20 Sep Intro to Packing I: First Things First
Packing your own household goods can be a challenging and rewarding process at the same time. The first step to successfully packing your household goods is to sort and discard any items you don’t need. Self packing is a great opportunity to get rid of items that you no longer need. Let’s not forget that in most cases you are paying for your move based on weight. So the more you get rid of in the packing process the more money you could potentially save on the move.
The next step is to look and see if you are taking items that might just be easier to replace. An example of this would be a clothes iron that is just about worn out. It might be time to get rid of it and just buy a new one once you have reached your new destination. Spices, plastic utensils, and other items that are no longer a set, the “junk drawer”, are all examples of items that may not make sense to pack and move.
Now that you have completed a thorough “Spring Cleaning,” it is time to assess the overall situation in each room. Remember, it is never too early to start packing. As you go room by room determine what is not an essential item. This is a great way to get started and it will keep you from having to rush to the finish line at the last minute. You might want to consider packing some of your kitchen ahead of time. Buy paper plates, bowls, and plastic utensils. Packing your fragile and breakable items in the kitchen is time consuming and it is not something you want to leave until the last minute.
When you’re going room to room and assessing what items can be packed ahead of time, make note of large items or items that may require special attention. For example, pictures, knick-knacks, large toys, stuffed animals, bulky bedding may all require specialized packing materials.
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