Lockboxer will be stopping service on Dec. 31, 2012

By Jennifer Morehead

We are sorry to announce that we will be discontinuing Lockboxer’s service as of December 31, 2012. It has been a pleasure to serve our customers and throughout Lockboxer’s time online there has always been excitement and buzz around what the service could provide for people. Our company is moving in a different direction, though. In April we launched Moveboxer, where we connect people with a mover, boxes, and storage. We’re excited about Moveboxer’s growth and look forward to providing more and more features through the Moveboxer brand. As such, we will be stopping Lockboxer’s service on Dec. 31, 2012 and redirecting the domain name to our brand at Moveboxer. Thank you for using Lockboxer and if you need a mover, please use our service at Moveboxer.com.

 

Dealing with the Effects of Hurricane Sandy

Written by Mary Davis

Our thoughts are going to friends and family on the East Coast who have just survived the devastating Hurricane Sandy. We are keeping you all close to our hearts as you survey the damages.

We have put together a story that gives tips around recovering the losses around a water-logged home and preparing it to be sold and getting ready for a move. Lockboxer is a great way to capture the details of any items that were lost and Moveboxer is a good spot to get a mover once you are ready for that (who can even think of that right now?).

We hope these tips are helpful and good luck to you in your clean-up efforts.

Local Movers and Info on Moveboxer

By Mary Davis

We are so excited to talk about the great local movers, long distance movers, and mover information on Moveboxer. Moveboxer wants to be be with people every step of the way through their move. It’s a tough process so it is nice to have someone holding your hand throughout your move. When you are looking at neighborhoods or considering a new city, it is nice to find an impartial and easy place to do research. Moveboxer provides this city-specific content, complete with moving tips.

Here are some of the cities where they have info:

The articles are quick and easy to read and they provide info on how to save money on your move to or from the particular city, or what adventures you will find in that city. Moveboxer tries to address everything around the move – the stress, the excitement, the research. Please read on and enjoy the articles about these cities, plus local movers and long distance movers from Moveboxer.

Moveboxer – Get A Price and Pick a Mover All in One Place

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By Jennifer Morehead

We are so excited to announce the launch of our newest website, Moveboxer

Moveboxer gives people a ballpark estimate for their move, lets them compare mover reviews, and then lets them pick the movers to contact them.

Here’s a quote from our launch press release:

“Moving is a universal experience and one that can be very frustrating,” said CEO and founder Jennifer Morehead. “We’re giving consumers more information about their move, like a price estimate and details about the mover so they can have more control.”

Let me tell you more about Moveboxer…

Moveboxer features a moving resource center that answers many questions for customers about staying organized, moving breakables, and preparing children for upcoming moves. Moveboxer is proud to work with only the most reputable moving companies to connect them with their users. Once someone has chosen a mover, they can connect with partner site Lockboxer, which helps them sell,donate, and inventory their things for the move.

How Moveboxer Works:

• Enter a few details about your move

• Get an estimated price for your move

• Check out reviews and information about different movers

• Select the movers you want to contact you

• Connect to Lockboxer in order to sell, donate, and inventory your things for the move

Please tell everyone you know who is moving about Moveboxer! Thanks for your support. 

Check Out My Home Office

By Janine Adams

That stressful trip to IKEA was all about purchasing storage furniture for my new adjunct home office. I had an extra room in my house, adjacent to my home office, and I decided to create a second office out of it.

In the new office, I store supplies that I take into clients’ homes. (In my original office, everything is administrative and used in the office.) In addition, I fashioned the room into a virtual showroom of sorts, where I can use photos of what I’m done there as a way to help clients. I also store my yarn and knitting-related items in the new office—the yarn storage itself is a great example for my crafty clients. In addition, I give talks on organizing your knitting supplies, so I feel comfortable storing that material there.

I wish I had a before picture, but I didn’t take one. The room was originally a dining room. We have another dining room upstairs (our house was built as a two-family house), where we dine. I’ve been using the room to store stuff that goes to clients’ homes, but I didn’t have any storage furniture, so everything was in bins and boxes on the floor. That was both inefficient and unsightly.

