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Diary of a Move
from city to village

Long time clients recently moved to the east end of Long Island.  In her blog, MyFoodVoice.me, Louise shares the story of their transition and gives insightful lessons for letting go.  She relates the difficulty of moving across country and the weight possessions have when holding onto things only because of the memories they carry.

Louise loves cooking and has become a talented knitter and needlepoint artist.  Her husband is an avid gardener, grill master and enjoys his well organized garage.  They truly understand the benefits of an organized life.

IMG_2389Our paths first crossed in 2007 when interior designer Connie McCreight contacted me to assist with the organizing needs related to their Los Angeles home remodel.  Since then, my team has enjoyed working on the first move to their second vacation home, then later when they decided to make the east coast their permanent home.  Along the way, we have helped with other projects including decorating for Christmas.

I left LA for Knoxville just before the move was to start, but colleagues John Trosko and Ros Lakomy took over the California end of the final move.  When I joined the team for the unpack in New York, it was a “working” reunion for clients, organizers and designers.

After reading “The Art of Moving – Letting Go and Embracing Change” check out the rest of the blog for delicious recipes and tips for food buying and entertaining.  I did mention she is a talented cook?

Thank you for sharing your story Louise.  Many will benefit from your moving experience.

 

Getting Ready for Move-in Day

 

Unpacking Boxes

Unpacking Boxes

Before the furniture and boxes arrive measure the rooms in the new home and prepare floor plans. Thoroughly clean the home before moving in.  There is no better time to shampoo carpets and wax floors than while your house is empty.  This is also the time to line cabinets and shelves.  Now that the windows are washed, floors are clean, and the kitchen scrubbed you are ready for the best part!

Designate a place to put the broken down boxes and used packing paper before unpacking begins.  Cover carpeted floors with protection film before the truck is unloaded.  This will protect the areas just cleaned.  Take time to carry boxes to the designated rooms before unpacking begins.

Unpack as many items as space allows before putting things away.  The goal is to get the boxes out of the way.  As boxes are emptied, break them down and get them to the designated area, most likely the garage or patio.  Also, open ALL the packing paper.  The smallest items might be inside what you think is just “filler”.

Unpack your “hot boxes” first.  Then you are sure to have bedding, towels, and toiletry essentials for your first night.  As with any organizing project, delegate tasks to family members and play music to break the monotony of unpacking.  Before you know it, you have a beautiful new home.

Prepare for Your Move

Sold Sign

SOLD!

A new home is in your future. Moving stirs many emotions; joy, excitement, and being overwhelmed by the work involved. Preparing to move yourself is less stressful with time and planning.

Organize Before Packing – After years in the same home things tend to get out of place. Go room by room and group like items together. Are vases stored in several closets? Donate what is no longer wanted.

Packing Materials – Used boxes will save money, but it is best to invest in new packing paper. Never use newspaper as the ink can get on dishes, china and crystal. If it does, the ink will not come off! A roll of red “Fragile” labels is also a smart buy.

Label Boxes – White 2″x4″ labels will make it easier to see what room the box is intended and what the contents are. It is also helpful to pre-print labels with the destination address just incase the mover misplaces a box.

List Contents – Especially when taking a couple of weeks to pack, if the contents of each box is clearly listed it is much easier to find an item if needed.

Hot Box – Mark a “Hot Box” with red ink. This box should have essentials such as toilet paper, soap, paper towels, set of sheets and towels for the first night. Carry this box in your car.

Create Inventory – Create an inventory that includes the box, destination room, contents and box size for easy reference. Begin this on the first day of packing and add to it each day.

Chris

Before You Unpack…Are the Closets Ready?

master-closet

Magnificent Master Closet

after-closet-design

Clothes Ready Closet

Not sure where all the clothes, shoes, and collectibles are going?  Today’s closets are more than just one shelf and rod.  Your storage areas should reflect your lifestyle and tastes.

When designing any storage space, take advantage of the vertical space.  If you see the wall, you may be wasting space.

Chris

Ready to Move?

Moving Boxes

Ready for a smooth moving day

A new home is in your future. Moving stirs many emotions; joy, excitement, and being overwhelmed by the work involved. Preparing to move yourself is less stressful with time and planning.

Organize Before Packing – After years in the same home things tend to get out of place. Go room by room and group like items together. Are vases stored in several closets? Donate what is no longer wanted.

Packing Materials – Used boxes will save money, but it is best to invest in new packing paper. Never use newspaper as the ink can get on dishes, china and crystal. If it does, the ink will not come off! A roll of red “Fragile” labels are also a smart buy. Label Boxes-White 2″x4″ labels will make it easier to see what room the box is intended and what the contents are. It is also helpful to pre-print labels with the destination address just incase the mover misplaces a box.

List Contents – Especially when taking a couple of weeks to pack, if the contents of each box is clearly listed it is much easier to find an item if needed.

Hot Box-Mark a “Hot Box” with red ink. This box should have essentials such as toilet paper, soap, paper towels, set of sheets and towels for the first night. Carry this box in your car.

Create an Inventory – Create an inventory that includes the box, destination room, contents and box size for easy reference. Begin this on the first day of packing and add to it each day.

Chris