Top Ways To Conquer Packing Procrastination

It’s the final countdown to the big move. The moving truck shows up in less than 24 hours. But gasp! You put off packing foDO IT - PHOTOr far too long and now, you are left with too much to do in too little time. Moving is a huge process, so don’t let this dire situation happen to you! Here are the top ways to avoid procrastination and get things done!

Plan Ahead. When you look around your place, you may feel as though you don’t own many things so packing won’t take very long. Stop! Newsflash: what you see isn’t always what’s really there. When you begin packing, you will see what we mean. In order to have a successful move, the best thing you can do is plan ahead – way ahead for those who tend to procrastinate. Plan to be done with all prep work several weeks before moving day. This includes: gathering supplies, reserving moving help, packing, and so on. Then, once you start packing, plan to be finished at least three days prior to the move. Things always come up during the moving process, so if you finish a few days ahead of schedule, you will still have a extra time to tackle whatever may arise.

Make a Handwritten List. Moving involves a mile-long list of things to remember. While mental notes are helpful, they aren’t always the best when you have such a long to-do list. The ultimate way to remember everything you have to do – and prevent procrastination – is to take pen to paper and write everything down. Try this anti-procrastination packing technique:

Packing Day 1 – AM: clothes and shoes

Packing Day 1 – PM: dishes

Packing Day 2 – AM: bathroom

Packing Day 2 – PM: living room

By setting a schedule, it is much easier to keep your momentum going and actually get things done in a timely manner.

Avoid Distraction. There are a lot of things to entertain us – social media sites, Netflix, computers, phones. Unfortunately, while they may entertain us, they also distract us making procrastination all too easy. Can’t fight the urge to check your text messages or Facebook page every few minutes? Try turning everything off and unplugging from the tech world for just a couple hours. This will give you the focus needed in order to overcome procrastination and get things accomplished.

Have All Supplies. Packing requires supplies. This means gathering the right ones, as well as enough of them so you don’t have to stop what you are doing to go buy more. You’ll need everything from boxes and tape to screwdrivers, hammers and markers, so stock up. Having to stop in the middle of packing because you ran out of tape or don’t have a hammer is one of the worst things that can happen to a procrastinator. To avoid having to stop a productive moment, ensure you have all the supplies you need from the start.

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Helpful Ways To Make Moving Easier For Your Little One

Moving with kids - PHOTONo matter how old a person is, moving can be an overwhelming and emotional roller coaster. This is especially true when your move involves children. Young children are apt to have a much more difficult time transitioning to a move because they do not fully comprehend what is happening. Are mommy and daddy going with me? Are we taking all of my toys? Will they forget to bring me with them? All of these are worries, even fears that children can experience during a move. To help make the transition easier for your little one, here are some helpful ways to make moving an exciting time verses one of apprehension and stress.

Explain what is happening. They may be young, but children are very intuitive and can sense any stress or shift in the household. As soon as possible, begin explaining the upcoming move to your child. Waiting too long to talk to your child about the upcoming move can lead to anxiety, worry and fear. By letting them gradually adjust to what it means to move, they will have a much smoother transition from old home to new.

Explore the area. If you’re moving to a place nearby, it’s a good idea to let your child see their soon-to-be home and neighborhood before moving day actually arrives. Show them the neighborhood and even explore what it has to offer: a cool park, a tasty ice cream shop, and where their future school will be. By taking the time to show your child all of the exciting places to look forward to after the move, it will provide them with a better visualization of where they will soon be living, as well as make for an easier, more positive adjustment.

Have them help. Your child may not be able to lift heavy boxes, and they may make the organization and cleaning process more difficult at times, but it’s important to find ways for them to help you with the move – no matter how small the job is. So get them involved; let them be mommy and daddy’s little helper. Try simple tasks like tearing small pieces of packing tape or having them place all of their stuffed animals into a moving box. Being enthusiastic about having them help you will connect them positively to the idea of moving instead of rebelling against it.

Let their imagination run free. If there’s one thing children have it’s an imagination. Moving may just be a mountain of stress and cardboard boxes to you, but to a little kid, it can be a time for great imagination. You may not feel the urge to sit in a cardboard box, because, well … it’s a box. But for your child, a box can be so much more than that. It can be a car, a rocket ship, or even a camping tent.

Another good idea is to let them help you with the decorating process. While you probably won’t want to let them color or paint the walls, you can instead sit them in front of a piece of paper and have them draw a picture of how they want their new room to look. This is a great way to get them involved and become excited about the move.

