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What to Keep and What to Toss in the Bedroom

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Sorting through an entire household of clutter can be a daunting task. It’s much easier to tackle the mounds of belongings per room and what better place to start than your very own bedroom. This can be a tricky place to cut down the clutter because your bedroom is your special place and everything in it probably has some sort of meaning to you, or at the very least, you like it. After all, there’s a reason you have it but it’s time to declutter to make the move easier. Start with these tips and start slashing down the clutter you’ll be taking with to you your new home.

Delegate Half an Hour Each Day

Sorting through your belongings and saying goodbye to certain items can be an emotional thing to do. It can also be just as stressful and exhausting, so refrain from tackling your entire bedroom all at once.

Instead, set aside at least 30 minutes each day to go through your things. Of course, you can always take a break in between some days if your decluttering is much deeper and time consuming than you anticipated.

The Clutter of The Closet

The closet is the culprit of clutter for many people. It’s where you store things you used to like, things you might wear and things you’ll never wear again. You store clothes that don’t fit, shoes that are weathered, and accessories from the past.

Fortunately, your wardrobe doesn’t have to go in the garbage. There are tons of families in need, and many second hand stores that will be happy to accept your donations. Your old clothes, shoes and accessories can make someone else much happier than it makes you.

As a rule of thumb, throw out anything in your closet that:

  • You no longer feel confident in
  • You’re saving until you lose weight
  • You forgot you even owned
  • You haven’t worn in 6 months
  • You don’t like

The Bulky Furniture Pieces

Your bedroom is the one place in your home where you really don’t need to have a ton of furniture. In fact, less is often more. All you need is a bed, a bedside table and maybe a dresser if you don’t have a big enough closet. Other than that, everything else can go.

Having too many large items in your bedroom will close in the space, making you feel trapped in an area that should make you feel utterly relaxed. So, take the necessities and toss the extra furniture pieces. Some things to eliminate from your bedroom belongings include:

  • Big chairs
  • Chaise lounge
  • TV stands (use a wall-anchor instead)
  • Book cases
  • Large unnecessary dressers

Tackle the Tacky Décor

There’s really no need for the surfaces in your bedroom to be filled with random art fixtures, décor items and stuffed animals. All you need is a table lamp, a docking station for your tech devices and maybe a jewelry case. The rest is likely doing nothing more than simply taking up viable space.

Now, there are some exceptions because some of your belongings may have sentimental value, such as the stuffed animal you’ve had since you were a child or the vintage jewelry dish from your Great Grandmother. These are okay, as long as they’re on display and not hiding in the corner of your closet. Otherwise, they don’t mean that much to you and they don’t have to make the move to your new home. Some things to get rid of to decrease the clutter include:

  • Collection of stuffed animals
  • Books you don’t read
  • Gag gifts
  • Posters or tacky art you no longer love
  • Magazines
  • Extra throw pillows

So grab two boxes, label one with take and the other with toss. It’s time to put these tips into action.

Making Friends is Different

When you come from a suburb where everyone knows your name, it can be difficult to throw yourself into the social scene of a big city goer. Making friends isn’t easier nor is it harder in the big city, it’s just different.

People seem busier and more rushed in the city. They can appear less personable and even less approachable than what you may be used to. However, there are many more opportunities to meet new and awesome people when you’re in the city. So it’s all about getting yourself out there, meeting people at the right time and the right place and they’ll embrace you into their social circle. As an added bonus, making friends with locals will give you an inside perspective in city you now call home.

It’s the big city way, and with these tips for relocating from the suburbs, you’ll fit right in.

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Tips Relocating from the Suburbs to the Big City

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You’ve finally done it; you’ve decided to make the move away from the suburbs and into the big city. Congratulations! You’re about to experience an entirely new way of life. The big city is full of opportunity – from transportation to employment, entertainment to nightlife, dining and pubs and so much more. There’s always something to do in the city. However, the concrete jungle can be a big adjustment for someone coming from the burbs. Here are a couple of things to make your transition go smoothly.

