DE-CLUTTERING YOUR HOME

As humans, we naturally have a thing for collecting things and a mentality that “it’ll be used later”. As the years go by, your spacious home becomes a storage for knick knacks with little room to breathe. As you are preparing yourself for the big moving day, now will be the perfect opportunity to DE-clutter. It is not as overwhelming as you think. Here are some helpful tips:

  • ORGANIZE– Here is what you determine which items are truly going to go to a donation, to the trash, garage sale or with you. Make an area as your ‘no clutter zone’. Always start on one side of the room, one room at a time. Each room should be labeled to keep organized. Ask yourself, do you love it? Are you going to use it? If the answer is no, get rid of it. Visualize your end result.
  • BEGIN WITH SMALL- Okay! If I start on the big items such as clothing, I can tackle the small. WRONG! Once we clean out the closet and look at all of the little items around, motivation is gone and gets pushed off delaying your packing and adds stress! DE-clutter! You don’t want to be in your new home to see a box labeled ‘junk’ just to be taking space.
  • SET AN ALLOTTED TIME– We understand, your day to day is occupied with work, or  your kids, school, activities, errands or your pets. Set time for yourself each day as you are getting closer to the move day to organize and pack. Be consistent as you can daily.
  • THROW ON THE TUNES– Who said packing is stressful? It is a new chapter in your life so why not make the best of it and throw on your playlist as you sort through your items, share memories, get a good laugh in from all of those old silly costumes and Christmas sweaters, photos or sentimental items.

PACKING

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As you start planning and sorting, think about what your belongings are going to go into. Also what kind of materials are you going to use to keep them sturdy during the ride.

  • Don’t over pack a moving box. This can cause breakage. We provide boxes and materials at your convenience, but if you choose your own, be sure they are durable and the correct size. Consider flattening your boxes after a move and store for later.
  • Be sure to place heavy items in small boxes rather than large, or place them in totes. Take advantage of your suitcases! They are useful for packing as well. Lastly, make sure to pack an essential tote for the new house you’ll use immediately.
  • Label your boxes! Nothing screams, “this sucks” than blindly guessing where to put boxes in and attempting to stay organized. This will cause stress and delay for not only you and your family, but for our professionals who are helping and extremely busy.

 

FRAGILE ITEMS

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Your fragile and sentimental values are just as important to us as they are to you. To avoid your fragile items from getting damaged during transport to your new home, you want to make sure you’re using the right materials and implement proper packing techniques.

Materials: Bubble wrap, dish and glasses packers, packing paper, newspapers, furniture covers, tape, plastic stretch wrap, towels, rags, packing peanuts, thick sweaters.

Safely and securely pack your breakable items by taping the bottom of the box of all open seams and corners.

Build a base with cushion inside of the box with thick materials such as bubble wrap, towels or packing peanuts.

Wrap each item with packing paper, bubble wrap or towels or sweaters. Be sure to add additional material around thin areas such as wine glass stem or mug handles. Secure with tape.

Carefully place the items wrapped into the box always starting with the heaviest on the bottom. If you have pre-divided boxes, place the items in their compartments.

Fill in any gaps in the box with any materials to prevent your breakables from shifting. Include adding a layer on the top prior to sealing the box.

MOVING WITH KIDS AND/OR PETS

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We love our pets as they are part of the family. Moving can cause stress and anxiety to them just as much as humans, especially when unexpected activities arise in their home or introduced to a new environment. But, they are smart and will pick up sudden changes. Here are a few helpful tips to make the experience a bit calmer for your beloved companion(s).

  • Prepare their kennel to prevent them from running away. Provide blankets and toys to make them feel comfortable and at ease.  

  • Upon moving day, keep your pets in a quiet room with the door shut or at a friend’s house. This will ensure your pet does not make a quick getaway while the movers load up the truck.

  • Contact your vet if you’re moving out of the area. You would want to take copies of medical records and any prescription medications that way you can provide for the new veterinary clinic.

  • Whether it’s your dog, cat, guinea pig, bird, fish or exotic animals, make sure you check in with your pets regularly. Try to keep your routine with them as consistent as possible with their feeding time or walks in the midst of all the changes to help them.

  • When it is time to leave, take your pets with you in your vehicle. Secure the crate/kennel/cage in the backseat. Some animals feel more comfortable with a blanket over their carrier during a car ride.

  • Do not open their carrier until they have arrived inside the new home. Even if they are usually well-behaved. You would want to give your pet a few days to get accustomed. Take advantage of this new transition. Confine them to a section of the house.

 

THE TRANSITION

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You did it and have received the keys to your new home! We are tremendously excited to be a part of a memorable time for you and your loved ones. While we know you’re eager to just unpack and settle in, you need to make sure you’re settling into a clean space. Check out a few of our recommendations for getting your new home spotless.

  • CLEAN TOP TO BOTTOM– Doing so will prevent yourself double the work. Always start by dusting the ceiling fans, wiping down cabinets, counter tops, sweeping and mopping the floors.
  • HIRE OR RENT A CARPET CLEANER– Though the carpet may have been cleaned regularly or is a brand new carpet, dust, pollen and other pollutants are still buried deep within. Hire a professional to do a deep carpet clean or rent one.
  • WALK THROUGH– Be sure to do a walk through in every room to ensure they’re no dirty spots missed from the kitchen such as inside the microwave, inside the oven and behind, in and around the refrigerator. The bedrooms such as inside the closet, baseboards, window seals. To the bathroom, behind the toilet, drawers and the shower door track.

WHY HIRE A MOVING COMPANY?

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This is such an exciting time whether it is your first home or not. It can also be such a hassle and a challenge moving from point A to point B. If you want to make this new transition as smooth as possible, then hiring professionals like FatboySlims Moving Company LLC will handle all of the hard work for you. Here is why:

  • PROFESSIONAL– When hiring our movers, you’re hiring real professionals who care about all of your belongings with respect. They work hard with a purpose and integrity. They genuinely care about their position and work in a timely manner.
  • FUN– Our movers want to make their time with you not only dedicated to loading and unloading to your new location, but an enjoyable, smooth experience. They will work with a positive attitude with great communication with you doing whatever it is you need them to do. They want to make you as less stressed as possible, also who helped make your moving journey one to always remember and talk about!
  • EXPERIENCED– Our movers are prepared and trained to lift properly. They also have the necessary equipment for handling extremely heavy items. They also work efficiently and in a much more timely manner at getting your belongings moved than your friends or families. Our movers perform with no distractions as maybe your friends will. This helps tremendously in your favor when hiring our professionals.
  • INSURANCE– Peace of mind! Even in unfortunate circumstances, FatboySlims Moving Company LLC does cover the cost of any items damaged.