The less you have to pack, the easier packing will be. And with a last minute move, easy packing is key. Go through each room, closet, and cabinet of your house or apartment and pull out items you no longer want or need. Separate these items into three piles: donate, recycle, and throw away.
Think practicality, not sentimentality. A move is a great time to edit down your things, and a hurried move gives you even more incentive to travel lightly. Resist the urge to just pack everything with the idea that you’ll get rid of things once you’re unpacking in your new home. It’s much simpler to sort these items out pre-move and save your time and energy for the things that really matter.
Once your piles are sorted, get rid of them. Take the trash and recycling out, and drop off your donations. You can donate pretty much anything to Goodwill, provided it’s in good condition. Used linens and towels can be dropped off at your local animal shelter, while unopened, unexpired food (particularly canned food) will go a long way at your local food pantry.
Have furniture or other large items you’d like to donate? Depending on availability, you may be able to have a charity group come by and pick them up. Head to Donation Town, enter your zip code, and you’ll find a list of nearby charities who will come pick up gently used furniture and household items. Schedule as soon as you can so that it will be more likely someone is free to come out.