Take a Mental Vacation

Take a Mental Vacation

We’re over halfway through the summer. If you didn’t have time to take a relocation vacation, make sure you at least take time for yourself by disconnecting. Follow the tips below.

3 Ways to Take a Mental Vacation

  1. Start your morning reading a book or a magazine - If only for 15 minutes while you have your cup of coffee. So many of us jump right into work thoughts the second we wake up. Escaping into some fiction for a few quiet minutes in the morning will do wonders for you throughout the day.

  2. Hit the mute button - Find a spot where you don't hear the noise you can not control. So often this is the sound of cars and trucks speeding down our roadways. Sitting in a park listening to footsteps, church bells, bicycles, trees swaying, or rain splashing on the sidewalk can be most refreshing.

  3. Turn off the hand held devices -Everything is on the phone - work emails, Twitter, Facebook, family, friends so we constantly check it. Twice a day set your phone down on your desk and take a 10 minute walk. When you get back you will feel refreshed. Also, never take your phone to bed, leave it in the kitchen.

Have you tried any of these in the past or have additional tips? We’d love to know - comment below!

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Take the BIG Stress out of your Relocation

Take the BIG Stress out of your Relocation

Planning to move this spring? Don't let them see you sweat! Here are 5 reasons why you should hire Org & Relo to coordinate your move:

1. Time is Money
Be realistic with your timeline. *It takes an estimated 24-36 hours (without distractions or breaks) for the average person to pack a 4-bedroom house. And, that doesn't include living life in between boxes.

2. Your Treasures are our Treasures
When you hire us to unpack and organize, rest assured that you’re doing it right the first time. We handle complicated projects with utmost efficiency and care, which reduces the stress of moving.

3. Confidentiality
Moving is an up close and personal project. There aren't many industries where you'll find yourself elbow deep in a client's underwear drawer within the first 24 hours. Our teams of professional organizers, understand and respect the importance of privacy and confidentiality during this time.

4. It's All in the Details
Moving boxes is one thing. Unpacking and organizing them is a whole nother ball game. Org & Relo does it all. We handle every last detail so that you don't have to. Everything from Pre-Move Prep to recommending the best movers, unpacking, and even setting up systems of organization tailored to your family's lifestyle.

5. Peace of Mind
Moving is the 3rd most stressful life event behind death and divorce. Let us carry the weight, both physically and emotionally. We'll go over every question or concern in our introduction session to make sure we're both on the same page before the move.

Want to be hands off for the move? Organization & Relocation will manage your move from start to finish! Contact us today for a consultation.

*https://www.unpakt.com/blog/questions-and-answers/how-long-does-it-take-movers-to-pack-a-house/

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Prepare for the busiest month in moving!

Prepare for the busiest month in moving!

Prepare for the busiest month in moving!

Did you know most moving companies are booked three months ahead for the last week of July? Better weather, leases ending and beginning, and home buying highs are just a few reasons why this time is so busy.

Org & Relo offers a complete relocation concierge including vetting and booking moving companies. Contact us today!

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Decluttering During the Grieving Process

Decluttering During the Grieving Process

Decluttering During the Grieving Process

During one of our recent assignments working with a client in their master closet and bathroom a personal tragedy struck the day before we arrived. While the client still wanted us to work on their space, the team was very cognizant of being respectful of the client’s emotional needs and expected to shorten the time spent that day and complete the assignment at a later less stressful time.

The day turned out much different however, as the client found our work to be a relief during the logistical chaos of dealing with loss. At the end of the day a well organized master closet and bath turned out to be the best antidote to manage with the uncertainty of life’s uncertain journey.

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The Secret Life of Your Appliances

The Secret Life of Your Appliances

We all have them.  Those cool appliances that will “change our lives”.  Some of them are handy and get used.  I love throwing a few ingredients in the Crock Pot and then coming home to a delicious smelling meal ready to eat.  And the family loves it too!  And that blender gets used daily to whip up a yummy protein smoothie.   

