Tips & Articles
The Dollars and Sense of Working with Move Managers
(January 13, 2017)
It’s your moving day. Your anxiety levels are reaching epic proportions. There are so many details to remember. And, so many things that can go wrong. You are worried about breakage, whether your furniture is going to fit in your new place, whether you will be able to find things when you get there and a million other uncertainties. Even if you have moved umpteen times in your life, it is wise to expect the unexpected: traffic, broken elevators or finding an entire closet whose contents you forgot to pack.
Move managers take on the responsibilities associated with the logistical aspects of a residential move. They understand that it is more than taking things from point A to point B. Before a single box gets packed, move managers recommend trusted moving companies and request estimates. Then they help you decide what to take and what to downsize, taking measurements and creating floorplans and arranging for the distribution of unwanted belongings through sale, donation and recycling. In addition, they procure supplies that maximize the efficiency of the move and develop a step by step plan designed to keep everyone on track. Every box and bag is labeled with its contents and the room where it needs to go.
Moving companies LOVE working with move-managers/organizers because they make everything absolutely move-ready. Without move-managers, movers may arrive on location and the person they’re moving might have packed, but they haven’t packed everything. Boxes are still open. Sometimes people use the boxes they get for free from the grocery store, they are all different sizes and shapes, some don’t have lids. All these things make it more difficult for movers to load trucks properly.
Once the unloading is completed at your new location, move managers are instrumental in getting you settled quickly. They apply their organizing skills to set up your new home so you can get back to managing other important activities devoted to family, work and getting acquainted with your new surroundings. Nobody loves moving. A move manager will make the difference between a successful transition and chaos.
Doing it right and doing it with move managers saves time and saves you money.
Silver Linings: What Lies Beneath?
Hoarding Clean Up Yields 50 Year Old Buried Treasure
(Sept 1, 2013)
I Should Have Done This Years Ago
Making your move minus the clutter eliminates stress
Practically Daughters Senior Move Managers
(December 2, 2015)
“I should have done this, years ago.” It is a phrase we have heard echoed again and again in our 10 years devoted to downsizing and moving seniors. Smaller, simplified surroundings, minus clutter, provide safe and rewarding living experiences for seniors. Yet, many of our clients struggle for years before mustering the courage to ask for downsizing assistance. And, they have good reason to vacillate. De-cluttering is a disruptive process, not without its challenges. These include endless decisions as to what to take and what to discard, as well as where to send unwanted belongings.
Moreover, adjusting to the new settings may take days, weeks, or months. Individuals react differently after such an upheaval in their lives. Many people are pleased to be relieved of the responsibility of maintaining a large residence and continuing to manage all alone. Others may be less enthusiastic about such an enormous transition, grieving the loss of their old community and dwellings.
There are real concerns related to adapting to an unfamiliar space, surrounded by some but not all of your previous belongings. How will you be able to find things when everything is in a different place? How will you be able to stay organized in an unaccustomed environment? Will you be able to make do with fewer possessions in a smaller space? The key is once you have survived the turmoil associated with the transition, you need to find ways to take control of your physical setting. Once accomplished, living becomes easier. You might ask yourself why you did not downsize sooner.
As senior mover managers we have learned a great deal about what elements contribute to a successful move. Here are some of our suggestions that have worked for other clients dealing with the trials associated with the aftermath of a major move.
What you can do before you move
Very few people automatically embrace change. It is hard to conceive what your life will be like in different circumstances and even harder to envision what belongings you will need going forward. Will you need to cook? Are you still interested in continuing with hobbies? Pre-planning can go a long way to minimize the chaos.
- Take pictures of your china cabinets or dresser tops so you won’t forget how your arranged your decorative and essential items.
- Unload categories that you won’t need before the move. These could include tools, craft supplies, cookware, and extra furniture that won’t fit.
- Digitize. Get rid of DVDs, books, photos and other media that monopolize space
- Collect and keep important papers together. These can be in a file cabinet or safe-deposit box, but let key family members know where they are.
- Get your grown children claim their keepsakes that they have been storing at your home. Don’t move their stuff with you.
- When visiting the new residence, make note of the locations of outlets, cable, radiators and telephone jacks. These may limit your options for furniture placement.
- Consider purchasing dual-purpose furnishings that provide extra storage.
