How to start packing for a move

Wondering how to start packing for a move? Moving to a new home is an exciting journey, but the process of packing up your belongings can often feel overwhelming. However, with the right approach and a bit of organization, you can make the packing process smooth and stress-free. Our team at CareMore Moving & Storage is here to guide you through the essential steps to kickstart your packing journey and ensure a seamless transition to your new home.

how to start packing for a move

Hire CareMore Moving to help you pack:

This is by far the easiest way to get your home safely packed up for your upcoming move. As a full service moving & storage  company we are able to offer packing service to all of our customers. We offer full and partial packs. So whether you need your whole home packed up or would just like some help with the tricky items, we are here to help.  We also arrive with all the packing materials needed so you never have to lift a finger.

Create a Packing Plan:

Before you dive into the packing process, take a moment to create a comprehensive plan. Start by setting a timeline that breaks down the packing tasks over several weeks. This will help you avoid last-minute rushes and reduce stress as moving day approaches.

Gather Packing Supplies:

Collecting the necessary packing materials is crucial. You’ll need sturdy boxes in various sizes, packing tape, bubble wrap, packing paper, and markers for labeling. Make sure to acquire more supplies than you think you’ll need to prevent running out mid-packing.  If you book a move with CareMore moving and are located in the San Francisco area, we offer a free materials drop off right to your front door and then you simply pay for whatever you use. If you are outside the SF area, places such as Box Engine or  Amazon Moving Supplies can also deliver materials right to your door.

Donate or dump any unwanted items.

When preparing for your move, take the opportunity to evaluate your belongings. Items that  you no longer serve you can be donated to help those in need or disposed of. By decluttering before the move, you’ll not only lighten your load but also make a positive impact on others and the environment. Keep in mind that CareMore Moving is able to offer dump services to our customers. Simply give us a call on 415-822-8547 tells us what you would like to dispose of and we will give you a quote. If you have some items that are still in good condition, there are plenty of places to donate them to in SF. Check out our post onWhere to donate furniture when moving

Don’t leave the kitchen until the end:

This is a golden rule when it comes to packing for a move. The kitchen is often one of the most challenging areas to pack due to its assortment of fragile items, appliances, and various odds and ends. Starting early with your kitchen packing ensures that you have ample time to carefully wrap delicate dishes, organize utensils, and secure appliances. By tackling the kitchen sooner rather than later, you’ll avoid the stress of rushing through this vital space and ensure that your move remains on track for a smooth transition.

Room-by-Room Approach:

Packing room by room is the most efficient strategy. Begin with the areas you use less frequently, such as the attic, basement, or spare rooms. As you pack, create a detailed inventory list of the items in each box and label them accordingly.

Pack Methodically:

When packing, always place heavier items at the bottom of the box and lighter ones on top. Wrap fragile items like glassware and dishes in packing paper or bubble wrap, and fill any gaps in the box with packing material to prevent shifting during transportation.

Label Clearly:

Labeling your boxes is a step you won’t regret. Clearly mark each box with the contents and the room it belongs to. This will save you a lot of time and frustration when unpacking in your new home.

Essentials Box:

Pack a separate box with essentials you’ll need immediately upon arriving at your new home. This could include toiletries, a change of clothes, important documents, and some basic kitchen supplies. Keep this box with you during the move for easy access.

Pack a Little Each Day:

Avoid the temptation to leave everything for the last minute. Dedicate some time each day to packing a few boxes. Breaking the task into smaller chunks makes it more manageable and less stressful.

Stay Positive:

Moving is a new chapter in your life, so stay positive throughout the process. Embrace the opportunity to create a fresh start and make your new space truly your own.


As you embark on this exciting journey, remember that careful planning and organization are your keys to a successful move. At CareMore Moving & Storage, we’re here to support you every step of the way. From providing expert packing services to offering tips and guidance, we’re committed to making your move a smooth and memorable experience. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you in making your transition as seamless as possible.

Also check out

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Where to donate food in SF when moving.

Where to donate furniture when moving



August 11, 2023


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