Big City Means Smaller Housing

The first thing you need to prepare for is downsizing. If there’s one thing that can be said about the city, it’s that you pay more for less especially when it comes to housing. Whether owning or renting, you can expect to have a smaller living space and with that, you’ll have to downsize. Plan to go through your items and decide which ones you’ll take and which ones you’ll toss.

Fortunately, just because you’re downsizing doesn’t mean you have to get rid of your belongings that aren’t making the move. Instead, grab an affordable storage unit for the things you won’t bring with you. You may even want to store your current furniture pieces in a storage unit for the time being because the big city tends to offer small, awkward living spaces.

Even if you can afford a larger living space, you do need to think about the higher cost of living as a whole. A larger home means higher bills, and it could very well be a better option to stick with a smaller home and use a storage unit for the items you don’t need regularly.

Get Less for More

Speaking of the big city’s ‘less for more’ theme, you should also expect to be taken aback by the prices. Things cost more in the city, from fast food meals to grocery store bills, utilities, rent, gas – you name it. Expect to be a little shocked at the price tags; you won’t get the same suburb savings that you’re used to.

This is something to consider if you plan on renting a storage unit. Think outside of the city lines if possible, and you may get a better price.

Get Familiar with Public Transportation

Once you’re nestled into your new humble abode, you’ll be doing a lot of exploring. However, having a car isn’t always plausible in the city. There’s plenty of traffic everywhere, all the time. As a newcomer, you’ll find plenty of things to stop and look at, which makes driving in the city even more impractical. That’s also not to mention that you’ll quickly realize parking is just as difficult as it is to drive in the big city.

You may not want to get rid of your car and you don’t have to. A car is great to travel outside of the city but while partaking in the wonders of the big world, take advantage of public transportation. Big cities offer incredible public transportation options that can often equal quicker and more affordable ways to get around. Planes, subways, buses, streetcars, Uber, sky trains, oh my. The options are vast. So store your car, and use it only when traveling outside of the city.

Find New Things to Get Excited About

The city isn’t short of excitement. A quick search online or a short walk down the street and you’ll find plenty of things to do and experience. However, don’t just admire the city’s excitement from afar. Embrace it and indulge. The best way to transition after relocation is to get involved. Explore the city, meet new people and embrace the enthusiasm and bright lights of the big city.

Making Friends is Different

When you come from a suburb where everyone knows your name, it can be difficult to throw yourself into the social scene of a big city goer. Making friends isn’t easier nor is it harder in the big city, it’s just different.

People seem busier and more rushed in the city. They can appear less personable and even less approachable than what you may be used to. However, there are many more opportunities to meet new and awesome people when you’re in the city. So it’s all about getting yourself out there, meeting people at the right time and the right place and they’ll embrace you into their social circle. As an added bonus, making friends with locals will give you an inside perspective in city you now call home.

It’s the big city way, and with these tips for relocating from the suburbs, you’ll fit right in.

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The Final Clean-Up A Strategic Timeline to Prepare You for Your Move

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Moving can be an exhausting, stressful and busy time. Aside from packing your entire life into boxes only to then transport them into a new chapter in your life, you also have to clean up your past. Your home has to be thoroughly cleaned, top to bottom and even in the nooks and crannies before you close the front door for the last time. While cleaning is very rarely a ‘favorite’ thing to do, it’s imperative. Leaving your current home in poor condition for the new homeowners’ arrival is simply poor moving etiquette.

As a rule of thumb, you want your home to be left the same way you expect your new home to be when you move in. Fortunately, you don’t have to do all the cleaning at once. With this weekly breakdown of the final clean-up, you can strategically prepare your home for its new owners.

