3 Tips For Using the Homezada App as Moving Help

Tech & Moving Go Hand In Hand With The Home Inventory App

At In Order To Succeed® we believe that technology can be a useful tool and one that can help eliminate stress and mess. With a nationwide focus on minimizing clutter (come back on May 18th for our post on the KonMari Method of decluttering) and spring being the season of moves it’s the right time to start thinking about what you can do to help you move with ease, and who wouldn’t love some moving help? Even if you are not planning a move in the near future, implementing the tips found in this post can set you up for an eventual move or simply get your house in better order.

Introducing The Homezada App

The Homezada App is “a cloud-based home information platform” that can track everything about your house from appliances to manuals to how you’re doing on planning, and financing, your kitchen renovation. One of the strongest features of the app is it’s ability to beautifully inventory items in your home and provide substantial moving help. That’s where we’ll focus today’s blog: how the Homezada App can help you in your move.

The Homezada App Screenshots

Tip #1: Start Inventorying Now

Whether or not you see a move in your future, when the time comes you’re going to have to sort and pack and move. And it’s going to be stressful. Wouldn’t it be easier if you started the process way ahead of time when you weren’t also organizing the sale of a property, purchasing a new home, researching your new location and everything else? Yes. The Homezada app allows you to inventory everything in your home by taking pictures. How does this help with a move?

  • Do you really need three colanders? By inventorying you get a good sense of how much excess stuff you have and declutter as you go. Whether you do your inventory all in one go, as the KonMari method of decluttering suggests, or attack one room per session, you can reduce extras. You’d be amazed how many extra and unused items are in your home. Not sure what to do with the excess? Check here.
  • Envision New Spaces. Whether or not you’re moving, inventorying your items can give you beautiful visions for how to change a space, renovate a room, or even pick a new color scheme. Homezada goes being moving help. By looking through your possessions apart from their usual place you may be struck with new design ideas. The buddha that sits on your bookshelf and the planter kept atop your antique hutch could combine in the entryway for a quick calming influence after a hectic day at the office.
  • Get Organized. Pulling items out to inventory them is a natural first step in placing them back in a more organized manner. Pro tip: Code electronics and cords by using matching stickers, labels, or letter/number combos so that they can be packed, unpacked, and set up efficiently.

electronics moving help

 

Tip #2: Experiment With Paperless Living

The idea of paperless living is attractive but when thoughts of the process of getting there start it can be downright frightening. Why not start when inventorying to see how you feel about it? Hint: you don’t ever look at those manuals anyway.

  • When adding electronic devices to the Homezada app also scan or take pictures of the manual and upload it. Then toss the manual. There is no reason to keep a hard copy. Also, many manufacturers have had their manuals online for decades or they can be found on forums just by googling the product name and the word manual. Not only does this mean you’ll always have an accessible copy but it’s a great moving help to be able to cut down on paper.
  • If you’re feeling brave do the same with other paper items. If the spirit moves you you can also consider doing this with recipes, handwritten directions for the pet sitter, or other go to docs that take up space.

Don’t forget to recycle manuals and other scanned papers except those with personal information — those should be shredded.

Use the Homezada app to go paperless.

Tip #3: The Homezada App Is Great For Insurance Purposes

Hopefully your move will go off without a hitch but things happen. By taking an inventory of possessions prior to moving that includes photos when you are unpacking it’s easy to see damage and provide dated documentation to your insurance carrier for any claims that need to be filed.

  • Take multi-angle pictures. Items don’t always get damaged on the front so for those things that might require a claim be sure to take a photo that clearly shows all sides.
  • Do not take pictures of valuable items all together — it makes it difficult to focus on a particular piece. You don’t need to take photos of costume jewelry pictures separately, but anything valuable (precious gems, etc) should be photographed individually close to your move date.

These are three ways that the Homezada app can provide invaluable moving help — even when you’re not moving. The app is available for both iOs and Android. Contact In Order to Succeed to assist your with organizing and relocating needs. We are a full service firm that can accomplish your goals, start to finish.

What to know when relocating to Houston

Houston, the country’s fourth-largest city, is home to 2.2 million residents, many of whom are transplants. Drawn to what Travel & Leisure readers have deemed one of America’s Favorite Cities, both new and well-established Houstonites enjoy a vibrant cultural scene and mild temperatures year-round that allow great outdoor opportunities for recreation and exploration of the many parks and scenic natural areas. If you’re relocating to Houston, be sure to take advantage of the following city scenes.

