Top 10 Ways to Make Your Move Stress Free!

Moving is fun and exciting, but it can also be extremely stressful! There are so many moving pieces with getting your home and family ready to move, that it can often take the excitement out of moving.  However, there are always ways to help make your move stress free (or at least a bit less stressful).  Here are our top 10 suggestions to make your move “stress free”!

  1. Clean out –  Prior to packing, start going through your things and getting rid of anything you haven’t used in months (or scarier – years!). Don’t pack items that you know you’re going to get rid of once you move!  Start a box that can go to Godwill as soon as you know you’re going to be moving!
  2. Collect boxes –  Who said you should have to pay a fortune for moving boxes? Start collecting boxes from family and friends, the office, grocery stores, etc. Check your local websites (places like Craigslist, Facebook groups, etc) to see if people are giving away boxes or selling them for cheap. You’ll be happy you did when you start looking at the prices of boxes in your local stores.
  3. First Day Essentials –  Create a box of first day essentials (trust us you will thank us later). Make sure that this box gets put in your car, or is the first box that is unloaded off of the moving truck. Items such as: glass cleaner, antibacterial wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, scissors, markers, hammers, a shower curtain, paper plates, napkins, cups, first aid kid, etc. are all great items to put into your first day essentials. (You’re most likely going to sweat and there is nothing worse than wanting to go take a shower and realizing you don’t have a shower curtain – take our word for it!)
  4. Color code your rooms –  Assign each room in your new home a color. Utilize stickers to put on each box with those colors, helping you and your movers know where items need to be delivered come moving day. Put a list of all of the rooms and their associated color on the front door or garage door so that your moving team can know exactly where to drop them!
  5. Change of address –  As you receive mail at your current address, call companies to start switching your address information upon moving day. Make sure to leave forwarding information for neighbors and the new owners, just in case!
  6. Keep your clothes on hangers –  Take garage bags and cut holes in the bottom of them to put your hangers through. This will allow you to keep your clothes protected in the move, but organized as well. All you have to do is hang them up in your new closet!
  7. Use what you have –  Wrap your dishes and breakables in towels, blankets, sheets etc. You have to move those items anyways, why not save money from having to buy extra tissue paper or newspaper?
  8. Save your Receipts – Keep all of your moving receipts. Depending on your move (relocating for work) you might be able to write off some of those items on your tax returns!
  9. Arrange for Daycare / Childcare –  Arrange childcare the day of the move if you have children.  If you have pets check to see see if there is a local pet daycare that you might be able to use while moving your items in. With everyone coming and going from your home, it might be easy for someone to accidentally let your dog or cat out of the house.
  10. Label your electronics –  Don’t just start unplugging your computer cords and stuffing them in a box. Utilize labels to properly identify which cords go to what items. You can even use color coded labels (blue for the TV, green for your desktop computer, etc).

Have other suggestions for a stress free move? We would love to hear them!

Home Organization Rules

Now that we have celebrated the New Year, it’s time to start working on those new year’s resolutions.  One of the most popular resolutions for 2015 is to “Get Organized”.  Getting organized can be a very daunting task and can quickly become overwhelming.  However, if you think about organizing your home as “centers”, it’ll quickly turn into a fun and enjoyable task.  By this time next year, you’ll be a pro at keeping your home organized!

Pick a Place for Everything

It’s an old saw, but it still cuts: “A place for everything, and everything in its place” is a watchword for true home organization. Possessions, like people, need homes. Find them that home, defend their turf with labels, dividers and organizers, and you’ve won most of the battle for an organized home.

Be creative when it comes to finding homes for household stuff and rearrange your thinking. So what if stores sell towels in matched sets of three? Break up the trio and store them where they’re needed: hand towels stacked in washrooms near living areas; bath towels and washcloths in the bathroom where they’re most used. Don’t hide pizza coupons and take-out menus away in a kitchen drawer where they’ll get forgotten: store them in a folder near the phone where they’ll be most useful.

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Bring the Family on Board

Getting organized is not simply a matter of domestic real estate; it’s an integrated process involving all members of the household. Any organizing scheme or system will fail unless all family members understand it and can follow it. Bring the family on board as you organize your stuff and your surroundings. For example, when organizing where to put items in the kitchen, store plates, bowls and unbreakable glasses in low cabinets. Younger family members can set the table only if they can reach the dishware; by storing tableware in an accessible place for them, you’ll be helping all of the family to help you.

Create Centers for Household Activities

Looking for a model of a well-organized home? Head back to preschool! Preschool teachers are model organizers because they have to be. Without a plan for classroom structure, 18 or 20 energetic little people could create plaything havoc in mere moments.

To keep their schoolroom running smoothly, preschool teachers apply the concept of “centers”: dedicated areas for a single activity, like blocks, dress-up or sand play, with storage for all the playthings required by that activity. In the playhouse, kitchen toys, pots, and pans encourage role-playing; at the art table, paper, paints and brushes are within easy reach. At pick-up time, children know to return costumes to the dress-up pole and park the trucks in the “parking lot” storage area.

On the domestic front, you can set up centers that work the same way, to focus and support the everyday activities that are carried on in the home.

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Read more about the different centers for your home. 

Source: HGTV.com

 

Homeowner Cleaning & Care Tips

We believe in aging gracefully, but when it comes to your home, we want you to keep it looking new.

Here’s a quick reference guide to cleaning your home’s surfaces.

Homeowner Cleaning & Care Tips :: M/I Homes - Care for your hardwood flooring, granite countertops, stainless steel, vinyl flooring, carpeting & laminate countertops

Selling & Moving Don’t Have to be 4-Letter Words.

Spring is almost here.

Wait, we didn’t hear any cheering! For those of us who reside up north, Spring is a big deal. Dreams of sunshine and warmer days consume our thoughts. The break in weather also means that more people start to think about moving into a new home and hope for a bustling real estate season.

If you’re one of those who needs to get his or her home ready for potential buyers to “ooh” and “ahh” at your stunning taste in decor, here’s a great place to start. We’ve dug up some blogs that will point you in the right direction and hopefully have you on your way to “sold!” more quickly.

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Preparing for Company in 60 Minutes or Less; Speed Cleaning 101

A home is made for entertaining. The anticipation of house guests’ arrival is exciting and thoughtfully prepared. With the holidays, however, you can’t always predict who will be stopping by. Here are some great tips from Apartment Therapy on cleaning up in a pinch when you don’t always get the advanced notice you had hoped for.

1. Gather the basics. Floor wipes, bleach wipes, countertop spray and an air freshener like Febreeze. A magic eraser is great to have on hand as well.

2. Pick up the floor and put everything away (or into the drawer to deal with “later.”) Clearing the floors and surfaces first makes everything go much faster later.

3. Vacuum the floors or, if you have one, let the Roomba do the work while you move onto #4.

4. Spray down all kitchen/dining room surfaces with countertop spray and wipe down. Tackle any tough spots with your magic eraser.

5. Use the bleach wipes to wipe down the sink, toilet and shower in the bathroom.

6. Wipe down bathroom and entryway mirrors with the glass cleaner.

7. Shake out the rugs and throws and straighten pillows. Use air freshener on upholstered surfaces.

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