Four Weeks Prior to The Move

The final clean-up should begin approximately a month prior to moving day. This gives you an ample amount of time to prepare for the big day by making proper arrangements for storage and movers, while also getting rid of your belongings and old furniture that don’t need to make the move. This will clear up the space and give you some wiggle room to start cleaning. Here are some tasks to get you started:

  • Book a moving truck
  • Schedule movers
  • Start sorting through belongings and getting rid of the things you don’t need
  • Plan what furniture will be moving to the new house, and sell or donate the items that won’t be making the move
  • Purchase all of your packing materials such as boxes, tape, packing peanuts, etc.
  • Purchase all of your cleaning materials

Three Weeks Prior to The Move

One week down, three more to go. The move is fast approaching, and it’s time to kick your moving day preparation into high gear. Doing the following things three weeks prior to the move keeps things copacetic up until moving day and beyond. You’ll also free up space, so you can start cleaning.

  • Start packing non-essential items
  • Remove (pack or toss) belongings in the attic, basement and other storage areas and clean them thoroughly
  • Remove photos and art from the wall, and patch the holes as needed, then give the walls a scrub
  • Clean behind appliances
  • Empty, replace and/or scrub vents, fans, radiators

Two Weeks Prior to The Move

Before you know it, moving day will be here. The idea is to complete as many cleaning tasks as possible during this week. If you can start on the “one week prior to the move” cleaning list, even better! Some things will need to have a quick scrub down again next week, but for the most part, this is where the thorough cleaning comes in.

  • Clean baseboards and moldings
  • Vacuum cobwebs and dust from the ceiling, corners, banister, ceilings fans etc.
  • Wash doors, door handles, light switches, hardware, etc.
  • Clean garbage disposal unit
  • Clean the windows
  • Wash the front of kitchen cabinets and drawers
  • Remove soap scum from bathroom
  • Clean out bathroom drawers and place new liners
  • Clean all major appliances from top to bottom, inside and out.
  • Start on the next week’s cleaning if possible

One Week Prior to The Move

This is likely going to be the busiest week prior to the move. So, if you can start this moving day cleaning list earlier, ideally during the previous week, the process will be less stressful and exhausting. Whatever you do, just be sure to get these crucial cleans in.

  • Clean inside cupboards
  • Scrub down the baths, showers, toilets and sinks
  • Dust and wash all ledges and countertops
  • Vacuum, sweep and mop all surfaces
  • Clean mirrors
  • Empty garage and sweep it

With this strategic final clean-up timeline, your moving etiquette is going to be as on point as the interior of your current home.

Make Money Off Your Move – Tips for Selling Your Belongings Online

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It’s time to clear out and make some money. With moving day scheduled for the future, you’ll have to go through your belongings to see what items will be making the move into your new home and what will not. Typically, people either donate or throw out their old belongings, but as the old saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” So, channel your inner creativity and make some money from your old belongings. Here are some unique ways you can sell your stuff online for some extra cash.

Discover the Worth

Imagine this – you have an old dusty porcelain plate that means nothing to you, but your Great Grandmother passed it down the bloodline knowing it would be worth a tidy sum one day. Only, you have no idea, so you send it off to the thrift store only to find out it was worth thousands. Believe it or not, this happens all the time! All you have to do is a quick search online and you’ll see that tons of people find expensive, vintage luxury items at secondhand shops all the time. Unless you’re the person doing the findings, you never want to be in this scenario. So, always do your research. Know the market value of your items and how much people are willing to pay for similar items. Then – and only then can you decide to trash it or to sell it for a pretty penny.

Take Advantage of Modern Technology

Hosting a garage sale is fun and traditional, but it’s not going to give you the potential outreach that comes from modern technology. Focus your energy on the Internet and everything it has to offer. If you’re not tech savvy, just sign into your social media accounts and post some pictures of your items with detailed descriptions for each to your friends. Who knows; maybe you’ll get a bite. There are also buy and sell groups on social media platforms such as Facebook, which are great for selling your belongings online. Just do a search for a local group, request to join and you’re ready to start posting your items.

