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Phase 2: The Unpacking Process

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We’re continuing our journey through a client’s move to Calgary from a different city by exploring what comes after the actual move – unpacking.

Before our team at Calm Order even gets to the boxes, we also need to know what the new space is like. We were already able to get an idea of their current living situation and devise a plan. As soon as we have access to the home, we conducted a walk-through of the new property. In this walk-through we were able to see how their belongings would fit and function in the new space that suited their lifestyle (based on their preferences).

The unpacking process can be described as a “strategic transition” process, not a “shove and place wherever there is room” process. To start unpacking, our team follows some key steps:

 

Group items into categories

Sometimes, we open a moving box to find a mix of everything from clothes, to tools, kitchen gadgets, plants, garden supplies, and office supplies all in the same box. To make sure each item ends up in their proper new place, it is important to make sure they become grouped with similar items before they get put away. Sort before you organize.

 

Set up a sorting station

In order to organize the items, we set up a sorting station for all the miscellaneous items. Using bins, boxes or baskets for sorting and categorizing. We line them up in a row on a table or area to establish an efficient sorting work area.

 

Determine the major categories 

Next, we take a good look at what items were contained inside the boxes. While looking, we consider how we are going to group the items. For example, if it was immediately evident there were more of the garage tools than the other items, This would form our first category and all similar items were placed into their own separate bin. From here, we were able to continue sorting the rest of the items based on similarities until everything was sorted into a separate category.

 

Break down large categories into smaller ones

However, this categorization can go one step further. Within our newly sorted box of tools, we noticed a lot of screws and left over parts from the build. Instead of leaving them loose in the bin where they were likely to get lost or misplaced, we grabbed another container just for the miscellaneous screws and parts

As we continued, we broke down the categories and sorted each container whenever we noticed another large quantity of similar items. It is easier to sort piles now instead of having to re-sort a large and overwhelming pile that was just sorted. Whenever a new category trend is identified, it is helpful to start another bin sooner rather than later.

 The unpacking process takes time and patience – it is not conductive or efficient to just start opening boxes and place items in empty drawers and cupboards. Sorting is a key component, and one that our team at Calm Order takes seriously. Are you having trouble sorting through your items, or knowing how to properly categorize your items? In our next post, we’ll take a closer look at proper sorting techniques to help you with any organizing project you choose.

Phase 1: Getting ready for the big move

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On average, it can take a minimum of four weeks to complete a seamless move – in that time, there is a lot of planning, research, shopping, packing, and organizing involved. Wherever a client is moving from or moving to, there are a lot of steps involved to make sure the process is successful and efficient.

Calm Order was recently contacted by a client in another city who is preparing to move to Calgary. When a client doesn’t live in Calgary, we need to get creative in order to understand the scope of the project because we can’t just go over to the property to look around. For this project, we connected with the client over FaceTime, and got them to show us around their home. We had the client show us every place in their home, from kitchen cupboards to closets and drawers, so we could get a complete picture of what their space was like, how they were using it, and what items and belongings we had to work with.

 During the “walk-through” over video call, we could see that there were a lot of items stored around the house, and not necessarily in an organized or practical way. For example, there were light bulbs stored in four different places around the home, piles of paperwork and mail left out on the kitchen counter, and miscellaneous items scattered throughout each room of the house. At this point, we were able to step forward to the planning process, so we could devise a way to create order for their upcoming move and new home.

 Moving is as much about the planning as it is about the actual move – at this point all we had done was seen their current home, but this was an important step so we could begin the process of getting their belongings sorted, organized, and ready to move to a new city and a new home. The process of going through your belongings and seeing how you use your space is important to understand before you move them into a new space.

How was your experience in preparing for a move? Share your stories and photos with us in the comments or on our Facebook page.

Moving? A professional organizer can help!

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Moving requires a lot of work. From decluttering your home, to organizing your new home, and all the other countless tasks in between, moving can be a complicated and stressful process. However, professional organizers can be there to help you from the beginning to the end so you don’t have to navigate the difficult process on your own. Even before the actual move starts, professional organizers can offer advice on what to look for in terms of storage solutions and functionality.

Focus on space function and design

While a home may look beautiful, it may have a poor layout and design that affects how well it functions. Professional organizers can help you evaluate key areas of your home, like the kitchen, to see if it can afford you the organization and storage you need. For example, having built-ins and extra storage may not be on the top of your must-have list, but they can be important components to a home that can ensure your belongings stay organized long after you’ve moved in.

Sort and pack your belongings the right way

Once you’ve decided on the right home, a professional organizer can help you sort through your belongings and determine what you are going to take with you to your new home, what can be donated, and what needs to be tossed out. From here, they can ensure that the belongings you’ve decided to keep are packed properly, with everything labelled correctly and stored in appropriate containers. With everything sorted properly, you can ensure everything is unpacked in the right spot in your new home. Essentials like your overnight box and important documents can also be put together with the help of a professional organizer, and they can also arrange for moving services, cleaners, and any other assistance you may need on the day of the move.

Use easy and cost-effective staging strategies

While professional organizers are helping you organize packing, they can also work with you to stage your home by using the items and furniture you already have. Professional organizers at Calm Order utilize the space and items you already have by decluttering your home and repurposing the furniture you already own to make your home feel clean, open and refreshed. This way, you can focus your attention on packing and other moving preparations like changing your address, updating subscriptions, and completing paperwork.

Experience a seamless transition

Professional organizers can also help you transition from your old home to your new home to make sure everything is unpacked in an organized way. By planning ahead of time on what boxes go in which room, and how items should be placed in each room, moving and unpacking can be a quick and efficient process. The organizers can also work with you to determine where the best place to store your belongings in your new home would be, so that it fits with your routine and lifestyle.

Professional organizers are here to help

Most often, a move to a new home comes in addition to the demands of everyday life, like work, school, family, and friends. Instead of trying to do everything on your own, consider how a professional organizer can help make sure your move doesn’t add any unnecessary stress to your life. Professional organizers can support you during your move by doing much more than just organizing your belongings. They can be with you during the entire process to make sure each task and step along the way is organized, coordinated, and stress-free. If you are preparing for a move, don’t shoulder everything on your own – ask for help instead!