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April 28, 2020 by Margaret Fearey Walsh of Changing Places, Inc.
Changing Places founder & president Margaret Fearey Walsh and her award-winning team offer wise advice to help us survive and thrive while we stay at home.
Virtual Move Preparation Now While You’re Home
Right now, we crave family and community. Our Changing Places team is truly a family of men and women in business for 27 years–offering moving and relocation help all over the Bay Area. Our focus is downsizing, moving, organizing, and staging at our clients’ homes. Our mission is to create order, peace of mind, and beauty.
Amid the pandemic, Changing Places and movers are deemed essential services. Just last month, we were honored to help a family who lost a home in the Sonoma County fires move into their dream home in Healdsburg. We are essential and we are here for you.
During this time of sheltering in place, our team offers our relocation services to clients virtually to orchestrate and plan every aspect of the move process.
This newfound time at home is the perfect opportunity clear the clutter and find peace of mind in your household. We’re all spending more time cooking, cleaning and baking with our kids.
Help your kitchen live up to its full potential with the right organization tricks. Our area-specific ideas will get your most essential room in the house organized—and rid yourself of “clutter anxiety” for good.
Tips before you start to sort “Like with like” is the key. As you review items in your kitchen, edit out anything that is:
- duplicated too many times
- starting to take up space instead of being useful
Shelf lining: This will help preserve the condition of your shelves and drawers from accidental spills and rubbing from metal and/or plastic. This is especially helpful whether you’re a new home owner or renting. Assess current lining; if you’re reusing, clean and reinstall. This is a good time to switch out shelf lining if you don’t love your current product. We recommend lining under sinks throughout home as well as any high “traffic” area (e.g. mudroom cubbies, pantry shelves, laundry room detergent shelves, etc.). No liner is needed for glass shelves.
THE CHANGING PLACES SURVIVAL GUIDE
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.
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.
Spring has sprung! Are you organized?
Start by studying how you and your family move about your house. Recognize how you utilize each room, and how often you’re there–this will help prioritize your organizing. We’re offering some basic and clever tips for overall home calm:
1. RESIST THE PILE HABIT
Most of us walk into our house with purses, groceries, keys, and more. An intuitive “drop zone” off your main entryway creates a home for essential items. It may include a key rack, an inbox for kids’ artwork or bills, or an attractive container for everyday items.
Bonus: Find space in your entryway for a custom–or makeshift–mudroom area.