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Moving? These Tips Will Make Packing Easy

Very few people enjoy packing their belongings for a big move. It’s a lot of work and often takes longer than you think it will. That said, it’s a necessary evil. Since it has to be done, the key to success is doing it as efficiently as possible. Here are some tips to help you accomplish it with a minimum of stress. Purge First The first order of business is to purge things that you don’t want. If you miss this step, the likelihood is high that you’ll end up packing things you don’t want or use. To make it easy, try taking a pointer from organization expert Marie Kondo, inventor of the Kon-Mari system. Instead of sorting by room,… Read More

Tips for Packing Items into a Tight Space

People tend to have very strong opinions about packing. Many of us hate to do it. We dread the process of sorting through our possessions and trying to consolidate them. The problem can be compounded when we have to attempt to pack our items into a small space. For example, if you have overflow items from your moving truck that you need to pack in your car along with your family, you might wonder how you will make everything fit. The same is true if you are moving using a small rental truck, or have rented a small storage space. Fortunately, there are some pro tips you can use to help fit as much as possible into your small space… Read More

Tips for Packing Your Kitchen

Preparing for a move or to put items into storage can be a strenuous and stressful experience for many people, especially when the necessary preparation is not taken. One room in your home that will likely require more attention than others is the kitchen. While it would be nice to be able to magically transport all your dishes, utensils, pots, pans and small appliances to your new kitchen, it simply isn’t that easy. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make the task of packing up your kitchen easier and more organized. Read on for tips that can make packing up your kitchen more efficient and organized. Protect Your Valuables When packing up your kitchen it is important to protect… Read More

Tips for Moving a Washer and Dryer

Moving to a new home is a big job no matter how you slice it. That’s true even if you only move the usual things, such as furniture and clothing. Moving large appliances adds an extra challenge to the process – and yet for many families, bringing a washer and dryer along to their new house is a must. Here are some tips to help you move them safely and efficiently. Cleaning and Preparation Begin by running a rinse cycle in your washing machine. If you have detergent residue built up in the drum, you may want to add white vinegar to the cycle to remove it. You’ll want to do this several days before you move. Once the rinse… Read More

Selling Your Home? Use These House Staging and Self-Storage Tips to Get Ready

Are you getting ready to sell your home? Whether you’re selling it on your own or working with a real estate broker, you need to think about how you will stage your home. The goal is to make it look as good as possible so that buyers will be able to imagine themselves living in it. One aspect of home staging that many sellers don’t consider is what to store and what to display. If your home is cluttered, it won’t show to your advantage. With that in mind, here are some tips to help you stage your house so it will sell quickly. Depersonalize the Space It might surprise you to know that one of the best things you… Read More

Traveling for Business? Here Are Five Tips for a Smooth Trip

Whether you travel for business every once in a while or every week, you know that traveling comes with some real challenges. It seems that the entire process – from booking a flight to checking a bag – has become more difficult than it used to be. That said, there’s no reason that you can’t take steps to make the traveling process as simple as possible. Here are five tips to help ensure that your trip is a good one. Streamline Your Travel The first thing you can do is to streamline the travel process. One good way to do that is to apply for TSA Pre-Check status (or Global Entry if you travel internationally.) It takes a while to… Read More

Packing your Home for Moving – Video

Packing up your house can be a stressful business as you have probably accumulated much more stuff than you ever imagined! But if you check out this video you will find out that it may be a lot less stressful than you imagined – especially if you follow the tips that they suggest to make it go smoothly. How to Pack up Your House – video transcription Woman: We have a lot of boxes in our hallway. Man: Yeah. Woman: You know what I’m really good at lately? Man: What? Woman: I’m good at packing. Man: You are? Woman: Yeah. So, Kendrick, do you want to talk packing tips? Man: Desperately. Woman: Okay, let’s go. Man: My favorite topic. Woman:… Read More

Making Two Families into One: Storage and Organization Tips for the Blended Family