Cuisine

From authentic taco trucks to the eateries of the 2013 James Beard Award-winning “Chefs of the Southwest”, Hugo Ortega’s Hugo’s and Chris Shepherd’s Underbelly, this big-city-with-a-small-town feel is a foodie’s dream. Recently touted as having the most dynamic and diverse food and drink scene in the nation, the culinary greats have descended to Houston, taking their cuisine inspiration from the eclectic population. One local favorite that draws on the city’s southern roots is barbecue – there’s even a BBQ festival held in March.

Fortunately for those who like to explore local restaurants, Houston has also been named one of the top affordable places to visit in the country – meaning more bang for your buck to try out neighborhood favorites and an easy transition that won’t break the bank while you wait for the moving truck ‘kitchen’ boxes to arrive.

Culture

This vibrant city is also a wonderland of variety. With residents speaking nearly 100 different languages, festivals celebrating the city’s diversity abound. Houston Festa Italiana, Hindu holiday Holi, WorldFest, Houston’s annual international film festival and the international Dance Salad Festival are just a few of the more popular events the city hosts.

Boasting “19 cultural powerhouses,” the Museum District’s offerings wow newcomers with a wealth of options within a few blocks stroll of each other. Four times a year, the district offers a block party helping newcomers experience the offerings. Of the 19 different museums, 11 are free every day and the other eight offer free times once a week or once a month.

Visitors’ top pick, earning a recent 2013 Excellence Award and top spot of 153 local Houston attractions from Tripadvisor, is the Museum of Fine Arts. Baroque and Renaissance art, tribal art, a sculpture garden and a teaching wing where the local talent can be enjoyed are just a few of the highlights.

For the Kids

Houston isn’t just a place for adults, though; there’s plenty of fun for the kids as well. One visit to the Children’s Museum of Houston will have them feeling like stars as they learn about urban living through interactive and hands-on exhibits like Power Play and Kidtropolis, which comes with a loaded ATM card filled with Kidtropolis dollars to go on a shopping spree, allows kids to take special art workshops or run city errands and deposit paychecks into a kid’s savings or checking account.

The Houston Zoo and the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s excellent paleontology exhibits, space-station model, and six-story butterfly exhibit are also big hits with the little ones.

The city also created a wealth of outdoor spaces for picnics and playgrounds the whole family can enjoy.Hermann Park, which features outdoor pedalboats, is just a MetroRail away from the zoo, The Buddy Carruth Playground caters to kids of all ages and has water spray details for hot days, the Miller Outdoor Theatre boasts free performances, and a catch-and-release fishing area and a miniature train ride for kids at McGovern Lake make for a fun afternoon on the water.

The Neighborhoods

Picking just the right part of Houston to settle in obviously is dependent on your personal priorities – fun nightlife, great schools, open spaces, easy downtown access – but one big determination to keep in mind is your daily commute, which can vary greatly with Houston traffic concerns.

Each neighborhood has its own flavor that the official visitors site for Houston can help you decipher, offering a description and handful of recommendations for each of the city’s 18 main areas: Chinatown, Clear Lake/Bay Area Houston, Downtown, EaDo/East End, Galleria/Uptown, Galveston, Greenspoint/IAH, Houston Heights,Medical Center/Reliant Park, Memorial Park/Washington Corridor, Memorial/Energy Corridor, Midtown,Montrose, Museum District, River Oaks, Hobby Airport/Third-Ward, Upper Kirby/Greenway Plaza and West University/Rice Village.

 

This post originally appeared on Houston Nanny.

How to Organize Your Car when Moving

by: Julie Cheung

Moving house is a hugely stressful situation that can even lead to illness. The hassle is not just on the day of the move itself but the weeks and months building up to it too. Thankfully, being organized can make achieving the move with your own vehicle that bit easier; cutting out the stress and expense of using professional movers.

Is Your Model Suitable?

If you plan to make the move yourself, your first consideration should be the vehicle you have and whether or not it is fit for the job. A mini may well be modern and stylish but will not exactly cater well for transporting the entire contents of your home form one location to another. It is not recommended to purchase a new car purely to facilitate your house move.

Overhead Storage

Overhead carriers not only add additional space to transport items but can be a great way to move precious goods without packing them in the back with all the other bulk. You must ensure that the rack or carrier you use is suitable for your particular model – the manufacturer should be able to tell you – and you should have it properly installed by a professional mechanic if not by the manufacturers themselves.

