We live in a world where our lives are often a whirlwind of activity. Often, especially if we are invested in our careers, our day to day can be hectic leaving us with little to no spare time for anything else. Sometimes, when we have to move from one apartment to another, it can be difficult to find the time to begin the whole packing process, and before you know it, moving day is almost upon you and you have nothing done. One easy way to get this done is to hire local professionals, for instance look up reliable Portland movers if you are in that area. However, if you are going to do it yourself, never fear, with these handy tips, you can easily pack an apartment up in one day.

Purchase the right packing supplies

To pack your stuff quickly and to ensure it is protected from damage during transit, you will need to get the right supplies. The right materials are important regardless of whether you are moving within the same city or across the state. If you hire professionals, they will bring the packing supplies themselves. If you are doing it yourself, here is a list of things you should buy in advance.

• Packing Boxes

• Old Newspapers

• Packing Tape (Get more than you think you will need)

• Bubble Wrap

• Box Cutters

• Markers

• A pair of Scissors

Close the kitchen first

Prepare to order out for all meals for the day you want to pack. Cooking, heating, and cleaning up is a huge time drain. Close the kitchen and put away your pots and pans so you are not tempted. Pack the china (use bubble wrap) and silverware first, then all the other odds and ends. Give away or consume perishable food items in the days leading up to the move.

Tackle one room at a time

Don’t mix things from one room with another. Just enter one room and start packing till youre done with everything in it before you move to the next one. This will not only save you a lot of time, but also contain the mess. Packing has a tendency of overflowing all over the place if let loose. This will help contain the monster. Label each box as you fill it up and put a list of its contents on top.

Pack wardrobes and closet contents together

Don’t worry about packing clothes and other items separately. Take a bunch of hangers from your closet with their clothes on them and use large garbage bags like you would get bags from the dry cleaners and cover them all, tying the hangers together at the neck with large rubber bands. Not only does this save packing time, all you need to do is hang them up in the new place and you’re sorted. The same goes for contents of drawers, use small boxes and dump contents of each drawer separately. Label these boxes appropriately and you’re done.

Don’t pack things you don’t need

Pack only the things you absolutely definitely want to take with you to the new place. Have two large garbage bags on the ready as you tackle each room. Fill them with things to get rid of in the trash and things to donate. Unless you are 100% sure about taking something to the new place, trash or donate it.

The best thing you can do to get things done quickly is to remain calm and give yourself a break after every few hours of packing.