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Some Thoughts on Packing

It's amazing how much stuff accumulates. It's even more amazing how little of that stuff we actually need. A great way to make your move easier is to get rid of stuff. People pay big bucks to move junk that they will only stick in a closet. This makes no sense.

The vast majority of people making a move have an emotionally hard time uncluttering their lives and getting rid of pointless junk they never use. But it's not just the junk you want to get rid of. It's the good stuff you don't use, also.

Here's a way to lighten your load, and also have more room in your new home.

  • Pass One. With a garbage bag, start in one corner of your bedroom. Fill the bag with anything you don't use often. Move quickly, and don't take time to think about it. Repeat this process for every room in your house, using a new bag. This lightens the load by one bag. For many people, this barely scratches the surface.
  • Pass Two. Go through your kitchen. Discard any plastic containers that have scratches (they aren't sanitary), chipped glass, rusty utensils, and so forth.
  • Pass Three. Go through your garage (if you have one). Discard anything that's broken or worn out.
  • Pass Four. Go through your clothes closets. Pull out anything that you don't like to wear or that doesn't fit. There's no point in keeping it "just in case." Donate it to a local charity that accepts used clothing. But if it's worn out, toss it.
  • Pass Five. Go through your clothing drawers, and do the same thing you just did with your closets.

The above five steps won't declutter the typical person's home, due to the sheer amount of accumulation. But it will significantly reduce the amount of unused stuff that you will pay to move and spend time unpacking.

After the Move (courtesy, Mindconnection)
  • Examine everything that moved with you. Do this within one week. You may have missed something at the time of delivery from the movers. Yes, your case will be weaker--but you still can file for damages.
  • Before putting unpacked things away, ask yourself if you really need it. Donate what you don't need to a charity, and take the tax deduction. Maintain a box for keeping such items on a regular basis.
  • Rather than put up shelves, buy free-standing enclosures. These make the area much neater and cleaner, and make subsequent moves much easier.
  • Give your home an extra-thorough cleaning after you have unpacked everything, so you can get rid of the dust and other irritants that came from the moving process.
  • Buy maps of your area, and keep one copy in each vehicle.
  • Go to the homes of neighbors on either side of you, and across the street or hallway as appropriate. These folks will can help protect your home, by watching things when you are away for any reason. They may also help you move in. Introduce yourself, and arrange for them to visit you soon. One purpose of the visit can be for them to show you, on a map, the main routes, attractions, shopping areas, and so on that you will need to know about.
  • Set aside enough time once a week for a dinner appointment or some other activity you can do once with each of your neighbors. This is not a repeating thing--just a "help us get acquainted with the city and with you" thing. Offer to pay, if they will drive and show you something that will help you understand more about what is in your city and where.
  • Sign up for the No Call list. As a new resident, you can expect to be pummeled with solicitations. Some of these will prove valuable. Once the initial onslaught is over, though, these become increasingly annoying.


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