Repeat Trips

There is no point in trying to conduct the entire move in one go if you plan to transport all of your belongings by yourself. If you can initially retain access to your old home, begin moving the most important belongings first – beds, clothing, toiletries, etc. – then make repeat trips to gradually transport over the rest. Roping in family and friends to help can be a good way to speed up the process and if you have to vacate your old property before you can complete your move, storage facilities – or kindly loved ones – can be a great option.

Pack Properly

Sealing and labeling boxes makes conducting your move much easier as you know what is being loaded into the car with each journey. This means you can transport like items within the same trips; for example, all the clothes in one journey then all the books in another. Fragile items can be placed on top to protect them and as soon as boxes arrive at your new home, they can be taken to the relevant place for unpacking; making the endeavor run much more smoothly.

Safety First

Loose items rattling around in a moving car can be very hazardous and can even become projectiles that could cause serious injuries should the vehicle come to a sudden halt. Items should be boxed, wrapped and packed tightly to reduce any risk.

When moving large or heavy items, it is best to leave the children at home. This not only keeps them safe but allows you to fold down the back seats and capitalize on space.

Have Essentials at Hand

Food, water, medical supplies and toiletries should all be at hand when you come to making the final move. If you have children, it is also a good idea to have books or toys to keep them occupied and stop them feeling bored during the trip. With all the stress of the packing and transportation of your belongings taken care of, the last thing you need is a family feud or an argument riddled journey on the way to your new home.

About the author: Julie runs her own blog http://www.financegirl.co.uk where you can read posts on saving money, making money and investing.  She loves to share her thoughts and tips on personal
finance.

GB Projects Ltd. has over 40 years experience in the design and manufacture of contract furniture. There UK based factory produces a wide range of contract furniture from bespoke office furniture to library, catering, educational, healthcare, banks and building societies.

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DIY: How to Make Packing and Unpacking a Cinch

Professional Organizer Amber Kostelny-Cussen shares her  tips on how to make a move successful:

Moving Out

  • Declutter, downsize, edit before packing. I can’t emphasize it enough- don’t bring things you don’t use or like to your next home. It will save you packing time and energy while unpacking.
  • Return misplaced items to the room or space they belong before you pack. It can be very frustrating to unpack boxes with random things tossed in from 3 to 4 different spaces. You don’t have to organize everything perfectly before packing, just returned misplaced items to their proper homes.
  • Start early and pack one up one room at a time, starting with the rooms you use the least often. Pack as much if not all you can. Don’t bounce from room to room packing. It will get overwhelming and you won’t be able to tell how much you really have left to pack.
  • Number your boxes instead of writing a room name on them. Record the number on a notepad or a Word doc in your laptop and briefly describe what’s inside. You’re not always guaranteed to have the same number or type of rooms in your next home. For example: If you don’t buy a home with a den your den contents will be in boxes that are numbered and you can now determine where to distribute the stuff in your next home. Most likely it will be spread throughout other rooms instead of one.
  • Save money by searching on  Freecycle or Craigs List for used boxes. Many people will give away their boxes from their own move or sell you a bunch of boxes for a lot cheaper price than Uhaul or Home Depot would. And after you’ve moved in, do the same thing- pass the boxes on to the next people that are moving.

Moving In-

  • Unpacking can be very overwhelming and a daunting, exhausting task. So pace yourself. Again, tackle one room at a time. If you come across a box that doesn’t belong in that room. Don’t open it, go place it in the area that it should be and get back to it when you get to that room.
  • Be thorough. Open every box in the room you’re working in and empty the boxes. Put as much as you can away and of course, there might be some stray items left. Neatly stack them into a corner and get back to them when you’ve worked your way through the rest of rooms.
  • Break down boxes immediately. Mark off one area to collect them all if you’ll be passing them on to others, and if not, take them directly out to the garbage.
  • It’s hard to decide what artwork will fit best with your new spaces and paint colors. I suggest designating one area to collect all the artwork. Then when you’re done unpacking, visit the art gallery you’ve made as you’ve unpacked. You’ll be able to see all you have and make the best decisions of what to hang where.

