Seasoned professional organizer Nicole Gabai shares tips for better managing the stress and chaos of moving. With over two decades of experience and a best-selling book, The Art of Organizing: An Artful Guide to an Organized Life, Nicole honed her skills working with diverse clients, from parents to professionals in various fields. Join us as we explore her insights and practical tips for simplifying the daunting process of moving, making it a smoother transition towards a happier and more organized life. Listen to the Home Where You Belong podcast >
Everyone has seen lists of what not to do when packing for a move in general. But what about packing individual boxes? You can make so many mistakes when packing each specific box, whether it’s for books, shoes, fragile items, or something else.
Cardboard boxes are the most-used moving box, but they’re not always the best. “One mistake people make when packing is using a regular cardboard box for a box that won’t get opened for a while,” says Nicole Gabai, founder of B. Organized. “If your box has something fabric in it, and it will be going in the garage for a while, don’t use a cardboard box.” Read more on Apartment Therapy >
The final bill for your long-distance move depends on many factors, but expect to pay several thousand dollars.
If you’re preparing for a move across the country and researching what it costs, prepare for a lot of dollars to move out of your bank account.
But if you have expensive dishes, a lot of sentimental knickknacks, electronics, appliances and other fragile or irreplaceable items, a professional packer might be worth the cost. Nicole Gabai, a professional organizer, favors paying for packing and unpacking. “I found that with many of the moves I’ve done, the upcharge was minimal compared to the cost of the overall move – and totally worth it to remove all the boxes and packing material all at once,” says Gabai, who is based in East Falmouth, Massachusetts, and founded B. Organized, a virtual professional organizing service. Read more on U.S. News & World Report > […]
Take an organized approach. It might be tempting to declutter a few drawers in the kitchen, a closet in the bedroom and a corner in the garage. But professional organizer Nicole Gabai, the founder of B. Organized and author of The Art of Organizing: An Artful Guide to an Organized Life, suggests finishing a single room before moving on to the next space.
“The benefit of tackling one room at a time is that you can better evaluate completion,” she says. “You can clearly look around that one room and double-check that you have gotten rid of everything you possibly can from that one room before moving on to the next.” Read more on AARP >
In the hustle and bustle of moving day, organization and planning – and your own inventory list – come to the rescue. A case in point is when Nicole Gabai, CEO of B. Organized, assisted a client named Danielle with her transition from a large house in Vermont to a smaller apartment in New York.
“She hired a moving company to pack up her whole house, and we carefully instructed them to put in large print on the top of each box where it should go,” said Gabai. “This way, the heavy book boxes wouldn’t have to be dragged around from room to room, and since we had already decided where the bookcase would go, this was really helpful. We did something similar for every room in the apartment.” Read more on SpareFoot >
Nicole Gabai: A born organizer, this multi-cultured woman helps people downsize and minimize the stress of moving
Even as a little girl, Nicole Gabai loved to organize. As a 6-year-old attending a Montessori school in Paris, she took it upon herself to keep the games at school arranged in a systemized manner. Among her favorite pastimes as a child were playing post office and store, keeping track of inventory. Read more >
It had never occurred to me how much “stuff” a person could accumulate over a lifetime, until it hit home. At age 69, my mother found herself living alone in a large colonial homestead (a.k.a. “the homestead”) after my Dad passed away…I’m convinced that a trained professional is a logical choice when family emotions may get in the way. Read more >