I'm a last minute packer….

posted 3 years ago in Home
  • poll: What kind of packer are you?
    Last minute for sure, typically the morning of : (23 votes)
    14 %
    I usually pack the day before : (41 votes)
    24 %
    A few days before : (15 votes)
    9 %
    I'm prepared, I pack everything a week before : (33 votes)
    20 %
    I quickly pack : (24 votes)
    14 %
    I slowly pack : (32 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 3
    11379 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @cupcakebride2013:  your kind of packing would stress me out.  i am a very organized packer.  things would be ready for the movers days beforehand.

    good luck with your move.  it’ll be very exciting for you.

    Post # 4
    10454 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I couldn’t physically pack up my stuff quickly enough to get it all done in 12 hours.  I’m sure I’ll be up late the night before getting some stuff ready though.

    Post # 6
    1148 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’m a procrastinator, so when my husband and I knew we were going to be moving out of our apartment, I started to pack the things we didn’t use or need all that often, and tried to spend a day packing each week before moving out (about a month and a half before we could move into our house). Of course there were still things that were packed last minute, but for the most part it was all done by the time my parents showed up to help!

    Packing for vacation, however, I usually do the day before. I do make a list of what I’ll need a week or so beforehand, and use that to make sure to get all of my things rounded up when I’m ready to pack.

    Post # 7
    4474 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    Well when going away for trips I almost always pack the night before, unless I’m off the day of travel and I have an afternoon/evening flight. But if I’m working and leaving after work, etc. then I have to pack the evening before or when else would I do it? My husband and I are moving out of state on July 30. We have not started packing yet! My mom is also moving and she certainly has (she started in May), but we only have a one bedroom and the moving company will be packing up all of our china and crystal, which is really the big ticket items that I am stressed about moving. For that type of packing, I’ll probably really start going at it next week. 

    Post # 8
    2831 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    for trips, this is my plan of attack- i make a list the week before, then i do laundry, then i pack. i’m usually packed mostly by the day before we leave.

    for moving, it’s another story. last time i moved apartments, i packed the day i was moving. mhm. loads of fun.

    Post # 9
    5533 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    We had overlapping leases,  so a month to get everything packed and moved to our new apartment. Finished moving all the stuff out yesterday,  the absolute last day we could still be in the old one. It is a mess I wont be repeating because how awful everything got packed I can’t find anything now. 

    Post # 10
    349 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2008

    @mypinkshoes:  +1  I would have a freaking panic attack if I left my whole house to pack in half a day.


    When we move, I start about a month before. I’ll begin with the garage and storage-stuff that doesn’t get much use- and pack a box or two every day, then I’ll work my way towards the stuff that’s used more regularly. Usually I just have a few days of outfits and toiletries in a suitcase, and the coffee and coffee machine still out by 2-3 days before the move. We order in, use disposable utensils and plates and everything is packed and cleaned no less than 24 hrs before the movers get there and we’ll spend the last night in a hotel since we send the furniture along first normally. It’s easier on me this way so there’s no stress or rush, and if I get too busy to pack for a couple of days, I know I still have plenty of buffer time. 🙂

    Post # 11
    7281 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    Well the last time we moved I was packing a 4 bedroom house. So there’s no way I could have left that until the last moment. I had about 40% of the house packed weeks before moving, with a lot of purging along the way. I planned to pack the remaining 60% in the week leading up to the move…. and then I broke my foot 4 days before the move. Do you know how hard it is to pack a house… with stairs… with a newly broken foot? I wouldn’t recommend it. Thanks goodness for Mr. LK’s Gramma, who came over to help me one day. And thank goodness for a fantastic moving crew. Those guys had us loaded, moved, and unloaded in less than 9 hours. It’s now been more than a year, and I still have a few boxes to unpack. My lack of motivation is pathetic.

    Post # 13
    2657 posts
    Sugar bee

    I usually have to pack early because I end up having short windows to move everything.  Although the last time we moved, I procrastinated because I was watching the NCAA basketball tournament instead of packing.  We were scrambling to pack things the next day as the movers arrived, but it was still worth it. 🙂

    Post # 14
    2291 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: Central Park

    I prefer to pack the suitcases and load the car the night before, so that you can just shower, change, eat, and run without thinking if you missed something.

    Post # 15
    1654 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    I’m definitely a last minute packer.  One time I moved halfway across the country and had to be packed up 5 days before I left so the movers could take the stuff (I was left later to get there around the same time), it was a real struggle!  On the other hand, after a bad breakup (coincidentally the one I moved cross country for) I decided I had to move out after a nasty fight but didn’t tell him, I packed and moved in under two hours while he was at work the next day. Luckily I had a lot of man power helping me so I just had to throw stuff in boxes and bags while they did the hard stuff. It was pure chaos, but necessary.

    I really wish I could have seen his face when he walked in expecting me to be home and the apartment was almost completely empty (90% of the place was my stuff). It had to have been priceless. lol

    Post # 16
    1686 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    7 years ago when my dad was being transferred, my mom was very upset about leaving the area we were living in (actually all of us were) and she refused to really start packing until the week we moved.  Wouldn’t have been too bad except that there’s 8 of us kids, and the youngest was 8 months old. It was horrible!  We were still packing like mad the day the moving company came and thankfully they were 5 hours late!

    Needless to say, when they moved again last weekend, she started packing 6 weeks before!

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