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Decluttering 101

With holidays approaching, it’s a sure bet that we’ll all be adding to our belongings with presents from our loved ones. It’s the season of giving… and receiving, if we are being selfish. But then again, there is nothing wrong with appreciating those tiny little presents we want to keep forever. KEEP. FOREVER. Most of us, at some point in our lives, became hoarders of things. Ever since we were young, we were always saving things. Whether it was the hundreds of different stickers, all kinds of rocks, or those weird plastic charm bracelets.

Living on your own, it’s hard to see the nostalgia attached to items, you just see clutter! Unused clothes and bags, dusty boxes that you don’t even know what’s inside, paper and documents (might want to check those) lying around, the tiny presents you received from several holidays. These things pile up and one day you’ll just notice that you don’t even have space to walk anymore. If this is your situation, it is time to start decluttering.

Divide and Conquer!

First thing to do is to separate it by sections. Pick a section and focus on that one first. As you go through each object, ask yourself questions like “Have I used this for the past year?” or “Do I need this?” If the answer is no, then that thing must go!

Another thing you can do is to grab a trash bag and go through each section. In the trash bag, put things that you think can still be used by another person. Things like old clothes, old bags, or old books that have still life in it would do better in another person’s hands. This is a great way to organize your home little by little. It’s also a win-win for you and another person!

No Paper Trails!

Although we live in the digital age now, we still have paper mail. Mail tend to pile up especially if you don’t take care of it on the regular. As a start, go through all of it once and like before, organize them by type. Bills, invitations, credit card offers, whatever they may be, separate them and go through each pile one by one. Have a place in your house where you can keep the necessary bills, invitations, and others for future reference or opt for paperless!

The best thing to do after doing these steps is to commit to the routine. Make it a part of your day/week and this will help you maintain the cleanliness of your home. More than that, it will give you peace and a decluttered mind. Plus, you get to see your countertops again, right?

Storage Rentals

Following these steps are great but sometimes it’s just not enough. If things are still not looking good, there is always an option to rent a storage space where you can put the stuff you’ll use again but don’t need right now. Storage rentals are great because they allow you to have a clean and organized home while still being able to keep the things that you love.

Mastodon Moving offers storage rentals that feature plenty of room for all your belongings! All our units are under high security and climate controlled. If ever you decide to declutter, call us for our storage unit for the things you just cannot part with yet.

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How To Successfully Pack & Move A Pool Table

Packing up your everyday household belongings is a huge challenge in and of itself, but when high value items come into the equation, this is when things can get tricky. If you have a pool table that has been sitting in your basement or bonus room since you originally moved into your current residence, then chances are you don’t exactly remember how to move it.

Our professional movers have packed and moved more than our fare share of pool tables and we’re here to tell you that it can be tricky and does involve multiple steps. Below is a rundown of how to disassemble, pack, and move your pool table.

How To Pack A Pool Table

  1. Remove All Pockets. Before anything else, make sure to remove all 6 pockets from the pool table. This will require a few simple hand-held tools such as a philips head screwdriver.
  2. Remove The Rails. The rails are the (usually) wooden frame that surrounds the felt. You will need a wrench to unscrew the bolts in the rails. Be sure to carefully wrap each rail in bubble wrap so that they do not dent or scratch during the move.
  3. Remove The Felt. This is the tricky part as some felt is glued instead of stapled. If the felt is stapled, then a staple remover will get this job done. If the felt is glued, then we recommend detaching the entire board from the table and wrapping it in packing materials such as bubble wrap and placing it in a properly sized moving box or custom wood crate.
  4. Remove The Base. Using hand-held tools or light power tools, loosen and unscrew the bolts that hold base of the table together. At this point you may want someone to help you lift the base and set it aside as this section is quite heavy and normally made of wood.
  5. Remove The Legs. After removing the base, you will see that there is an underlying frame to which is attached the legs of the pool table. To detach the legs from the frame, you will again need handheld tools to loosen any screws.
  6. Pack Each Part. At this point your pool table should be in separate pieces: the pockets, rails, felt, base, frame, and legs. Make sure you stop and take inventory first to ensure you have each part. Next, grab bubble wrap and boxes and start packing. Try and find boxes that have similar shapes as the object that is to go in them.
  7. Pack Accessories. You’ve focused all of your attention on the pool table itself, but now it’s time to pack up all of the accessories. If you have saved any of the original boxes that the accessories came in, then be sure to place the items in their rightful box. If not, you will need to wrap each pool ball and stick in bubble wrap. Don’t forget to put the chalk in a plastic bag to prevent it from ruining your other items.

Now that you’re all packed up, the next step is to secure the pool table in the moving van. Be sure to use moving pads to protect the boxes or pieces of the table that didn’t fit inside the boxes. We recommend using any ties that the moving van has within to secure each item. If you can, do not stack the pieces and do not place other items on top of the pool table pieces. Once the van is packed, don’t forget to drive carefully to your new home and unpack the pool table items first and foremost.

Having trouble disassembling your pool table or do you need the proper packing materials? Contact Mastodon Moving today for a free moving estimate.

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What To Do After A Home Disaster

While living in Boston has it’s benefits, the weather can oftentimes cause problems for homeowners. From snow and ice to rain and flooding, you never know when the next weather system could lead to a home disaster.

Luckily if any weather-related issues do arise, there are a few steps you can take to restore your affected furniture and belongings.

Restoring belongings after a home disaster

  1. Remove standing water. The majority of home disasters in the Boston area are water related (floods or leaks). If this is the case for your home, it’s important to first and foremost remove any standing or visible water. This will prevent more of your home’s items from becoming destroyed or damaged. You can remove water with pumps, mops,  buckets and wet vacs.
  2. Dry the area. After removing excess water, make sure to dry the area as best you can using fans, de-humidifiers and opening windows. At this stage, it’s important to call your insurance company so that they can send someone over to your home to assess any damage done to your home’s structure or foundation. For those with homeowners insurance or flood insurance, this is your best option to saving money on repairs and replacements.
  3. Contact a moving & storage company. If your home has suffered foundation issues or other structural problems, we recommend contacting a moving and storage company so that your unaffected belongings can be safely stored during the remodeling efforts. Mastodon Moving provides short term storage solutions as well as in home moving if you would rather move items from one room to another during the project.
  4. Contact a mold removal company. Floods and leaks can lead to mold problems down the road so it’s important to call a mold testing and mold remediation company to remove mold spores and other signs of mold. Black mold can also be toxic to you and your family if left untreated.
  5. Contact a junk removal company. Unfortunately during a home disaster not all of your items and furniture may be salvageable. Carefully assess which items can be repaired and fixed and which should be tossed. After creating the “toss” pile, you may need to contact a junk removal company to coordinate a pickup. Mastodon Moving can also refer you to a reliable junk removal company and we can even help coordinate these removal efforts.

Your peace of mind is our priority, and that includes helping you during or after a home disaster. Contact our Boston area moving company today for all your moving needs.