Renter’s Resources – Packing/Moving Tips



Another inspiration from my first move, was learning a way to make packing for a move less overwhelming. At that time, I was single. I had a small one-bedroom apartment that had one bathroom, a kitchen and living room. Despite the smallness of the place all of the STUFF I had to pack was overwhelming. As the time drew near for my move, I was inspired with one of the best ideas to do which is what Dave Ramsey often says about eating an elephant one bite at a time when it comes to handling what seems like a daunting task. The idea was to pack a room each week that led up to my move except for essential items needed up until then. My packing schedule was something like this:

  • Four weeks before move – pack living room and hall closet
  • Three weeks before move – pack kitchen
  • Two weeks before move – pack bathroom
  • One week before move – pack bedroom.

By the time moving day arrived, I only had a few things left to pack. However, you can pack a lot of the non-essentials which will tremendously reduce the chance of your doing much last-minute packing. This is a big help to making your moving day less stressful.


Often I feel that projects overwhelm us when we look at how many hours are involved until completion. But just getting started is usually not that difficult.

Emily Giffin

Since then, I have learned more about ways to make the move more seamless. I just hope that I don’t have to use them for quite a long time!

Here are some good sources for getting packing materials:

  • Ask your co-workers (they can be a great source for newspapers and boxes)
  • Your workplace can also be a source of materials if it regularly receives shipments
  • Local grocery, office supply, retail and liquor stores
  • Local self-storage and self-moving companies (you will likely have to pay for materials)



Lastly, if you have the budget for it, hire someone to pack and unpack for you! That is truly less stressful. Just be sure to research the company that you use (more about this in a later post).


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