Then there are those appliances that are hiding in the bottom corner of the panty…did you even know you owned a baby food maker?  Or that fancy Spiralizer? Remember that late night QVC purchase that was a good idea at the time but never came out of the box?

Pantry and kitchen cabinets quickly become cramped and disorganized.  Are you experiencing that?  Those small appliances take up so much real estate. 

Here is my challenge to you.On the next rainy day, pull out every single appliance you own (and all the parts and pieces) and evaluate what you use and what can go away.And if you are feeling up to it, go ahead and whip out a loaf of bread for old times sake, sending that bread maker out with a memory.

Written by: Jennifer Gowler, Director of Operations

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Marrying Two Households – “Do you stuff take me stuff”

Marrying Two Households – “Do you stuff take me stuff”

Recently we just did a full house, many room, closet by closet organization for a couple who although were married 2 years ago, just recently decided they needed to purge items that were overwhelming them as a couple, because their “stuff” came with them when they married.

Marrying Two Households – “Do you stuff take me stuff”

As the average age of individuals getting married increases, the reality of each person coming into the marriage with their own household full of contents is very real. AND that is on top of all the new items acquired through showers and wedding presents!!

So let the decluttering and elimination begin!

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Bands, Boxes and Belts, Hooray!

 Bands, Boxes and Belts, Hooray!

Simple is good, simple works, check this out!

Take a look at this picture, that's my cat Lily, she had to be in the shot, LOL.

Do you love belts as much as I do?  All sizes, colors, widths and design but how to store them with ease? If they hang in the closet it takes up valuable space and it's difficult to grab one quickly.

Here is your solution!

Use rubber bands on each belt to keep tightly stored in a pretty container for your drawer. I open my drawer and they are beautifully displayed. I use more of my belts now because I see what I own! Don't forget to trash or donate the ones you really never use, free up space for the ones you do.

Written by: JD Farley, Project Manager

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Out of Site, Out of Mind

Out of Site, Out of Mind

When you think of organizing, we generally think of purging and decluttering and reducing what the amount of contents we store and have in general. While that is true, how we store, and accessibility of our contents also need to be taken into consideration.

Being able to see stored contents makes a huge difference in being able to utilize products long term and prevents purchasing duplicate items which leads to the feeling of clutter and being overwhelmed.

Although wicker and linen baskets can offer a lovely design or decorating touch, they offer can “hide” stored items and contribute to the continued cycle of clutter. We recommend clear storage solution or labeling a not visible storage container. There are a variety of beautiful labeling options that can satisfy even the most discriminating design palate AND make sure everything stored is still visible!

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Once, twice, three times, let’s PURGE!

Once, twice, three times, let’s PURGE!

Once, twice, three times, let’s  PURGE!

My husband Steve and I have moved many times over the past seven years. From the house our kids were raised in New England, we relocated to a townhouse in Florida, then into our current high rise condo in Denver. This, with apartments in-between while searching and purchasing real estate.

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“Going Shopping” When Organizing

“Going Shopping” When Organizing

When I work with clients during an unpack and organize, before I begin to put the items away I like to sort, categorize, and present them as if the items were on display in a store.   I find that if you present the items in a visually pleasing way people tend to make quick and concise decisions about what stays and what goes.  Even kitchen utensils deserve to be presented in an appealing way. When a client sees that they have 10 spatulas and really only 2-3 that they use, it makes it easier to decide what goes.  I like to call it “going shopping”.  When I am doing a master closet that’s when things get really fun and you can be creative as well as efficient in the way you lead a client through the closet, by categorizing clothing in groups such as: workout, casual dress, fancy clothes, etc. I also like to practice this at home when I am seasonally changing out clothes in my closet or sorting my grown children’s left behind items in the mudroom.  Sometimes I will FaceTime them with all the items displayed so they can make quick decisions.  It may take a little more time on the front end, but it’s worth it in order to move through the decision making in a quick manner.  So next time you are organizing a part of your world, put everything on display and go shopping! 

