Many people make the mistake of waiting until the last minute to start packing because they are scared that they will end up needing certain things, and then they will be forced to open boxes to find them. In all fairness, if you are trying to determine the first thing to pack before a move that you won’t need, you should know that there are many items that can be handled months in advance.
Start with Big Projects
As the moving day draw closer, you will likely sleep less and have less energy. Do yourself a favor and get all the big projects done ahead of time. This could include taking apart the jungle gym or above ground pool, or going through the storage space in the basement or attic. Time consuming or exhausting projects should come first.
Spare rooms, media and game rooms, and finished basements are generally full of items that can be packed first during a move. Craft supplies, sporting gear, and holiday decorations can all be boxed up unless they are items you are still using frequently.
No one realizes the quantity of clothes they have until they blow through all their moving boxes and have not even made a dent. Seasonal clothing can be one of the first things you pack when moving. If it is summer, pack up all winter clothes, including boots, hats, coats, mittens, etc. If it is winter, you will not need all your shorts, swimsuits, and flip-flops any time soon. If you start packing early enough, you can have a garage sale with everything you no longer need. This will help pay for your moving services.