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packing mistakes to avoid

To help you get organized for a stress-free move, here are a couple of common mistakes that occur when people pack their belongings for a move. If you can avoid making these mistakes you will save yourself a lot of time, money and frustration:

1. Start packing with no real plan in place

People commonly make the mistake of packing their things up without any real plan in place. They just start boxing household items together without having a strategy worked out ahead of time. The main problem with randomly packing things up is that it may feel like you’re getting things done, you’re wasting time and energy because you’re not doing this in an organized manner. The last thing you can afford to do is waste time when you’ve got so much to accomplish as it is.

What you need to do is create a packing calendar that you can continually look at and stick to so that you’re working at optimum productivity. You’ve got to prioritize every task so the most important things do not get overlooked, keeping in mind that everything will need to be unpacked and put away at the new location.

2. Put off packing until the last minute on moving day

Procrastination can be disastrous, especially when it comes to moving. It’s easy to look around and think, “Well there isn’t so much to pack. I’ll get to it later.” Yes there’s a lot to do but if you leave most of your packing for moving day just because there are more important things to attend to, you’ll be in real trouble. What you need to realize is that no matter how much time you think you have before moving day, the more you put off packing boxes, the harder it gets to actually start the process. Every day you procrastinate the more stressed out you’ll become and eventually this will all lead to a major state of panic. When you’re panicked, that’s when you make mistakes.

You need to make note of the concept that the only way to get things done right, is to get going on whatever it is right away. And in this case we’re talking about packing things up so you can get through your move with the least amount of stress as possible. Once you’ve confirmed a moving date, start devising a strategy for packing, get your supplies and start packing.

3. Deciding that sorting through things is a total waste of time

Another common mistake people make when moving is deciding that they don’t need to sort through household items before packing them up. People who do this are reasoning that it will save a tremendous amount of time if they just pack everything up for the move because they can always sort it out later once they arrive at the new house.

The problem with this thinking is that this will actually waste more time because you will be packing things up that really need to be thrown out or donated. All these items weigh something and the heavier your shipment, the more you will pay for the move. It’s going to cost you money to ship things you don’t need or want and will just get rid of at the new house.

Do not skip the task of sorting through everything before you start packing. At the end of the day, you should only take those items that you will be using at the new house. Everything else should be sold, tossed or given away.

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