Packing for Your Move - Let the Purge Begin11/10/2017 Packing for Your Move in Wichita Falls - Let the Purge Begin Moving is no fun. Whether you're moving across town or across the country, it's go time--what to do with all the prized possessions (and trash) you've collected? All of your possessions has to move (thus, moving) and someone will have to comb over it, box it, and put it on a truck. 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 enlist professionals? And will you ask 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 think about, and your budget may be the primary component in determining the portion of your move you want to hire to be done. But regardless of your budget, your time frame or anything else, you want to actually pack and move as little as possible. As soon as you recognize you might be relocating, commence thinking about the purge. When you stroll through your residence and really look at all your things, the prospect of boxing it all up can be anxiety producing. Which is why you must begin clearing, de-cluttering, donating, and dumping as soon as you start looking at new houses. 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 dig in. Cleaning house is an emotional challenge, especially if you've been in the house several years, so follow this Protocol for Purging for a anxiety-free clearing out. The One-Year Rule The criterion is, if you haven't worn it in a year, toss it. This makes a lot of sense for children and fast fashion, but you don't need to discard that Hermes scarf if you didn't get around to wearing it last year. 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 bunch of suits in various shades of navy blue), feel free to consign or donate. If you are on the fence, ask yourself is it worth the time and money to pack up and move? A few weeks into boxing things up, you'll be entirely ruthless, as opposed to 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 grant yourself substantial time to purge closets, dressers, and cabinets. If you don't have a shredder, purchase a cross-cut one that can even shred CDs. While you are purging and shredding old paperwork, save the shredded paper in large trash bags as you empty the shredder’s bin and then use it as packing material to put in boxes so the innards don't shift in transport. Who's Doing the Heavy Lifting in Wichita Falls? When you're taking breaks from purging is a grand time to research 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 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 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. Being proactive ahead and giving yourself plenty of time to purge and pack are very important for a smooth move. Remember, everything you decide to take with you will need be packed and moved, so be sure you're taking only what you can't live without to your new residence.