Use Online Classifieds

Forget about advertising your belongings for sale in the newspaper. Instead, it’s all about technology. Use online classifieds sites such as Kijiji and Craigslist to post your items for sale. The steps are easy to follow and you can market your items to a larger audience, which has the potential to bring in more buyers. Plus, people go to these sites looking for secondhand items, so you won’t feel like you’re bugging anyone by advertising your old stuff. As an insider tip, price your items a little higher than what you anticipate it to sell for because people love to negotiate the price on these types of websites.

Re-purpose Old Items

If you can’t seem to sell any of your items as is, or they’re not in good condition, try to re-purpose them. It’s amazing what a little DIY project can do for a stained couch, or chipped décor items. Throw in some elbow grease and you can turn an old item into a brand new masterpiece. You may even find that you love the item more once its re-purposed and that you don’t want to sell it at all. Although, that may not help with your task of decluttering prior to the big day.

The most important tip to making money by selling your belongings is to always have great photos. If the photos aren’t enticing enough, it’ll be difficult to captivate potential buyers. Other than that, you’re ready to take full advantage of these money making opportunities from items you would have put in the trash otherwise.

Preparing for a Move During Pregnancy

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As if having a baby on the way wasn’t enough to be concerned with, you have now decided to move before he or she arrives. The feeling can be overwhelming as you try to juggle two of the biggest milestones in your life – pregnancy and moving.

Don’t worry, you have plenty of options to ensure the stress of the move doesn’t interfere with your health and pregnancy, and just as many to ensure a productive moving day. So, here’s to being a Supermom, and tackling a move during pregnancy.

Plan Ahead to Decrease Anxiety and Stress

Planning is key, especially when preparing for a move during pregnancy. The stress of an unplanned move is something no expectant mom should endure. Firstly, grab a pad of paper a pen and make as many to-do lists as possible; from what to pack, what to trash; what to donate; what to do; when to do it – you name it. The more you can plan ahead of time, the better the entire process will be, and the less anxiety and stress you’ll experience. Planning ahead also provides you with the perfect opportunity to start checking off those lists well before the big day.

Avoid Heavy Lifting

As you start to tackle those to-do lists, you’ll be tempted to begin packing up some belongings. There is absolutely no problem with this. However, you have to be careful with what you pack and what you lift.

All heavy lifting should be avoided. Even if you don’t intend on moving the boxes per se, you may want to rethink trying to move heavy household items to go in those boxes. If it’s heavy, don’t lift it. To keep the move coming along smoothly, you may want to hire packers to do the packing and movers to do the lifting.

Search for a New Doctor or Hospital

Depending on how far you’re moving, you may need a new doctor and hospital to give birth. These are two things no pregnant woman wants to be unsure of, so take the time to do some research about doctors, healthcare and hospitals in the area of your new home. This will give you peace of mind knowing that your pregnancy and health will be taken care of even in the new location.

However, finding a reliable doctor and/or healthcare can be a difficult task. Ask your current healthcare provider for recommendations, and if you have friends and family in the area of your new home, they may have some insider tips on finding optimal care.

Don’t Feel Guilty for Taking Time to Relax

You won’t be able to help out as much as you want to, and this can take a toll on your already unpredictable emotions. At times like these, it’s important to leave the move to the movers and the pregnancy to the pregnant lady – you. Accept help from your loved ones, hire movers, take a seat and relax. Better yet, treat yourself to some prenatal yoga classes or a day at the spa.

Pack for Three-Days

Most people only have to pack for the first night in their new home because they can do without certain items for 24 hours. However, as a pregnant woman, you should pack for three-days because ransacking through taped-up moving boxes looking for a comfy body or a specific blanket at 4AM is never fun. When pregnant, you become attached to things that you could typically go 24 hours without. So, pack your pregnancy essentials and the items you use during a three-day period.

The most important tip to preparing for a move during pregnancy is to focus on your pregnancy and not the move. There’s only one person that can do your job, and plenty of others that can do the move.

