How To Pack A House Quickly

moving boxes stacked on eachother and on top of furniture

Sometimes in life, opportunities or circumstances arise that cause the need to move quickly from one home to another. A new job, death in the family, or divorce can do just that, as well as several other situations. If that’s you and you’re freaking out, the information below will help. It’s everything you need to know about how to pack a house quickly. Read on to discover how to pack a house fast and be ready to go on moving day.

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What is the Easiest Way to Pack Up a House?

The easiest and quickest way to pack up a house, is to hire a professional moving company. Professional movers can pack up even the biggest house in a single day. If that’s not possible, the easiest way is to go from room to room. As soon as one room is packed, move on to the next. Bring all of your supplies with you each time you move to a new room. Ask friends and family members for help. The more people you have helping you pack, the better. Those with little experience can pack non-fragile items like clothes, toys, linens, etc. 

Steps for Packing a House Up Quickly

Below are the steps and packing tips you can use to pack up your house as fast as possible.

1. Gather all your Packing Materials and Tools

You can’t pack without packing supplies and tools, so best to get those first. You can purchase practically all the packing supplies you need from Storage Solutions or you can find anything we don’t sell, at your nearest big-box department store. Here’s a list of everything you’ll need, including moving boxes.

  • Book boxes / 1.5 cubic feet
  • Medium boxes / 3 cubic feet
  • Large boxes / 4.5 cubic feet
  • Extra-large boxes / 6 cubic feet
  • Dish Pak boxes 
  • Wardrobe boxes
  • Mirror boxes
  • Mattress boxes or bags
  • Packing tape
  • Packing paper
  • Bubble wrap
  • Paper pads
  • Styrofoam “peanuts” 
  • Box dividers
  • Ziploc bags (assorted sizes)
  • Large plastic garbage bags
  • Stretch wrap
  • Tape gun
  • Razor knife
  • Magic markers

2. Go Room to Room when Packing

If you’re packing by yourself, your best bet is to pack one room at a time. That will allow you to have all your packing supplies in one room, cutting down on running back and forth. Once a room is done, move on to the next until all of your rooms are packed. (That includes the garage and attic.)

3. Set Up a Packing Area in Each Room

This tip is an excellent time-saver. Set up a packing area first when you start packing a new room. It would be great if you had a small folding table to use. Then, put your packing paper on top and all of your supplies nearby. You’ll spend a lot less time trying to find what you need and pack things much more quickly. 

4. Start in the Kitchen and Dining Area

The vast majority of breakables in most households are found in the kitchen and dining room. That includes plates, glasses, mugs, glass bowls, small appliances, vases, etc. Since fragile items take the most time to pack, getting them done first make sense. Then you can move on to the easier stuff in the bedrooms and other rooms.

5. Don’t Waste Time Looking at Everything 

It can be very tempting to reminisce when you grab something to pack. The problem is that if you do, the packing will take two or three times as long. Better to just grab & pack, grab and pack, etc. You can reminisce on the other end when you’re unpacking.

6. Don’t Pack things you Don’t Use, Need or Want

Packing takes a lot of time. Packing up things you don’t use, need, or want will take even more time. If you come across something that fits that description, set it aside. You can then toss it, give it away or recycle it when the packing job is done.

Packing Tips for Every Move

Below are some tips that will help you pack faster, no matter your situation. (Some will be more applicable than others.)

  • If you’re moving with kids, have them go to a friend’s house while you pack. That will keep them out from underfoot.
  • If you’re moving to a new state and need self-storage, reserve a storage unit ahead of time. Also, reserve a moving truck as early as possible.
  • Use a carpenter’s tool belt to hold your packing tools. Tape guns, markers, a razor knife, plastic bags, etc. A carpenter’s belt will make last minute packing easier.
  • Use wardrobe boxes for hanging clothes. Wardrobe boxes are one of the easiest ways to move clothes, and you can also put tall items in them. Plus, you can leave your clothes on their hangers!
  • Write the contents of each box on its side with a magic marker. The more details you write, the better you’ll be able to find something. It will also make unpacking easier. (That’s especially true for toiletries and linens you’ll need right away.)

Make Your Move a Breeze with Storage Solutions

The packing tips we’ve given today will help you pack your house quickly. At Storage Solutions, we’ve got clean, safe, and secure storage units across America. They’re affordable, easy to access and make storing things as easy as pie. We even have self-storage packing tips you can use to make things easier. 

Why use self-storage from Storage Solutions? There are many excellent reasons. A storage unit is a great interim solution if your house closing falls through. If you’re moving overseas but want to keep some things, storing them in a self-storage unit is perfect. Did someone in your family pass away and leave you with a lot of stuff? In that case, a storage unit will be very helpful indeed. Self-storage is also perfect when managing clutter in your home. 

In short, if you want to make your move a breeze, Storage Solutions is a great choice.  To find storage, give us a call today. You can also drop by the Storage Solutions location nearest you and meet the onsite manager. They will be happy to show you around and start the rental process.