My Cluttered Life – Part 1

It has come to a time in my life that I have had an epiphany to the fact I hate clutter. I hate to move it around, to look for certain items and I certainly hate it to move from one place to another. I have started a quest to rid my life of excess. Don’t get me wrong I do like my stuff, but there has to be a line drawn in the sand.

So I am going to start writing a series of articles about clutter and for some of us hoarding. I will also talk about purging and cleaning and freeing yourself of the burdens ‘stuff’ brings to your life. You can follow these articles under the category ‘My Cluttered Life’ on the side panel of this blog. I will write every now and then. Some will be short and sweet with tips and tricks. Some will be an accounting of my goals and I want you to use them to help make your life a bit more free.

So, I just moved. Not far away but we moved from a temporary townhouse into a house so everything is now in one place. We moved from Rio Rancho, NM to West Jordan, UT (think Albuquerque to Salt Lake City areas). We moved from a house to a townhouse until we got established and figured out exactly where we wanted to live and where work would be. It took us two years. Yes, that temporary housing didn’t end up being so temporary. That caused a problem.

When I moved up here thinking it was a temporary move I packed accordingly. I packed stuff for a storage unit and packed stuff to live with for a few months. I figured I would keep things to a minimum that we were living with and I would handle it. So, most of everything went into storage. But when you live in a home for two years you need stuff (Yes, that temporary thin ended up to be two years). So, instead of digging through a three car garage packed very tight we just bought new. Now everything is in one place we have duplicates and lots of them.

This was the first step to make in my series of articles I am writing. I do not need two of most items. So out went ten good sized boxes that were just literally picked up by Big Brothers Big Sisters. It feels good to pass on items that were perfectly good to someone who could use it while it benefiting a worthwhile charity and in turn freeing up space in my home. I am sure I will find more duplicates as I move through the house but that is alright. I can make another large load to donate or take a box at a time to a local thrift store.

My strategy now is to go to one tote to another. Discard things that are no longer in working condition, broken or just not wanted anymore. I am also using labeled totes to put things that are ‘I don’t knows’. When I am done going through the house I will take one of these totes at a time and everything in the tote will find a home in my home or it will go to the trash or donate. Will write another article on the flip side of doing this. See you all then.

How To Survive A Last-Minute House Move: 5 Easy-To-Follow Steps

A house move usually requires at least two months of planning and preparation to ensure that everything is dealt with accordingly. Unfortunately, there are some instances where a quick, last-minute relocation cannot be avoided.

While it may seem more daunting to tackle compared to a thoroughly planned move, you can still succeed in the task without too much stress. The key is to know the different parts of the process and the most efficient way of completing them.

To help you out, here are five easy-to-follow steps you can use as a guide to surviving that last-minute relocation:

Step #1: Choose a Removal Company

Removal companies are experts when it comes to dealing with the logistics of a move. They can handle almost everything — from packing and transporting your belongings to helping with the unpacking at your new residence.

Because their role in the success of the relocation is huge, it is imperative that you hire the best in the business who can accommodate a rushed move. When choosing a removal company in Sydney, Australia or in any other location in the world, you should do a good amount of research and ask the right questions.

Some of the things you must learn are the cost, the type of services you require, and the standard fees so you’ll know if you’re getting the most out of your money.

Step #2: Pack an Essentials Bag

An essentials bag should contain all the necessary items that you may need on your first couple of days in your new place. This way, you won’t have to rush with the unpacking and it will help you to stay organized after your move.

Here are some of the things you need to include in your essentials pack:

  • Chargers
  • Keys
  • First-aid kit complete with all necessary maintenance medications
  • Beddings, such as pillows, blankets, and bed sheets
  • Toiletries
  • A few changes of clothes
  • Paper towels, toilet paper, and other essential paper supplies
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Flashlight
  • Meal staples and easy-cook (or no-cook) food
  • Water and other replenishments
  • Kitchen utensils and dishes
  • Coffee or tea
  • Portable tool kit and scissors
  • Identification documents and other important papers
  • Cash and/or credit cards

Step #3: Pack the Rest of Your Belongings

Now that you’re done with your essentials, it is time to proceed to the rest of your belongings. Since you’re short on time, you may need all the help you can get to complete this. This means you should also consider hiring experts to complete the packing faster.

It is also wise to follow these time-saving tips:

  1. Sort them later. If you don’t have enough time to pack, it would be wiser to sort your items during the unpacking. You can skip labeling and segregating items according to a “theme,” but never forgo the “fragile” stickers to avoid the mishandling of your breakables.
  2. Use socks and towels to protect fragile items from damage. Since time is limited, it’s likely that you have no time to shop for bubble wrap and packing peanuts. Instead, you can use soft items like clothing, towels, and even bedding to wrap stemware and other breakable items. Newspapers can work too, but be wary of the ink.
  3. Only set up boxes when you need them. Packing for a last-minute move means you need all the space you have in a room, which is why you should only set up boxes when you’re ready to put things in them.
  4. Don’t remove clothes from their hangers. When packing for a rushed relocation, it would be better to put plastic bags over your clothes while they are still in their hangers. This will also make unpacking them easier later.