Blending two families together is a common phenomenon of modern life. People break up and get divorced, others lose partners to death, and eventually they move on. While finding someone new to love is reason to rejoice, there is no denying that the process of packing up two families’ worth of belongings and fitting them into a new space can be stressful at best. If you’re in the midst of such a life change, fear not. If you follow the simple process outlined here, you can be sure that your move will be successful and as easy as possible. Take Stock of What You Have One of the most challenging things about blending two families is that you are very… Read More

Tips for Student Storage

The average dorm room has only 228 square feet of living space. That’s not much, and incoming students have to fit everything they need into it – and often while sharing with at least one other person. That means that storage space is at a premium. Storage is no less of a problem between school years. Students who are attending school far from home don’t have the option of bringing everything home for the summer. This article will address both issues, helping you find the ideal storage solutions for the schoolyear – and the summer months. Dorm Room Storage Ideas Fitting everything into a dorm room can be a challenge, but here are some tips that may help: Think vertical… Read More

Tips for Driving a Moving Van or Truck

Moving is stressful no matter how you slice it. Even when you’ve prepared and have plenty of lead time, it always seems to be more work than you think it will be. Packing and sorting would present enough of a challenge, but for many of us, moving also means driving a vehicle that’s considerably larger and more unwieldy than our usual modes of transportation. The goal of this article is to give you some tips about how to drive your rented moving vehicle safely. Renting the Truck The first thing you need to do is decide how large a truck you need. In general, the smaller the truck is, the easier it will to be to handle. Do your best… Read More

Packing and Organizing for a Long Trip

There are few things more exciting than preparing for a long trip. Whether you’re traveling with your family, some friends, or by yourself, the anticipation and thrill of leaving your usual surroundings and immersing yourself in a new area or culture is unmatched. The one part of extended travel that people tend to dread is the preparation. You know you’ll be living out of your suitcase and you want to be sure that you’re ready for whatever you encounter. If your trip is spanning many countries or more than one season, the challenge of knowing what and how to pack can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make the process simple. Organizing Your Wardrobe The… Read More

Planning a Move? 10 Tips to Help You Get Organized

Moving to a new home is exciting, but it can be a stressful experience, too. There are so many things to remember to do, and if you don’t approach the process in an organized way, it can be all too easy to miss something important and end up scrambling at the last moment. The key to ensuring that your moving process is smooth and as anxiety-free as possible is to have an organized plan of attack that you put in place as soon as you know that you are moving. Here are 10 simple tips that can help you get everything done with a minimum of stress. Get a binder to help you keep all of your moving information organized.… Read More

Any storage tips for drawers?

Use your bureau drawers as packing space. Fill them with some of your fragile items and use blankets, sweaters and towels for padding. Do not use printed newspaper to pack with. The ink may smudge off on your items.

Tips for Downsizing Your Home

Facing the prospect of downsizing your home can be challenging.  Whether you’re scaling down for philosophic, economic, health, or other personal reasons, think of this as an opportunity to launch a new life — one without the weight of unused and neglected possessions. It’s a great excuse to rid your life of clutter and focus on the things that actually make you happy either by serving a function or simply for being beautiful. The process of downsizing will overwhelm most people, even those who embrace the process. Here are some tips to help you tackle the work ahead of you, whether you are moving yourself or helping a friend or senior parent downsize their life. Tip #1: Map it Out… Read More

Packing a Diaper Bag

An essential skill new parents need to master is how to pack the diaper bag. Knowing what to put where — and what to leave at home — can be the difference between an efficiently packed bag and a black hole of baby stuff that can literally break your back. Let’s start with the actual essentials for a diaper bag, versus the “I have to take everything everywhere” approach: Now, take a look at this mom’s method for packing her diaper bag: Lastly, how do you know what diaper bag is right for you? What diaper bag tips do you have for new parents?

