Your Housewarming guide

You have moved into your new abode and you’re making your way through the last of your boxes (or getting a professional home unpacking team on to the task)! You think it’s about time to celebrate and christen the new home, so you decide “let’s have a party, let’s throw a Housewarming!”

A centuries old custom, a housewarming traditionally is the concept of “warming” a house by having family and friends gift pieces of wood to light the home’s fireplace. It was also thought to cleanse the house of evil spirits as cold houses are where ghost reside. Thankfully, today its more an informal party, held within a few weeks of moving into a new residence or the completion of a newly renovated home. It’s an opportunity for the excited hosts to present their new home to their curious friends, as well as for friends to give customary gifts to help furnish the new home.

Don’t be too concerned if your home is far from finished by the time the housewarming party arrives. Whether you go casual or fancy, open invite or exclusive guest list, a housewarming party is an excellent way to celebrate your exciting new digs and take a breather after the all stress and headaches of moving. Before you embark on the event planning there a few things to consider so it runs smoothly, is memorable yet doesn’t break the bank!

 

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1.    Date and Time – Don’t schedule it for right after you move in

You don’t want to make hosting a housewarming party more difficult than it needs to be. Settling into your new home takes time, so before you invite over your friends and family to celebrate, give yourself an opportunity to get unpacked and get situated. You want to show off your new home at its best, after all, not just how it looks when it’s filled with boxes.

2.    Make a guest list and Ask for RSVPs

See this opportunity to include family friend and the new neighbours – you can use the event to expand your social circle. Guest lists and RSVP’S is about making your life easier. If you don’t ask for RSVPs, chances are that most people won’t let you know if they’re coming or not. That can make it annoyingly hard to figure out how much you need in terms of food and drinks for starters. Give guests a method to respond to the RSVP easier, for examples by e-invites, via social media or asking for a quick text reply on if they can make it.

3.    Invite your new neighbours

Inviting your new neighbours to your housewarming party is an excellent way to start forging a good relationship with them. You don’t have to invite the entire block, but do consider sending an invite to the people who live on either side of you and across from you—just slip an invitation in their mailbox. Even if they aren’t able to come it will be a nice gesture and will show that you are interested in becoming a part of the community.

4.    Not catering?  Then Don’t host your party during a mealtime

A golden rule of hosting any party is that you should never let people go hungry. If planning your housewarming party for noon or 6pm, you should be sure to provide some sort of nibbles or light meal. And if you’re just planning on putting out snacks and other general refreshments, note it on your invitation. If hosting your party during a mealtime but the work and or expense is not manageable, then why not host a potluck instead and ask everyone to bring something. Either way, be clear about the food situation if your housewarming party is during a typical mealtime, and if that’s too much to think about, schedule it for earlier or later in the day.

5.    Don’t get too crazy with the decorations

A housewarming party is all about celebrating your new home, so let its character shine instead of covering it up with cheap decorations. If you do want to add a little bit of extra ambiance, skip the streamers and balloons and go with some tasteful flowers and candles inside or fairy lights outside instead.

6. Don’t do a gift registry

While gifts are very common for housewarming parties, it isn’t like a new marriage or baby, where gifts are expected. You can share ideas for what you need if somebody asks you but refrain from creating a specific gift registry.

7. Do send thank you notes for any gifts that you receive

it is very likely that you are going to get some gifts. And although you probably have a lot on your plate with getting set up in your new home, don’t neglect to send thank you notes, even if you said “thanks” when the gift was handed to you. Keep it short and sweet is fine don’t forget to mention the type of gift that the recipient gave you.

8. Housewarming Party Theme

So you want to theme is up? If you’re unsure about ideas, here are some of our favourites. Of course, some of these may not suit you comfort level or not be appropriate but could help make your housewarming more fun and memorable one!

Help Us Out Themes:

Many hands make light work so why not get your guests involved?

Just remember, make the theme fun and comfortable. It should add to the ambiance of the party…have drinks while you do it, make a playlist, then share a meal together afterward. This theme is more aimed toward a party of close friends and family members. Here are a few suggestions to make it fun for all involved:

Paint-a-Room– Your new home or apartment may have some rooms that need a fresh coat of paint or abit of colour. This one for before you unpack everything, a few extra hands will make the job a quicker one a lot more enjoyable.

Unpacking Party– Break in the new home by tearing into some of these boxes. Make sure that all of your moving boxes have proper labels on them, so guests know where they are unpacking what.

Stock-The-Bar – Have your guests help you turn your house into a home. with a stock-the-bar housewarming party theme. Each guest gets to bring over his/her favourite liquor and cocktail recipes. Not only do you get to stock-the-bar, but you also get to try some yummy drinks with new friends. What more could you ask for?

Traditional Themes

Potluck or International Cuisine – Nothing says welcome home quite like a neighbourhood potluck. Tell your guests to BYO fav dishes or a dish from another country to share and catering is sorted!

Garden Theme –If your moving date is sometime during the spring or summer months then a garden party could be a great idea to enjoy the outdoors.

Open House – As the host of the party, with this theme you set aside a block of time to keep your house ‘open’ (hence the name.) Guests can come and go as they please. The best part about this theme is that you allow your guests options, they can come over to check out your new digs whenever their schedule permits.

Block Party- Instead of just opening up your home to guests, why not have everyone on the block open theirs too. This is a great way to become a part of your new community.

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Tips for Throwing a Housewarming Party on a Budget

Unfortunately moving costs money so it makes sense that you might not want to splurge on a big party right away. However, You can breathe a sigh of relief in knowing that you can totally throw an awesome housewarming party on a budget.

There aren’t a lot of rules when it comes to a new home party—just do what makes the most sense with the time, space, and budget that you have, and focus primarily on having a good time. Read through the following tips and get started on planning your perfect housewarming party without spending a ton of money.

1.    Figure out how much you want to spend

Step one: Before you make any decisions about your housewarming party, know how much money you have to work with. A great housewarming party can be a casual affair. Once you you know you maximum spend from there you can plunge in to all of the other fun details.

2.    Set a workable date

Many people wait a few months in between moving into their new home and throwing a housewarming party is totally normal. Especially if you are working to a budget, and that applies to timing as much as money. Pick a date that will give you financial respite from the move.

3.    Be real

Party planning usually starts out with a grand Pinterest-worthy soiree. However look to set realistic goals for your housewarming party and don’t stress about having everything perfect to meet an idealistic, unnecessary level.

4.    Limit numbers

A party doesn’t have to mean inviting a ton of people. While a housewarming is certainly the sort of event that you can invite your new neighbours to, but if you’re doing your housewarming party on a budget you’re probably better off just calling on your family and or closest friends. That will make your event less stressful and be a more manageable and budget conscious approach.

5.    Nothing wrong with free invitations

No one is really posting invites these days unless its formal events like weddings or milestone birthdays. The internet offers plenty of ways to send nice free invitations via email. Otherwise just create an event on a closed or private event on Facebook. Otherwise just text messaging your invitees will suffice. Just be sure to give your guests enough notice and to request RSVPs so that you know close attendee numbers.

6.    You don’t really need all the balloons and streamers

Your home is the setting and what all have come to see. Decorations can quickly get costly, so if you’re planning a housewarming party on a budget, just give them a miss and focus more on making your home look its best with the things you already own. If you do want to add some special touches, buy things that you can get use out of even after the party, like string lights, scented candles, art, flowers and vases etc.

7.    Hit up the dollar store

If you really need some decorations to call it a party then head over to your local homewares / cheap store. You’ll find a lot of options in terms of super cheap decorating and party supplies. Be environmentally friendly and look to save your decorations for another celebration.

8.    Cocktail Jugs anyone?

Buying alcohol for your party can get expensive fast, and it’s hard to know exactly what people will want to drink and how much they’ll want to drink. So instead of playing the guessing game, make one big batch cocktail to serve your guests. Let your guests know that a cocktail option will be provided, but to BYO any preferred alcoholic beverage they’d like, such as beer, wine, or a specific type of liquor.

9.    Serve up tasty but budget bites

Most of the money you’ll be spending for your housewarming party is going to go toward food and drink costs if a meal time event. There are some great ideas for budget entertaining recipes online including sides, appetizers, and entrees. If you’re not into cooking, you can always throw a make your own pizza party! All you need to do is buy some fresh ingredients, pizza sauce and douch or bases and let your gue make their own pizza!

10. Make it a dessert party

You can make plenty of desserts that feed a lot of people for cheap, and it’s a great alternative to having to spend money on more expensive items like meats and cheeses. If you do decide to throw a dessert party, let people know that will be the case and don’t throw it during a meal time. That way, your guests will show up knowing not to expect a full spread. You can combine this idea with the potluck idea too, making a few desserts yourself but asking everyone to bring their favourite dessert as well. Otherwise If you’re not a baker, create a sundae bar by buying several tubs of ice cream and some fun toppings.

11. Throwaway vs reusable plates and utensils

It’s always tempting with a party to go the easy route and purchase paper plates and plastic utensils, but ultimately that just ends of being a waste of money. Use your own plates, utensils, glasses, etc. instead. If you’re planning to have more people than kitchen items, go out and buy plastic plates and cups instead of paper, since they can be washed a reused.

12. Focus on the ambiance

Throwing a housewarming party on a budget—or any party on a budget—is all about setting the mood and making the event seem more decadent than it really is. There are plenty of ways to do this, from lighting candles to making a great playlist to having cookies in the oven when people arrive so that they’re welcomed by the smell of fresh baked goods. Think of ways you can add to the affair without spending money by focusing less on the obvious things and more on the general ambiance.

13. Play games

If you want to offer a little bit more in entertainment, create your own free housewarming party games. These can include a scavenger hunt of items in the house, trivia about your town or city, or a scramble with words related to your new place. You can find printable games online or just make your own.

Although your big welcoming night will be full of house tours, food and conversation. If you have time, this could be the great chance for a game night. It will help you get to know your new neighbours better and celebrate with your close friends even more.

The key to throwing a housewarming party on a budget is to do the best with what you’re comfortable spending. Your guests only want to support you and check out your new home—they’re not expecting anything super fancy.

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With all these helpful tips you should be equipped now to throw a great housewarming! However, if do you need an extra hand to unpack or organise your home to impress and be clutter free, then don’t delay! Please contact Mooving Matters, your responsible and efficient packing and unpacking team of professional home organisers. They will get your home ready to be on show for all your guests to admire!

To arrange a complementary on-site inspection of your home and an unpacking or home organisation tasks, just contact Mooving Matters, your home organiser Sydney. To simply discuss our Ultimate full service packing + moving’  experience call (02)93375333 or visit us at moovingmatters.com.au.