Hidden Moving Costs to be Prepared For

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There are many moving costs that need to be considered in order to budget properly for moving day. Some are obvious, such as the cost to rent a moving truck or the cost to hire movers. Other moving costs seem more hidden such as the cost for extra mileage or using a moving truck dolly or ramp, and then there are some moving costs that are completely forgotten about altogether. Today, we are going to discover the extra kind-of moving costs to ensure you can properly prepare and plan a budget that is as accurate as possible.

Keep the Kids at the Babysitter

If you’ve ever tried moving with young kids, you know that it can be a near impossible task. At the very least, moving day is not as productive as it could have been. Fortunately, if your kids are old enough to help, you can put them to work. However, if you have little ones running around, such as babies or tipsy toddlers, they’ll be more of a roadblock than a helping hand. Hire a babysitter to make the move much more effective. Think about the price it’ll cost to have the children looked after from morning to night and maybe even overnight, so you have enough time to prepare and child-proof your new home.

Send the Pets to a Sitter

Pets can be just as distracting if not more so than little kids. Smaller pets can generally be kept in their cages during moving day but if you have a dog or cat, consider sending it to a pet sitting facility. This will keep their snouts out of boxes, paws off of furniture and fur out of the way, making for an easier and more productive day altogether. However, pet sitting typically comes with a cost and should be factored into your moving day budget.

Grabbing Food for Takeout

Chances are you won’t be in the mood to cook on moving day, and that’s assuming you’re able to unpacked all of your kitchen supplies and ingredients in a timely manner. Not to mention, cooking can take up viable time so ordering takeout for moving day meals is usually the best option. However, it comes with a price. You can opt to pick the food up instead of getting delivery to cut down on costs or a cheaper alternative to buying takeout is to buy some ingredients to make some simple sandwiches. Don’t forget the cost that entails when replenishing your energy while moving.

Professional Cleaner Times Two

It’s proper moving etiquette to leave your current home in the same condition you want your new home to be in upon arrival. This takes a sufficient amount of time and effort, as you have to clean your house top to bottom and in places you’ve never cleaned before such as behind the appliances. Hiring a professional cleaner to tackle your home once it’s empty comes with a fee but it saves you in time and energy. You may also want a professional cleaner in your new house as well to ensure it’s ready for your arrival.

Clean the Carpets with a Professional

If you’re unable to budget for a professional cleaner to come into your current home and/or new home, consider hiring a carpet cleaning company. It’ll make the home look and smell brand new, and is a nice way to welcome to the homeowners.
While these moving costs are certainly extras, they are options many home movers opt for without budgeting in the fees. So, prepare a budget that is accurate by considering all of the costs – even the ones not directly associated with the move per se.

Helpful Tips When Researching a New School for Kids Post Move

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Moving can be hard for the entire family, but even more so for the little ones. Switching schools can be a real challenge for kids; they’re uprooted from everything and everyone they know, and then thrown into a classroom with strangers. As a parent, it can be hard to remember what it’s like being a kid but it’s easy to make this transition go smoothly for them. It starts with some helpful tips and tricks to finding the best school for your kids post move.

Speak with Your Real Estate Agent

If you’ve taken the time to find a reputable, renowned real estate agent, they are likely an expert on the area in which you’re moving to. As such, they can be full of valuable information about public and private schools, as well as the type of neighborhoods that may interest you. Real estate agents can inform you of the public and private school options, school boundaries and much more.

This is an important step to never underestimate. The community and area in which you move to can play a huge role in the experience your kids have as they transition into a new social circle and school system. So, ask an expert; ask a reputable real estate agent.

Conduct Your Own Research

While it’s always good to receive recommendations from someone who is familiar with the area and the schools, it’s also important to conduct your own research and form your own opinion. After all, you’re making a decision that pertains to your child’s education and it’s a decision you want to be comfortable with.

Research the schools in the area, as well as the test scores, extra-curricular activities, programs and even online reviews about the school system, teachers and programs. The more information you have, the more confident you’ll feel with making such an important decision.

