How long before moving house should you start packing?
May 27, 2024

Moving to a new house is an exciting yet daunting task. Among the numerous responsibilities involved, packing stands out as a significant undertaking. But how far in advance should you start packing? This article will provide you with a comprehensive guide to ensure a smooth and organised moving process.

Understanding Your Moving Timeline

Before diving into packing specifics, it’s crucial to assess your moving timeline. Factors such as the size of your current home, the amount of belongings you have, and the distance to your new residence will influence your packing schedule.

Consideration of Moving Date

The first step is to determine your moving date. Are you relocating next month, in six months, or a year? This will be the cornerstone of your packing timeline.

Assessment of Household Items

Take inventory of your household items. Are there items you can pack early, such as offseason clothing or decorative pieces? Identifying these items will help streamline your packing process.

Creating a Packing Schedule

Early Preparation (6-8 Weeks Before Moving)

At this stage, focus on decluttering and organising. Begin packing items that you rarely use, such as out-of-season clothing, books, and decor. Donate or sell items you no longer need to lighten your load.

Room-by-Room Strategy

Divide your home into zones and tackle one area at a time. Start with less frequently used rooms like the attic, basement, or guest bedroom. Label boxes clearly to streamline unpacking later.

Midway Preparation (4-6 Weeks Before Moving)

As your moving date approaches, ramp up your packing efforts. Begin packing items from everyday living spaces such as the kitchen, living room, and bedrooms.

Pack Essentials Separately

Set aside essentials you’ll need during the final days before moving. This includes toiletries, a change of clothes, and important documents. Keep these items in a separate box for easy access.

Final Preparation (1-4 Weeks Before Moving)

With just a few weeks left, focus on finishing touches and logistics. Pack remaining items, disassemble furniture, and coordinate with movers if applicable.

Labelling and Organising

Ensure all boxes are properly labeled with their contents and destination room. This will expedite the unpacking process and minimise confusion on moving day.

Factors to Consider

Size of Your Household

The size of your household plays a significant role in determining your packing timeline. Larger households may require more time to pack efficiently.

Distance of the Move

Consider the distance of your move when planning your packing schedule. Longer distances may necessitate earlier packing to account for transportation logistics.

Special Considerations

If you have fragile or valuable items, allocate additional time for careful packing and handling. Consider hiring professionals for specialised items to ensure they arrive safely at your new home.


In conclusion, the key to a successful and stress-free move lies in careful planning and preparation. By starting your packing process early and following a structured timeline, you can alleviate much of the burden associated with moving house.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Can I start packing too early?
Starting early allows for a more organised move, but be mindful not to pack essential items you’ll need daily.

What if I’m running out of time to pack?
Prioritise packing essential items and enlist the help of friends or professional movers to expedite the process.

Should I pack everything myself, or hire professionals?
It depends on your budget, timeframe, and the complexity of your move. Professional movers can streamline the process but come at an additional cost.

How should I handle fragile items during packing?
Use adequate padding and sturdy boxes to protect fragile items. Consider wrapping delicate items individually in bubble wrap or packing paper.

What should I do with items I no longer want?
Donate, sell, or recycle items you no longer need. Decluttering before your move will save time and space.

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