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Some Thoughts on Packing
It's amazing how much stuff accumulates. It's even more amazing
how little of that stuff we actually need. A great way to make your
move easier is to get rid of stuff. People pay big bucks to move
junk that they will only stick in a closet. This makes no sense.
The vast majority of people making a move have an emotionally
hard time uncluttering their lives and getting rid of pointless junk
they never use. But it's not just the junk you want to get rid of.
It's the good stuff you don't use, also.
Here's a way to lighten your load, and also have more room in
your new home.
- Pass One. With a garbage bag, start in one corner of your
bedroom. Fill the bag with anything you don't use often. Move
quickly, and don't take time to think about it. Repeat this
process for every room in your house, using a new bag. This
lightens the load by one bag. For many people, this barely
scratches the surface.
- Pass Two. Go through your kitchen. Discard any plastic
containers that have scratches (they aren't sanitary), chipped
glass, rusty utensils, and so forth.
- Pass Three. Go through your garage (if you have one).
Discard anything that's broken or worn out.
- Pass Four. Go through your clothes closets. Pull out
anything that you don't like to wear or that doesn't fit.
There's no point in keeping it "just in case." Donate it to a
local charity that accepts used clothing. But if it's worn out,
- Pass Five. Go through your clothing drawers, and do the same
thing you just did with your closets.
The above five steps won't declutter the typical person's home,
due to the sheer amount of accumulation. But it will significantly
reduce the amount of unused stuff that you will pay to move and
spend time unpacking.
|After the Move (courtesy, Mindconnection)|
- Examine everything that moved with you. Do this within
one week. You may have missed something at the time of delivery from the
movers. Yes, your case will be weaker--but you still can file for damages.
- Before putting unpacked things away, ask yourself if
you really need it. Donate what you don't need to a charity, and take the
tax deduction. Maintain a box for keeping such items on a regular basis.
- Rather than put up shelves, buy free-standing
enclosures. These make the area much neater and cleaner, and make subsequent
moves much easier.
- Give your home an extra-thorough cleaning after you
have unpacked everything, so you can get rid of the dust and other irritants
that came from the moving process.
- Buy maps of your area, and keep one copy in each
- Go to the homes of neighbors on either side of you, and
across the street or hallway as appropriate. These folks will can help
protect your home, by watching things when you are away for any reason. They
may also help you move in. Introduce yourself, and arrange for them to visit
you soon. One purpose of the visit can be for them to show you, on a map,
the main routes, attractions, shopping areas, and so on that you will need
to know about.
- Set aside enough time once a week for a dinner
appointment or some other activity you can do once with each of your
neighbors. This is not a repeating thing--just a "help us get
acquainted with the city and with you" thing. Offer to pay, if they
will drive and show you something that will help you understand more about
what is in your city and where.
- Sign up for the No Call list. As a new resident, you
can expect to be pummeled with solicitations. Some of these will prove
valuable. Once the initial onslaught is over, though, these become