Covid 19 Assurance – Keeping you, your family and our team safe

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Care and good hygiene practices are important to every Mooving Matters team member. In these troubling times, we are ramping up our hygiene protocols to help keep you, your family and our team safe. We ask that you do the same while we are in your home because our team wants to stay healthy.

Our new safe health practices are constantly evolving in line with both State and Federal Health Department guidelines.

At the time of writing, we are doing the following:

  1. Providing each team member with a fresh Hygiene Kit for every pack and unpack we do. The Hygiene Kits include:
    • Commercial grade, individual sized hand sanitiser
    • Disposable gloves
    • Face mask
    • Disinfectant
    • Paper towels
    • Hand wash
  • All team members have been briefed on the COVID-19 symptoms to look out for – including any signs of a sore throat or temperature. If they fear they may have any symptoms, they cannot come to work until they have been medically cleared.
  • We have always been meticulous about washing our hands while we pack and unpack for our clients. We now boost this with more thorough hand washing and hand sanitiser use.
  • While packing and unpacking your home, all team members will maintain the mandatory social distancing space between each other. Please also ensure you (or any family members) also maintain a considerate distance from our team.
  • The removalists we use will also follow the same hand washing and hand sanitising protocols. We have also asked them to wear gloves at all times.

You can help us by:

  • Ensuring all children and/or elderly family members are elsewhere during the pack and unpack process.
  • Allowing our team to work efficiently. That means no visitors while we are working. It also means no family members or children to be in the same rooms as we are while we pack and unpack your home.
  • Placing your trust in the honesty and integrity of our team. This includes leaving your home while we pack and unpack.

All team members have been part of the Mooving Matters family since our inception 5 years ago, and I can personally guarantee you can trust these ladies. So go out and do something fun while we take care of your entire move for you. When you return, if you find something isn’t quite where you want it, you can tweak your home after we’ve left.

We hope these new protocols will give you peace of mind that our priority is the health and safety of you, your family and the Mooving Matters team.

Make Moving Fun and easy!

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Moving day unfortunately can be stressful event for most people. Through this transition you may not get much sleep,
with all the tasks at hand you may be more physically exhausted than usual plus you might be juggling a family household and or pets at the same time!

While moving day can be a tad full on, there are things you can do to make moving day easier and fun. Your professional home organisers and full-service movers and packers, Mooving Matters are here to share some ideas to make your moving day more fun and less stressful for all involved.

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Number One Rule – Be Positive

The most important thing you can do any day of the week. Yes of course you and your family may be a little overwhelmed or down that you are leaving a home that you love and have shared years of memories in. However, its best to see the move as the first day of your exciting new journey. Laugh, joke, dance and sing out your emotions while you move. When you stay as upbeat as possible, you will find it will help keep your family in good spirits too.

Let The Music Play – Create A Packing And Unpacking Playlist

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Get yourself in the moving mood and make your boring task far more fun by throwing on the radio or better still creating a playlist for packing can help to keep you motivated. Best to keep the music upbeat and motivational to keep you going. It just might get you dancing as you wrap up your crockery!

An unpacking playlist is also a good idea, again it should be uptempo, however it can have a bit more of a relaxed vibe since you are completing the move process and on the home run.

Smart And Easy Packing Hacks

When you’re working on packing things up, look for any and every opportunity to make your life easier. Here are a few of my fave tips: 

1.   Code The House

Before you get packing give each room in the house its own colour and symbol — For example the kitchen is a red circle, the master bath is a blue star, the baby’s room is a yellow rectangle, etc. Mark each box and item with that room’s symbol. You can write directly on boxes with thick coloured markers.

When you get to your new home, have a copy of each symbol above the corresponding room doors. The moving team can then quickly unpack the moving truck and easily see where everything should now live.

2.   Map It Out

Professional unpackers Moving matters tackle unpacking tasks large and small, and highly recommend the idea of utilising a floor plan. You’re paying movers by the hour, and a floor plan can save you not only time but money. The floor plan just needs to be a basic sketch of each room and where the furniture goes.