Amber’s Organizing, LLC
Amber Kostelny-Cussen, Certified Professional Organizer
Home and Office Organizing in Chicago
http://www.ambersorganizing.com

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Amber_Kostelny-Cussen

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DIY: Packing and Unpacking Tips for Moving

Professional Organizer Amber Kostelny-Cussen shares her tips on how to make a move successful. Packing and unpacking tips for moving:

Moving Out

  • Declutter, downsize, edit before packing. I can’t emphasize it enough- don’t bring things you don’t use or like to your next home. It will save you packing time and energy while unpacking.
  • Return misplaced items to the room or space they belong before you pack. It can be very frustrating to unpack boxes with random things tossed in from 3 to 4 different spaces. You don’t have to organize everything perfectly before packing, just returned misplaced items to their proper homes.
  • Start early and pack up one room at a time, starting with the rooms you use the least often. Pack as much if not all you can. Don’t bounce from room to room packing. It will get overwhelming and you won’t be able to tell how much you really have left to pack.
  • Number your boxes instead of writing a room name on them. Record the number on a notepad or a Word doc in your laptop and briefly describe what’s inside. You’re not always guaranteed to have the same number or type of rooms in your next home. For example: If you don’t buy a home with a den your den contents will be in boxes that are numbered and you can now determine where to distribute the stuff in your next home. Most likely it will be spread throughout other rooms instead of one.
  • Save money by searching on Freecycle or Craigs List for used boxes. Many people will give away their boxes from their own move or sell you a bunch of boxes for a lot cheaper price than Uhaul or Home Depot would. And after you’ve moved in, do the same thing- pass the boxes on to the next people that are moving.

Moving In-

  • Unpacking can be very overwhelming and a daunting, exhausting task. So pace yourself. Again, tackle one room at a time. If you come across a box that doesn’t belong in that room. Don’t open it, go place it in the area that it should be and get back to it when you get to that room.
  • Be thorough. Open every box in the room you’re working in and empty the boxes. Put as much as you can away and of course, there might be some stray items left. Neatly stack them into a corner and get back to them when you’ve worked your way through the rest of rooms.
  • Break down boxes immediately. Mark off one area to collect them all if you’ll be passing them on to others,  and if not, take them directly out to the garbage.
  • It’s hard to decide what artwork will fit best with your new spaces and paint colors. I suggest designating one area to collect all the artwork. Then when you’re done unpacking, visit the art gallery you’ve made as you’ve unpacked. You’ll be able to see all you have and make the best decisions of what to hang where.

Amber’s Organizing, LLC
Amber Kostelny-Cussen, Certified Professional Organizer
Home and Office Organizing in Chicago
http://www.ambersorganizing.com

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Amber_Kostelny-Cussen

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How To Plan An Office Relocation

By: Guest Blogger: Clare Moorhouse of Help Moving Office. Help Moving Office is an online resource that guides companies through the entire office relocation process. Help Moving Office offers free Office Relocation Checklists and Planning Guides to help plan a successful office move.

As companies try to reduce their overheads and prepare for the future, office relocation is proving to be an effective strategy for getting into better, cheaper and more appropriate office space. It can enable a business to consolidate, reduce excessive costs and build a stronger platform from which to grow. But planning an office relocation can be a time-consuming and challenging task, and with so much to do, it can be difficult to know what to do – let alone where to start!

Help Moving Office has put together five key steps on planning a successful office relocation:

1. Are you in a position to move office?

There are many reasons why a company might want to relocate; better facilities, bigger/smaller office space, the need for a better location or simply to reduce overheads.  Whatever the reasons, it is important to be clear about the motivation behind the relocation in order to define criteria and map out your new office requirements.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Is an office move necessary will it prove beneficial to the business?
  • What are the lease conditions for leaving your existing property (notice period, option to break etc.)
  • How do we exit our office lease and what is the required notice period?
  • Can the business afford to relocate?

Asking these questions, and being clear about the goals/objectives of the move, is a key starting point from which you can formulate a clear and Office Relocation Project Plan.

2. Start the planning early

Many companies make the same mistake and underestimate the amount of time and effort required in planning an office relocation, and this can result in escalating costs, drop in productivity and unnecessary disruption to your staff and business. It’s never too early to start planning your office move, but best practice suggests that, depending on the size of your business, between 9-18 months in advance of your lease expiry date is recommended.

Starting the planning of your office relocation early will not only give you the best possible chance of achieving a smooth transition, but it will also enable you to make the right informed decisions and help to avoid any costly or operational mistakes that might affect your business during the move or even throughout the course of your new tenancy.

Companies moving office should always err on the side of caution and assume that everything will take longer to organize than imagined.

3. Break-down the Office Relocation into manageable bite-size chunks

An office relocation might seem like a daunting project to undertake at first, but by breaking down the process down into simple steps and tasks, it makes the entire project much easier to manage.  Help Moving Office has a range of Office Relocation Checklists  to help manage and execute your office move effectively.  It’s the easiest way to manage your office move and ensures that everything gets done on time and nothing gets forgotten.