How To Protect Your Interiors During A Move

So, you have packed away your precious and valuable household items, furniture and appliances properly as to protect them from damage and breakages, but have you considered the protection of your property? It is a common occurrence during a move that large or cumbersome furniture pieces and heavy items can be bumped into your walls and cause damage to a house that you’ve already sold or the one you are about to move into.

The last thing you want is to fork out money for repairs. However, we know these situations can be diverted just by taking some simple precautions to greatly reduce the likelihood of damage to your property interiors.

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Protecting walls

  1. Wrap it up: The simplest way to protect plasterboard and painted walls is to ensure you have wrapped or covered the items you’ll be moving out and into the new place with proper materials such as plastic shrink wrap, bubble warp, foam padding, and or soft fabrics to avoid damage if something rubs up again your walls. 
  2. Stock supplies: Next, contact your professional full-service moving company or pick up your own supplies that would help cover the walls before the move. You’ll find that cardboard or thin mdf are great options for protecting the walls. You can also try furniture pads, especially for areas like the stairs or underneath banisters, since these are easy to hang and drape. Painters drop-cloths are great to help prevent scratches during the move. Take care not to miss sharp corners to objects, as these will need need extra padding to avoid marking walls while you’re moving out items. Look for these on bed frames or cabinets. Even brown paper or butcher’s paper to the walls will work and are cost effective and recyclable. 23
  3. Take your time: Make sure everyone is taking plenty of time and care when moving and lifting heavy or large furniture, boxes or appliances especially when going through doorways. Before your move You’ll want to measure the areas, you are taking them through and have enough movers to help with awkward and heavy items.

You should also consider dismantling large items is the best plan of attack and using proper equipment to assist you with the moving process. Make sure tripping hazards are taken care of. Any surfaces that can be slippery are not dirty or wet to avoid dropping it or slipping and your paths or travel and access are clear of debris, rugs, and mats or uneven surfaces.

What about carpets and hard floors?

A significant surface area in a home that is often forgotten but can easily get damaged is the flooring. It is a good idea to invest in some self-adhesive plastic covering. Applying this film to your carpets will help avoid tears, or spills or mess left by dirty shoes. Hardwood floors should be protected with cardboard or felt to avoid denting or scratching. You can also use old rug-runners and drop sheets over hard floors and Mdf boards over carpets.

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What careful movers should do

When hiring a professional moving company, you want to ensure they will take the proper steps to protect your property from unnecessary damage. Here’s a sample of the types of actions or services they should offer:

1. When your movers arrive on site they should install “bumpers” on all doors, internal and external to protect your furniture and belongings and importantly the walls and doors.

2. They should wrap large items carefully in protective blankets to ensure that these items will not scratch or damage your interiors while they are moving it from home to the next and one room to the next.

3. Your movers should have the “right” type of equipment to move all of your items.

4. Your moving team should wrap every item possible.

5. A good moving service will offer surface protection options and supplies to cover floors etc.

How to ensure a smooth damage free move

For your piece of mind and bank balance ensure to take into account the right safety and damage precautions to the home you’re moving out of and also moving into as a lot cost can be involved in repairing the walls, stairs or the floors. Protecting your home may be one of the best investments you make when it comes to your upcoming move. Use these tips to properly prepare for your move so that you are not left with a hefty repair to be covered post move.

We recommend that the best way to protect your home during the move is to hire an experienced and trusted professional moving company. They will know the best ways to protect your belongings as well as your property, as they are trained to handle everything with care during a move. It is wise to make this step your priority when you are looking to move and then stock up on supplies that will give you the best chances for success.

To arrange a complementary on-site inspection of your home and next move just contact Mooving Matters, your home organiser Sydney. To simply discuss our Ultimate full service packing + moving’  experience call (02)93375333 or visit us at moovingmatters.com.au.

How to protect & pack your things during a move

One of the major concerns when people move is ultimately what could get lost, damaged or broken beyond repair during a move. There can be numerous opportunities for things to go wrong when you place
your homes contents in transit . It’s something you don’t really want to dwell on especially when there is so much to already to address like hiring the right movers for the right price, packing and getting all your belongings ready for the relocation.

Thankfully there are numerous precautions you can take to ensure you aren’t left disappointed and out of pocket once the move as been completed. In this article we will cover items and methods to protect your homes contents as furniture and appliances, so you aren’t left with a headache post move.

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The essential packing supplies

When commencing a pack be sure to start it right with the correct packing and protective supplies. Look to have on hand the following items:

  • Bubble wrap
  • Packing paper or plain paper, newspapers can leave stains
  • Furniture blankets
  • Old towels and sheets
  • Durable moving boxes – cardboard or plastic
  • Quality packing tape
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Sticky labels

Selecting the right boxes

It is best to discuss with your professional full-service packing and unpacking movers to come to a decision on who will be doing the packing and if moving boxes or other containers are supplied in your move package. For extra protection and also a eco-friendlier approach you may want to upgrade your packing boxes to reusable containers for your move.

It is crucial if you already have some packing boxes, to make sure you have enough and that they are in various sizes and durability. The golden rule is that heavier items should go in smaller boxes and lighter items will go in the larger boxes and to not over fill them. You’ll also may require specialised boxes for containing items such as art and televisions.

Packing Boxes Tips:

#1 – Avoid utilising the biggest boxes you can get

If there is too much a box the more it can move around and break. Use smaller boxes and place fewer items per box to avoid accidental breakages

#2 – Packing staging area

Set up a designated pack up space you in home to attend to the packing of fragile items. A clean dining room table or desk are good layout areas. Set up fragile items on the table and individually bubble wrap them and use layering method to pack into boxes.

#3 – No over packing

Its not a good idea to over pack boxes, it can place pressure on items and can lead to breaks. Fill box but allow some breathing space to close and tape box. Try not to have budging boxes!

#4 – No under packing

Just like over packing the opposite of under packing it just as much of a hazard. You want to ensure there is padding and not too much space for items to move.

#5 – Layering is key

Start with a soft bottom layer to your box by adding foam peanuts or bubble wrap. Then individually bubble wrap each item, using a few layers to ensure its well protected. Place the item into box and try not to have item touching the box internal sides. After each layer add bubble wrap or peanuts.

#6 – Don’t stack heavy boxes on to ones with fragile items

Always stack the most fragile item filled boxes on the very top of other boxes. Heaviest box always on the floor and lightest or most breakable the last on the pile.  

#7 – Fragile items should be packed separately

This is the safest option, best to keep delicate items in dedicated boxes.

#8 – Move valuable and small sentimental boxed items yourself

If some things are very precious to you it is best you pack these yourself and move them via your own car or vehicle.

Labelling and tape

Next, you want to make sure you have established a clear method to label each box according to room and items inside. You will require markers and labels (colour coded dots can help as well). The tape used to close up boxes should be specific for packing, packing tape is made with nylon fibre lining to help provide strength and reinforce bottoms of heavy boxes. You can use clear plastic tape to adhere your labels to boxes so that you can still see them while protecting them from water. Lastly, pick up a basic tool kit to disassemble furniture

Labeling tip: Label all boxes and which way is up.

Give movers a hand and let them know where boxes are to go and if fragile by placing labels and notes on each box. For example: Kitchen – glasses. Big arrows will help them know how to place the box as not to cause a breakage.

For fragile items – Always, use plenty of strong packing tape on the bottom and tops of every moving box, just don’t use one strip of tape, use multiple strips and run the tape both directions to make sure that box is secure.

Supplies for extra protection

Now you’ll want to start stocking up on the extra supplies that protect your items from damage. Stretch wrap is always handy and used by most good removalists. It’s useful to secure doors and drawers of furniture pieces like your cabinets and dressers. It works as a self-adhesive, (like cling film) to itself without sticking to your furniture like a piece of tape would, and it leaves no sticky residue traces either when removed. Next, get packing paper that you can use to stuff boxes and wrap your fragile items. Don’t use newspaper since the ink can leave stains.

Good old bubble wrap is great to use for packing because it’s one of the easier ways to pad fragile items, its also affordable and easily available in large rolls.

Padding is a must if the box isn’t completely filled. You don’t want your fragile items shifting around in the box because this could cause them to break.  Foam peanuts is another method commonly used for breakable items. For packing plates, platters, bowls, and other dishes you can use plain paper or tissue paper.  If you’re on a tight budget, you can simply use towels, comforters, blankets, pillows, old T-shirts or clothes and/or stuffed animals. For items not going into boxes, you’ll want to have blankets to protect furniture, mirrors, and other fragile items.

Professional reputable removalists usually provide and utilise felt pads to protect the floors, rope or bungee cords to keep boxes and furniture in place whilst in transit, and a dolly trolley to move items carefully off truck and up / downstairs.

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Protecting your furniture

Moving large, bulky furniture pieces could be a challenge – especially if you plan to move yourself. Without the proper planning, tools and equipment, your furniture could end up scratched or damaged before it even arrives at your new place. Therefore, you should make protecting furniture when moving a top priority. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to protect your furniture. From purchasing moving insurance to using the proper truck rental tools, here are 10 tips for protecting furniture when moving. 

  1. Disassemble what you can

For pieces that can be disassembled, we highly recommend doing so before the move. Furniture pieces that usually need to be taken apart include bed frames, tables and modular sofas. If you happen to have kept the original assembly instructions, simply use those for guidance on how to deconstruct the item. Wrap all parts in plastic wrap or protective covering and place inside a labelled cardboard box. 

2.    Screws, nuts and bolts

When taking furniture apart, it’s easy to forget and lose screws, nuts and bolts that hold everything together. Make sure to place these inside sealed plastic bags as you begin to disassemble furniture parts. All bags should be labelled with the items’ corresponding furniture. This way, when you arrive in your new home and begin to reassemble furniture, you won’t have to search for all of the important parts or travel to hardwear store to get replacements.

3.    Wrapping furniture

Never just place and pile furniture onto a moving truck. If you’re moving furniture items yourself, you’re going to need to prepare everything first. It is hightly recommended to wrap furniture in plastic wrap. This large cling wrap like and tear-resistant material protects and keep furniture and other items together while in transit. Another protective covering often used when moving furniture are moving blankets. These blankets are thick and will protect not only your furniture when moving but your walls as well. If required you can substitute moving blankets with sheets, flattened cardboard and towels.

4.    Don’t move heavy furniture by yourself

Don’t be surprised how many people attempt to pick up heavy furniture by themselves without help and ultimately cause more damage to the item being moved, the property or themselves whilst doing it. Make sure to recruit the right assistance when moving furniture. If you aren’t able to find free and the right help, its in your best interests to employ a experienced removalist company and full service moving company.

