Moving people with disabilities & special needs

professional organiser sydneyMoving is an incredibly difficult event in itself for anyone, sorting through and packing up your belongings, saying goodbye to friends, and hiring a moving company takes time and energy and can be stressful. But it’s even more taxing if you or someone who you are moving has a disability. When moving with a disability, you have to approach the move with a deeper, broader perspective of what the move is going to take and the need to tap into various resources to make the move as smooth and easy as possible.

People with disabilities take pride and importance in their independence, but moving into a new home can be overwhelming and an intimidating experience for them. Moving house is a task in which everyone generally requires help, whether they are physically or mentally challenged or not.

Of course there are numerous methods to help make things easier. Some involve preparing the new home to accommodate the person’s disabilities. Understand that changing homes can be stressful for anyone, but particularly for those with special needs. As always it is in anyone’s best interests to listen, be supportive and focus on the positive aspects of the move and be there for the person or family going through the process.

Disabled people have the goal of staying or becoming more independent after moving.

Figuring things out like where you will live, who will help you pack and the associated costs are stressful factors for anyone considering moving. For disabled people, moving can be a challenging experience that includes finding sources for financial assistance, taking care of accessibility issues and making sure that specialised health services are available in the new location.

That’s why in this blog post as professional movers, packers and organisers we’ve rounded up our best tips for making a smooth move when you are temporarily or permanently disabled. This guide will cover the essential aspects when assisting persons with disabilities move house and ensure to make the moving process both easier and less stressful for all those taking part.

 

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The things you can do Before the Move.

1. Make a plan

The best way to avoid mishaps when moving is to give yourself plenty of time and plan everything in advance. Mooving Matters recommends those with disabities meet several times with the person that’s helping them to go over all details big and small, pre and post move. The interaction will bring up aspects of the move that you both may have forgotten.

In any move it’s a great idea to create a “moving binder”. This will contain all those important documents, phone numbers and anything else you might need on the way or upon arriving at your new residence.

 

2. Make a Pre-Move Checklist

home organiser sydneyOrganisation in any move is key and being organized is even more critical if you have a disability. Make sure that you give yourself at least a month to a few weeks before you move and to flesh out a concise pre-move checklist to ensure all is covered.

Write down all of the things you need to accomplish before you start packing or moving anything. This can include a declutter of your existing home by getting rid of old and unused items and making sure that you clean your existing residence before moving into your new one.

We also recommend making a timeline of when you’re going to pack certain things or when you require assistance to have someone do this for you. This is the outline and order of when and how you are going to organise everything for your move, so you don’t pack something up then discover that you require access to it before your move.

 

3. Finances & Applying for Financial Assistance 

As with any relocation it is important to talk about financial issues. This includes any monetary assistance that may be available.

As people living with disability may require more help during a move, investigate government and community organisations that can assist with the financial aspects of moving expenses such as coordinating reliable movers and support in packing and unpacking. Before you approach them with a request, be sure you list out exactly what you need assistance for: hiring movers, cleaners, or adding accessibility adaptations to your new home.

Preparing your home to accommodate a person who has special needs or has disability can mean having additional expenses. Learn about any community or government resources that will be able to help when it comes adding special installations to help persons with disabilities.

If you purchase a property that will need renovations to accommodate its occupants safely and comfortably, be sure your home-buying budget accounts for those costs. Similarly, you might want to budget for hiring help with packing, unpacking, and moving day.

 

4. House-Hunting & Accessibility Considerations

movers that pack for youThe first thing to do is to check whether the new location already has all the accessibility that you need. Certain disabilities make it necessary for you to have certain accommodations wherever you live. You will need to fully access the space to determine whether or not modifications will need to be made. For example; Are the doorways wide enough? Are the counters at a reachable height? Are all the rooms in the house accessible to you?

If you or someone else in your household is dealing with a disability, such accessible adaptions to a home may include:

  • At least one step-free entrance to the home.
  • Cabinets and shelves within easy reach.
  • At least one kitchen work surface that can be used while seated.
  • Hallways and doorways that are wide enough to accommodate mobility aids.
  • A shower without a step-over barrier.
  • Flooring that fits your family’s mobility needs.
  • A bedroom, full bathroom, and kitchen on the ground floor if climbing stairs is a challenge.

If you are renting, discuss your needs with your potential landlord to be sure that whatever modifications are needed are ok with him or her — or ideally, that they will help you to prepare the apartment for move-in day.

Make sure all of that work is completed before time to move.

5. Checking for Safety Hazards

As you’re scanning your new home for accessibility, scope-out potential hazards in your new home. Make sure that you or a trusted helper take a good look at your new home and the area around it for potential hazards, including:

  • Ledges and stairs
  • Surfaces that may be slippery when wet
  • Low-hanging ceilings or doorways
  • Other obstacles that may be a threat to your health or safety

 

6. Clear out & clean

Moving to a new home shouldn’t be a negative experience but a great time to cull and to reorganise your life and get rid of stuff you neither need nor use any more. Those with disabilities should get help to go through his or her possessions. Have some one assist you in making difficult decision to part with things that you no longer need and help preserve the things that are absolutely sentimental. You find you may require a trip to drop things off at the local charity store or have a garage sale or post adds online of things you may want to sell.

 

7. Address & Review your Utility services

Its essentials you make sure that all utility services are transferred over and operating properly before the move. This is especially critical if the person is required to use medical equipment that absolutely needs functioning utility services. Phone and Internet services are as essential to the disabled as electricity, water and gas.

 

8. Make sure medical needs are covered – Find Health care services near your new home

full service moving and packingMake a list of the locations and phone numbers of the nearest emergency care facilities, primary care physicians, and other specialists that you use regularly. Post that list in a prominent place in your new home, right alongside a list of personal emergency contacts. Also ensure the following is organised as soon as possible:

  • Gather all of the person’s medical records and keep them separate from everything else being moved and easily accessible.
  • Locate the nearest emergency and heath care services in the area, such as hospitals. Create a readily accessible list of essential contacts. If the disabled person is retaining a doctor that may not be in the area, plan how to get him or her back and forth.
  • Notify the person’s doctors and any support specialists of when and where their patient is moving. If the disabled person receives in-home care, make sure that all arrangements are made so that the service will be uninterrupted.
  • Locate a nearby pharmacy to fill prescriptions and have that information transferred there.
  • It is very important for a disabled person to have their medical records in a safe and easily reachable place. If possible, they should keep all the records with them during the move so you’re sure that they don’t get misplaced. And in case the unthinkable happens and they need medical care in a new place.
  • If the person with disability’s doctor or specialist is far from your new home, be sure to inform anyone involved in their care and also make a plan on how to go about their regular appointments.
  • If you have specific health needs, making a move can impact the care you receive. Your physicians, pharmacists and caregivers should be among the first to know about your move. Hopefully they can continue to provide services, but if not they can make recommendations and help you find a suitable health care provider in your new city. It’s also a good idea to familiarise yourself with the locations of medical facilities in case care is needed.

 

9. Hire a reputable moving company & Organise an unpack service

When deciding to hire a moving company, please do your due diligence first. There are moving companies who will charge a lot of hidden fees. There are also scammers who will ask for deposits over the phone and never show up. Hire local and do your best to find out everything you can about them before agreeing to anything.

It is best to either check the reviews or inquire specifically whether the company has experience with moving people with disabilities. It would be extremely helpful to hire a moving company with movers who have experience with people with disabilities and understand how to handle any specialist medical equipment they might have. Aside from being sensitive to their needs, they could also help out in the whole moving process in general. If you would like them to help you pack and unpack as well, be sure they offer that service at a reasonable rate and time frame that works for you. Mooving Matter a full-service moving company will be able to help you coordinate movers, any packing and upacking tasks as well as many other details of your move including home organisation and styling!

The best moving companies will help you unpack, especially if they have experience with moving people with disabilities. Mooving Matters professional home organisers and movers and packers in Sydney will work with you to ensure your belongings are organised in a way that makes sense and makes settling in as easy and straightforward as possible for yourself and your family. We make sure that before we leave, you take one last look at your new home to see if you need any thing re arranged to your liking.

 

10.  Get to know your neighbours & Centres for Independent Living

Introduce yourself to your future neighbours and learn about your new local neighbourhood. You might be able to gather useful information such as disability assistance programs. There may also be valuable services or organisations near your home which would be very useful for people with disabilities.

Getting the perspective of other disabled people in the new community you will be relocating to can be very useful. Centres for Independent Living will be able to provide such counselling and assistance. More importantly, they will provide you with the chance to speak with disabled people in the area you will be relocating to and to check with them about available services and assistance.

 

 11. Pack an essential 2-3 day bag or box

movers that pack for youCompletely unpacking your new home might take some time, so put together an overnight bag with your essentials including medication, necessary charging cords for wheelchairs or other equipment, and comfortable clothing for the night as well as the next day. Consider what things you’ll need to keep you most comfortable on the journey, too.

Moving is a long arduous process, and it isn’t always perfect. It can be easy to misplace a box here and there along the way, making it really hard to find what you’re looking for. With this in mind, make sure that you don’t get caught with all of your clothing boxes buried at the bottom of the pile, and be sure to pack a bag with 2-3 days of clothes and toiletry supplies in it. Make sure that you always keep any medications or medical devices that are pertinent to your disability within arm’s reach while the moving process is going on.

It is usually best if each family member packs one for themselves, but you can also choose to let everyone pile their items into one. The important thing is that it is easily accessible and can be unpacked first.

 

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Helping people with disabilities should not be seen as a dreaded chore. There are numerous ways to make the whole moving event go smoothly and seamlessly. As long as you prepare ahead as outlined in this article and think things through thoughtfully, you’ll be able to pull off moving to your new home successfully.

Always be mindful of how you assist the person with disability or those who have special needs. They may need a lot of help and support, however they also like to be able to be independent and help themselves out, they are the expert on what they need. If you are helping someone with a disability during the move process help enrich their lives by making sure that you keep them positive and help them continue to be independently functioning individuals.

 

If you need special assistance to help organising your move call on Mooving Matters your team of trusted and caring Professional home Organisers and packing services Sydney . To arrange a complementary on-site inspection of your property by  Mooving Matters, your home organiser Sydney or to simply discuss our Ultimate full service packing + moving’  experience call (02) 93375333 or visit us at moovingmatters.com.au.

Moving Out For First Timers

declutter services sydneyWhether you have just finished high school and heading to university, starting out in your career, getting hitched or going through a separation – there will come a time in your life when you decide to move out of home or go it alone in a new abode.

No matter why you’re moving out always stay calm and don’t make rash decisions. Are you ready to live independently? What are your options? Moving out for the first time is an emotional roller coaster. You will most likely be feeling highs and lows during this time, excitement at a new beginning and anxiety at the unknown. Be it moving out of your parents’ house or into an apartment on your own, this step is a major life change. There is a lot to consider both emotionally and financially. This guide put together by Mooving Matters packing services Sydney, is designed to alleviate this daunting life stage and reduce the stress and mystery of your pending First Ever Move! Here are some tips from the professional home organisers to help you fly out of the nest and hopefully only returning to pay your loved ones a visit.

 

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Stage One: Before you make the move…

Finances

If you have you’ve been living at home, you probably had at least some kind of financial safety net. Now that you’re heading out on your own you need to have a better understanding of what a budget is and how it works.

Leaving home or going it alone is expensive, and it doesn’t take long for lack of budgeting to lead to financial turmoil, so it’s essential to plan ahead. Your income and savings are key from the get go…so tuck away some extra cash in the months leading up to your move.

In a recent A Melbourne University study it found that many young Australians were actually resorting to going without food and borrowing money to survive when they moved out of home. So to avoid this situation calculate your known monthly income minus your fixed expenses. Basically plan a monthly budget for food, bills, transport, entertainment and also some spending kitty. With the technology available currently, it’s really easy to get a picture of your spending habits and create a budget to stay on track. You can set this up yourself by using an Excel sheet, or you can opt to use a mobile app.

