You’ve saved your money and done your homework — now it’s time to move into a new space for a new chapter in your life. But first, you’ll need to handle the logistics, and knowing how to pack an apartment can make your experience even better.
Packing up an entire household and moving to a new place can be a daunting task. You almost always have more stuff than you realize. You don’t know how much time it will take or what it’s going to cost you.
But the sooner you’re done moving, the sooner you’ll be enjoying your new digs.
Here’s how to take packing off your to-do list in record time:
Declutter Before Moving
Our best tip for how to pack an apartment: The less you have to move, the faster you can get finished. As you’re putting items in boxes, take some tips from Marie Kondo and see what you can get rid of.
If there’s time, hold a yard sale or list items on Facebook Marketplace or Letgo to unload your gently used items (and make money to boot). Whatever doesn’t sell can be donated to a local charity.
Getting rid of as much as possible now will lighten the load and ensure your new space won’t be nearly as cluttered as your old one (at least for a while).
Put Aside the Essentials
Some things are too important to pack on a moving truck, so make sure you keep them within arms’ reach.
Make an “essentials” box that you’ll carry with you. Things like cleaners, toilet paper, paper towels, disposable plates and forks, and shampoo and conditioner are usually needed immediately.
You’ll also want to keep any important papers or documents on you instead of packing them. This might include information for your new place, legal records, and driving directions.
Get Help With the Heavy Stuff
There’s no rule about having to hire a moving company. But if you have large, heavy furniture or specialty items like a piano, it’s best to leave it to the professionals.
Most moving companies charge by the hour (with a few other variables considered), so letting them focus only on your big stuff can help you keep costs low.
Learn more here about the best way to move specialty items.
Label Your Boxes
As you’re packing boxes, label each one according to the room it will end up in. This not only makes unloading easier but can also help you know exactly where something is located during the unpacking process.
Use Clothes and Towels as Packing Materials
Professional packing materials like bubble wrap and styrofoam can rack up a bill. Instead, use your shirts, blankets, towels, and old newspapers to add some cushion. You’ve got to pack them away, right?
Know How to Pack an Apartment Like a Pro!
Now that you know how to pack an apartment like a pro, it’s time to learn how to decorate like one. Head to our Indoor section for our best tips and tricks to improve your interior.