4. Hire Professionals

Calling on the help of external professionals plays a big role in helping you achieve a successful relocation and will ensure that neither time nor money is wasted.

The expert advice needed to help with the key stages of your office move should include:

  • Tenant Rep Broker – to help find and secure the ideal office space and negotiate the best office lease terms for your business.
  • Real Estate Lawyer – to review the office lease to ensure everything is properly documented and that your commercial interests are fully protected as a tenant.
  • Office Design Company – to create a functional and inspiring workplace which increases productivity and enables your business to thrive.
  • IT & Telecom Solution Provider – to ensure your IT and phone systems are set up properly in the new office and minimize any disruption to your business throughout the move.
  • Office Moving Company – to ensure your office move day goes like clockwork with everything working and in its right place.

Getting professional help for your office relocation is the single, most important “MUST DO” for companies wishing to achieve a successful outcome.

5. Make sure you don’t forget IT!

Your IT systems and business phones are an indispensible element of the running your business, and without these working properly in your new office – your business could suffer dire consequences.   Planning your IT relocation early will get your business fully operational quickly in the new office without any IT delays or disasters.

Use the IT Relocation Checklist available at Help Moving Office for a step-by-step guide to the migration, infrastructure set up and testing of your IT systems so that disruption is kept to an absolute minimum throughout the relocation.

An office relocation is a huge undertaking for any business, but with the right planning and support you will be in a better position to plan a successful office move that your business deserves.

Office Organizing: How To Plan An Office Relocation

By: Guest Blogger: Clare Moorhouse of Help Moving Office. Help Moving Office is an online resource that guides companies through the entire office relocation process. Help Moving Office offers free Office Relocation Checklists and Planning Guides to help plan a successful office move.

As companies try to reduce their overheads and prepare for the future, office relocation is proving to be an effective strategy for getting into better, cheaper and more appropriate office space. It can enable a business to consolidate, reduce excessive costs and build a stronger platform from which to grow. But planning an office relocation can be a time-consuming and challenging task, and with so much to do, it can be difficult to know what to do – let alone where to start!

Help Moving Office has put together five key steps on office organizing and planning a successful office relocation:

1. Are you in a position to move office?

There are many reasons why a company might want to relocate; better facilities, bigger/smaller office space, the need for a better location or simply to reduce overheads.  Whatever the reasons, it is important to be clear about the motivation behind the relocation in order to define criteria and map out your new office requirements.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Is an office move necessary will it prove beneficial to the business?
  • What are the lease conditions for leaving your existing property (notice period, option to break etc.)
  • How do we exit our office lease and what is the required notice period?
  • Can the business afford to relocate?

Asking these questions, and being clear about the goals/objectives of the move, is a key starting point from which you can formulate a clear and Office Relocation Project Plan.

2. Start the planning early

Many companies make the same mistake and underestimate the amount of time and effort required in planning an office relocation, and this can result in escalating costs, drop in productivity and unnecessary disruption to your staff and business. It’s never too early to start planning your office move, but best practice suggests that, depending on the size of your business, between 9-18 months in advance of your lease expiry date is recommended.

Starting the planning of your office relocation early will not only give you the best possible chance of achieving a smooth transition, but it will also enable you to make the right informed decisions and help to avoid any costly or operational mistakes that might affect your business during the move or even throughout the course of your new tenancy.

Companies moving office should always err on the side of caution and assume that everything will take longer to organize than imagined.

3. Break-down the Office Relocation into manageable bite-size chunks

An office relocation might seem like a daunting project to undertake at first, but by breaking down the process down into simple steps and tasks, it makes the entire project much easier to manage.  Help Moving Office has a range of Office Relocation Checklists  to help manage and execute your office move effectively.  It’s the easiest way to manage your office move and ensures that everything gets done on time and nothing gets forgotten.

4. Hire Professionals

Calling on the help of external professionals plays a big role in helping you achieve a successful relocation and will ensure that neither time nor money is wasted.

The expert advice needed to help with the key stages of your office move should include:

  • Tenant Rep Broker – to help find and secure the ideal office space and negotiate the best office lease terms for your business.
  • Real Estate Lawyer – to review the office lease to ensure everything is properly documented and that your commercial interests are fully protected as a tenant.
  • Office Design Company – to create a functional and inspiring workplace which increases productivity and enables your business to thrive.
  • IT & Telecom Solution Provider – to ensure your IT and phone systems are set up properly in the new office and minimize any disruption to your business throughout the move.
  • Office Moving Company – to ensure your office move day goes like clockwork with everything working and in its right place.