When setting up or moving house there are also establishment fees such as the rental bond (usually a month’s rent in advance), phone, pay TV, gas, electricity or internet connection fees, as well as the set up costs of furnishing rooms or equipping a kitchen.

Always pay any bills and rent on time to avoid a bad credit rating. If you want to buy a home later on, someone will be looking at how you managed financially.

It’s also smart to take out home contents insurance, just in case of any accidents.

No matter how much, or how little money you have, managing your money well is the best foundation to living independently and this will have flow on effects to all aspects of your life.

 

Secure a steady job & income

If you are leaving home to discover the real world Congratulations, you’ve reached adulthood! It’s unfortunately no walk in the park, and no place will teach you this faster than in a fulltime job. Most young adults start their climb to the top in some sort of entry level position with a not so crash hot salary but do not let this discourage you! Instead, use this job as an opportunity to utilise your talents and ambition and to plan wisely for the future. Keep in mind if your entry level job doesn’t cover the rent, maybe it’s not the time to flee the nest just yet.

 

Find the right place to live

decluttering services sydneyWhether you’re buying, sharing or renting, you’ll need to work out what kind of property best suits you and your lifestyle.

Ask yourself some serious questions. Can you live alone or is a flat share the best option? Will you be happy in a grungy share house or is a slick inner city pad more your style? What can you actually afford? And where?

This stage might take some time but it will definitely pay off if you don’t rush it. There are lots of places to look for a good apartment or home online, and the best place to start is your social media profiles. Get the word out that you’re looking for a great rental and see what comes up. You can also go through listings on Domain, realestate.com.au. Also, consider the following:

1. Houseshare

If you’re testing the waters maybe a room in a share house, rather than taking the lease in your own name, is best to start with.

Moving in with someone is (almost always) the most cost effective option. On an emotional level, it can relieve some of the anxiety of moving out for the first time, especially if that person is someone you already know. One great option is to team up with a friend, look for a home, furnish it and move into it together. Another option is to move in with somebody who’s looking to share their apartment- that could be even more economical as it is likely their place will be mostly furnished. If you can afford to rent without roommates, you will probably want your first place all to yourself. It might be smaller and less accommodating, but it’ll be all yours.

2. Location
This is a really important one but how do you decide where to rent your first apartment? First of all, it needs to be close enough to your workplace, as well as other places of interest depending on your likes, wants and needs. For example, you might want to live near a gym, a park or a really good cafe. Importantly, it needs to be a safe area. Lastly, it is handy to be accessible and have good public transportation. This might even mean you could sell your car and say goodbye to your car repayments.

Start your search online, and make sure you attend open houses as you can’t tell everything from photos. You will get a better sense of what your budget really buys you.

And if you’re looking for someone to live with, ask friends or family if they know of anyone looking to move out or visit trusted house sharing sites online.

Hire the professionals for moving and packing 

It might seem like a decadent decision, and it’s the step that many unfortunately miss but its one you won’t regret: hiring a professional moving and packing services company. They will take the hassle and backache out of moving. You have enough to worry about with the rest of the small details, so let a team of full service movers and packers make your first moving experience a good one. Getting a quote from Mooving Matters will help you factor this expense into your moving budget well in advance, so you can stay on top of your finances.

A knowledgeable full service moving team will make sure your move is quick, easy, and painless. And they can even help figure out where to put all of those random knick knacks. Be sure to hire movers and packers who are professional, insured, and experienced. Ensure to read their reviews on a third-party site before going ahead! Mooving Matters have great google testimonials to prove it!

 

Practice good domestic habits 

movers that pack for you sydneyIf you’ve been living the easy life without having to do many chores or watch your budget, it would be wise to start changing those habits now to make the transition easier. Pay close attention to your cleanliness habits and step them up. Start sticking to a budget now so you can get an accurate picture of your spending habits before relocating.

If you’re thinking about moving out, see if you can trial it for a while to test your skills at budgeting and housework. Perhaps you could stay with a friend. Or get a short term rental for a few months.

If you don’t do your own washing, well now’s the time to start. Make sure you can do all the things you’ll need to do when you step out.

 

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Moving out for the first time can be daunting, and there’s a lot to get on top of. Don’t be too proud to ask for help if you find yourself under financial or emotional stress or if you have any other kind of trouble.

If you are embarking on this just leaving school, chat to your parents. They’ve likely done this before, at least a few times, so they’ll be able to help you understand what to expect.

 

Invest in a good bed

It can be tempting to skimp on your furniture purchases when you’re decking out your first place, but even if you buy everything else second-hand or for cheap, you should at least invest in a good mattress. Sleep is so important and if you’re not sleeping well, the rest of your life will suffer. For a bed that won’t cost the earth look to Amazon.com, for example, they have some great deals on high-quality mattresses. If you want to go with a new Memory Foam mattress, it’ll show up vacuum packed into a box on your doorstep the same day.

 

Learn to cook – simple but healthy

packing services sydney One of our biggest daily expenditures is on food. Takeout, and Premade frozen meals cost significantly more than preparing simple meals for yourself, they are also generally full of preservatives or fake ingredients that you shouldn’t to put in your body anyway. Start by getting to know your local supermarket & find foods in their most natural form. Visit the dry bulk section as well, where you can find rice, oats, and various other staples usually at lower prices.

There are plenty of amazing blogs online with heaps of recipes, all downloadable for free. Choose a few recipes that appeal to you, and master them before you worry about becoming a master chef.

 

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Stage 2: When you have made the move…

Be on top of your chores

Moving out gives you independence, freedom and adventure, but it all comes with added responsibilities.

Without sounding like your parents, try to keep on top of the chores like cleaning, cooking, laundry, and taking the bins out. In those first few months of living out on your own, it can be tempting to let everything get a little loose such as a sink overflowing with dirty dishes, clothes that never get put away, a bathroom that just gathers soap scum… I’m sure you get the picture. Trust us after a while, you’ll wish you haven’t let things get so out of hand. Don’t revert to your teenage ways and, try to create (and stick to) a schedule of chores immediately upon moving in. If you have a housemate, get them on board so you can both contribute to keeping your house a home.

And don’t forget to look after yourself: if you’re used to having meals cooked for you at home make sure you get into a groove of cooking for yourself, than skipping meals or relying on take away every night (that’ll eat up budget pretty fast).

 

Communicate

packing services sydneyCommunication is always the key to any relationship and it is no different for your flatmates or partner if you decide on not living alone.

Avoid unnecessary disagreements by setting the house ground rules, always being open and respecting others’ opinions. Living independently for the first time you’ll face your share of bumps and hurdles, it’s the challenge of living with others. It’s not uncommon for such situations to make people a bit on edge or unsettled.

Basically remember to work on expressing how you’re feeling to avoid frequent misunderstandings with those you live with.

 

Always keep a spare

Being locked out is never fun and there’s nothing worse than the unpleasant surprise of the bill of an after-hours locksmith, so give someone you trust a spare key to your house. And No it isn’t wise to hide it under a rock or door mat.

Keep in Touch

No matter how old you are, if it’s your first time out of home your parents or guardians will probably miss you. Touch base with them from time to time or go home for a meal. Just try not to bring your dirty washing over too often.

 

You don’t need fancy cleaning supplies

You don’t need expensive cleaners for wood, porcelain and glass, they are a waste of money, and mostly full of chemicals and synthetic fragrances. You can make your own chemical free cleaners for less a few common house hold ingredients: white vinegar, baking soda, and castile soap. Need to scour your tub? Just mix up castile soap with baking soda and scrub. A 50/50 mix of vinegar and water, wiped with a microfiber cloth, will remove the grime from sink fixtures, and clear up streaks from mirrors, and also clean windows. Baking soda is great for the toilet pan too, just pour it into the toilet to coat the bowl, then spray with vinegar and scrub with a toilet brush. For tough stains, Borax is a natural but really effective ingredient that can be added to a baking soda-castile soap mix.

Unplug when you can 

If you’d really like to keep the electric bill down don’t only switch off lights but, unplug your electronics when you’re not using them. This is so energy can’t be drawn still when your electronics are plugged in, but not on. Unfortunately the electric meter still ticks away, and adds $ to your bill, even though you have turned everything off. You can make this easier by plugging things into a power board/surge protector that has an on/off switch so that with one flick of a switch you can stop the electricity for example to your entertainment system.

In any move you need to plan ahead. So start writing lists and collecting things you’ll need for your new place. For example this can include furniture items, kitchen and personal essentials unless you’re planning on moving interstate or overseas. In that case, it’s smarter to buy those things once you’ve moved there.

 

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If you need help to getting started on organising your first move call on Mooving Matters your team of trusted and caring Professional home Organisers and packing services Sydney . To arrange a complementary on-site inspection of your property by  Mooving Matters, your home organiser Sydney or to simply discuss our Ultimate full service packing + moving’  experience call (02) 93375333 or visit us at moovingmatters.com.au.

 

 

 

 

Move Management – Moving House Cleaning Plan

packers and unpackers sydney A question we often get when people are looking to move is “How clean is a seller or tenant required to leave a house or unit once moving out?”

As you load the last of your belonging into the moving truck, unfortunately your hard work isn’t done yet. Before any relocation is complete, it is essential to thoroughly clean your house or apartment to pass the all important final inspection with either your landlord and or the new owners of your home.

When there is an absence of any legal requirement to clean the house before moving out, most sellers will take special steps of their own to present the home in an acceptable condition, for the buyers or for handing back to the landlord or leasing agent. It’s understandable that after moving all day, sellers or renters will often be too tired to spend a lot of time cleaning but unfortunately that’s no excuse to not get it done.

For this reason, having a “moving house cleaning plan” set in place is an important way to stay organised and clean efficiently after any relocation.

Your first step in home cleaning before you move house as previously mentioned is to adhere to any specific cleaning regulations set in place by your body corporate, landlord, or real estate agent.

Depending on what was stipulated in your lease, you may be required to steam clean the carpets, clean your oven, or even hire a professional cleaning service to do the work and show receipts as proof of work done. If time is money to you then Mooving Matters, your professional home organisers and movers that pack and unpack for you, are ready to lend you their expertise and decluttering services.  

 

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How to clean a house you just sold or are vacating?

kitchen-3148954_1280We have all been there; the temptation to opt out on those last few cleaning chores is a force to be reckoned with! But don’t give in. How dirty you leave your home isn’t just about etiquette—it could also cause problems with the sale of your home if you are selling.

While buyers may forgive you if you forget to sweep under the stove, more serious offenses can have serious consequences. Check your contract: Some sellers may stipulate that the place be spotless by the time they move in. If you agree to this (verbally or in writing) and don’t live up to your end of the bargain, you could be at risk for a lawsuit.

So if you leave the property in a filthy state, potentially any new owner could delay or even opt out of the sale altogether.

Hiring a professional organiser and or decluttering and cleaning service can be an excellent solution. Sometimes, the real estate agent will pay to have the home professionally detailed cleaned.

While majority of buyers will clean the home to their own standards before moving in, regardless of previous renter or owner’s efforts, the following is a list of things a seller or previous tenant can do to leave a home reasonably clean:

Cleaning the home before moving out – 

General cleaning and detail cleaning items:

  1. Wash the inside all windows. Clean windowsills and curtain rods.
  2. Wash the inside and outside of all doors.
  3. Wash marks and scuffs off the walls. Remove all nails from the walls.
  4. If you have one clean out the fireplace.
  5. Clean the blinds and light fixtures.
  6. Mop the floors.
  7. Vacuum and shampoo the carpet or stem clean them.
  8. Remove and dispose all rubbish.

