Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Go! The Essential Guide To Organizing and Moving + giveaway!

Updated to add: This giveaway is now over. The winner is Jerri from Simply Sweet Home!

When I attended the Professional Organizer's Conference last November I had the privilege of meeting two spunky and fun ladies, Gail Shields and Karen Shinn, of Stress-Free Moving. Gail and Karen have recently written an excellent resource book, called Go! The Essential Guide To Organizing and Moving, that will help anyone even thinking about moving come to grips with it.

Let's face it, moving is daunting. I moved within town about five years ago and I still shudder just remembering the stress involved. This book would have been a tremendous help to me way back then.

Go! is designed as a complete moving resource. The first part of the book provides tips, tricks and techniques used to ensure successful moves and the second part is your personal moving workbook. It contains checklists, countdown calendars and note pages to help you keep track of all of the details of your move.

This comprehensive book takes you through each step of the moving process and, with so many things to keep track of, it's comforting to know that someone else has already compiled and provided the critical information and checklists needed for a smooth move. Talk about taking the pressure off.

It's written in easy to read format with pictures scattered throughout for visual interest. It is also wire spiral bound which is essential in a resource and planning guide so that it lies flat for taking notes.

Gail and Karen's Top Ten Tips for an organized move are:

  • Plan ahead
  • Measure carefully to ensure good space planning
  • Ask questions
  • Edit your "stuff" before you move
  • Keep all notes and numbers in the same place
  • Check community resources and recycle
  • Ask for help. It's not always cheaper or easier to do it yourself
  • Select the right equipment to get the job done
  • Always have a Plan B
  • Enjoy the process
Excellent advice ladies, thank you!

Currently the Go! book is only available for purchase from their website, Stress-Free Moving. Price $24.95 Cdn.

Today Karen and Gail are giving away a copy of their book though to one lucky reader! So if you are thinking about moving anytime soon then you'll want to put your name in for sure. All you have to do is just leave a comment below before Monday, January 19th at 6:00 pm PST. Open to everyone.

Good luck!

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62 comments:

Tina said...

My parents are moving soon, and would definitely benefit from this.
Planettina

Deven said...

I'd love to check it out.

mamabeck said...

we are a family of 7, getting ready to move from Germany to the US in about 3 months, going from military life to civilian. I could use all the help I can get! ;)

Tonya said...

I would like to try it out.We may have to move in July,won't know for sure until closer to then.

The Mosiers said...

The idea of moving makes me cringe! However my husband, baby and I will be moving sometime in the next several months. I would love any organizational help I can get!

jenniferbennett said...

Oh, yeah...We get that itch every few years. Don't love the moving part, but somehow find ourselves in the midst of it anyway! I could sure use some help with the process!!!

LessLisa said...

Anything that could help with organizing in this house (moving or not) would be a blessing!

betty R.~Simply Southern said...

My daughter will be moving into a house in a few months(just moved in their apartmment temp. a few weeks ago).It is unorganized chaos when she moves!!!! She is just not an organized move..This would help her(AND ME) with this mess...thank you very much!

oldplace.betty(at)gmail.com
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devildogwife said...

I'm jumping up and down saying "pick me, pick me!" We're getting ready to put our house on the market (during a really slow time) due to an upcoming military move. I need as much help as possible in getting organized. Thank you for the timely giveaway!

Queen B said...

I'm so excited to be moving!! I am totally overwhelmed at the thought of it, though!
This book sounds great!!!

adamanderin said...

We will be moving in about a year when my husband finishes law school, so I would love to have the guide so I can start planning waaayy in advance!

Annette said...

We may be moving within the year, so I would love a copy of the book.

Deb said...

Oh I really want to win this book. We are going to be moving from Kansas to Illinois this summer and I know this would help me stay sane! Pick ME!

mindy said...

i move more often than not so this would be wonderful thanks for the giveaway

hayley said...

we are moving this summer and could definitely use this book!! thanks for the great giveaway.
mrspotts0817(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Not moving now, but I'm sure we will within the next two years so this could come in handy. thanks.

betsyandscott@abe.midco.net

cdziuba said...

How timely. My son moves in two months. cdziuba@aol.com

LaTanya Harper said...

We will be moving in the next few months. This book looks to be extremely helpful. This is definitely going on my to order list.

Lisa said...

This sounds like a great book!!

Miss L said...

My parents are looking to move about 500 miles away in the next few months. I think they would love this resource!! Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!

Candise said...

Moving again...would love ideas other than my own!

strent said...

We moved last October and everyone laughed at me when I started packing in August. I had everything labeled and in the garage except what we HAD to have to live 10 days before "the day". A little obsessive I will admit, but the easiest move I have ever had. Good thing too; cause we're doing it again in 2 years!!!

Gigi said...

We're planning for a move in about a year and although that seems far away, I know it will be here before I'm ready for it! This book sounds perfect for helping me get prepared for the big event!

Toni said...

We have moved a lot & I still don't have it down. This book would help.

Anonymous said...

Dh was in charge of our move here, thirty some years ago. Two years ago I finally found the missing baby clothes. My youngest is thirty years old. I want to be in charge of our next move.

Verlene said...

We are tossing around the idea of moving to an apartment. Hubby is retired and tired of maintaining a house. We've lived here 27 years and the thought of moving leaves me shaking in fear. Maybe this resource would take away my fear!

liane66 said...

Not moving now, but son will be soon.