Written by: Leslie Dietrich, Project Manager

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Kids are Inherently Hoarders

Kids are Inherently Hoarders

Kids and all their treasures, well in their sweet, innocent eyes they are treasures. To many parents it is just junk, trash and in my case a lot of rocks. Sometimes not even rocks but chunks of concrete. So how do we battle the clutter of kid “treasures”? I implanted the “Treasure Chest” aka the junk box. For each of my 3 children their chests look very different, my eldest is on the spectrum, so his box has nuts, bolts screws, even pencil shavings. All somehow work into a master plan to build a snowplow and use the pencil shavings as snow. He has been gathering these “treasures” for years. My daughter’s chest is full beads and sequins and anything pretty. And my youngest son’s is rock, mulch and sticks, all treasures in his eyes.  It is our agreement that if it fits in the chest then it won’t be thrown away.

Twice a year we completely purge their rooms. All 3 kids have their birthdays near Christmas, which gave me the great excuse to implement the donation schedule. In order to make room for new birthday and Christmas gifts we must first make a box to take to donate for girls and boys that don’t have as many toys. Amazingly the kids get very excited to do this, they discover toys they had forgot about, find toys that they are longer interested it and always find new ‘treasures” to add to their treasure chests. I allow them to sort the chests and decide what they can part with. It gives them the responsibility to decide for themselves if that feather or rock or sequin still brings them joy or if it is in fact just junk. Through this process my kids have grown to make decisions on their own as well as to stay organized.

I hope you find these tips helpful with all the kid junk, I mean treasures.

 

Written by: Erin Pickering, Project Coordinator

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Paying Attention to Detail

Paying Attention to Detail

On a recent vacation, my husband I stayed in a very small resort in the Bahamas.  The resort is run by an older couple from Italy who have made a new life building and running an amazing vacation getaway.  The secret to their success has been personally seeing to every detail and going above and beyond to make sure that every little corner of their establishment is perfect.  They also had clear systems in place to ensure that each day certain areas of the resort were cleaned and organized.  Basically the secret to a successful and well organized home/resort/workplace is consistent and detailed daily upkeep.  It certainly made for a relaxed and pleasant vacation!

 

Written by: Leslie Dietrich, Project Manager

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Spring Organizing Made Easy

Spring Organizing Made Easy
  1. MAKE A PLAN
    Choose one room at a time.  Prioritize what area is the most important or require attention first.  “Without clarity of a plan or a goal, there is a tendency to be overwhelmed with the task of organizing,”

  2. LESS REALLY IS MORE
    In order to organize you need space and that usually requires reducing, or "purging" what you already have.  But it need not be a negative process!  Set up bins so that sorting is easy, or hire Org & Relo where we can walk you through the process and dispose of items you no longer need. 

  3. SETTING UP SYSTEMS
    You may want to start with small spaces first and build confidence.  Try and keep yourself from being distracted and emotional about the task ahead.  Org & Relo offers services that can help you ease the burden and stress of any space large or small.

RELOCATION TIP:
It is important to use the correct box based on weight and size of the item.

  • Small book boxes – ideal for books, small heavy items, pantry.

  • Medium boxes – ideal for folded clothes, shoes, kitchen items that are not dishes.

  • Large boxes – ideal for bedding, large bulky items that are not too heavy.

Are you planning a move this year? Contact us today to get on our schedule! The best moving companies book out 2-3 months in advance, don't wait until 2 weeks before!

Written by: Corinne O’Doherty

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Project Recap: Getting Organized After the Death of a Loved One

Project Recap: Getting Organized After the Death of a Loved One

We recently worked with a widow whose husband had died 3 years ago and she is putting her house, which she has lived in for over 30 years on the market.  The basement and garage were full of her husband’s old hobby equipment. To her and her grown children is was a mountain of “junk , a hurdle, a burden, an obstacle preventing her to move on with her life. 

