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Below are some of the safety precautions we’ve implemented to protect our team and our clients:
We’re offering discounts for our customers who are able to stage their items outside of their property for pickup
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We are sending home any staff member exhibiting any symptoms of illness for the recommended period of time established by the CDC
All team members have been assigned masks and gloves
We are not assigning more than two team members to a truck
Our trucks and equipment are being disinfected daily
We’ve shut down our office from outside visitors and anybody who can work virtually is being encouraged to work from home
The company continues to hold regular team-wide virtual meetings to emphasize transparency and keep the lines of communication open
The decision to come to work remains 100% voluntary
The term “downsizing” is used when people move from a larger residence to a smaller one. You often see downsizing with empty nesters once the kids have flown the roost, or with elderly people as they desire a smaller, less maintenance-heavy home, convenient one-floor living that they don’t have now, or need to enter an assisted care residence.
But the problem with downsizing is that there is no way you are going to be able to take all your stuff with you! So how do you decide what stays and what goes? Although you are looking forward to the next chapter in your life, it does come with the bittersweet memories of clearing out years of family history.
Organizing your move is your key to success. Use this helpful downsizing checklist to help:
Start decluttering as soon as you decide to move, and continue this process until it’s time to pack.
Collect and put into a file cabinet important papers including wills, powers of attorney, medical and military records, birth certificates, passports, etc. Let key family members know where they are located.
Have the children remove their own keepsakes
Make lists in a “Moving” notebook. Write down tasks and timelines, and important contacts.
Collect moving company estimates, arrange for utility switchovers
Make a floor plan of the new home; determine what furniture will fit
Hire a relocation specialist or professional organizer (if the budget allows)
Sort and divide possessions into four categories: definitely save, possibly save, donate sell + give away, discard.
Create piles or use colored labels to mark boxes for each category.
If you will be selling an estate, create a room where you store these items
Let others help!
Clearly label boxes with their destination room, list briefly what’s in each box.
Create “open first” boxes with essentials like toiletries, cooking, bedding, food, medications, flashlights and emergency items
Pack and secure valuables like jewelry and remove them if possible: place them with a trusted neighbor to hold or put them into your safety deposit box.
Create a file for important move paperwork: lease, contact number, keys, legal documents, checkbooks, etc.
Pack or pile items to be discarded; ask family if they want anything in this pile.
If selling big or expensive items, get an appraisal. Items can be sold online at sites like Craigslist, at auction sites like eBay, and at local auctions or consignment shops. Or hold a yard sale.
Donate items to area charities. Get a receipt for tax deductions.
For donations or discards, call a junk removal service like 123JUNK. If you can, move out and leave behind anything you want to dispose of. 123JUNK can clear out the entire house for you.
The 123JUNK Donate-Recycle-Dispose Process
123JUNK offers full service junk removal for all your hauling needs, done through our three-step process of donate-recycle-dispose. Perfectly good items that can be repurposed or reused are donated to our charitable partners so they can recycle them to people who need them. We provide you with photographs and an electronic receipt for your tax deductions. Then we sort through what’s left to see what can be recycled, like paper, plastic, metals and electronics. Finally, we deliver what’s left to the area landfill.
If you’re considering downsizing and are located in Northern Virginia, Washington D.C. or Maryland, let 123JUNK help you organize a plan. We understand that your possessions are near and dear to your heart, so you’ll appreciate the empathy our courteous, uniformed staff provide. We look forward to helping you move. Contact 123JUNK today.