NYC Movers For Family Homes Explain When & How To Start Packing For Local Moves

Aug 15, 2023

Breaking news: this expert moving guide reveals that no, one day is not enough to pack a full house.

I had a colleague/friend who was always late for work, every single day. And before that, she was late for class, always. Anyway, one day, she was fired - for being late.

Honestly, it was just a matter of time.

And you're here because you also have a problem that's a "matter of time" and that is: you don't know how much time you need to pack up your house.

Which is understandable. You don't wanna start too early and then live for months surrounded by boxes; but you also don't wanna start too late and... well, that's a disaster that's hard to capture in a single funny image. I guess if I had to try, I'd go with "pack your boxes the garbage disposal way: just flip the shelves and cabinets into boxes."

There must be an optimal time to start packing, right? TL;DR: There is; it's one month, in most cases.

If you want a more detailed look at the moving process, either stick around with yours truly or check out this packing guide written by moving professionals.

✔️ Moving is More Stressful than Divorce

Apparently, 45% of Americans find moving more stressful than getting divorced, getting married, and having children. Wow. I did not see that coming - moving? The most stressful event in life? Come on guys, prom was so much worse for many of us! But I digress.

Yes, moving is, without a doubt, stressful. But, if we're being honest, we are responsible for some of that stress because we fail to plan and organize the move to make our lives easier.

And it all starts with packing.

✔️ Yes; If You're Moving Tomorrow, It's Late

For a four-bedroom family home, you will need around 100 boxes - or at least that's what the experts say. In any case, that number alone should clue you in that no, one day is not enough to pack everything.

Of course, each move is different. When you should start packing depends on how much stuff you have, to a degree. However, a good rule of thumb is to start one month before you have to leave your current home. This way you'll have plenty of time to go through your belongings, declutter, and pack everything little by little.

You should start with the rooms you use the least. If you're like most people, that's probably gonna be the dining room. The areas and things you need the most, and use daily, should be packed last.

If you do that, you should be just fine and ready for your move day.

✔️ Hiring Professional Help

However, if you're still months away from your move, you might wanna consider hiring a professional to do all the work for you. Moving companies often offer packing, and even unpacking.

I do recommend though that you don't just hire any moving company. You have time, you're not moving tomorrow, so evaluate your options. With, you can get up to seven free quotes from licensed and insured moving companies. They have over 700 movers listed on the site, so you're probably gonna find one that's just right.

You can check out a list of moving companies in NYC at

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