Cleaning the Kitchen:

  1. Clean the dishwasher inside and out.
  2. Mop the kitchen floor – as well as areas underneath appliances.
  3. Clean the inside of the stove, top of stove, exhaust fan, hood, and bottom drawer.
  4. Remove stove racks and clean thoroughly.
  5. Wipe cupboards inside and out.
  6. Wipe out all drawers with a damp cloth.
  7. Wipe down counter tops and the sink.

Cleaning the Bathrooms:

  1. Mop the floor.
  2. Clean the bathtub, sink, and fixtures.
  3. Clean the toilet inside and out.
  4. Clean the medicine cabinet and door.
  5. Clean the mirror with glass cleaner.

Cleaning the Garage / car spot:

  • Remove personal belongings.
  • Throw away trash.
  • Properly dispose of toxic chemicals.
  • Sweep the floor.
  • Stack items pertaining to the home such as paint cans, roofing materials or extra flooring. Check to make sure the buyer wants your leftover materials, first. Some do not.

Cleaning the Exterior where applicable:

  1. Wash the outside of all windows
  2. Mow the yard and trim shrubbery and plants.
  3. Dispose of all garbage via a skip bin or driving a trailer to the tip.

The above basic moving house cleaning plan will definitely help you simplify your cleaning process. The time that it takes you to clean your house will depend greatly on the size of your home and the current condition that it is in.

For the most thorough moving house cleaning, it is recommended to rent a professional carpet steam cleaner to remove deep dirt deposits from carpeting. Otherwise if you have the time you can rent an individual carpet cleaner for personal use. Mooving Matters your full service moving company are happy to recommend and source the best cleaners to leave the vacated property in tip top shape so that the new buyer is more than satisfied or landlord will happily return your bond.  

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 Cleaning Tips for those putting their homes on the market

Step one: Work from the top down

When it comes to cleaning, starting early is easiest.

“Mooving Matters recommend doing a good scrubbing and decluttering before putting your home on the market. For many it can be very stressful to do at the last minute,” The very experienced Mooving Matters team can take this stress out of your hands with our specialised decluttering service done by none other than our professional home organisers.

But if you didn’t start early, there is no need to panic. If you attack the job with a plan and Mooving Matters at your side, it’ll get done faster for sure. But basically just try to clean room by room, working from the top down.

It’s the most neglected items that prove the hardest work and are often the most time consuming. Ensure you dust the ceiling fans, wipe down the walls, and then sweep, vacuum, or mop. Give a good once-over to the oven and stove—including the drip pans. And always check any air vents for filth or mould—in some instances you made need to call in a professional to inspect it.

Once you’re done with one space, then only should you move on to the next. And don’t skimp on the details.

“Light fixtures are the number one dust and moth magnet and unfortunately are rarely cleaned enough”. “Wiping down cabinets and drawers inside and out is also often forgotten—to be honest not many sellers ever do it properly.”

Step Two: Breath it in

professional home organiser sydney How to clean the house isn’t the only thing you have to worry about before the final walk-through.

“The number one thing buyers always notice when they walk inside is if your home has any unappealing smells, be it is cat litter, wet dog scent, garbage odours, or even the lingering fish aroma from dinner you made a few nights back”

With any strange odours, even if fleeting these can make the buyers think the home is unclean and even make them think twice about placing an offer.

Even if you’ve already moved out, go back into the property for a quick sniff before any inspections are due to start. It might be a good idea to bring a friend along, as they might not be use to your old home’s scent like you are. Ask them for their honest opinion.

Air fresheners can help to minimize lingering odours, but try and see if you can find and eliminate the source first.

Step Three: Please take everything with you

It is very common for many sellers to leave behind various unwanted personal items, some because they think the new owner may get use out of them or rather they just don’t want to deal with disposing them. But honestly who wants your old shower curtain and matching dust bin?  

The rule is unless the buyer specifically asked for it, just take everything with you. Always remember to a double check any attic spaces, basements, storage cupboards, and the garage for anything you may have missed.

Some other valuable cleaning tips:

Don’t waste your time and always dust before you vacuum. Dusting without a doubt will stir up dirt and debris from any bookshelves and cupboards, which will then settle back onto the floor or other surfaces.

After you have dusted, thoroughly cleaning any the nooks and crannies, all excess dust and debris can then be easily vacuumed away.

 

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Haven’t got the time and people coming by?  Its time for some Speed Cleaning!

movers that pack for youThe last thing you want to do is waste your precious time HOUSE cleaning! It’s usually anything but a fun activity to complete in your spare time. So below we have put together some methods to ease the pain, improve your end results and, most importantly enable you to reclaim your weekends & freedom.

When it comes to a quick tidy before an inspection, the key is to “have a simple plan, multi-task, and get a room done one at a time”. At Mooving Matters we live and breathe this process. “Organisation is always the utmost the key”. Basically set yourself a time limit, have your products on the ready, and move from room to room efficiently.

“The best way to achieve the best speed clean is to keep all distractions limited while you concentrate on getting the house presentable.”

Think big picture and focus on where people will hover and walk through the home. Make sure to cover the areas that are important, this is not the time to detail clean the microwave or empty out the fridge, these can be left for another day.

Set the clock, lets go!

A proven ay not to waste time or getting side tracked is by putting yourself on the clock. Allow approximately 15 minutes in each room. Set a timer, to keep your eye on the prize. This method will help you achieve as much done as possible in a short time, so it is essential that you are constantly on the go.

Focus on specific rooms. When people inspect, their time is limited to particular spots. This typically includes the kitchen, lounge room and bathroom. Concentrate on these areas.

Clear the space at hand

Before you start cleaning, it’s a good idea to throw any dirty / used towels and bed linen in the washing machine and hit go on the cycle. It’s a sure way to clear up the space and makes rooms accessible and easier to clean.

Tote your cleaning tools

Speed up the process by having all your cleaning products in a bucket or basket to carry from room to room.

This way you are not wasting valuable time going back and forth to the kitchen for different products and devices as they are already with you wherever you are in the house. So get prepped to get set and go!

Hit up the big spaces properly

Always look to do the bathroom and kitchen first as they are the big-ticket items, taking the most amount of time and interest by any potential buyer or renter.

The Kitchen: Spend a minute or two decluttering the benches and putting items back in their place. It’s the less is more principle – the emptier your benches are, the cleaner your kitchen looks.

Clean hard surfaces working from top to bottom. That way any debris that falls gets wiped up in subsequent cleaning.

Wipe down the stove, microwave, and fridge. Pay particular attention to the good old sink, a clean sink does wonders to help make the rest of the kitchen sparkle.

full service moving and packing sydney The Bathroom: Firstly spray the basin, vanity, shower and bath tub with an all-purpose srfacec cleaner and let sit while you tackle the toilet with a good scrub with the toilet brush and cleaner, let sit then flush. Lastly, spray a cloth with all-purpose cleaner and wipe down the outside of the toilet suite and pan.

Next clean the mirror with glass cleaner spray and, starting in the top corner, wipe in a circular motion with glass cloth or paper towel. Go back to the basin and give it a good final wipe over.

Lastly just wipe down the shower and tub, there is no need for a full scrub – just give them a quick swipe with a dampened cloth.

Eliminate the Dust storm: Make dusting the all-round house cleaning time.

Whilst you are dusting, look to tidy by put things away, placing toys in the toy bin – this is the mutli-tasking part of the cleaning process. While dusting, you are prepping that room to be vacuumed and finally mopped.

It’s essential to start in one corner of the room, working the room from top-to-bottom and back-to-front so that the dust falls onto the floor. And if you have blinds, best to run over them with the long-armed duster.

Get the Vac out: Start from the very back corner of a room and vacuum your way out the door, using long firm strokes. You can save time by only running the vacuum over each area of carpet once – not twice. It’s always a good idea to make sure the vacuum is empty and its filter cleaned before you start, it will make the job a whole lot easier and more efficient.

Bye bye broom: Don’t waste time sweeping, use the vacuum for all hard surfaces, carpet and tiles.

You only need one appliance – a vacuum – for all floors throughout the home, including bathrooms and kitchens. Sweeping is only getting the job half done as it doesn’t pick up all the dust and hair and should just be used for tidy ups in between if you don’t have stick vacuum.

Clear the clutter: Quickly scan rooms to see what’s out of place. Stash scattered items like remotes and DVDS in drawers; neatly stack magazines on the coffee table or in bookshelves.

In essence, leave the home in the condition that you would like to find your new home. Remember, the new homeowners might receive some of your mail or packages by mistake. It’s a good idea to stay on pleasant terms with the new buyers. And it’s also the right thing to do. 

 

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If you need help to getting started on organising your move and clean up why not call on Mooving Matters your team of trusted and caring Professional Organisers. To arrange a complementary on-site inspection of your property by  Mooving Matters, your home organiser Sydney or to simply discuss our Ultimate full service packing + moving’  experience call (02) 93375333 or visit us at moovingmatters.com.au.

Move Management – Making a Green Move

What Is a Green or Sustainable Move?

full service moving and packingMoving out in a sustainable, environmentally-friendly manner is simply about finding ways to use green processes and products as much as possible when undertaking your next relocation.

As we all know moving in or out for many is seen as a stressful task. However, that does not mean that you should avoid being environmentally-conscious when you are decluttering, cleaning, wrapping and packing up your belongings in preparation in moving them to your new destination. It’s time we all took responsibility to lower our negative environmental impact wherever we can even when it comes to moving time.

This informative article by professional organisers Sydney – Mooving Matters will provide tips on how to create your own green move process with less stress, also saving your time and money along the way.

 

Plan Ahead of Time – Before the Move

With any relocation your first and most important advice is to plan your move well ahead of time. This will not only save you time and money, but it will also give you the opportunity to have a look at your move from a different perspective of achieving a greener and more sustainable one. By starting early you will gain better knowledge of what will fit into your new space in advance and know what you will need to bring or discard. The rule of the 3 R’s – Reuse, Reduce & Recycle is a simple yet effective eco friendly principle and place to start when accessing your homes contents and if and how they will be used in your next home. Below are the major areas or aspects recommended by professional organisers Mooving Matters to put into play come moving time.

 

Recycle – Donate or sell unneeded Items

Moving is the best way to kick that hoarding habit to the curb by donating or recycling things you no longer need or want. It’s a win-win situation as you will then use fewer packing materials and may reduce your moving truck trips which in turn can save you money and reducing your carbon footprint at the same time.

Basically the golden rule here is to only pack what you need! Before you start packing for your move, take our old TVs, computers, mobile phones and other electronics and household appliances to a centre that specialises in recycling those items. Many retailers and local communities will have these recycle collection facilities for such products. Otherwise your local council will have a monthly e-waste pick-up scheduled for your neighbourhood, so best to contact them in advance on when the next pick up will be. Batteries and interior paint can also be disposed or recycled responsibly so try not to just throw these in you otto bin. Movers that pack for you, Mooving Matters believe it’s this little bit of extra effort that goes a long way for the environment.

In terms of other everyday items as clothing and house hold goods and furniture you can look to donate these to your local charity store. Furniture, in particular, gets thrown out at record-high levels so try and pass it on if in good condition or if it can be restored.

If the items you have are of value and you would like to make a few bucks at the same time, you can also look to place these on online market places as Ebay or Gumtree. Otherwise the good old garage sale could work for you to remove most of your items over a day.

 

Think outside the standard moving Boxes

full service moving and packingCorrugated boxes are luckily pretty easy to recycle. However the bubble wrap, tape, and packing peanuts you use in those boxes unfortunately are not.  If you do need boxes, there is no need to buy them new to only create new waste. Here are some clever moving friendly boxing options:

Use pre loved boxes – Check with the local grocery store if they can spare any empty cardboard boxes instead of buying new ones. This way, you will not only reduce waste, but will also save money on moving materials. Your new neighbours or extended family members or friends might have just moved and they could be open to selling or borrowing some of their relocation materials in order to help you facilitate your move.

