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Choosing What Gets Packed And What Gets Discarded

Choosing What Gets Packed And What Gets Discarded
Choosing What Gets Packed And What Gets Discarded

This may sound easy but it is in reality rather tricky. This is because of the sentimental attachment we have with the items in our homes. Think about that washing machine, which you no longer use, that is in your basement - you saved for more than a year to buy it; how do you just get rid of it. Or that study table that was yours as a teenager – how do you let go of all the memories associated with it? These are some of the issues you will find yourself dealing with when it’s time to make that move and you have to decide what the moving company will carry or leave.

So how do you decide? Here are some ideas:

Make a clear list of the items

Take a pen and paper then walk around your home, room-to-room making an inventory of the items therein. In each room, look at the items that have not used in a while and jot that down. Next to that item, mark whether you want to donate or sell.

Separate the items

For each room, get two big cartons, label one ‘Yes’ and the other ‘No.’ Using the list you made, start putting in the items. Whatever is going with you goes into the ‘Yes’ what’s remaining goes into the ‘No’ carton.

Reduce the number of those packing

The fewer you are, the easier it is to make a decision. Allow your loved ones to pick what they need way before the packing and give a deadline for such. Then, with the assistance of just one other person, separate the items into the two boxes and seal them.

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Give yourself breaks but remain focused

Productivity levels go high when the body is allowed to rest amidst an obligation. Don’t pack from morning to evening without taking time for tea and lunch breaks. You will realize minimal mistakes when you rest in between tasks. When you take your break, you should however, remain focused so that you get back to the business at hand immediately.

Choose quality over quantity

Sometimes you will be tempted to move everything because after all, you got it at a cost. Suppress such thoughts by asking yourself leading questions: What value does this thing bring and is it dispensable? This allows you to analyze whatever you choose and will reduce the overall volume and weight.

Consider your budget

Whatever you feel tempted to keep consider how much weight it will add to your luggage. Also find out if you can make some money from selling it. See which of the two options is more appealing to you.

Choosing to discard or keep an item requires you to be decisive. Choose value and not quantity. Get as many options for disposing that come with monetary gain; it will make the process easier when you feel that you are gaining, not losing. You do not have to ship all that clutter when you have a bagful of options.

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.


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Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

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I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

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There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

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