De-Cluttering Before You Move


Decluttering a single room is a hard enough of an effort; now just imagine having to declutter your entire home. Regardless of how far you’re moving – whether it’s across town or across the country – the thorough decluttering of your entire home isn’t exactly ever a fast moving affair.


According to experts, moving is a fantastic time for a fresh start – regarding personal space – as you have the opportunity to start in a new space without extra baggage. By modifying the amount of stuff that you keep in your space – and how it’s organized – you can vastly expand your space. Take initial steps by establishing limits in terms of how you’re going to use the space – only pack what can fit in it. Beyond this thinking, you can absolutely improve your home’s space by utilizing the following decluttering tips.

Tip One – Get an Early Start

Figure out the amount of space you’ll have in advance – before you pack. If you start the packing process already knowing exactly the amount of stuff that fits, you’ll see that your stuff can be organized into two clean sections – whatever fits, and whatever you need to get rid of.


Tip Two – Take Measurement

Bookshelves and storage spaces so you know the exact amount of volume it can fit. This is never an arbitrary limit – rather it’s an objective limit set by whatever space you’re moving into. By taking measurements of the footage of the space as well as the furniture that you want to bring, and detailing it on graph paper, you can have a fantastic visual scale that can help you plan out what you want to bring.


Tip Three- Number Everything

Number the rooms that you’re moving into. Label boxes according to the number of the room that you want it’s contents delivered to – and tape up the room number by the doors of the corresponding rooms. This way, if you’re using movers, they’ll know exactly where to move the stuff. If you’ve already packed for the space you’re moving into you can unpack as you go, saving a great deal of time.


Tip Four – Mindful Packing

Most people usually leave packing to the last second, and don’t correctly estimate how many belongings they have inside their house. When faced, at the last minute, these people resort to packing everything as opposed to mindfully packing – disposing of whatever you want to donate or throw away as the process goes on. This ends up giving you more work later on, when you’re unpacking, and when you need to store the pounds upon pounds that you rarely use somewhere on your new property.

When packing in a rush, utilize what’s called the “Bottom Third Rule” – think of it this way. The clothing that you use most is likely at the tops of your drawers, where you first place it when it’s clean. Most likely, the bottom layer of clothing in drawers is used the least of all your clothes. It’s also likely that you may want to donate most of that clothing – so when eliminating clutter in a rush, check out the lower levels of clothing within drawers or cubbies first.


10 Tips to Survive the Winter Move

NJ Movers

Moving can be a difficult process in the New Jersey, especially during the winter season. To help make your move more stress-free, we’re sharing these 10 moving tips for the winter. Adopt as many as you want into practice – they can definitely make moving in windy, snowy, winter weather much more easy.

1. Be mindful of the weather

Temperatures can rapidly change in winter, with slush or rain freezing to ice within a matter of just a few hours. It gets dark much earlier – so plan your trips between your old and new properties according to this.

2. Clear all paths

Make sure to plow or shovel driveways as well as sidewalks in both your new and old properties. It’s easy to misjudge the distance between stairs and drop-offs when they’re covered by snow – by taking the few minutes to clear the snow, you can make the area safer for everybody involved.

3. Wear Layers

This should speak for itself. Even if you’re working hard, it’s wise to wear multiple layers. If you get too hot, you can always take off a layer. Don’t forget a warm hat and gloves!

4. Slip-Proof

Keep towels or rags on duty to help wipe off the snow, sand, dirt, and salt that can get caked to your shoes or shipping containers, making them extra slippery.

5. Keep Emergency Supplies with you

Whether you rent a moving van or are driving yourself, icy and snowy road conditions can pose obstacles. If your car gets stuck, you can quickly get back on the road if you carry a shovel, sand, or salt. It’s also smart to keep a car emergency kit with blankets, snacks, and water with you just in case the car gets stuck.


6. Keep floors protected

Place tarps or sheets on your floor to protect from tracked dirt, snow, or mud into your home. This will both keep your floors dry and clean, as well as protecting your belongings.

7. Stay Well-Lit

Make sure all of your outdoor lighting is working properly at both your old and new properties before the move. Since the sun sets early in winter, you’re going to want to make sure that you have visibility if your move is going to stretch on late in the day.

8. Take care of your plants!

Never transport live plants in the cargo area of a truck, as they can freeze. Securely pack them and bring them to your new property in your personal vehicle.

9. Make sure your utilities are on!

Make sure all your utilities will be working when you arrive to your new property. You don’t want to have to do without heating – especially in winter. Leave the heating and electricity in in your old home until you’re completely moved out.

10. Hire helpers or Moving Company!

By hiring a moving company, you can lift much of the pressure off you, and get to enjoy your new property even more quickly! Most of the above listed precautions are completely taken care of by a skilled moving company; US Express Moving talented servicemen have a commitment to completing your move with both personalized care and unrivaled efficiency. For more information, contact US Express today, and start planning your move. They’ll do all the work.