Category Archives: Downsizing and Organizing

Keep It or Toss It?

Here’s a quick checklist of items around the house to consider disposing of or donating before packing for a move.  You might find you get on a roll and clear out a lot more than you thought! 

Kitchen:

Plastic bowls and lids

Chipped or extra dishware

Promotional mugs

Unused appliances, like waffle irons

Excessive glassware

Duplicate kitchen tools

Bathroom:

Old prescription medication – don’t flush them down – the FDA has recommendations here

Expired over the counter medications

Old bath mats

Complimentary hotel shampoos/toiletries – consider a local shelter or charity for these

Stained or torn washcloths or towels – most animal shelters appreciate these

Living Room/Family Room: 

CD’s and DVD’s – there are many streaming services out there

Outmoded electronics and old cables 

Books – often a tough choice – here’s some help in deciding what to keep

Old magazines

Bedroom:  

Excessive clothing – now is the best time to glean what you want

Worn shoes, hats and purses

Old Linens

Broken or tired lampshades

Garage:

Unused camping, skiing and snowboard equipment – consider selling here 

Unused exercise machines or other sports equipment

Half-used potting soils or seeds – consider donating to a garden club

Old or cracked flower pots or planters

If you need assistance on organizing and sorting the things you have in your home before a move, get help from friends or family, or consider professional help with a company like The Move Makers... Read the rest

Why You Should Sort Before You Pack

You’ve found the house you love, and best of all, sold the one you’re in.  Now the real work begins – getting ready to move. Your first instinct may be to start packing up everything and organize it later. What you may not realize in your hurry to get the task accomplished is the longer-term negative effects of that decision, like the costliness of time, money and stress.

Here are four points to consider before you decide to pack up for moving day.

Saving Money:  Moving is costly, and whether you’re moving locally (where movers charge an hourly rate, or out of state, where the move cost is based on weight and distance), you should ask yourself if the investment in money up front and the time spent later, is going to be worth it to you... Read the rest

How do you want to live in your space?

If you’re thinking about moving this year, or considering a refresh of your current space, one of the first things to think about is: how do I want to live in this space?  We take for granted that at least some of our furniture will work in our new space, no matter where that may be.  But it might be a good idea to look around and really SEE your furniture, and whether it’s functioning well for you. Are you looking for less upkeep?  Is mobility a factor?  Scaling furniture to your room can take some practice and knowing what to keep and not keep depends on the life you want to lead in the space... Read the rest

They’ve Got Your Number- Robocallers and How to Avoid Them

If you own a phone, you’ve received an unwanted call from a telemarketer, or spam robocall trying to sell you a product.  You may have noticed that many of the calls are from phone numbers that seem to come from your own area or one of your phone contacts, with a familiar area code. This is a practice begun a few years ago called spoofing: that’s highjacking a local number to give the impression the call is local and perhaps from someone you know. 

But don’t be fooled – technology has advanced in this area often to the detriment of the innocent consumer who can get inundated with these calls multiple times a day... Read the rest

Find Joy in Editing Your Holiday Decor

Last year, one of our Move Makers team members realized that the holiday decorations she’d collected over the years were taking up more time and space than she wanted. What was once a fun activity had become a chore, due to the sheer volume of decorations she had accumulated. Dragging those boxes and totes out of storage was becoming exhausting.  

Those of us who have been in our homes for many years can face the same challenges.  Do I need to put out ALL of my decorations each year?  Will it still feel like Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas if I don’t?.. Read the rest

Holding On: Why it’s So Hard to Let Go of Stuff

One of the most daunting things about moving is dealing with our stuff. We surround ourselves with things that represent “home” to us: keepsakes, papers, books, dishes.  Sorting through them in order to let some of it go is much harder for some than others, and can be such a seemingly impossible task that some of us simply stop the process altogether.

What makes us hold onto things we no longer want or need, even if keeping them is a roadblock to moving forward?

The main reason we hold on to things is comfort – being surrounded by things we love can provide a sense of well being and groundedness... Read the rest

Do This, Not That When Preparing for A Move

Moving is one of life’s occurrences that can be time-consuming, expensive and stressful.  But there are few practices to consider that can ease the pain of moving as well as the expense.  Here is a look at things NOT to do, and things to DO instead:

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DON’T wait until the last minute to get ready to move.  The longer you wait, the more stumbling blocks you may encounter, like running out of time, not enough boxes, no place to dispose of your items, and moving companies that are too busy to help you.

DO make a plan before you move.  Planning out an overall timeline to prepare all of the components of moving (including sorting, organizing, packing, and arranging for help), goes a long way in making move day go more smoothly.

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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