Monday September 7, 2020
Packing is one of the most labor-intensive and nerve-wracking parts of moving. However, you can streamline the process with a little organization and sorting before you fill the first box. Downsize your belongings by getting rid of items you no longer use or need. Making these tough choices simplifies the packing process and prevents all your old junk from moving across town or across the state with you.
After separating the clothing items to donate or throw away, repurpose suitcases and hampers to store clothes and other items. This saves room in the moving van. You can invest in a vacuum sealer to make your clothes and bedding as compact as possible.
Books are heavy items. If you don't love them, donate them. This gives someone else a chance to explore the worlds that you have been to. Also, unless a paper or hardback copy has sentimental value, you could use the real estate in the moving van for other belongings. When packing books, use smaller boxes to avoid straining your back while packing and unpacking. Remember to reinforce the bottom with generous layers of packing tape!
Holiday decorations often have sentimental value and cost quite a bit of money. These items are worth bringing along – as long as you don't overdo it. Pick up tissue paper and packing materials to keep fragile items safe in transit.
Items to Ditch or Donate
Depending on your budget, you may want to invest in fresh towels and linens. Do you really want to drag worn-out wash clothes and hand towels to your next address? Celebrate this new chapter with fresh linens that match your new bathroom and bedrooms.
Kids outgrow toys and games quickly. Donate these items to a local church or daycare so other children can enjoy them. Many organizations accept furniture donations and can save you the trouble of hauling it to the curb or local dump. Only move furniture you are sure you want to keep for the new property.
Easy ditch decisions include expired medication, makeup and food. Take the time to go through all your cords, throwing away duplicates or ones that don't match your current appliances or electronics.
Consider scanning important papers and storing them digitally in the cloud. Shred old bills and statements with personal information on them. For essential paperwork such as marriage certificates and birth certificates, invest in a fireproof storage container to keep your paperwork safe.
Toss it. Shower curtains are exposed to bacteria and germs on a regular basis. Invest in an economical replacement for your new home.
Less Is More
Even if you have a big family, you probably don't need five different dish sets. Evaluate knickknacks, office supplies and kitchenware and pare them down to the essentials. As with holiday decorations, pack fragile items carefully and purchase the appropriate moving boxes to keep your vulnerable belongings safe during the move.