Getting professional help for your office relocation is the single, most important “MUST DO” for companies wishing to achieve a successful outcome.

5. Make sure you don’t forget IT!

Your IT systems and business phones are an indispensable element of the running your business, and without these working properly in your new office – your business could suffer dire consequences.   Planning your IT relocation early will get your business fully operational quickly in the new office without any IT delays or disasters.

Use the IT Relocation Checklist available at Help Moving Office for a step-by-step guide to the migration, infrastructure set up and testing of your IT systems so that disruption is kept to an absolute minimum throughout the relocation.

An office relocation is a huge undertaking for any business, but with the right planning and support you will be in a better position to plan a successful office move that your business deserves.

College Dorm Storage Ideas

227356389_da6f0cbc58Across the country students are beginning to move into their college dorms.Whether you or your college student is returning for another year or just starting figuring out how to store things in a college dorm is a daunting task.. Read this article from Jenna Hart, a freelance writer who specializes in home decor and organization tips.

Storage Ideas For College Dorms

Moving into a college dorm room as a freshman is always exciting. But many students are not prepared for just how small their new space on campus is. With most rooms only averaging around 228 square feet, it can be tough to squeeze all of your stuff into that area, especially if you’ll be sharing the space with a room mate. Fortunately, there are all types of great storage options to look into that can help maximize your living area as well as give you some much needed storage.

Consider a Trunk: A storage trunk is a great piece to have, as it can often store everything from sweaters to jackets to blankets to even your everyday supplies. It adds a nice decorative touch, especially with so many different styles available. Best of all, it can double as seating or a coffee table, eliminating the need for extra furniture.

Maximize Closet Space: You and your room mate likely each get your own teeny tiny closet, or you may share a somewhat larger one together. One of the best ways to make sure you use your closet space is to use temporary organizers, such as baskets or hanging closet organizers. This makes it much easier to know exactly where everything is.

Use Your Wall Space: Your school may have rules about putting things on the walls, but there are a number of temporary wall adhesive based hooks which can be removed easily from the walls when you move out. These can be used as hooks alone for hanging towels and jackets, or you can use them to hang a dowel rod across the walls to hang other items from.

Raise the Bed: While some schools may restrict what type of furniture you may bring, bunk beds and loft beds can certainly help make up for a lack of square footage if you are permitted to have them. By lifting the bed up in the air, you can either fit two beds in one spot, or use the space below for other uses. If you’re absolutely stuck with beds the school provides, use dorm bed risers or concrete blocks to raise them and give you extra storage under the bed.

You don’t have to sacrifice on style or the things you bring with you on campus when it comes to storage ideas for college dorms. With a little creativity, you’ll be able to fit in to your new room easily and comfortably!


Further Reading

Jenna is a freelance writer who writes on home decor and organization tips. You may enjoy her articles on closet organizing and dorm storage ideas.
Storage Ideas For College Dorms was originally published on Ezine Articles.
Organizing Tips For Every College Dorm Room (August 2010)
Tip Day Wednesday: 4 Tips for Packing to College (August 2010)
Image via flickr by Flutterbright.

Dorm Room Storage Ideas

227356389_da6f0cbc58Across the country students are beginning to move into their college dorms.Whether you or your college student is returning for another year or just starting college, coming up with dorm room storage ideas is a daunting task. Read this article from Jenna Hart, a freelance writer who specializes in home decor and organization tips.

Dorm Room Storage Ideas

Moving into a college dorm room as a freshman is always exciting. But many students are not prepared for just how small their new space on campus is. With most rooms only averaging around 228 square feet, it can be tough to squeeze all of your stuff into that area, especially if you’ll be sharing the space with a room mate. Fortunately, there are all types of great storage options to look into that can help maximize your living area as well as give you some much needed storage.

Consider a Trunk: A storage trunk is a great piece to have, as it can often store everything from sweaters to jackets to blankets to even your everyday supplies. It adds a nice decorative touch, especially with so many different styles available. Best of all, it can double as seating or a coffee table, eliminating the need for extra furniture.

Maximize Closet Space: You and your room mate likely each get your own teeny tiny closet, or you may share a somewhat larger one together. One of the best ways to make sure you use your closet space is to use temporary organizers, such as baskets or hanging closet organizers. This makes it much easier to know exactly where everything is.

