The Mover Guide – How to Pack Quickly for a Last Minute Apartment Move

In a perfect world, you could take plenty of time to plan for a move, slowly sorting through your belongings and packing them into boxes. However, this isn’t a perfect world, and you don’t have that kind of time! Whether you just found out that a move is imminent or you’ve put off packing until the 11th hour, it’s time to pack up and move out–soon! These tricks to packing quickly will help you prepare.


Moving at the last minute is even more stressful than a normal move. Follow these simple steps to keep your move under control!

Schedule Your Moving Truck

Moving companies’ schedules can fill up quickly, so the sooner you can book one, the better. According to local movers Las Vegas, you should have a target moving date in mind when you call to schedule a service. However, it may help to have some flexibility. You may not be able to adjust your plans, if you can, it can make it easier to find an available service especially when booking last minute.

Purchase Boxes

There are free boxes everywhere if you know where to look, but you don’t have time to scrounge them up. If you can quickly gather a large supply of free boxes, do so. Otherwise, fork over the money for the cardboard boxes sold by moving companies. Yes, it will cost you more to do it that way, but it will save you the time of driving all over to gather a few boxes here and a few there.

Stock Up on Supplies

While you’re at it, pick up all of the other packing supplies you’ll need. This includes:

  • Tape.
  • Labels.
  • Markers.
  • Bubble wrap.

If you run out in the middle of a packing session, you’ll have to interrupt the work to restock. It’s better to start the process fully prepared.

If you're feeling the stress of a last minute move, it may be time to call in the professionals.

If you’re feeling the stress of a last minute move, it may be time to call in the professionals.

Don’t Pack It All

You simply can’t move everything that’s currently in your house. You should plan to pack only the items that you want to keep and pitch the rest or donate them to charity. Although selling your items online (through Craigslist, OfferUp or a good old-fashioned yard sale) is a nice way to bring in extra cash, you shouldn’t dedicate your limited time to that task. Instead, consider hiring a service that will list your goods online for you.

Ask for Help

Once you’ve determined what items will be going with you, friends and family can step in to help pack those items into boxes. If they offer to be of assistance, gladly welcome the help. If they don’t extend an offer, you may have to reach out to them and ask–or beg–for a helping hand.

Call the Pros

If you’re feeling the pressure, call in a professional moving service to not only haul your goods from your house to your storage unit but also to pack them up first. This isn’t the most economical plan, but it sure will save time. Moving companies are experts at relocating a household in no time flat.

Moving quickly can be stressful, but never fear. With these handy tips, you’ll be ready for your move before you know it.