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What to Know When Hiring a Moving Company

Moving Company figures - PHOTOMoving is a daunting and stressful process. It is also not a one-person job. So who do you turn to for help? The answer: a moving company. Finding a good moving company may seem difficult, but to take the stress – and heavy lifting – out of your move, it is the optimal choice. Here are some helpful tips to find the right moving company for you.

Get Recommendations. One of the first steps to take toward hiring a moving company is to get recommendations. Ask family, friends, coworkers and local real estate agents that have dealt with movers first hand. These are the most reliable sources you can get when it comes to finding a company you can trust with your moving needs.

Investigate Companies. Once you have a list of recommendations, research these companies by hopping online and doing some background checks. By investigating companies before even speaking to them, you can potentially avoid scams, and other potential problems.

Schedule an In-Home Estimate. Whether moving interstate or out of state, it’s a good idea to call several companies for an estimate. This is the best way to get a price on how much you will be charged. For out-of-state moves, ask the company for a written binding estimate or a binding not-to-exceed estimate. Both estimates place a guaranteed cap on what you will pay for your move. Note that nonbinding estimates are legal if free, just be warned that the final cost will most likely be more than the estimate.

During the In-Home Estimate. When you schedule an in-home estimate, a person from the moving company will come to your home to look at everything you will need to have moved. During the appointment, be sure to show the estimator everything you want to have moved – in the closets, backyard, basement, attic, etc. Also be sure they know certain aspects of your home that could complicate the move – stairs, elevators, a significant distance from the door to the curb outside, and so on.

There is also a chance that when moving day rolls around, the foreman may challenge the original estimate your were given if he believes you have significantly more stuff than was first calculated. (This will happen before everything is on the truck.) No one can force you to pay a higher amount, but the company also does not have to move your stuff for the original amount.

Create a Folder – and make it bright! Finding a moving company requires lots of hand-written notes, forms and website print outs. This will help you organize all of the important information and documents you will accumulate. Run to the store and grab a brightly-colored folder for all of the research and price estimates you will collect. Be sure the folder is in a bright color – the brighter the color, the harder it will be to lose during the mayhem of moving.

Another reason you should opt for a bright, organized folder is that having it handy and in plain sight when estimators come for an in-home estimate will know them that you are doing your homework. It will also encourage them to be honest with you on pricing; it may even make them give you a more competitive price.

Ensure License and Insurance. As you probably already know, not all companies or people play by the rules, which means many are not legally sound. A legit moving company will have the license and insurance required to move you legally, which means they will play by the rules and are your safest bet.

Choose a Mover and Move On. Once you have thoroughly investigated several moving companies with the checks above, you will be able to make a confident decision in which company to choose. Before the big move, confirm dates and times with your movers, and be sure to get a signed order for service.

The day of, provide movers with specific directions to your new home, along with your phone number. Also make sure you have a number to call so you can reach them throughout your move.

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Must-Have Packing Supplies For A Successful Move

When you have a big move coming up, it’s common to feel overwhelmed. There is a lot to do after all. Hiring movers, organizing, and deciding what items to keep, donate or throw away. And don’t forget packing – the never-ending task that everyone hates. In order to make your move a success, the first thing you need to do is gather all of the supplies you will need. Must-Have Packing Supplies - blog PHOTOHere are the top five must-have packing supplies you’ll need to pack efficiently.

Boxes, Boxes … did we mention boxes? Packing and boxes go hand-in-hand during the moving process. So a few months before your move, begin gathering as many boxes as you can. Then go out and gather some more because the amount you will require far exceeds what you will ever imagine needing.

To save money, first try collecting boxes from family, friends and co-workers; also check liquor stores and big warehouses that have continuous access to boxes. If you still need more, you can purchase them from package stores, the post office, and so on. Just be sure that whatever boxes you collect are strong and durable.

Resealable Plastic Bags. For every moving box you need, you will also want just as many resealable plastic bags – if not more. These bags will be your best friend pre-move and post-move because they keep everything organized. Use them for keeping all hardware and instruction manuals together, or for storing wires and plugs, which can become a tangled mess when simply thrown into a box.

Tape Gun. Have you ever tried to wrap a present or seal up a box without a tape gun? The mere thought probably drives you nuts as you recall the time and hassle it took to tear off a million individual pieces of tape. Enter, the tape gun. Using a tape gun is the optimal tool for packing, saving you time and hassle.

Bubble Wrap. Bubble wrap or packing peanuts? Ya gotta pick the bubble wrap! After all, who can resist the incredible urge to pop those alluringly squeezable bubbles? Bubble wrap can of course be a fun toy, but it is also very helpful when packing. All of those little bubbles of air make the perfect protective cushion so your breakables stay in tact during your move. So stock up pre-move and when your move is over, pop, pop, pop away!

