Packing for Your Move - Let the Purge Begin

 

 
Packing for Your Move in Little Rock - Let the Purge Begin

Moving is not usually a joy. If you're moving across town or across the country, it's decision time--what to do with all the trove of treasures (and not-so-dear-to-you possessions) you've accumulated? Everything you own has to move (thus, moving) and someone will have to sort it, box it, and put it on a truck. And then repeat the process in reverse once you're in the driveway of your new place to live. Is that going to be you, or will you employ someone? And will you ask the pros for a turn key move, or pack yourself and have the movers come with a truck or two on moving day?

It's a lot to contemplate, and your budget may be a fundamental component in deciding the portion of your move you want to hire to be done. But regardless of your budget, your time frame or other factors, you want to actually box and move as little as feasible. As soon as you realize you might be relocating, commence thinking about the purge.

When you walk through your home and really look at all your possessions, the prospect of packing it all up is anxiety producing. Which is why you should start clearing, de-cluttering, donating, and dumping as soon as you start thinking about new homes. If you're selling your house, your realtor will be all over you regarding the de-cluttering and de-personalizing before it goes up for sale, so you might as well get boxes and trash bags and dig in. Cleaning house is an sensitive challenge, especially if you've been in the house awhile, so follow this Protocol for Purging for a agony-free clearing out.

The One-Year Rule

The unwritten rule is, if you haven't put it on in a year, toss it. This makes a lot of sense for children and current fashion, but you don't need to part with that Hermes scarf if you didn't get around to wearing it last winter. Practically speaking, why haven't you worn it? if it does not fit, is out of date, or your lifestyle has changed (if you're no longer in the corporate world and have a multitude of suits in various shades of navy blue), feel free to consign or donate. If you are undecided, ask yourself is it worth the time and money to pack and relocate? A few weeks into packing, you'll be entirely cutthroat, whereas in the beginning you'll have an almost empty box of things to donate with a sweater, two pairs of maternity jeans and ratty tennis shoes, so give yourself enough time to purge closets, dressers, and cabinets.

If you don't have a shredder, invest in a cross-cut one that will even shred CDs. As you are purging and shredding old paperwork, save the shredded mulch in big trash bags as you empty the shredder’s bin and then use it as packing material to put in boxes so the contents don't shift in transport.

Who's Doing the Heavy Lifting in Little Rock?

When you're taking time away from purging is a good time to look for moving companies; you'll want to figure out how much help you need and get on their schedule as early as possible. In the event that you are having the movers box everything up for you, you'll still need to sort through all your stuff for purging. The packers job is to pack, not to judge. If you have a dirty ashtray on the counter, count on finding it again when you unpack. There are some things a moving company can't transport, and some things that they won't move. Anything flammable or toxic (gasoline, propane tanks, ammunition, nail polish and remover (seriously), and chemistry sets are a few of the things that can't be commercially moved. Click here for more information on items that cannot go on the moving truck.

Being proactive ahead and giving yourself plenty of time to purge and pack are vital for a carefree move. Remember, everything you decide to take with you must be packed and moved, so be sure you're taking only what you can't live without to your new residence.