Tips to Lessen the Stress of Back-to-School Moving
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Tips to Lessen the Stress of Back-to-School Moving

Englewood, CO - Thursday, May 31, 2007 — As students move cross-state or even cross-country to attend college, packing and shipping everything that's needed can seem like an overwhelming task. But a little organization
and planning can make even the most extensive college move a lot less stressful.

The experts at Pak Mail, a full-service packing and shipping company with locations throughout the country, offer the following tips for a move that will surely place at the head of its class:

• Make a list. First and foremost, make a moving checklist of the items you'll need before, during and after your move. Getting organized can help relieve much of the last-minute rush to get everything moved on time.

Also, if you'll be living in a dorm or apartment, coordinate with your roommates to make sure you don't double up on items.

• Get rid of items you don't use. Once you determine what you need, it will be easier to determine what you don't need. Moving is a great time to streamline your possessions.

Donate old books or items you no longer need to a charity or local community center.

• Consult the professionals. After making your list and clearing away the things you don't need, consider whether or not you'll need professional help in your move.

Pak Mail centers can pack, crate and ship almost anything, even the most fragile or bulky items. They also offer an array of packing supplies to help you if you choose to do it yourself.

For more information, including a list of store locations, log on to www.pakmail.com.

• Use the ABCs of packing. Whether you're packing boxes yourself or getting a professional to pack them for you, label your boxes using the ABC system.

If a box contains vital items, mark it with an "A." If its contents are important but not crucial, mark it with a "B." And if the box contains items that you won't need right away, mark it with a "C."

• Concentrate on one room at a time. Finally, as you begin to unpack, completely set up one room first or, in the case of a single dorm room, one area first. This way, you'll have a space that's free of clutter and boxes where you can take a break from all the moving and concentrate on your studies.

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