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Preparing to Downsize Using These Helpful Tips

You’ve decided to downsize. After finding the perfect place and closing on your new home, oftentimes the panic starts to set in. Thoughts start racing through your mind as you lay awake at night wondering what you’re going to do with all your stuff. You have so many treasured items you’ve been holding on to for years, now you’re asking yourself “keep it or trash it?”

As you start the downsizing process, it is recommended you make a concerted effort to work on one room at a time to avoid feeling overwhelmed. As you begin assessing and sorting through your household items, keep three categories in mind: save, donate, or throw away.

Questions to Ask Yourself

We have created a few questions to help make your downsizing plans go as smoothly as possible. When sorting through items stored in various areas of your home, ask yourself the following questions:

            Do I love it? Have I used/worn it in the last six months?

            Does it have sentimental value?

            Am I keeping it out of obligation or expectation?

            Is it broken? If yes, is it fixable?

            Do I own more than one of these?

Asking yourself these simple questions should give you some guidelines when going through your items. How you answer these questions will give you a more definite idea as to whether you want to save, donate, or throw away items. Remember, if you find yourself keeping something “just in case,” it’s a good indication you should donate it or put it in storage.

 Measure your Furniture

In addition to sorting through smaller items, you need to reassess the “big” stuff. Measure your furniture and large decorative pieces such as sculptures, paintings, etc. Get the measurements of your new rooms to be sure your current furniture will fit. Before moving into your new home, create a mock layout of each room. Use the furniture and room dimensions to ensure your large items will fit. Creating a mock layout is a terrific way to evaluate your furniture and to decide if you will keep it or buy new.

If you find yourself getting rid of numerous household items, consider hosting a yard sale! Getting extra cash from your old stuff is always nice! Yard sales are great incentives for household owners to part with more items.

Storing your Items

Once you have downsized and completed your move, you may be challenged with a lack of storage space in your new home. Take advantage of the nooks and crannies your home may have. These hidden spaces, such as under a staircase or odd-sized closets, can be transformed into storage spaces. Both are great places to build shelving units. Shelves are one of the best ways to store a variety of items, and you can even add decorative bins to shelving units to group together smaller items that are hard to store — while dressing the shelf up! Another great place to utilize for extra storage is under your bed. Invest in long, skinny containers that you can slide under your bed, as this storage spot is perfect for those “someday” items. Finally, invest in an ottoman that has a removable top where you can store blankets or other household items. Ottomans are a terrific asset that have multiple uses.

Oftentimes, downsizing creates a headache and a whole lot of stress no one wants to add to their daily lives. With these pointers, we are hoping it will help make your downsizing process go as smoothly as possible.

We realize moving needs are unique for every customer, so we’re ready to customize a move to ensure the best moving experience. Our uniformed movers and drivers participate in extensive training; they are permanent employees and undergo background checks and drug testing. They are committed to exceeding expectations and ensuring your move is completed efficiently to keep your moving costs affordable.

 

 

 

How to De-clutter Your Home Before You Move

Moving is not something that you should take lightly, especially if you have a lot of possessions to move. You can lighten the load and save some money by de-cluttering your home before you move. However, de-cluttering itself can be a very time-consuming task. If you do not have a good system in place, you might end up getting rid of the things you need and keeping the things that you do not need.

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Here are some proven tips on how to de-clutter your home before moving:

1. Mentally Prepare For Your Move:
Almost every item that you have had for a long time, likely has some sentimental value attached to it. If you are not mentally prepared, you will find it hard to get rid of them. Once you have decided to declutter your home, you must detach yourself from each item and look at it objectively. Otherwise, you will find your new home cluttered from day one.

2. Start Early:
De-cluttering can take a lot of time. Ideally, you should start decluttering six weeks before the move. If you don’t start early, you may be left with a lot of things that you don’t know what to do with and end up taking them to your new home.

3. Sort Out Your Possessions Into Four Categories:
Separate your items into four categories: items to be kept, thrown away, donated, or sold. If you don’t separate them, you may mix them up. So, designate four different areas in your house to keep the different categories of items organized.

4. Get Rid of Unwanted Items As Soon As You Can:
Try not to let the unwanted items gather dust until the day of
 moving. Get rid of them as soon as you sort them out. Pack the things you have deemed useless and throw them away. Find a charity or a recipient for the things that you have decided to donate or give away. Have a garage sale, advertise online or find a buyer for the things you are going to sell.

5. Ask For Help:
When de-cluttering, you may feel overwhelmed due to the variety of things you may have forgotten you have. If sorting through your things are just too much for you to handle, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Ask your relatives, friends or neighbors for help.

 

Employee Appreciation Day -UCONN vs UCF



 

 

 

 

 



We had  a great time watching the Huskies bring down a win this past Saturday. What a great way to spend our Employee Appreciation Day, cheering on the UCONN Huskies to victory!

Can Moving With Kids Be Less Painful?

If you have kids, you have tons of stuff.  From the moment you find out you are expecting, you start acquiring so many things that your house may resemble a baby store. And because you have so many new “things” your house feels like it is swallowing you whole, and you decide to move.  You want more space, a backyard, more storage or another bedroom. Or you may want to be close to family, in a better school district, or are moving for a better job.

Now you have to PACK all of that stuff up and MOVE it while you have a little one who needs your constant attention. Seriously, who wants to move with kids?!?!

 

1) Forget any past moves. This is a completely different ballgame.  You have KIDS now.  You NEED to have a good and reputable moving company who will be there when they promise, who will do the job you require and not ADD to an already difficult situation. 

 

 A good moving company will come and give you a free, no obligation visual estimate that will help you accurately budget for your move.  They will make suggestions for you, like whether they can help you pack, what you can do to simplify the move, and little steps you can take to get ready which will make move day faster and save you stress and money.  And a good moving company will be professional from the first call.  

 

 Their movers are reliable, trustworthy people who you would WANT to be touching and moving your most valuable possessions.  They care about your items.  They want to help make the move easy for you.  They make suggestions about where to put items in your smaller new kitchen.

 

 Going above and beyond is what a good moving company will do.  Unfortunately, it is SO hard to tell the good ones from the bad ones or the so-so ones until you have actually worked with them.

 

 Lippincott Van Lines goes above and beyond on EVERY move! From the first phone call to the estimate, and every step along the way, we are there to help you and make everything go smoothly! Below are some tips to help during the process.

 

 2) Get someone to watch your child while you pack and plan the move.  While spending time with your child is your first priority, distractions from them can be challenging and cause you to lose focus. Not to mention how much time you will save without your little helpers.

 

 3) Consider getting help packing.  Looking at all of your items that need to be packed can be daunting.  Add a toddler who unpacks as you pack, well that’s not fun! Getting help packing is inexpensive and helps prep you for an easier move!

 

 Not only do we sell the packing supplies you will need, but we can pack one room for you or your entire house!

 

 4) Make sure your child’s bedding is readily accessible (consider moving this yourself) or packing it last in the truck so your child has as few disturbances to their sleeping environment as possible.  Have the crib or bed built first so your child can nap and/or sleep well in their new room.

 

 5) Consider moving on a Friday so you have all weekend to unpack, get organized and situated before heading back to work / normal life. What I can tell you is that moving is stressful. Moving with kids is more stressful.  So do as many things as possible to defuse stress from your move to make it go as easily as possible!

 

 

 

UCONN VS. UCF

Hello out there all you Huskies fans! Come on out and join Lippincott Van Lines as we cheer on the UCONN Huskies tomorrow at Rentschler field! We will be celebrating our Employee Appreciation day as we cheer on our Huskies!