- Label every box with a description of the contents. Include the room where you want the items delivered.
What to do once you have moved.
Are you worried about finding your stuff after you have moved? Interminably looking for things drives your mind into a state of confusion that makes it difficult to stay focused. You don’t have to memorize the new location of all of your belongings. Why not shift the weight of systematizing from your brain to the external world? Shifting the processes to the physical world reduces the likelihood of errors. Follow these tips for unpacking and organizing.
- It is least overwhelming to unpack one room at a time. Make the most important room livable first.
- Establish a purpose for each room or section of a room. Populate each room or area with the items you would need, both utilitarian and decorative, to optimize the space. This is particularly important for managing papers. Do it in one place.
- Make visible and accessible all the items you need on a regular basis and find alternate locations that hide the rest –bins for out of season clothes; banker’s boxes for archived paperwork; luggage and seasonal decorations.
- Use Post-it notes for labeling the contents of drawers and cabinets until you grow more familiar with the new locales.
- Use dividers in drawers to group items and make them more conspicuous.
- Make use of wall space instead of horizontal space. The floor is not a storage area. Shelving helps to make possessions more detectable and reachable.
- Purchase multiples of things you use often place them in more than one location – pens, cellophane tape, tissues, and glasses. Put them in those areas where they will be most likely to be used.
- Instead of struggling to remember where something is, place it where you actually need it to be –keys, shoes and umbrellas near the door, take-out menus by the phone, Band-Aids in the kitchen cabinet.
- For stubborn items that wander, like keys, phones and tickets, you need to create special homes and systems to minimize wasteful searching. Find strategic locations for key caddies, chargers for portable electronics and launch pads for items you need to take with you when you leave the house
Practically Daughters is a subsidiary of Good Riddance Professional Organizing Solutions, serving home organizing and move management needs of the Lower Mainland for 11 years. www.goodriddance.ca 604 421 5952
Silver Linings: What Lies Beneath?
Hoarding Clean Up Yields 50 Year Old Buried Treasure
(Sept 1, 2013)
"Two to five percent of Americans may meet the criteria for being hoarders," says Psychologist David Tolin, PhD, a hoarding specialist and author of Buried in Treasures. The houses where hoarding has occurred present risks not only to the residents but to the surrounding community. They may be structurally unsound or attract insects and vermin of all sorts. Uninhabitable and abandoned hoarder's homes are common, and vulnerable to break‐ins and squatting.
Two Vancouver based companies; Good Riddance Professional Organizing Solutions and 1st Hoarding Clean Up (a Division of 1st Trauma Scene Clean Up) have combined their respective skills to work jointly with clients living in extreme hoarding conditions. This line of work has taught their staffs to expect the unexpected. Last Spring provided an astonishing hoarding clean‐up experience for the two companies ‐ one with a silver lining.
(Read the full article here: Silver Linings.pdf )
House Resolution #1: Easy De-Cluttering for 2013
(January 10, 2013)
As one year dissolves into another, many optimistic individuals seize the occasion to right the wrongs of the past. Making resolutions for the New Year provides the impetus to tackle difficult hurdles like losing weight, quitting smoking and getting more exercise. Resolutions are a tool for engaging a time-worn enemy – procrastination; particularly when it comes to getting rid of old stuff.
Yet, history tells us that the good intentions tend to peter out before month’s end. Perhaps the goal itself is too ambitious or significantly vague for the desired result to materialize. Any change in behaviour requires an accompanying roadmap identifying small milestones that can be acknowledged and celebrated along the way...
(Read the full article here: House Resolution.pdf )
The Black Holes of Inner Space
(June 1, 2012)
Tired of losing things and the pointless searching that follows? We believe that most missing items succumb to the equivalent of black holes in your house. Black holes are places into which objects disappear and are not expected to be seen again. According to their definition, black holes possess a gravitational field so strong not even light can escape . There are vulnerable “black hole” regions in your home.
These domestic black holes lie in wait for a second’s inattention to swallow one of your necessities or personal treasures. In essence they function as Venus Fly Traps for your stuff. . Knowing what the black holes are and their respective location will add an element of precision to your exploration You will know where to look, and what to avoid ....
(Read the full article here: Black Holes of Inner Space.pdf )