Packing for Your Move - Let the Purge Begin11/10/2017 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 other stuff) 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 residence. Are you going to handle it by yourself, or will you employ 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 ponder, and your budget is an essential component in determining how much 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 recognize 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 overwhelming. That's why you need to 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 sentimental challenge, especially if you've been in the house a long time, so follow this Protocol for Purging for a agony-free clearing out. The One-Year Rule The rule of thumb is, if you haven't put it on in a year, dump it. This makes a lot of sense for kid’s clothes and current fashion, but you don't need to toss 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 box 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 allow yourself substantial 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 research moving companies; you'll want to figure out 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 further information on items that cannot go on the moving truck. Planning ahead and giving yourself plenty of time to purge and pack are the keys to 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 residence.