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Getting a Head Start on Packing for Your Move

If you are planning a move in the upcoming months,chances are good that you have a lot of packing still to do. Things have a way of accumulating in a home, and you probably have a lot more stuff to move to your new location that you first thought. More often than not, individuals and families alike do their packing in a last-minute rush, placing items into boxes haphazardly and without much regard for organization. Not only is this stressful for the mover, it leads to items being broken and misplaced during the move.

It is much better for everyone involved to begin packing shortly after setting a date with your Raleigh movers. Pack a little bit at a time, starting with items you won’t need before the move, and you are sure to save yourself a good deal of worry when the time comes to make the trip to your new home.

Get Rid of Inessential Items

Throw out or donate inessential items that you don’t use or need. This may include art that you have never displayed, extra cookware, or clothes that family members have outgrown or never wear. Put items that have never been used or that are lightly worn in one location and donate them later. Items that are more heavily used should be thrown out. Make sure to keep a tally or items you donate so that you can write it off on your taxes.

Deciding what to do with items that have sentimental value can be trickier, but ask yourself realistically whether you really need to keep a finger paint drawing from kindergarten or old school report cards, and whether they are likely to survive being packed and moved, before you keep them. Remember, many paper items can be scanned and saved digitally so you don’t need to keep the hard copies.

Decide What Can Be Packed Early

You probably have many items that you can begin packing weeks or even months before you move. These include items that you only use seasonally, as well as ones that are not essential for day-to-day living in your house. Here is a brief list of things that you might want to consider boxing up early:

-  Clothes and shoes that are out of season

- Book and record collections

- Holiday decorations

-Spare cookware, plates, silverware, and glasses

-  Camping and hiking equipment

- Spare bedding

-  Art and other decorative items

Figure Out a Place to Store Boxes

Leaving packed boxes littered around your house is troublesome, not to mention dangerous. Set aside a place to store boxes that have been packed and sealed. This can be a shed or garage at your house, or a storage unit that you rent until it is time to move. Remember to take into account any items that need to be kept cool, dry, or in an environment that is otherwise climate controlled when deciding where to store boxes.

Label Everything That Is Being Moved

Label every box that you pack with what it contains and what room in the new house it belongs in. This will not only simplify the move, but also the unpacking process at the end.

These are a few simple steps you can take to reduce stress on moving day and make sure your move is as efficient as possible.