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Moving into a new apartment or home is always stressful, even under the best of circumstances. The logistics are overwhelming, you’re forced to take inventory of everything you own, and you’ll end up cleaning unearthed areas that have probably been neglected for years. Do yourself a favor and start the process as early as possible after your move-in date is set. Here are some tips to help.

Lose the Clutter

Whether you’re hiring moving services st louis mo or packing yourself, moving provides the single best opportunity to get rid of items that you’ve stored, hoarded, or simply don’t need. Paperwork is often one of the biggest offenders. Fortunately, we live in an age where most people have smartphones or document scanners. Why not save your receipts, old tax documents, and even photos digitally on a computer or in cloud-based storage system? Be sure to keep originals of government documents like birth certificates and social security cards. Almost everything else can go. If you’re on the fence about a product manual, search online to see if you can download a .pdf version and pitch the booklet.

Ask for Boxes

Before you go out and buy moving boxes, it’s worth checking with the appropriate people at your work if they have any they can spare. Most businesses receive lots of shipping, and chances are you’ll be doing them a favor by taking boxes off your hands. If this isn’t an option for you, it’s still worth throwing a post on your social media accounts to see if you have any friends that have any.

Wrap Breakables with Newspaper

Along the same lines, before you buy bubble wrap or Styrofoam, use old newspaper or magazine pages to cushion your plates, glasses, and collectibles. Just continue to handle and pack them carefully.

Moving is stressful. Try to make it easier by planning and packing smartly.

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