Packing for Your Move - Let the Purge Begin11/10/2017 Packing for Your Move in Oklahoma City - Let the Purge Begin Moving is crazy. Whether you're moving across town or across the country, it's go time--what to do with all the treasures (and trash) you've collected? Everything you own must move (thus, moving) and someone needs to sort it, box it, and load on a moving van. And then repeat the process in reverse once you're ready to move into your new residence. Are you going to handle it by yourself, or will you enlist professionals? 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 a fundamental component in deciding the portion of your move you want to hire out. But regardless of your budget, your time frame or other factors, you want to actually box and move as little as possible. As soon as you realize you might be moving, start thinking about the purge. When you stroll through your home and really look at all your things, the prospect of packing it all up is crushing. Which is why you must commence clearing, de-cluttering, donating, and dumping as soon as you start thinking about new places to live. If you're selling your house, your realtor will be all over you regarding the de-cluttering and de-personalizing before it goes up for sale, so you might as well get boxes and trash bags and start. Cleaning house is an emotional challenge, especially if you've been in the house awhile, so follow this Protocol for Purging for a stress-free clearing out. The One-Year Rule The unwritten rule is, if you haven't worn it in a year, dump it. This makes a lot of sense for kid’s clothes and current fashion, but you don't need to toss that Hermes scarf if you didn't get around to wearing it last year. 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 closet full of suits in various shades of navy blue), feel free to consign or donate. If you're on the fence, ask yourself is it worth the time and money to pack and relocate? A few weeks into boxing things up, you'll be completely cutthroat, as opposed to in the beginning you'll have a sad box of things to donate with a sweater, two pairs of maternity jeans and ratty tennis shoes, so allow yourself substantial time to purge closets, dressers, and cabinets. If you don't have a shredder, purchase a cross-cut one that can even shred CDs. While you are purging and shredding old paperwork, save the shreddings in big trash bags as you empty the shredder’s bin and then use it as packing material to top off boxes so the innards don't shift in transport. Who's Doing the Heavy Lifting in Oklahoma City? When you're taking breaks from purging is a good time to interview moving companies; you'll want to decide how much help you need and get on their calendar as early as possible. If you are having the movers box everything up for you, you'll still need to sort through all your stuff for purging. The packers mission is to pack, not to decide what to keep. 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. Planning ahead and giving yourself plenty of time to purge and pack are very important for a smooth move. Remember, everything you decide to take with you will need be packed and moved, so be sure you are taking only what you cannot live without to your new home.