Donating During the Quarantine – Here’s What You Can Do

Spring cleaning has taken on a further meaning this year since most of us around the country are under stay at home orders.  One positive aspect created from this order is the ample opportunity of time for sorting, cleaning, throwing out and creating piles for donation. Unfortunately, that pile may be hanging around for a while longer than usual, as donation options remain limited.

There are some alternatives now, and some tried and true locations that will gladly accept your donations once the restrictions have been lifted.  Here are a few fresh ideas for donating certain items around your house. You can find links to their sites on our Resources Page... Read the rest

Turning Idle Time into Productive Time – How The Move Makers are Spending their Days

While we’re still busy behind the scenes at the Move Makers as we work remotely from our homes during this challenging time, some of us are taking the extra time at home to follow our creative pursuits or getting to things we’d been putting on the back burner. Here’s a sampling of what some of our team members are doing during the COVID-19 quarantine:

Jennifer

Operations Manager

Jennifer’s been with The Move Makers almost since its inception in 2013 and has a solid background in professional organizing.  But Jennifer also has a very artistic side. She is a mural painter as well as a jewelry artisan.

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Leaving A Little Comfort Behind

Leaving a home you love after living there for many years can take an emotional toll.  Whether you’ve downsized to a smaller home, left for a job in another town, or moved after a loss of a loved one, the memories held there can be bittersweet, especially once the home is emptied of the things you’ve loved.

But sometimes acknowledging that the house could make more memories for its new inhabitants can ease the sting a bit.  And leaving a little of yourself behind in the form of a gift or handwritten letter can bring joy as the new homeowners settle in... Read the rest

Ready, Set, Sell Your House!

The newness of spring not only brings buds to the trees but a change in real estate as sellers gear up to put their homes on the market.  With more homes on the market comes more competition. And with more competition, many homeowners are looking for an advantage of how to make their homes more appealing to buyers.

A clean and uncluttered home sells faster and often for more money, according to Trulia.com.

Here are a few tips to help your home ready for the peak home-buying season.

Make a Plan

You would be hard-pressed to find a home that is so well kept that it is ready to go when the homeowner decides to sell. .. Read the rest

Giving New Life to Old Electronics

This month we feature another Move Maker Resource Partner – EcoBinary

Chances are if your old computer monitor is beige in color and the screen is green, you probably aren’t using it anymore.  Those multiple cords once used to hook up the VCR to the TV, their usefulness long past, leave us with a tangled mess of black wires.  Even a laptop bought five years ago sometimes seems obsolete by year two. What do you do with old electronics, especially when you’re downsizing your home or organizing your office and don’t have room to store them anymore?

Don’t just throw them in the trash bin. .. Read the rest

Tools 4 Troops: Helping Veterans with Tool Donations

Some movies make us laugh, some movies make us cry. But for Pete Wall, the film Pearl Harbor made him look at ways to help veterans. A few short months after viewing that fateful film, he formed Tools4Troops and has helped change the lives of veterans.

Pete, a retired sustainable construction specialist, teamed with Coast Guard veteran, Realtor and property manager Pat Dillow on a mission to deliver donated tools to both active duty and discharged veterans. Since 2014, Tools4Troops has supplied tools to over 4,000 veterans.

There is a real need for tools and supplies for veterans leaving the military and entering the job force. According.. Read the rest

Tackling the Appliance Overload

We really like our kitchen gadgets in the United States. According to statistics website Statista.com, the kitchen accessories market hit $1.2 billion in 2017; that’s a lot of garlic presses and juicers. And for those of us who thought they’d be grilling at least three times a week on the George Foreman, it’s a safe bet to say that didn’t come to pass.

Many unused kitchen appliances end up on pantry or garage shelves, or the back recesses of the kitchen cabinets, their bulkiness something to be dealt with later. How do we decide what appliances to keep, and which we can say goodbye to?  

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What’s in Your Closet?

The Move Makers work with many reliable and professional partners, and this month we begin a regular feature highlighting these local businesses.

Do you find yourself reaching for the same two or three outfits that are your “safe” clothes – those you think look good on you, are comfortable and fit right – leaving behind a lot of other pieces purchased and worn only once or twice? What’s holding you back from digging deeper in your closet for the items you once liked enough to purchase?

Laura Ziegler of Embracing Our Age works with “women of a certain age” – those generally between 55 and 70 – to bring overlooked clothing to the forefront, helping them re-style their wardrobes with what they already have... Read the rest

A Resolution To Keep – Downsizing in the New Year

New Year’s resolutions don’t always have to be about losing weight or fixing bad habits.  Sometimes they can be a determination to start taking control of the things that surround us in our homes that block us from moving forward. What’s a better time than in January to start putting those thoughts into actions and making a plan to organize and clear out your home?

Organizing and downsizing in January can be especially fruitful if you’re planning on selling your home some time later in the year. The spring and summer months are peak times for real estate sales and moving... Read the rest