Again, tape the floor plans outside each room so that the movers will know without having to ask on multiple occasions where to place the furniture in each room.

3.   Pack A Weekend Bag

Pack yourself and any independents as though you were going on a long weekend break. Fill it with the clothing and toiletries you’ll need to get through the first few days. This should include any important medications, a first aid kit, backup eyeglasses and contacts if required and of course nappies and baby essentials. This way everyone can spend the first few days in the new home without rummaging through boxes for items as clean underwear and a towel.

4.   Room Basics Box

Pack a basics box for each room in the house. So rather than put all the linens you own in a single box, fill a bedding box for each bedroom: sheets, pillows, comforters and, for those in need, bedtime toys. Bathrooms will need toilet paper, bath towels and mats, a shower curtain, soap, garbage can etc. Let the kids fill a box with the personal items that make their rooms feel like home: posters, toys, photos, books.

5.   Kitchen As Command Central

The kitchen being the heart of the home, be ready to action stations by packing a box of kitchen basics– some pots and pans, dishes and utensils, a kettle, a bin with liners, and some cleaning products

Cooking dinner on the first night in your new kitchen and house can be a big ask after a long day of moving, so why not order take-out and make it an occasion. You can also prepare treats for pre or post meal as popcorn, cookies, carrot and celery sticks, and favourite beverages will be welcomed reward during the hours of hard work.

6. Furniture As A Moving Box

If your dressers are filled up with clothes, leave the clothes in there rather than taking everything out and packing it separately. Your movers can wrap up your dresser and ensure none of the drawers move. When you get to your new place, you’ll know exactly where everything is!

7. Keep Your Hangers On

For clothes that are already on hangers in your closet, leave them on the hangers and just place a garbage bag over them for protection if you don’t have suits bags. Rather than giving that stuff to your movers, you can move the items yourself and just transfer them right into your new wardrobe.

8. Keep Smaller Boxes On Hand

Use Bankers or filing Boxes as they’re small and manageable and can stack up perfectly. If don’t have access to Bankers Boxes then just try finding with boxes that are on the smaller side.

9. Think Unpacking When Packing

When you’re packing, think about how you will be unpacking. This will make it more fun because things will be easier. For example, if you have clothing already on the hanger, pack it on the hangers. Then, when you unpack, you don’t have to spend as much time putting each piece on a hanger before hanging it in the closet.

For example pack kitchen things that are placed in drawer organisers in the organisers. Then you can simply grab the organiser and place it into your new drawer.

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Don’t Forget To Reward Yourself

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Break Your Diet

Moving day is the perfect time to break your diet. It will keep things fun and help you feel like it’s a special occasion. Choose something you would not usually eat, such as cookies, sweets or something else you really love. Eat it on your breaks to help you enjoy the day a bit more.

Bribe Yourself

During the move, set up a system of reward and bribe yourself to get the work done. For example, if you really love massages or a facial, then tell yourself that if you can get everything unpacked in the first week you arrive, you can book a appointment for a 90-minute facial for myself. This gives you something special to work towards, but you do have to hold yourself to it. With the right bribe, you can motivate yourself to work hard and get the packing, unpacking done.

Working toward this special treat can really help keep up your motivation and not lose your mojo during the process. Telling a few friends about the goal can help keep you on track and they can help push you along. Better still have a friend join at your spa appointment if you finished unpacking in time to make it more fun and enticing.

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Don’t Forget To Make It Fun For The Kids

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If you’re moving with kids, it’s really important to make it fun for them, too. When it’s time to move, you want to make sure you remind them how special the occasion is. You’re making big changes in your life, even if you’re just moving up the road. Hire the right removalist company that offer packing services and make sure you take the time to plan for moving to be fun.

During The Pack…

Funny Packing Songs

Make up or find funny song for your family to sing while you packing. It could go to the tune of a famous song your kids love. Older kids can come up with their own songs.

