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. 

9 Simple Solutions for Procrastinators

This is a guest post of sorts, from the fabulous Christine Kane, who helps people achieve their dreams. I’m reprinting it, with permission, from her newsletter. It arrived in my mailbox today and I thought it was so great I’d share it immediately. Incidentally, I wish I’d thought of the acronym CRAP for Clutter Removal Action Process!

—Janine Adams

by Christine Kane

Irony: As I started to write this article, I thought, “I’ll just go play one Sudoku game first.” I caught myself in the act and marched to my laptop.

People who say that procrastination is about laziness are probably the same people who think that anorexia is about not eating enough.

Procrastination isn’t about laziness. It’s about fear. It’s about perfectionism. It’s about being overwhelmed. We all experience it, and there are some tricks to help you get moving again.

Here are 9 ways to break the procrastination habit:

1 – When you get an idea, do some little thing to begin.

When I read Stephen King’s book On Writing, I noticed something. I noticed that when Stephen King gets an idea, he writes it. Immediately and imperfectly.

Most people get an idea. Then they sit there. They wonder if it’s a good idea. Then, they wonder if it’s a good idea some more.

Got an idea? Begin it now!

2 – All hail small chunks of time!

Lots of us complain about having no time. My guess is that we all have lots of time. It just doesn’t happen to be all at once.

Are you waiting for many hours of spare time to begin your idea, your project, or your taxes? Stop waiting! Learn to use the spare half hour that comes up here and there. (I gave myself 45 minutes to write this article just to take my own advice.)

3 – Agree to do it badly.

Set a goal to do it badly. Set a goal to show up. Let go of doing it ALL, or doing it WELL.

Some of my coaching clients’ biggest victories have a lot more to do with getting over perfectionism and fear, than they do about getting it all done perfectly.

4 – Commit aloud.

Call a friend and say something like this: “I’m going to spend the next half hour working on my Law School Essay.” Then go do it.

Call the friend after the half hour and make her congratulate you. Repeat daily.

5 – Define quantities.

Nebulous goals make for nebulous results. “I’m gonna get my office organized” is a lot like saying, “We oughtta do something about Global Warming.”

Most procrastinators have a hard time defining quantities. We think everything needs to be done NOW.

When are you going to do it? For how long? Which part of your office? The file cabinet? Or your desk?

Define the goal and acknowledge its completion.

Note: The Clutter Removal Action Process (or, “C.R.A.P.”) is one of the many bonus elements of my new “Uplevel Your Life Mastery Program” – and it makes this step a BREEZE!

6 – Install this System Upgrade into your Mental Hard Drive: Less is More.

Have fewer goals. Have no more than three priorities for a week.

Why?

Because you’re not lazy. You’re just trying to do too much.
Find out what it feels like to accomplish one thing instead of not quite getting to everything. Wow – what a difference this makes!

7 – Do it first.

My first coach made me write songs first thing in the morning. He told me to schedule the 2-hour chunk as my first activity upon waking.

Why?

“Because you’re telling the universe that this is your priority. And then the universe lines up everything to align with your priority.”

Action grounds your priorities. It makes them real. It also makes your day easier because you’re not wasting energy thinking about this thing you’re supposed to be doing.

8 – Avoid nose-bleed activities.

Email, voicemail, web stats – any activity that bleeds itself into your whole day becomes a non-activity. It becomes a nose-bleed.

When you do it all the time, you never complete it. You just let it slowly drain the very life force from you. Define times for these activities. Then, turn off your email, your cell phone, your web stats, until that time comes.

9 – Don’t ask how you “feel” about doing the activity.

Have you ever committed to getting fit? And then when the alarm goes off, you lie in bed thinking, “Do I really feel like going to the gym?” (Like you even have to ask!)
Change this pattern. Make your decision the night before. Commit to getting up and going right to the gym, the computer, the blank canvas. Don’t have coffee and sigh and think, “I’ll probably feel more like it at lunch time.” You won’t!

If it’s a priority, don’t waste time asking yourself how you feel about doing it. Feelings are an easy out.

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There. I did it. I wrote this article. And now, I don’t even want to play Sudoku! How about that?

Performer, songwriter, and creativity consultant Christine Kane publishes her ‘LiveCreative’ weekly ezine with more than 4,000 subscribers. If you want to be the artist of your life and create authentic and lasting success, you can sign up for a FREE subscription to LiveCreative at http://www.christinekane.com.

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.

 

From Dread to Done in Under 1 Hour

By Jennifer Morehead

Okay, let’s break down how this home inventory gets done. Yes, we all know we need one and need a record of the belongings we have in our home. Yes, we all know that the process is daunting, particularly if you’re more of a hoarder than a minimalist.

So where do you start?

I’m going to play the high school gym teacher. Imagine me with a whistle, barking orders on the sidelines as you run laps. Yes, maybe it’s painful for a moment, but you definitely feel good and are in better shape after a big run.

Step 1: Take 4 pictures of each room in your house and 2 pictures of each closet. Don’t worry a lot about the bathrooms or hallways unless you have valuables in those places.

Step 2: Upload these pictures to your computer.

Step 3: Answer 6 questions in the Basics part of Lockboxer (it’s short, don’t worry, and it helps the other sections do a lot of the work for you).

Step 4. Upload the pictures you took to Lockboxer and drag them into the right room.

Step 5. You can choose to enter in more details as you like for each room. This part is totally up to you. If you want to just have the photos on Lockboxer it’s fine. If you want to focus on your living room, dining room, and a couple of closets, that’s okay too. If you want to upload the warranty, serial number, and receipt for your belongings you can do that, too. Our homes are each different so we should be able to have a customized home inventory.