Ditch the cardboard option – Ever consider packing your belongings in your suitcases or using or purchasing large plastic storage bins? If you don’t have these handy and you don’t want to buy any, talk to moving matters about organising reusable crates that you can rent during your move. You can also use other containers and vessels as shoeboxes or sandwich bags to pack those small loose items.

Done with your boxes and don’t want to hold on to them? There are plenty of mover and packers out there so be sure to pass on the boxes via posting them online for free or look to recycle them once your move is complete. 

 

Green packing materials

Did you know that your home is already full of packing materials?! So don’t throw out those old newspapers, magazines, egg cartons, blankets, and towels. Newspaper is great for protecting glassware, plates, and other fragile items. If you prefer to purchase padding protecting, opt for reusable pads, recyclable packing paper, and specially marked corn or wheat based biodegradable bubble wrap and peanuts. Don’t forget you can also seal your boxes with tape made of biodegradable plant material.

Unfortunately the standard plastic packaging materials as packing peanuts, foam and bubble wrap that most movers and packers use, all put an enormous strain on the planet as they breakdown real slow and have become major environmental pollutants. Using towels, blankets and old newspapers is the most conscious way to go…

At Mooving Matters the home organisers and full service moving and packing and unpacking experts, we will be able to provide you with reusable, eco-friendly packing materials as well as suitable boxes and bins.

 

Green removalist transport

As awareness of the need for more environmentally sustainable approaches grows, many removalist companies in the industry are now adopting a zero emissions approach with numerous many full service moving companies providing removalist trucks that use cleaner biodiesel fuel, Truck rental companies are also following suit offering similar options for those that want to complete a DIY move. If possible for longer-distance moves, look at consolidated shipping where you can pack your belongings in a compartmentalised truck with other movers. It’s a great way to reduce your move’s carbon footprint. Shipping your belongings by train is also a good idea for a greener move.

If the company you choose simply doesn’t use any eco-friendly practices, you can ask them if they could make an exception — if you have something specific in mind. Provided that they are a reliable company which value their clients, they surely will be glad to listen your preferences and make an agreement.

You will find that some relocation companies see being environmentally friendly as an integral part of their business values. Companies that have Environment Accreditation ISO1400 – a standard recognized worldwide, is awarded to organisations that are aware and go out to actively reduce their impact on the environment. They will have a clear environmental policy, demonstrating their commitment to reducing their carbon footprint yet will keep to industry standards and quality.

 

Go Green When You Clean When Moving Out and Before Moving In

full service moving and packingBefore you get trigger happy with the bleach, remember that a lot of household cleaning products contain toxic chemicals that have an impact on the environment and also your health. They can get into and ultimately affect the quality of our water supply and cause harm to animals and humans with some household cleaners even cause air pollution.

When embarking on your exit clean on your existing premises or getting your new home in sparkling condition, please try and opt for all natural cleaning agents instead. Vinegar, bicarb soda, ammonia, and lemon are cheap, readily available and all great replacements for regular chemical-based cleaners, and they work just as well.

 

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Other Eco Friendly Tips for Post Move:

Preloved Furniture and Eco sustainable interior finishes

Buying second hand is also an option if you need to add any new furnishings to your new space and home. Second hand items reduce the waste in local landfills. If you need to repaint before decorating, choose Eco-friendly paint that is low VOC. Once you are done with the walls, look to recycle any empty leftover paint cans.

Unpack Smart

As you are unpacking your truck and bring in your belongings to your new home try and close the door between each trip to grab boxes from the truck. If the weather allows it, avoid turning on the heater or air conditioner until after you bring everything inside and completed the move. This will reduces the amount of energy you use on your first day in your new home. If you don’t have time to do your unpack just leave it to the home organiser Sydney team at Mooving Matters your full serving moving, packing and unpacking company who are ready to help.  

Buy Energy-Efficient Products

If you have decided to combine your move with the replacement of your old appliances, buy only new generation, energy-saving products. Buy power strips to help you manage power to your appliances. Try to implement other similar tricks in order to create a sustainable, energy-efficient environment at your new home.

Switch to Energy Efficient lighting

Moving into a new property poses a good cause for evaluating your lighting situation. Install Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) and Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) as these are popular choices for energy saving, and while they might cost more up front, they will save you and the planet in the long run.

Change your address and go paperless

Don’t forget to change all your addresses over to avoid the new residents letter box being filled with your personal mail. While notifying service companies of your address change why not request to go paperless and opt for email statements and bills wherever possible.

Switch to a greener energy provider

Moving is a good excuse to seek out a more environmentally conscious energy provider. The ‘Green Electricity Guide’ is a great online reference for comparing the performance of Australian electricity providers. 

Prep meals for the big move

Prepping and or freezing meals for the packing and unpacking period is a good and environmentally considerate idea. Not only will it save you time and headaches, but it will also save you some dollars and the environment by avoiding excess takeaway costs and packaging wastage.

Turn Over a New Leaf in Your Home

full service moving and packingEvery move is like getting a fresh makeover. So try and use this relocation as a chance to cull and declutter excess items and belongings, and make a new commitment to not buy cheap house hold items you don’t really need. If you don’t have time to do it yourself get Mooving Matters professional home organisers and decluttering services on board. In the future try and take time to consider your purchases, instead buying on impulse and at sales. It will ensure you will have less to discard next time you move, which hopefully won’t be in the near future…

Before your move consult with Mooving Matters your full service moving, packing and unpacking company on how they can help you achieve your next eco sustainable move. Our staff member’s many years of industry knowledge and experience may be able to identify other ways to reduce your move’s negative environmental impact. When the movers know your priorities, they will be able to perform their job better.

Moving requires plenty of time and energy. If you plan ahead of time, you may be able to conserve energy and help save the environment as well.

If you need help to getting started on organising your green move why not call on Mooving Matters your team of trusted and caring Professional Organisers. To arrange a complementary on-site inspection of your property by  Mooving Matters, your home organiser Sydney or to simply discuss our Ultimate full service packing + moving’  experience call (02) 93375333 or visit us at moovingmatters.com.au.

Move Management – Maintaining a Wardrobe Makeover – Part 2

We have come this far…Now let’s get down and ORGANISED!  

  1. KEEP – FREQUENT USE – Items that fit, that go with other items, that you wear often – or have worn in the last 3 months
  2. KEEP – INFREQUENT USE – Special occasion items such as evening wear, wedding dress, maternity wear
  3. KEEP – OUT OF SEASON – whatever is not worn in the season you are currently in

So the next question to ask yourself is – What Should You Keep, and Where?

Step Six – Pride of place

  1. FREQUENT USE items being located in a place that’s easiest to access,
  2. And INFREQUENT USE garments should be kept somewhere that’s not as accessible, and this is the same story for any OUT OF SEASON clothes.

wardrobe makeoverIn STEP THREE you will have looked at the wardrobe and storage space you have available – both immediate space and secondary storage space. So you would have made a start on deciding where the best places for each category of these clothes would be.

Now that you have sorted and got your allocated clothing piles ready to be replaced back in their new homes it’s time to see if it will all fit back nicely into your closet and storage spaces. Below are some tips to solving space issues…

Here are Mooving Matters wardrobe makeover professionals top tips for this step:-

  • Store clothes you want to keep but don’t need every day in various locations – For example; under the bed, in a loft space, in a closet in a guest bedroom etc… These spots are for occasional access over the every day.
  • Wardrobe stylists will understand everyone has sentimental items like their wedding dress, evening to ski attire and christening gowns etc.. But what about cherishing their importance and looking at displaying them over placing them in deep storage areas? If you can’t display please make sure that they are stored properly as clothing can be damaged over time by buys and mould if not correctly packaged up

If you don’t have a huge amount of storage, be careful about where things go and sort your clothes like so:

  • Hanging space – Hang from left to right as follows: 1. Going out clothes – dresses, tops, Skirts, trousers 2. Working outfits – dresses, tops, skirts, trousers – 3. Casual wear – dresses, tops, skirts, trousers. Below this you can have space for fitness clothes and your gym bag.
  • Shelving – Should be where jeans, jumpers and t shirts are folded and placed on top of each other.
  • Chest of drawers – Is the best place for all underwear and accessories, and above this on the dresser top you have a jewellery organiser
  • Colour code – Try sorting everything in colour groups as well – it makes it easy to find a certain coloured top when you need it right away.
  • Seasonal Items – Best spot for out of season clothes are kept in storage containers or vacuum bags under your bed

Step Seven – Organising Each Space

You are now ready to fill and sort your wardrobe! Your Wardrobe makeover is nearly complete – you have everything that you need to store back in it, that you use frequently, and also possibly other items dependent on space available.

wardrobe stylistFor all the spaces you have available, ask yourself the following questions –

  • Do you need more hanging space, drawer space, or other type of storage?
  • Is it possible to add a shelf above or below the hanging space?
  • Is it possible to add storage above the wardrobe or underneath?
  • Is it possible to add boxes inside your wardrobe for shoes etc…?
  • Can extra hanging space be installed? –increasing hanging space with new rails at the certain positions can be a great way of doubling up space if you have mostly hanging items. This goes hand in hand with the type of hanger you use as well
  • Can you add hooks on the door for accessories or jewellery?
  • Wardrobe stylist non negotiable rule – Everything must be visible! – if you can’t see all your clothing on accessing you wardrobe then you may as well not have it or wear it!
  • Categorise – Consider storing things by colour / style / type or a mix. It will make life so much easier!
  • Do any of the clothes need specific storage?

By following the above or  storing your clothes with all this in mind, then you will find that selecting and accessing your outfit each day will be a breeze!

At this stage you will be back to the beginnings of wardrobe stylists dream – a professional and personalised system that hasn’t broken the bank!

If you are battling with space still and can’t fit in certain items, you may well want to go and maximise the space further by using the correct storage products in the next step…

Step Eight – Get Any Organising Items / Storage essentials That Are Really Needed

Only ever look at purchasing items when you are out of the available space and there are actual items you still I want to keep. You want to buy the correct items to help assist rather than cause more clutter and just throw away your money.

Do some research on wardrobe storage tips and tricks and refer back to the questions you asked yourself earlier so you buy whats essential..

Now Let’s Take A Step Back….

Well done on achieving your DIY wardrobe makeover! You will hopefully see that these changes are for the best and can also be maintained in the long run…Now to Reality, the real life of your living wardrobe…

Step Nine – The real life – Live With It For A  Little While…

The 2nd last step is to live with the system, and to work with it daily.

Unfortunately clothes are constantly needed, will need to be constantly looked after to stay organised in your wardrobe otherwise sooner rather than later they will get messed up and cluttered once again.

Here are some essential wardrobe makeover directions to try and stay on top of your clothes and lifestyle, so lets create some new closet rituals:-

  • The one in one out policy: Replace an old item for a new one so you don’t run out of space, a future proofing technique so that your wardrobe doesn’t become overwhelmed again.
  • Know what you need –spend a little time working out what items go with what in your wardrobe, and what you need to complete an outfit – that way you are only ever getting more value out of what you already have. Stop wasting time and money on buying items that you won’t wear because you don’t need it or you haven’t got anything to complement it.
  • Clothes rotation is key as the seasons change – look  to change your clothes over as weather shifts to hotter or colder months. Rotating clothes is also a good idea if you have a lot of them and none of them get missed!
  • Look after your clothes – an organised wardrobe equals more wear and value from every piece of clothing you own – another way of saving you time and money.
  • Catalogue you outfits – Take photos of you wearing the clothes, and add them to inside of the wardrobe door. That way you won’t forget that ensemble you liked and can see at a glance what you look like in things, what items complement each other. This trick makes it even easier to put outfits together quickly, and even easier to see what goes used.
  • Prepare outfits the night before – if you have time think ahead, if you know what clothes you need for the following day you can hang them out ready so that you don’t need to rush around when you need to leave trying to ironing or having lost a pivitol accessory.