When she first spoke with Org & Relo, she just wanted everything “gone”.  On closer analysis however, we were able to identify items of not only financial value but personal value to her and her family.  With a team of four organizers we were able to sort items for resell and donation, cutting down on the amount that would be removed for trash.  Saving her not only the cost of disposal but also making her money with the reselling of her husband’s tools and ham/short wave radios. 

All those cost savings pale in comparison however to the true treasure on of our organizers found when culling through her husband’s old text books; a manuscript he wrote about his experiences during the Korean War.  Priceless.  Now that her basement and garage are empty of the mountains of old books and unused electrical equipment, our client can move forward with the next phase of her life with her children and grandchildren AND have important mementos that honor her late husband which she can share and pass on.

 

Written by: Corinne O'Doherty, Project Manager

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Make Storage Peace not War!

Make Storage Peace not War!

When your house in going on the market, your realtor will encourage you to cleanup, clear out and create less distractions for potential buyers. New owners want to imagine their belongings in a space, not yours.

At Organization & Relocation, we have the perfect system to get your house market ready.  What to do with the stuff you want to keep, but need out of the house for showings?

In a word, storage units. After Org & Relo helps you sort, categorize and decide what to keep, donate or trash, we pack every box personalized and tailored to you. 

Every household member has their box color coded and label clearly, making it easy to see whose box is whose in the storage unit.

 Plus, when your house sells, you and your family are already partially packed and ready to move on!

Call us today, let's get your house ready for sale in the best way possible!

 

 

Written by: JD Farley, Project Manager

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Mitigating Mud Season

Mitigating Mud Season

As Spring is bursting forth it’s glorious show of blooms, blossoms, and greenery, another factor that comes with it, is mud. In climates where Spring has fits and starts with sunshine one day and snow the next, there is a profusion of mud.  This can be especially trying if you are a dog owner and enjoy hiking or walking with them.  One of the ways I combat bringing Spring’s glory inside is to designate a pair of shoes that are strictly for muddy walks only.  I keep them outside my mud room door and once the mud dries, I clap them together to get the big chunks off.  

In order to clean my dogs I keep a stack of “dog towels” handy by the back door.  My small dog goes directly in my mud room sink for a quick paw and belly wash with a rub down using a dry, clean towel.  My big dog gets the similar cleaning, but I use a small bucket filled part way with warm water that I place on a towel, but I place it toward the bottom of the towel. This is so that after I have dipped his front paws in the bucket they can drip dry on the front of the towel while I attend to the back legs.  I also have on the ready a damp smaller towel or rag to do a quick wipe down of his belly and upper legs.  Lastly, another dry towel is used to finish off the job.  I find that this is an easy and efficient way to keep the muddy paws in check.  The key to this process is preparing the bucket and towels before departing for your walk or hike.  

Keeping all entryways to the house swept and free of mud and dirt is also a good way to keep it from coming inside.  If it is especially messy outside, I will place a dog towel inside the door for people to place their muddy shoes on.  

Spring is a wonderful time of year, but it is also a little messy!

 

Written by: Leslie Dietrich, Project Manager

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The M Word

The M Word

Realtor √ Movers √ Move Coordinator…what is that?

It is no secret that moving (aka The M Word) is a stressful process.  Whether you are moving 2 blocks or hundreds of miles, the same steps need to be done to get your family and all your belongings from Point A to Point B.  For many, just the thought of everything that needs to be done keeps them from even entertaining the thought of moving.  Is this you?  There are many obstacles to prevent you from making that decision but worrying about how to orchestrate a move in addition to you everyday life responsibilities does not need to be one.  There is help!

When I share with someone what I do for a living the number one response I get is “I didn’t even know that service exists!”  Well, it does. 

5 Reasons to Hire Org & Relo to help with your move

1. You are already operating at peak capacity. We deal with the movers, packing, unpacking, organizing and so much more.  You could even go on vacation during the move!

2. You have no idea where to start.  We do!

3. You are physically unable to oversee movers all day, pack, and unpack.  It would take you years to get unpacked and settled.  We have a team of experienced organizers to make your house a home in a matter of days!

