How to help a hoarder move

Helping a Hoarder Pack & Move There’s been a lot of attention given to hoarding, especially now that there have been some primetime shows featuring this problem. For anyone not familiar with this issue, it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Many of us tend to have some difficulty letting go of things or throwing them away, but hoarding takes that practice to the next level. Needless to say, this can make it incredibly hard to move. So today, we’re going over some tips that can help a hoarder move. Understanding hoarding as a mental illness At its most basic level, hoarding is characterized as having a difficulty with getting rid of old stuff. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America, or ADAA, says major anxiety often accompanies the thought of throwing something away. Anxiety treat with www.health-canada-pharmacy.com/xanax.html. Depression, attention deficit disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder are also related conditions and can be found in a person who hoards. Keep in mind that it’s normal for you to feel a little scared about getting rid of old stuff. This apprehension becomes hoarding when this starts getting in the way of your life. For example, the above ADAA article says that “a lack of functional living space is common among hoarders.” While it’s still not clear exactly what causes hoarding, there are some symptoms that the Mayoclinic.org lists as red flags.  Red flags Storing so much stuff in areas like kitchens or bathrooms that these rooms become impossible to use Piling up garbage to the point it can endanger the health of those who live in the house Keeping or collecting things...

Moving to Vancouver? First, Hire a Professional Organizer!

Why you should hire a professional organizer when moving in Metro Vancouver For many of us, sorting stuff before we move into a new home requires us to wade through a sea of old possessions. It can be chaotic and even overwhelming at times. Sometimes going through all your stuff feels like navigating a booby-trapped maze like Indiana Jones. A professional’s help may be of some use. Today we’re going to discuss why you should hire a professional organizer when moving. Should you hire a professional organizer or a professional cleaner? Before we get into further details, we should make a distinction between a professional cleaner and professional organizer. There is a bit of overlap between what both of them do, similar to what we discussed in our blog post regarding professional designers and decorators. But organizers are focused on developing systems that allow you to catalogue your stuff. This means cleanliness will probably come as a byproduct, not as an end goal. It’s still possible to have a clean but disorganized room. So in a nutshell, organizers can clean, but cleaners can’t organize. This is important to consider when you’re moving into a new place. If you want your new home to stay clean and organized hiring an interior designer before you move may be your best bet. Professional organizers can be objective because they aren’t emotionally attached to your stuff Throwing useless stuff away is probably one of the hardest parts of moving out of a previous home. Every time many of us start sorting through old items, we get flashbacks: ‘Oh, I never use this ugly...

Moving to a new home to accommodate a baby

Moving to Make Room for a New Baby Congratulations on becoming a parent! Becoming a parent is a wonderful thing, but it can also be overwhelming and challenging. Many couples move into a bigger home in Vancouver to accommodate the newborn. As the little one grows, you will need to take some steps to baby-proof your new home. In this article, we would like to give you some directions on how to baby-proof your new Vancouver home. Baby-proofing the stairway with baby gates Baby gates are usually what comes to mind when we think about baby proofing. There are many types of gates available out there. There are pressure-mounted gates, hardware-mounted gates, retractable gate doors, walk-thru gates, and not to mention gates made of various materials. Which one should you get? Two things to note when buying and installing gates: 1) never put pressure-mounted gates on top of the stairs, and 2) always make sure the gate door opens away from the stairs. Babies are very unaware of their surroundings. A gate may just look like a regular wall to them. As a result they may lean on or push against the gate. Pressure-mounted gates are mounted by expandable rods pushing on the two opposite walls. If enough force is applied to these types of gates, they can be pushed through. This type of gate is not good for where there is a potential of falling (ie. stairs), but is very versatile everywhere else. Pressure-mounted gates fit in various entryways, due to their adjustable width. In addition, there’s no need to drill any holes into your walls. If you...