Take a School Tour

Take a field trip to the schools you’re interested in. There’s no better way to discover what a school is like other than seeing it for yourself. Schedule a time to meet with the principal and teachers. Have some questions prepared that you’d like to ask, such as the school’s disciplinary policy, busing system, curriculum standards etc. You’ll leave the meeting having a better understand of the school, it’s staff and the education your child will receive.

Visit the Areas Surrounding the School

Although the old saying goes, “never judge a book by it’s cover,” when it comes to your child’s education, it’s safe to say that you can be as judgmental as you’d like. After all, education is a huge decision and if something doesn’t feel right or doesn’t appear to be beneficial, it’s crucial to listen to your intuition.

One thing that may concern you as a parent is the type of kids that go to the schools you’re interested in. Take a drive around the surrounding areas. If you see a lot of graffiti, damage, garbage and disrespectful behavior, you may want to think twice about the schools in the area. Generally, you want a school that is in an area that portrays safety, opportunity and valuable experiences and this can come from not only the school system, but the children and areas that encompasses it.

Speak with Your Children

Depending on the ages of your child, you may want to speak with them directly in order to gain more perspective. Sometimes, children have the ability to see beyond what meets the eye and as such, they can bring plenty of value to the process of choosing a school. That’s also not to mention that you want your child to feel happy and confident with the school you choose, and speaking with them is the only way to discover how they feel.

Choosing a new school for kids after a move is a very important decision. It should never be taken lightly, and with these helpful tips, you’re on the right path to finding the perfect education for your little ones.

Helpful Tips on Adjusting When Moving to a New Climate

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Relocating can be a difficult yet exciting time in your life, especially when moving to a new climate. Whether moving into a hot climate, a colder one or a climate the changes, you’re about to embark on a journey that you may not have ever experienced before. However, no matter how much you love the weather, the transition can still be difficult. Not only is it difficult to move away from home, but the weather change can bring on many new challenges that you never knew existed. Fortunately, with a couple of helpful tips on adjusting to a new climate, you’ll be blooming all year round.

Do Your Research

The best tip when adjusting to a move into a new climate is to find things you’ll love about it. Do your research, and discover things about your soon-to-be new home, and everything it has to offer. Find adventures, events and local venues you want to explore upon arrival. Doing this little step will make you feel better about the move and it’ll help you remain positive as you say your goodbyes.

Accept the Change

Change can be hard for anyone. The first step to making it easier is to adjust your way of thinking and embrace the change. Chances are, the move will switch things up from what you’re used to. Maybe you’ve never experienced snow before or blazing hot days in the south, or a combination of all four seasons and the climates that follow. Accept the change instead of fighting it. If you don’t find the climate undesirable, find something that you like about it, such as skiing in colder climates or snorkeling in warmer ones.

Prepare for a Shopping Spree

Whenever you move into a new climate, there’s a need for a shopping spree. Often times, this is one of the best things about moving to a new climate. The weather is something you’re not used to, so you won’t have the gear needed to handle it. Things such as shovels, ice scrapers, snow tires and a snow suit are necessities for the winter. Even if you’re moving to a warmer climate, you’ll need more summer gear because you’ll be using it more. Budget for a shopping spree, whether it’s for your house, wardrobe or both, you’ll need it.

Consider Climate Controlled Storage Options

As you move into a new climate, you’ll notice things you never even thought about before. Something as simple as how you’ve always stored certain items can quickly be changed. After all, some household items, electronics and other belongings aren’t designed to withstand extreme cold, dampness or humidity. Consider your current climate along with the new climate and the items you typically store in your attic, garage and basement. Depending on your new location, it may be plausible and a better option to use a climate controlled storage facility for those items.

