Here is a partial list of items you’ll want to pack in an overnight bag or box for the days between packing in your current home and unpacking in your new apartment as a downloadable .pdf file:

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IKEA VideoAs professional organizers, we’re of course big fans of IKEA’s storage solutions. Now, we’re big fans of their video as well.

We dare you not to smile when you hear the child laughing…!

IKEA Joy of Storage Video

 

And if you want to know the BEST way to store your t-shirts, we posted it here: How to Organize Your T-Shirts.

Red Pin on Google Map

Last week, I entered a potential client’s address into Google Maps to see where they were located. Nice neighborhood, very nice house, wait… what is that in the driveway? I clicked on the Street View photo and saw a white business truck with big red letters that read, “Got Rats?”

What if I were a potential buyer of that home??

May we suggest adding another box to your checklist for readying your seller’s home for sale—Check the Google Map listing!!

Suppose you find something your clients would rather not have shown in the photo–children, car license plate, expensive bicycles—maybe the garage door was open? While still in the address search of the property, click on Report Problems on the bottom of the Google Maps page. A window will pop up that says Report Inappropriate Street View. You can request that people, cars, objects or the entire home be blurred. Provide an email address and submit a Captcha, and you should receive a note from Google in a few days letting you know they have received your request. If approved, it will take a few more days for the database to be updated.

In case the request is not approved, at least you will have a ready answer and not be blindsided by questions you didn’t know were coming.

Now to decide if we want to pack belongings in that client’s home…!

colorful storage boxesHappy New Year! Did you make a resolution to “Get Organized” in 2015? If so, you’ve likely noticed that every store in town has storage bins on sale to help you. Big bins, small bins, wicker baskets, totes with lids, boxes and organizers of every color to match your mood or décor…

We must caution you, however, not to run out and load up on storage bins…yet! Before you know how many, what kind(s) and what size(s) will work for you, you have to know what you’ll be storing, where and for how long.

First, you must do your homework (or home work). Go through your closets, drawers, pantry, closets, etc. Throw away the trash, give away useable items, contact consignment and estate sale professionals to sell valuable items for you. All that should remain in those areas [and, really, throughout your home] are things you need, use and love.

If you need help to get this project started, or a few extra hands to make it go quickly, call us at Seamless Moves.

Once you have completed your sorting/downsizing, you’ll know what you need the storage bins to contain and the amount of space you have to store them. We recommend you don’t store important papers or things made of fabric in cardboard moving boxes. 

Next, decide whether your containers need to be stacked on each other or placed on shelves. This will tell you whether they need secure lids and what sizes they should be in order to fit on those shelves.

NOW… you may hit the storage bin sales!

More downsizing tips: Is it clutter or is it not?  How many cookbooks do you really need? and
5-Minute Fixes for Laundry Rooms.

Yes, We Move That!

Remembering with fondness this ‪#‎ThrowbackThursday‬ one of our clients who was moving on Mercer Island with a fabulous collection of George Nakashima furnishings. What an honor to be selected to move, unpack and set up for her in her new home! 

For more information about this lovely, hand-made furniture: here. We also very much enjoyed this video of George’s daughter, Mira, discussing their vision and philosophy. “We believe that each plank of each tree has a particular characteristic and a particular destiny…”

 

Seamless Move with Nakashima furnitureGeorge Nakashima furniture

cat_in_a_boxHappy National Cat Day!

Here are some of our favorite tips for moving with a housecat, in case you missed them.

Moving to a new home with a cat can be hard on both you and your cat.  So making the move to a new home as stress-free as possible for your “kitty” can have big benefits, including reducing the risk of fear-based house soiling, excessive meowing and crying, hiding, escape attempts and aggression. 

Moving a cat successfully to a new house does involve some planning and preparation. Here are some suggestions from WEBMD/Pets and Seamless Moves:

On Moving Day

  • To prevent your cat from dashing out the door while movers are going in and out, close kitty in a bathroom with food, water, a bed and litter box. Place a sign on the door asking the movers to keep the door shut.
  • Feed your cat a very small breakfast on moving day to reduce stomach upset.
  • The last thing to do before leaving your house is to move your cat. Pop them in their carrier with a comforting blanket. By leaving them till the very last, it will help to reduce stress and also keep the trip as short as possible.
  • While in transit, resist the urge to open your cat’s carrier to soothe him. A scared cat may try to escape.
  • All cat lovers know, cats are not to be transported in the moving truck or the trunk of the car.  :)