5.    Renting a moving truck?

If you are planning to move everything yourself, then for a successful DIY move, you’ll need to rent a suitably sized moving truck or moving container and importantly make sure it comes with tie-downs and a ramp to make the the moving of heavy item easier. Inside the rented truck, there should be tie down tracks where you can attach straps to hold down your furniture whilst in transit. This will keep the furniture in place and prevent it from falling or breaking when driving the moving truck to its final destination.

6. Furniture gliders to move furniture

When moving furniture through the house, be sure to place gliders beneath them if not use felt pads, towels or cardboard underneath the legs of the furniture, especially if you have hard floors like timber floorboards. This will prevent your floors and furniture parts from be scratched while they are being moved through the home. This is especially important if you aren’t able to lift the items and instead need to slide the items across the floor.   

7.    Clear doorways

The simplest way to ensure that your furniture makes it safely in and out of the home is by clearing the doorways and entryways of all clutter and also protecting them. Prop the doors open as widely as possible with a doorstop and keep them open throughout the move. Try and use cardboard or bubble wrap taped to doors ways to protect from accidental bumps. Doing this will make it easy to move furniture in and out will also protect the furniture from hitting walls, framing and corners while being moved. 

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Top Damaged Items When Moving And How To Protect Them

Prior to commencing your pack, you should plan out your pack. Make a list on which of your items are fragile? So, what will you need to pack them? As professional packing and unpacking service, Mooving Matters has seen it all, and unfortunately incorrectly where things break as they aren’t packed properly. Let the experts do the packing. However, for those who DIY packers,” we have compiled a list of the “Top Ten Items Damaged When Moving.” And importantly how to protect them.

1. Drinking Glasses:

One of the key factors to keeping your glasses from breaking is using the proper box. Use a box that has double thick walls for extra protection and is made for glass wear. Next do the “burrito wrap” of your glasses – Place a glass on packing paper horizontally. Grab a corner of the packing paper and roll the glass into the paper. Make sure to tuck the sides of the paper in, Repeating at least 3 times (depending on thickness of glass) with more sheets of packing paper. Then label your glass burrito: “Wine Glass” so it is treated with care during unpacking process. Cushion the bottom of box with crumpled packing paper or bubble wrap. Place the wrapped glasses vertically in one layer in the box. After completing the first layer, place packing paper on top. Repeat these layers until the box is full. Lastly, Fill all remaining space with crumpled packing paper.

2. Plates:

To keep plates from breaking, first wrap each plate in packing paper. Repeat at least 3 times with more sheets until the plate is properly cushioned. Label your little plate package: “Plate.” Before placing any of the wrapped plates in the box, cushion the bottom of box with crumpled packing paper. Then place the wrapped plates vertically in one layer in the box. After completing one layer, place packing paper on top. Repeat until box is full, ensuring to fill any remaining space with crumpled packing paper.

3. Artwork, mirrors and glass framed pictures:

Always use a purpose made picture box. Line the bottom of the box with crumpled paper. Place the art in the box, then stuff front, back and along the top with paper and or eco-bubble wrap. You want to be sure the box is completed packed with no air gaps.

4. Lamp Shades:

Wrap the lamp shade in bubble wrap, most importantly then fill the interior cavity of the lamp shade with packing paper and not newspaper as to avoid staining. Fill the box with enough packing paper to keep the shade from shifting around inside. Do not place anything on top of the shade, not even soft items such as linens. Use only packing paper to stop shifting.

5. Liquid Cleaning Supplies

Basically, you want to remove the cap from each bottle and place a small bit of plastic wrap over the opening. Next tightly screw the cap back on and use tape to then secure the cap to the bottle. Begin placing the cleaning products in a small book size box and be careful of its weight as you fill it. You don’t want to pack the box too heavy. When the box is full and not too heavy, place packing paper all around the bottles to keep them from shifting. Ensure the box is tapped up correctly as boxes can split open at the base spilling on the floor. Always, label every box and every side with its contents, room in the new home where the box should go and directional arrows pointing up.

6. Wine & Liquor Bottles:

Use a divided cell box from a specialty wine shop or liquor store, or purchase them from a moving store. You will want to use smaller boxes so they are easy to lift and carry. Here you will want to triple tape the bottom of the box. For opened bottles,. tape the caps on to the bottles. Roll each bottle into a burrito with 3-4 layers of packing paper. Secure the wrapping with tape with no loose ends. Finally, Label with wine type and place the bottle into the box. If there’s any space or gaps between the bottle and the divider, fill it with paper.

7.  Audio & Electrical Equipment:

If you can pack your stereo equipment in their original product packaging / boxes. Otherwise, use double walled corrugated boxes. Double tape the box base in the both directions, pack the bottom of each box with crumbled packing paper for padding. Wrap each electronic component separately in bubble wrap and tape up. Place it up right, vertically in the box. Repeat this process then place it vertically in the box next to the first item. Remember not to stack! Stuff packing paper in open spaces and on top for extra cushion.

10. Books:

Grab a book box. Place books flat, horizontally and stack them with the heaviest books on the bottom and the paperback books on top. But again ensure not to make the box too heavy. Pack air gaps with paper.

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How to ensure a proper move

The best way to protect your items during the move is to hire a professional moving and packing company, like Mooving Matters. They will know the best ways to protect your things, the safest ways to transport them, and they are trained to handle everything with care during a move. Be sure to make this step your top priority for your upcoming move.

If you want to be sure you have the proper supplies to protect your items during your move, first hire a professional moving team, and then stock up on these supplies that will give you the best chances for success.

With these steps your move will be unbreakable! Remember, you can always do some of the packing yourself and leave the rest to the professionals.

To arrange a complementary on-site inspection of your packing tasks 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.

Should I hire a packing and unpacking service? 

If you are planning to move to a new home, whether it is just across a few suburbs or hundreds of kilometers away, or even overseas, packing and unpacking is one issue that you unfortunately can’t avoid.

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Depending on your circumstances no, not everybody needs to call on a professional packing and unpacking service and can manage just with removalists. However, in our busy day and age most of us are just too time poor with some homes and apartments being in desperate need of professional advice and assistance to get the move done. So how do you know if you need to look to hire experienced home organisers for your packing and unpacking tasks?

There are three major factors to consider when reaching the goals for your move. Below we have reflected on some of the reasons why you should consider hiring packers and or unpackers for your pending move.

  • Do you have enough time to do all the packing?
  • Do you have children or pets that won’t allow you to focus on your packing and unpacking tasks?
  • Would you rather spend time doing something else more valuable?
  • Are you may physically capable of doing your own packing and unpacking?
  • Do you work from home and have a large office or library you need help with?
  • You don’t know where to start or plan the packing?
  • You would rather an expect get the job done quicker and better?
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The Benefits of hiring a packing service:

Although not everyone can afford the extra money to hire them, there are definite benefits to hiring a professional packer. With their efficiency the investment in a packing service can save you precious time and money. Why waste your dollars on too many boxes or longer hours taken by removalist plus the added stress of doing it yourself! The Mooving Matters professional packing service will:

  • Go through every aspect of your packing requirements with you.
  • Let you to decide what stays and what goes.
  • Provide their experience and special care when handling fragile, heavy and high value items
  • Provide and be familiar with packing materials.
  • Be knowledgeable and familiar with correct packing procedures.
  • Pack a standard sized family home with a minimum of a few days.
  • They take less time to pack because they have no sentimental attachment to your things.
  • Reduce the number of boxes and can reduce the overall cost of transport.
  • Free up your calendar to prepare your new home for the move.
  • Provide a stress-free environment – The all women team are trustworthy, reliable and efficient.

One – Flexibility

One of the biggest advantages of hiring packers to help with your move is the flexibility you gain. When you hire a packing service, you can take advantage of the full service or you can pick and choose what you would like them to pack for you.

For example, you could have the professionals take care of certain rooms or items in your home as Kitchen, bedrooms, furniture placement and general organisation. 

Two – Safety

Moving everything and packing it up on your own can be hazardous if you don’t know what you’re doing. Mooving Matters use trusted and specialised packing techniques to ensure your expensive and delicate items don’t get broken and nobody gets hurt in the process.

Professional packers handle moving people’s belongings every day. They know how to do so safely and keep your stuff from getting broken or becoming too heavy to handle. When you hire Mooving Matter the professional packers, you won’t have to worry about safety as aspect.

Three – Professional Packing and Supplies

After safety, gaining access to professional packing supplies makes a great difference, too. When professional packers, Mooving Matters pack your things, they will use only high-quality packing materials for your items. This is especially beneficial if you have antiques, paintings, furniture, and other valuable items.

The professional packers will use quality bubble wrap, packing paper, tape, markers, moving boxes and everything that needs to be used to pack up your items securely, ready for transit. They will also have specialised crates and options for things, such as TVs and other odd items to help ensure your things are well protected for the journey ahead.

If you are moving overseas, it is strongly recommended to have your goods packed by a trust professional packing company. This will help you avoid any unnecessary delays or additional charges from customs or quarantine officials.

Four – Better Efficiency

This why people hire Professional packers, they will be far more efficient with the packing than you will be. They are so efficient because they know what they are doing and have been doing it for many years. They will take utmost care however won’t be emotionally attached and over think things that slow the packing process. They will be packing faster, and at the same time won’t compromise on safety.  

The decision to hire professionals to handle the packing is a big decision. If you have a larger home to pack up, it really can be a no brainer as it can be a huge time saver.

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The Process Of Hiring A Professional Packer / Unpacker:

During a move there’s so much to do that hiring a professional packing service might be the best and most stress-free way to go. When Hiring a professional packing company, you should be given options of packing packages that suit you needs and budget, from packing your entire household to packing selected things only.

If cost is not an issue, then consider hiring professionals for both packing and unpacking. There are many services that provide everything from packing up your household to unpacking and organising and styling your new home to your brief, but before you hire or even decide to hire, you’ll need to weigh your time and energy versus the cost involved in hiring professionals to pack and unpack your home.

Home Assessment of your Pack

First, the company will send out a surveyor to assess the details of your move. They’ll list each item that needs to be packed, including furniture, cupboard and draw contents. This is to 1 – more accurately provide you with a quote and 2 – help determine what’s of value and may need extra special care.

Valuables, such as paperwork, artwork, and jewellery will be discussed during the household survey, determining how these items should be handled. Usually, items that can be taken with you on the day of move and can be packed separately by the company and set aside for you to take with you.

Full-Service Packers

Full-service packers will make sure all furniture is taken apart, properly wrapped and secured using padding and protective packing. Hung pictures and art are removed from walls and carpets are rolled and wrapped ready to move. Boxes are clearly labelled and sorted according to room and placement.

Appliances preparation

Many moving companies will suggest you hire a professional to prepare and move large appliances including fridges, stoves, washers, and dryers. If appliances are not properly prepared and protected, the moving company will not take responsibility if they don’t work in your new home.

