Packing for Your Move - Let the Purge Begin11/10/2017 Packing for Your Move in Atlanta - 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 needs to go through it, pack it, and load on a moving truck. And then repeat the process in reverse once you're ready to move into your new home. Is that going to be you, or will you employ movers? And will you ask the pros for a turn key move, 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 a fundamental consideration in deciding the portion of your move you want to hire to be done. But aside from your budget, your time frame or other factors, you want to actually box and move as little as feasible. As soon as you think you might be relocating, start thinking about the purge. When you stroll through your residence and really look at all your stuff, the prospect of packaging it all up can be crushing. That is why you must commence 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 up for sale, 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 awhile, so follow this Protocol for Purging for a stress-free clearing out. The One-Year Rule The unwritten rule is, if you haven't worn it in a year, get rid of it. This makes a lot of sense for children and fast 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 closet full of suits in various shades of navy blue), feel free to consign or donate. If you're on the fence, ask yourself is it worth the time and money to pack and relocate? Three weeks into packing, you'll be completely cutthroat, as opposed to 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 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. While you are purging and shredding old paperwork, save the shredded mulch in big trash bags as you empty the shredder’s bin and then use it as packing material to top off boxes so the innards don't shift in transport. Who's Doing the Heavy Lifting in Atlanta? When you're taking time away from purging is a grand 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. If you're having the movers pack for you, you'll still need to go through all your stuff for purging. The packers mission is to pack, not to decide what to keep. If you have a dirty ashtray on the coffee table, count on seeing it again when you unpack. There are some things 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 are taking only what you cannot live without to your new home.