Whether you are moving across the street or across town, moving can be stressful, hectic and frustrating. But if you move across the country, it can be even more stressful. For many people, moving long distances is a way of life – especially if you're in the military or if your job requires you to transfer after a few years. For others, a long-distance move is a once in a lifetime event, planting roots in a new town or city where you plan to stay for a long time.
No matter what the reason behind your long-distance move, the key to a successful trip is planning ahead. The long distance moving and storage require weeks of planning and packing. Research all your moving options with regards to transportation and storage well beforehand in order to have adequate time to choose the best one for your needs.
The first thing you should do when you start arranging your stuff for packaging is to de-clutter and donate/throw away your unwanted items. No need to pack and transport boxes of items that will end up in the attic or basement, never to be seen again.
You will be paying for space in your mobile storage unit, and the more space you need, the more you will have to pay. Make a pile of items that can be donated, the stack that can be disposed of, and pack the items you will take with you. Reducing clutter will save money in moving, storage and transportation costs.