Decluttr Blog: Surprisingly Easy Guide to Moving

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Did you know that half of all moves occur between May and Labor Day? To kick off the season, May has been named National Moving Month. Our partners, the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), are celebrating with some quick tips to help ease your next relocation.
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Whether graduating college and moving to your first apartment, or downsizing after the kids leave home, moving all your stuff can be overwhelming. Follow these tips and your next move will be surprisingly easy!

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Research a reputable moving company.

We’ve all heard the horror stories of moving vans that don’t show up or charge an unexpected fee. As suggested by the Better Business Bureau, protect your money and your memories by becoming an informed consumer. Look into the moving company’s reputation and read the contract in full before signing.

 

 

Sort your belongings in advance.

Rule of thumb is to start with three boxes: donate, sell and keep. We also recommend keeping a trash bag handy! Be honest with yourself, if you haven’t used it in over a year, you may not need to keep it. Donating is always a great option and the tax break is more than welcome, but make sure that the items are still usable. Also reselling with services such as decluttr serves two purposes; make room and make money.

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Start life in your new place on the right foot.

Organize as you’re moving in and make sure every thing has a place. Repurpose items such as old ice cube trays, binder clips and mason jars in order to give knick-knacks a home and ensure that the “junk drawer” never happens again.

Any other suggestions? Please comment below. Happy National Moving Month!

 

 

 

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GO Month 2015: THANK YOU

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NAPO would like to thank everyone for their active participation during GO Month! All the contributions have led to a very successful month and start of a new year. The ideas and tips presented by NAPO members can help individuals, businesses and non-profits learn about the benefits of getting organized.

NAPO Professional Organizers are available all year, not just during GO Month, and can be a click away to helping you get organized. Click here to locate a Professional Organizer in your area. Happy organizing!

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The Decluttr Files: Unwanted Video Games

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All gamers know a very familiar cycle when it comes to their video games…

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Here at Decluttr, we have a different recommendation for the fate of your conquered video game: trade it in for cash at Decluttr.com. That way, instead of throwing it in the back of your closet, you can use the cash you earn to put towards another game – or at the very least some celebratory pizza delivery.

Here are a few tips on selling your unwanted games:

  • Don’t just trade them in. Sometimes trading your games for other games isn’t always the best option. When you sell your games for cash, it gives you the freedom to shop around a little for what you truly want or use the cash for other things.
  • Time is money. We know that games lose their value over time so don’t let it sit in your closet. Sell it when you’re done with it to ensure top dollar.
  • Do your research. Sometimes the more rare the game, the more money you’ll get for it.
  • Why leave your couch? You can resell your unwanted video games using Decluttr’s iPhone or Android app. Not to mention, we’ll pay for your shipping.

 

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Organize your Paper

go month white portraitWe are now closing in on the end of GO Month! We hope you learned a few tips from our NAPO members worldwide.  Just because GO Month is ending, there is no need to wait until next year to get organized.  Start today and click on the link to the right to subscribe this blog and get tips year round.

The last topic we’ll be highlighting for GO Month is paper documents. How many of us get excited when we hear the word: Paperwork? Every day we are greeted by newspapers, junk mail, bill statements, flyers, newsletters, the kids homework assignments and invitations, just to name a few. It can be a shock to realize that one day what seemed to be a small pile of paper morphed into a sea of paper.

According to a NAPO survey, 76% of Americans feel they are most disorganized when it comes to paper document management.

While most of us know that going green is far from just being the latest trend, according to a recent NAPO survey, only 40% of Americans actively reduce, reuse and recycle. With all of the literature on the pros of recycling, why are we collectively still having a hard time? Have we complicated the process in our homes and businesses?

Here are easy ways to reduce, reuse, recycle and organize paperwork from NAPO members.

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The Decluttr Files: Unwanted CDs

Now, let’s talk about that old CD rack in your home that is more or less a glorified dust collector. You haven’t listened to those CDs in years, and we’re willing to bet half of them you’ve probably never listened to at all.

Did you know the average CD album is only ever played eight times fully? So this GO Month, we challenge you to go through your old CD collection and pick out all the unused and unwanted titles that you haven’t touched in years. Here are some reasons why you should declutter today…

  1. You can make some cash. What’s better than trading in your clutter for cash? It’s practically free money! When you send your unwanted items to Decluttr, we even pay for your shipping.
  2. You can get your kids involved. Make decluttering fun by turning it into a game. Give them a box and tell them if they pick 10 CDs they never listen to trade in, they’ll get a prize. Whether that be a nice Decluttr check in the mail or some ice cream for dinner, that’s up to you!
  3. You can help the environment. Did you know that if disks end up in landfills they could be there for 500 years? Recycle, recycle, recycle!
  4. You’ll feel better. Getting rid of unwanted clutter will put your mind at ease and help you start the New Year off fresh.

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Be More Productive

go month white portraitMany of us have fallen victim of procrastination at least once in our lives… okay, maybe more than once. In today’s technology driven world, it’s hard not to get distracted with smartphones, tablets, work emails, conference calls and the occasional YouTube binge.  Or maybe, you fall on the other side of the coin. There are so many tasks on your to-do list, it’s hard to get everything done in a timely manner and get the recommended hours of sleep at night.

According to a NAPO survey, the second biggest issue at work is time management. Organization can lead to better time management which leads to increased productivity.

What are some ways to Get Organized and improve productivity at work or at home?

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Need help getting organized? Visit NAPO's Professional Organizer Directory to search for professional organizers in your area.