Add Some Little Surprises

Even small kids can help pack certain things. Hide little ‘treat’ surprises for them to find while they pack, like stickers or lollies. For older kids, you can hide little notes with funny riddles or a mission that will give them a playful break.

Cardboard Creations

It’s great to put a couple of boxes aside for your kids to play with. They can use them to build a fort, which is a great way to play inside when all the toys have been packed up.

Pick up colourful markers, stickers, and other fun items to personalize a few of the boxes, such as each family member’s essentials box. It will allow them to express some creativity.

Games And Competition Time

If you are packing and moving with your family or friends, you can make things more fun by coming up with some games or competitions. For example, whoever finishes packing their room first gets to choose the restaurant for the evening. Introducing a fun challenge with lift everyone’s spirits and get them more focused on winning the game rather than getting bored with what they are doing.

Moving Day…

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Fancy Dress On Moving Day

Grab matching t-shirts, wear the same colours, get some funny hats, or even theme your clothes based on your favourite characters or superheroes on moving day. Doing something fun with your clothes will help you all take it a little less seriously.

Road Trip Music

Play your kids’ favourite music in the car on route to the new house. Bigger kids can help put together a moving-day playlist.

Road Trip Games

Simple games that can be played in the car are a great way to pass the hours on the road. I Spy, 20 Questions etc require your family’s participation otherwise games like Hangman and The License Plate Game just need a pen and a piece of paper.

Plan A Celebration Meal

At the end of moving day, its great to have a special meal and dessert planned. Reserve a table at your favourite restaurant or order take out that everyone will love. Then, you could all watch a movie or have a family game night.

Unpacking Time…

Throw An Unpacking Party

Get the whole family together to help you unpack. Order pizza or take away, get some dessert, play music, grab some games, and make a party of the unpacking.

Indoor Camping

Once removalists have left, you may not have the energy to get everybody’s bedroom set up. Create a camping ground in your new living room instead and have an indoor camping experience. Trust us the kids will love it.

Let Them Set Up Their Bedroom

Depending on their age, your kids can help unpack and set up their things in their new bedrooms. Giving their own toys in place in new space may also give them extra motivation to look after their room and keep it tidy.

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New Home, New Art

Children who like arts and crafts might love making a sign for your new home with your family name, and maybe even individual signs for every family member’s room.

Once your boxes are unpacked, cut one side of the box so that it makes a big flat canvas. Head outside if weather is fine, grab some paint and let them go for it art attack style.

If you want to have the best time during your next move.. Just take a deep breath as Mooving Matters are here! Our full services packing and unpacking can help by taking it off yours hands, letting you do more fun things with your time!

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To arrange a complementary on-site inspection of your home and any packing and 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.

Best Kitchen Organisation & Storage Ideas

Are your kitchen cupboards and pantry in disarray? Would you love some simple and affordable tips and recommendations to quickly reorganise and declutter your most used space in your home? In this informative Mooving Matters blog post, we have gathered our professional home organiser expertise to help you get kitchen back on track, especially those infamous storage areas as the Pantry and kitchen cabinets.

Firstly Declutter!

Before you embark on big kitchen overhaul its best to tackle a quick 5min kitchen purge to get you started!

  1. Anything you haven’t used in the last 12 months or can agree is pretty useless then look to toss it out or donate.
  2. Does it belong in the kitchen? Items such as toys, mail, paperwork and magazines should be reassigned homes away from kitchen.
  3. Bin things straight away that are past date or broken etc

The golden rules to having the most inviting and organised kitchen cupboards and pantry spaces:

  1. Clear it – First remove all items for the storage space
  2. Clean it – Give a good wipe down to all cupboard or pantry surfaces
  3. Declutter it – Throw out or remove inappropriate and broken items or unused items
  4. Organise it – Place your items to be returned to cabinets in categories of either DAILY, SOMETIMES AND RARELY USED. Things used frequently to be placed front and centre on lower shelves of cupboard, then sometimes used items toward the middle and after that those infrequently used items up high or to the back.

