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Moving: Involving a Team

Updated: Feb 21, 2022

Many Hands Can Make Light Work - With Planning

Today I welcome Susan Gardner as a contributing author on a series of articles about moving. Whether you're moving cross-country to "be closer to the grandkids," finally going to your dream home, or finally going to a retirement community, you have to move. As our author would say, you get to "pick up every single item and put it somewhere else." Susan's expertise in this area is hard won. Enjoy this series.

-Ed Zinkiewicz

Jobs are sometimes better suited for a team. Usually I work with the client alone, but increasingly I find the benefit of multiple hands. Garage organizing, for instance, is a prime example of work that is enough for three or more people to keep busy and productive.

Garages need to be addressed at least once a year, as things tend to collect in the large open space, beginning with a box for recycling that doesn’t get taken out and ending up with an assortment of delayed decisions from other places. We put one thing to the side, and then another, planning to address them at a future date. When the date for dealing with them (also known as Clean the Garage Day) finally arrives, help makes all the difference!

I encourage you to set a date and organize your garage. I’d love for you to include me, as I love decluttering and organizing garage spaces. And for storing and using things I have a few favorite tricks that do not cost a lot of money. But garage cleanup is also something you can do with family or with a friend. (You help your friends one weekend, and they help you the next!)

Surprisingly, you have different kinds of friends available, and each type offers specific pros and cons. Availability and willingness are not always the best criteria for choosing someone with whom to work in a space. Consider these types and their particular value to you:

The Gung-ho Helper