Packing for Your Move - Let the Purge Begin

 

 
Packing for Your Move in Colorado Springs - Let the Purge Begin

Moving is no fun. If you're moving across town or across the country, it's reckoning time--what to do with all the prized possessions (and trash) you've collected? Everything you own has to move (thus, moving) and someone is going to have to sort it, pack it, and put it on a moving van. And then repeat the process in reverse once you're in the driveway of your new place to live. Are you going to handle it by yourself, or will you hire someone? And will you ask the pros to do everything, or pack yourself and have the movers come with a truck or two on moving day?

It is a lot to contemplate, and your budget is most likely an essential factor in deciding how much of your move you want to hire out. 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 recognize you might be relocating, commence thinking about the purge.

When you go through your home and really look at all your things, the prospect of packaging it all up can be anxiety producing. That is why you need to 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 on the market, so you might as well get boxes and trash bags and start. Cleaning house is an sentimental challenge, especially if you've been in the house awhile, so follow this Protocol for Purging for a stress-free clearing out.

The One-Year Rule

The criterion is, if you haven't put it on in a year, get rid of it. This makes a lot of sense for kid’s clothes and fast fashion, but you don't need to part with that Hermes scarf if you didn't get around to wearing it last December. Practically speaking, why haven't you worn it? if it doesn't fit, is out of date, or your lifestyle has changed (if you're no longer in the corporate world and have a closet full of suits in various shades of navy blue), feel free to consign or donate. If you're undecided, ask yourself is it worth the time and money to pack and relocate? Three weeks into packing, you'll be completely ruthless, where in the beginning you'll have a sad box of things to donate with a sweater, two pairs of maternity jeans and ratty tennis shoes, so grant yourself plenty of time to purge closets, dressers, and cabinets.

If you don't have a shredder, purchase a cross-cut one that can even shred CDs. As you are purging and shredding old paperwork, save the shreddings in good-sized trash bags as you empty the shredder’s bin and then use it as packing material to top off boxes so the contents don't shift in transport.

Who's Doing the Heavy Lifting in Colorado Springs?

When you're taking time away from purging is a good time to interview moving companies; you'll want to settle on how much help you need and get on their schedule as early as possible. If you're having the movers pack for you, you'll still need to go through all your stuff for purging. The packers job is to pack, not to judge. If you have a dirty ashtray on the coffee table, count on finding it again when you unpack. There are some items 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 the keys to a carefree move. Remember, everything you decide to take with you must be packed and moved, so be sure you are taking only what you can't live without to your new residence.