Unless you’re trying to move as cheaply as possible (counting for moving cost by volume of boxes and crap), and by saving time through carrying stuff and up and down stairs, if necessary. Otherwise, good advice.
True. But I moved myself last time (Pittsburgh to Larchmont), and afterward, I told myself I’d never do it again. (It ended up being a huge pain in the ass for me and the friends and family who helped, and it didn’t end up saving much money.)
This time, I have actual movers, and they’re working on a flat rate based on an in-apartment quote they did, so it’s the same price and moving effort for us regardless of how many boxes we pack.
Getting rid of unwanted stuff is always a good idea at any other time… except when you have a ton of other stuff to worry about, like when you’re about to move.