I'm moving. I want to do it in the most efficient way possible. Absent a magic wand, any tips/best practices/suggestions/lessons learned?
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coupled with a rent increase of nearly $400/month, I'm moving. I have time to do this sanely as my lease isn't up until 9/30 although there's an outside chance I'll find a place for 9/15. I'm trying to do one box (packing) or bag (garbage) a day so it's not a last minute rush. Been there, done that.
I read most of the related questions but none seemed to be an exact fit. This is an intra city (or immediate surrounds), I'm using a mover I know to be reputable from a past move coupled with ZipCar or a family member's car for little stuff. Not interested in Pod or related due to both likely being walk ups and my own preference. I'd rather pay a mover than do this/lean on friends.
Not concerned about location as you all gave some great suggestions in my previous question, but I really want to do the move well. What have you learned/wish you knew in past moves? Here's where I'm working from as a starting point:
-I already do a trick with my clothes where I hang them the wrong way
so I know what I haven't worn. Any that I haven't absent a good reason (i.e. formal dress) are going as is anything that's stained, worn, too big, gone.
-Books. Tossing cheap paperbacks. Can easily get from library or for Kindle if I finally want to read vs. mountain of unread books. Other than 3 favorite titles I reread often and sentimental favorites/books I have yet to read not available electronically I'll keep. I'm tossing any unread non-recent magazines unless collectable/sentimental (Giants’ SB winning, Yankees’ WS winning SIs).
-Furniture/housewares - if it's held together by duct tape, gone. Gorilla glue, maybe. At least temporarily until I get a new coffee table. I really want to move on from early-post college decor, but within budget limits.
-Food - non perishables not along lines of current diet/preferences are going to Food Bank.
If it helps, I'm moving a sort of 1BR (converted studio) into a 1BR or large studio. Have a local thrift shop where I can easily make donations. I really want to take this opportunity to get rid of a lot of clutter if possible.
Any other tips? Ideas? I'm open to anything. Thanks in advance for any info