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.

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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.

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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.

An Organized Hard Disk: The Best Organization Tool For Your Laptop

The data wizard within your laptop may appear somewhat skillful, but it won’t reach its full organizational potential without your personal intervention. To prevent your storage from eventually reaching a stage of accumulated chaos, you must take control of data management.

The wizard dumps some documents into the My Documents folder. Others end up in custom storage as designated by the creator application. Newly installed software may store critical program components in the system’s common AppDat folder, or it may dump everything into a custom program group. Icons show up on the desktop and you may not even know how they got there. If you fail to keep track of information destinations, the laptop tools you use to organize your life may end up crashing your wizard.

Information Organization – Plan Before You Walk

The best organization tools for your laptop are tailored to your specific needs. Finding the applications you want is easy. Coordinating their functions on your system can be difficult, but controlling the software installation process is the key to efficient information management.

Warning: Moving data files, program files or renaming directories can make them unable to read or even result in program failure.

The tips focus on tracking and changing program features during the application installation process. To create a simple disk organization program:

  • Integrate your programs by function and work type
  • Install virus protection
  • Install a file compression utility
  • Take control of where specific programs are installed
  • Distinguish data files from program files
  • Follow proper file-naming principles (UNC Charlotte has a quick guide for file naming)
  • Use meaningful file names

Customizing Your Hard Disk Organization

If starting from scratch, go with a laptop vendor that permits factory-installed software customization. For example: The Lenovo ultrabook can be built from scratch, enabling the buyer to make decisions concerning preferred operating system, productivity suits, security software and more before ordering. Follow up by organizing your hard drive in accordance to your work methods. According to the University of California San Diego, synchronization plays a major role in data storage. Nearly every data storage device and application relies on periodic synchronization. The better you organize your hard disk, the more efficiently your laptop will function.

The process is simple:

  • Plan data paths in a way that assist you in data saving, data retrieval and data backup
  • Develop and maintain a precise naming convention for directories and files
  • Layout the hard disk organizational-map and create all directories prior to any new application installations
  • Place data files in folders set aside for data
  • Place program files in folders designated for programs
  • Use multiple subdirectories with limited file content in lieu of massive subdirectories with many files
  • Use short but distinctive and descriptive folder naming conventions.

Take control of your computer’s internal data wizard and organization. But don’t forget that the wizard is there as your helper. Don’t reinvent the Microsoft storage system.

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An Organized Hard Disk: The Best Organization Tips For Your Laptop

The data wizard within your laptop may appear somewhat skillful, but it won’t reach its full organizational potential without your personal intervention. To prevent your storage from eventually reaching a stage of accumulated chaos, you must take control of data management.

The wizard dumps some documents into the My Documents folder. Others end up in custom storage as designated by the creator application. Newly installed software may store critical program components in the system’s common AppDat folder, or it may dump everything into a custom program group. Icons show up on the desktop and you may not even know how they got there. If you fail to keep track of information destinations, the laptop tools you use to organize your life may end up crashing your wizard.

Information Organization – Plan Before You Walk

The best organization tips for your laptop are tailored to your specific needs. Finding the applications you want is easy. Coordinating their functions on your system can be difficult, but controlling the software installation process is the key to efficient information management.

Warning: Moving data files, program files or renaming directories can make them unable to read or even result in program failure.

The tips focus on tracking and changing program features during the application installation process. To create a simple disk organization program:

  • Integrate your programs by function and work type
  • Install virus protection
  • Install a file compression utility
  • Take control of where specific programs are installed
  • Distinguish data files from program files
  • Follow proper file-naming principles (UNC Charlotte has a quick guide for file naming)
  • Use meaningful file names

Customizing Your Hard Disk Organization

If starting from scratch, go with a laptop vendor that permits factory-installed software customization. For example: The Lenovo ultrabook can be built from scratch, enabling the buyer to make decisions concerning preferred operating system, productivity suits, security software and more before ordering. Follow up by organizing your hard drive in accordance to your work methods. According to the University of California San Diego, synchronization plays a major role in data storage. Nearly every data storage device and application relies on periodic synchronization. The better you organize your hard disk, the more efficiently your laptop will function.

The process is simple:

  • Plan data paths in a way that assist you in data saving, data retrieval and data backup
  • Develop and maintain a precise naming convention for directories and files
  • Layout the hard disk organizational-map and create all directories prior to any new application installations
  • Place data files in folders set aside for data
  • Place program files in folders designated for programs
  • Use multiple subdirectories with limited file content in lieu of massive subdirectories with many files
  • Use short but distinctive and descriptive folder naming conventions.

Take control of your computer’s internal data wizard and organization. But don’t forget that the wizard is there as your helper. Don’t reinvent the Microsoft storage system.

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Product Feature: Evernote

There are so many iphone, desktop, and blackberry applications geared towards productivity and organization that finding the right one and setting it up is often more time consuming than the product is worth.  Enter Evernote.

Evernote is a free application that allows the user to keep a database of all sorts of information organized and sorted for easy retrieval. With Evernote you can add tasks and to do lists, memos, webpages, business cards, snapshots, twitter messages, and even wine labels to a database that is accessible via the web, your desktop or notebook, iphone, blackberry, or smartphone.

Everything you add to Evernote is automatically synchronized so you are never searching for that address on your iphone only to realize it is in you desktop address book. You can search for anything on the Evernote database including text in a picture you took, perhaps  from a business card, content from a PDF, or webpage, even an audio message you recorded.

Try out Evernote for free today  or sign up for their premium service by visiting http://www.evernote.com/.

Six Ways to Boost Productivity

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Do you sometimes feel like you are not as efficient as you could be?  In Order To Succeed has six steps to help boost productivity.

1.  Stop Multitasking and give your family, your friends and your personal and professional issues your full attention.

2.  Recharge yourself.  Give yourself some down time.  Schedule it to be sure that you make it happen.

3.  Keep one calendar.  Adopt a system that works for you and stick with it. Don’t look in more than one place to know where you’ll need to be.

4.  Be realistic when scheduling the time it will take to get something done.  Then add an additional 15 minutes as a buffer as we know how often tasks require more time and predicted.  Expect and plan for delay.

5.  Put technology to work for you.  Find a couple of reliable technological support resources to help you online, via phone or in person as you WILL require their services from time to time.

6.  Remember to devote time to build your vision.