If you are moving this summer, now is the time to do a reality check. Are you finished sorting? Have you booked a mover? Are you being realistic about the time it will take you to do all of the move-related tasks on your list?
Here are 3 tips for saving time, money and avoiding stress:
- Book the mover early
- If you’re moving out of state, your move will be estimated by the weight of everything you are taking. Complete sorting before you get an estimate if at all possible.
- If you’re moving locally, you will be charged by the hour, so the more you donate, sell or discard, the more you will save.
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Once you have revisioned your home and made decisions about possessions that no longer support your vision, the logical next step is, of course, to let go. This can be a difficult part of the process for many of us, especially when the items have been in your possession for a long period of time, or they carry emotional weight.
How do you find motivation to take this final step? Below are some questions you can ask yourself to help uncover your motivator. Remember to focus on one object, or related group of objects at a time:
- Does the thought of having everything just “disappear” bring relief?
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There are many reasons why we hang on to belongings. We think we may, at some future time, rekindle a past interest and will need those particular items again. On a deeper level, some of our possessions may represent an especially joyful phase of our lives that we fear we may not experience again. Perhaps we made a significant investment for something that we don’t think we will purchase again if we, or a family member needs it. Some items have historical significance to our family, and we feel guilty at the thought of parting with them. Whatever the reason, the surplus of possessions often prevents us from moving forward in our lives and developing new interests.... Read the rest
Many years ago, when I began my career as a Professional Organizer and Move Manager, one of the most powerful tools in my “toolkit” was to help my clients envision how they wanted to live in their space, rather than focusing only on their belongings. Whether they were moving soon, or not at all, this was an extremely effective way to identify what was most important to them, which in turn, helped them to make decisions about what to keep.
Below are some tips to help you envision how you want to live in your next (or current) home. Remember to focus on the space, NOT on your belongings!.. Read the rest
Are you moving this year, or thinking of moving in the next few years? Moving can be a daunting task, especially if you have a busy life or have lived in your house for many years. There are steps you can take NOW that will make things much easier when it’s time to move.
Please note that if you are moving in the next month or two and you are feeling overwhelmed, read our post about Moving Do’s and Don’ts, or better yet, contact us here. Our team can step in to provide help where you need it. To find out more about our team, see recent post here... Read the rest
Professional development is a very important part of our mission at The Move Makers. Since our clients engage us to help them make important decisions about their personal belongings and navigate the process of moving and creating a new home, our Project Managers and Professional Organizers routinely earn professional certifications in several industry-related areas, the better to serve them. Here’s a snapshot of our achievements:
Operations Manager Rachael Langtry is certified as a SMM-C (Certified Senior Move Manager) by NASMM, the National Association of Senior and Specialty Move Managers. NASMM sets high standards and protocols for the senior move management industry, and, according to the NASMM website, an SMM-C certification “exemplifies an expanded knowledge of essential operation and client service issues unique to Senior Move Management.”.. Read the rest
Feng Shui, the ancient system of laws that practitioners follow to direct energy into a home, is often applied to areas like the living room and bedroom. While you can’t really move around the counters and appliances in your kitchen like you can a couch or chair, there are still several ways to bring in the peace and energy flow to your kitchen space.
In our blog “Energizing Your Home with Feng Shui”, we discussed the elements of wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. It’s easy to add these elements to the fixed nature of your kitchen through decor like lighting, paint, and decor. “The.. Read the rest
If you’re gathering with extended family this holiday season, now is the time to take a good look at the entertaining spaces in your home, to organize and clear out the clutter to make way for a fresh start to the holiday season. Let’s take a look at some of the clutter hotspots in the home.
Pitch the scratched pots and pans – throw out any scratched non-stick pots and pans, or donate any you’ve not used in a couple of years. Not only are scratched non-stick pans unsightly, they’re also unsafe to use. Make sure your lids match the pots you’re keeping, and donate (or discard) the rest. .. Read the rest
First things First
When we help our clients with settling in, we focus first on comfort and safety. To us, this means beds made, first day toiletries and medications unpacked, necessary lamps and clocks set up, pathways cleared and the coffee pot plugged in. Moving is exhausting work and it is important to be ready for that first night in your new home.
If you are unpacking yourselves, we recommend getting technology, entertainment and communication systems functioning next. Listening to music, watching a show, and having access to a connected computer and printer all reduce stress and make the rest of the unpacking process more enjoyable... Read the rest
Last August, we brought you some Do’s and Don’ts for a move. Some bear repeating and others are new suggestions for when you are considering a local, intrastate, or interstate move. Understanding what to expect, and your role and responsibilities as well as those of the mover, can make the process run more smoothly.
DO the hard work of sorting through your goods and dispose/donate anything you no longer want. Thinking “I’ll just sort it when I get there” means that you’ll pay extra in both time and money. Interstate moves are based in part on weight, so you don’t want to pack unnecessary items you don’t need... Read the rest