The company will also provide you with a time estimate on how long it’ll take them to pack your goods and the cost involved – usually, they can do it in a day. Depending on your time frame and how much stuff you have will also determine the price.

It is recommended to make sure you arrange for babysitters or pet sitters to ensure that children and pets are kept safe and out of the way when the company is packing.

Most packing services can pack your home in one day. This saves not only time but the hassle of living with and out of boxes.

You’re in, now the unpack!

Whether you pack or you hire help to pack, unfortunately it is only half the exercise, because everything must be unpacked at the delivery end.

After a tiresome move, the task of unpacking is the last thing you want to do, and for many it usually takes weeks to get it all done. In fact, you may still have a few boxes in storage that are still waiting to be opened from your last move. With a professional unpacking service to help it doesn’t have to end up this way. Within a day your house can be completely unpacked, organised better you’re your last and styled! 

So, to help you decide if you should hire an unpacking service, we thought we’d review what to expect and when you might want to consider getting someone to ​help you unpack. 

When to Hire an Unpacking Service?

If you’re on a budget, then yes you need to carefully consider spending money on this type of service, but for most the investment makes sense. Unpacking services are life savers:

  • When you can’t get leave from work to unpack, or you have a limited amount of time between jobs.
  • If you’re a stay-home parent and you can’t see a way to do all the unpacking and mind the kids in at the same time.
  • You packed all the boxes yourself, and you can’t bear the thought of unpacking everything.
  • You saved enough money, and have funds left, and you feel exhausted from the move and deserve a break.
  • When you have to have the unpacking done at a specific time. –  IE preparing the home for an event or people are staying over.  
  • You hired professional packers to help you pack and move the entire house, and you negotiated a good deal for them also to unpack your stuff. 

What’s typically included in an unpack service package:

Each unpacking service is different and should be tailored to customer needs, so it’s best to inquire about their full range of services with company you hire. Most will include the following items:

  • Unpack all your boxes
  • Unwrap items and at the same time collate an inventory list of anything broken
  • Wipe off shelves. Offer additional cleaning services.
  • Put all items away, in a logical, safe location.
  • Organize the house from the kitchen drawers and cupboards to the linen closet and wardrobes.
  • Set-up all extraneous items, such as the shower curtain, adjusting the clocks to the correct time, spreading the tablecloth, hanging pictures (at your request).
  • Assemble all furniture, including beds, desks, and tables if the movers haven’t.
  • Unpack and organize all clothing and make beds.
  • Clean up – Removal and recycling of all boxes and packing materials.

How Do They Know Where Everything Goes?

A good professional unpacking services will hire experienced professional home organisers. At Mooving Matters, our all women team have unpacked and organised and styled more households than the average person. A great professional unpacking service should find solutions to home organisation problems that usually frustrate homeowners.

If the unpackers have questions and you are available or around, they’ll ask. In most cases however the unpackers will have taken a brief from you initially and will do their job without having to contact or bother you.

At Mooving Matters, our unpacking services are unlike any other. Not only will your kitchen be expertly coordinated to your liking, all your clothes will be neatly hung, folded and put away. All the items in every box will also be appropriately placed into their new rightful places. We make you feel like you have always lived there, making your new house a home faster.

If you are just needing some extra hands and are budget savvy, then you can also ask us to unpack specific boxes or items in rooms inside your new home. IE in the kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms you name it. Based on this we can either provide you a fixed price for a full service unpack or to unpack one or two areas of your home. Our unpack services are designed to provide you with the power of choice and the right amount of assistance you need.

So what are the Costs?

Of course, prices vary depending on the size of the home and how fast you need to be settled in. Most services are completed in one day; however, if you need your home unpacked and completed the same day as the move then contact Mooving Matters or their express unpack service.

Again, most companies will provide no-obligation quotes, either online or by phone, so it’s best to shop around for a service in your area.

Hopefully this article has answered a lot of question you may have on if you should hire a full-service pack and unpack team to assist in your move. As mentioned earlier, this is a decision you need to make based on time versus cost. If you need to take two weeks off work in order to get the house packed and organised, it may be worth the price. Packing takes alot of time, and you need to add in the preparation that comes with packing, from purchasing packing materials, and culling and organising house before you pack.

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To arrange a complementary on-site inspection of your packing tasks 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 with Pets

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Moving can be stressful for people, however it can also be a very anxious and demanding task on our dear animal companions, our pets. Pets can easily get stressed out when there’s unexpected change or activity in their home or when they’re introduced to a new environment. Unfortunately moving with pets can often be a difficult if not planned correctly. It can lead to pets going missing (in search of their previous home) or them developing behavioural issues. Managing change with pets requires patience and like us humans, pets need a little extra TLC during the main three stages of a move. Luckily, with some insight from animal experts there are a number of recommendations for how owners can keep pets safe and happy while undertaking a move. Here are some tips Mooving matters, your home organiser Sydney have complied that should make the moving experience a bit calmer for you and your beloved pet(s).

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Before Move

Is your new home pet friendly?

Before you actually get to t packing and labelling cardboard boxes, it’s a good idea to make sure your new home is pet friendly.

Walk through the local area, make sure there are dog parks or beaches where pooches can get their exercise, and thoroughly assess the property you’re moving to ensure it’s animal-proofed. Ensure the properties fencing is high enough and that gates can shut and lock properly and all yards are secure to prevent curious pets becoming runaways.

Get orientated with the new neighbourhood

If you are moving relatively close by, let your dog visit your new place before moving day (this method can also be effective with cats, however with them secure in their crate). Don’t act nervous or unsure, show them that you’re relaxed in the new surroundings. It is common for animals to wander back to their previous home, so this can help overcome problem.

A good strategy is to map out a route from your current location to your new home. Otherwise if the distance is too far, try finding a local dog park in the new area. Walking them along this route or visiting the park at least once a week, will help familiarise your pet with all the new sights, sounds and smells. Gradually increase exposure and when the time comes to move, it’ll already feel like home.

If possible, it’s a good idea to bring dogs along to new property prior to move give them a chance to sniff out and explore the new neighbourhood surroundings. It’s essential for them to familiarise themselves with your new house as soon as possible. For example, walking them around the perimeter so they get to know it.

It’s the anxious animals that are more likely to try to escape. Thus, it is important to make sure their new home is safe and secure as possible, be it a pet dog, cat, bird, rabbit or fish.

Prep an overnighter

Prepare an on hand ‘overnight essentials bag’ that has enough dog food, or if a cat kitty litter, toys and grooming tools to sustain your pet and keep them comfortable during the first few days of unpacking

Contact or visit your Vet

If you’re moving out of the area, visit your veterinarian a couple of weeks prior to moving. Request a copy of your pet’s medical history and records, importantly including documents as their vaccination and a desexing certificates. Its good idea to ensure your pets are up to date with their shots, get any prescription medications and your new address is added to their microchip database. If your pet suffers any has health issues or mature in age, possibly a mild sedative would be advisable before any travel. Another option is to chat to your vet about using a pheromone device. What a pheromone device does is emit a scent which mimics the scent released by a mother to her litter which is known to be quiet calming.

You may want to see if your current vet can recommend another vet in your new neighbourhood to connect with.

Prepare, prepare, prepare

Hopefully you still have a few weeks before the big move. Be sure to use this time wisely. Apart from the obvious preparations, you may want to hire professionals to reduce the workload.

Hiring removalists to pack and unpack and declutter, handy man to fix any damages, or organise cleaners to do a detail clean, this is will help clear up your schedule to address your dog’s needs. A concise moving house checklist is a great way to help coordinate all the various tasks that you’ll need to tick off.

Keep your pet’s routines

With enough change happening as it is it’s good to keep like feeding and walks, as they are if possible. And it goes without saying, treat them with the same level of attention that you would normally show them. Make sure you give your pet an identical, predictable daily routine for the first couple of weeks in your new residence. This will make your pet feel more confident if they know what to expect each day, such as what times they’ll eat and go to the toilet.

Pack your pet’s belongings last.

To keep them comfortable and at ease during moving, do not wash their bedding until a couple of weeks after the move, this is so they have something familiar smelling in the new house.

Travel checklist

Make sure you have the following organised before the move:

  • veterinary records, certificates, and recent photos
  • your pet’s usual food
  • food and water bowls
  • toys and treats
  • leashes (both cats and dogs)
  • beds, pillows, towels or other crate liners
  • plastic bags and scoops for dogs
  • litterbox for cats
  • cage covers for birds and rodents
  • paper towels for messes
  • provisions for the first day at the new home

When traveling long distances, you can prevent travel sickness by not feeding them for 12 hours before the journey. Otherwise If you your pet suffers from travel sickness, consult your vet about anti-sickness medications.

Carrier Train your pet in advance

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When moving it’s a good idea to crate or pet carrier train your pet prior to the move. This way, wherever you move in the future, your pet will always have a safe and familiar space they can retreat to, making the process less overwhelming. Cats need a little more security and protection compared to dogs, which makes utilising a pet carrier the perfect solution making your life a lot easier as it’s the most convenient method of relocating pets. Some tips when selecting a pet carrier is that to make sure it’s large enough that your pet can stand, lie down, and turn around easily. Make sure it’s made of solid materials like plastic or metal, you can latch the door, and that it has plenty of ventilation

Packing

If you’re a pet owner you will know how dogs and cats will watch your every move. Companion animals can detect changes in their environment, and are attuned to signs that their humans might be leaving them.

While packing up an entire house, it’s best to reassure pets by keeping their routines as normal as possible. As mentioned previously Continue to feed and walk them at the same time as usual. Also make sure they have some of their favourite toys and treats around for as long as possible.

Play with your pet

A couple of weeks before you move, introduce your pet to a new toy.

If possible, take them on a visit to your new home. Spend some time there playing with your pet and the toy. On the moving day, give them the new toy with a treat inside when you get to your new home to create positive associations. If you need to return to work, these can be helpful as your dog can play with them unsupervised.

Toys that offer the dog a slow treat reward are great as they also encouraging the dog’s natural instincts.

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During move

Its Moving day, so keep them out of the action

When it comes to moving day, look to keep your pets with you wherever possible, rather than boarding them at a kennel or cattery. The truth is dogs and cats respond better to their owners, not to other people.

If removalists will be coming and going through the house, restrict pets to a closed room or Quietest area. Using a crate comes in handy here, both as a safe space an animal can go to if stressed, and to securely transport them.

Move them in a cat carrier with familiar smelling bedding and only release them from their carrier once your home is quiet and calm.

Make sure you check in on them regularly and try your best to feed or walk them at the time you usually would; keeping routine in the midst of all the changes will help immensely.

