Last post we talked about how to stage your home for selling and assuming those tricks worked, now it’s time to pack! Where do you even start? How do you figure out what to take and what to sell?
I was helping someone unpack recently and I asked for her tips on moving. And her reply was, “Start 3 years in advance!” It’s easy to see the reasoning behind that when you are staring at 5, 10, 30 years worth of living that needs to be sorted out and packed up. It can be so overwhelming. If you’re planning on purging while you pack, then you need the time to go through everything well in advance of the moving trucks showing up. And no one else can really do the purging for you.
So, here are a few tips to get you started!
1. Get rid of the extras – no sense moving duplicates, whether it’s can openers, spices or books.
2. Sell the sofas – what I mean by this is that if you are moving a long distance and your sofa isn’t anything special, sell it on this end and purchase a new one on the other end. This applies to any of those big, bulky items that weigh a lot.
3. Purge half your mugs – we all have way too many and not that many people are going to be drinking tea or coffee at once…seriously!
4. Coffee Filters are a life (and plate) saver – stack your plates with coffee filters between them and then wrap the stack in newspaper or bubble wrap. Or between glasses.
5. Pack wisely - heavy stuff in little boxes and light stuff in big boxes and like things together.
6. Use bedding and towels as packing material – you have to move it anyway, might as well use it to your advantage.
7. Divided boxes are helpful – use a divided box for things that need to stay upright, like cleaning supplies or glasses.
8. Start Early - weeks or even months in advance, start packing up off season items like Christmas decorations, summer clothes or the golf clubs.
9. Label, label, label – it’s hard to tell people what room the boxes need to land in when you reach your new house if you have to open each one to determine what’s in it. And if you label the priority boxes, the ones with the coffee maker and the bed sheets, things will go more smoothly on move-in day.
10. Remember you are human – you can’t do it all in one day, pace yourself and pick what matters most you and start there!
Here’s to hoping these tips help you a little and make your move go that little bit easier, because it’s stressful enough!
Until next time,