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What to Pack First When Moving

If you find yourself procrastinating, it’s probably because you can’t decide what to pack first when moving. With this list in hand, you won’t even have to think about what to pack first. Follow along, getting started your moving process today. 

Items in storage

First things first, you need to pack all your stuff when moving. Whether packed in a storage unit, your garage, or deep in your walk-in closet, these items are easy to pack since they’re most likely already in boxes. Just make sure to take things out, get rid of all trash, and try to consolidate things in boxes as much as possible. The fewer boxes on move-out day, the better as it saves you time and money!

Out-of-season clothes

Out-of-season clothes are easy to pack first when moving because they are already in boxes. Plus, these clothes may not need to be accessed for several months. On day one of packing, you can go ahead and get them out of the way, giving you enough packing momentum to tackle more difficult parts of your home.

Extra towels and linens

Extra towels and linens are the perfect belongings to pack first when moving. The moving day is not the ideal time to change your sheets or try to wash & dry a large pile of dirty laundries. Instead, plan on washing the last few dish and bath towels so you can keep your laundry basket empty and ready for move-out day.  


Choose a few books you want to keep easily accessible and pack the rest of your books first when moving. Just make sure you return borrowed books to their owners, whether your friends or the library. You don’t want to be liable for those books if they get lost during your move.

Artwork, wall hangings, and picture frames

Though wall hangings can be tricky to pack, they’re a great place to begin. Most likely, the only practical use for your artwork and picture frames are as decorations, and you don’t need them up while packing. Not to mention, it’s easy to forget to take them down when the chaos of move-out day rolls around. Avoid forgetting about wall hangings by prioritizing these items when deciding what to pack first when moving.

Any and all knick-knacks 

No matter how special small things are to you, you’ve got to pack your knick-knacks first when moving. If you procrastinate on packing knick-knacks, it’s easy to get overwhelmed at the last minute by these small pieces scattered throughout your home. Whether it’s an old souvenir or a trendy jewelry dish, make these items a priority when you start packing.

Pack also an overnight bag with important items

No one wants to think about it, but sometimes, despite our best efforts, your moving can go wrong in some way and items can get lost in the shuffle. In order to make sure nothing irreplaceable gets lost, we recommend packing a separate overnight bag with your most important and handy items:

  • Family photos;
  • Expensive jewelry;
  • Laptops and other work-related items;
  • Clothes for a few days, plus toiletries;
  • Laptops and other work-related items;
  • Important documents (passports, birth certificates, deeds, etc.);