If your dog isn’t carrier trained, don’t be embarrassed and always be pet safe and hire a pet sitter, take them to a pet kennel / daycare or ask a family member take responsibility for looking after your dog.

Things to remember during the move

  • Place new identification tags on them
  • Make sure your pet is safely secured in the vehicle they are to be transported in
  • Make sure that they get regular toilet and water breaks.
  • Never leave your pet alone in a parked car.

Take your pet in your car

Take the pet to the new house in your own vehicle. Cats and small dogs can be put in a carrier in the back seat, which can then be secured with a seatbelt. A bigger dog can be moved in a kennel in the back of the car; you may need to put seats down if possible. Some animals feel more comfortable if you throw a blanket over their carrier during the car ride so they can’t see the environment changing outside.

Wait till you have arrived to let them lose

Once loaded into the car, it’s crucial to not open the carrier until the pet is in the new home. And give them a few days in the new home to adjust. For cat owners keep your cat indoors for safety reasons, a move is a good opportunity to get them used to being inside as they won’t be used to being allowed out in the new home.

Keep them secluded

Move the house before you move the pet. Set up as much as you can, even just in a room, before you introduce the animal to the new home. Confine them to a section of the house while they slowly adjust to their surroundings. Give your pet lots of attention and introduce familiar objects like toys or blankets as soon as possible to make them feel at home.

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Post move

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Settling in, in the new home

Yay, you survived the move! However, before you begin laying out the furniture and hanging artwork, spend time helping your pets acclimatise.

In the new home, choose a small room to be your pet’s pet room, where they can feel secure as you move in furniture and belongings. As much as possible, have furniture, bowls, and toys in place before you let your pets out of their crates.

Cats should initially be confined to one room, and then gradually introduced to other surroundings. this is a good method to help them adjust.

Settle it into one room and after a few days just start opening doors so it can start exploring the rest of the house.

Just like humans, our pets need time to settle into their new surrounds. Some common behaviours that your pet may experience:

  • Constant barking or noise that is more than usual
  • Lack of sleep
  • Running out your property
  • Odd toilet movements
  • Destroying property

Here are some tips to get your pet familiar with your new home:

  • Take them for walks
  • Find local park(s) especially for dogs.
  • Provide entertainment, such as soft toys, especially when you are not at home
  • Find a local vet just in case of an emergency
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Try playing games like hiding small pieces of dry food around the house to encourage cats to explore at their own pace.

The RSPCA advises owners to keep their cat indoors, but if you choose to let them outside, do so very slowly to lessen the risk of them becoming lost or running away

Visit some of your pet’s favourite places for the first few weeks if possible. Set rules early on so they know where they’re allowed and where to eat and sleep, and use positive reinforcement – pats, praise and treats – to make them feel happy and relaxed.

Double check the boundary fencing to make sure it’s secure and free from holes before letting your dog run free in the garden. If your dog is able to escape, only take them out on a lead until you are able to do the necessary improvements. Unpack the essentials before introducing your pet to the new house so they can see familiar items within the unfamiliar house.

If your pets start to misbehave, it many cases it’s because they have become stressed during the move, so consider ways to calm them. If you suspect they may be ill, make an appointment with a vet. Whatever you do try not to punish your pets for initial misbehaviour. Cats especially will not understand, and you don’t want them to start to distrust you. The golden rule is to be patient with your pet in the new home and make allowances for ‘accidents’. And don’t draw attention to it as it could make the problem worse. When your pet goes to the toilet in the correct area, please praise them.

Keep routines consistent

Stick to your usual routines, as this will help them to settle. Feed and walk at the usual times, giving them the same attention, they are used to having. Ensure your pet’s diet, bed and toys are the same as they were in your old house. The familiar tastes, smells and sensations will reduce stress and help them gain a sense of belonging.

If you give them more or less this may cause them to become anxious or over dependent on you and lead to behaviour problems.

Update their owner info

Be sure to update your dog or cat’s council registration so that if they do escape and go missing, you will be quickly reunited. Update your dog or cat’s identification tag with any new details, too.

Remember to get their microchip records changed to your new address if you haven’t already.

One of the most vital steps is to ensure you choose the right packing and removal company. The Mooving Matters team, your full service moving and packing company understand the moving process, and all the components that need to be addressed for a smooth move especially when pets are involved!

To arrange a complementary on-site inspection of your packing tasks 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 with a Baby

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Moving home is one of the most stressful things we must eventually do in life and its usually more than once. Then go throw a baby into the mix and you could be looking at mission impossible!  There are many things one has to think about during this chaotic period. From dealing with estate agents, the packing and unpack of all our cherished possessions, organising removalists, to looking for a new school for the kids if necessary. We can’t always choose the most ideal time to move home. You just had a baby and now your house move is quickly approaching. Your life may seem like it’s one big blur at the minute, but honestly you can make moving with a newborn baby easier and a smooth transition for the whole family.

Here are a few tips to get you started. Juggling moving boxes and a crying baby at the same time is never going to be easy. But – rest assured – if millions of other parents can do it (without losing their minds), then so can you! To ensure a successful move, we recommend planning all your relocation logistics and baby-proofing a well ahead of time. Below, we have made a comprehensive list of strategies and tips to consider when moving with a baby or small children.

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Before the Move:

Discuss the move with your little one

Apart from discussing your moving plans with your partner. If you have a have a toddler, as silly as it may sound make sure to talk to them about the upcoming move. Older babies understand more than they get credit for. It will help put them at ease, helping them know what to expect. Use simple words and make the move sound like an exciting adventure. Reading the children’s book “The Berenstain Bears’ Moving Day” Is another great idea to employ. As a parent do your best to remain calm during the moving process, as small children often pick up on their parents’ stressful emotions.

Create a Moving Calendar

To keep your head from spinning, it is best to plan your move 8 weeks out. This way you can take it day-by-day and get the satisfaction of checking off moving to-dos!

Chat to your current Paediatrician

Your paediatrician or child’s GP is a great resource. If you are travelling long distance, ask them for tips for keeping your baby happy on a plane or long car ride. If you need to find a new paediatrician, make sure you get a copy of all of your child’s medical records to give to your new paediatrician. Get copies of all your child’s prescriptions, if they are on medications and have them called into a pharmacy near your new home. Ask your current doctor for recommendations on how to find a new paediatrician close to your new home. Look to set up an initial consult with them soon after your move.

Box-up non-essentials first

Avoid wasted time hunting for dummies and baby toys by making sure that all of your baby’s non-essential belongings are neatly packed in boxes and labelled “Nursery / Babies room.” It is strongly recommend packing the essential the nursery items and all of your baby’s things toward the very end of your pack. Non-essentials include extra toys, blankets, clothes, and anything else you won’t need on the actual moving day or days shortly following.

Babies love Routine so try not to change it

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Babies love and need their routine. Where possible consistency is key sticking to the same routine of feeding, naps and activities will help lessen any stress the move may have on your baby. Don’t let the moving to-do list and packing get in the way of your regular daily routine. Avoid the all-nighter to pack, its best not to rush your pack and set goals to complete it over a set period. Save your sanity and use nap times and baby’s early bedtime to get packing done in segments. Baby and parents need their sleep!

Infants are the least affected as long as almost everything is normal. Toddlers don’t fully understand the difference between a month and a minute, so just let them know that the family is moving soon and reassure them that they’re going to be moving with their family too. For interstate removal and long drives, be sure you have something to keep your kids busy with.

It can be hard to get into a regular routine in the first place so keeping to one despite the time of change and upheaval will make life easier for both you and your little one.

Pack the baby bag and keep it handy

As parents you know the daily drill: pack half the nursery to carry with you wherever you go! The baby bag (box or small suitcase) should include all of your needs for three days This includes all the essentials nappies, toys, food and clothes can be kept in here so you don’t end up frantically searching for your baby’s favourite cuddly to keep him quiet while you try to unpack. If you’re moving a long distance, you may need to pack a week to a month worth of supplies. The last thing you want to do is arrive and not have diapers when you need them.

If you’re hiring professional packagers and a moving company, you’ll be able to devote a lot more time to your baby. Just be sure to take care of things like furniture removal beforehand to lessen potential hassles when moving day comes. You might want to hire a babysitter for the day, so you can focus on the move, but if you can’t find one, designate one parent to be in charge of the kids and one in charge of the move.

Box-up baby essentials to take with you

Once packing your baby’s non-essentials, collect the essential items in one or two separate boxes or bags. These should be the items you’ll need during the moving process, and will want to take with you. To make your packing easier, we’ve included a checklist (below) of items to consider when boxing up your baby’s essential belongings:

  • Nappies
  • Wipes
  • Clothing and pyjamas
  • Some sort of high chair or bouncy seat to contain them for short periods of time
  • Security blanket or favourite stuffed animal
  • A few favourite toys
  • Breast pump and breast-feeding pillow
  • Formula, juice and/or food
  • Snacks
  • Cooler if needed for breast milk and formula
  • Sippy cups
  • Bottles
  • Extra pacifiers
  • Blanket
  • Stroller and carrier
  • Bath items
  • Car seat
  • Extra bags for dirty diapers and messy clothes
  • Any medications you may need
  • First aid kit and thermometer

Make sure to have plenty of extra bottles and snacks at the ready. Keep your child preoccupied as possible with an arsenal of tricks: a new toy, activities, extra boxes to play with, even an Ipad with cartoons will do.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

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If you can get a relative or friend to look after your little one on the day of the move, it will greatly reduce the pressure on you and the day won’t be as tiresome.

With a move, you’re going to need every extra set of hands on board – plus your own. Its highly recommended to hire a babysitter or call on family members or a friend to watch your baby during the move – whether at your old home, new home or theirs. While sleepy newborns may be easy to contain, those curious toddlers are bound to be crawling or running all over the place.

If you child is enrolled in childcare, another option is to have them to attend if possible, on your moving day. When boxes and furniture are being moved, little ones should be somewhere else and out of potential danger. It is also ideal to use childcare for days leading up to your move so that you can get more done on your moving calendar.

Its also recommended to hire professional movers and packers/ unpackers or if the budget is tight enlisting friends to assist you move. This way you can focus on your child – and not on the location of furniture and where boxes should be placed. Enlisting movers and importantly professional organisers will save you tons of time, and stress and will help keep your daily schedule of feedings, naps, and play times on track.

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On Moving in:

Baby Proof the New Home

Before you start unpacking everything, take the time to baby proof your new home. It’s much easier to do this when you don’t have anything in the house than when the home is full of things. AS you unpack, make sure to secure furniture and other items that could cause a hazard to your newborn.