Decrease Stress and Anxiety by Preparing Healthcare

If you’re moving within the United States, thinking about healthcare may slip your mind. After all, you’re not leaving the country. However, it’s important for you to avoid skipping over this crucial tip. Prepare your healthcare prior to the move by getting doctor recommendations and conducting research about the health in the area. New climate can take a toll on your health. With the stress and anxiety of the move with the addition of a new climate, you may be more susceptible to common cold and flu’s during this time. Knowing you have a doctor to keep you in tiptop shape will give you peace of mind, and with less stress you have a stronger immune system.

It’s time to get excited about your move to a new climate. Embrace the new opportunities and experiences that are heading your way, stay positive and prepared with these helpful tips.

10 Tips to Make Packing your Belongings a Breeze

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Packing your entire life into a couple of boxes can be a daunting task. It’s a harsh reality for most people as they look around their household, realizing just how many things need to be squeezed into boxes, then into a moving truck and then, possibly, into a storage unit. Most people are left confused, wondering how can they possibly pack a house full of belongings into such small spaces. Fortunately, you can make it can happen. You just need some handy packing tips from the pros, and we’ve got you covered. Pack like a pro and it’ll be a breeze.

1. Start with a Schedule

Procrastination is never a good thing, especially when it comes to packing. Remember, you have to pack all of your belongings into boxes and if you leave it to the last week, it’s going to be a long and tiring process.
Instead, start with a schedule. Delegate specific tasks to specific days leading up to the big move. Start with a day to pick up the packing materials, another day to start packing up the attic, another to pack up the kids’ toys, another to pack up the shed, etc.
Spacing out your packing schedule will keep things copacetic and enjoyable.

2. Know Your Electronics

With technology taking over the world, chances are you have plenty of electronics in your household. From electronic toothbrushes to massagers, game consoles, robot vacuums and Internet systems, it’s safe to say you’ll have a lot of re-plugging and reprogramming to do once you arrive at your new home. With cords coming from all directions, setting up something simple such as your television can quickly become exasperating.
Fortunately, you can instantly make this maze of technology much easier just by taking pictures of your electronics before you unplug and pack them up. Then, when you’re ready to set things back up, you just look at the pictures and know which cords go where. It’s a genius tip that takes seconds to prepare.

3. Pack per Room

While it can be tempting to pack per category, it’s important to pack per room instead. Packing different rooms into the same box (even if they’re all the same category) will just make things more complicated. After all, if you pack all of the kids toys in one box, you’ll have to drag that box and/or its belongings to all of the rooms just to unpack. So, it’s better to pack all toys from one room in one box, and all toys from another room in a separate box and so on and so forth. It’s a simple strategy but one that makes packing and unpacking much easier.

4. Use Storage Bins When Needed

There are many household items that get stored in your garage, shed, basement, attic or cubby for the majority of the year. Instead of throwing things such as holiday decorations and seasonal tools in a box, take this opportunity to properly organize your belongings for a better future. Move these kinds of items into storage bins instead of boxes, and they’ll never have to be unpacked until you need them again. As a bonus, you’ll have a better, more organized storage system in your new home.

5. Cheers to Wine Cases for Glassware

Glasses can be one of the hardest things to pack. They’re breakable, fragile, oddly shaped and to put in simply, a pain to wrap and pack. That is, unless you use wine cases. These little boxes are already set up with the perfect compartments for your glassware. Just fill the voids with packing peanuts or bubble wrap, and your glassware is ready for the moving truck. Your local winery, restaurant, bar or store may have plenty of empty wine cases for you to make use of.

6. Label Like a Pro

The labels are one of the most important parts of packing. After all, you can pack to pure perfection but if you have no idea what’s in each box, the end result could be a timely hassle. So, always make sure to label correctly.
It’s often recommended to label each box with the room and continents. That way, when you arrive at your new home, you can unpack each box in the appropriate room.

7. Label on the Side

Speaking of labels, always put them on the side. When you’re unloading the moving truck, you’ll be able to see where the boxes need to go with a quick glance, and the entire process will be much easier.

