Declutter Before Moving

7 Decluttering Tips Before Moving Your Home – The Preparation

By: Maria Victoria MacAraig – Content Strategist, Miromind

 

Does moving to another house make you freeze with fear? Does it seem as if your entire world is about to turn upside down? There is a way out.

When you think about the number of things you have to do to arrange the move, the process may seem overwhelming. Thankfully, you can do a few things in advance to make it much easier.

Of course, a move is never a walk in the park. However, you can simplify it tremendously by doing some decluttering work. Proper decluttering is the key to a fun move. However, it may be psychologically tough.

In this article, you’ll learn how to do it quickly and painlessly.

 1. Take Pictures

When you look at your house, you may not have a clear idea of what can be decluttered. Take pictures of each room and look at them from a new perspective. More often than not, an image allows you to understand what should be removed.

Once you know what to get rid of, take a large trash bag and walk around the house. Don’t stop until it’s full. Trust us, you have enough stuff to fill at least a couple.

 2. One Item per Day Rule

OK, this one works only if your move is far away. You have to find one item in your home to give away or sell every day and get rid of it immediately. In a year, you’ll give away 365 things. Imagine how decluttered your home will be!

In case your move is looming upon you, increase the number of items proportionally. If it’s about to happen in one month, find 12 things to give away each day. You’ll be amazed at how well this works.

Smart tip: While you are using this rule, don’t allow yourself to bring anything new into the house. Otherwise, it simply won’t work.

3. Get Rid of Books

Here is a tough one. Do you need all the books you are storing on the bookshelves? Some of us have huge libraries, which have been collecting dust for ages. According to experts at TorexMoving, the majority of their clients spends extra money on packing and transporting books they never read.

Let’s be honest. We live in the 21st century. The era of e-books is here. Do you really need the good old paper books? Or perhaps you could donate them to a library or arrange a yard sale?

4. Donate Your Stuff

Throwing things away or selling them may be tough. Meanwhile, donating is something we do much easier. When you think about your stuff serving a special purpose for someone who can’t afford it, your life gets a special meaning.

So take a good long look at things you really don’t need but feel bad about throwing out. Perhaps their true home is elsewhere.

 5. Survey Your Kitchen

When was the last time you used that juice maker? Were you really happy when your aunt gave you that food processor last Christmas? Most people have too many useless appliances in their kitchens, which take up a huge amount of space.

Moving them to a new home is counterproductive. Wouldn’t it be much better to get rid of them? Ask your friends and coworkers if they need these appliances. We bet you’ll find a juice lover, who has been dreaming about a juicer and an aspiring chef, who can’t live without a food processor.

6. Take Advantage of the One Year Rule

Take a day or two to declutter your closets. Use the one-year rule with your clothing. If you haven’t worn it for a year, you can live without it. Most likely, you don’t even remember all the clothing you have stuffed in the back of the shelves.

Don’t hesitate to throw it out, give it to your friends, sell it on eBay or give it to charity. We bet there is someone out there who needs this clothing much more than you do.

Oh, and let’s not forget about the stuff, you aren’t throwing out because you are planning to lose weight. When that dream comes true, you can pamper yourself with buying new garments rather than digging out old ones.

7. Take Care of Paperwork

The era of paper files is done and over with. Say hello to Google Docs. Now, go through your paperwork and throw out anything, which is outdated. If you still have large piles of papers, which you truly need, scan them and upload them to your Google Docs.

Yes, this may take some time, but you’ll thank yourself later. Stop carrying paper around with you and allowing it to clutter your home. Go digital.

 

Decluttering your home before the move doesn’t just help you save time and money. It allows you to start a brand new life without any useless stuff pulling you back. You’ll breathe easier.

 

 

Deducting Moving Expenses

Does Moving Qualify as a Tax Deduction?

Laws for deducting moving expenses have changed recently and most taxpayers can no longer deduct moving expenses. Through 2025 this tax deduction will be suspended. The only exception for this tax deduction is for active duty military members.

New Tax LawDeducting Moving Expenses

For tax years through 2025, the qualified moving expense reimbursements and the moving expense deductions have been suspended and are no longer available for most taxpayers. However there is one exception and that is for active duty military members, their spouses and their dependents. For all military members there are certain requirements that will be met to ensure everything is deductible.