Now let’s break it down into some pointers for specialised storage areas:

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The Pantry

Check out these top hacks on how to organise your kitchen pantry once and for all.

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1. Check expirations

Unfortunately, its totally normal to have a pantry that can be an abyss of out-of-date packets and cans. So first to make space by throwing things out.

2. Sort into categories

Sort out like with like items, for example tinned food together, packaged pasta together, Baking ingredients etc.

3. Containerise food in tubs / baskets

Place packet and unopened foods into baskets, tubs or containers according to suit the size of your pantry shelves

4. Use stackable clear airtight containers

They make better use of space and will also keep pantry moths at bay. Place all your pantry staples (rice, dry beans, flour, biscuits, etc.) into clear airtight containers or jars to keep them fresh for longer than the original packaging.

5. Shelf riser for cans

Putting tinned items on stepped shelves will ensure you can see everything at a quickly and easily.

6. Love your Lazy Susan! 

These help you make the most of your shelf corners: providing instant access to all the sauces, dressings, and those items that get lost in the depths of the cupboards and shelves

7. Tubs for snacks

Store theses tubs on lower shelves below eye level so you can empty packets into the tub and the whole family can see what’s available.

8. Label it

Always label your food item containers and jars to ensure you remain organised moving forward.

An organised pantry will motivate you to cook and eat healthy and writing your shopping list will be a breeze as you can quickly and easily see what is running out. Write expiry as well on label so food items aren’t forgotten in and older items are consumed first.

A few more smart pantry hacks to consider…

1. Hang an over-the door shoe organiser or an over-door wire rack to make an easy-access spot for all the small things as condiments, drinks, snacks that tend to get lost in the back of your pantry

2.Wire drawers and sliding trays are key if you want to maximize your access of deep shelves.

3.  Seasoning packets can be hung from a humble binder clips and a small wire Command Hook.

5. File away your potatoes, place them in a quick pull out the document / magazine holder.

6. Put the extra spaces at the top of your shelves to work storing foil, chips, coffee, or other narrow things that neatly fill gaps.

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Storage Zones

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Pots, Pans and Appliances

First open your pots and pans drawer or cupboard and sort things into like-with-like items on your countertop. Ensure the items you are going to put back are in good shape, Clean and free of any rust. Now also question how many frying pans do you have and how many do you really need? Do the same with all your pots, baking trays and tins, mixing bowls etc. After your cull stack things in order of use back into the storage cabinet or drawer.

Cooking Utensils

The unruliest drawer in your kitchen, most households have at least one drawer devoted to all cooking utensils — wooden spoons, spatulas to garlic presses to bottle openers and thermometers. Try and get rid of duplicate items that aren’t used and designate a drawer near the stove for utensils you use exclusively for cooking.

Knives

Knives should be near your prep area or counter space. Generally, you will only need five high quality sharp knives for food preparation. If your drawers are loaded with more than this, pare it back. You can install a magnetic strip on the wall of your kitchen next to the food preparation area and you’ll always have quick and easy access to your knives and things off your counter. Use drawer dividers to keep them neat and accessible.

Plastic Food Storage Containers

Overflowing in storage containers? Monitor your use of them by applying a couple of small pieces of masking tape to seal all your containers. As you use them, you’ll break the seal. After six months get rid of the containers that still have unbroken masking tape seals.

As for drink bottles to keep this cupboard tidy magazine files are a great way to help keep the bottles upright and contained from spilling constantly out of the cupboard.

The Crockery Cupboard

That cupboard that stores all your dinner plates, breakfast and dessert bowls. At the back of the cupboard I store dessert cups which are rarely used. Drawers tend to be easier to use and access for crockery items. Use long plastic storage baskets from the local dollar store to help keep the smaller items tidy.

And all those Gizmos & Gadgets

Kitchens tend to attract a ton of “must have” gadgets that end up being useless. Discard anything that has outlived its usefulness. Do you really use those slow cookers, specialty pots and pans, egg slicers, fondue set, or apple corers? Most of the time they’re just taking up valuable counter or cabinet space.