Remember: Focus on the items in your home that are $100 or more. Don’t worry about the toilet paper, the light bulbs, and the dog food.

After you take pictures of the inside of your home, you should allow for an hour of time to put together your home inventory on Lockboxer. We’ll then send you reminders so you can make sure the inventory stays dynamically updated.

There you have it. Your home inventory can go from dread to done in under 1 hour.

What do you think of Lockboxer? Interview with tech writer Jay Torres

Interview with Jay Torres of TechZulu

Jay Torres, an engineer and writer on the tech scene, was kind enough to take a look at Lockboxer. We wanted to hear his thoughts so we asked him a few questions about what he thought of Lockboxer.

What types of items are you interested in getting a price for and why?

I’d be interested in pricing all of my gadgets and doing a full inventory of items in my apartment. My insurance policy requires this for items I’d like covered and I have never run into a web service that supports this. Also, I have amassed a decent collection of gadgets over the years and I feel Lockboxer does a good job of showing you what you currently own and the value of your gadgets.

How do you think Lockboxer would be most useful to you?

Lockboxer would be most useful to me as place to inventory all of my things. As a renter, my insurance policy will only cover items that I’ve recorded through an inventory. Taking pictures of the rooms in my apartment is how most insurance companies recommend taking inventory of the things in your apartment and Lockboxer actually supports this. And since I’m never in one apartment permanently, taking an inventory of a new place is very simple.

Would you recommend Lockboxer to your friends?

I would definitely recommend Lockboxer to my friends. I think it’s relevant for people whether they would like to find the current market price for things they are trying to sell or taking an inventory of items in their apartment. Lockboxer is effective for selling things on eBay, Craigslist, or even a garage sale. I feel Lockboxer provides a simple way to find the value of things that you own and an easy way to organize this information.

Jay Torres, according to his blog, is an engineer, gym rat, Apple fanboy, and foodie. Read more articles by Jay on TechZulu.

Your Feedback Wanted

By Ionut Trestian
Feedback from our Lockboxerusers is extremely important. In fact the very process in which we have designed and built Lockboxer was at all steps centered on usability feedback collected from an enthusiastic group of testers.We continuously want to improve Lockboxer and as such, your feedback is always extremely important to us. For this, we have incorporated in Lockboxer a widget that links to Feedback. Using it is simple: on the main page of the website you can click the black vertical “Feedback” button located on the left side.The widget is essentially a comment box where you can enter whatever feedback you find appropriate for Lockboxer. It can be anything: problems you experience with the service, features that you find useful and you would like incorporated, or just a note to say hello. You can categorize the feedback into several types including Idea, Question, Problem, and Praise. Feel free to enter your feedback in the comment box, give it a short title and a smiley face if you feel like it :).

We use Get Satisfaction to help us with our feedback community. In order to finish a posting on Lockboxer, Get Satisfaction needs a way to establish your identify in order to avoid spamming. The good news is that a lot of forms of logins are possible. You can use your Facebook account, your Gmail account, your Twitter account, your Windows Live account, and for the tech savvy even OpenID’s are accepted.

After Get Satisfaction establishes your identity in the way we described above you are basically done. You can choose to close the widget and go back to Lockboxer or view your posting on the Get Satisfaction community page for Lockboxer.

As you can see from the above process, giving feedback for Lockboxer is incredibly easy and we encourage you to do so! As for us, we are committed to incorporating the feedback we get into useful Lockboxer features such that our users get the best user experience possible.

The Price is Right … For Your Unwanted Stuff

By Kylie Gilbert

Once you’ve figured out which option you want to use to sell your stuff, there’s still the dilemma of how much it’s worth.  Finding the right price is important for ensuring that your item will actually sell, and not just sit out in cyberspace- and keep taking up room in your closet!

Step 1: See What’s Out There

Your first step is to check out the competition.  This comes into play if the item you are selling is currently worth more than what you originally paid.  However, some things are just more popular than others and can therefore be sold for more.  On eBay, you can conduct a search for the item you are hoping to sell, and see if there have been any bids and if so, how much the item has gone for.  You can get the prices of many used auction sites, including eBay, on Lockboxer. You may have an idea in your mind of how much your favorite Pez dispenser is worth, but sadly everyone else may not feel the same.

Step 2: How Much Is Your Item Worth New?

In addition to checking out the competition, you also need to see how much your item is worth new if you are not selling something that has undergone immense appreciation- like baseball cards, which may be worth thousands of dollar a pop.  Clearly, no one will want to buy your item (even if it has been barely used) if it is so close to the price they can pay in a store without the hassle of buying from a stranger behind a computer screen (as friendly as you may be). You can check out new prices on Lockboxer, too.

Step 3: Significantly Reduce the Price

Once you know how much the item is selling for new, you should cut this price in half or even more depending how close to new your item is and how badly you want to sell it.  If the item is new with tags, including the original retail price in your description (along with brand names and other key words to make your item is easily searched and recognized) can also be a good idea.

Step 4: Consider other options

There’s another option as well that some may not think about.  In some circumstances (or if all else fails) you may actually want to donate your items rather than sell them. If you itemize your taxes, you can deduct the assigned value of what you are giving away and still clean up clutter and get something in return- even if it isn’t cash in your pocket directly. You can easily make a donation list through Lockboxer.

Other websites that were helpful and informed this blog:

20-Something Finance

eHow