Although moving to a new home can be a quite frustrating and overwhelming process, you can make it a lot easier if you prepare a moving out list. Play smart and adjust in advance because you really don’t want to find yourself caught in a sticky situation if you forgot something and have to organize last minute. Besides, some things are impossible to organize in a hurry. There are a lot of procedures involved in a stress-free moving, and we will try to break them into a few easy steps, and if you follow this guide, you have a recipe for success. 

Moving Your Apartment For The First Time

If you have never moved before, this can all seem frightening. First thing’s first, put your affairs in order so that you can move with a clean slate. Make a checklist for the bills for your apartment and see if there are any unpaid ones left behind. If you have subscriptions of any kind reroute them to your future address or cancel them if that is not possible. It is not a bad idea to research a little bit more about your future city, climate, and surroundings and prepare for the eventual differences.

A fresh start shouldn't be stressful.The Checklist

As for the furniture, clothes, and the items you are going to pack, we have prepared a checklist. This will help you a lot to carry out the packing in an organized and systematic fashion.

Furniture

Inspect all of your furniture and make a virtual plan of the apartment you are relocating to. Try to incorporate your furniture into that visual representation and see where you are at. If your future apartment is smaller than the current one, don’t be tempted to shovel in more furniture than you want for a comfortable living space. If you cannot bring everything with you, that is ok. You can donate, give away, or sell the excess. These furniture items will usually find their place in your future apartment:

  • Sofa
  • Couch
  • Bed
  • Dinner table and chairs
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Vanity
  • Armchair
  • Coffee table
  • Simple open shelves
  • Bathroom shelves
  • Shoe dresser
  • TV stand
  • Bookshelves
  • Nightstand

There are items among your furniture that are bulky and not easy to transport. But if they have a specific value, whether they are expensive designer furniture or family heritage, you surely wouldn’t like to leave them behind. The problem is that they usually require special packaging since most of the time, they cannot be disassembled. In the end, it is for you to decide if you are willing to go through all the hassle to bring your old china cabinet or hardwood wardrobe with you. You have an option of storing it in a storage unit until the time is right to bring it to your apartment.

Kitchen

We are going to divide this space into two categories for easier organization of packing.

Kitchen Appliances and Electronics 

If you have some appliances and electronics that are broken and should be repaired, you should estimate the cost for the repair and see if it is better just to buy new ones instead. But here are some of the usual appliances you might want to pack for the transport.

  • Stove and stove-top burners 
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave oven 
  • Mixer
  • Juicer
  • Blender
  • Food processor
  • A toaster and/or toaster oven
  • Coffeemaker
  • Kettle
  • Cooking timer and thermometer

If the big appliances are integrated into your cabinets, see if it is possible to incorporate them into your new kitchen, unless you are also transporting furniture such as cupboards and workspace.

Dishes, Tools, Safety and Cleaning Supplies

Now proceed to the smaller and not so small stuff from your kitchen. Again, check what is necessary, what you want, and what has lost its use for you and add it or take it off the checklist.

  • Pots and Pans
  • Glassware
  • Cups and mugs
  • Plates and bowls
  • Knives
  • Cutlery
  • Cooking utensils (spatulas, spoons, measuring cups, can opener, colander, cutting board, etc.)
  • Baking sheets and pans
  • Salt and pepper shakers
  • Mixing bowls 
  • Trash can
  • Oven mitts
  • Dishtowels
  • Table cloths
  • Dish rack
  • Paper towels, napkins, foils
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Sanitary and cleaning supplies like sponges, washing soap and disinfectants

Kitchen is tricky, thanks to so many items it holds.

Bathroom, Toilet, and Laundry Room

A lot of your bathroom items are very much integrated and impossible to disassemble without damage (like cabinets and mirrors). There is also the presumption that most of the “bathroom furniture” that you have here, you will also have in the bathroom in the future apartment. Here is a checklist of the things you’ll probably be able and would want to bring.

Bathroom

  • Bathroom mirror
  • Towel rack
  • Soap dispensers
  • Toothbrush holders
  • Shower curtain and liner
  • Bathroom mat
  • Towels
  • Your cosmetics and medicines
  • Soapdish
  • Shower caddy
  • Towel hooks
  • Toilet brush
  • Toilet paper holder
  • Toiletries
  • Hairstyling tools
  • Wastebasket 

Toilet 

  • Towel rack
  • Soap dispensers
  • Soapdish
  • Towel hooks
  • Toilet brush
  • Toilet paper holder
  • Toiletries

Laundry Room and Storage

  • Laundry basket
  • Drying rack
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Laundry detergent, and softener
  • Vacuum 
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Mop and bucket
  • Garbage can and bags
  • Cleaning supplies

A bathroom shouldn’t take a lot of time to pack.

Bedroom

Depending on the layout of your apartment, your bedroom can be composed of multiple areas. We are going to assume that you keep your wardrobe in your bedroom and count it in the checklist.

  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Duvets
  • Mattress
  • Linens
  • Rugs
  • Alarm clock and other small nightstand items 
  • Jewelry box and jewelry
  • Clothes
  • Suitcases
  • Clothing storage
  • Hangers
  • Under-bed storage
  • Drawer organizers
  • Mirror

Bedroom usually consists of two or more areas.

Living Room and Dining Room

These two spaces are usually conjoined or somewhat near each other, and we are going to put them into the same category.

Living Room

  • Throw pillows
  • Throw blankets
  • Rugs
  • Books
  • Living room electronics (TV, DVD player, Sound system, Fan, Game consoles, etc.)

Dining Room

  • Vases
  • Cutlery
  • Plates and bowls
  • Rugs
  • Tablecloths
  • Seating coversAfter packing your furniture, take care of all the other smaller items.

Everything Else You Need to Consider

This is a moving out checklist in general. It is bound to come to certain adaptations for your particular apartment. Not every residence is the same and has the same furniture, so feel free to add categories and things you can not find on this list. In the end, there are a few more things you are going to have to double-check before you start packing.

Don’t forget anything, check and double-check.

Don’t Forget About First Aid Kit and Safety Supplies

This item should usually be in an easily-reachable place, but it is up to personal preference. You can find them in the living room, bathroom, or storage.

Storage Solutions

Storage can be in all kinds of places, and the type of it varies a lot. You can find storage in your bathroom, living room, bedroom on the attic, etc. Even though you might not want to bring them all, bring the ones that will have the most use in your future apartment.

Moving Supplies

Although you will have to buy a lot of supplies, you might find many of them at home, like old but sturdy boxes, packing paper, shrink wrap, bubble wrap, etc.

Isolate Your Paper and Cardboard Goods

Your documents, photo albums, books, and similar things should be tightly isolated from possible water and vapor damage. The smartest thing to do is to keep the important documents in a waterproof bag nearby.

When relocating to a new home, you have quite a lot of stuff to think about, and this guide might help you and take at least a small burden off your shoulder. If you need any assistance with moving you can contact our company and get a quote.

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