The Junkluggers Guide to Moving In Together
Whether you’re moving in with your significant other, friend, or family members, these tips on how to combine belongings from two households into one will help make the entire process more organized and less stressful.
Moving requires a lot of planning and organization to be done efficiently, especially when you’re merging two homes into one. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or you’re unable to do all the packing and moving, there are professionals you can turn to for help so you don’t have to do the heavy lifting yourself.
Here in this guide on packing for moving in together, we offer tips on preparing, packing, decluttering, and combining your belongings to make your move less daunting and more efficient.
Before You Start Packing
The first step in the moving process is to know your timeline. Before you start packing, it’s necessary to know when you need to be out of your current dwelling and when you’ll be moving into your new home. A timeline is especially helpful when hiring a junk removal company or professional movers to ensure your belongings get picked up on time and arrive at your new home when you need them.
When it comes time to start packing, a little preparation can go a long way. Having to make extra trips to the store to buy more supplies or rummage through boxes to find certain items delays the packing and moving process. By taking a few simple steps to prepare and keep everything organized, you’ll save yourself time, money, and headaches.
Top Tips for Packing and Moving in Together:
- Gather packing and moving supplies first.
- Pack a box of essentials you'll need right away.
- Take an inventory and get rid of duplicates.
- Declutter and donate.
- Pack room by room and clearly label boxes.
- Divide closet space.
- Maximize living space.
- Decorate together.
For more tips on how to prepare and pack for your move, download The Junkluggers’ printable Ultimate Moving Checklist.
Tips for Packing and Moving
Tip: Take an inventory of items and get rid of duplicates
When you’re merging households, you’ll likely have some of the same or similar items. For example, you might have two sets of dishes and silverware or two washing machines, but the need (and room) for only one of them. Make an inventory of both homes, measure everything, and figure out how much square footage you have to work within the new space. Larger items like sofas and dressers may not fit in the new place. One couch may win out over the other simply because the other won’t fit. Another option is to sell what you have and use the money to purchase new furniture and other essential household items together. If you’re still not sure where to begin, check out our helpful step-by-step guide on how to downsize and declutter.
Tip: Donate or get rid of items you don’t need
The Junkluggers makes it easy to get rid of your unwanted items before you move!
Whether you’re moving into a brand new home or someone else is moving into yours, you’ll need all your space. Go through everything in the house together from your closet and storage areas to your bedroom to find the items you don’t use too often. Make a plan to get rid of the possessions you don’t need right away. Make three piles: “keep,” “donate,” and “not sure.” You can go back to the “not sure” pile if you have more space than you thought. A good rule of thumb is to get rid of anything that you haven’t used in over a year. Before you load up your car with items to donate, consider hiring a junk removal company to do the hauling. The professionals in The Junkluggers network offer junk removal services, meaning they will pick up all of your unwanted items, including furniture, clothing, and appliances, sort through everything, and donate and recycle as much as possible, saving you from multiple trips to donation centers or the landfill.
Tip: Pack items room by room and clearly label boxes
Packing items from each room together will keep everything organized and save you time when you’re ready to unpack. Boxes should be labeled with the name of each room accordingly. Whether you’re moving everything yourself or hiring movers, keeping all items from each room together and clearly labeling the boxes will help you or the movers know where to place specific boxes when unloading. Since you’ll likely have multiple boxes for each room, consider writing each item that’s inside the box. This will make unpacking quicker since you’ll know exactly where to find everything just by looking at the box. If you’re worried about movers knowing what’s inside the boxes, you can use abbreviations instead of writing out the actual names -. just be sure that you’ll be able to decipher your code names!
Tip: If you’re still stressed, hire professional movers
If you’re feeling overwhelmed about packing all your belongings in time or doing all the heavy lifting, hiring movers can alleviate some of your burdens. Plus, professional movers know how to pack efficiently and load the truck to ensure everything fits. The Junkluggers offers packing and moving services in select locations. Plus, our professional movers and junk removal professionals will donate and recycle any items that you don’t want to keep.
Tips for Organizing and Sharing Your New Space
Tip: Divide your closet space
Before you start unpacking your clothes, talk about how you’ll divide the closet space. If you’re short on space, sort through your clothing items again and get rid of anything you haven’t worn in a year. Make use of under-bed storage to stow away out-of-season items.
Tip: Find ways to maximize your living space
Combining households requires efficient organization, especially if you’re moving into a smaller space or with more people. There are endless options to help you organize your space. For example, there’s furniture with hidden storage, baskets, containers, and the list goes on. If organizing isn’t your strong suit, there are professionals who can help you with everything from decluttering the playroom to creating an Instagram-worthy pantry.
Tip: Decorate your home together
When the time finally comes to decorate your new home, it’s a good idea to talk about your design preferences and choose which furniture, art, decor, and paint colors you both like. Go shopping together for something new to add to your home. Whether you’re choosing from items you already have or buying something new, the important thing is that you make the decision together and create a space where everyone will feel at home.
Don’t Put Off Decluttering: Call Your Junk Removal Experts Today!
Decluttering your home and donating your unwanted items isn’t the hardest step in the moving process, but it can be time-consuming and require heavy lifting and driving to multiple donation centers to drop off all your items. Before you start throwing things in boxes, go through your stuff and decide what to keep and what to donate or get rid of.
Don’t wait until the last minute to declutter and donate. Learn how The Junkluggers can help save you time and heavy lifting by scheduling junk removal service today!