Are you qualified?

Servicemembers of the Armed Forces can deduct expenses without a certain time or distance test if both of the following criteria are met.

  • You are on active duty.
  • You are moving because of a permanent change of station.
    • Permanent change in station can include:
      • Moving from home to a first post of active duty.
      • A move from one permanent post to another.
      • Relocation from post of duty to home.
    • Other circumstances:
      • Spouse or dependents relocation if servicemember deserts, dies or is imprisoned will include a move.
      • The members place of enlistment or induction
      • Your, or the member’s home of record or
      • Nearer point in the United States

For all active servicemembers that have met the criteria above you would be qualified for a tax deduction. Certain moving expense can also be deducted which can include the cost of transportation and storage, travel, lodging, vehicle expenses, foreign relocation.

Nondeductible Expenses

During the moving process even if all the criteria is met, there will still be certain expenses that are not covered during the relocation process. These nondeductible can include: cost meals, temporary living expenses while traveling, security deposits, real estate taxes, mortgage penalties, any part of the new home purchase, cost of breaking a lease.

These expenses are not considered moving expenses which is why they don’t qualify for a deduction. Doing your research and understanding the moving process and all deductions is beneficial. Going to IRS.gov for information will provide additional support but reach out to your local tax expert for help.

Local Expert

When we spoke to Jeff Campbell of Jeffrey Campbell CPA, he mentions that with the IRS there are always exceptions and sometimes the rules may be changed or updated. For more in-depth information check out this article which goes into depth on explanation of what qualifies and what isn’t qualified for deducting moving expenses.

What is Moving Labor Services?

What is Moving Labor Services?

Professional labor services are popular for residential or commercial relocation. Offering labor only services which can include loading or unloading household or office goods during the move. Loading processes can be time consuming and the experts are here to help make the most of your time. When choosing to hire professional movers, the movers are there to assist in the moving process and make sure everything will be loaded and unloaded properly. 

Our Moving Labor Services

These services are very popular for the movers that want to do-it-themselves. Our movers are here to provide help with those labor-intensive moves. We have certified movers can help load that already rented truck, or PODS. Then you are free to continue working on other aspects that pertain to your move. 

Benefits:corporate relocation

  • Keeping costs efficient
  • Safe and reliable loading to ensure safe travels during move
  • You are in control of your upcoming move
  • No need to ask friends or family 
  • Use your energy for needs during the moving process

Best Plan

At Moving Ahead we can assist and help you design the best plan for your upcoming move that can include labor only services or full move services which include packing, moving arrangements, storage, and necessary packing supplies to ensure a smooth transition. 

Hot Weather Moving Tips

Prepping For a Hot Weather Move

Warmer weather is fast approaching. Moving throughout the summer and in the heat is not ideal for everyone. Hot weather and moving are not the best of friends. Check out these tips that have become very useful. Over the years learning tips for staying cool in the heat is very helpful. Protecting items that can be damaged while prepping for a move in hot weather saves money. 

Hot Weather Tips:

Heat Can Damage Items – Electronics, electrical equipment and paintings should be kept inside until the move is ready. Keep all items protected from the weather and sunlight.

Children, Pets and Family Members – Anyone who is not involved in the move during hot weather, shouldn’t be there. This helps to reduce distractions to complete the move in a timely fashion.

Staying Hydrated – Make sure to have drinks and snacks on hand for anyone that is participating in the move to stay fully hydrated.

Early Morning Move – Schedule a move for the early morning, if possible, the sun is not at its highest in the sky which will help to limit the heat and be cooler outside for longer.

Light & Breezy Clothing – Wear light colors, avoid heavy and thick items of clothing. This will help to keep you cooler longer. Reducing the need for additional hydration.

Sunscreen – Always make sure there is sunscreen available. Keeps you protected from the sun and helps protect burns. This will be important to have on hand as the day goes on depending on how long you will be in the sun. 

 

Moving in hot weather isn’t fun, and using these tips will help you along with anyone involved. Be prepared for hot weather and some ideas of what is useful and how to be stay protected for hot weather to make the moving process easier. 

 

Leftover Moving Boxes…Now What?

Leftover moving boxes… what to do with them.

