Packing for Your Move - Let the Purge Begin

 

 
Packing for Your Move in Denver - Let the Purge Begin

Moving is not usually a joy. If you're moving across town or across the country, it's reckoning 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 somebody will have to comb over it, box it, and put it on a moving van. And then repeat the process in reverse once you're ready to move into your new home. Are you going to handle it by yourself, or will you enlist professionals? And will you have the pros for a turn key move, or pack yourself and have the movers come with a truck or two to load, transport and unload?

It is a lot to contemplate, and your budget may be a fundamental factor in determining the amount of your move you want to hire out. But aside from your budget, your time frame or other factors, you want to actually box and move as little as possible. As soon as you realize you might be moving, commence thinking about the purge.

When you stroll through your house and really look at all your possessions, the prospect of boxing it all up is staggering. That's why you must commence clearing, de-cluttering, donating, and dumping as soon as you start looking at new places to live. If you're selling your house, your realtor will read you the riot act regarding the de-cluttering and de-personalizing before it goes on the market, 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 several years, so follow this Protocol for Purging for a agony-free clearing out.

The One-Year Rule

The unwritten rule is, if you haven't worn it in a year, dump it. This makes a lot of sense for kid’s clothes and current fashion, but you don't need to discard 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 style, 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 up and move? Three weeks into packing, you'll be completely merciless, whereas in the beginning you'll have a barren 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, buy a cross-cut one that can even shred CDs. As you are purging and shredding old paperwork, save the shredded paper in good-sized trash bags as you empty the shredder’s bin and then use it as packing material to fill boxes so the innards don't shift in transport.

Who's Doing the Heavy Lifting in Denver?

When you're taking breaks from purging is a good time to look for moving companies; you'll want to settle on how much help you need and get on their calendar as early as possible. In the event that you are having the movers box your belongings for you, you'll still need to go through all your stuff for purging. The packers job is to pack, not to decide what to keep. If you have a dirty ashtray on the counter, 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 additional information on items that cannot go on the moving truck.

Planning ahead and giving yourself plenty of time to purge and pack are vital for a successful move. Remember, everything you decide to take with you has to be packed and moved, so be sure you're taking only what you cannot live without to your new abode.