Most everyone knows that feeling of overwhelming defeat when they walk into a room to begin packing. When just two days prior, when speaking with a mover, you had insisted you really don’t have that much. Professional packing is the most expensive part of moving, so if you can – go for it.
Know that you are in the majority when you find yourself wondering where you even got all of your stuff. JUST DON’T PROCRASTINATE. Chances are you don’t have to finish all of the packing in one day. Set goals for packing, maybe the attic one weekend and then next weekend start the kitchen. For some packing room by room helps, others start with what they use the least often, and a few just completely go through everything and de-clutter their living space.
Be honest with yourself. There is a common method for cutting down what you bring from one home to the new one, you should have three designated boxes and one trash can. The three boxes are divided into “Keep & Use”, “Keep & Store”, and “Sell or Donate”, the trash can is for anything that doesn’t belong in the three boxes. Anything you haven’t used in a year, donate or sell it. If you held onto a teddy bear as a keepsake but can’t remember who gave it to you, donate or sell it. If it is broken or you wouldn’t lend it to a friend or family member in that condition, trash it.
Almost every aspect of moving is overwhelming, but if you get organized early and plan ahead it can be an exciting time. When in doubt, call your mover to ask how to prepare or pack safely. If it isn’t furniture – it needs protected via a box before professional movers handle it.