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Did You Know?
Ways We Can Help
Gift Certificates
The Organized Move
Do it Yourself or Hire it Out?
Resources for an Organized Move
Moving Calendar
Quote of the Month
Terri Stephens, CPO, CRTS
Certified Professional Organizer®
Certified Relocation & Transition Specialist®
(678) 513-6585
Did You Know?
The top reasons Professional Organizers are hired:
  • too much clutter
  • general disorganization
  • difficulty determining what to keep and/or discard
  • difficulty finding things
  • selling a home or moving
Source: NAPO 2009 Member Survey
Ways We Can Help
You can save money. You'll know what you already own, eliminating the need to buy duplicate items. A professional organizer can help you find the perfect organizing products for your space and lifestyle, so you stop wasting money on things you don't need or won't work.

You can become more productive and efficient. A professional organizer can create order and structure out of chaos. You'll receive systems that work for your dominant learning style, your lifestyle, your needs, your challenges, and your dreams.
You'll have a positive self-image and ditch the shame. Once your home or office is neat and tidy, you won't feel embarrassed to have guests visit. The guilt will fade away as you take pride in your surroundings.
You'll have a healthier environment. Physical and emotional clutter obscures your surroundings. An organized home and office is more easily cleaned. Lose the clutter and cut down on time spent moving piles of paper and stuff around.
Your stress level will decrease dramatically. When you can find what you need, are on top of your to-dos, and arrive on time, you'll feel calmer and have more peace of mind. No more feeling overwhelmed by life -- you'll be the one in control.

You'll discover more time for yourself. When you're organized, your days go as planned, and you get a lot more done. That leaves more time to indulge in a little "me time."

Your energy will shine.
Clutter is a mask and a professional organizer can help you take off that mask. Once the clutter is removed, you can showcase your talents, skills, and personality and have the life you deserve.
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May 2010

