Moving is a stressful, yet, exciting experience. Packing, on the other hand – not so much. Whether you found yourself having to relocate to Los Angeles abruptly, or you simply got caught up in everyday life and haven’t had the time to start packing here you are- about to move and nothing is packed. We’ve all been there, but don’t worry! With our last-minute moving checklist you’ll get packed and still have time to spare. It is all just a matter of organization and good time management. If you are moving to LA in a hurry, relocation assistance Los Angeles can be of great help.
Keep calm and copy this last-minute moving checklist
Let’s get down to business, there’s no time to waste! Here’s our ultimate last-minute moving checklist (and some extra tips along the way):
- start as early as possible
- gather as many helpers as you can
- get rid of anything you don’t need or use anymore
- don’t forget to prepare an “essentials” bag
- consider hiring a professional mover
- don’t forget to clean your place before you leave
Start as early as possible
As if getting up early wasn’t hard enough, doing it for something as tedious as packing makes it even harder. But don’t tap that snooze button, it is crucial that you use all the time that you have at your disposal. If you are moving to another country, all the more need to pack as carefully as possible when packing last minute. Our international moving company Los Angeles will help ease the relocation process on short notice. Relocating to another country requires even more attention to proper packing since you cannot easily go back if you forget something. Starting early in the morning will give you plenty of time to pack your belongings without having to worry whether you forgot something while you were running around like crazy shoving everything into boxes.
Gather as many helpers as you can
If you have social media accounts, and chances are that you do, this is the time to use them. Ask your friends and family for help, anyone available will be super useful. The more people can help, the better. Make sure to have some snacks and refreshments, as well as to organize people in groups to help pack different rooms in the house. For example, 3 people can pack your kitchen, another 3 can help pack your garage if you have one, 2 of them can drop off donations, etc. The size of the groups will depend on the number of people available to help you. Also, you may not need 15 people if you only have a one-bedroom apartment, so take that into consideration as well when you make your checklist for moving on short notice.
Get rid of anything you don’t need or use anymore
This is a major one! Think about it, say you’re moving to Hawaii from California on short-notice, it is much easier the less you have to drag with you across states. The less things you have to pack, the faster you will be finished. So consider donating anything you don’t need or use anymore. Be honest, do you really need everything? Is there anything in your wardrobe that you’ve completely forgotten about? You can donate any old clothes you have (given they are in good condition) to Goodwill. If you have unused food in your pantry, especially canned food, surely your local food pantry in California will be thankful for such donations. And if you happen to have some furniture you are not too keen on moving with you to your new home, you can check out Donation Town where you’ll find nearby charities in California which will take old (but not disheveled) furniture.
Don’t forget to prepare an “essentials” bag
In the haste of packing, don’t forget to pack some items you use on a daily basis in a separate handbag. You don’t want your toothbrush or medications to end up taped in one of the dozens of identical boxes. Make sure you include your toiletries, essential clothing items, prescription medication, vitamins, personal documents, and keys, to name a few. If you have a pet or a child don’t forget to pack an “essentials” bag for them, too.
Consider hiring a professional mover
Although this last-minute moving checklist is hopefully helpful, the best option you have is to hire a professional moving company. If you are relocating your business, all the more need to hire a commercial moving company. Hiring a professional mover such as commercial movers Los Angeles is a much easier and stress-free way to relocate your office last-minute. Although moving last-minute will significantly shorten the list of available movers, it can also be a lot cheaper. Make sure to read customer reviews and do your research before contracting a certain company. If all seems good, professional movers can be a blessing. Not only will professionals pack your home or office much faster, they also know exactly how to handle different items to avoid damage in transit.
Don’t forget to clean your place before you leave
If you are selling or renting your home, or you yourself are a renter, it is important to at least marginally clean up the place before you leave. We know that moving on short-notice doesn’t leave time for a big detailed clean. Make sure to at least clean the kitchen stove and countertops, as well as your bathroom, and vacuum the floors. Your landlord will appreciate it, or if you are looking to sell or rent your place, it will leave a better impression on your potential buyers/renters.
Those were some of the most important things on a last-minute checklist, add some more that are tailored according to your specific situation. Either way, try to go through the moving process as stress-free as possible. Although it may sound impossible, try to have fun even when packing last-minute. Try to make memories with your loved ones. Having fun will take away from the stress that is packing and relocation in a hurry.