Let’s face it, nobody enjoys moving. It’s difficult to move everything you have into a new place and adjust to unfamiliar surroundings. When you have to move into a temporary place, whether it’s because of a job or you’re waiting to move into a new home, there are even more challenges to deal with. Knowing how to pack for a temporary move can save you time, money and a headache later on.
5 Packing Tips for a Short-Term Move
1. Bring only what you’ll need.
Before you pack anything, find out what your temporary place includes. Is it furnished or unfurnished? Do you need your own cooking utensils? Whatever your temporary residence lacks, make sure to add it to your moving list.
2. Stop and get organized.
A temporary residence isn’t a place where you’ll want your kids to pull out every toy. You’ll want to keep some things in storage and other things neatly within reach if you need them. Staying organized during your temporary move makes things easier when you leave and move into your new place.
3. Know the weather.
Considering the climate is important. If you’re moving from the northeast to the southwest, you may not need those huge overcoats and plush jackets. Don’t be afraid to toss out clothing or donate it to a local charity. Pack lightweight clothing if you’re moving to a warmer climate and a variety of clothing for a place that has all four seasons.
4. Don’t forget what’s important.
Locate and pack all the important things like birth certificates, insurance policies and identification cards. Make sure that you have your driver’s license with you and your passport if you have one. Keep all your business documents neatly organized and packed in a separate box marked “Important!” for easy identification or consider a fireproof lock box to keep them safe.
5. Be realistic.
Take only what’s necessary. Extra sheets, toiletries and clothing are some of the most important things that you’ll need for a temporary move. One rule of thumb: If you don’t need it, don’t bring it.
Packing for a temporary move shouldn’t cause a lot of stress. Pack what you’ll need for the duration of your stay, and store the rest. Getting organized and making sure to label boxes properly will go a long way in taking the stress out of your move. Make the temporary move much easier on yourself by saving all the real work for moving into your new place.