Simple Steps To Declutter Your Home For a Move

images-5Planning a move soon?  Need to simplify your life before doing so?  Lighten the load of moving by getting rid of extra, unnecessary possessions.  Developing an organized system in the decluttering process will turn a time consuming chore into a simple task.  Find out below how you can systematically declutter your home the easy way with a few tips from Connecticut Finest Movers.

Sorting

The first step in the process is sorting.  Separate items into three categories: throw away, storage, and keep.

Throw Away: Throw away items are possessions you have not used in the last year, or items you no longer want.  Ask yourself, ‘Is this benefitting anyone in the house’ and ‘Have I used this in the last year’.  If the answer is no, throw it out.  Two subcategories are within the throw away category:

  • Donate: For the items that can be re-used, things you no longer have a use for, but still operate according to it’s purpose.
  • Dump: The un-useable items, such as things that are broken beyond   repair.

Storage: If you know you would like to keep an item, but don’t use it on a consistent basis, store it.  Storage items could be holiday décor such as a Christmas tree, or Christmas lights and décor.  It could be baby items, or old photographs and pictures, things you want to keep but only rarely use.  If you are not utilizing a storage facility, store these items in your garage or attic.

Keep: If you love it and use it enough to pack it, haul it, and move it, keep it!

Room by Room

Looking at the house as a whole can be pretty daunting.  Break the task down room by room and start small.  Focus on one room a day.  If a room seems overwhelming, break the room into quadrants, or begin with a closet, or under the bed.  This will give you a sense of accomplishment as you complete each area.

Labeling

Label your items as you go to keep from getting confused.  Use colored sticky notes if you are dealing with large items, such as furniture.  Have three different colored notes to stick on items signifying the dump, donation, or storage.  Get rid of unwanted items as quickly as possible and relish the sense of accomplishment!

Options For Transporting Your Car During A Move

images-4If you are planning a cross-country move with multiple vehicles, you are probably trying to figure out what to do with them.  Wrestling through the idea of selling or shipping your vehicle can lead to sleepless nights.  However, knowing your options can lead to solutions you didn’t know were available.  We weigh pros and cons of different options so you can make an informed and educated decision for a seamless moving experience.

Shipping Vehicles Within the U.S.

Enclosed: For highly valued cars, this transport is the best option, although costly.  The vehicles are typically transported via an enclosed trailer.  The enclosed transport ensures the vehicle will not be damaged from rocks, weather, or road travel.

Open: This is the most commonly used form of transport.  The cars are loaded onto trucks, which are not enclosed, but same type of method used for delivering cars to dealerships.

Full Service: This transport option guarantees pick up and delivery dates, typically door-to-door.  The benefit of this option is receiving your vehicle in a timely manner.  If the transporter fails to meet the delivery time, a portion of fees will be rebated, or a rental car will be reimbursed for use.

Economy: This option is useful if you are not in dire need of your vehicle.  The cost is low, however, the car will be shipped on a space- available basis.  It could take up to several weeks to receive your car.

Towing Your Vehicle

Towing your vehicle behind the moving truck allows couples to ride together, or at least free one person to share responsibility of driving a second car or moving truck.  Two types of trailers are used, a tow dolly or a car carrier.  A tow dolly lifts the front wheels off the road, but is an option for front-wheel drive vehicles only.  A car carrier lifts car completely off ground so tires are on a trailer rather than the road.  You must research the type of hitch the tow vehicle has to determine what type of trailer can be used.

Professional Driving Service

If you aren’t concerned with the wear of your vehicle or extra mileage, consider hiring a driver provided by a professional service.  They come with experience, and is an excellent option for shorter distances or corporate vehicles.