Step Ten – We have made it but Lets Evaluate & Make Any necessary Tweaks…

wardrobe organisationFinally the last step but an important one – The Evaluation Process. When it comes to evaluating the system you have put in place, you want to be able to easily change or correct anything that doesn’t seem to be working out for you.

You could be finding it hard to find items quickly still? Or do you still feel that you have too many clothes? – there are numerous ways that you could evaluate, but getting into the habit of upkeep will make daily life easier – especially if you have a lifestyle (career or weight) change that means a wardrobe change!

  • Unsure of what you wear? Keep track of it! Get into the habit of having all coat hangers facing the same way when they are put into the wardrobe, and then when an outfit has been worn, put the hanger back but turned around. This is a super quick way of seeing at a glance what you actually wear…, You may be able to get rid of more clothing than first thought!
  • The yearly wardrobe organisation assessment – On a yearly basis its a good idea go through your wardrobe and ensure that you have all the staples for your look, and that they are in good condition – if not, replace them! Items that can be considered staples are things like a good pair of jeans, a white shirt, a little black dress, knee length boots, strappy shoes, trainers, a good gym kit etc…. whatever you need that works for your look.

If you need help to getting started on organising your wardrobe chaos, contact your wardrobe organisation experts Mooving Matters your team of trusted and caring Professional Organisers  and Wardrobe makeover services Sydney. To arrange a complementary on-site inspection of your property by  Mooving Matters, your home organiser Sydney or to simply discuss our Ultimate full service packing + moving’  experience call (02) 93375333 or visit us at moovingmatters.com.au.

Move Management – Maintaining A Wardrobe Makeover Part 1

wardrobe stylistWant to get your wardrobe properly organised once and for all? Mooving Matters the experienced wardrobe stylists can help get your started with their one on one wardrobe makeover services Sydney. Trust us once you have experienced our decluttering service you won’t want to go back!

If your organised wardrobe over the months has lost its way again never fear! This 2 part wardrobe organisation series should give you the simple steps to get you back on track and help you maintain your beautifully organised closet! Learning how to organise and manage your wardrobe makeover can save you tremendous amounts of time and money on a daily basis, so don’t delay it anymore!

Now let’s ASSESS the situation!

Step One – Identify the Reason/s for Re-organising your wardrobe

Does any of these sounds familiar on a daily basis?

“I just don’t have anything to wear!?”

“Where the hell is my…?”

“Ughh it’s in the wash or needs to be ironed!”

I’m sure frustratingly one or two of the above reasons are bound to resonate with you – and  why you want to get your closet space more organised quickly…. Now that you know why you want to get your wardrobe organised, keep this as your motivator and focus!

Step Two – Clear it out

wardrobe organisationAll good Wardrobe Stylists recommend to remove everything as it is the only real way to see everything clearly.. Its only then you will be able to see exactly what clothes, shoes and accessories you have already and also what space is left for storing these clothes once they are returned back to the wardrobe. Going through items one at a time will take you much longer.

A trick that is helpful during this initial step of the wardrobe organisation process is to have a large flat surface to be able to layout your the clothes on – basically a bed, or even a table can be set up close by. Trust us this will make it less hard work and stress on your back than having to bend over to grab things off the floor constantly.

Step Three – Now what Space are we left with?

If you are lucky enough to have plenty of space, then it shouldn’t be a problem to return all of your clothes back in your wardrobe however in an organised manner. But you may have to think about storing some items elsewhere or doing another clothing cull.

Once you know what space you have left to play with, you can make the important decisions about how best to organise your wardrobe, and what techniques would work for you day in day out.

If you have run out of wardrobe space the last thing you want to do is simply move the problem out of the wardrobe and somewhere else in your Bedroom or home!  The key is to only mark out places that you would be able easily to store items such seasonal or special event clothing.

Hopefully now you should be drawing closer to what you would like to go where, how accessible certain items need to be within the space you have be it hanging, shelves or drawer spaces.

Step Four – Sort it out

wardrobe makeoverSimply pick up each item of clothing and make a decision about its future there and then – Wardrobe stylists believe now is not the time for procrastination as this is the step that could overwhelm you and throw you off achieving your ultimate wardrobe makeover!

The 8 piles trick is the best way to sort it all out relatively quickly… Having some post notes or signage for each pile type will ensure no mix ups and resorting…

 

  1. KEEP PILE 1 – FREQUENT USE– Items that still fit you, that coordinate with other items, items that you wear often – basically garmets you have worn in the last 3 months
  2. KEEP PILE 2 – INFREQUENT USE – Special occasion items such as evening wear, your wedding dress, and or maternity wear.
  3. KEEP PILE 3 – OUT OF SEASON – whatever is not worn in the season you are currently in
  4. KEEP PILE 4 – TO ACTION – items that require cleaning, mending etc… – These items need to be tended to as soon as possible or they will be forgotten and create clutter! – Truth is you won’t wear them until these items are fixed or done so dont delay as they are of no use or value at present…
  5. LOSE PILE 1 – CHARITY– Items in good condition that you don’t wear anymore
  6. LOSE PILE 2 – GIVEAWAY– either to friends, Freecycle, supermarket recycling bins etc..
  7. LOOSE PILE 3 – SELL – on Ebay or gumtree for example, branded relatively new or classic pieces that people will want are the best to sell online.
  8. LOSE PILE 4 – RUBBISH– Only genuine garments that no one will be able to reuse goes in this pile.

Remember the Wardrobe stylist’s GOLDEN RULE:

 “FIND THE STRENGTH & BE RUTHLESS – THE REALITY IS YOU ONLY USE ABOUT 20% OF YOUR CLOTHES 80% OF THE TIME (IF YOU ARE LUCKY)!”

 

Now it’s time for the DECLUTTER dance!

Step Five – Piles no more!

Once you wardrobe contents has been categorised it’s now time to start to take on each pile by some instances removing them from the situation as soon as possible.

For now Ignore the first 3 categories, the KEEP PILES 1- 3 for the time being, as these are items that you want to keep and that don’t need significant action – they are all clothes and items that you will need to put back but organised later on.

Lets tackle each of the categories in turn:-

Lose Pile 1 – CHARITY

Get some large garbage bags and place in them all the items you wish to donate. Sometimes if you are finding it hard to say goodbye to your clothes it can help to donate them to a charity that’s close to your heart.

So your house doesn’t turn into a tip you will need to work out when you will be going to that charity shop in the near future, if you can do it right now, or make a note in your diary to take these bags when you are free in the next week or so. Place the bags somewhere out of the way and or where you will see and remember them for example like the boot of the car.

Lose Pile 2 – GIVEAWAY

As with the charity piles, you quickly want to work out where or who these items are going to, so make a plan to get them out of the house and into the right place or hands when you can. Otherwise give that person a call to see if they want it or to come by and check it out and collect it from you.

Lose Pile 3 – SELL

For this pile it is only really an options if you are going to have the time to organise the sale posts / ads. Remember you will also have to manage the auction and then visit the post office to send the bough items out. It can take up considerable time and energy to do this. Otherwise there are people who will do this for you however will take a cut of the sale price.

Lose Pile 4 – RUBBISH

If you have hit the button to get rid of these items completely as they are really worn or old and no one would want them then waste no time getting these to the bin or local tip.

Keep Pile 4 – TO ACTION

Is it stained, damaged and or needs mending, or it doesn’t fit and needs altering?.Once you tend to these items that need extra attention you will find your have a renewed wardrobe with lot of wearable outfits and options! When you look to drop things to charity or to your friends and family make a stop at the dry cleaners or alterations shop if you can’t do it yourself. Once the clothes have been actioned and collected they can then either be put into one of the KEEP piles, otherwise immediately placed into your newly organised wardrobe space.

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If you need help to get you started to organise your wardrobe chaos, contact your wardrobe organisation experts Mooving Matters your team of trusted and caring Professional Organisers  and Wardrobe Makeovers services Sydney. To arrange a complementary on-site inspection of your property by  Mooving Matters, your home organiser Sydney or to simply discuss our Ultimate full service packing + moving’  experience call (02) 93375333 or visit us at moovingmatters.com.au.

Move – Management – Get your lifestyle & home organised!

move managementHow do they do it? How do professional organisers stay organised? Movers that pack for you, Mooving Matters share below the biggest golden rules, daily routines and rituals that they recommend and that you can introduce and maintain to keep your home clean, tidy and organised everyday…no excuses!

 

Prioritise

Most people whose spaces are effortlessly organised don’t actually think about organizing very much at all. Being organised is not their ultimate goal; it’s simply a by product of their lifestyle!

Home dis-organisation stems from lack of prioritisation. Most of us are caught up in a constant loop of always ‘being busy’ . It’s really important for one to write out how they want to spend their time. What is important to you? Once you get clear on what matters, you’ll be on your way to making changes that will affect your home and lifestyle for the better.

 

Make your bed

movers that pack for you sydneyIt should be seen as the most important activity to start the day, however many bypass this easy task. Bed making actually promotes productivity throughout your day and will help pave the way for a more organised lifestyle. It’s also a nice feeling to get into a made bed at the end of a long tiresome day!

 

 

Plan ahead

To be on top of things getting ready for the day ahead the night before is essential and it doesn’t take much out of your evening relaxation time either. Spend 15—20 minutes each evening tidying the house, cleaning up from dinner, putting toys away, turning the dishwasher on and doing a load of washing overnight. By doing this routine when you get up in the morning you are not waking up to chaos.

Professional organisers agree another helpful task to cover is to make sure that the next day’s lunches are organised and kids bags are packed for day-care or school. It will help tremendously to get you out the door in time the next morning.

Figuring out a daily routine that works for you and your family is vital – and it should be one you can easily stick to.

Time management is important but routine is critical. 

 

Enlist the help of others

Don’t let yourself do everything around the house! Improve your time management and stress levels and get your partner and or kids to share the load. For example start teaching children their responsibilities and to put away their toys from when they are toddlers.

As they hit their adolescent years they can help and manage their own bedrooms, laundry and school breakfast and lunches. They may not get it completely right but will still assist you more than they didn’t do anything for themselves.

 

Take the stress out of getting dressed

professional orgainiser sydneyThe key to getting ready for work or for outings with ease is to maintain an organised wardrobe.

The number one step is to firstly get your clothing under control is to assess your wardrobe via  a brutal purge. Get honest with yourself and keep what is meaningful in your life.

It has be said that most people actually only wear about 20% of the items in their wardrobe and rest is just sitting idle for months and years taking up room and collecting dust.

Basically go through the wardrobe contents and get what you don’t wear, and either offer to friends or family it or give it to a charity.

Once your cull is complete its time to sort out your belongings, you now want to create and  arrange your wardrobe in a systematic way so you can keep things in order on a daily basis.

A way this can be done is to divide clothing items into ‘work’ and ‘play’ attire into separate sections. These can then be sorted into groups of items such as shirts (long and short-sleeved), skirts, pants and so on, colour-blocking as she goes. Out of season and Winter clothes that take up the most space should be packed away in vacuum-packed bags and placed in high cupboards or under the bed during warmer months.

Drawer dividers and also storing folded items horizontally, rather than vertically, can also help as you will then be able to so find what you need at a glance.

 

Tidy as you go

Decluttering services experts Mooving Matters believe it’s always a good idea to clean up throughout the day, so that you are not overwhelmed and lumped with a cluttered mess at the day’s end. This is primarily focused on those problem areas as the kitchen where dishes can pile up in the sink and counter tops left dirty and in bedroom where clothes and bags can lay left scattered all over the place.

When you pick something up, ensure you return it to where it belongs as soon as possible.

