Last week my team and I started packing for our clients who are moving. We had helped them declutter before they put their house on the market, and now the house has sold. So, we are back to help them sort through their belongings to decide what stays and goes and to which location. This is why it is a "complicated move." The items that are staying are going to be sold in an estate sale, since they are significantly downsizing. The items that are going will either go to a house they own or a storage unit in another city, or the condo that they recently purchased. The final phase of this job will be helpi.ng them unpack the condo, once the boxes we packed are delivered by the movers. We are keeping track of where everything goes by packing everything that goes to the house and storage in plastic tubs that are clearly labeled. The items being packed for the condo are going in cardboard boxes and are also labeled. Then, all the tubs are being stacked in one area of the garage, while all the cardboard boxes are stacked in another area of the garage. Certain items that can't be sold and aren't being taken are being discarded like expired foods and spices. We completed the downstairs and guest quarters of the house last week and will be going back next week to complete the upstairs. I have unpacked for so many clients over the years and am convinced that organizers do a much better job of packing than moving companies. The movers' goals are just to move the stuff and use as much paper and boxes as they can to charge the clients the most they can (in my opinion.) Organizers actually pack the boxes in an organized fashion and don't waste tons of paper on items that aren't breakable anyway. We clearly label the boxes, and we don't pack trash and other items that the client doesn't want to take anyway. It may take a little longer and cost a little more to work with organizers when packing for a move, but in the long run you save time and money when unpacking organized boxes and have a more organized and stress-free move.
I'm Rene'. I've been a Professional Organizer for 8 years now. Since I love to write as much as I love to organize, I thought I would combine my two loves into this blog. Since this profession is still new to many people, I wanted to write about what I do to inform new clients what services I can offer them, and, hopefully, inspire new organizers interested in this profession.