cleaning before a move

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Mistake #3: They Underestimate Purging Time

It seems like 2 or 3 weeks should be plenty of time to pack, right? Not in Walsh's experience. "Think about packing 2 to 3 months before you move and spend a half hour each night pulling out stuff from a specific spot, like a single cupboard or closet, and purge items that you don't need or wear," says Walsh. (If you and your partner disagree on what to keep and what to toss, here's a simple way to figure out what to get rid of that'll quickly squash an argument.)

Walsh says that many of his clients cut down their belongings by 60 percent when they purge their home before a move. Bonus: That's a whole lot fewer rolls of packing tape to buy and fewer boxes to pay movers to carry.

And pro tip: Before you make more of a mess with piles on the floor of stuff to donate, set up a clearly labeled donation box that you can quickly toss items into while you're decluttering, Walsh suggests.