Before I went to IKEA, my friend, Sally, helped me paint the room. (Sally also put the furniture together for me. What would I do without her?) We painted it in Restoration Hardware’s Silver Sage, to match my main home office. It’s a beautiful, peaceful color. We also painted the little hall between the two rooms, which really brought them together.

Here’s a photo of my cat, Joe, enjoying the IKEA boxes before they were unpacked, as well as the flattened seagrass baskets I bought at IKEA.

Once we put the furniture together, it was breeze to whip this room into shape. In the center of the room are the two Expedit bookcases I purchased from IKEA. I also bought 6-inch Capita legs for them, to bring the cases up to work-surface height.

Each has eight cubbies. One of the cases contains inventory of the Freedom Filer,Exit Strategies, and Time Timer products I sell, as well as “kits” of stuff I take to different types of appointments. It also has my Eyes of a Stranger needs assessment supplies. The other case (the far one in the first picture below), contains more random stuff, including a basket of organizing supplies I keep around to give to clients—stuff that other clients have passed on to me or that I’ve acquired in some other way. I also keep my catalogs there.

These cases hold supplies for clients

You an see the bank of Elfa drawers I use to store my yarn at the end of the Expedit shelves, in the little bay of the room.

In addition to the Expedit bookshelves, I also purchased an Effektiv cabinet, which has two lateral file drawers to hold empty hanging files as well as at least one pre-assembled Freedom Filer set. The frosted-glass-fronted cabinet stores my inventory of flattened canvas file boxes, a rotary paper cutter, and my knitting books, magazines and patterns.

 

Here’s another view:

I still need to replace the light fixture and move one of my cloth-covered bulletin boards (in fabric that complements the paint color) from my original home office into the adjunct one. It’ll go above the radiator.

The idea for the purchase and placement of the Expedit bookshelves came from my friend, Lara Thiel, who’s an interior designer. I know I never would have thought of it myself. And I love it!

Every day when I walk through this room to get to my office to work, I smile. There’s a place for everything. It appeals to my aesthetic sense. I’m actually enjoying putting things away. And I can’t tell you what an improvement it is over the mess it replaced. Ah, the joys of getting organized.

Janine Adams is a certified professional organizer and owner of Peace of Mind Organizing. She specializes in working with chronically disorganized client, primarily in their homes, helping them create the order they crave. She blogs regularly at her website and offers concise, downloadable Organizing Guides for purchase. With life coach Shannon Wilkinson, she also offers a 28-day e-course called Declutter Happy Hour.

The Drawer is Still Organized

By Janine Adams

One year later: drawer still organized

9 March 2011

Yesterday, I was discussing a kitchen drawer with a client. Wanting to show her a photo of the Rubbermaid interlocking drawer organizers I pulled out my iPad and showed her a blog post I’d written last year about organizing my kitchen utensil drawer.

I encourage you to read the whole post, which shows what you can do in 30 minutes, but here are the before and after photos:

Talk about a hodge podge of stuff.

That feels much better.

As I was showing this to the client, I noticed that the date on the blog post was exactly one year ago. And I realized that my drawer looks the same now. That made me happy.

That’s unusual, though. Things like drawers or cupboards with lots of little items (for example, the vanity cupboard under the sink in your bathroom) frequently need maintenance. Once organized they can fall into disarray fairly quickly. They require a few minutes of attention every now and then.

There are only a few items in my kitchen utensil drawer that are used with any frequency and they get put right back where they belong, so I’ve been able to maintain order.

Something about using that blog post exactly a year later made me want to share today. It also inspires me to tackle another micro-zone in the house! Watch out, medicine cabinet!

Janine Adams is a certified professional organizer and owner of Peace of Mind Organizing. She specializes in working with chronically disorganized client, primarily in their homes, helping them create the order they crave. She blogs regularly at her website and offers concise, downloadable Organizing Guides for purchase. With life coach Shannon Wilkinson, she also offers a 28-day e-course called Declutter Happy Hour.