Cleaning Your Belongings When Moving Out

 

 

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Moving out is a long and difficult process that is usually accompanied by lots of nagging, murmuring and quarrels. “Should I take that vase?” or “Am I going to wear these jeans?” – these are questions that you keep asking yourself.

 

Since you want to make the process as painless as possible you often end up packing everything without even sorting out the stuff. Wrong. You need to carefully look at every item and decide whether you really need it. This will make transporting the items easier and less expensive (especially if you want to hire a removal company).

 

Unless you clean all your belongings before moving out you will end up with a lot more tasks to do when you get to your new home. Why? Simply because you will have more stuff to unpack and organise once you are in the new premises. Not to mention you will spend time wondering about whether you want to keep something or not. So, here is the thing. You have to get the job done now, before you leave the house. Follow our instructions and you’ll see how easy and fast the process goes.

 

Have a plan

 

Leaving all the decluttering and packing for the last two days before you leave is not the best thing you can do. Tackling the entire place in a few hours is not going to work, nor is it going to be successful. You need more time. Quite possibly you are going to have to start decluttering a couple of months before you leave. This will enable you to examine all the stuff and decide what stays and what goes. Rushing things is never a good idea. You need to sit and think well. Make sure you reduce the amount of stuff to pack by one third. Bring with you only the most valuable items and those which have a sentimental value to you. Make two piles, one for the things you are going to pack and one for the clutter.

 

 

Get rid of unnecessary stuff

 

Don’t get sentimental about your belongings, especially for the knick-knacks. Keeping things that you don’t need takes up space and energy. Since you are going to move to a new home, you probably want to start fresh. Hence, there is no room for old stuff that you no longer use. Our advise is, take a good look at your things and think well whether you will miss something if you get rid of it. According to specialists, 30% of your stuff can easily be disposed of without you missing any part of it ever! Just remember that the more clutter you get rid of, the less pounds you will be paying to move. Meaning, if you hire an agency to transport your stuff to your new home, they will charge you depending on the amount of stuff to move. So the less stuff you have, the less money you will pay. It’s simple as that!

 

Check out whether there are items that:

• Don’t fit in size

 

• You don’t like/love

 

• You don’t use

 

• Gifts you never used

 

• Expired medicine

 

• Papers, bills, cash receipts from last year

 

• Books and magazines you won’t ever read again

 

• Unfinished projects

 

Be sure to get rid of all the items listed above. Then go room by room looking for stuff that has been there so long that you don’t even notice it anymore.

 

Author Bio: As a manager of end of tenancy cleaning agency, July Minor has seen a lot of places and how the people are treating their belongings.

Just moved into your new home? 5 simple ways to avoid accidental fires and stay safe

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It’s funny how you never think anything will go wrong until it actually does. Accidents happen to anyone and they can strike in an instant. You can never stop them from happening, but there are things you can do to stay clear of them. Some of the worst accidents involve your home catching fire, so we’re going to look at a few things that should keep you a little safer from now on.

Don’t leave your food unattended

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You wouldn’t leave a baby unattended in the bath because it could drown while you were away, so don’t walk away while you’re cooking food. This will obviously depend on the appliance you’re using, but why walk away from something when there is a small chance it could catch on fire? The fact you’re not even around means you won’t be able to douse the flames straight away. Chip pans are more dangerous than every other appliance combined.

Keep your doors closed all the time

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When you’re walking around the house you should close the doors behind you. It’s also a good idea to walk around at night closing every door inside your home. If there was a fire and all your doors were open it would be able to spread very quickly, but if the doors were closed you would have a much higher chance of surviving. How long would it take you to close all your doors at night? It’s well worth it when you have young children in the house because you want to keep them as safe as possible.

Don’t use electric blankets

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Electric blankets seemed like a great invention because who in their right mind doesn’t want to feel warm and snugly when they get under the covers, but there is a huge problem with them catching fire. Some fire fighters will tell you they hate electric blankets more than anything else. You’re risking your life every time you fall asleep with one still on, plus you’re risking your home burning down every time you switch one on for a few hours before you go to bed.

Burning candles aren’t always pretty

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Nothing is more relaxing than soaking in a warm bath surrounded by dozens of beautiful candles. They even come in handy when the electricity cuts out and you need to see what you’re doing. I’m not saying you shouldn’t use candles because that would be crazy, but you just shouldn’t leave them unattended. In the majority of cases they’ll eventually go out by themselves, but do you want to be the exception to the rule when they burn your home down?

Always use a fireguard

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Are you one of those people who still loves a log burning fire? They’ve actually become a lot more popular in recent years, either because they’re great or because the price of electricity has skyrocketed. If you do decide to burn logs in the fire you need to make sure you protect yourself with a fireguard. You don’t know where flying hot embers are going to land and they can set things on fire. If you don’t use one your eyes will be glued to the fire to see where those embers are landing.

The author of this post is Shruti Vaghe, a freelancer who often writes for Alliance Floor Source, a company providingvinyl flooring services. . She likes to indulge in yoga and pilates to stay fit. Follow her on Twitter @ShrutiVaghe.

Your Move to a New Home Is an Opportunity to Jump-Start Your Life

No one particularly likes moving. Packing up everything you own and moving it into another home can be daunting and exhausting. Instead of looking at your impending move as a gigantic chore, consider it an opportunity to refresh, rejuvenate and re-energize your life. This is your chance to start new, shed old items and problems and become the person you want to be.

Commit to a Clutter-Free Home

Take a realistic approach to this step, and try to become organized without being obsessively orderly. According to the Happiness Project, this can be a difficult balance to strike, but it can be done. Once moved in, put a stop to junk mail by filing a temporary change of address with the U.S. Post Office, rather than a permanent change of address. Because numerous marketing companies don’t use any address validation solutions, exorbitant amounts of unsolicited mail is sent to the wrong recipients. Less junk mail in your new home is a good first step to becoming clutter-free and organized.

Get by on Much Less

Moving is a chance to evaluate what items you own are necessary and which ones you can live without. Look at every item you don’t use on a regular basis with a critical eye. It can be difficult to get rid of items, and you may try to make excuses as to why you need to keep something. Take a step back, think about it honestly, and make the decision to get rid of anything unnecessary—it will make your move much easier.

Get a Different Perspective

Look at it this way: This your chance to be who you want to be. Give yourself permission to be happy and positive about your new life. Your attitude makes all the difference in the world.

Make Over Your Wardrobe

Real estate agent Sandra Hughes recommends you find a local charity to donate your unwanted clothing and household goods to or sell these items in a garage sale. Then treat yourself to a new wardrobe after your move—you’ll get a new look to match your new perspective. You’ve put a lot of hard work and effort into your move; reward yourself!

Throw a Packing Party

Invite your best friends and family members over to help pack up your home. Provide snacks, drinks and pizza and get to work think of it as a little party that helps you get out with the old and in with the new. This can be both an exciting and nostalgic time, if you focus on happy memories and the new ones you’ll make in your new home.

Whether you are starting over in a new city and state, or you’re simply moving to another part of town, take this opportunity by the reigns. Own it, take control of your attitude and approach your move as a fresh start and new chapter in the storybook of your life. With this attitude, when you look around at all the unpacked boxes in your new home, you won’t feel overwhelmed or filled with panic—you’ll be excited and ready to dive head first into your new life.

 

Jessica Allan

Jessica is a broker and freelance writer for several real estate and finance blogs.