It's Moving Time Again!

Many of our clients have contacted us recently to help with the whole process of getting ready for a move. From preparing the house to put on the market, to getting everything in order for the actual move.  We have developed a process that helps things go as smoothly as possible. Here are a few of the steps we use:

First, go through the home and decide on the large pieces of furniture.  Which ones will definitely be going with and which ones are questionable.  Make a list of the items you know you want to sell, donate and trash.  Make arrangements to get these items out as soon as possible (provided you will not need them to stage the house). 

Next, tackle the smaller items room by room.  Go through everything, and I mean everything, to make sure you still love it and use it.  This is the perfect time to get rid of items the kids have not used in years or that wedding gift you received twenty years ago and is still in the package!  Take items to donate, consignment store or trash. 

The final step is to make sure all "like" items are sorted together and ready for the packing process.  This will make it so much easier on the other end. 

No time to do all these steps?  No worries, you can always contact a professional organizer at your destination city and have them help you sort it all out then. 

On The Move

Moving Season is upon us.

If you are thinking about putting your home on the market, it’s never too soon to start planning. Here’s a re-cap of just a few of the moving tips we like to share:

 -The most important thing anyone can do is de-clutter the home before the move.  If you don’t like something now, odds are you won’t like it in the new home either.  This is the perfect time to donate old towels, knick-knacks, dishes and all of the things you rarely use.   More importantly, it does not make practical sense to pay to move items you are likely to discard later. 

-Expect the unexpected.  Pack bags for each person that include: clothing, medications, toiletries and personal items for at least three days.   Keep the bags separate from all other items being moved, such as in your car.   You will then have things you need for the first few days without searching through boxes.

-If it turns out that you have to ship valuable items with the movers, place them in a box marked “Snoopy’s Ashes” to help alleviate the concern of theft.

-Pack items/papers you will need immediately in a different color or clear container that can be located easily among all the other moving boxes.

-Keep a box of clear, zip-plastic bags handy for last minute parts, screws, wires, and catch-all items.  Write on the bag where they go in the new home.

Remember to pack a sense of humor, focus on the positive aspects of the relocation, take breaks and don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed.