Packing for Your Move - Let the Purge Begin11/10/2017 Packing for Your Move in Little Rock - Let the Purge Begin Moving is crazy. No matter whether you're moving across town or across the country, it's go time--what to do with all the prized possessions (and not-so-dear-to-you possessions) you've collected? Everything you own has to move (thus, moving) and somebody will have 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 enlist someone? 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 ponder, and your budget is an essential factor in deciding how much of your move you want to hire out. But aside from your budget, your time frame or other factors, you want to actually pack and move as little as feasible. As soon as you recognize you might be moving, begin thinking about the purge. When you go through your house and really look at all your stuff, the prospect of packaging it all up can be overwhelming. That is why you must commence clearing, de-cluttering, donating, and dumping as soon as you start looking at new places to live. If you're selling your house, your realtor will read you the riot act regarding the de-cluttering and de-personalizing before it goes on the market, so you might as well get boxes and trash bags and start. Cleaning house is an sentimental challenge, especially if you've been in the house awhile, so follow this Protocol for Purging for a hassle-free clearing out. The One-Year Rule The unwritten rule is, if you haven't put it on in a year, get rid of it. This makes a lot of sense for kid’s clothes and fast fashion, but you don't need to part with 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 multitude 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 relocate? A few weeks into boxing things up, you'll be entirely cutthroat, whereas in the beginning you'll have an almost empty box of things to donate with a sweater, two pairs of maternity jeans and ratty tennis shoes, so allow yourself plenty of time to purge closets, dressers, and cabinets. If you don't have a shredder, buy a cross-cut one that can even shred CDs. As 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 put in boxes so the innards don't shift in transport. Who's Doing the Heavy Lifting in Little Rock? When you're taking time away 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 weed through all your stuff for purging. The packers mission is to pack, not to judge. If you have a dirty ashtray on the coffee table, 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 more information on items that cannot go on the moving truck. Being proactive ahead and giving yourself plenty of time to purge and pack are vital for a carefree move. Remember, everything you decide to take with you has to be packed and moved, so be sure you are taking only what you cannot live without to your new residence.