is filled, tape it up, move it out of the way, and set up a new one.
- Pack clothes as they are. Save yourself a ton of time and boxes by packing up clothes as they already are. For clothes hanging in the closet, wrap a strong garbage bag around them, starting from the bottom and tying the bag’s strings around the hangers. Keep dresser drawers intact and simply remove each drawer and wrap it in packing materials or keep the entire dressers as is (provided it’s not too heavy to move).