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Safety Tips When Moving
Moving is hard work, and for most of us hiring a moving crew is probably out of the question. Sure we could get a few of our friends together and hope they’ll be happy to heavy furniture in various shapes and sizes up and down six flights of stairs, but the truth is they’d probably rather not. Plus, then what happens when your couch gets stuck and you have no real equipment or know-how to get it down to the moving van? Exactly. Not good.
So before you start loading everything you own into random boxes, let’s go over a few things that will keep you from injuring yourself in the process.
1.) Don’t overpack. Not because your boxes might explode later (that’s just annoying), but because you need to keep your boxes from weighing a million pounds. You should aim for each box weighing under 50 pounds. You should be able to lift each box without much strain. Think about it; when you’re moving upwards of 30 boxes in a day, the less weight you have to pick up each time you bend over is going to be very beneficial in the long run.
2.) Use the right equipment. Got something that is just too heavy to move? Use a dolly! Or straps! These things do not cost much money to rent and can save you invaluable time and stress in the moving process. This also helps move lighter items in multiples, saving even more time. Wouldn’t you rather make the process easier and move faster? Of course you would.
3.) Plan ahead. The route you take to the truck is more important than you think. Instead of walking all the way through your place, out the front door and down to the truck, what if you could just hand stuff out your back window to your friend in the alley? By planning ahead, you might be surprised how much work you can save yourself.
4.) Wear the right clothing and footwear. Not only will you be bending over a lot, you’ll also be climbing into truck beds and squishing yourself into tiny spaces. Your clothes should be comfortable, but it’s also important that they’re relatively form fitting. You don’t want your shirt getting snagged going through a doorway with your hands full. Plus, having a 40 lb box fall on your toes when you’re wearing nothing but sandals certainly isn’t going to feel very good.
5.) Know when you’re outmatched. There are some things you just aren’t going to be able to move on your own (or things that you really, really shouldn’t attempt to move on your own). If you’ve got a piano sitting in your living room, you need to call a professional. Not only could you risk injuring yourself, but you also risk damaging your property, and what’s the point in moving a bunch of damaged property to a new location?
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How to Condense Your Belongings
For most of us, we have some sort of room that is often devoted to just storage. And not only does that room tend to get more and more stuffed with items as time wears on, but we also avoid any opportunities to clean it out. We know what we have to do, but we just don’t want to do it.
But then we move into a new home and the thought of moving boxes of stuff we just don’t need brings us new motivation. So if you’re moving into a new home, want the use of that spare bedroom back or are simply just sick and tired at looking at a closet full of clothes you never wear, here are a few ways to get rid of the clutter:
1.) Categorize. Your first step should be to divide things into piles. Your first piles should be pretty basic and will typically fall into these five categories: Keep, Store, Sell, Donate and Trash. A good rule of thumb for keeping things it that it has to serve at least two purposes; a top that can be worn with a number of bottoms or a kitchen gadget that is constantly being used. A garlic press, for example, shouldn’t be in the “keep” section. It takes up room, has one very specific purpose, and a knife and cutting board can be used for the exact same purpose. Throw it in another pile.
One more tip: be overly cautious about what is trash. Someone you consider trash could be just what someone else is looking for. If you don’t think you can sell it at least donate it and let the people at your local shelter make the final decision.
2.) Get rid of duplicates. Chances are, you probably have more than one of one specific thing. Maybe you found three different waffle irons while going through your kitchen, or maybe you’ve come across 2 or 3 of the same movie in your collection. Either way, pick the best of all your duplicates and resort the remaining things to your Sell or Donate groups.
3.) Sell, Donate or Trash. After you’ve got the groups set up, get busy disposing of them! And if you’re like me, do it quick before you can go through them again and start changing your mind! First, drop off all the donation stuff and toss out the trash pile. That should give you a feeling of accomplishment and allow you to focus on selling what’s left. Consider if you want to sell your things online, by yard sale or even by consignment.
4.) Organize. After you’ve gotten rid of your Donate and Trash groups and made arrangements for your Sell group, take a look at what you have left in your Keep and Store groups. Now’s the time to get organized. That fan that you found that you swear you’ll always use? Put it someone with easy access to using it! Those clothes you’ve narrowed down your closet to? Arrange them by color or by season. Getting rid of all that excess clutter won’t do you any good if whatever you have left is simply shoved in that same corner where you originally found it.
Do you guys have any tips for condensing your stuff?