You have finished moving and finally finished unpacking and now there are leftover and empty boxes everywhere from the move. What can you do with them? There are a few simple things you can do with the leftover boxes. These ideas can be used for more than just moving boxes. Use these ideas for any boxes that are delivered or in good quality can have many uses. 

Recycle them

Take them to your local recycling center or place them with your recycling trash. This is the easiest way to put a use to those empty boxes without wasting them. Use them for projects around the house and for the kids to have some fun playing around with those leftover moving boxes.

Sell themleftover moving boxes

Selling boxes that are in good condition is always and option. Being able to make a little something back from the time and money spent is rewarding. Try putting them on Facebook or find an organization that will take the used boxes. Moving is expensive and this is good way to assist someone else with cost savings.

Donate them

If you know anyone moving and want to give the boxes away. If you live in apartments or condos this is a great place and someone could be moving soon. Ask around to give the boxes away and help a neighbor out. Reaching out to a local church or food bank is an option, donations are always welcome for food drives and transportation of these goods.  

Good for long term storage

You can always use these boxes for storage and around the house. Placing and sorting your items in moving boxes is quick and will be set aside for easy storage. After that pack away for safety and if moving again the boxes are ready to go or then you might know it’s time to get rid of these items. 

 

If none of these options are available or work out for you. You can always save the boxes for your next move. The boxes store flat for storage and can stay together when it is time for the next move. Choose the boxes that are clean and the most sturdy. Boxes store great in a cool dry place. In addition, tuck away those boxes for safe keeping for you or a friend’s next move and don’t forget where they are located. Find easy to pack boxes here!

Saving Money On Your Next Move

Moving is a huge stress and we don’t know a lot of people that enjoy the moving process. Saving money on a move is something that can be done. Just knowing what you can do to help or speed the process along, helps yourself and your movers.

Boxes & Valuables

Anything that has value that is able to be packed is important as well. You will know these items are packed safe and have an idea of where they areInternational Movers too. Having all the packing done before movers arrive is key.

Packing as much as you can yourself is a big saver when it comes to moving. As long as you have the time to pack and make sure things are packed neat and tight. It will help make the moving process smooth.

Moving boxes for easy access out of the house is a huge time saver, which saves you money. Putting the boxes near the door that will be used or in a garage if available, helps to make sure everything gets loaded onto the truck and to speed the process up.

Furniture

Taking apart furniture, any furniture that you can disassemble yourself is a HUGE time saver. Having the time to take apart the furniture and put back together takes up time, and again time is money. Moving furniture as close as possible to a point for easy pickup also helps to save time. If there is furniture that is heavy or awkward, do not stress and the movers can take care of moving those items.

Transporting What You Can

Lastly if you are able to move the smaller items and most boxes yourself do it. You will already be off to a great start because you are taking the time to make your move go smoothly and you will be saving money. Transporting as much as you can yourself saves you money, but you will also know where those boxes or items are once everything else arrives at your new home.

We’re happy to complete everything from packing to unloading, but if you want to reduce costs we will work on a custom affordable plan for you! For additional information, including a free moving quote, scheduling your move and more – contact us directly by phone or email.

 

Online or In-Home Estimates

Online, Phone or In-Home Estimates… Which is better?

Online Estimate

Finding the right moving company can be a challenge, but there are simple tasks to make it painless. Understanding what information is needed to identify a good estimate is the difference between a good estimate and a bad one.  Whether the estimate is completed online or in person is key to understanding the moving costs along with the time and effort it takes to move a significant amount of items. Receiving a great quality and detailed estimate without surprising costs is important and is the goal of providing a great estimate.                     

Online or Phone Estimates

There is a challenge when completing an online estimate, the moving company isn’t able to see all the items or know exactly how many boxes are in each room that need to be added to the truck or even packed. For online estimates the easiest way is to keep them simple, each customer service representative will many questions starting room by room, to keep everything organized of what is being moved. The customer’s job is to make a detailed list, or be specific when speaking over the phone to relay all the items that are being moved including box counts or specific hard to handle items.

Online and phone estimates are great for a quick move and the move doesn’t include a lot of items. Online estimates are also great for someone who is on-the-go and doesn’t have a lot of time. They are easy to accomplish because an online or phone estimate can fit into anyone’s schedule. Keep in mind to be detailed about items that are being moved and have a great estimate of box counts or sizes to help keep things smooth.