Make sure to remove any potentially dangerous packing materials from the home. I also recommend cleaning the home extensively before officially moving in. Some noteworthy suggestions include:

The first step to a safe home, say the experts, is to look at the world through your baby’s eyes. See what looks interesting and what can be reached. And I mean it literally ― get down on your hands and knees in your new home and check for small things your baby can choke on. You will be amazed at what you discover! A rule of thumb when questioning a choking hazard. If it fits completely into the roll, don’t let children under 3 play with it.

  • Use child-resistant locks on drawers containing matches, lighters, knives and cleaning products.
  • Use safety gates to block stairways and dangerous areas.
  • Keep small objects like marbles, magnets, balloons and balls away from children.
  • Secure windows with window guards.
  • Secure furniture to avoid tip-overs.
  • Install smoke detectors and carbon-monoxide alarms – make sure to change the batteries once a year.
  • Be aware of cords on blinds and window treatments, and make sure to keep cribs away from these choking hazards.
  • Cover electrical outlets with outlet covers.

Mindful unpacking – Make sure all medicine and prescription cabinets are protected with child-proof locks. Vitamins, cleaning products, pet food, alcohol, poisonous plants, and chemicals (like paint, gasoline, etc.) and store them high out of your baby’s reach.

Additionally, keep potentially dangerous objects and moving supplies, such as scissors, cleaning supplies, and furniture with sharp edges, away from your child on moving day.

Keep one room free of clutter

Make sure to keep one room free of boxes and other moving chaos for the babies naps! This make keeping to a routine much easier, as you can easily keep the babies nap times without having to wade through a sea of boxes in search of their cot!

Unpack the Nursery First

If you label your boxes and you pack the truck properly, you can unload and unpack the baby stuff first. Once moved in you should also set up the nursery first. This will allow you to change your baby and easily put them to sleep on the first night in your new home. Arrange the nursery as closely as possible to your previous nursery.

Nursery Layout & Crib Safety

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Where possible try and plan out babies room exactly the same as in our old house. Familiar toys and mobile were all laid out along with his light show to ensure our little one’s new environment was as much like his old one as possible. The familiarity will help you and your baby in the transition.

When setting up a new crib or reassembling your crib look for the following suffocation and strangulation hazards:

  • Sharp or jagged edges
  • Missing, broken or loose parts
  • Loose hardware
  • Cut out designs in the headboard or footboard
  • Ensure Crib slats are not too widely set apart
  • Gaps larger than 2 fingers width between the sides of the crib and the mattress
  • Drop side latches that could be easily released by your baby

Watch out for soft bedding as it can suffocate a baby, blocking the baby’s airway during sleep. Babies can easily suffocate when their faces become wedged against or buried in a mattress, pillow or other soft objects as toys. Use a safe crib with a firm, tight-fitting mattress covered with a crib sheet and nothing else in it. To keep your baby warm, use a sleep suit and not loose blankets

Make use of a play pen or porta cot

If you don’t have one get one or borrow one.  This was invaluable when we moved as we put all his favourite toys in it so he could keep himself entertained while we tried to make the rest of the house less like a bomb site and more like a home!

Once you have made the move your little one/s may continue to be a little touchy after resettling into their new surroundings, so make some extra time for the family. Stay in and chill and get your family use to the new joint. Don’t do anything too adventurous over the next couple of weeks and try to take a few days off work post-move to increase a sense of security.

If you really want to make the move with your newborn baby smoother nothing will compare to putting your move in the hands of professional home organisers like Mooving Matters. Hiring a skilled residential moving company definitely will make moving easier. Mooving matters are able to pack and unpack your things for you as well as provide interior styling services to make your new house a home. 

Follow these strategies, and you’ll be well on your way to making the new house a safe and happy home for your baby. Best of luck!

To arrange a complementary on-site inspection of your packing tasks 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.

Preparing for the packers

move management 2So, it’s on! the move is happening – you’ve completed an extensive search of the best local top-rated moving companies, having chosen a full-service mover that will give you the best offer in terms of price for size of job. With most things in life it makes sense to be organised for an event and this is exactly the case with preparing for moving. Strapped for time with your hands already full jugging life as it is, you’ve also opted for the extra service of out-sourcing your packing and having your home packed up by professionals. However, you may be now asking so what exactly are the tasks you are supposed to complete before the packing experts arrive? To make Pack day and Move day easier for everybody, especially for yourself and your family, this article is a handy guide on the dos and don’ts of how to prep before your hired professional packing team lands on your door step. Some of these may come as common sense, however the main thing is that you want to ensure your belongings remain secure and intact as well as in the in their new correct location and home once you have moved.

 

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  1. Ensure your items are Clean and organised

Your soiled washing, dishes, utensils and tools and other essential daily miscellaneous items can be packed and moved with ease when they are clean and in order.

  1. Undertake that essential Purge of useless items

It doesn’t make much sense to pay for having items packed professionally and then transported to your new home only to be never used again. A head of time sort through your house hold items and belongings and access what you can sell, dispose of, giveaway or give to charity. It’s a must to do this before packers arrive, if you aren’t able to get rid of it all before then, create a pile and place a sign on it stating “STAY” or “DON’T PACK / MOVE”. So, packers wont go near it.

  1. Dispose of the item’s your packers won’t touch

movers and packers sydneyLook to part with any items that your packing crew won’t agree to pack for you. Even though you’re paying for the professional packing services you’re about to receive, there are a number of hazardous items that moving companies may not be allowed to pack up and transport for safety reasons. Check with your packers if they can or will pack the following:

  • Hazardous items such as corrosive, explosive and flammable materials, including weapons and ammunition, chemicals, oils, cleaning fluids, paint, etc.
  • Perishables such as frozen, refrigerated or fresh foods. Don’t forget to use up your food supply prior to the arrival of your packing team.
  • Plants– due to their extreme fragility, the transportation of your leafy friends is your sole responsibility. Consider gifting your plants to friends or donating them to local hospitals, schools, nursing homes, etc.
  1. Create an Inventory List

Once left with only with the personal belongings you will be moving to your new house or apartment, it’s time to create an itemized checklist that will detail everything that is quite ready to be packed up by the hired packing help. A household inventory will:

1) you will have a detailed list of all the items in your shipment and will check the delivered items against it in search of missing or damaged things, and

2) you will be able to file an insurance claim with your insurer, if any, or file a damage claim with your mover if you do find any of your delivered goods damaged or missing.

Creating your home inventory list may sound overwhelming but its not at all! Using good old pen-and-paper method (mark down the type, quantity and current condition of each item, and leave and extra column for comments), or try an app to complete your house inventory checklist in no time! One to try is MoveAdvisor – the free mobile app will help organize your inventory list of your entire home in minutes.

  1. No pack zone and do not pack items

Professional organiser sydneyThese are often you personal, private or most sentimental processions. It can include items as clothing for period whilst move is happening, toiletries, work items, chargers, electronics or any hazardous items. Look to pack these yourself ahead of time and look to place signage once again instructing packers not to touch.

Next one of your priority tasks is to select one room where you will place all the things that will be traveling with you to your new home. This room is the no-pack zone for your professional packers – make sure you let them know that you intend to pack and move those items yourself before they start.

 

  1. Organise and sign post rooms

Try and keep for example your main bedroom bathroom items in your master bedroom bathroom so packers know how to label box and where it will be located in new residence. If some items are to be relocated to another room in your new place, then place a note on the item and where or what room it is to be located in once moved.

  1. Save and back up

Use a portable hard drive or USB to back up your computer / laptop and tablets.

  1. Pack your essential boxes

Preparing for professional movers and packers includes packing up a few essentials’ boxes out from the things you’ve already placed in the no-pack area. The smart idea behind organizing such essentials boxes is that the moment your furniture pieces and your household items are packed up by the movers and loaded into the moving vehicle, you will cease to have access to them until you are reunited with them once more at your new home. And until that moment in time, you will still need a number of important or even life-saving things to have at arm’s length.

What should you pack in your survival kits? Anything that you think you will need to survive a day or two without your stuff. The most common-sense suggestions to cover are; prescription medicine, non-perishable food, bottled water, plastic kitchen utensils, towels, bed sheets, spare clothes for each family member, toiletries, any favourite book or games, essential tools.

  1. Expensive items

decluttering services sydneyIf it’s an item that’s very special to you or has a high value, please let your movers and packers know this is the case and make sure to tag these items with “handle with care” or “fragile” notices.

If you dont feel comfortable with them packing these items then look to have these packed by your self and moved by yourself for that extra peace of mind.

 

 

  1. Prepare layout space and declutter

Ensure to give your movers and packers a good amount of space to sort and pack boxes. Remove clutter where necessary. Clear and open spaces will allow the pack to be streamlined and turned around more quickly.

  1. Tick off the small stuff

It’s a great idea to take care of the small items that you can easily pack up yourself. Although you’re paying professionals to pack up your household goods for you, sometimes it’s much better if you choose to pre-pack some small items the way you want it. So, scan your home and see what items may benefit by being pre-packed by you so time is saved in the end.

This tactical move can be especially useful when packing collector’s items – things you generally insist on handling yourself due to their high value – both sentimental and monetary.

  1. Prep appliances to be packed

Included your household appliances in the inventory checklist. And if you did, then you must have made an informed decision to let professional movers and packers pack up and move those large electric appliances all the way to your new residence. And considering their Size and weight. These all effect moving costs.

Unplug any large appliances you intend to have packed – refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, dishwashers, electric or gas cookers, and clean out and empty them. If not, you will have to do all that after the move. Either way, your appliances should be ready to be wrapped up and protected before the professional packers for moving show up at your door, so get down to work.

  1. Call a family meeting

movers that pack for you sydneyIt’s wise in preparing for professional movers and packers is to ensure the all family members are across what’s happening and their safety, including any pets you may have. Discuss with those living the house what to expect when the packers arrive and what major role each member will have during that often hectic phase of moving out. Soon enough, you will need to welcome complete strangers in your home for a packing job that can take entire days.

So, make sure everyone is informed to avoid making your move traumatic. Keep your kids and pets safe, if in the house at the time place them in a room as far away from the packing action as possible with trusted persons to supervise your loved ones while your hired packers do their job. Otherwise have them looked after with family or friends at another location.

  1. Take Photos for peace of mind

Hired professional movers and packers bring high-quality packing materials, as well as experience and resourcefulness, they pack things fast while also taking all the safety measures you can think of, and they are also properly insured – meaning that they will accept the liability for any damages when they pack your boxes.

However, being extra cautious won’t hurt – on the contrary, it can help you resolve an issue in your favour after the move. Take out your trusted digital camera and take plenty of photos of your household items before packers come to pack. Concentrate on valuables and antiques, and make sure you produce numerous close-up shots as well.

In case any disputes arise between you and the moving company that has serviced you, those photos can serve as proof of your items’ condition before the professional packing has started.

  1. Tell them your expectations

Make a list of what you would like the packers to take care of and notify them as soon as possible.

