31 Jul 2015

Your Ultimate Moving Checklist

What makes this checklist ultimate? Well, other than having everything you need to do, it’s arranged in the order you need to do it! Start ticking items off right away, and you will have a smooth and fun move. First purge: This is just to start. If any furniture or other large items won’t need to make the move, then junk it. While you’re at it, take a good look through your belongings, and get rid of anything you don’t need. Purge your closet of old clothes, go through old papers, and have a good look at any piles of junk. Start Eating Freezer Bags: Frozen food is hard to move, especially over long distances. Enjoy it now and avoid some difficulties later on. Price Compare: Get at least three quotes from moving companies and decide which one works best for you. Arrange for Storage: If there are any items that you won’t need at your new home for awhile,…

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27 Jul 2015

Homes are not designed to meet office wattage needs The electrical supply in office buildings is much better than that in homes, especially in older homes. Office equipment’s power draw can quickly add up. For example, a laser printer will draw about 400 watts while in use, in addition to any power used by your computer, phone, modem, shredder, etc. When setting up your home office, add up the wattage of all office equipment. If the wattage exceeds your voltage, consider ways to decrease your power draw. Place occasionally-used appliances like the scanner and printer on a separate power bar, and only run them one at a time. Keep extra fuses on hand. If you have a chance of losing…

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24 Jul 2015

Pillows and blankets require special storage techniques. Natural fibers attract insects and suck up dirt, while synthetic ones are mold and mildew’s favorite environment. The closed dark insides of comforters and pillows is a breeding ground for bacteria. You know how a linen closet develops a smell after a little while? That’s a tiny amount of mildew that builds up in water droplets left over from the washing machine. That mildew is unavoidable, but can be washed out. Without additional water getting into your fabrics, the mildew will eventually die out. Your job is to protect the blankets from any more moisture, as well as from insects and other pests. The Best Option The best option to use is a…

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21 Jul 2015

Common knowledge has it that anyone can focus on anything if it only takes five minutes. In that spirit, here are our best tips for decluttering in five minutes or less: Just grab the things closest to you and find places for them. Whether it’s one item or ten, the important part isn’t getting it out of the way. The important part is deciding where it lives, permanently. Then, whenever you use it, you know where to put it back. Get your kids to put things where they belong. Getting on your kids’ case can be a strain, but the more you do it, the more they will begin to put things away by themselves. Especially if you offer them…

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17 Jul 2015

Decluttering is a hefty job that should be handled one step at a time. Do you want a simpler and more peaceful life, free of clutter? Check out our guide: Set Aside a Half Hour Every Day Anything is doable in small steps. Set aside a half hour in your schedule every day. Don’t go over time. If you’re decluttering starts to interfere with your regular life, you are more likely to give up halfway through. Make Space Make space in a corner somewhere in your home that’s discrete, in order to store everything until you find the right place for them. Label Bins Set up a bin for each of the following categories Storing Dnating Recycling Trashing First Sort…

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14 Jul 2015

Flattening Fitted Sheets Fitted sheets are the most likely household item to get balled up and shoved into a closet. This makes them the most likely to also fall out of a stuffed closet. However, it’s possible to make a sheet lie flat by first folding it twice, lengthwise, and widthwise, leaving enough fabric for the four corners to wrap underneath the rest of the sheet. If you put all corners together underneath, you can fold the rest of the sheet just like a flat one. Tying Bedding Sets Together Use the ribbons used to package your bedding sets to tie them together in the closet. Organize by set instead of separating pillowcases and sheets. Rip your CDs to a…

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10 Jul 2015

Moving into a new house is really, really hard work. Here are some things you can do in advance to make it just a little bit easier on yourself. Decrease Your Belongings Analyze all your belongings and categorize them to keep, donate, trash, or store. It may be difficult getting rid of things you’ve had for a while, but don’t be afraid to be harsh. Anything that you don’t think you will use for a few months at your new place should be in the store pile. Anything that you’re not sure that you’ll ever use regularly should be marked for donation, or be tossed directly into the trash. There is no point going through the work and expense of…

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7 Jul 2015

Summer is finally here! You can walk outside, free of any bulky jackets! But this freedom is your closet’s loss, as that jacket is going to uselessly take up space for the next six months. Why not move it out of your space entirely? While we’re at it, why don’t we find a place for those boots, snowboard in the corner, and snow shovel as well? 1) Group Similar Clothing Items Together Organize winter clothing in a way that makes it easy to find later. As the winter gets cooler, you might take out winter items gradually, starting with gloves and hats, working up to coats and boots when the first blizzard hits. This makes mixed-type bags of clothing inconvenient.…

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3 Jul 2015

1) Get a Friend’s Help The band duo The Bergamot, recommend getting a friend to help with major decluttering. A friend can be more objective than you about what to keep, what to donate, and what to trash. Get your friend to whip you and your home into better shape. 2) Feel Attachments to Fewer Objects, but Feel Strongly Is our problem materialism, loving things too much? According to internationally acclaimed cleaning expert Marie Kondo, no. Our problem is not loving things enough. Kondo believes that clutter is due to buying too many things to care about properly. She suggests that we should choose few, high-quality goods and then clean, use, and care for them greatly. In Kondo’s home, there…