On the Road: Packing for the Family Road Trip

Summer is finally here! And so is that time-honored tradition: the family road trip. Whether you’re hitting the road because it’s cheaper than flying or because you want to show your kids the beauty of the country, the one thing you probably dread about a road trip is packing. Unless you have an RV with unlimited space, knowing what to pack can be confusing, esp. if your spouse or kids demand that they be able to take every little thing they “might” need. There are some general guidelines you can follow to make sure that you have what you need and a few things that your family wants too. General Packing Tips Several weeks before your trip you should set… Read More

Summer Break: Packing Your Kid Off to Camp

Sending your child to camp is a rite of passage not just for the kid, but for you as well. No doubt you’re fantasizing about the quiet days and evenings spent alone with your spouse. Sure, there will be some “empty nest” feelings, but you know your kids will be back home in a matter of weeks, so you plan to make the most of them. But before all that fun can happen you have to pack, and probably shop. The best advice out there for parents who are sending their kid to camp for the first — or fifth time — follow the list provided by the camp as to what is needed and what is forbidden. Now, this… Read More

Organizing & Packing Ski Gear

Preparing for a ski or snow boarding trip involves packing and hauling more than just a suitcase or two. You’ll have boards, skis, helmets, boots, and other gear to prepare for travel. The videos below give you some tips on how to transport that gear, whether you’re flying away on a trip or just taking a quick drive to your local mountain. This video shows you how to pack the most in the least bags, to avoid/reduce costly baggage fees on airlines (NOTE: the video was produced in March 2014 and airline policies/fees may have changed): In this one a woman shows how she packs her snowboard and her husband’s ski equipment for their car trips:

College Moving Day Tips

College students are packing up and moving into dorms, frat houses, and apartments. Each will face the unique challenge of how to best move their belongings. First there’s the packing. Then there’s the transport. If your kid is heading off to school and looking for tips, or if you’re a student yourself, check out these tips from a student on how to make that move easier.

How to Pack and Store Glass, Mirrors and Fragile Items

Whether you’re getting ready to move to a new home or simply packing up some belongings to put into storage, it’s important to take special care when packing glass, mirrors, and other fragile items. Proper packing methods can mean the difference between preserving your belongings and finding them cracked when you unpack. With that in mind, let’s talk about the best methods for packing and storing your most precious and breakable possessions. How to Pack Fragile Items To pack your fragile items, you’ll need quality packing supplies like small, sturdy boxes (packing too much into a large box can result in boxes being too heavy), packing tape, painter’s tape, flexible cardboard pieces, a permanent magic marker, and plenty of packing material.… Read More

How to Organize and Find Things in Your Storage Unit

Renting a storage unit is one of the best ways to make up for living somewhere with little storage space or transitioning from one living situation to another. However, there are some challenges involved with packing your belongings into a small storage cube. If you need to find something in your unit, you’ll need to have a system in place to ensure that the process isn’t a frustrating one. With that in mind, here are some tips to help you organize the items you place in your self storage unit so you can find them when you need them. Tip #1: Take Inventory of What You Plan to Store The first step is to take a complete inventory of what… Read More

How to Pack Fragile Items – Video

An instructional video showing excellent tips relating to packing and moving fragile items such as mirrors, glass, pictures etc. Moving or storing these types of items can be stressful so its useful to check out professional tips before attempting it. Follow our blog and make your next move or relocation a breeze. How to pack fragile items, pictures, glass, in boxes & cartons – Video Transcription Okay, now that we’ve covered the small carton, we’re going to move on to the medium carton. Here in the living room, its most common uses would be lamps, lamp shades, or small pictures, which we are going to start with first. You can also find this box to be useful in the kitchen… Read More

Organizing for Staging Your House for Sale

Selling a house is a major endeavor no matter where you live. Not only must you find a real estate agent to list your home and pack your belongings, you also have to stage your home so that it looks as beautiful as possible when prospective buyers come to see it. Organization is the key to a successful home staging. You’ll have to be meticulous and thorough to ensure that everything goes according to plan. These four tips can help you do it. Tip #1: Declutter Your Furniture If you need to continue living in your home while it’s on the market, the first thing you should do is decide which pieces of furniture you need to have to be… Read More

