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How to Pack/Unpack/Organize Before and After Moving

Preparing to move can be stressful for you and your family, and without a proper system, it may seem like you may not complete the project. 

That is why packing and organizing your home before moving can help to make the whole process go smoothly. 

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It ensures everything is ready when moving day comes, and you can spend your time taking care of last-minute details instead of worrying about if everything is packed. 

To help you with the whole process, check out these tips so you can spend less worrying and more time enjoying moving to your new home. 

Tip #1: Sort and Declutter Before Packing

Before you pack up the different rooms in your home, you must sort through everything and declutter. 

If you never use something, or it is broken, or want to avoid bringing it with you, why waste extra time and resources packing it up before your move?

Get rid of it and save your boxes and time for the things you care about and will use in your new home. Consider donating items or giving them to a friend. 

A suitable method of deciding what to keep or toss when decluttering before packing is using the One-Year Rule, which removes anything you have not used in the past year. 

Tip #2: Use Proper Packing Materials

You can use many different packing materials when moving, but here are some essentials you will want to have on hand while you pack. 

  • Boxes: Nearly everything you pack will go into boxes, so have plenty of these in different sizes.
  • Tape: When purchasing tape for moving, get strong moving tape to ensure boxes do not break open during the move.
  • Plastic Bags: Plastic bags are perfect for packing small items and gathering trash and items you wish to dispose of.
  • Bubble Wrap: You do not want your precious items breaking during the move, so have plenty of bubble wrap available to wrap around glass and other fragile items.
  • Utility Knife/Scissors: A sharp utility knife or pair of scissors will make it easier to cut the tape.
  • Permanent Marker: You will want to label your boxes so you know what has what in them. 

Tip #3: Pack Room by Room

One of the easiest ways to pack is by packing room by room instead of simply throwing items from all over the house into boxes.

That way, when you get to your new home and begin to unpack, you can place each room’s boxes in it and unpack room by room. 

If you have boxes from one room that are partly empty, you may be tempted to place items from other rooms in it. 

However, it is better to leave it how it is so you do not have to worry about unpacking kitchen items from your bedroom boxes. 

It will be much easier on you and your family and make the whole move much less stressful so that you can enjoy your new home. 

Tip #4: Use Color Coding or Labeling System

Having a labeling or color coding system in place when packing is one of the most important things you can do. 

How extravagant you get with this is up to you, as you could simply list the room the box belongs to it on the side or go the more extreme route and have a checklist listing what is in each box. 

If you go with a checklist detailing the items in boxes, we suggest numbering the boxes to make unpacking easier. 

Alongside labeling, or instead of it, you can also create a color coding system, where you could place a colored sticker or tape on each box representing the room it belongs to. 

Tip #5: Hire a Professional Moving Company or Organizer

While moving and organizing everything on your own can save you money, sometimes hiring a professional moving company or organizer is better. 

A professional moving company will have the tools and manpower necessary to move your home quickly, and it can sometimes even be cheaper than doing it on your own. 

Likewise, packing or unpacking everything before or after a move can be tiring and time-consuming, which is where a professional organizer comes in. 

They can help you get everything ready for your move or help you after your move to get your home looking beautiful in no time at all. 

If you need professional packing and unpacking services in Dallas, TX, or the surrounding areas, call us at (214) 225-9301 call or contact us online today!

Tip #6: Donate or Sell Items You No Longer Need

Finally, donating or selling items you no longer need can be great when organizing and packing your home before a move. 

If something is broken or no longer works, trashing it tends to be the best option, but if you have things that others could use, there is no reason to throw them away. 

You can sell the item(s) to make extra money before moving, though this can take time and add additional stress to your move. 

Unless the item is worth a large sum, you are better off donating it to your local thrift store, charity, or homeless shelter. 

Take a few minutes to see what places in your local area accept donations, and then you can drop them off before your move. 


Preparing for a move doesn’t have to be stressful, and by taking the time to pack and organize before a move correctly, you can make the whole process go smoothly. 

Have a plan ready, implement the plan, and use the tips in this article to turn a stressful move into a pleasant experience. 
Here at My Professional Organizer Dallas, the packing and unpacking process should be simple and stress-free. So, if you are ready to begin preparing for your move, contact us for help today!