things to know before renting out a Portable Storage unit in Vancouver

Helpful things to know before renting out a Portable Storage unit in Vancouver With the housing prices in Metro Vancouver soaring, people are moving into smaller and smaller spaces to try to reduce the cost of rent. But sometimes, you just need more space. Usually, it’s not more space to live in, but more space to store your stuff. What is a solution to this problem? Portable storage units! In this article we would like to offer some advice on this topic. How to prevent damage to fragile items in storage If what you are storing are small fragile items, it is wise to individually wrap them in bubble wrap before putting them in boxes. If they are not so easily broken, a time-saving way to pack a lot of small lighter items into boxes is to fill the boxes with expanded polystyrene (packing peanuts) or newsprint. You may be tempted to just use old newspaper instead of newsprint. Newsprint is unprinted newspaper. These are relatively inexpensive at stationery stores or stores that provide packing supplies. The risk with using old newspaper is that the ink of the paper may come off and stain your items. How to maintain efficient access to your stored items The type of boxes used are important in packing for storage. You may be able to tape of a cardboard box up and stack them up on top of each other easily. However, an advantage plastic storage tubs have over cardboard boxes is that they have a resealable lid. If you will access your items multiple times a year, it is not practical for you to always cut open...

Benefits of Climate-controlled Storage in Metro Vancouver

Do I need climate–control storage in Metro Vancouver? When planning to pack and store away items in rental storage, it may seem simple to just rent a storage space and start loading. Actually, depending on what you are planning to store, you may want to consider an upgrade for your storage space to something called climate-controlled storage. Generally these types of rented storage rooms are one of the most expensive types of storage choice in a given storage facility and should only be considered if you are especially worried about valuable, high-priced items that you just can’t keep at home anymore (for whatever reason). Climate-controlled storage units are air conditioned or heated. Usually, a climate-controlled storage unit’s temperature is kept between 18-23 degrees Celsius and the humidity is regulated to be around 55-65 percent. This makes it the most ideal storage space for all your most sensitive items. Whether or not you need climate-controlled storage really depends on where you are storing your items and what items you are storing. Living in Metro Vancouver is great, because it does not face extreme temperatures. However, the area does have relatively higher humidity levels, which means the air contains more moisture than what is usually ideal for storing some items. There are specific items that are more likely to change or get damaged with fluctuations in temperature and humidity. Humidity and temperature-sensitive items include: collectibles (antiques and paintings), electronics, personal items (books, photo albums), media (all photography-related items, CDs, vinyl records), and other valuable items that contain wood, glass, leather, metal and plastics. Protect your storage items from rainy Vancouver by staying above ground...

4 Concerns with Moving into a Vancouver Laneway Home

Reasons why you should not move into a laneway house In our previous article, we covered some major advantages of moving into a laneway house. In this second part, we would like to address some drawbacks to moving into laneway houses in Vancouver. 1 Overcrowding in Vancouver Moving into laneway houses actually encourage overcrowding. Vancouver is already facing overpopulation. There is overcrowding with respect to city services and infrastructures such as sewer, telecommunications, electricity, transportation and roads. The more people move into a city, the more a city must keep up with its developments. Laneway houses will help bring a community closer together, allowing less energy and gas used travelling within the community. 2 Space restrictions in laneway houses in Vancouver According to the Vancouver city guidelines, laneway houses are under a strict guideline in their design and space. Homeowners are not able to build anything higher than a one and a half storey laneway house. In a one and half storey design, there is an even stricter guideline to its architectural design to minimize modification to the solar access, privacy, and outdoor enjoyment of neighbours. In larger lots, two bedroom laneway house units are allowed. In standard 33 ft by 122 ft lots, only studios and one bedroom laneway houses are allowable. Young couples who are thinking about starting a family, or those who have frequent overnight visitors will need to take these space restrictions into consideration. Another limitation is residential parking. Most houses in Vancouver do not have driveways. Some local neighbourhood streets, therefore, have a high demand for parking. In these residential areas, residences must apply...
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