In Home Estimates

In-Home EstimatesThe difference, in-home estimates more accurate. If you are on a budget it will almost be spot on. In-person communication is key when moving and handling customers belongs. If there is availability to schedule an in-home estimate to achieve a full estimated budget and an accurate inventory of all the items.

In-home estimates can be time consuming. That will depend on the amount of items or boxes that are needed to be inventoried. Make sure there is enough time to allocate to spending with the moving company to take the inventory to get an accurate list.

Estimates

Either option for a moving estimate will always depend on what is best for the customer. These options provide the convenience and reassurance that the estimate is being done correctly. These options also provide that the items are being properly accounted for before the move and to provide a detailed estimate to ensure the move is on budget for the customer.

Moving to Assisted Living or Nursing Home

Moving to an assisted living facility or a nursing home can be a complicated, overwhelming process.  If you have successfully navigated care needs, toured and selected a facility and figured out all of the necessary details – That is half the battle!

Unfortunately, even once you or your loved one is settled into their new place, there can be a ton of work ahead. Often, family support is needed to help coordinate all of the necessary logistics!

Organizing and Packing

Moving and packing for yourself is one thing, but moving and packing if you are unable to complete the tasks or have to complete the necessary tasks on behalf of a loved one – Is a whole other ball game. Trying to pack up someone else’s home, or trusting family to pack up your home, can be a daunting task.

Start small and work as diligently as possible. Often, nursing homes or assisted living facilities have limited space and therefore much of your belongings (or your loved one) will have to be packed, donated or stored elsewhere.

Clearing out the clutter, packing up the sentimental items and packing the essentials for your new home should be the top 3 priorities.

Finances and Subscriptions

Don’t forget to make all the necessary updates! Going through bank statements and credit card statements can be an easy way to account for anything that needs cancelled, or any address updates needed. Many service providers require a statement of residence from the nursing home or care facility to cancel contracts and subscriptions, grabbing one ahead of time can make life easier.

Moving and Storage

Assuming you have gotten much of the sorting and organizing out of the way, having professional help can make the moving (and/or storage) process much easier. Work that could take you or family members several weeks (or months) to complete, can be done easily in a short amount of time.

Packing, moving, and if needed, storage services, can all be helpful in making the process and transition as smooth as possible. Using a moving company can eliminate the need to pack and label items, supplies and equipment are all provided and long or short term storage is an option.

If you or a loved one is moving and needs assistance, please call us today! We can provide a free moving quote and recommend services and support to make the process as easy as possible.

Kentucky Operating Authority

Moving Ahead Services Announces Kentucky Operating Authority

We’re excited to announce that we’re kicking off 2019 with our Kentucky operating authority! Being our neighbors to the south, it makes perfect sense to be able to serve Kentucky residents with their local in state moves.

Kentucky MoversConveniently serviced by our Cincinnati and Dayton offices, our customers in Kentucky have long enjoyed our long distance moving services. Now we are licensed and able to move our KY customers around the corner or across the great Bluegrass state!

What Does Operating Authority Mean?

In the moving business, you are licensed to do business in the state you operate, as well as across state lines. Having operating authority in Kentucky means that we are now able to complete in state local moves. Previously, we were only able to serve customers moving into or out of the state of KY – Not local moves within state lines.

The KY operating authority is a great way to kick off 2019. Our Cincinnati office is contacted frequently for customer moves, and we have had to explain and abide by the industry regulations. Now we are good to go!

Schedule Trusted Kentucky Movers

Trust your next move to the experts! Our Ohio-based moving company has offices in Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Willoughby and Pittsburgh. With over 2,000 customer reviews across the web and over a decade of experience, Moving Ahead Services is ready to make your next move an easy transition.

Call us today or request a free moving quote using our convenient online form. We look forward to serving you!

 

Top Winter Moving Tips

Top Winter Moving Tips

When the weather outside is frightful, having movers is delightful! Let it snow, and check out our TOP winter moving tips over the years!

winter

  1. Planning for extra time, supplies and moving day with these great winter tips!
  2. Make sure your walkways are safe and keep your home protected!
  3. Moving electronics in cold weather can take some extra care!
  4. Now, keep an eye on the weather and travel restrictions!

If you are moving this winter, call us! Get a free moving quote today.