Best tips on moving by yourself

Moving by yourself - woman holding a box

Whether you are moving for the first time or the tenth time, you will be stressed out. Especially if you don’t have anyone to help you do it. And we know for a fact that moving by yourself requires a lot of planning ahead, good organization and most importantly a lot of time and energy. But don’t get demotivated by this. Some people would give anything to be able to do everything alone. They just find that moving by yourself is much easier than moving with your family. Some would agree and some wouldn’t. We will give you the best tips which are guaranteed to make your move as easy and stress-free as possible.

The beginning of packing

Packing by yourself is the thing that will consume most of your time and energy. That’s why you should start packing as soon as possible because there are a lot of things to do. And you don’t want to add on extra stress on yourself by starting in the nick of time. Don’t forget to prepare everything you need for packing. And if you are moving on a short notice this is also the best place to start from. The most important things are:

  • paper or plastic boxes
  • tape
  • garbage bags
  • a list for keeping track
Moving plan.
It’s important to stay organized when moving by yourself.

Making sure you have these before you start packing is key. Our recommendation is that you find these supplies as cheap as possible. After all, you will throw a big majority of it away after your move. Plus it’s good to deduct moving expenses as much as possible, and this is one of many ways to do just that.


Decluttering is a way of getting rid of all the old things you simply don’t need or use anymore. And trust us when we say that you have a lot of such things if you don’t declutter annually. By doing this, you are making sure that your move is going to be much easier. You can do many things with the things that you don’t need anymore. You can donate a lot of it. Clothes, books, plates, glasses. There is always someone who needs something you don’t. But there are certain things that you must throw away, of course. Old and useless stuff is never good to keep with you especially if you are moving into a new home. There are a lot of decluttering tips that can help you do it faster and more efficient.

Packing the rest

So you’ve now either donated or thrown away a lot of things. Now it’s time to start packing. There is an order that you can follow in order to make moving by yourself and packing easier. Firstly start with the things you don’t really need all the time. So paintings, family albums, decorative items you have around your home, books. And these are the things that you can definitely store away so they aren’t in the way. The best thing to do is to find a storage unit.

Man in a storage room.
Having a storage unit may come in handy.

The next thing you should pack is your closet. You definitely don’t need all of your clothes all the time. Packing things you don’t wear at the moment is the best step you can take. Moving them out of the way while you pack other stuff is better because you will keep them clean. As you can guess, there is a lot of mess when you are moving. In your case, when moving by yourself, the mess might be minimal.

Next in line are bed sheets, towels, bathroom supplies. You really only need the things necessary for your hygiene which you will pack later of course. Then you can move to the kitchen. This step should really be the last as the thing in your kitchen are most breakable and you need to pack them with care. And it will take you time to do it properly.

Few tips on packing

While packing anything, make sure you fill the box a way that your stuff won’t get ruined. So don’t just throw the things inside. There is some logic to packing and anyone can do it right. Sometimes, people think that labeling is stupid as you can just open the boxes and see what’s inside. But labeling is not only helpful for you but for your movers too. If you label the boxes they will be able to store the boxes in proper rooms. So for example, if you wrote “kitchen” they will know to take the box to the kitchen. This will come in handy. So remember to label whether you are moving by yourself or not. Making lists will also keep you organized and it will be helpful if something goes wrong.

Packed box.
There is a way to pack properly without a lot of mess.

Moving by yourself

So the day of the move is getting closer. Hopefully, you are bringing the packing to an end by now. And hopefully, you organized a moving company on time. If you are moving alone, a moving company is something that you just need to spare the money for. There are certain characteristics of a good moving company and you should definitely look it up and get the information you need on time. If you hire a moving company you are making sure that you aren’t too stressed about everything. Moving companies hire only the best people that are guaranteed to keep your belongings safe and delivered on time where ever you want them to do so.

If you’re not hiring a moving company you’re probably renting a truck or a minivan. And if you aren’t doing this either, we have bad news for you. Moving by car is the worst thing you can do. You will be more tired, you might get hurt while carrying everything from your home to your car and then back from your car to your new home. So definitely consider hiring a moving company. And if you still decide not to do so, then good luck.

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