Markers and Labels. Whether you opt for markers, labels, or both, be sure to get them in bright colors and have them handy when packing. Use them to color code boxes for each individual room for easier organization on the day of the big move.

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The Pros and Cons of a Summer Move

Moving During Summer - PHOTOSummer means many things. A break from school. Family vacations. Trip to the beach, lake and pool. But did you know, summer is also the most popular time to pack up and move to a new home? A summer move comes with many pros and cons, so continue reading to learn more.

Pros

Less Stressful. For many, summer months are often less busy. School days and holidays are over and people are enjoying more laid-back days. With a schedule that’s less chaotic, moving in summer can be less stressful.

Better Weather Conditions. One thing most love about summer is its more manageable weather conditions and longer days. This is a definite advantage when moving because it allows you to get most, if not all of your moving done in just one day.

School’s Out. If you’re moving with kids, waiting until summer vacation begins is the best way to ensure an easier transition between schools. Your child’s education also won’t be disrupted by the move and no school will have to be missed.

Cons

Heat. Summer weather is definitely nicer to look at, but it’s very hot conditions are a definite con. Hot temperatures can be exhausting, as well as dangerous to your health.

More Costly. Due to the increase of people wanting to move in summer, it can be more costly to hire movers and supplies; it can also make scheduling harder. To ensure you have everything you need for moving day, be sure to plan ahead and book early.

How To Move Safely During Summer. As previously stated, the hot weather conditions of summer can make moving dangerous. If you opt to move everything yourself, this means lifting and carrying heavy boxes, furniture and appliances for hours on end. This can lead to physical strain any time of the year, but during the summer months, this greatly increases. If you decide to move during summer, it’s crucial to take the necessary precautions. Here’s how.

Dress For Heat and Comfort. The day of your move, dress for the events ahead and wear clothes that will be cool and comfortable. Opting for light-weight and light-colored clothes is the best way to help prevent dangerous problems, such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

Stay Hydrated. Scorching temperatures and intense physical activity can be a very bad mix. Your body will need more water than usual to stay hydrated and to keep your core body temperature where it needs to be. To stay hydrated, be sure to drink lots of water during your move. Also, consider beverages with electrolytes (Gatorade, Powerade, etc.). Avoid energy drinks and sodas because they will only dehydrate you.

Apply Sunscreen. With all of the constant commotion on moving day, it will be hard to truly judge how often you are in the sun. But during summer days, sunshine is typically lurking everywhere, so be sure to apply sunscreen to protect yourself from dangerous rays on the day of your move.

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Food: what to keep and how to pack it

From awkward-shaped pans to breakable dishes, heavy appliances to cabinets full of uneaten food – boxing up a kitchen is one of the most challenging parts of the packing process. Before you throw in the towel and decide to dump all food items in the trash, read the following checklist to learn what to take with you and what to leave behind, plus many other handy tips.

Consider Your New Space. An important thing to consider during the packing process is the amount of storage available in new space. Will you have more or less pantry space? If you will be downsizing in storage capacity then minimize the collection of food you plan to move with you, too.

Box Size. When packing, always think in terms of weight. For example, when packing heavy canned goods, opt for small boxes so they are easier to carry and move.

Label Boxes Accordingly. Organizing and labeling moving boxes is a great way to pack up your home. This includes food items. Separate all food into categories, such as: perishables, canned goods and spices. Then label all boxes accordingly. This will help you prioritize which boxes need to be opened first after you move.

Pack Heavy to Light. Once you have narrowed down what food items you’ll be bringing to your new home, you can then start packing. The best method is to pack heavy to light. Place all heavy items (canned goods, peanut butter) on the bottom of your moving boxes first, then layer all light items (crackers, cookies) on top.

Near-Expired Foods. When deciding which food you should keep or toss, first look at expiration dates. If something will only last a mere few weeks after your move, go ahead and toss it. Chances are you won’t eat it after you move anyway, so free up some space and ditch any near-expired foods.

If you don’t want to waste food by throwing it in the trash, donate items to others, such as family, friends, neighbors, homeless shelters and others in need.

Fragile Items. Fragile food items include basics like flour and sugar. Before you pack these things, be sure to place them in more secure packaging first. Invest in some heavy-duty, sealable containers that will stop any spills from happening. Another option is to put these items inside large ziplock bags so anything spills will be contained.

Spices. Salt, pepper and other spices are another fragile item that can lead to spills during a move. To avoid salting everything with spilled salt shakers or opening a box covered in paprika and oregano, here’s a tip: cover the tops of each shaker with a piece of masking tape. With a simple piece of tape, you will stop any spills from happening.