8. Roll Don’t Fold

When possible, roll your belongings instead of folding them. Things such as linens, bedding and clothing can all be rolled to take up less space, which allows you to pack more in less. And that means less boxes for you to unpack at the end of the day.

9. Never Mix Liquids

When you’re packing boxes per room, it can be tempting to throw in liquids with towels, and detergents with dishes and so on and so forth. However, this is a risk you don’t want to take. One open bottle can cause a serious mess of a situation, making the unpacking process extremely unpleasant. So, whatever you do, pack all of your liquids separately.

10. Pack Clothes on Hangers

Contrary to the previous tip about rolling clothing, there’s no need to remove your clothes that are already on hangers only to put them in a box, then remove them from a box and place them back on hangers. Instead, just slide them into a wardrobe box, move and hang them back up when you’re at your new house.
With these tips, packing and unpacking your belongings will be a breeze!

5 Tips for Packing Your Media Library

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When considering the scope of work you have ahead of you as you prepare to pack for an upcoming move, your larger collections can be a challenge. Regardless of what your collection consists of (movies, books, figurines, ect.), these thing can all be considered fragile and you will want to take care when packing them.

Follow the 5 tips listed below to insure the safety of your collections.

  1. Sort before you start

Regardless of how organized your collection may be, go through and sort through items that you may no longer want or need and start making a new collection called donation or resale.

You may also want to consider testing all the CDs & DVDs with visible damage to make sure you’re not packing and moving items with no value to you at destination.

Pack and uncommon media equipment & mediums separately from your collection to be sure they are all packed properly (i.e. DVDs and VHS tapes should be packed separately).

  1. Use Protective Cases

If at all possible, pack your collection in its original packaging for transport. These cases/boxes were specifically designed to protect the contents inside and will help in shielding the most fragile part of the item from jostling or impact.

Additionally, these cases simplify your organization and labeling efforts by making it simple to identify each item when you unpack.

In addition to added protection, the original packaging with help you and your organizing efforts when unpacking!

  1. Line Your Media Boxes

Lots of the potential damage that may impact your media library during transit comes from pressure on the sides, bottom, or top of the box. To reduce this pressure and therefore diminish the risk of crushed or shattered discs, line your boxes well before packing.

Use crumpled butcher paper, packing peanuts, or newsprint along the bottom of your box before you start packing anything into ANY box for that matter. Additionally, fill in any gaps with paper, including those that may exist between the upper items and the box lid.

  1. Pack Spine Up

Once your box is lined, prepped and ready, you can start placing your media library items into the containers. As it is with all things fragile, refrain from laying items flat in the box. Instead, stand them up on their edge, SPINE UP.

When packed like this, you allow for the least amount of strain on the case and its contents during transportation while providing the additional benefit of easy item identification.

Pack all of your cases of one size before moving to your next media medium. For example, you could pack Blu-Rays, DVDs, and PlayStation games in the same box, but wouldn’t want to line regular CD cases up with these items.

Take extra care when packing items that don’t have a lot of protection, such as records in paper sheaths. You may need to use more padding to make these containers safe for these vulnerable items.

  1. Label & Load with Detail

If your media library takes up more than one box, it may be easy to get items mixed up. Refer back to your organizational system to ensure that each container receives the appropriate labels. For example, if you organize by release date, it may be useful to label boxes “DVDs 1970-1995,” “DVDs 1995-2017,” and so on.

Whether you plan to load things yourself or have professional movers handle the heavy lifting, ensure that your media library boxes stay on top of any stack that they become part of. Media items do not have a lot of heft and can, therefore, be crushed by heavier items easily.

In addition to identifying labels, be sure to clearly designate each of your media library boxes as FRAGILE and TOP LOAD.

Use these guidelines to ensure that your media collection arrives at your new home ready for family movie nights, video game marathons, and sing-a-longs.

At Hart Moving & Storage, we have experience with moves of all types and sizes. Our specialists will be happy to help with your upcoming relocation!