If you decide not to use professional movers/packers and will be packing your home, here is a guide on when you should pack your household items.
WHAT TO PACK 4 WEEKS BEFORE YOUR MOVE
Go ahead and pack items that aren’t being used. Crawl Spaces, attics, basement storage, certain garage items are good to pack at this point. Also, set up a staging area for packed boxes like on a main level (formal dining room or seldom used front room) or in the garage.
WHAT TO PACK 3 WEEKS BEFORE YOUR MOVE
Out of season items (holiday or clothing) decorative items, artwork, and a formal dining room filled with china, curio cabinets with fragiles, or any non-essential day-to-day items. A seldom used front room (after it’s packed) works well as a staging area. The garage and or shed are also good to finish off 3 weeks before the move.
WHAT TO PACK 2 WEEKS BEFORE YOUR MOVE
This is the week to finish off everything that isn’t absolutely critical day-to-day; 90% of kitchen, home office, most toys, clothing, and everything else that you don’t have to have available.
WHAT TO PACK THE WEEK BEFORE YOU MOVE
Pack the rest of your clothing leaving only what you will need for the last few days. Finish the kitchen and use paper plates or eat out the last few days. Electronics and most TV’s should be taken down, leave one if need be for viewing. All packing should be complete within a few days of your move except for some clothing and a box or two of what we call “keep with you” items.
WHAT TO PACK THE DAY BEFORE YOUR MOVE
Checkbooks, ID’s, next day or 2 clothing, keys to new home, TV (and or other remotes), medication, personal grooming items, a laptop, and anything else that you cannot be without. These items will go with you in your vehicle.
Now there are deviations from this list depending on your move and what type of “stuff” you have but this is a good general guide to follow when you want to know when to pack before your move.