Packing for Your Move - Let the Purge Begin11/10/2017 Packing for Your Move in Tulsa - Let the Purge Begin Moving is crazy. Whether you're moving across town or across the country, it's decision time--what to do with all the trove of treasures (and not-so-dear-to-you possessions) you've collected? All of your possessions must move (thus, moving) and someone needs to sort it, pack it, and load on a truck. And then repeat the process in reverse once you're at your new home. Are you going to handle it by yourself, or will you hire movers? And will you ask the pros for a turn key move, or pack yourself and have the movers come with a truck or two to load, transport and unload? It's a lot to ponder, and your budget may be an essential factor in determining the portion of your move you want to hire out. But regardless of your budget, your time frame or anything else, you want to actually box and move as little as possible. As soon as you think you might be relocating, begin thinking about the purge. When you go through your home and really look at all your stuff, the prospect of packaging it all up can be staggering. That's why you must begin clearing, de-cluttering, donating, and dumping as soon as you start looking at new houses. If you're selling your house, your realtor will read you the riot act regarding the de-cluttering and de-personalizing before it goes up for sale, so you might as well get boxes and trash bags and get started. Cleaning house is an sentimental challenge, especially if you've been in the house several years, so follow this Protocol for Purging for a stress-free clearing out. The One-Year Rule The criterion is, if you haven't got it out of the closet in a year, get rid of 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 winter. Practically speaking, why haven't you worn it? if it doesn't fit, is out of date, or your lifestyle has changed (if you're no longer in the corporate world and have a multitude of suits in various shades of navy blue), feel free to consign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 box and move? Three weeks into boxing things up, you'll be completely merciless, 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 grant yourself substantial time to purge closets, dressers, and cabinets. If you don't have a shredder, buy a cross-cut one that can even shred CDs. While you are purging and shredding old paperwork, save the shredded mulch in big trash bags as you empty the shredder’s bin and then use it as packing material to top off boxes so the contents don't shift in transport. Who's Doing the Heavy Lifting in Tulsa? When you're taking time away from purging is a perfect time to research moving companies; you'll want to decide how much help you need and get on their schedule as early as possible. In the event that you're having the movers box your belongings for you, you'll still need to weed through all your stuff for purging. The packers job is to pack, not to decide what to keep. If you have a dirty ashtray on a 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 further information on items that cannot go on the moving truck. Planning ahead and giving yourself plenty of time to purge and pack are the keys to a successful move. Remember, everything you decide to take with you must be packed and moved, so be sure you are taking only what you cannot live without to your new home.