Don’t let mail accumulate on the kitchen bench. Move it to the study or an in-tray – all it takes is a few seconds rather than a day’s worth of sorting if left for weeks…

 

Write things down

To be organised don’t expect you can retain and remember it all by creating lists in your memory bank. With our busy lifestyles it’s easier to keep track via jotting a list of goals for the day and or having a whiteboard in the kitchen where a timetable and to do lists for each week can be tackled. displaying a communal list and calendar  also ensures everyone in the household knows exactly what is happening on a given day or the tasks that need to be completed.

Being visual is a simple and powerful tool for communication and getting things done.Its also a great feeling of accomplishment to tick or strike things off a list!

 

Tend to your clothing when you take it off

Always hang, launder or fold every piece of clothing and DO NOT let anything touch the floor. Neglected clothing can slowly build up and lead to an overwhelming mound that know ones to tackle!

 

Wash your dishes

movers that pack for you sydneyA sink full of dishes will instantly make your kitchen feel and look messy. Get in the habit of washing dishes at the end of the day or at least soaking them overnight so you can quickly wash them the next day.

 

 

 

Sort through your mail

Tend to your mailbox daily to avoid a build up of necessary bill payments and to-dos. Immediately toss junk mail into recycling and store the rest in an active inbox so you’ll know where to find it.

 

Set your keys down in the same spot

Whether it’s a hook by the front door or a plate set on a surface by the entrance, make sure your keys have a destination and place them there. You don’t want to spend time searching for them when it’s time to leave.

 

Empty out your pockets and bag at the end of the day

Take a couple of minutes to throw away any receipts or trash that you’ve acquired throughout the day. Place loose change into your wallet or coin jar and make sure any loose papers are filed or thrown away.

 

Implement an easy system

Do you want to feel Clean? Calm? & Collected in your home and lifestyle? Would you love it to be easier to find things? Easier to do things? The last thing you want to do then is to implement an elaborate or confusing system that only makes your life harder when you have minimal time!

Yes you will need a plan of action, and you definitely wont need every bin or gadget at the store, or enforce strict rules about what being organised means. The goal is to make your life easier, so priority number one is to figure out a system that you know you can actually achieve.

For example opt for a general catch-all bin to gather incoming mail rather than throwing it on the table like you used to. Set up a system that you know you’ll actually follow, not one so rigorous you’ll eventually give up.

 

Maintain it

Organised people know that slow and steady wins the race. Sure, it’s fun to get meticulously organised, sit back and admire your work. But your home is not a gallery or museum. You still need to live your life, and things are eventually going to get messy. To maintain an organized home long term, you must make organizing a habit.

 

Do at least one thing that makes you happy.

Life’s too short to have grumpy mornings. Listen to a favourite song, read your favourite quotes, watch a funny video, or just tell yourself you’re ready to have an enjoyable day and take time out for you.

 

Meditate

home organiser sydneyDon’t laugh many professional organisers mediate each morning. Studies have shown that meditation can help ease stress and anxiety, and make you more focused.

You don’t need a formal system to get started — even five minutes of quiet time could do the trick. It can be simply just lying there, not looking at your phone or rushing to get out of bed. Those first few moments when one wakes up can be when you have the most clarity, before the stress of the day sets in. So take some time to acknowledge and enjoy that before you get busy with your day ahead.

 

If you need help to get you started to organise your existing home or one you are about to move into, contact your mooving experts Mooving Matters your team of trusted and caring Professional Organisers  and Movers and packers in Sydney? To arrange a complementary on-site inspection of your property by  Mooving Matters, your home organiser Sydney or to simply discuss our Ultimate full service packing + moving’  experience call (02) 93375333 or visit us at moovingmatters.com.au.

Move Management – Top Tips & Tricks of Professional Organisers  

decluttering services sydney Ever wondered how they do it? How Professional organisers create the most organised spaces in no time and keep it that way? People generally end up with clutter because they either have too much stuff or not enough storage. See below some helpful advice used by the industry experts, mover and packers and home organisers Sydney, Mooving matters to help get you started and keep your home tidy and clean.

 

So let’s start on what the Top 3 things are that people leave around the home?

  1. Clothes
  2. Toys
  3. Papers

These items may get put away somewhere however are they needed still or organised properly?  A main problem is created where the good and the bad get jumbled and lost together and each time these items are accessed is just causes more frustration! So let s discover the methods you should consider to get you on your way to a home organised and tidier home.

The 5 Piles

When sorting you should always create the mandatory 5 piles

  1. Move to another room or space
  2. Give to a certain person
  3. throw away
  4. Donate
  5. The Marinating Pile

The essential Marinating pile is where you place items in this pile into a labelled box that is dated to be opened within 6 months to a year for packing. If the box is not touched or open by the due date, you should be able to safely discard those items if they aren’t precious keep sakes.

Want to speed up the process?

Make some rules and boundaries on what your keeping and discarding and stick to it. For example when culling your wardrobe look to donate clothes that no longer fit or may need to be repaired. And for magazines look to only keep ones within a year old.

Prepare for organisation to take a little longer

Make time for sorting through personal papers as on average it will take 5 times as long than expected.

Does it really need a lid?

In all honesty lids just make it harder to put things away.. this includes laundry baskets, bins and various other containers.  Clear storage boxes / containers however are great for holding everyday essentials from pantry items to your kids lego and toys. They fit in most shelving units and come in various volumes and you can always see clearly what is inside them.

Paperless?

The notion of a paperless society unfortunately has become a myth. The truth is people love things in hardcopy format and are often scared to part with it. It’s astonishing to know that 80 percent of the paper you get you don’t actually need. So to try and organise your paper chaos it’s important  to sort out your collection of papers at least every week if not daily, including magazines, catalogues, mail, receipts, etc.

Your number one goal!

Is to remove the clutter not create more storage space. So don’t go off and buy more containers and baskets and hooks! Don’t work in reverse create your 5 piles and do a clean out first.

Are you just a little too sentimental?

decluttering services sydneyDo you have something from the past that you cannot part with but is just being neglected in storage or gather dust in a cupboard? If possible try and pass it on to someone who will use and respect it. Take a photo of it for yourself to remember it. If you can’t bear to part with a family heirloom then make sure it is given pride of place in your home by placing it out on display.

So you are considering Ebay or Gumtree?

But do you have the time? If you are serious about finishing the organisation of you space don’t look to also start a career in ebay sales. Unless you are already a online seller and really need the cash, it is recommended just to donate it…remember also your time is money!

Keep an eye on those potential layout spaces…

Flat worktop and surfaces unfortunately quickly become easy spaces to park random objects and create clutter. Home organisers recommend for example with dining tables to places a floral arrangement or decorative centre piece or even place settings to stop clutter from starting. You don’t want your dinner table no longer being used for eating meals at.

Put it in your boot

If anything needs to go somewhere it should be in your car and not in your house.

Keep your vouchers or discount coupons placed  in a clear folder so you have it on hand when needed. Get an errand basket to hold items that need to be returned. Buy some crates to store kids’ toys and various supplies or shopping. Also always have a car garbage bag for rubbish that always tends to accumulate on your car floor and under the seats.

Mark it in your diary

Or calendar, note all your important errands, exercise classes, cleaning tasks in it. Then make sure you prioritize the things that are  most important to you. If it’s not on your schedule, it’s not in your life.

My biggest secret?

Don’t procrastinate. If you postpone things that take a few minutes, it adds up and suddenly you’re looking at several hours to clear your clutter. A home organisers motto is to always tackle immediate things in the minute, so open your mail right away, do dishes right after you use them, and put things away as soon as you’re done with them.

Do you keep looking through that same paper pile?

It’s a huge time waster. So try this, every time you look at a piece of paper, put a red dot on it. If you’re ending up with 10 dots on one piece of paper, you need a new system to deal with your paperwork.

Please, get rid of that hired storage unit.

Stop wasting your money. The truth is you could buy all the stuff that’s in there for the price of the annual rental fee and that doesn’t include the cost of the moving truck and your time. The contents you have stored is usually never really worth what you think it is and you are better off losing it.

Want a roomier kitchen?

  1. Adjust the heights of shelves in your kitchen cabinets or try and add more to create more space.
  2. Remove unused kitchen gadgets as the bread maker and popcorn machine from your counter tops if you don’t use them weekly. Store miscellaneous appliances in cupboards or in a store room and only bring them out when you need to use them.
  3. Do really need all those plastic container? keep the ones frequently used and donate the ones you rarely use or throw out the ones that are old.

Our favourite little kitchen tip:

Try to always load the dishwasher in an organised manner by grouping the same utensils and crockery types together. It will make it easier and faster when unloading and placing items back in the drawers and cupboards that they came from.

Get in your closet.

Open your wardrobe and do yourself a favour and hang everything backwards on the rod. Once you have worn it place it back the normal way. Within 6 months if you still have items still facing backwards then look to get rid of them or if out of season place in storage bags and out of hanging space.

Transform your closet

It’s as simple as converting to 1 type of hanger! Using the one type allows clothes to sit at the same height and to see everything better. Velvet covered ones also ensure clothes don’t fall off them as easily.

Get more out or into your closet

Just by putting in an extra tension rod so you can hang shirts on top and skirts on the bottom, and always add hooks to hang jewellery and scarves if you have extra wall space. You can even put a chest of drawers in there if you have the room.

The hanging shoe bag

These storage creation aren’t just handy for shoes, they can be used for all those little items and accessories as gloves and hats in winter and for sunblock, sunglasses and goggles in summer, and even for crafts, toiletries and makeup.

Don’t keep cardboard boxes

Cardboard storage boxes are a great hiding spot and home for bugs and roaches. So once you have moved or renovated recycle or dispose or those cardboard boxes and if you need boxes invest in clear plastic storage boxes.

Don’t feel guilty

decluttering services sydneyIf you have kids the last thing you want to do is throw away their artwork creations. A good idea is to purchase an album to place these in or storage picture frame such as a Li’l Davinci Art Cabinet which can store up to 50 pieces inside that can be rotated for display. Your kids when they are grown up will also be grateful if you label and store special mile stone keepsakes.

In summary you don’t need to be neat freak to get your household organised. And being organised doesn’t mean everything is in its place; it means everything has a place and can easily go back in its place every time. A rule of thumb is if you can get your house ready for a surprise visitor in under 30 minutes, then you’re organised. And its ok to have not only one, but a couple of random item junk drawers in your kitchen! Your biggest motivator for getting organised will be the more freedom and time to have fun and do the things you really want to do on your days off.

The top 5 mistakes professional organisers always notice that you may miss

To help you make the most of your decluttering and organising goals we thought it best to  share the most common top five mistakes we notice with our clients when they fail at organising, and to help us come up with actionable solutions that ensure we will never relapse into a giant disorganised mess again.

Do you think you’re making organisational mistakes that are keeping you from truly getting your clutter under control? Understanding the following may help you achieve better organisation of your home.

Mistake 1: Not decluttering before organising

Attempting to organise your belongings before thoroughly editing them will probably leave you feeling frustrated and overwhelmed. Remember, organised clutter is still clutter! Firstly weed out outdated, damaged and unused items before starting to organise where they will go.

And if you get stuck, ask yourself the following 4 simple questions:

  1. Would I pay full price for this item today?
  2. Would I miss not having this item in my day to day life?
  3. Is this item really worth the space it’s taking up in my home?
  4. Does this item add any value to my life right now?

Mistake 2: Not categorising your items

Are you having issue finding things in your home? Could it be because your belongings haven’t been grouped and stored together by both type and usage? Think to how a supermarket is set up in categories such as fresh produce, dairy, confectionary etc it a wise idea to apply the same organisational methodology to your home. Setting up stations is another way to look at it. For example a “bill-pay station” which is stocked with envelopes, stamps, cheque books, and pens; or a “gift-wrapping station” containing wrapping paper, tissue, ribbon, gift tags, scissors, cards, and tape. It’s also really helpful to create a designated space for all household utility essentials such as light bulbs, batteries and tools.

