Moving

Thursday 05.26.16

Moving On :: 5 Things You Must Do During Your Next Move

Did you know that May was National Moving Month? We are gearing up for the busiest season of the year with moves and our NEAT girl, Maria is taking over the blog to share her best tips for moving. As you can imagine, New York is NOT the easiest place to move in or out of so Maria has learned every trick in the book and is here to share them with you today!

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Hi NEAT readers! With personal experience moving from Manhattan to Brooklyn and then BACK to Manhattan again (I missed it!), I am so happy to be able to share with you some of my expert advice when it comes to moves today. Hopefully my five favorite tips can make your upcoming move as stress-free as possible.   

1. Hire the Right Movers :: Choosing the right moving company is the biggest decision you can make to ensure a seamless and stress-free move. We've moved clients all across the country and have noticed that the one thing all good moves have in common is a great moving company. Be sure to do your research before you decide on who to hire - read reviews, talk to someone at the company, and know what you are getting into. If you're looking for a great mover in New York, we never hesitate to recommend A1 First Class or Roadway Moving - they're both top-notch companies that will make sure every facet of your move is taken care of. 
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2. Pack Early :: This is a big one that we've seen ignored time and time again. You start with the best intentions, telling yourself you'll start packing weeks in advance and that everything will be perfectly packed and organized by room. And then life gets in the way and before you know it, it's the night before the movers are coming. You frantically throw anything you can into the nearest box and tell yourself you'll deal with it when you unpack. Except it's a million times harder on that end and you immediately regret not doing it the right way from the start. Avoid that regret by having a plan - set aside a little time each day in the two weeks leading up to the wedding to pack one or two boxes. That way, it's not overwhelming and you can avoid the last minute rush. 

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3. Use the Right Supplies :: One of the biggest changes we've seen in recent years is the rise in reusable moving supplies, and we are huge fans. Companies like BoxUp and Binit allow consumers to rent reusable moving boxes and the process couldn't be easier. They drop the boxes off at your current residence and pick them up at your new home a few days (or weeks) after your move. The boxes are sturdy and durable and allow movers to move your belongings more quickly than they could if they were in cardboard boxes. And, as an added bonus, there are no boxes to break down and get rid of at the end of your move, making your to-do list that much shorter. 

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4. Declutter on the Front End :: Moving is the perfect time to go through your belongings and decide if you'd like to donate, consign or toss anything. As you pull things out to pack them up, evaluate whether or not it's something you really want to bring to your new space. If it's not, set it aside in a pile for donating or consigning. If it's something you're not quite sure about, consider putting it in off-site storage for six months. If you don't need it or miss it in that time, you know what to do with it. In New York, we love companies like Box Butler, who will pick up your unwanted stuff, store it for you, and then deliver it back to you on-demand. 

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5. Clean up After Yourself :: Last but not least, make sure you leave your space as clean as possible. This is especially important in NYC, where you can be charged a hefty fee for leaving anything not nailed to the wall behind. If you have a lot of junk to dispose of and aren't quite sure how or where to get rid of it, call in experts like the guys at Junkluggers. They'll come over, give you an estimate based on how much you have to get rid of, and then cart it all off without you having to lift a finger. Best of all, they are eco-friendly and try to donate as much of their pickup as possible.  

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Hopefully your next move will be just a TINY bit simpler with these tips. Most importantly, remember that if you get overwhelmed, there is a NEAT girl close by!

xx

Maria aka your NYC NEAT girl 

Thursday 08.28.14

Moving In & Up With NEAT

It is definitely that time of the year! No, we don't mean those common end of August sayings: "back to school" or "fall"! We are actually referring to moving season... which happens to be one of our favorite seasons! ;)

We all know that moving & the unpacking can be hectic and stressful, but here at NEAT, we tend to find it as one of our most exciting jobs! We essentially get to work from a blank canvas!

It just so happens our NEAT Scottsdale gal, Mika, was recently given as a Thank You Gift from a realtor to a new home buyer. What a cute way to say thank you - helping the new homeowners get settled into their dream home!

Since the Scottsdale team worked their cute butts off on one of their most fun jobs, we thought it would be fun to share all the scoop, along with some NEAT tips & tricks to have NEAT move in!

First up...the calm before the storm in the Her Master (stunning) Closet!

Oh hey! Here is Mika hard at work!

*Using a rolling rack is one easy & simple way to start the hanging process! You may not necessarily determine what clothes should take which hanging rod, until you can see how big your hanging sections are per category (think tops, bottoms, dresses, etc).

*Designate specfic drawers for undergarments. We typically like the drawers to reflect the body - bras, undies, and then socks!

*Jewelry organization is a must for most women! For a cleaner and sleeker look, we prefer to use acrylic organizers to display baubles!

*And as we have preached before, slimline hangers are a must!

Now here is the calm before the storm in the HIS Master Closet!

(Which by the way, we love how masculine they were able to create the closet!)

*We color code shoes, making it easier to find what to wear based on your outfit!

*We love using these tie organizers for the fellas! You can buy them here!

*And every man needs a catch tray when he comes home and needs to empty out his pockets!

Here is Mika amongst the "mess" in the kitchen as she sorts through the client's belongings!

*It is important to first understand what all you have, before you can start finding a permanent home for things.

How beautiful is this pantry!

*More common and everyday eaten items, like breakfast foods and snacks, are on lower shelves. And because this particular client doesn't bake all that often, baking ingredients were placed on higher shevles.

*We implemented kid friendly plastic containers for food items, (cereals, dried fruit, nuts, etc).

*And who doesn't love a good chalkboard label? We adore!

*We like to designate lower drawers for younger children who are at the age when they are learning to take care of themselves. By placing kid friendly snack foods lower, children can help pack their lunches in the AM or grab a snack without bothering you!

We hope you all love the moving process as much as we do! But if not, NEAT is only a phone call away! ;)

xx

the NEAT girls

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