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Last Minute Moving – All You Need to Know

Although relocation to a new home usually takes a lot of planning, sometimes last minute moving is the only option. If you just found out that you have to move on short notice, stay calm. There are ways in which you can make sure your relocation is as efficient and stress-free as possible. To help you do so, we’ve put together our quick guide.

Sit down and make a plan

Last-Minute Moving Doesn’t Have to Be Chaotic

Just because you’re relocating to a new home on short notice, you don’t have to get all chaotic with the planning, even if you’re moving with kids. You can probably still set aside a minute or two to sit down and figure out a strategy that will help you avoid relocation anxiety. Create a strict to-do list for each task as well as a moving budget, and do your best to stick to them. It will be much easier to get everything done if you have a clear plan to follow. And of course, let your movers know as early as possible about your predicament, but know that it won’t be the cheapest way to move out of state.

Leave Behind the Things You Don’t Use

If there are any items in your home you don’t really use, don’t bother taking them with you, especially if you’re moving into a smaller home or moving alone to another state. For now, all you need to pack are moving essentials and valuables, and you can tackle the rest later if you have any time left. We suggest that you rent a storage unit where you’ll keep all these items so you can figure out what to do with them once you’ve settled down in your new home. Some movers provide storage services to their clients, so don’t forget to ask your chosen movers for more information.

You’ll Have Less Stuff to Pack

The main reason why you shouldn’t pack absolutely everything is a simple fact that this way, you’ll have fewer items to pack. Consequently, you’ll need less time for this task.

The Cost of Moving Will Go Down

On top of saving time, you might end up saving some money as well. Usually, movers take into consideration the weight of the shipment when calculating the final price of the move, so by shipping less stuff, you’ll end up paying less as well.

Pack a Moving Day Bag

Before you begin tackling anything else, set aside a larger duffle bag and put in it all the necessities you simply can’t afford to lose or go without for more than a day. Let the movers know not to take this bag into the truck.

Pack a bag of necessities


This bag should contain all the important relocation-related paperwork, as well as your personal documents along with copies. Keep them all in a single binder to make sure you don’t lose anything important your movers might ask for.

Things You’ll Use on the First Day

The rest of the duffle bag should be filled with everything you’ll need on the moving day and the day after you’ve moved in. This includes things such as:
● a spare set of clothes
● bed linen
● toiletries
● any medication you take
● maybe even a set of cutlery

In short, the point of the duffle bag is to make sure you can live comfortably in your new home if your boxes are late for whatever reason.

Get All the Moving Supplies

Do your best to get all the packing supplies you need in one trip. Realizing you’re short on boxes halfway through and having to go out and get some more can be a huge waste when moving last-minute.

As Many Boxes as Possible

Needless to say, you should definitely get as many boxes of different shapes and sizes as possible. Given that you have a tight deadline, you won’t really have enough free time to figure out what are the best-sized boxes and how many you’ll be using. Worst case scenario – you’ll have a couple of extra boxes to get rid of.

Work with What You Have

If there are any supplies you simply can’t seem to find anywhere, such as packing paper, peanuts or bubble wrap, get creative and work with what you have. Instead of hunting for supplies all over the city, use clothes or towels as protective materials.

Don’t Worry About Making It Look Great

If you’re someone who likes to keep things neat and organized in your everyday life, you’re going to have to fight that instinct now. There is absolutely no reason why you’d have to organize your boxes by size or fold every single item nicely.

Be efficient, not pedantic

Simple Labeling

Color-coding and printed labels are for people who are relocating at their own pace. When relocating last-minute, you’re going to have to resort to a good old-fashioned marker and simply write down the contents of each box along with additional information such as “fragile” or “this side up.”

Pack Room by Room Instead of Putting Related Items Together

It might not be the most organized way to do things, but it certainly is the fastest one. Simply pack room by room instead of worrying about putting all the books together or all the bed linen in the same bag.

You’ll Iron Your Clothes Later

Surely it feels nice unpacking your clothes and being able to just put them in the wardrobe in your new home because they were already washed, ironed, and nicely folded. But now you don’t have enough free time for that.

Careful with the Touchy Stuff

Yes, you’re in a hurry. But if you’re not careful when you pack glassware, mirrors, cups, a china cabinet or other fragile items, you’ll waste way more time cleaning broken glass and porcelain than you would’ve packing these things properly.

Be careful with fragile items

Let Your Movers Know – They Can Help

The whole reason why movers exist is to help you move. So there is no reason why you shouldn’t tell them you’re moving last-minute and ask for some help. They will likely know how to tackle your relocation more efficiently, as well as provide you with services that will make your job easier, such as packing, storage, and auto transport. In fact, they might even be able to help by providing you with moving supplies.