By consolidating your own household belongings by type and usage, and making sure to create one centralised zone or “home” for each category will make your life a lot more stream lined and stress free.

Mistake 3: Not creating a plan before buying storage containers

decluttering services sydneyThe more storage you have does not mean the more organised you will be unfortunately. It’s one of the greatest misconception professional organisers have to deal with, with their clients.  So don’t fall for buying all the new nifty container from your local home wares store.  Before you head out to make such purchases make sure you have made a specific list of items you actually need to store your actual belongings. It is essential to measure the size of the storage area you are going to place the new boxes so they fit functionally. Otherwise all those great looking bins and baskets you bought will only become useless and add to clutter.

 

Mistake 4: Not answering the vital questions

Mooving Matters believes you should ask yourself if each item you own sparks “happiness” however there is still more to this when overcoming the clutter factor. If you goal is to truly have less clutter in your home, but you feel overwhelmed or resistant to parting with your stuff, you may simply be focusing on the wrong questions as you assess each item.  Questions like, “Could this be useful one day?” “Did someone give this to me?” “Did I pay a lot of money for this item?” stem from in guilt and fear – and basically give you the justification to not let go of anything and hold on to everything.

Professional home organisers recommend that you focus on the following constructive questions. Such  questions will help keep you on track in creating a space that supports your current goals and lifestyle. You don’t want to be careless and turf everything but try to remain on the goal on keeping things that are truly meaningful or still functional.

  1. Does this item support my current values and priorities?
  2. Does this item fit in with the vision I have for my ideal home?
  3. Does this item still important and meaningful to me?
  4. Could this item be more useful or helpful for another person?

Mistake #5: No vision of the final outcome

Stop feeling like organisation should be a daunting and draining task. To alleviate this emotional toil start with a clear vision in mind. The clients who have the best and quickest successes, are those who have clearly defined their motivation for wanting to make a change. So what is your goal?  Do you want to make space for a nursery for a new baby? Or do you want to declutter so you can rent your home out and travel? Or do you just want to feel comfortable entertaining and hosting friends and family in your home without feeling embarrassed. Today is the first step so take the time to clearly define your personal reasons for wanting to transform your living spaces. You may get stuck at some point in your journey but don’t get disheartened, simply remind yourself of what you are trying to create. If you keep the goal at hand, the mission of decluttering will fly by and be stress free.

So Why Hire Professional Decluttering Experts?

The 3 main reasons you need Mooving Matters

  1. Decluttering services experts will get you around to It

You work full time, you juggle a couple of kids and really you have other things that need to be done first. Unfortunately we all get busy and there is always something else to side track you. You may not be able to jump into organising your home yourself but its still your goal you have been endeavouring to “get around to it” for some time. At Mooving Matters our team helps you achieve your goal without you having to be hands on. As professional decluttering experts we will get you there and provide you strategies to maintain your newly organised home.

  1. Decluttering services experts will help you see the reality of the situation

Stop wasting time and thinking about what you are going to do with your stuff!. Our team will assist in providing a fresh perspective and share our expert knowledge, that helps you “get real” about your time, information, space, and ‘stuff’.

  1. Decluttering services experts will give the head start you need

Our expert team has been there and done that numerous times. We are experienced and understand the best known methods for your decluttering situation, as well as  your quickly understanding your learning style, brain type, and personality. We will give you a customised assessment and create a realistic ‘real world’ plan to your budget and time frame.

Are you needing a team of trusted and caring Professional Organisers  and Movers and packers in Sydney? To arrange a complementary on-site inspection of your property by  Mooving Matters, your home organiser Sydney or to simply discuss our Ultimate full service packing + moving’  experience call (02) 93375333 or visit us at moovingmatters.com.au.

 

Move Management – What is a Professional Organiser?

What do Professional Organisers Really Do, And How Can They Help?

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People who require the assistance of a professional or home organiser come from all walks for life. For some they may suffer anxiety issues when it comes to organisation, and a helping hand is all they need. Or alternatively it maybe a married couple who may hire the expertise of a professional organiser because one is much messier than the other, and having someone’s objective in the middle helps reduce strain and unneeded tension in their relationship and home life front.
To be honest there’s so much more to being a professional organiser than just sorting items into three bins marked “keep”, “toss” and “donate”, and there’s more to the profession they frequenting storage ware shops for next best packing and organising box. In truth getting help from an home organiser is no different than getting help for any other issue you may not be able solve or do on your own.

“Professional organisers are trained, skilled specialists who help people create order where it is lacking in their lives, so that they can make long-term improvements and keep disorder and frustration away”.

Professional organisers can offer an objective, experienced opinion to help you move forward. They will offer that opinion or help you discover options you wouldn’t have known on your own. Decluttering is rarely as easy as “just throw it away” or “anything you haven’t used or worn in a year should go”, for many items have historic and sentimental attachments that are hard to part with.

Unfortunately many people think organising is something everyone should innately be capable of doing, like boiling water. The truth is quiet the opposite.

At the end of the day, a professional organiser is like any other specialist. They can help you when you need their specific skills.

Professional organisers work with more resources than the average person. We know a wider array of trades including closet companies, movers, art appraisers, garage companies, painters, auction houses, organising products and stores, junk companies, shredding companies, consignment stores, , contractors, etc. We know who is reliable and appropriate for each budget. We have developed relationships with a lot of these companies to be able to offer discounts for our clients.

The advantage of undergoing decluttering services via an experienced home organiser is that they will have a better idea on what is worth selling and what is worth donating. And they won’t throw away a single thing without their client’s permission, they should present their client with every alternative to keeping or discarding an item.

Who Can Benefit from a Professional Organiser

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People tend to think of POs as working just with people who are already “disorganised” — and that’s often true — but many of us are also brought in before any disorganisation or dysfunction occurs to create systems that work. In this way, professional organisers working with their clients are proactive, and not just reactive.

But of course, that’s not what most people are thinking about when they discuss what professional organisers do. They’re thinking about mostly the decluttering services aspect — the removal of piles of stuff.  Whether the “stuff” is tangible objects (kitchen items, laundry, paperwork), temporary (to-do items, projects for work or home, appointments, lessons) or emotional (worries and fears, hopes, plans), organising is never about the accumulated stuff. It’s about the person who owns or interacts with the stuff.

Why People Seek the Help of Professional Organisers

Getting organised or seeking the help of a professional organiser doesn’t aim to make your home look like a design catalogue. A good eye for design of course plays a role, but the most successful spaces are the ones that give you room to work and get messy when you need  and want to. When it’s time to clean up, you’ll be able to do it quickly because you have a system already in place that is easy to follow every time.

Here are three basic reasons people employ the help of an OP:

  1. They don’t know how to get organised or where to start on their own. Some people get overwhelmed and too anxious to even begin. A Professional Organiser can help find a good starting point and create a plan to follow. Knowing the steps to take (usually starting with cleaning out the storage spaces first, then going through everything needs to be stored to decide what to keep, then figure out how to best fit it in that space) and knowing someone is going to keep you focused and productive can make it a whole lot easier to accomplish your goals.
  2. They don’t have the time to do it on their own. They have busy families or jobs and need an extra set of hands to complete a space quicker. A Professional Organiser can work with you and make it all happen in a fraction of the time.
  3. They don’t want to do it themselves at all. Just like accountants, tailors and housekeepers, there are certain activities that people are capable of doing themselves, but they just don’t want to spend their time on it.

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The common services professional organisers can offer:

HANDS-ON ORGANISING

One organiser or an organising team will come to your home or office, to work with you to organise the space and then advise you on the best organising strategies for your specific challenges. The time investment can vary anywhere from a few hours to many weeks, and is all dependent on three important aspects – the size of the space, the amount of clutter and your ability to make decisions.

HOME MAINTENANCE

Not your average maintenance person, organisers however can help create optimal organisational systems for relatively organised homes. Home maintenance could include an annual clean out of your kitchen pantry or help with redesigning your home’s garage and storage areas. Organisers can help you to streamline your household and encourage communication and reduce friction between family members.

TIME MANAGEMENT

Time management requires prioritisation, which can be extremely challenging to do alone. When you’re stressed and overwhelmed, everything seems important. An organiser can help you and your family evaluate which activities should be placed higher on the to do list  and what can be eliminated.

MOVING, RELOCATING AND DOWNSIZING

Moving is an incredibly time-consuming and stressful time and task, especially if you’re moving an entire family  home. Professional organisers like Mooving Matters specialise in moves and relocations, They can help  manage everything from liasing with moving companies to packing, unpacking and styling and organising all your household belongings into your new home.

WHAT PROFESSIONAL ORGANISERS DON’T DO

Professional organisers are not household cleaners. Though they may offer hands-on organising, their job is to organize your clutter, not clean your home but can organise a cleaner for you. 

Professional organisers will not force their services on someone who doesn’t want help. Many times a family member of someone struggling with clutter will call a professional organizer for the other person. If someone’s not ready for help, or simply doesn’t want it, an organiser won’t be able to contribute.

With todays work loads and busy lifestyles, more often than not it’s worth paying someone to help you set up a system that eliminates your frustration instead of hoping one day soon you’ll eventually have the time to handle it yourself.

An Organiser’s service can be tailored to be a long or short term relationship Those who have psychological or emotional issues around their clutter, a relationship with an organiser may be a prolonged processes or someone you meet with every few months after an initial project. For others looking to organise a home office, for example, their work with an organiser maybe to get that simple decluttering service completed in a day. Either way, you don’t work with a professional organiser remotely — they work one on one with you.

How to Choose a Reliable, Helpful Professional Organiser

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It totally acceptable to ask a PO for his/her credentials, training and experience when considering hiring one. Importantly you want to ask for references. It is recommended that people identify two or three POs in their area or state who appear to meet their needs and then to set up phone or in-person interviews to identify which one best meshes with your personality. You are trusting a PO with your personal possessions and inviting this person into your home or office, and you should feel comfortable with that close relationship.

Don’t be afraid to ask estimates, let an organiser know what your budget is so they better understand what they have to work with and waste anybodies time on options you can’t afford.

Working with an organiser is nothing to be embarrassed about nor does it suggest you are a clinical hoarder — so don’t be shy about it, be proactive today and give Mooving Matters a call. Remember helping people get organised isn’t just about putting things in boxes, it’s about getting to know people, helping them move past their own mental blocks and trip-ups, getting the to forgive themselves, and make progress not just with their stuff but with their lives as a whole.

Are you needing a team of trusted and caring Professional Organisers  and Movers and packers in Sydney? To arrange a complementary on-site inspection of your property by  Mooving Matters, your home organiser Sydney or to simply discuss our Ultimate full service packing + moving’  experience call (02) 93375333 or visit us at moovingmatters.com.au.

Move management – A guide to helping seniors move

professional organiser sydneyAre you looking to help move a senior loved one into a new home, or moving both parents into a senior community or retirement village? Moving someone’s lifetime of belongings from one house to another can be a particularly stressful and challenging experience for all parties. There are numerous  scenarios on why the move could be happening; the of a death of a partner, their house has gotten too big, they are struggling to cope and need extra care, all the above circumstance will usually require downsizing and this can be very daunting time of change. Adult children and care givers will want to ensure the transition goes smoothly, tending to their health, finances and logistics. The following article by  professional organiser Sydney – Mooving Matters hopes to provide useful tips and helpful advice to alleviate stress and how to stream line the senior move process, helping ease them to adjusting to their new home and surroundings sooner.

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How to help with moving the elderly

 

If your elderly relative needs additional support during a move, particularly if you can’t be present,  Movers and packers; offering full service packing and moving and unpacking services can really help.

Topping the list of the most difficult aspect of moving for seniors is the culling of their possessions as they look downsize their home.