Do a walk through before and after packers arrive to check that everything has been covered and to inform the packers if there is anything incomplete or if you aren’t satisfied with there completed job.

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Prepare and think ahead, it will save you the stress and time relocating items in your new home.  Put a bit of effort into getting yourself and household contents in order and ready for the packers and the impending move. Mooving matters, the movers that pack for you team and experienced professional home organisers Sydney are more than happy to answer any of your questions regarding preparing for their arrival to pack up your home.

To arrange a complementary on-site inspection of your packing tasks 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.

 

The Organised & Decluttered Home Office

professional home organiser Today more than ever people are working more from home (at least for part of the week) or have even set up a full-time personal business out of their house. With this growing trend there has become an increasing need to separate the work space from the normal harmonious home surroundings and to keep it clean, workable and under control.

The gratification and feeling a clean desk and office can give you is energising and sometimes often than not inspiring! With a decluttered desk and work area you can better focus on the task at hand and get jobs done! The problem is a few days or big projects later the chaos returns, and your clean desk and office is nowhere to be found.

Regardless of the amount of desk layout space or your office size you have, full home office organisation is a big job. And it tends to be overwhelming at first glance or at any glance! If you’re not quite ready for a full makeover but desperately need to be able to find things, here some manageable tips and tricks you can do to organise your home office right now, helping any house bound worker keep their office decluttered and clean.

 

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Your desk Is Prime Real Estate

Whatever is placed on your desk work top should to deserve to take up the space. Only frequently used items, those to be accessed daily should reside here. Often its handy to do a 1 week desktop cleanse, below are the instructions recommended by top professional home organisers Mooving Matters:

  1. Start by getting 1- 2 large cardboard boxes. Next take everything off your office desk except for items that are necessary for your work, such as your computer and phone. Put everything you remove from your worktop into the cardboard boxes.
  2. Put the boxes somewhere accessible bit out of the way. Then go to work as usual. As you are working in your home office, if these something you need that’s not on your desk, fetch it out of the box and put it in a logical place on your desk.
  3. By weeks end you will find you have everything you need to work efficiently on your desk or close by and nothing else. As for whats leftin the boxes, these items belong else where. IE properly stored or filed away.

 

In The Zone

Look to establish work zones for maximum efficiency. An activity-driven approach is conducive to maximising space and making the whole work space easier and more efficient for daily use.

A home office should feature three distinct sections: “the work zone” (the desk and computer), “the reference zone” (manuals, reference books, binders, filing cabinets, etc.), and “the supply zone” (where stationary and office supplies are kept).

This approach is just as effective in small home offices as it is in larger studies.

 

The Paper Purge & Colour Coding

movers and packers sydney Most people’s home office spaces usual ends up in sea of paper piles, ebbing and flowing across desktops and shelving units. Look to get control of the clutter before it takes over your work space. Decluttering services experts advise on applying  the strategy called “The System of Three”: shred/toss it, file it or take action from it. Vet every piece of paper in your office by this protocol and place your important paperwork in a colour-coded filing system.

A well-organised filing system is a good indication of a functional office space and colour coding is the easiest and most stress free method. To organise, separate the filing system into five colour-coded categories:

  • Green – Financial
  • Red – Medical
  • Orange – Personal
  • Yellow – Insurances
  • Blue – House hold

Label each hanging folder according to your needs. Invest in a good label maker and label your files, drawers and boxes for an easy way to organise your office. Whenever someone needs something, you will know exactly where it is.

 

The Mail & Print Stations

  1. The Mail Station – To keep track and maintain control of the paper coming into the home office, create a mail station. Make a folder for incoming and outgoing mail, mail to file, bills and a folder for every family member. As soon as the mail comes in, file it in the mail station. Then once a week, take a few minutes and go through each folder. If you prefer not to use folders use a stacked In/Out tray for your mail. Papers and unopened mail coming into your office need a temporary home until you can make decisions regarding them. Make sure that the bottom of the two trays acts as your In-Box, thus limiting just how much stuff can accumulate before you give it some attention. This helps you keep a clean desk and stay on top of projects that need attention.
  2. The Printing Station – Designate a space in your office to house the printer and printer supplies. If you have a wireless printer, it doesn’t need to take up room on your prime real estate – your desk. By placing it in a cabinet or other area in your office, you will gain much more space on your desk for other items.

 

The Life Binder

Organise your most important papers in binders for easy grab-and-go in case of any emergency. For example, if there was a medical emergency, you could grab your medical binder and have all the information you need at your finger tips.

Here are some top binder categories:

  • Medical   Where your family’s important medical records are stored. If you ever need to go to a new doctor or if you have a complex medical diagnosis, everything is organised in one spot.
  • Pet – This binder should contain your pets’ medical records, shot records and medications.
  • Auto – Designated for all car repairs, maintenance records and car insurance documentation.
  • Manuals – Store all your manuals in one place in this binder. You can even separate the binder by sub-categories, such as appliances, electronics, garden and house.
  • House – Store all house-related information here, such as maintenance, pest control, security system and contact numbers for handymen.

 

The Only Way Is Up

movers and packers sydneyIf you have a small home office it might be a good idea to rethink bulky filing cabinets, storage cupboards and low height bookcases instead look to transform your wall spaces. Floating shelves, hanging filing systems or a panel of wall-mounted caddies can increase your storage and give a modern designer look as well. New space-savvy, wall organisers are practical and convenient as all your files and supplies become more visible and easily accessed.

With your new shelving up, you can infuse some design aesthetic by organising your books by genre, colour or size depending on your preference. Organising by colour will add an eye-catching feature while giving your space a clutter-free, streamlined look.

Storage isn’t the only office item that can be taken vertically. By placing your computer monitor on a stand, you’ll not only raise it to a proper ergonomic level and give your neck and back a break, but you’ll give yourself more clean desk surface space to work with.

 

The Writings On The Wall

Ever considered a multitasking message board? A message or pin boards will ramp up the efficiency and appeal of any home office. Not only does it act as a quick reference guide for important appointments, to-do lists and must-revisit ideas, but it also serves as a visual muse that boosts creativity and productivity and also provide inspiration.

For added practicality, choose a board you can write and display papers on, such as a whiteboard or magnetic chalkboard.

But as desk drawers and filing cabinets Bulletin or message boards that are to keep us posted on up-to-date events and keep our lives organised, can often fall by the way side and become cluttered time capsules.

Look to tidy and review you board regularly at least every couple of weeks and ask yourself… Is there anything posted or written that relates to a task that you need to do today or in the next week? Are there ancient documents that need to be filed away or thrown? Is it only consumed by pictures drawn by the kids? Or family photos from years ago…These are nice but shouldn’t dominate the board, as you want it to still stay functional.

 

That Dreaded Drawer

Are your desk drawers in total chaos? You can easily Divide and conquer the clutter by using the simple drawer organiser to keep small, loose items tidy and contained. If you can’t find an insert that fits your drawer perfectly, you can easily create a custom setup by lining the drawer with a selection of small containers, trays and bowls that slot in next to each other.

 

Those Chaotic Cables

Unruly wires that snake across your desk and floor not only are a trip hazard but create annoying visual clutter as well. By simply adding an integrated cable management and power system, which is hidden under the desk top will keep the desktop free of distracting, dust-collecting wires.

If you happen to be a renter and require a temporary solution that’s cheap yet won’t leave any damage, try a stick-on cord organiser. Alternatively, you could use velcro affixed to the underside of your desk or the trusty cable tie to wrangle excess lengths of wire together. It’s also a handy tip to remember to label each plug so there’s no cable confusion down the track.

If you want to eliminate unsightly cables all together from your home office, then its best to invest in rechargeable Bluetooth- or WiFi-network. Working wirelessly will declutter your work space making cleaning even easier.

 

Don’t Forget About It, Maintain it!

Decluttering services sydney So, you’ve finally got your home office looking like the one of your dreams, but you just need to make sure it stays that way. Look to Schedule regular maintenance and tidy up of your office space. The easiest way is to do daily or weekly reviews. All you need to do is allocate a few minutes at the end of each day or a time slot once a week for a quick tidying up.

 

 

Some simple and quick tactics to help tidy are as follows

  1. Pick Three Things and Throw Them Out – There’s probably a lot more than just three things either on your desk or scattered around your home office that can go right to the waste or recycling bin.
  2. Weed One Filing Drawer – Filing cabinets can consume so much clutter which is ironic because they are known as clutter solutions. In a typical home office, thou we seem to stuff them with whatever we can’t find a place for, IE random documents we don’t want to deal with but don’t want to throw away. And so filing cabinets soon become our own personal landfill! If you have the time and are up for an archaeological dig, then go for it and start sorting through your standard-sized four-drawer filing cabinet with years of accumulated stuff right away. However, most people can only spare 30mins max so it’s probably best to start small. The best means to knock over the task is to choose one drawer at a time and removing anything that’s no longer current or necessary. (Remember, though, to hold on to any important documents like business information for at least 6 years.)

Personal and confidential documents and papers that you no longer have to keep should be shredded. For older items you need to hold on to but won’t need to access regularly, look to purchase a cardboard file box and use it to store old files. Store the box in a spot away from your home office such as under the stairs or in the garage, wherever is safe and dry yet out of sight!

 

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If you want to regain your office space and don’t have the time and would love some professional home organisers assistance to declutter your home office, look no further than Mooving Matters!

To arrange a complementary on-site inspection of your home office 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.

The New Empty Nesters Guide To Downsizing

The kids have moved out and maintaining the 4-bedroom 2 storey house is too much work as it is, so you’re mulling over selling the family home. Downsizing and opting for a smaller abode seems like the answer as your head down the retirement path. However, are you feeling uneasy and don’t want to have to deal with a stressful move? You aren’t alone! 

The family home for many empty nesters holds a lot of fond memories so it’s only natural to have mixed feelings about moving on and letting go. Couple this with the idea of moving into a newer and more compact home will also bring with it changes to your lifestyle you may not anticipate. Empty Nest Syndrome is a real condition, and it affects many as they are looking to downsize their living spaces.

Downsizing isn’t for everyone, but for some, it’s the right move. To prepare new empty-nesters for this exciting next chapter in your life Mooving Matters have put together an informative guide to better equip you to make the transition with ease.

 

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What Is Downsizing?

PACKING AND UNPACKING SERVICE The essence of downsizing is going from a bigger home to a smaller place – whether that be an apartment, independent living unit or retirement village.

The empty nesters of today do not think about downsizing for retirement in the traditional sense, and their lifestyle expectations are very different to their parents’ generation. Once downsizing, empty-nesters they are looking to enjoy their new lifestyle close to transport, infrastructure and amenities, and be actively involved in their communities. 

