20 Oct

Getting Ready – packing all those boxes

  • By: Doug MAUSHARDT
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When Should You Start Preparing for Moving Day?

If there was one piece of advice we want to emphasize, it is to never wait too long to ready yourself for moving day. You can be the most organized person around, but chances are something unexpected will come up that will throw you off course.

It does not take much to escalate a minor setback into a full-blown catastrophe, which is why early preparation is essential for every move. Does this mean you need to bust out the packing tape months ahead of time? Not quite, but if you are not at least making phone calls to local moving companies four weeks out from the big day, then you could very well run into some unneeded problems.

We are often asked when it is best to begin prepping for a move. The answer is, it varies. While in theory this makes perfect sense, the practical application is a bit more complicated.Most movers suggest getting ready one month to six weeks in advance depending on the size of your home.

The exact timing will, of course, depend on how many and what type of belongings you have. We strongly recommend packing up all the items you do not intend on using until you get to your new home first. This will reduce the amount of clutter and make it easier for you to gauge your packing progress.

Remember to donate and purge. Ridding your home of all the clutter will help you to be more organized. There’s nothing more frustrating than packing items that you’re going to get rid of after the move. As you begin the packing process make a conscious decision about what you are keeping, what you are throwing away and what you are donating. Keep a big trash bag close at hand.

You want to be organized when moving. Give yourself realistic goals, make a list and have a plan of action. Tackle only one room or space of your home at a time. This will allow you to see the progress you are making and give you a place to start and finish. One of the things you can do is set a timer. Allow yourself 30 minutes to work on an area. Put all your focus into the area you are organizing/packing and then take a 10-15 minute break before tacking a new spot. Do not jump from room to room. Finish each room before starting on another, this will allow you to focus on the task at hand. .

Most people will be safe to begin packing the remainder of their possessions 10 to 15 days before the date. Remember to keep in touch with your moving company during this time and notify them of any changes that may come up.

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