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Moving is stressful, and packing up your entire home is a daunting task. Where do you start boxing up all of the possessions you want to take with you? How do you decide what to throw away and what to give away? Just remain calm, start slow, and keep reading for helpful ways to ease your packing experience.

Get rid of the junk.

Over the years, you've amassed quite a bit of stuff. Some of it is probably useless. Start by purging anything that's broken or has been shoved in the back of a closet since you got it. The less stuff you have to pack and move, the easier your relocation will be.
  • Make two piles in each room. One for things to throw away and one for things to donate or sell. Leave the stuff you're keeping where it is until you are ready to box it up. Go through your closets, attic and basement, and get rid of all that stuff you didn't remember you had.
  • Items to throw away: Broken appliances, outdated technology like VCRs, old TVs, old phones and computer monitors. These items should be recycled. Toss worn out clothes and shoes that are too used to donate.
  • Items to donate or sell: Outdated clothes and shoes that are still in decent condition, new clothes that you had to have but will never wear, old but usable appliances, and furniture that you are replacing. You can bring these to a donation drop off or have them picked up. If you are looking to sell, list the items on eBay or Amazon, or have a yard sale.

Get packing supplies.

Before you start packing you will need the proper packing materials. These can include:
  • boxes
  • packing tape
  • packing paper
  • permanent markers
  • bubble wrap
You can purchase new specialty boxes and materials but this can get costly. Free packing materials and boxes can be found by visiting local recycling centers or asking nearby businesses for leftover materials from shipments they received. You may also have friends and family who have leftover supplies to donate to your cause. These recycled materials can be helpful in reducing waste if you want to go green during your move. If you have items that you want to store right away in your new home, invest in a few plastic bins and lids in the same size and brand. You can pack directly in them so they can be put away immediately after your move. 

Start slow and give yourself plenty of time.

You don't have to pack everything up all at once. Start several weeks ahead of your move so you aren't rushed to finish by your moving date. Pack only a few boxes a day so that the task doesn't seem so strenuous. Leave open boxes in a designated packing zone in each room so that when the mood strikes you to do a little packing, you can power through. Make deadlines for yourself and as you reach them you will be more motivated to continue working to meet your goal. Before you know it, your whole house will be packed up and ready to go.

Pack the least important things first.

It is important to stay very organized while packing. Start by packing up the rooms you use the least and continue towards the most used rooms. Pack all of the items that you don't need on a daily basis. Pack up out of season clothing, books, knickknacks and entertainment items that don't serve an immediate purpose. Keep the important things like bedding, kitchenware and bathroom amenities for last because chances are you will still need them in the weeks leading up to your move. As moving day approaches, start to pack these up, but save the most important items to include in your first-night survival kit.

Label everything!

After you have filled a box and sealed it, label it with the room and contents so you can keep track of what you've already packed. After a box is labeled, move it out of the way to the packing zone in each room. Make sure to label breakables with fragile and mark on the box which side should be facing up at all times. Make a moving inventory so you will be able to tell right away if something gets lost in transit. It will also make your unpacking project much more efficient.

Now that you've seen how stress-free packing can be, it's time to get started!

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on May 24, 2016 - Moving Expert
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