Packing Tips For a Move-What To Pack First

The most time consuming process during moving and relocation is packing of the household items. Therefore, immediately you make up your mind that you intend to relocate you should consider beginning the packing process as soon as possible.

 The packing process has to be well planned and sequential. For example, it would be unwise to pack the items in the bathroom prior to the moving day as this would deny you the use of your bathroom and its items.

That being said and done, it’s very crucial that you know what to pack first when preparing for a move.


Packing wrong items means loss of valuable time hence you might not be able to accomplish the task in good time.

How to prepare for packing

Make an inventory of all items in your house

Over the years you may accumulate a lot of items and most of them get forgotten. You might even not need some of these items. Take an inventory of your home to be sure of what you own. You can create a list of your items either by using a pen and a paper or by using a computer. This inventory list will be very helpful later when you begin the actual packing process as it will help you decide which items are to be packed in what box. You will also be able to cross check the items delivered against your Inventory to ensure that all items have been delivered.

How to Make a Moving Inventory Checklist

Sort and discard items you do not need. You can use the checklist to decide on which items you are going to be move as well as make a decision about which items you do not need.

Below is a list of classification tips for your items during the packaging process.

  • Items /Possessions to be packed for the move: It is important to note that all items packed will incur transport costs and moving costs. Thus you should ensure that you only move necessary items only.
  • Items /Possessions to be sold. Some items that you intend to discard may be valuable and in usable condition. You should try to sell these items either directly or through online means. The funds that will be generated from the sale can be redirected to the moving budget. Consider the cost benefit analysis of moving heavy items such as furniture. In some cases it could be better to sell old furniture and purchase new ones in the new destination.
  • Items/Possessions to give away or donate: You should seriously consider giving away items or donating items to friends or charity organizations instead of throwing them
  • Items/Possessions for recycling: You should ensure that all items that cannot be given away or sold are recycled using environment friendly methods.

Tips on which room should be packed first.

Undoubtedly it is critical to ensure that you follow a rational and sequential process when packing in preparation for a move.

Start by packing your rooms that are used least:

You should start packing rooms that are unoccupied or those that are least used. Can you imagine a scenario where you pack your bedroom first? How would you get to your bed with lots of piles of boxes and items to be moved? It would be messy and the move would prove to be stressful.

Start by packing the hardest rooms: This will ensure that before your energy and enthusiasm for the move is sapped you will have done most of the packing task.As a rule of the thumb the storage areas should be given priority during the packing process.i.e they should be sorted and packed first.

  • The Basement; The basement is usually mostly used as storage areas and may contain a lot of junk items. You should always know that anything you choose to move will cost you money. Some items in the basement may also be hazardous so you should be wary so that they do not hurt you.
  • Closets. You should sort and pack the items in the closets early. This ensures that you will save on time during the actual move.
  • Guest Rooms. These in most cases contain fewer items hence do not take a lot of time to sort.
  • Kitchen. The Kitchen is time consuming to sort and pack. Do not wait until the moving day to sort and pack the Kitchen. This is because it contains things like utensils, cutlery and items under the sink among others that may take hours to pack.
  • Living Room. Deciding to pack the living room last is sensible. This is majorly because it is the room where family members meet and talk and have fun together. The children also play and move in the sitting room hence it would be risky for them to jump over packed items such as couches, TV’s or computers.
  • Kid’s room. If your kid is old enough let them help you in sorting and packing there items such as books, furniture, clothes, and shoes among other items. This will also be particularly helpful during the unpacking process as they will be able to identify all there items and can also be able to notice misplaced or missing items.


Bedroom: Your bedroom should be the last to pack besides the bathroom. This is because you will need a lot of mental energy and rest to be able to plan and execute a successful packing and moving.

  • Bathroom. You need to have a shower every single day including the moving day. This means packing your bathroom items should come last.