Leaving Town in a Hurry? How to Pack and Move at Top Speed

Smiling young couple move into a new home carrying boxes of belongings.

Maybe you’ve been hired for your dream job, and at your dream salary, no less — but the office is across the country, and they want you to start in two weeks! Or you have finally taken the plunge and decided to move in with your girlfriend, and with no time to spare since your lease runs out next Friday.

Of course, since packing and moving is no fun at all, there’s always the possibility that you have had plenty of time to plan, but have used the time to procrastinate instead.

No matter what the reason, it is possible to relocate on short notice. You’re going to have to hustle, though! So read on to learn how to pack and move in a hurry — and then get to work!

1. Contact the Movers ASAP

The first thing to do is to get in touch with a reliable moving company and book their services. Don’t put this step off until the last minute. Otherwise, you might end up toting everything yourself.

And if you have to rent a truck — or beg, borrow, or steal one from a friend — the entire process will be that much more difficult.

When you call the movers to book moving services, make sure you understand what’s involved in those services. You may want to do all the packing yourself, but if you need help with that task, let the representative know immediately.

How much assistance you require will affect the availability of professional movers, as well as the price you’ll pay.

2. Do a Quick Cull

Next, it’s time to clear out the clutter, so that you’re not stuck moving things you don’t want to keep. It’s best to be merciless at this stage, and it can feel great to unload a lot of unnecessary junk. After all, why not make this a completely fresh start?

Donate, give to friends, or throw away any items you haven’t used in a while, or don’t have plans to use again in the near future. If you have time to post some items for sale on Craigslist or hold a quick yard sale, do — but if not, put those belongings on the curb for the first lucky taker.

Remember that many charity organizations will come to pick up donations, and it will be a huge timesaver for you to take advantage of this offer.

3. Think Convenience Over Other Factors

In everyday life, qualities like being thrifty and environmentally friendly are wonderful. However, when you’re trying to pack and move in a hurry, they can slow you down.

So don’t worry about that last inch of shampoo left in the bottle; empty it and recycle the bottle. Instead of waiting to pack up your silverware, dishes, and the contents of your fridge until the morning of the move, get it all squared away and live off of takeout and plastic utensils for a few days. It’s worth your sanity!

How to Pack and Move in a Hurry?

Even if you don’t currently have plans to move, it’s good to learn how to pack and move in a hurry — just in case you’re ever in this situation!  

Need help with any aspect of the moving process? Give us a call and let us put our expertise to work for you.


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