Downsizing Into A New Living Space – Video

This video includes tips for downsizing yourself or elderly relatives when moving into a new living space.  This will help ensure a smooth transition and reduce the stress factor for all parties!  If an elderly relative moves in to your home this information can be invaluable. Downsizing: Tips from Professional Organizer Vicki Norris Helen Raptis: When you have a parent or relative who needs to downsize, it really can be tough on everyone emotionally and logistically. So after helping her grandmother downsize from a home to a care facility, Restoring Order’s Vicki Norris picked up a number of very helpful tips for a smooth transition. You’re taking a look at Grace Nurse, and she is grandmother to Vicki Norris. Now… Read More

How to Develop a Moving Checklist

The process of moving can be a very stressful one, even when you know the move is a positive thing and you’re excited about it. One big reason that moving is such a headache is because there are so many things to coordinate. You have to deal with the physical process of packing up everything you own and transporting it to a new location. On top of that, there are many other tasks, large and small, that go along with a move: notifications, paperwork, utilities, and so on. If you want to make your move a smooth one, the best way to do it is to create a master moving checklist before you start. Having everything in writing will allow… Read More

How to Pack Fragile Items

Packing your belongings can be time-consuming and tiring work. One thing that many people worry about when packing is making sure that their fragile items – things like china, crystal, and fine keepsakes – are packed in such a way that they will still be in one piece on the other end of their move. If you want to ensure that your precious belongings are safe, you need to consider a variety of things, including packing materials, packing strategy, and transportation. Packing Materials Choosing the right packing materials is a must if you want to make sure that your belongings are safe. It’s not enough simply to wrap dishes in newspaper and hope for the best. Here are some tips… Read More

Need More Storage? Here Are Some Inexpensive Ways to Create Space

One of the top complaints of homeowners and renters alike is that they don’t have enough storage space where they live. When you live in a small space, it is especially important to make the most of what you have. Here are some suggestions to help you do that. If your closet space is lacking, try using the walls in creative ways to create additional storage. One idea is to attach small sections of crown molding to the walls and use them to hang high-heeled shoes. The heels can hook over the top of the crown molding. Hang several pieces one under the other for easy shoe storage that will leave your closet floor free for other things. Another idea… Read More

Stay Safe During Your Move

No one questions that moving is financially, psychologically, and emotionally stressful. Keep in mind that it is also a physically demanding activity and that there are any number of ways for you to get hurt. If you have friends and family helping you on moving day, you need to take their safety into consideration as well as your own. Here are a few things to keep in mind in order to ensure a safe move for all involved. Be Prepared Caution should be the watchword of your entire moving process. This starts with packing. As you are filling boxes, consider how much they weigh before you tape them up. Aim for a 40-50 pound weight limit per box, or whatever… Read More

How to Load a Moving Van

Anyone who has ever loaded a moving van or helped friends load a truck knows that there are countless approaches to this necessary task — and everyone has their preferred method. If you are facing the unique challenges associated with this three dimensional game of Tetris for the first time, you may be confused about which approach to take, and worried that if you choose poorly, you will find your belongings scratched, cracked, and even broken at your new home. Rest assured if you pack properly and load carefully, it doesn’t matter which of the methods you use, as long as you follow the general principles: Keep weight properly distributed Protect fragile items Use space efficiently Weight Is King There… Read More

Going Camping? Pack Right (Videos)

Every summer millions of Americans venture into the wilderness to camp. Some take a single backpack and hike for a night or two. Others load up the entire family with tents and coolers and enough food to last a few weeks. Whether you’re going camping for a weekend or a month, there are things you need to pack — and a right way to pack them. Take a peek at the basic organizational skills that you need to consider when packing for a camping trip. These can be applied to any type/duration of camping. Next up food. Here’s some tips on planning, packing, and cooking at your campsite. Whether you’re a first-time camper or an old pro, there are always… Read More
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