Packing Guide for Moving: A Room by Room List

Congratulations, you’re moving! With important tasks like signing the paperwork on your new home and booking a moving or shipping company out of the way, it’s time to turn your attention towards packing!

The best way to tackle the seemingly monumental task of packing your home will ultimately depend on how much stuff you have to move. Before we jump into our room-by-room packing guide for moving, here are a few tips to get you started.

Where should you start?

Not sure what to pack first when moving? The best rooms to start your packing process are the ones that you don’t use very often, or the ones that will take the longest time and most effort to pack, such as:

  • Kitchen: There are lots of things to pack in your kitchen, which makes it a great place to get the ball rolling.
  • Dining room: Formal dining rooms typically aren’t used very often. Packing these spaces first will give you a place to store other boxes and furniture as you prepare the rest of your house for moving.
  • Garage and basement: These spaces tend to contain a lot of infrequently used items, which means they’ll take more time to declutter and pack. Get started early so you have time to tackle these rooms properly.


When it comes to packing, your first step will always be to declutter. Get our tips for decluttering before you move in our Ultimate Guide to Preparing for Your Move.

Packing Supplies

No matter what room you’re packing, you’ll need the same general supplies:

  • Boxes in various sizes and strengths
  • Packing paper, newsprint, and bubble wrap
  • Tape and a tape gun
  • Labels and markers
  • Rope, zip ties, and/or bungee cords
  • Moving blankets
  • Shrink wrap

Once you’ve created a plan of attack and have collected your moving supplies, you can get down to business. Keep the ball rolling with our Room-by-Room Guide to Packing your Home - read on for our best packing tips for moving, including what to pack first.

Get Packing with our Room by Room Guide to Packing your Home

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