If your client is carrying out the responsibilities following the death of a loved one, or is the executor or trustee of an estate, Changing Places understands that the home clear-out process can be extremely stressful.
For a realtor, this can present a huge challenge. It is not easy to manage the logistics of a clear out and complicated family dynamics all while quickly trying to prep and list a home to sell.
Planning a move is a stressful event, only made more so when it’s time to select a reliable home mover.
The Better Business Bureau receives thousands of complaints about movers in the U.S. each year. Avoid the pitfalls of lost or damaged property, being charged for un-worked time, and surprise charges to your bill by following these guidelines from moving.com and the experts at Changing Places:
1. Get Trusted Referrals
Rather than starting with an internet search, begin by asking friends, family and acquaintances for recommendations. Call Changing Places for a vetted list of Bay Area Movers!
As 2020 draws to a close, the Changing Places team reflects on the year that was. Gratitude is the first word that occurs to us. We’re grateful for our clients, partners, hard-working staff and our collective health.
We’re grateful for the very mission we serve: to create order, peace of mind and beauty. Throughout this difficult year, as we’re spending more time at home, it is so gratifying to help our clients make order out of clutter, simplify and beautify their homes.
In this issue, we offer solutions to some of the nagging items on your “home to-do list” and expert tips to create more space.
We at Changing Places have run out of adjectives to describe life in the “new COVID-19 era”–different, challenging and uncertain are a few. Adding a layer of stress to our lives here in Northern California? The wildfires that are still raging in several counties, threatening homes and life and sanity. Oh, and school just started for many of our kids.
We know this much is true: Your home should be your haven.It should be a place where you find refuge, calm, peace and comfort. The dynamic and stressful world outside should stay outside.
The Optimal Kid’s Workspace
For most American families, the new school year has begun remotely from home, aka “distance learning”. We’ve collected several great tips to optimize the calm and order in your home, while also creating a productive learning space for your kids.
This New York Times article provides awesome tips for setting up a great, productive remote learning space for your kids:
Carve out space for schoolwork based on your child’s age and learning style.
Consider a rolling cart for moving school supplies from room to room on the fly.
A label maker can transform any workspace into one that feels neat and organized.
Hang a large white board in your kids’ work area and, depending on their age, use it to help them chart their various meetings and tasks, or do so for your entire family.
Headphones are not so much an organizational tool as they are a sanity tool. If you’re trying to work while one kid watches Khan Academy and the other enjoys Sesame Street, you’ll be glad for a set of headphones.
What used to be a bustling Spring "selling season" for home sellers has turned into a Summer one. The award-winning Changing Places team is already hard at work preparing our clients' home for sale. We're working virtually and on-site, using COVID safety protocols. We're expertly moving our clients forward and meeting "listing-ready" deadlines, too.
How can we help you get ready to list?
Our services include de-cluttering, staging, consignment, donation, finding the perfect mover, arranging cleaning services, furniture repair, digitizing memorabilia, and more!
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.
You’ve probably heard the thoroughly researched data that moving is one of the most stressful of life events, ahead of divorce or a break up. Finding the best moving company, coordinating packing, and then dealing with a dysfunctional home for weeks after moving day are huge contributors to this stress.
Fortunately we’re here to help get your home organized as fast as possible. If you’re looking for some practical, easy-to-understand tips for stress-free unpacking, take a look at this unpacking article from lifestyle website thespruce.com. Some highlights:
Get the essentials unpacked first, then take your time with the rest of the house.
Plan each room before you unpack too many boxes.
Anticipate future needs. Rather than putting off work—such as lining cabinet shelves or installing closet organizers—do it now, when it is most efficient.
Let each member of the family unpack their own bedroom, as applicable. This allows kids to participate in the event.
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.