Managing Paying and Packing for Your Move: Expectations vs. Reality--Part 2

packing for your move

Now that you've decluttered your complete house and have only the stuff you actually need to take with you to Little Rock, you can progress to the next step-- the actual packing for your move to or in Little Rock.


If you've got the money for it and have really done a complete job of purging, engaging movers is not a bad way to go. But if you're like most mortals and are following a bit of a budget and fighting with getting organized with everything to box, packing yourself can be a possible option. Professional packers will box up everything in sight—they are not there to organize your stuff or to judge, packers go in and get the job done. If something is in view, it gets wrapped and put in a box. However, if you plan to pack yourself, get your moving supplies together – boxes, tape guns and newsprint and start packing as you purge.

This is a strategy that performs well for most folks, as you can go ahead and put the things you are moving in one box and be done with it, and simultaneously you are tossing things out and making your donate/sell piles. If you start well ahead of moving day and allot a couple of hours every day for decluttering and boxing, you should chip away enough that you're able to manage the last few days without an anxiety attack.

Begin with closets, chests, and cabinets, since that is where most folks amass the items they do not even recollect that they own. Save the attic, basement, and garage for weekends when you have got more time to sort thought things--let it be known that old hockey sticks and car parts only get boxed up if the owner is present to justify why they need to move. Assign a corner of the garage for things you are going to donate; some non-profits will send a truck to pick up your donations and if it's all in one spot that is an easy win.

If you're absolutely anxiety-ridden at the idea of going through everything in your residence, think about employing an estate liquidation company. They'll come in, help you sort, and then, they can auction furniture, appliances, toys, and other stuff, too. Belongings that don’t make the sale cut are donated or pitched. If you're packing for your move yourself, there are companies that will come to your house and haul away your junk for a flat fee, or by the truckload, if you've got a bunch of stuff.


Paying for moving costs is one thing that a few people don't take into consideration in the expense of the new house, although it might be as costly as your closing costs. Unless you have got a relocation package, you should have a good idea of what costs you're going to face with a move.

Have a discussion with several moving companies to get an estimate of what you'll spend for a full-service move versus one where you pack yourself and have the trucks come load, drive, and unload, and weigh that to what it would cost to fully do it yourself and just rent a truck. If you choose to do your own packing, check out the price of supplies--boxes, tape, padding, and moving blankets among other things. When you're calculating the cost, remember the time it will require to do your own packing and loading, and the equipment and expertise you'll need for hefty or awkward furniture. If you have antiques, a pool table, or a large safe, can you maneuver them safely--what will your homeowner’s insurance cover in case you drop an antique clock? Movers are more costly, but they're insured, have the proper equipment and knowledge, and are less likely to slip a disc than you.

Moving to a new home and creating a new life is appealing and can be a good experience for your whole family. Managing the three P’s of your move – purge, pack and pay -- by bringing with you only the items you really use and love – allotting time for packing for your move -- and budgeting for the process -- will help make those great expectations a reality.