We hope this article has helped you overcome some of your kitchen storage capers! Mooving Matters are the movers that pack and unpack you home or space. If you are time poor and would like someone else to handle your kitchen chaos, then why not have us come show you our decluttering services and professional home organisation packages.

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To arrange a complementary on-site inspection of your home and any packing and 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.

Where to live in Sydney – Northern vs Eastern Suburbs

There is no doubt Sydney is one of the best places to live in the world. It’s known for its high standard of living, open space, spectacular coastline, parks and walks, coupled with a rich and diverse restaurant and café scene just to name a few enticing aspects! So are probably reading this article if you about to move to Sydney or relocate within the state (renting or buying) and not sure where the best location is to live? It’s always a good idea to do a bit of research and weigh up the pros and cons of the best areas to live in, in particular what the North shore and the Eastern suburbs has to offer and which is the right fit for you and your family.

Having moved people all over the Sydney for numerous years, this article by Mooving Matters, your professional home organisers and Moving, packing and unpacking service team, may just help you decide on where you should call home next.

Choosing the best suburb in Sydney for you

When choosing which is the best suburb in Sydney that will be suited for your lifestyle and circumstances, it’s important to consider the main factors that are most important to you. 

Recent livability study’s of Sydney has found that those living in the east were more likely to have shorter commute times. However, commute times were seen as less important to those living to the west, where family homes are more affordable.

For young professionals, Proximity to their workplace tends to be one of their biggest priorities, however, for those couples with young families having a spacious property and yard is often more important. 

When you start your research focus specifically on the following features of a suburb;

  • The median price of local property
  • Types of accommodation available – houses or units
  • Proximity to shopping centres
  • Public transport options and frequency
  • Distance to your workplace
  • How quiet the area is and if there is any areas in major construction
  • The current local crime rate
  • What local amenities like schools, parks and swimming pools are nearby
  • What parking is available – on property and on the street
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The Northern Suburbs – The Pros and Cons

The North shore, (being the northern beaches) and lower northern suburbs of Sydney encompasses the following areas: Manly, Freshwater, Curlcurl, Newport, Seaforth, Dee Why, Mosman, Cremorne, Neutral Bay, Crowsnest, Cammeray, Linfield, Roseville, Killara, Wahronga, Willoughby, Northbridge, Castle Cove, Lane cove, Chatswood, North Sydney, Milsons Point, McMahons Point, Wollstonecraft, Greenwich, Waverton, Hunters Hill.

The PROS OF THE NORTH SIDE:

Sydney’s North Shore and Northern Beaches North Shore and are by surprise popular for property owners. Suburbs in the area have a more laid back feeling than those closer to the city. It’s the winning combination of water views, top class beaches and prestigious schools. The lower north shore suburbs have dominated the top suburb rankings, seven of the top 10 in Sydney.

According to the Urban Living Index and other recent suburb surveys,  Crows Nest and Milsons Point have been voted as the most liveable suburb in Sydney. They gained 10 out of 10 for liveability due to walkability, lack of airport noise, visibility of harbour views, culture, employment and transport. They also rated highly for important indicators as proximity to shops and cafes and schools and parks. Other suburbs that top the list are North Sydney, Lavender Bay, Neutral Bay, Kirribilli and Manly and Fairlight

Looking toward the upper bushland areas of the northern region, Hornsby and Waitara also reached high marks of the Urban Living Index and Domain’s livability study

PROS OF LOWER NORTH SHORE (Neutral Bay, Lavender Bay, North Sydney, Kirribilli, Waverton)

Offering a more relaxed way of life, this peaceful district of Sydney is only an express bus or train stop over the Harbour Bridge to the CBD or you can jump on ferry. With its numerous classy cafes taking in the stunning harbour views, its no wonder why there is no doubt some of Sydney’s most voted liveable suburbs are here.