Use Your Wall Space: Your school may have rules about putting things on the walls, but there are a number of temporary wall adhesive based hooks which can be removed easily from the walls when you move out. These can be used as hooks alone for hanging towels and jackets, or you can use them to hang a dowel rod across the walls to hang other items from.

Raise the Bed: While some schools may restrict what type of furniture you may bring, bunk beds and loft beds can certainly help make up for a lack of square footage if you are permitted to have them. By lifting the bed up in the air, you can either fit two beds in one spot, or use the space below for other uses. If you’re absolutely stuck with beds the school provides, use dorm bed risers or concrete blocks to raise them and give you extra storage under the bed.

You don’t have to sacrifice on style or the things you bring with you on campus when it comes to storage ideas for college dorms. With a little creativity, you’ll be able to fit in to your new room easily and comfortably!


Further Reading

Jenna is a freelance writer who writes on home decor and organization tips. You may enjoy her articles on closet organizing and dorm storage ideas.
Storage Ideas For College Dorms was originally published on Ezine Articles.
Organizing Tips For Every College Dorm Room (August 2010)
Tip Day Wednesday: 4 Tips for Packing to College (August 2010)
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Moving Services from In Order to Succeed

Cardboard Box and Shipping PeanutsMoving is stressful! There’s the boxes to pack and then unpack, the things to get rid of, the mail and utilities to switch over and let’s not forgot the whole finding a home and or selling your current one. Just thinking about it makes us here at In Order To Succeed not want to ever move. That however is not very likely when you consider that the average American moves over a 11 times in his or her lifetime. Did you In Order to Succeed can help you move? Here is a list of some of the moving services In Order to Succeed offers as well as a moving checklist you can download.

Off-Site Coordination

CREATING A MOVE TIMELINE
We provide a customized calendar including targeted move date, vendor appointments, and recommended To-Dos.

RECOMMENDING AND SELECTING A MOVING COMPANY
We refer two to three top-notch, licensed moving companies we’ve worked with successfully, and create appointments for them to view your home.

RECOMMENDING AND SELECTING A STORAGE FACILITY
We refer two to three reputable, licensed storage facilities we’ve worked with successfully, and create appointments for you to view them.

COORDINATING WITH BUILDING SUPERVISORS
We contact building supervisors at both your old and new buildings, and reserve freight elevators, find out about parking restrictions, and arrange for cardboard and paper trash removal at your new building during the UNPACKING STAGE.

OBTAINING INSURANCE CERTIFICATES
We acquire the necessary insurance paperwork from your moving company, and present it to the building supervisors at both your old and new buildings, respectively.

ASSEMBLING A MOVE CONTACT LIST
We provide an easy-to-read, one-stop reference page including contact information for your brokers, moving company, building supervisors, insurance providers, and any additional vendors.
Any shelves, containers or materials needed to implement the customized system will be billed separately and upon your authorization.

FINAL CONFIRMATIONS
We confirm the completion of all tasks with the key players the day before your move.

On-Site Prep

HOME STAGING SERVICES
First impressions are critical, and with In Order to Succeed’s expert home staging we’ll give curb appeal to every room transforming a property into a home that buyers will aspire to live in, or a summer vacation home that renters will long to relax in. We will emphasize the best features of a house or apartment while improving or downplaying the less marketable features. We can just make recommendations, or take the stress and worry out of it by doing some or all of it for you under tight deadlines.

CONSOLIDATE
We walk through your home, grouping like items (e.g., all photographs, books, DVD’s, linen, chins).

SORT
Once items have been consolidated, we sort them according to destination: new home or second home, family member or friend, storage, sale, charity, trash, or shredder.

Pre-Pack Prep

NEW HOME VISIT
We visit your new home and familiarize ourselves with layout and space constraints, and photograph rooms. We also make an introduction to the new building manager to facilitate a stress-free move.

MOVER WALK-THROUGH
After making appointments for prospective movers to visit your home during OFF-SITE COORDINATION, we do a walk-though with them so they can assess your needs and present an estimate. We also discuss the layout of your new home, and any items requiring special handling, disassembly and reassembly, protective gear, or THIRD PARTY COORDINATION.

DESTINATION ASSIGNMENTS
Based on the floor plan of your new home, on our NEW HOME VISIT, and on the work completed during ON-SITE PREP, we assign specific destinations to all goods heading to your new home (i.e., all family portraits go to the vestibule, winter clothes go to the attic.)

CONSOLIDATION
We group items in your old home by where they’re heading in your new home, so that movers can assess quantity, and create a game plan for faster packing and unloading.

