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One of the most important elements of planning a move is packing all of your belongings. Packing your belongings is so important because this is, in many ways, the most delicate part of a move. If you do not pack your belongings properly, then the risk of damage during transportation is much higher. Whether you will hire movers NYC or do it yourself, the timing of packing can play an important role. It also depends on the size of your home and how many people are moving. Family relocations are often especially complex due to so many people having so many things. So, the question is when should you start packing for a family relocation? 

First phase – A month and a half to two months

In this first phase, you will basically plan on what you are taking with you and what you are leaving behind. The best way to do this is to create an inventory list and acquire moving boxes and packing supplies as soon as possible. After that, you should start working on decluttering your home. Over the years you must have hoarded quite a few things that you do not need anymore. Some are garbage, some you just do not need anymore. The latter you can donate, give away, or sell. 

Second phase – Around a month before the moving date

Before you start packing for a family relocation create plans on which items go together. You should also start looking for movers if you haven’t already. Whether you will look for movers that provide packing services NYC or you just need them for the standard heavy lifting, you need to start working on it now. 

a travelling suitcase and clothes
You can pack off-season clothes first

Third phase – 2 to 3 weeks before the moving date is when you start packing for a family relocation

Get the proper packing materials first. Make a plan using the inventory list and then divide the tasks. With good organization, with several hours of work per day, you can pack the entire home, no matter its size, in these few weeks. The goal is to enter the final week with just the necessary items still unpacked. Then you only need to deal with them, and, you are ready for your moving day. You can also store some of your belongings well in advance. Contact your moving company and ask for their storage services

When to start packing for a family relocation? Around two months before
Essentials kits are something you can think about weeks ahead

Essentials box (or rather boxes)

This is one of the most important things regarding packing you need to do. Every family member has their own daily needs. This is where essentials kits or boxes come into play. What you need to do is to pack the necessary items for each member of the family. The length of the move here plays a key role. Depending on how long the move will take, you may need several clothing items for everyone. To start packing for a family relocation, you will need a varying amount of food or snacks, and an abundance of water, as well as necessary medicine. Chargers, laptops, etc, may also be a part of this. Essentials kits are usually best packed the day before, as you will probably still use some items until the last moment.

About Author

Born and raised in the upper east side of NYC. I consider myself an expert with anything moving or storage related aspects in New York City. Having been in the NYC relocation industry for almost two decades I found myself at a point that I am able to answer and help my clients on the first phone call. NYC is amazing and I can't wait for it to recover from the COVID related closures. Feel free to email or call anytime! 212-244-4011