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29 Jun 2015

When it comes to your kids, you only want the best for them. You’ve given up the loft apartment in favour of a four-bedroom house with a sprawling backyard where your children can play while you sit and relax on the deck. Moving into a new home when you have kids, especially young ones can be a very stressful experience. However, these Do’s and Don’ts will get your through it! Do: Visit your new home with the kids in tow before you move. Show them the house and explain that they’ll be getting more space and be able to make new friends with the neighbour’s kids. If you are moving out of province and can’t visit the home in person,…

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25 Jun 2015

The time has come for you to trek across the country to start a new life. You’ve got a new job and now you have to say goodbye to your friends and family as you embark on the next chapter of your journey. Moving can be tough even when you’re staying in the same city, so it’s only natural that a cross-country move can bring on some anxiety. However, there are ways of preparing for a cross-country move that will make it easier on you. Don’t Leave Anything Until The Last Minute The earlier you start packing, the less anxiety you’ll have the night before. Leave out essential items like a change of clothes and toiletries for the day of…

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22 Jun 2015

Between toys, shoes, makeup, utensils and more, our homes are cluttered with stuff. Your drawers are bursting. Your cabinets are full. Your closets are in chaos. You’re running out of space. Instead of trying to shove more things into a cupboard, organize your space with repurposed items. With these ideas you’ll be able to find new uses for old items and keep your household in top-shape! Front door/vestibule: Keep this area clean by suspending a wire mesh utensil organizer near your door. Store keys, sunglasses and other essentials you need to grab before you leave the house. Fashion nails with small heads through the organizer’s mesh and hang hats, purses and gloves. To prevent indoor puddles in the winter months,…

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18 Jun 2015

There are certain documents that we need to keep safe at all times. From wills to property deeds to life insurance policies to immunization records and other important forms, it is imperative these documents remain safe during a move. Some of these documents are irreplaceable and it would a shame to lose them, while others are essential to your and your family’s overall well being. If you’re unsure how to keep sensitive documents safe while moving here are some important tips: Make replicas. Before you move, make copies of all your valuable documents. Besides paper copies, scan everything and save a version to your computer. When it comes to sensitive documents you can never have too many copies. If you…

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15 Jun 2015

Toys, toys, everywhere toys! Unless you’ve turned your home into Santa’s Workshop, you probably don’t want to deal with your kid’s dolls, figurines and gaming accessories being left around the house where you can easily trip over them and break an ankle. Here’s how to deal with toy clutter to keep your home looking great and your kids from messing it up: The big giveaway: Take an afternoon to sit down with your children to go through everything. Anything that they don’t play with, have outgrown or was an unwanted gift you can get rid off. Put everything into a garbage bag and donate it to a shelter or charity of your choice. Do not give away stuffed animals they…

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11 Jun 2015

You’ve been working hard to create a brand you can call your own, creating home-made items that you want to share with the world. Now, you’re ready for the big time: Your very own Etsy store. Before you set up shop online, there are five steps to starting an Etsy store that you should follow. Rent a storage unit to house your merch. People often forget that what they’re selling takes up space before it goes to the customer. Instead of having piles of merchandise throughout your home ready for you to trip over, get a storage unit. Having a unit as your stockroom is cheaper than renting an office or workspace, and you will be the only one with…

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8 Jun 2015

Where do you put all the ‘stuff’ in your house that doesn’t have a proper home? If you’re looking for space-saving concepts that will turn any room into a work of art – or at least keep your things organized – here are five innovative storage ideas: Convert a wine rack into a towel holder. Take a wall-mounted wine rack out of your cellar and in to your bathroom. Wine racks make the perfect storage compartments because you can roll your towels up neatly inside each slot. If you don’t have a free wall in your bathroom, try a smaller freestanding wine rack instead! If you’re like everyone else on this country, you’ve probably got shoes for every season. From…

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4 Jun 2015

Moving day can be an incredibly stressful experience. There is enough preparation and coordination involved that one small misstep can accidentally send your stuff to Hamilton, Ohio instead of Hamilton, Ontario. There are a lot of ducks to get in a row before you move, but these tips will help keep you organized and relieve any stress the day might bring! When packing, label each box properly so that when you arrive at your new home, you know exactly where to put everything. Don’t spend your first day in your new place going through un-marked boxes trying to figure out where everything goes. Get a good night’s sleep. This is easier said than done but if you can muster up…

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1 Jun 2015

When travelling with a pet, there are many considerations you have to make. Will you be taking a car? Flying? Can your pet handle spending hours cooped up? Before you make arrangements and bring your dog along on your tropical vacation check out the do’s and don’ts of travelling with a pet: If you’re making a temporary move to a long-distance location, bringing all of your pet’s belongings is not only going to take up a lot of room in your car, it’s also going to act as an unwanted distraction to your pet. Even tucked away in the trunk, your pet will smell their familiar toys and treats, which will likely cause them to be restless. Instead of moving…

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29 May 2015

Kitty litter is a necessity when there is a cat in the home, but this shouldn’t be the only reason that you store away litter. There are many uses for kitty litter that people just aren’t aware of. It has many great uses and it should be kept stored away at your home or storage unit whether there is a kitty in the house or not! Reasons to Keep Kitty Litter Around Kitty litter acts as a great odor repellent. When your garbage can begins to smell, deodorize the can by putting a little kitty litter at the bottom of it. This will help mask the smell even when washing the can out fails to work. If you’re keeping it…

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