SPECIAL HANDLING
We photograph any items requiring disassembly (e.g., desks, pianos) prior to moving day, for movers’ reference during reassembly. We also take note of any items of significance you would like to locate at a moment’s notice.

Pack & Load Supervision

MOVER MANAGEMENT
We greet the movers, and, as established during MOVER WALK-THROUGH and PRE-PACK PREP, review destinations of goods, special handling, and loading strategies (i.e., the rug is the last to be packed, because it is the first to be unloaded).

BOX LABELING
We clearly mark every box with a number and its originating and destination room.

INVENTORY
Unless you’re moving over state lines or internationally, movers will not create an inventory for you. Therefore, we create an inventory as the movers pack, so that you know exactly where to find items of significance (as determined in PRE-PACK PREP) at a moment’s notice.

Unpacking & Unloading Supervision

UNPACKING
We empty boxes in their assigned rooms, as designated during the PRE-PACK PREP phase

INVENTORY
When the movers arrive at your new home, we count incoming boxes and confirm that the number matches the number of boxes packed and transported.

QUALITY CONTROL
We review the condition of boxes as they come through the door (particularly those containing fragile items), and make note of any missing or damaged boxes.

MOVER MANAGEMENT
We direct the movers to re-assemble furniture, and to place boxes in appropriate rooms, as established in the PRE-PACK PREP phase.
Please note: Neither movers nor organizers are authorized to hang art/photographs/hardware, set up electrical wiring, re-fill waterbeds, or re-assemble grandfather clocks or other specialty items.

DAMAGE CONTROL
If any items have been lost or damaged during your move, we bring it to your attention. We contact
the movers to track your items if missing. As an ADDITIONAL SERVICE, if your item is damaged we photograph it, and file insurance claims for damage or loss.

TRASH MANAGEMENT
We flatten and bundle all unpacked boxes and paper trash, having made arrangements with your building supervisor for removal during OFF-SITE COORDINATION.

Settle In

PLACEMENT OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS
You come home to a bed that’s made, toiletries in the medicine chest, clothes hung in the closet, and a kitchen ready for tomorrow’s breakfast.

FINE-TUNING
Based on your priorities, we’ll alphabetize the spice rack, categorize your music collection, or divide shoes by style and season, going above and beyond “just being out of cardboard and visible.”

PURCHASE HANDLING
Have artwork in need of frames? Been wanting to switch out plastic for non-slip friction hangers? We can recommend vendors, presents options, or simply make purchases for you.

VENDOR COORDINATION
We can recommend and schedule vendors to customize your new home to meet your needs (designers, contractors, electricians, plumbers, painters, etc.).

Additional Services

MOVER WALK-THROUGH
After making appointments for prospective movers to visit your home during OFF-SITE COORDINATION, we do a walk-though with them so they can assess your needs and present an estimate. We also discuss any items requiring special handling, disassembly and reassembly, protective gear, or THIRD PARTY COORDINATION.

STORAGE ARRANGEMENTS
If don’t have the time, or would like us to join you in visiting a prospective storage facility, we can do so. We can also rent space on your behalf.

NEW HOME VISIT
We visit your new home and familiarize ourselves with layout and space constraints, and photograph rooms. We also make an introduction to the new building manager to facilitate a stress-free move.

DONATION, SHIPPING AND SALE ARRANGEMENTS
A perfect complement to ON-SITE PREP, our off-site crew schedules donation and shipping pick-ups for your unwanted goods, and schedules visits with auction/consignment houses for items to be sold. Meanwhile, our on-site crew prepares your items to be donated, shipped, and sold (including creating a digital inventory for tax or insurance purposes).

UTILITY DISCONNECTION/RECONNECTION
We contact your telephone, electric, cable and internet providers to schedule disconnection at your current home, and reconnection at your new home.

THIRD PARTY COORDINATION
We select and coordinate third party vendors who are qualified to appraise your art and antiques, hang art/photographs/hardware, set up electrical wiring, re-fill waterbeds, or re-assemble grandfather clocks or other specialty items.

ON-SITE APPOINTMENTS
Our on-site crew meets appraisers, painters, electricians, handymen, cleaners, or utility providers at your home for you.

INSURANCE CLAIMS
If household goods have been damaged during a move, we photograph them for insurance purposes, and file insurance clams for damage or loss.

Let In Order to Succeed help you have a stress free move.

Further Reading
Stress Free Moving Checklist
(September 2009)
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