“The city centres – once dominated by young singles – are becoming more and more popular with empty nesters looking for low-maintenance living. In metropolitan Sydney, for example, 33 per cent of apartment owner-occupiers are aged over 60, and 23 per cent of those intending to move to an apartment are over 60.”

With a changing lifestyle, it is vital to think about where and how you want to live, what your financial situation looks like and what is important to you.

There are even nursing homes that are adopting this idea and putting it into their facilities to allow residents their independence while still offering them care. There are many benefits of leaving the family home for something a little cosier.

But downsizing isn’t just about moving to a smaller home. Doing so can cut costs, prepare you for the future, and even make you feel happier and less cluttered overall.

 

“Finding a compact home for the next stage of life shouldn’t faze you. Simply research costs, find the right location and embrace good design”

 

Benefits of downsizing;

Less to House to Maintain

Keeping a bigger house tidy gets harder as you get older, especially as children move out and there is less help. If it is just yourself and your partner, do you really more than a couple of bedrooms? Smaller or shared spaces are always easier to maintain. And when you are spending less time maintaining your home, you have more time for yourself and other things you enjoy doing.

 

Mental Clarity & Ease

When you are ready to move int a smaller space, you’ll have to be prepared to downsize your belongings and the things you want to keep going forward. 

Apart from the less cleaning, there is something therapeutic about having less things, less clutter equals less to worry. But doing so is all about getting rid of what doesn’t matter, holding on to what does — and knowing the difference. When you are ready to move int a smaller space, you’ll have to be prepared to downsize your belongings and the things you want to keep going forward. 

Having a more minimalist lifestyle with fewer possessions, while still keeping a select number of treasured items, such as photographs, furniture and sentimental items, can be calming. There is also a reassurance in having shops, friends and care options in your immediate vicinity – so you are never needing to worry about distance to access things.

 

Maintaining your Independence

As opposed to staying in a larger home where you may need assistance from family or professionals to maintain it, downsizing into an apartment is a great way to keep a person’s independence. There are also some care facilities where you get your own independent bedroom and bathroom but share spaces like a kitchen or living room where they can feel at home and do certain tasks for themselves.

 

Increase Your Social Bonds

PACKING AND UNPACKING Moving into a smaller apartment or residence, where neighbours are in closer proximity, is a great way to socialise. You may even find other people like you, who are in similar life places. Your neighbours, though living independently from you, can become like a second family to you. This is especially true if you share space like a recreational area or nearby shops. Moving could also see you in closer proximity to family and close friends which makes it all the more worth it.  

 

Downsizing and your pension

Many Australians may be reluctant to downsize because of how it may affect their pensions. However, now appears to be a better time than ever to consider moving to a smaller residence with the Federal Government trying to break down barriers that discourage older Australians from downsizing. Those who are retired are set to gain new incentives to save the what they earn when selling the family home with the introduction of new rules to the pension asset test and caps on superannuation.

 

Some potential challenges of downsizing:

 

Your neighbours might be a bit close for comfort

Its only on moving into a new house do you tend to discover who you’re living next door to, and their noise levels – something far more obvious when you share a common wall or your backyards or balconies sit side by side. However there are some easy privacy upgrades that you can implement like window treatments and screening plants so you feel you have your own space.

On the other hand get to know your neighbours, the first step towards building a community in your new neighbourhood. Making friends next door will enhance your everyday experience and comfort.

 

Storage is key

The double vanity with plentiful storage you’ve taken for granted may well be things you miss about your old bathroom – and this could be one of the first rooms you renovate in your new home. In the meantime, rest assured that you’ll get used to having less surface space on which to rest your belongings, and accumulating bathroom clutter will no longer be an option.

Give yourself permission to acquire only products you love. You’ll have fewer of them, so it’s the perfect excuse to splurge.

 

It’s harder to have “Me” time

If you live with and looking to move out with your partner, transitioning to a smaller home often means more face to face time. New empty nesters who’ve planned do well to develop separate interests to give each other space and things to talk about, as well as activities they like to do together.

On the upside: You may have a smaller home and fewer opportunities for time on your own, but you’ll also have fewer rooms that need cleaning.

 

Your furniture may need an upgrade 

PACKING AND UNPACKING Even if you’ve double checked and taken careful measurements and passed on all the furniture that’s clearly not going to fit in your new abode, it’s frustratingly often not until you move in that you realise what you’ve brought with you is still just not going to work out. The colour or style may be all wrong for the space, and the way you find yourself using a room may mean your furniture feels like a mismatch
On the upside you have the perfect excuse to go shopping for new furniture.

 

 

Your outdoor & entertaining space shrinks

Moving to a smaller home almost always means a smaller backyard or only a courtyard or balcony, particularly if you’re moving from the suburbs into the inner city.
However, mowing the lawn will be a time-consuming chore of the past.

If you’re used to a spacious back deck with room for lounging and dining, believe it or not a compact backyard can still be a restful outdoor escape and a place to entertain family and friends. For example, making the most of a rear courtyard with built-in seating and a barbecue.

On a positive note a smaller garden allows you to actually enjoy gardening, rather than tiring yourself out trying to maintain it.

 

Cooking in compact kitchen

 PACKING AND UNPACKING SERVICEWhen you have metres of island bench space, banks of storage cabinets executing your culinary ambitions is relatively easy. However a smaller kitchen will require you to clean as you go, shop for ingredients more often, and often means your will need to pare back your serving ware, glassware and kitchen gadgets. 

With a smaller kitchen you can look to embrace your downsized lifestyle and eat out more often – meet friends out for dinner instead of always having them over, head out for impromptu visits to new or favourite restaurants. Simplify the meals you do cook at home, focusing on recipes that use limited but high-quality produce and ingredients.

 

Multipurpose spaces and rooms

Many empty nesters have the luxury of turning rooms their children once occupied into everything from craft rooms and man caves, to home offices etc. Downsizers however must readjust to multi-purpose rooms and make do, particularly when guests are staying.

However on having less rooms the accumulation of stuff is less tempting. You’ll buy only what you need or genuinely love.

If your kitchen and laundry are now one, what to do with baskets of washing can become a challenge – separate laundries are prime dumping grounds for all manner of items, from shoes needing a clean to socks soaking in the sink. Doing smaller loads more often is the key to a successful kitchen/laundry combo.

Guests make their presence felt 

Larger homes often come with guest rooms for visiting kids and grand-kids, but some downsizing empty nesters will have to get creative to squeeze in more than one guest at a time. Bunk beds, wall beds, sofa beds and air mattresses are all options.

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6 important aspects to consider when downsizing:

 

  1. Costs Consider the total cost of downsizing.
  • Consult at least three real estate agents for appraisals of your family home so you can gauge how much can you realistically sell it for. Then research ask how much money will I have to invest in a new apartment?
  • Start searching early for the right place to live. There are specific real estate websites that focus on apartment developments and retirement villages in Australia and overseas.
  • If you plan to buy into a body corporate, check out the monthly fees and consider consulting a strata searcher to help you make the right decision.
  • Depending on where you would like to live, calculate your cost of living, which might be higher in an inner-city environment.
  • Think about what additional furniture you might need and if you can re-purpose existing pieces.
  1. Lifestyle – Take the time to thoroughly think about your desired lifestyle once downsizing. 
  • Embrace the change and be open to the opportunities that come with it.
  • Consider which activities, hobbies or interests you want to pursue. How will you accommodate your hobbies, and what will you need to do so?
  • If your hobby requires a studio or workshop, find like-minded people who are willing to share space.
  • Now is the time to do the things you always wanted to do: exercise, start painting, join a writing group, travel, socialise with friends, and spend more quality time with your family.
  • Experiment and try something new. You deserve it!
  1. Location – Choose a location that is close to the places you love and the services you need.
  • Studies show that many retirees are not ready to retire from work in their 50s, but wish to downsize, pay off their mortgage and live a simpler life with less stuff.
  • If you need to commute to work and prefer to use your car less often, choose a location close to public transport.
  • A survey of 1,068 people – conducted by Seniors Housing Online– revealed that 88 per cent expect a garage or parking space, but 85.3 per cent also want to live near public transport facilities.
  • Over 80 per cent said they were prepared to move away from their local area to find the right retirement property and lifestyle.
  1. Functionality  Examine the design features of a prospective new home. 
  • Whether buying an apartment off the plan or downsizing to an independent living unit in a retirement village, always have a close look at the features of your new home.
  • There are a number of factors to consider. Ask yourself: How functional is it? Does it have enough storage options?
  • Is there a balcony or courtyard that you can use as an outdoor area and additional room in the summer?
  • What about traffic flow? Will thoroughfares still be wide enough once you have furnished the apartment?
  • Does it have enough natural light?
  • Consider consulting a professional to assist you in optimising the existing design according to your needs.
  1. Independence  Make sure your home allows for you to live in it safely, independently and comfortably for as long as possible.
  • Unfortunately for many their health condition might deteriorate, and walking becomes difficult.
  • If you intend to stay in your prospective apartment for the next 20 years, for example, have a close look at the details of its design.
  • More questions to consider are: How accessible are the storage cupboards? Are they in easy reach, or is a step ladder required?
  • How big is the bathroom? Can it be easily updated with safety features as grab rails, if necessary?
  • How wide are clearances throughout the apartment? The smaller the apartment, the more important it is to work out
  1. Security – Do extensive checks on level of security and you will have peace of mind.
  • The aspect of increased security in an apartment block can play an important role in the decision-making process when downsizing.
  • If you are living on your own, it can be reassuring to know that you are not alone in the building, and that neighbours are within reach in case of an emergency.

 

PACKING AND UNPACKING SERVICEThe transition from being parents who are busy with work and family, who have to care for others, to being empty nesters does not have to a be a depressing one. This is an opportunity to have a new beginning in a new place, and to importantly a means to start focus on you and what you want in your life.

As an empty nester, it can feel daunting to plan the move you have longingly always dreamed about. Your current life and possessions are settled in one place and the sheer idea of packing up and transporting all your belongings and family memorabilia seems impossible. The stress begins to build, and so you begin to give up. There is just no way you can do it all on your own.…

Luckily, now you can get all the help you need to make your downsizing move a reality by simply contact Mooving matters, your experienced packing and unpacking service and moving company Sydney. Let us put together your own customized moving plan to suit your timing and budget.

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 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 packers and movers 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 and packers Sydney and home 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, the experienced full services residential packers and movers recommend 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. If you require an extra hand, taking on a decluttering service by professionals organisers Sydney – Mooving Matters will help you stream line you move significantly!

 

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 packers and movers 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 a local and trusted full service moving company 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, full-service movers and packers Sydney will be able to help you coordinate movers, any time consuming packing and unpacking 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 packers and movers 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 movers and packers 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.