“As a majority of our senior clients have been living the same house all their life, it can become very stressful and disorientating to make decisions on what to take with them,” Home organiser Anne Maree says. “This is when family and friends and or a qualified removalists and professional organiser team such as ours step in. The main objective is to keep them calm and to not be overly hands-on throughout the move”.

“Prior to the move we have our all women decluttering services specialists to help sort, cull and organise clients’ belongings. In most cases our clients can’t bring everything to the new house if they are downsizing. We believe taking snap shots of their existing display cabinets so that everything returns back the same way is an excellent idea – it is the elderly that tend to worry about these aspects of moving to a new environment, they want continuity”.

“It is essential seniors need someone to help over see their move, especially if they don’t have family or friends to assist, that’s where home organisers are a god send. The elderly get very tired very quickly, and at times forgetful. It is always good thinking to have a well packed “Essentials” go to box containing important medications, and any items they may require immediately so there is not any confusion or upsetting situations on moving day.” Explains Anne Maree, director of Mooving Matters, packing services Sydney. 

“A great tip is to also make sure they have all necessary local phone numbers at their finger tips and that their new bedroom is set up perfectly for the first night with all the absolute essentials at arm’s length.”

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Below is a “how to list” and ideas to manage a senior move:

 

1. Communication and Choice – Get them involved

 

Seniors are usually very emotionally invested in their home; there will be sadness and apprehension about the pending move to a new one. Firstly ensure to make time to chat about the move with them but also allow them time to grieve the pending change. Talk to them about where they will be living next, the new neighbourhood and community and why they are moving, this will help make them feel more comfortable about the transition and hopefully make it smoother. Seniors tend to get stressed when there is a perceived loss of control in their life, so give them as much love, understanding and choice as they or you collaboratively organise and set their move in motion.

Packing, the physical aspect of the move is where most seniors will require a lot of assistance with but at the same time be careful not to take over or make them feel useless. With numerous years worth of sentimental objects, it more than likely they will need to get rid of items but remember to involve them in the decision making process of what is to move with them and what will be ultimately discarded. If you can’t help during this time bring in trusted move management specialists and professional home organisers to provide a head start and hand along the whole move process.

If your elderly relative is unwell and unable to pack at all, they can still assist. Have them sit in a comfortable chair near where you are sorting and packing so that they can easily discuss and help guide you as you undertaking the moving process.

Always remember it is their home when you arrive at the new place, and you must ask them or place things where they prefer things to go and can easily find things or reach them. Never just assume and place things where you like or think they should go.

 

2. Where to Start? How to plan effectively a seniors move well in advance

 

It’s always a good idea if you have the time, plan the move for a few months to even a year coming. Move management starts with decluttering and sorting through the accumulation of years of belongings which can be a very hard, exhausting and cause emotionally agony. Elderly people also need time to adjust to the change and process so you don’t want them to feel forced into moving before they are mentally ready. Below are key points to get you going:

  • Make lists & keep a notebook – Just for the move and keep it on you at all times, and whenever you think of something you can write it down. Include to-do lists, a calendar/timeline, things you’re likely to forget, questions about the new residence, floor plans. Even anecdotes or historical notes about possessions are also great to capture. Although the notebook may not be particularly orderly, at least you’ll know where to find the info during the busy time.
  • Request estimates from reputable moving and packing companies – Some fees may be negotiable especially if you plan ahead and schedule the move for off peak times. Packing services companies such as mMooving Matters can do all this for you!
  • Set a date – As soon as possible lock in a firm date for the move and inform those it effects most.
  • Take photos – Before families or friends embark on the sorting and home organising process, it helps to have photographs and a sketch plan of what they are going to. What and how many rooms need to be furnished? What furniture items do they need and will their existing items ones fit  or last in the new place?
  • Make a floor plan – Or template of the new home. Be sure measurements are accurate, and reflect placement of doors, windows, appliances, storage etc. Best to know precisely how much space you will have and not left guessing or fall short.
  • Consider accessibility – Be sure to check accessibility points to new home if there are any mobility issues involved. You will want to determine the number of stairs and alternate paths of travel, there are any elevators or lifts? Is the new home is wheelchair accessible? I is wise to visit the new home ahead of time if possible to install safety measures like handles in the shower or near the toilet, and no slip surfaces throughout. Although they may not need at the minute, there may come a day when such support devices are required.
  • Weather – Before your moving day, keep an eye on the weather. Moving in the cold or during storms is not ideal and can be especially difficult for seniors, who often have weaker immune systems and are generally more fragile. If you know you’re planning a move during the winter months, have a backup plan in case as the last thing you want is to have your loved one end up in the emergency room with pneumonia or, worse, have them end up in hospital with a broken hip from a fall.

If finances allow or you just don’t have enough time to assist, consider hiring Mooving Matters, your trusted movers and packers, and decluttering experts who can help with your senior relocations.

 

3. Get family on board & divide tasks

 

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It’s impossible to expect an elderly person to sort and pack their whole house in a weekend but you can get them to start to do a small area of packing if they are able. Its best to logically work through one area or cupboard at a time so it doesn’t overwhelm them with the enormity of the task and get them flustered. Mooving Matters would agree it makes sense to get them to begin in a room that has the least sentimental meaning such as spare or guest bedroom or bathroom. It’s also best to keep packing to a few hours a day. For the fastest and best result  to engage a packing services company to do the work for you…

 

4. Sort and Organise

 

Go through the house room by room and item by item with your support team or family members who can help out. It’s a good time saving idea to categorize objects into 4 main groups to make the process more streamlined:

  1. items to be moved,
  2. keepsakes to be maintained
  3. items to be sold or donated, and
  4. items to be thrown out.

A few points to consider when sorting and retaining or throwing items:

  • Shred, toss or give away obvious items such as old cancelled cheque books, outdated food or medications, clothes, or extraneous household items that consume space.
  • Best to ask an accountant or tax person what records need to be retained.
  • Undertake the decluttering process gradually in months leading up to move. You’ll be surprised at how much you can eliminate before you delve into quandaries of dealing with sentimental possessions.
  • Collate and retain important papers & records including deeds, wills, Powers of Attorney, medical records, diplomas and degrees, birth certificates, passports. These can be in a file cabinet or safe-deposit box, but let key family members know where they are and have access to them.
  • Inform grown children to no longer use the home as a storage space. Now is the time for them to claim their keepsakes and take them with them.
  • Try to limit sorting and packing takes to no more than a couple of hours per day for your parent or elderly person. Try to keep it relaxed and social, enjoy a cuppa or glass of wine and always take well earnt breaks.

In the midst of such a move its key to remember, these are not just things you’re moving about or discarding; they are often have priceless memories attached to them. So be open to their feelings and your own feelings, especially if this was your childhood home as well.

 

5. Clean and Repair

 

After the major task of organising and packing is completed, there is work that still needs to tackled. Regardless on if the house is going to be sold, rented or passed on to another relative — the house still needs to be thoroughly cleaned and essential repairs made where needed. It’s better to take care of major maintenance issues as soon as possible and all at once rather than dealing with them later or when it gets worse while the house is for sale or once new occupiers have moved in.

 

6. Be Patient & Calm

 

Calm and patience is important when helping your senior relative move homes. If they seem to be taking a long time packing an area and keep getting distracted by old photographs, etc please leave them be and let them enjoy this moment. This is all about enjoying the journey of the move.

As one grows old their brain is often not as sharp as it use to be and their response time is slower than what you have patience for. Rushing them won’t get you anywhere or anything accomplished.

In the midst of this process as most professional organisers agree one needs to be kind and listen to their elderly relative or friend’s treasured stories. One must place themselves in their shoes, appreciate their life history, and remember, you are also there to provide both physical and emotional support. You will need the same respect and time one day.

 

7. Hire trusted movers and packers

 

Professional “movers that pack for you” is what you need. Packing services Sydney company, Mooving Matters can take care of the move from start to finish, including arranging decluttering services as well as full service packing and unpacking packages. As a home organiser they have all the right equipment to move large bulky items with ease and therefore reducing the risks of costly breakages or damage. It also means your relatives won’t feel obliged to help or won’t feel guilty watching you carry boxes back and forth to a truck.

Mooving matters can help you organise a moving plan and schedule that suits both yourself and your elderly relative or friend ensuring a smooth transition to their new home.

 

8. Plan the Moving Day

 

There are differing strategies for moving your senior loved one into their new home and truthfully a full service mover and packer service is the easiest way to go, and doesn’t have to be the most expensive. They will load everything, deliver to its destination and put things in the right place. There are numerous degrees of DIY options available too where you can rent a moving truck or trailer. But, even the DIY option of renting a truck isn’t cheap when you factor in the time and fuel consumption.

Experienced movers and packers understand and will look after your precious cargo of all: your loved ones. Most senior people have outgrown their road-trip days and probably wouldn’t be too keen on arduous long haul drive.  If  you do decide to pack and move everything yourself, consider arranging for your senior loved one to fly to their destination if its interstate. If they have any health issues, these of course need to be considered– but we hope these tips help you better plan and execute your elder loved one’s next move.

General check list for moving senior persons:

  • sorting and decision-making
  • packing
  • arranging the move
  • arranging for charity pick up, garage sale, estate sale or consignment shops
  • unpacking boxes and arranging new home.
  • If pets are involved, be sure to have a plan for them to be moved and accommodated in their new home.
  • If needed, change providers for utilities such as gas and electricity.
  • Refill prescriptions in advance.
  • Complete address changes:
  • Post Office
    • credit cards
    • bank accounts
    • investment/retirement accounts
    • Medicare & Social Security
    • voter’s registration
    • family & friends contact details
    • driver’s license/car registration
    • newspaper/magazine subscriptions
    • social clubs & places of worship
    • notify lawyer, accountant, insurance agent, other

9. Packing

 

  • Welcome others to help with packing chores: family members, friends, the move specialist or home organiser company. With everything pre-labelled, the task is much easier and straight forward.
  • Label all boxes with their destination room/area in the new residence.
  • Moving companies can supply specialized containers, e.g., wardrobe boxes, so you can leave clothes on hangers.
  • Pack “open first” box(es) or Essentials Kit. The contents are for setting up sleeping accommodations and the bathroom. Include items such as fresh bedding, soap, toilet paper, toothpaste & toothbrush, comb, nightclothes, towel, plate and utensils, one change of clothes, flashlight, tape, scissors.
  • Pack other important items that you’ll keep with you during the move: new lease or residence contract, keys, medications, legal documents, phone / mobile, address book, first-aid kit, extra cash, your relocation notebook. Label this container. Valuables such as jewellery should be in a safe or lockable box unless items are worn regularly.

10. Moving

 

  • Be sure you have a written contract from the moving company and clear idea of coverage for lost or damaged possessions.
  • Get a firm time for their arrival, at both the old and new residences.
  • Check inventory lists.
  • Check payment options: credit card or check?
  • Have someone assigned to meet the movers at the new residence. Be sure they have a key! If this is a facility, be sure the manager is expecting you.
  • Ensure that all boxes are properly labelled.
  • Use the “open first” boxes to set up the bedroom and bathroom immediately.
  • Prepare to spend a few days unpacking and organising. Get someone to help if you can as work as quickly as you can to make this new residence to feel homelike.

11. Settling In

 

movers that pack for youPlan to call and or visit often with your parent or elderly friend. They will need time to adjust to their new surroundings which may take days, weeks or months. Each persons’ reactions differ after such a change process. Some people can just be relieved at not being alone and no longer having to maintain a large home. Others may be scared, withdrawn and worried about making new friends. In some shape or form many do grieve the loss of their old community and friends and lifestyle. On a positive note it’s great when one feels they should have undertaken the move years ago.

 

Embarking on a seniors move and need a team of trusted and caring Movers and packers? To arrange a complementary on-site inspection of your property by  Mooving Matters, your home organiser Sydney or to simply discuss our Ultimate full service packing + moving’  experience call (02) 93375333 or visit us at moovingmatters.com.au.