In addition to organizing services, we also offer relocation services for those moving from place to place. We know that moving can be stressful, so with that in mind, we’d like offer you some tips we’ve learned over the years when it comes to packing up and moving out:
Lesson 1: Leave it to the Professionals
If you can, hire movers. You may think this adds extra expense, but take our word for it. Movers are quick, they know what they’re doing, and they’re insured.
Lesson 2: Edit before you Pack
Take a look at your new space. Will everything fit? Do you need to donate or sell anything? You’re better off deciding what cannot go before the move.
Lesson 3: Label Everything
Take a sharpie and some post-its and get busy. Label every box on all sides so once it’s moved to your new place, it will be easy to sort. Also, if you have movers or friends helping you with the unpack, place labels outside each room so you won’t get asked personally where each box should go.
In addition to the Schoolfolio and the Expandable Plastic Folders we’ve suggested in the past, check out this filing system:
Translucent Cascading Letter File Tote
Get the kids off to the right start by teaching them organizational skills early. Make a folder for each child and periodically sort through it. At the end of the year, all you’ll have to do is label the year, fold it up, and store it.
It’s that time of year! Daylight Savings is tonight, turn your clocks back an hour and get an extra hour in bed. I am sure you deserve it.
Leaves are changing and we couldn’t be happier. With the temperatures falling, it’s time to box up any remaining summer wear and pull out the long sleeves and sweaters.
Every time there is a change of season, it’s the perfect opportunity to do a quick check of your wardrobe. As you are pulling out spring and summer clothes, ask yourself the following questions:
1. Does this still fit?
2. Does this still suit my lifestyle?
If you answered “no” to either of those, it’s a good indicator that maybe that particular item of clothing can be donated or given away to a friend. Likewise, when storing your summer clothes, check to see if anything is too worn to last another year- this can get tossed. Remember, prior to storing clothes, they need to be cleaned.
This does not have to feel like a chore- it can be fun! Whether you choose to take control of your closet by using services like our Shop Your Closet program, or you ask your best friend to play wardrobe consultant as you decide what needs to stay and what needs to go, make it a fashionable event!
Sadly, I will be leaving Ann’s team this month. My husband was “given an offer he couldn’t refuse”, and we are leaving the city for the mountains of New Hampshire. I’m so excited to see what adventures are in store, but I am truly sad that I won’t be a daily member of Ann’s team anymore.
It’s the 2-year anniversary of our blog, and Katy and I have loved doing it. We hope you’ve learned, been inspired, and enjoyed hearing about what we are up to, tricks of the trade, and products we love.
I thought with Katy leaving and it being 2 years of the same format that it was the perfect time to change things up a bit. One change will be that I will be helping un-clutter your inbox by blogging only once a week (less is more, right?). I will be expanding my blog-vision and sharing more stories and thoughts about the impact getting organized has had on our client’s lives and can have on yours as well.
I want you to think beyond your filing system and closet hangers. I want to challenge you to think about what and why you accumulate, if and how your things are serving you, and what you want your life to look like. Organizing is about much more than color-coding and filing; it’s about reducing stress and allowing you to focus your time and energy on the things and people that matter most to you.
Organizing is not an end in itself, it is a means to an end. Topics such as our carbon footprint and collective consumption are in my thoughts. I would love to hear from you, loyal readers, about what interests you and to get your feedback on my ramblings as i move forward. I am excited for this next chapter, and hope you will be on board.
Going to the beach? Headed to the mountains? The city? Disney World? Wherever your summer vacation might take you, we want you to have the tips you need for effective packing and road travel. Check out previous posts that are full of tips, products and fun travel ideas. We want the journey to be as stress-free as possible so you can enjoy your destination!
If your child is headed to camp this summer, we want you to have all the tools you need to send them off with success! We have some links to great products and tips, so please feel free to check them out!
The Container Store also has a great summer camp checklist that you can download to make sure you’ve got everything set for your child. We especially love the camp-themed stationery, but don’t forget to also send stamps!
While summer vacation is great for the kids, many times, they have a little too much down time on their hands. If you are in the market for a creative project, or just want to get your kids away from the computer and TV for a while, don’t forget about some of our “go green” initiatives that the kids can be involved in. Take some inspiration from our previous blog post and enlist your children with some projects that are fun and earth-friendly!
Other fun projects for kids:
Enlist their help in cleaning out and storing their artwork from the previous school year. After deciding what to keep, send remaining artwork off to give to worthy causes like Color a Smile, who sends cheerful artwork to nursing homes, children’s hospitals and meals on wheels programs.
Do something for someone else. Plan a day with Habitat for Humanity, who has projects for kids starting at age 5.
Before you hit the pool or beach, take a few minutes and check your child’s final “paperwork” that they will bring home. Between the report cards, final art projects and end-of-the-year forms, decide what to keep and file, what to toss, and what to store, repurpose or giveaway. With that final project done, you can enjoy the summer vacation and start the new school year off with a clean slate.