Real Order e-Newsletter
Making the Move
Dear ,
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 40 million Americans pack up their belongings and relocate to new homes and communities each year. More than half of these moves take place between May and September. If you're moving or contemplating a move anytime soon, this newsletter is for you. 
Relocating to a new home can be one of life's most stressful events, even if the move is your choice. During these difficult times, many people have had to move for financial reasons and that adds a whole new emotional element. No matter what the circumstances of a move may be - whether it's next door, across town or across country - having an organized move is the way to go. It can make the difference between manageable short-term confusion and utter chaos that can affect your life for years to come.
Professional Organizers and Senior Move Managers can be a tremendous help during times of transition such as a move and help you keep your sanity.  Be sure to check out the Moving Calendar and the other helpful tips so that your next move can indeed be organized. It really is possible, I promise! 
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Terri Stephens, CPO, CRTS
Real Order Professional Organizing, LLC
(678) 513-6585
The Organized Move   
Moving, whether across town or across country, is certainly a hectic time. The stresses of the move itself are usually coupled with worries about what life will be like in your new home. But moving can also be an exciting time of fresh opportunities. And it may help to remember you're not alone - one out of every five families moves each year. They survive the upheaval, and so can you.  
The key is organization, not only physically but mentally. A good place to start is with sorting through your belongings. Pare down your possessions by having a garage or tag sale or by donating to charity items you no longer need. Then decide whether to move your belongings yourself or hire professional movers. Each method has pros and cons, and both require comparison shopping.
There are a million details that crop up before a move. Use this handy checklist to help you remember what needs to be done.
Banks  Close current accounts if they are not transferable and establish new accounts at your new location.  Be sure your old bank has your new address.
Insurance  Notify your agent of your new address and discuss how your insurance needs may change with your move. For instance, you probably won't need as much coverage if you're moving from a house to an apartment.
Utilities  Establish cut-off dates and give your forwarding address to all utilities and services including telephone, cable TV, electricity, gas, water and garbage removal. Arrange for utilities to be started in your new home so everything will be working when you arrive.
Medical Records  Obtain records from your doctor(s), dentist, ophthalmologist or optometrist, and veterinarian. If you've already selected new health care providers, make arrangements to have your records sent directly to them.
Delivery Services  Arrange to discontinue home delivery of newspapers, milk or diapers.
Recycling  There are probably lots of items you don't want to move, from partially filled cans of paint to that old, broken refrigerator. Your community may have strict requirements relating to the disposal of these items, so check with your city or county to find out your options.
Change of Address  Fill out a forwarding address form at the post office or make the change online.  Also pick up a stack of change-of-address forms to send to the following:
  • Family and friends
  • Magazines (give them four to six weeks notice)
  • Credit card companies
  • Pension funds and investment firms
  • Professionals such as your lawyer, accountant and realtor
  • The IRS, Social Security office and government or military pension offices
  • Your workplace, schools and alma mater
  • National associations or clubs
  • The voter registration office and motor vehicle bureau
Keep careful records and receipts of all moving expenses. You may be able to reduce your adjusted gross income (on your income tax return) by certain expenses if your move is work-related. Certain conditions must be met in order to take the deduction. Contact the IRS or your accountant for details.
Use up as much food as possible in the weeks before you leave. Give what you don't use to a food bank or friends. Consider giving plants to friends or neighbors - they don't transport well.
On moving day, carry the following items with you: 
  • Telephone number of the moving company
  • Cash or traveler's checks
  • Papers related to the sale of your home
  • Your insurance policies and agent's phone number
  • Your current phone book
  • Medications
  • Enough clothing to get by if the movers are late
  • Jewelry
  • Important personal records and documents
  • A box of any items of great personal value to you that are virtually irreplaceable (e.g., a photo album)
  • Back-up copies of computer files
  • Sheets and towels for the first night in your new home
  • Personal hygiene items (e.g., toothpaste, soap, razor)
Making the Move:  Do it Yourself or Hire it Out?
The decision to move yourself or hire a professional moving company is based on several factors, including cost, responsibility for damage, the physical labor involved and your time-frame.  Fully considering your options will help you make the best decision for you.
Unless you're moving a very small amount, you'll likely need to rent a truck.  While doing the move yourself (or with the help of family or friends) can save you money, be sure that you consider all of the costs.  Get quotes from several rental companies and be sure you're comparing "apples to apples," such as mileage limitations, overtime fees and drop-off charges if you're driving to a distant location.  Also be sure to budget for the cost of a long-distance trip if applicable - gas, tolls, food, other travel expenses.  You'll also need to consider any additional equipment needed:  a dolly/hand truck, a hitch for your vehicle and packing supplies.  
packingAdequate insurance is important even with do-it-yourself moves.  You'll want to talk with your insurance provider about coverage for the rental truck, as well as your belongings in case of an accident.
If you're not able to move and carry all of your belongings yourself, you'll need to recruit help, which could be family members or friends, but consider that you may need to hire workers to move heavy/bulky items, especially if your new home is located far from family and friends.
Get referrals from your realtor, company relocation department and friends who have recently moved.  Contact several companies to get quotes for your planned move.  Again, be sure that you're comparing "apples to apples."   Be sure to ask about whether packing services and materials are included and if there are additional charges for stairs or elevators, an excessive distance from your home to the truck or particularly heavy/bulky items.  When you're ready to select a company, get a binding estimate so there are no additional, unexpected charges on moving day.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website is a valuable resource where you can search for moving companies, see complaint histories, and get detailed information about your rights and responsibilities when you move.  
Talk with the moving company and your insurance provider about coverage for your belongings while they are being packed, moved and unpacked.  Be sure to have a complete inventory of your packed items before the truck pulls away. 
Deciding whether to move yourself or hire help is more than a simple cost comparison - be sure to consider your budget, your time and your physical capabilities to make the right choice for you.
Resources for an Organized Move
US Postal Service Movers Guide -
Learn more about forwarding mail and change your address online. 
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration -
A great resource for researching moving companies, preparing for a move and learning your rights and responsbilities in a move
Moving with Pets - 
Books to help make your move go more smoothly:
Moving Calendar
A big part of making your move less stressful is being prepared.  Starting eight weeks ahead of moving day gives you time to get things organized in the home you're leaving as well as preparing your new home for move-in.  This downloadable weekly checklist is a great guide to help you stay on track and on schedule. 
Quote of the Month 
A good home must be made, not bought.  
- Joyce Maynard

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