Moving Out

How to Move in One Day

By Teri Booth on September, 28 2018

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Disclaimer: moving is not always pretty. In a perfect world, every box would be accurately labelled and filled to the brim with light-weight items, folded and sorted for a seamless unpack. Sure, some Type A’s can pull off this immaculate move with a few months of preparation. Whether you’re a drifter riding from one lease to the next, or a homebody surprised by a last minute move—you’ve got 24 hours. Here’s how you can efficiently get all of your stuff out of your place in one day.


Obtain Essential Packing Supplies


  1. Boxes
  2. Box cutter
  3. Tape
  4. Stretch wrap
  5. Labels
  6. Permanent maker
  7. Packing paper
  8. Bubble wrap
  9. Pen and paper
  10. Scissors
  11. Sealable bags
  12. Large clear trash bags

First, gather your supplies. Run to the store as quickly as you can and check the following 12 items off your packing list. If you’re determined to save a dime, you can do without the sealable bags or packing paper and opt for available house supplies like plastic bags and newspaper. Make sure you have the following:


Pack Boxes Strategically


Barbara Reich, professional organizer and author of Secrets of an Organized Mom, advises movers to take inventory of each item that is packed away. She recommends:

“As you pack each moving box, keep a list of what you are placing in it. DO NOT ASSUME YOU WILL REMEMBER. When the box is full, place this list on the top of the box before sealing, so that when you open it you have a table of the contests, and no rummaging is necessary.”

Don’t dig for your toothbrush. Set aside a small bag of necessities like a pair of pajamas, toiletries, toilet paper, shampoo, and other must-have items. Avoid scavenging through taped up boxes the next morning.


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Pack Your Necessities Separately


Don’t dig for your toothbrush. Set aside a small bag of necessities like a pair of pajamas, toiletries, toilet paper, shampoo, and other must-have items. Avoid scavenging through taped up boxes the next morning.




Move Room-by-Room


The kitchen can be a daunting room to pack. Start in the kitchen in the AM when you have the most energy and begin packing away bulky items. Throw pots and pans into a box and label the room, followed by the contents: “Kitchen: Cookware Sets”. Pack smaller items like cutlery in a bag and into a larger box. Place the boxes in the centre of the room when you’re all finished. Move on to the bedroom and so on. 




Leave Clothing on Hangers


Don’t waste time individually folding your clothes. You have 24 hours! Pack clothing in large clear garbage bags and keep hanging items on their designated hangers for an easy un-pack. 




Fill Bags and Suitcases


Use the valuable empty space inside duffel bags and suitcases to pack away additional items. You can use a rolling suitcase to safely store heavy or fragile items swaddled in bubble wrap or paper. Clothes are safe and sound in garbage bags; use travel bags for smaller items.




Purge, Purge, Purge


If you’re a perpetual nomad, you probably know how to live light and move with what you need. If you’re new to last-minute moving it’s time you learn the first rule of relocation—the purge. The purge is the necessary donating and discarding of items that you don’t want to take with you.
Don’t invest too much time deciding whether to take or trash an item. Create two piles—the donation and trash pile—and take everything you’re unsure about with you. You can repeat the process when you begin unpacking at the new place. Reich recognizes the value of purging; “If you can downsize as you relocate, your new home will have that much more space and organization!”


Keep Valuables Close-by


Don’t toss your passport into the bottom of an unmarked box. Gather valuables like money, passports, important documents, jewelry, and other prized possessions and keep them on your person in a clearly distinguishable folder.


Text Friends and Promise Pizza


You may not be able to do this on your own. Text a few friends in the area and lead with the promise of pizza. You can also grant each friend an IOU, but warning, you can expect a call or two requesting that you return the favour.




Find a Large Truck


Your hatchback is not going to cut it. With your life all packed up, you’re going to need a big vehicle to accommodate. Arrange a truck rental service as soon as possible to take you and all of your stuff from point A to point B. Always book a few hours longer than you anticipate needing. Unpacking and returning the vehicle could take longer than planned.


Have a Back-Up Plan (We’ve Got Your Back)



Ideally, you’d love to pack up your place and transport each item to an empty home the very same day. Unfortunately, things don’t always go according to plan. You may need a transitory place to leave your things before your house is available or your lease starts. Call us and we’ll come pick up all your stuff and store it until your new place is ready. Crash at a friend’s place and we’ll return your stuff when you need it.

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