Hints and tips / 29 August, 2018

A client’s perspective on sorting papers

Sorting papers: an essential pre-requisite to a stress-free move

Readers of our blogs might recall the work we did with a client who moved from London to a new home at the seaside but wanted to sort and declutter as much as possible before she moved.

As part of phase 1, we put all papers and photographs to one side for our client to sort out at leisure before our next joint session when the three of us worked together on cupboards and wardrobes.

Our client worked hard on her accumulated paperwork and this is what she said:

My name is Lynne and I’m a bit of a hoarder. My first clue was when I found a small tube of Germolene; the expiry date was October 1987!

Actively encouraged by Carefully Sorted to go through paperwork before everything was packed up for my big move, I set aside time specifically to look at papers – one drawer and one box at a time.

In one cabinet I found: all my council tax bills since 1993, a defunct Filofax from 1995 and some notes of a film I wanted to make about women bikers from 1988!

It was an eye opening-exercise and very time consuming.  Just one filing cabinet took me a solid four hours. As this represented only 1/12 of my total paperwork I had to set aside another 40 hours for this task alone as I had to check each piece of paper before consigning it to the recycling or shredding pile…

At the end of the exercise I estimate that I recycled 80% and shredded 19% and was left with an important 1%. I can tell you first hand that forward planning is essential when you are moving home. It is a painful and a joyous activity in equal measure.

Carefully Sorted you are worth every penny and I will be ready for more help from you as soon as I have finished my ‘homework’.

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If you are moving home and heed help with sorting, decluttering and packing, why not consider bringing in professional help? We think you’ll be amazed at the difference we can make. Get in touch today.

Carefully Sorted is proud to be a member of APDO The Association of Professional Declutterers & Organisers.

https://www.apdo.co.uk

Originally published by Carefully Sorted on LinkedIn on December 10th 2016.

Hints and tips / 28 August, 2018

Decluttering tips: planning for a move

Planning a move? Declutter first and your move will go more smoothly

PLANNING PAYS OFF

Readers of my occasional blogs may remember two pieces I wrote last year about the work we were doing with a client who was leaving London to move to the south coast.

Many people experience stress and anxiety when buying and selling property. Our client was no exception: she encountered multiple complications with both transactions. However, she was determined to use the additional time created by these delays to declutter and organise as many of her belongings as possible so that when the move finally took place it would be as smooth as possible.

She also decided that bringing in professional help at key stages in the process would help her achieve her goal of moving to her new home free of unnecessary clutter.

USING THE STORAGE AREA WISELY

Our client’s delightful London flat was quite small and there was very little room for a full-scale declutter. It was fortunate, therefore, that she also had a storage room nearby.

During our initial assessment, we all agreed that the storage room was our obvious starting point so we cleared it completely before tackling any other task. It too was quite a small space but it really saved the day during this project.

We cleared it completely and put back in it only belongings which had been sorted and were going to the new place. By doing this, we set up a chain of activities which achieved the desired goal.

DIVISION OF TASKS

The plan worked very well indeed. While we concentrated on maximising space in the storage area and in the flat, we set aside boxes which only our client could sort out. For example, she reduced the pile of papers in the photograph above down to one concertina and two box files. Taking things steadily and calmly really made a difference and at no stage did she find the process overwhelming or stressful.

The move has now taken place. It went very smoothly and it was very gratifying to see that all the preliminary work had paid off. Also, we confess to a little glow of satisfaction when the foreman from the movers opened the storage room and admired the way we had packed so much into it!

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If you are moving home and heed help with sorting, decluttering and packing, why not consider bringing in professional help? We think you’ll be amazed at the difference we can make. Get in touch today.

Carefully Sorted is proud to be a member of APDO The Association of Professional Declutterers & Organisers.

https://www.apdo.co.uk

Originally published by Carefully Sorted on LinkedIn on March 4th2017

Uncategorised / 12 March, 2018

Moving home? Don’t take the clutter with you

Moving home or relocating? Declutter before you pack so you don’t take the clutter with you.

Declutter before you move

Doing some fact finding on the internet recently, I came across an article which mentioned the results of a survey on stress conducted by the energy company E.on in 2015. The survey had found that an average Briton moves home five times during their lifetime and that the stress of each move will last for more than three months.

At Carefully Sorted we often work with clients who need help with a house move and we know from experience that the most effective approach is to declutter and get organised before you move, not pack up all the clutter and take it with you.

One of our recent assignments was for a client who is leaving her small modern flat in a converted factory in the East End of London to move to a bigger space on the south coast. She is very excited about the move, as her new home will give her sufficient space to display her large collection of contemporary British art, much of which is currently in store.

During our initial consultation, we agreed that the best course of action was to tackle the store room first. The storage space is in the same building as the flat so our plan was to clear and organise it so that boxes of possessions from the flat could be moved there as soon as packed, sealed and labelled, thus streamlining the entire packing process.

Streamlining the packing process

The store room was piled perilously high with household items. The first task was to empty the space and see what was there. While doing this we found that several of the storage boxes were damaged, or were rather flimsy, and that some were so full that they were virtually impossible to move. We also found delicate items with inadequate packaging, so they needed our attention too.

We emptied the storeroom and put everything out in the corridor. Then we worked steadily through it with our client, identifying items for recycling and others for the bin. We replaced broken and inadequate boxes with better ones so they are ready for the move and divided the contents of some boxes (particularly those containing heavy coffee table art books) into smaller boxes so that they were not so heavy.

We wiped down and dusted everything that our client was keeping and put it back in the store room in a tidy and logical way. We are now ready for phase two when we will start work in the flat itself and put in the store room boxes which are packed, sealed and labelled ready for the movers.

Our client isn’t moving until the new year, so this is excellent forward planning. She tells us that she now feels infinitely more in control of the moving process and isn’t worried about the packing suddenly getting on top of her. She was also amazed at how quickly we worked and how much we achieved.

CONTACT US TODAY FOR A CHAT

If you are moving home and heed help with sorting, decluttering and packing, why not consider bringing in professional help? We think you’ll be amazed at the difference we can make. Get in touch today.

Carefully Sorted is proud to be a member of APDO The Association of Professional Declutterers & Organisers.

https://www.apdo.co.uk

Originally published on LinkedIn on 23rd November 2016.