Thanks for the giveaway.
kimspam66(at)yahoo(dot)com

pinkbeary said...

We are hoping to buy a bigger home soon and would love the book. =)

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

I just moved last year, and we also cleaned out my dad's attic a few weeks ago. Now our outbuilding is full of boxes; maybe this book could help me organize everything. It would be great to win it.

Belinda Y said...

Last time I moved, I did everything wrong and sadly lost some jewellery that was important to me. We are planning to move to a larger house later this year and this time I want to improve my methods and be organised!

Brendi68 said...

Hubby and I are moving after living in a spacious home for 23 years! We needed to downsize after all 7 kids moved out. All tips and methods of moving would be such a blessing after accumulating 23 years worth of stuff. This book sounds like just the ticket!

Maija said...

Me and my DH are moving away from a bigger but oddly planned apartment to a smaller more homey apartment. I would definitely love to have this book, because I just am in love with organizing!

Mrs. Tara said...

I would love to be the winner of this book and share it with the moms in our moms group- many of them move due to their hubby's jobs. I to have moved 3 times in my 15 years of marriage. Being in ministry you know that is part of the calling. Only God knows when we will move again! :)

demicmic said...

I have this sneaking suspision we will be moving this year. ACK!
theindy4 at sbcglobal dot net.

ginamarie37@gmail.com said...

I am a gypsy at heart. I love to organize and share my destash.
We may be moving soon so I'm very excited to win this book!

wendy said...

Organization is what I have made my New years Resolution to be this year, so I definitely could use this.

madamerkf at aol dot com

Glennda said...

We are getting ready to put our house on the market and hopefully move. Since both my husband and I are serious pack-rats, this book would be invaluable!

Storm, The Psychotic Housewife said...

Toss me in! We're at the point where we are ready to move back down into TX. I'm cringing just at the thought of moving everything!

Lisa @ Take90West said...

We are moving next month, and I'm not looking forward at all to packing up our basement full of toys!

Kimberly said...

Looks like a great book. I'm moving next month. Though it will probably be too late to help much with this move, I would love to read it anyways. Because you never know when you'll have to move again!!! :o)

Reiza said...

We'll be moving in a few months. Last time we moved, we had no kids and very little furniture. This time, we'll have 4 kids and enough furniture for all 6 of us, so this would be VERY useful. I don't even know where to begin.
offthespaceship at myway dot com

Tiffany @ Gone Country said...

This is awesome and will defiantly come in handy when we are ready to move after I finish school.

Ginny said...

I'm hoping to move soon, love this book!

Stephanie said...

We're going to moving soon. Looking forward to living somewhere else, just not the actual moving part of it.

Pick me! Pick me! LOL

Laura in KC said...

We are getting ready to move into temporary housing while we build a small house on lots of land. I need to keep the absolute essentials close at hand with everything else being stored for half a year. I would love to have help!!

Scattered Mom said...

I've moved 4 times in 10 years (ug!) and we see ourselves probably moving once Jake is grown and gone...I probably could use some tips, too.

I can't stand moving. We always lose SOMETHING. Drives me nuts.

Brittany and Matt said...

I just stumbled upon this site and love it! We are in the process of building our first home and will be moving in a couple months! I would love to get a head start on organizing for our move!

pick me!!

Anonymous said...

We will be moving at the end of June. We are a retired military family and this will be our first move "on our own". The book would be a God send since I just recently went back to work full time!!

MuEdMom@aol.com

Vivian Deliz said...

It looks like sound advice for a chaotic experience. I have never moved without absolute madness. Maybe the next time will be better...

Elizabeth said...

I now have 4 children and we are planning a HUGE re-model/add-on of our 2 bedroom/1 bath house. So we wil be moving/living in the same house!!! Organization is going to be key! This book would be a godsend.

Jenn said...

Sounds like a great book!

Maria@losninosadams said...

We have moved so many time since we been married and I feel like we are in the military and we are not ! HAHA We are moving back to CA after living in Arizona for over 4 years with 3 kids a dog and a house full of stuff I can't get rid of :) Please choose me My husband welcomes any ideas: )
Thank You! The Adams

Liz said...

My daughter and I moved last year and it was horrible. I still don't have all of my things and half the boxes aren't even unpacked. Now she has a new job 20 miles away and we're going to be moving again. This book would be great and really help me out.

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

We are hoping to move from Rhode Island (East Coast) to Texas (as in TEXAS) this year. We haven't moved in over 6 years. And this time we'll have 4 kids and their stuff to haul. I shudder at the thought!

sunnymum said...

We are hoping to move too...we could use all the help & suggestions we can get!

Danielly said...

I totally need this! We are looking to move before I am due - in April! Yikes! I still have soo much to do! Thanks for the giveaway!

Kiy said...

After one International move and one from the West to the Northwest all in the space of about two years, we are actually contemplating another move this year! We are nuts, and would happily take all the help and tidbits we can get. Keeping my fingers crossed and double-crossed on this one!

Cheers, Kiy

Debbie said...

We are moving from Singapore to the USA in May! This book would be a godsend!

yamc said...

i would love one!

Jessica :) said...

I hate moving. With a passion. I avoid it at all costs but sometimes not everything can be avoided. I would love to get some help!

Melissa said...

we won't be moving until the fall, but you can never start being prepared too early. I'd love a copy of this!

-Melissa

Lorie said...

I am sorry I missed it!!