The real estate landscape across the area varies, with everything from stunning waterfront houses to federation mansions and lower density apartment blocks.

Many have found that the lower North shore also offers better quality housing for your budget. The median house price in Crows Nest is $1,750,000, while units are at $835,000. On the upper North Shore the sought after Waitara has a median unit price of $655,000.

Crows Nest has some great dining options, North Sydney has your local shopping centre and next suburb over is Chatswood, with Westfield and the Chase.

Balmoral Beach is a gorgeous family beach in Sydney, know as local gem. You won’t find many tourists here and it’s the perfect place to live if you’re after somewhere clean and more on the upper scale of decent suburbs.

PROS OF NORTHERN BEACHES (Manly, Fairlight, Balgowlah, Curl Curl, Dee Why)

Taking things up a notch on the relaxed factor is the northern beaches. With its it’s leafy streets and a strong beach culture. These localities have numerous tranquil coastal havens and area offers plentiful spacious, generous sized family homes with great sized back yards.

Even though Manly might be crazy busy, it still offers quite a relaxed vibe. It’s not nearly as pretentious and gym junky focused as Bondi. Many locals love the walk down to little Shelly Beach on the ocean front.

Manly and surrounding beaches are really like a little holiday town where the main street is pedestrianised and most walk around bare feet.

Whilst it might offer up the best commute in the world, the Manly ferry takes about 30 minutes or around 20 minutes on the fast ferry to Circular Quay 

In terms of affordability in Fairlight, the median house price is currently $2,110,00, while units are currently at $1,100,000.

THE CONS OF THE NORTH SIDE:

CONS OF LOWER NORTH SHORE

Kirribilli is a picturesque suburb with quant village feel however for some the weekly harbour fireworks can became really annoying. You’ll be able to hear a lot of noise on the Harbour on weekends, from boat parties to all sorts. Noise on the water travels far, the noise from Luna Park can echo really far so choose your apartment wisely

Lavender Bay another lovely location has a lot of apartments, but they can be pretty small.

We found North Sydney to be a bit deserted on weekends. It’s the sort of place you’d work in, not live in. Nightlife and restaurants are also slim pickings this side of the bridge.

CONS OF NORTHERN BEACHES

Unfortunately, Spit Bridge is the main culprit! There’s only one main road into the northern beaches. There are also no trains, so you have to really enjoy the bus, or try and position yourself within walking distance of Manly Wharf. Overall, the vibe’s pretty conservative and family-orientated, and the nightlife is slowly picking up. Because Manly is much further away than a lot of the city suburbs, a lot of people who live in Manly actually never venture further out.

The Northern beaches unfortunately doesn’t offer plentiful eating options as its east side, however it still has some great options.

Manly pretty much shuts shop around 12am on a Friday night so if you’re into the partying vibe, definitely head to Bondi and its surrounding burbs.

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The Eastern Suburbs – The Pros and Cons

Flipping to the east side, the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney covers the following suburbs: Darling Point, Point Piper, Dover Heights, Bellevue Hill, Rose Bay, Double Bay, Bondi, Tamarama, Bronte, Clovelly, Coogee, Woollahra, Watsons Bay, Woolwich, Queens Park, Rushcutters Bay, Waverley, Paddington, Edgecliff, Elizabeth  Bay, Kensington and Randwick.

THE PROS OF EAST SIDE:

Home to some of Sydney’s most prime real estate and stones throw from the city’s iconic beaches and harbour and schools . You’ll find wide leafy streets and harbour views, at a price premium. 

Many suburbs in the Eastern Suburbs rank highly in the Urban Living Index, including beachside postcodes such as Bondi, Bronte and Double Bay, including those eastern suburbs closer to the city as Woolloomooloo and Darlinghurst and Paddington. Potts Point and Randwick also rank highly.

The Sydney’s eastern suburbs it’s a pretty peaceful and attractive part of the world. Like the Northern suburbs the east side has plenty of surf spots, beaches, ocean pools, harbour and coastal walks with close accessibility to shops and dining options. Bondi, has lots of awesome clean eating cafes that could take a bit of time to work through.