4. You love to decorate and personalize your home.  You still can!  We do the “not so fun” tasks making it easy for you to add the final touches as you settle in to your new home.

5. You are a business moving.  Yes, we do business moves or all sizes!  Why burden your employees (or in many cases one employee) with everything that needs to happen to move an office to a new location? Hiring Org&Relo allows you to continue doing business and move with minimal interruption knowing you still have the control. 

Don’t be afraid to shout the “M” word.  Org & Relo has your back.  Who knows… you may end up loving to move.

 

Written by: Jennifer Gowler, Director of Operations

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The Professional Organizers Guide to Clothing Consignment & Resale

The Professional Organizers Guide to  Clothing Consignment & Resale

Sometimes I will have a client that is purging clothing and some pieces are too nice to just donate. If the client is amenable to me handling the resale of these items there are a few things I consider before taking them to consignment.  The first is checking the items for any holes, snags, or stains. Then I consider the brand, most high end consignments won’t take mass produced brands.  They are looking for the luxury brands or unique one off brands.  Another thing I consider is season. Most consignments only take clothes seasonally. I like to create separate piles of fall/winter and spring/summer items to consign at the appropriate season. Another option is selling them through an app like Poshmark, but keep in mind this is a time consuming task that requires photographing each piece, posting it then you have to send it to buyer. It can make more money, but how much is it worth your time?  

I like to give my client all of these options and am always happy to accommodate their needs.

 

Written by: Leslie Dietrich, Project Manager

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Organizing Myth Busters

Organizing Myth Busters

MYTH #1

"I need organizing products in order to start organizing"

Not true.  Once you have sorted and eliminated what you no longer need or use often you can utilize what you already have.  When you do purchase organizing solutions, you will not overbuy! 

MYTH #2

"My space after organizing doesn't look like pictures I've seen."

Yes, we want our home and workspaces to look appealing, but ultimately the purpose of organizing is so that we can function efficiently. Taking your time an accepting that the end result may not look like a designer magazine is ok!

MYTH #3

"The simple act of decluttering with make you happy"

There's a lot of talk about the emotional benefits or organizing, but if it doesn't function for your lifestyle it's not going to alleviate long term stress.  Explore products and storage solutions that fit your needs and lifestyle.

Written by: Corinne O’Doherty, Project Manager

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All aboard! - or not?

All aboard! - or not?

Planning a move?  Chances are, someone in your household is not so eager as you are to make the change.  Who is dragging their feet?  Your spouse who just finally started to feel like your house was a home after months (or maybe years) of finding just the right furniture, art work, and paint color?  Your 7-year-old who has only lived in one place his/her whole life so far?  Your dog who knows the best places to bury their bone? Or is it you – dreading the idea of packing, packing, and more packing…then figuring out how to move items from point A to point B, then unpacking, unpacking, and more unpacking…and trying to still work at the same time!

We talk about it often.  Moving is one of the top stressful life events.  That said, there are those individuals who love to move.  They are invigorated by the changes and new opportunities that a relocation can offer.  Maybe that I you.  If the move involves more than a one person household, likely someone is not on board 100%. 

Here are a few tips to dealing with moving when everyone is NOT “All aboard”.

  • Talk about it and make the decision to move together.  Listen to each other’s positives about moving and also their concerns.  They may be different, they may still not want to move, and that is ok.  Just acknowledging each others feelings is huge.

  • Involve them in the process of making the house a home.  Let them choose the paint color for their room, pick out a new rug, or write a special message on the floor before the new carpet is installed.

  • If possible, visit the house together as a family before the move happens.  Maybe have a picnic in the dining room or take sleeping bags and have a sleepover before all the “stuff” arrives.  This is a good reminder that memories are created by being surrounded by our loved ones and not material things. 

  • Explore the community together by eating at a local restaurant, checking out the local shops, join the neighborhood page to get suggestions of local events. 

  • Be patient.  Change is hard, even when it is for the best. 

Written by: Jennifer Gowler, Project Manager

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