Step #4: Hire Professionals for the Cleaning

It is a good idea to have your old home deep cleaned first before you move out. If you were renting, it is likely that this is necessary for you to get your deposit or bond back. You could also leave the cleaning of your new place to the professionals to ensure that it gets done before you arrive.

Step #5: Think About Storage

If you have too many items that you cannot let go of, but you cannot take everything with you on the move, it may be time to consider hiring storage solutions. This way, the stored items will remain in your possession and you can make arrangements later for having them taken out of the storage facility and transported to your new home, if needed.

Talk to your trusted removals company as they may also offer flexible short-term or long-term storage solutions.

Ready, Set, Move!

A last-minute relocation doesn’t need to be daunting. When preparing for a rushed move, it is important that you know the most important things that need to be accomplished to make it work. This way, you can avoid missing important steps and your relocation can be a success.

AUTHOR BIO

Robert Wise, Sales Administration Manager at Nuss Removals, has been a respected figure in the removals industry for over 20 years. His attention to detail and the ability to truly understand the needs of the customer have ensured the successful relocation of thousands of satisfied individuals and families. For moving and storage across Australia and around the world, Robert’s wealth of experience ensures his customers are in safe hands.

How to Make Your Moving Experience Easier

No matter how hyped you are about having a brand new place to live in, moving is almost always a stressful activity. The amount of stress and frustration you experience, however, can be decreased and the whole moving adventure might just end up being easier and way more fun. Here are some moving tips bound make your life so much easier.

image 2Packing Clothes

This part is pretty much the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word “moving” and there is something extremely unsettling about it. Maybe this is due to the fact that you are dismantling something you went through the trouble of organizing, maybe it’s because the thought of packing stuff only to unpack them at your new destination simply has a tendency of making you feel nauseous. Well, for starters, think about using garbage bags to hold your clothes – simply slide clothes on hangers directly into the bags and tie them.

Packing Breakables

Use your old shirts to  wrap breakable dishware, so that you can save on bubble wrap. When it comes to glasses and stemware, pack them in clean socks – it’s a perfect fit. Make sure that you’ve packed plates vertically, much like records, so that they’re less likely to break. Consider using toilet paper rolls to organize your cords. Finally, color-code your boxes so that you know exactly where everything goes.

Decluttering

You’ve been postponing this part so long and now is the perfect chance to get rid of that nasty clutter. While packing, set aside stuff that you use less frequently than once a year. Stack these things into a room’s corner and start going through them. Keep anything that’s of sentimental value to you and get rid of the rest (try selling it, give it away, or simply discard it). This way, not only will you get rid of the clutter, but you’ll quickly come to realize that there’s way less stuff to actually move.

image 4Know Whether to Hire Movers or Ask Friends

Moving can be a dull task and is best alleviated by having a couple of your best buds around to mess around with. Your friends aren’t likely to turn you down and won’t really ask for money, so it is you who needs to make sure that you have food and beverages at disposal for everybody. Additionally, friends who are helping you move get the first dibs on anything that you planned to sell, donate or throw away.

On another hand, if you have a bunch of fragile and massive valuables, you should consider hiring movers. Why? Well, in addition to the fact that you don’t want your friends ending up with permanent back damage, movers tend to come with insurance, which guarantees that you will get compensated, should something break or scratch. Moveage Group, for example, is fully insured and offers moving services, as well as mobile storage and these two can be combined into something very useful.

image 3Change Your Address

We suggest you do this at least two weeks before actually moving. You don’t want to end up having to compensate someone for paying your bills, once you’ve moved. Additionally, don’t forget your Amazon, eBay, PayPal accounts and your credit card, bank, magazine subscription and mailing info!

These five tips will save you a ton of headache. Pack smart, be careful about your breakables, use this opportunity to rid yourself of clutter, make sure that you show gratitude if you’ve asked your friends to help you and don’t forget to change your address!

 

Moving: Packing Lawn & Garage

How to Pack Lawn and Garage Items

  • Drain all gasoline and oil from lawn mowers, weed eaters, chain saws and other gas-powered equipment.
  • Bundle garden tools together for easy handling.
  • Pack heavy tools in small boxes and fill in the gaps with crushed packing paper.
  • Check the “Do Not Ship” list for items that cannot be shipped, such as poisonous or flammable items and corrosives.

 

SOURCE: http://www.upack.com/moving-resources/packing-tips.asp

Moving: Packing Your Living Room / Decor

How to Pack Living Room Furniture and Decor

  • Wrap wall hangings with furniture pads or use mirror boxes for those pieces. Pack flat items like framed art or mirrors on their edges (standing up).
  • Wrap individual home décor pieces in packing paper and pack several items together in a box. See how to pack picture frames, knickknacks, and other decorative items in more detail with our how-to video.
  • Use the nesting method for lamp shades and pack several in a box at once, or use specialty lamp boxes for taller lamps. Watch how to pack a lamp in this tutorial.
  • Watch our videos to learn how to pack CDs, DVDs, and video games, along with how to pack books and other entertainment collections.
  • Use the original box to pack your computer, printer, or other electronics if you have them. Our step-by-step guide to packing a computer and electronics will show you how to handle the cords and accessories.