What to pack first when moving home

Packing is an unavoidable reality of moving homes. You want to do it as efficiently as possible whilst still making sure that your belongings will be safe during their transit. Allied Pickfords offer Valet Packing and Unpacking services where you can leave it all to the professionals, however, if you prefer to do the packing yourself, here are some of our tips for packing for a home move.  

Begin packing your home well in advance where possible. Waiting until the last minute will leave you stressed as the list of things to do continues to grow and the minutes on the clock continue to shrink. Getting started early will mean that if you do come across any setbacks, you will not be left out of time.

Before you begin packing, go through each room in your home and compile a comprehensive list of everything that you have. This will serve as your own inventory when you are moving and help you keep track of your belongings as well as give you a good idea of everything that you have.

Whilst you are creating your inventory, you should categorise items into three different categories:

  • Items to be sold/donated

Anything that still has life in it, but you do not wish to keep.

  • Items to be discarded

This category will include all the things that cannot be sold or donated and that you do not want to bring with you to your new home.

  • Items to be packed for moving

Things that you will bring with you to your new home.

Reducing the number of items that you have will make your move easier as well as help keep costs down.  

Which room should you pack first?

Begin with the rooms that get used the least. Storage rooms such as the garage, attic or any closet areas are a good place to start. These rooms may surprise you as you find items that you never knew you had. This is a good opportunity to look at what you might want to keep, donate or throw away. Remember that moving with more possessions will make your move more expensive, as your volume will be higher.

Once you have finished with storage rooms, move on to the rooms that are not in use. This includes second living rooms, spare bedrooms or any other rooms that do not get as much use in your home. You may find these rooms easier to pack as they do not have as many personal belongings inside.

Which rooms do I leave until last?

Leave your bathroom as the last thing you pack when you are moving homes. You will still need it and its contents until your last day in your home. Your bedroom should also be one of the last rooms you pack when moving homes. You will need to bedroom in the leadup to your move so that you have somewhere nice to retreat to for a nap when you have spent a long day packing your home.  

If you would like to get a head start on packing your bedroom, begin with the things that you will not be needing in the weeks leading up to your move such as off-season clothing and decorations. This will give you a bit of a head start for when you begin packing.

What should you pack first?

You should begin by packing all your non-essential items. This includes items that you will not be needing in the lead-up to your move. Some examples are:

  • Decorations
  • Books
  • Kitchenware
  • Off-season clothes

Survival Kit

Once your move date begins to loom closer, pack a survival kit. This should include everything that you will need for the final few days before your move as well as your first few days in your new home. This will be the first box that you open when you arrive in your new home.  

This kit might include things such as:

  • Phone charger
  • Hair dryer
  • Change of clothes
  • Sheet
  • Toiletries

You can add whatever else you may need to your own survival kit, it all depends on your own requirements!

How to pack your belongings

Make sure that you are using high quality packing materials. You do not want to end up with broken or crushed boxes or damage to expensive furniture because you decided to cut corners when purchasing your packing materials.

You can choose to use Allied Pickfords to pack your belongings for you and we will use only the highest quality packing materials. Allied Pickfords packing materials have been developed over hundreds of years of moving people and will protect your belongings during transit. When the staff at Allied Pickfords pack your belongings for a move they will be able to identify at risk objects which require special packing, and take accurate measures to ensure that those items remain secure during transit.

Learn more about our Valet Packing and Unpacking services here!