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Organizing to Move: the Right Team

Organizing to Move: the Right Team

Moving is one of the most stressful life events there are. Being organized about it, can significantly reduce that stress, but there’s a lot to it.

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Decluttering Books

Jerry Seinfeld once did a routine about keeping a personal library so you can show off and say “look at all I know!” (Sorry, couldn’t find it on YouTube.) My lovely wife is not amused by this and warns me to keep my decluttering paws away from her bookcases. So I do. If you, however, are at a stage where you want to or need to get rid of some unwanted books, here are some helpful options. Unfortunately there’s no single option that is low effort, big money, free shipping, and any condition, so I have broken these options down by their best features. Best Money, Most Effort: Half.com Half.com is a division of eBay and works in much the same way. You can post many books at once, but you have to wait for interested buyers one at a time and take care of the shipping one at a time. I have used half.com and have gotten some decent money for my unwanted books. I have found it worth doing as a first pass.  It’s pretty easy to get […]

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Diversion Tunnels

Diversion Tunnels In 1931, work began on the Hoover Dam, but before one bucket of concrete could be poured into the dam, the mighty Colorado River had to be diverted through four massive tunnels. If your whole house needs some serious organizing, a lesson can be drawn from the Hoover Dam. Your colossal task also needs to begin with diversion tunnels, namely the garage and basement. These spaces tend to get little attention, until you run out of storage room for more important items in other parts of your home. Also, the likeliest candidates for disposal and donation tend to live in the garage and basement. By freeing up space in there, you are able to drain many of the seasonal and archive materials that may be clogging up the space in the rest of your home. In this economy I realize that many of us have to go the DIY route, so here are some useful tips: Have an Exit Strategy- Before you dive into the clutter, put together a simple game plan for where it’s all going to […]

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