In Your New Home

  • Try to keep your cat inside for the first three weeks. This is not always possible and some cats adjust to their new surroundings much quicker than others. Only you as its owner will recognize if your cat is relaxed enough in the new home to allow them to go outside for the first time.
  • Let them out just before meal times, then you can call them back with their favorite food.
  • Go outside with your cat and stay with them for a while. This will help your cat feel secure. If your cat doesn’t want to follow you out, do not force them to go.
  • Leave the door open so that your cat can return to the house when they want to. It might be a bit scary out there at first.
  • Keep the first few times they go out short. This will build up the bond to the new home
  • Always make sure your cat is wearing a tag on its collar with your name and phone number. Check the rules in your new city regarding whether your cat needs to have a license and/or rabies vaccination and whether they must wear those tags on their collar. You may wish to look into a microchip for kitty as well.

john Denver album

Whether or not you’re a fan, you have to admit John Denver was an icon of 70′s popular music. For those of us who grew up during that era, Take Me Home Country Roads, Annie’s Song, Rocky Mountain High and Thank God I’m a Country Boy made up a good portion of the sound track of our youth.

On Friday, October 24, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. PDT, the late John Denver will be honored posthumously with the 2,531st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The star will be located at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard. “We are proud to honor one of America’s singing icons who has been missed for many years. Luckily for us we have his amazing music to remember him by,” stated Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Leron Gubler. Helping Gubler to unveil the star in the category of Recording will be two of Denver’s three children, Zak Deutschendorf and Jesse Belle Denver, who will accept the honor on behalf of the family. The Band Trampled by Turtles will be performing an acoustic version of Denver’s song “Annie’s Song. The band is in town for their performance that evening at the Fonda Theatre the evening of the star ceremony.

The event will be live-streamed exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

What was your favorite John Denver song?

Downsizing Seminar

Strategies for Making Your Next Move Manageable
Wednesday, September 10th, 10:30 am – Noon
Valley Medical Center Medical Arts Center Auditorium
4033 Talbot Road S., Renton, WA  98055

 

Moving to a smaller home may seem daunting after years of accumulation, however, it’s do-able with proper planning and knowledge of the process. Pick up tips about organizing and scaling back your belongings from three downsizing professionals. Learn the nuts and bolts of staging, listing and successfully selling your home at this downsizing seminar.

Presenters:
John Meskel, C&J Estate Sales

Laurie Lamoureux, Seamless Moves
Mindy Garner, Coldwell Banker Bain and ElderMove Alliance

Resident Panel:
Following the presentation, several Chateau at Valley Center residents share their stories and answer your questions about their recent, real-life, downsizing experiences.

Space is limited! Register online today - click here.

Free Luncheon & Resident-Led Tours following the Presentation and Panel
Noon – 2:00 pm
Chateau at Valley Center (transportation provided)

Free parking in the North Garage and enter the MAC building through the sky bridge on the third level. Take the elevator from the MAC lobby to the 1st floor. The auditorium is to the right.

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Come to the Senior Health Fair Friday, September 5th, 2014
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Valley Medical Center, Medical Arts Center, 1st Floor
4033 Talbot Road S., Renton, WA 98055

  • Free Admission
  • More than 30 exhibitor booths, including ElderMove Alliance
  • Educational seminars held in the auditorium
  • Free parking and shuttle service
  • Complimentary refreshments

Hydroplanes

Any Seattle-area natives remember dragging a homemade hydroplane
behind your bicycle as kids? We do!
(although ours did not look anywhere near as good as Chip Hanauer’s!)

Have a great SeaFair Weekend, everyone!

Bins to Recycle Many ItemsThis Earth Day, show your love to Mother Earth by recycling items you’re no longer using in your home or office.

For instance, this Recycle Station in the Best Buy store in Bellevue, WA accepts: plastic bags; CDs, DVDs and their cases; rechargeable batteries; ink and toner cartridges; gift cards; wires, cords and cables; and remotes and controllers.

 

packing peanutsMany people wonder where to recycle foam packing material and “peanuts” in the Seattle area now that many shipping company stores are no longer accepting them. Styro Recycle recycles EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) commonly known as Styrofoam®. They are located in Renton, just west of IKEA, and are open 7 days a week.

Whether you are moving, downsizing, getting organized or just want to be a good citizen of the planet, recycling items that have become clutter will make you feel great on Earth Day and Every Day!

 

 

 

 

We've Moved!

We’ve Moved!

It’s true! Last week we became our own client for a Seamless Move to our new office space in Bellevue Business Park on 124th Ave. NE in Bellevue, WA.

Cheers!

Cheers!

With an enormous amount of help from Kathleen (KT) Taylor as well as Courtney Skony, Brandon Burrowes and Ashlee Bates at Wallace Properties in Bellevue, we located the perfect office! Here are KT and Courtney toasting the new digs with with Tracy and Shelley!

Moving in

Moving in

Kameron, Tarik and Antonio of Two Men and a Truck, Seattle help us move in the heavy stuff.

Next update: We “zhoosh” up the place–Seamless style!

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