Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan-based Moving Expert Offers Tips on Downsizing before a Big Move
08/31/2015

Washington Metro-based moving company, United Moving Services, says that it is important to de-clutter in advance of moving day.

Online PR News – 31-August-2015 – Baltimore, Maryland – According to Gary Stone, president of Unified Moving Services (http://www.unifiedmovingservices.com), a Maryland-based full-service moving company that specializes in both residential and commercial moves in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, moving an overstuffed junk drawer or a closet full of stuff you didn’t even know you owned, really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

“If you move the junk yourself you’ll have to pack and schlep all those extra things,” he says, “and if you hire a moving company, you’ll pay more to move a bunch of junk you probably don’t even need, especially in your new place.”

To keep moving day as inexpensive and as stress-free as possible, Stone suggests de-cluttering your life before you start packing.

Here’s how:

1. Give Yourself Ample Time

“Don’t wait until the day before the movers arrive to decide what to pack and what to get rid of,” says Stone. “The best thing to do is to pack at least two weeks in advance.”

He suggests carving out a few hours a day to tackle a different room or closet.

“By working in smaller increments, you won’t be tempted to just throw it all in boxes and be done with it,” he says.

2. Use Your Extras Now

If you’re the type of person that stockpiles household goods and toiletries, such as toilet paper or shampoo, Stones says that you should start using up the excess goods now, so you’ll have less to bring with you. If you run out, he suggests buying a smaller size to get you through the move.

3. Create a Necessities Box

“A necessities box includes everything you’ll need the day you move in,” Stone says. “This might include a roll of toilet paper, a box cutter, or a hammer and nails. Mark the box and keep it with you while you move. This allows you to dive right in without digging through all your boxes looking for a necessity.”

4. Leave the Sentimental Items for Last

Sometimes it is hard to get rid of something with sentimental value, Stone says. He suggests leaving the harder decisions for last, so as not to disrupt the de-cluttering process.

5. Use Three Boxes

“For every room you tackle, bring three boxes,” Stone says. “Have a box for stuff you’ll keep, one for stuff to throw away, and one for stuff to donate or sell. Keep them handy as you go through closets and drawers.

6. Be Practical

Stone says that if you are unsure of whether or not to keep something, you should ask yourself honestly if you will ever use it.

“Set a time limit,” he says. “If you haven’t worn something in a year, you probably won’t wear it again, so put it in the donate box. With sheets, towels or kitchen utensils check for duplicates. While it might be nice to have three sets of sheets, one or two will usually do.”

7. Check Expiration Dates

Chances are that your bathroom or pantry contains a few items past their prime, Stone says. Getting rid of expired products will also help to ease the burden of moving.

8 Consider Donating or Selling

“Before you decide to throw something out, consider either selling what you don’t want or donate it to charity,” Stone says. “You’ll finally be rid of that clutter and you’ll make a little bit of cash to help offset your moving costs.”

Unified Moving Services is a full service moving company, located in Hyattsville, Maryland, that specializes in commercial, residential, local, interstate and international moves. Through an organized team of office staff, movers and a well established name and reputation Unified Moving Services has provided services to thousands of satisfied customers across the country and around the world. 2015 marks ten years of Better Business Bureau accreditation for the company. For more information call toll-free at 1-800-406-1649 or visit them on the web at Movers MD http://www.unifiedmovingservices.com/.

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