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The Changing Places Survival Guide to Sheltering in Place

Sheltering in place

THE CHANGING PLACES SURVIVAL GUIDE
TO SHELTERING-IN-PLACE

Now, more than ever, the Changing Places mission to create order, peace of mind, and beauty, rings true. These jarring times bring uncertainty, anxiety and disorder.

We feel passionately that offering the resources we cultivated over the last two weeks is a gift we can give you: our clients, partners and friends.

How are you and your loved ones doing? Send us a quick note to let us know what your new “normal” looks like.

We’re all in this together.

Breathe. Connect. Stay positive.

With gratitude,
Margaret Walsh, Katie Carr & The Changing Places Team

Changing Places is here for you:

TO CREATE ORDER

Order begins with clarity.

  • We’ve been amazed how many of us don’t fully understand what COVID-19 is. This enlightening video explains it calmly, clearly and scientifically.
  • Are you struggling to keep your kids engaged and homeschooling even when their schoolwork is done for the day? Khan Academy is an amazing resource, with its library of trusted, standards-aligned practice and. And even better: it’s all free!
  • Have you found yourself clearing out your closet/garage/spare room? Read these tips on what to do with your extra stuff while you’re stuck at home.
TO CREATE PEACE OF MIND

We don’t know about you, but our Changing Places staff is amazed by the ingenuity and creativity that’s arising out of our bored, sheltered and stir-crazy communities!

Meditate. Start a gratitude journal. Exercise.

  • ValTate.com

    Here are 60 indoor joy activities thanks to San Francisco psychotherapist Valerie Tate.

  • Marin-based meditation center Spirit Rock has opened its renowned programs free online through April 15, 2020.
  • There are more free workouts online than ever before! Even sportswear giant Nike is offering free access to its incredible line-up of online workout programs while gyms across the country remain closed indefinitely. Another is Freeletics, an exercise app available to Apple devices.
TO CREATE BEAUTY

We’re stuck at home. We’re all in this together.

Photo: Clea Shearer
Photo: Clea Shearer/People Magazine
  • Changing Places has curated a collection of fabulous home projects and tips that will help you tackle that spring cleaning agenda while social distancing.
  • We all have to visit the grocery store at least once a week, right? Here’s a great guide to disinfecting your car properly. Find some peace of mind knowing how to maintain a clean environment while you drive.
  • There’s no better time – or reason – to refresh your emergency kits. Here’s a fabulous six month preparedness calendar to get you kick- started.
COMING SOON: HELPING YOU VIRTUALLY
  • Changing Places is in the final stages of creating our virtual platform offering move management, consignment and organizing services online, through Zoom.com. Look for an email next week with more information.
  • We’ll also share a newsletter or blog post weekly with helpful, calming tips that will help you find your order, peace of mind, and beauty in these challenging times.

    SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

    As a small business whose business is creating peace of mind, order and beauty inside our clients’ homes, Changing Places is facing new challenges during COVID-19 pandemic.

    Like so many of you, we must take full advantage of the resources out there to keep our business alive–and thriving–once the stay-at-home order subsides and America is once again open for business.

    EDD set some guidelines to help Employees understand their rights and benefits during Gavin Newsom’s State of Emergency order. Here’s more information on filing a new claim if you’ve been affected by the business closures or work furlough.

    The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers affected by the coronavirus. Income tax payment deadlines for individual returns are being automatically extended until July 15, 2020, for up to $1 million of their 2019 tax due.

    Facebook has announced a program of cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries affected by COVID-19 pandemic.

    Call and let us know how we can help: (415) 465-6257

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A Heartfelt Testimonial

“What a magnificent team!  Our heartfelt thanks for turning  a spontaneous, difficult move for our 94 year old mom and our family into a calm, happy, and fulfilling event.  We had just  a days notice to move her from an 900 square foot home into a small 300 square foot apartment.  OMG…how could we get this done.  We called Changing-Places first thing.”

 
We NEVER could have accomplished the move without your support, expertise, and diligent guidance and work.
 
Mary Lee and Laura worked tirelessly emptying the old apartment and making sure items were moved, donated, consigned or recycled and they did this all with professionalism, care and smiles.  The old place was left completely empty.  Just wonderful and gratifying to work with them.
 
The same day, they set up our mom’s new small “home” with infinite eye to detail.  They turned a bland, empty space into a serene, cozy, beautiful one. They unknowingly gave a true gift to our family when mom walked into the new completed room for the first time and smiled with joy, saying  “You did this all for me! It’s so beautiful!” and then we were told the next day that she had a great night’s sleep in her new surroundings.   Mary Lee and Laura, you gave us peace of mind.
 
Changing-Places has done it again.  We called and you were there in an instant.  We have used your services for 3 generations of our family’s moves and for those of many clients in our real estate dealings.
You always, always, come through with grace, ease, and precision.
 
We know you will be there again when we call.  Your services and caring are priceless.”
 
Many, many thanks to you all,

Donna & Steve Gothelf