The inner east is the beating heart of Sydney. You really can’t get more central than this, where you are able to walk into the city or jump on all kinds of public transport In Surry Hills and Potts Point the restaurant scene is strong, with lots of nightlife options on your doorstep. Darlinghurst, is also home to Sydney’s LGBT community

Watsons Bay, Vaucluse and Rose Bay are some of the most desirable and safest areas to live in in Sydney. Properties in the east vary in styles from stunning Victorian terraces to slick modern medium density housing to charming art deco inspired apartments.

Maroubra, having its own beach, an excellent cafe culture and some attractively priced homes, is definitely worth considering. Here buyers may find the suburb more affordable with the median house price sitting at $1,769,500, and units at $820,000

Bondi Junction is the main hub of the Eastern Suburbs with a good Westfield shopping mall and train line into the city.

THE CONS OF THE EAST SIDE:

The major downside about living in Bondi or Rose Bay, Watsons Bay or Vaucluse is transport. For some reason, Sydney transport never built a train line down to any of the beaches in the Eastern Suburbs, so most people take the bus to and from work. But don’t think for a moment that they come as a bargain

It’s no secret that Eastern Suburbs real estate is expensive. In one of Australia’s most exclusive postcodes, Point Piper, the median house price is over $14,000,000 with $3,000,00 for an apartment.

In Sydney’s inner east, don’t expect your money to go far. The areas closest to CBD are loud and busy, most of the time. Unfortunately, being woken in early morning by shouting is a common occurrence. Cockroaches, also a real problem, and some areas you need to be happy to occasionally commingle with homeless people and drug-addicts.

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Northern Suburbs or Eastern Suburbs – The choice is always yours…

The Eastern Suburbs offers more of a cosmopolitan lifestyle with the North Shore possessing more of a laid-back vibe. Both are close to essential amenities and the CBD.

AMENITIES:

The Eastern Suburbs is well served by Bondi Junction as one of Sydney’s best shopping precincts. It is serviced by world-class hospitals in Royal Randwick and St Vincent’s in Darlinghurst. It also houses some of the best schools in the country including Cranbrook, Scots, Kincoppal and Ascham.

That quality of amenities and care is similar on the North Shore with Chatswood as its prime shopping district, Royal North Shore Hospital and the Northern Beaches Hospital and schools including Shore, St Joseph’s, Abbotsleigh and Queenwood.

Locals enjoy a good quality of life in both areas

For family homes you do get more value for money in the north. Ultimately it all depends on which side of the bridge you want to live on.

PROXIMITY TO THE CITY:

Both the Lower North Shore and the heart of the Eastern Suburbs are close to the CBD, making commuting relatively easier. At their closest both locations are just a train stop away from the city.

Outer areas of the east, like Watsons Bay (11.5km) and Clovelly (8.5km) are further away. In the north, the sought-after Mosman is 8.5km afield, while Manly is 17km away and Palm Beach, 45km.

who want to be close to the city, are keen to live in Paddington and Woollahra in the east but they are also keen on McMahon’s Point and Kirribilli in the north. They don’t necessarily have a preference

The city is also easily accessible from the Upper North Shore via public transport.

“From the Lower North Shore to the Upper North Shore, that train line is a very easy way to commute,” Mr Bramley said

MAKING THE BIG DECISION

The deciding factor is often value for money, what sits within is your budget

Its also depends greatly on what stage of life you are at? What are your family’s needs? A five-bed house, a two-bed unit or in between?”

There are plenty of pros but no real cons of either the north or the east. Either way both suburbs are a good move.

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Whether you are looking to move to the Northern or Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, Mooving Matters your professional home organisers, full service packers and movers Sydney are here to help. The experienced Mooving Matters team will get you packing , moving and unpacking as soon as possible. To arrange a complementary on-site inspection of your home and any packing and 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.

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!

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