Pack a Cooler. If there are certain items that need to be kept cold that you weren’t able to use in time – or throw/give away – be sure you remember to pack a cooler the morning of your move. If you are moving a few hours away, a cooler will keep your items from going bad until you can hook up your fridge at your new place. Just be sure you don’t forget to unpack the cooler!

Defrost Fridge. One of the most common things people forget to do before the moving van shows up is defrost their fridge – a situation that is somewhat problematic if you are taking your fridge with you. Be sure to unplug your fridge at least 24 hours before your move so the freezer will have time to defrost.

Important Tip. When moving day finally arrives, you’ll want to be well rested and well fed for the big day. Be sure to set aside some pre-made meals and snacks that are easy to grab and won’t take long to eat. Think granola bars and PB&J sandwiches which will keep your energy up during a long day of hustle, bustle and heavy lifting.

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Important Things To Do Right After You Move

Things To Do After You Move - PHOTOAfter months of planning, packing and hard work, you have finally completed the big move to your new home. Congratulations on a job well done! You are probably ready to break open a bottle of champagne, kick your feet up and finally relax. But, before you get too comfortable, check out this list of important things to do right after you move.

Take Photos. Before you rush to unpack all those moving boxes, whip out your camera and take lots of photos. Why would you want photos of bare, unadorned rooms? If you’re renting, photos are an essential way to get your security deposit back. Photos can also be useful if you just purchased a home. If any damage has occurred during the time the previous owner moved out and you moved in, photos are your proof – and, if necessary, can even get you money for repairs.

Check For Breakage. Did you hire movers to pack and move for you? If so, you only have a limited amount of time to report any suspected damage or missing items. Check everything from dishes to heavy appliances like refrigerators, washers and dryers.

Find Out Trash Schedule. Lots of unpacked boxes means lots of trash. But, where do you put your trash and what days it is picked up? To find out, ask your landlord, homeowners association or neighbors. You can also call your city’s sanitation department.

Change the Locks. Home sweet home. It’s all yours … now. But, have you ever considered who else may have had keys when the previous residents lived there? Avoid any safety risks by having all of the locks changed as soon as you move in (or before if possible). As a new property owner, this is one of the most important things you can do.

Register Your Car. If you moved to a new state, don’t forget to register your car. You will typically have 60 days to do so, however each state has slightly different requirements. Penalties for not having your car registered within the allotted time can range from fines to your vehicle being impounded.

Along with registering your car, you will also need to obtain a new driver’s license. This typically needs to be done within 30 days of your move.

Update Voting Address. If you want to continue having your voice heard, don’t forget to update your voting address. Most states allow a small grace period which allows you to use your old address at your new polling place. However, for elections beyond the grace period, be sure to update your new address at least two weeks prior to the election so you can cast your vote on important issues.

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Avoid Moving Injuries With These Helpful Tips

Avoid Moving Injuries Blog PHOTOMoving day is a culmination of things. Stress and anticipation. Moments of pure chaos. And don’t forget hard labor and lots and lots of sweat. If you’re not careful, you could also add injury to the madness. Moving is already plenty painful without adding injury to the list, so read on for a few tips to help your move go as smooth as possible.

Know Your Limits: The best advice to keep in mind while moving is to know your limits. If something feels too heavy to lift safely, then it probably is. Don’t risk hurting yourself. Stop and get help – from a friend, family member or professional.

Remove Obstacles: Lifting and carrying boxes and furniture can be dangerous by itself. Add in navigating messy floors and it spells disaster. Before moving commences, create enough unconstrained space – inside and outside your home – to allow for free movement and to guarantee safe routes. This means removing any obstacles along hallways and paths that lead to the moving truck, as well as keeping walkways free of leaves, protruding branches, mud, snow and ice – all things that could prove hazardous during a move.

Wear the Right Clothes: The day of the move be sure to wear the right clothes. Avoid baggy clothing that may get caught on boxes or on door frames and cause you to fall. Instead, opt for comfortable garments that are made of breathable, flexible materials.

Proper footwear is also vital to avoiding moving injuries. High heels, open-toed sandals, and slippery soles prove dangerous during a move. The most optimal footwear is sneakers that are supportive and comfortable, as well as provide adequate traction to avoid any slips or falls.

Use Proper Equipment: Hiring a moving company to tackle all the heavy lifting for you is the ultimate way to avoid personal injury on moving day. However, if this is not an option for you and you are planning on a self-move, it is crucial to have and use proper moving equipment. This includes: a moving dolly, furniture pads, moving straps, etc. All of these things will help you move large, household items safely without hurting your back, pulling a muscle or dropping something heavy on your feet.

Use Proper Lifting Techniques: To avoid injury during your move, it is critical to use proper lifting techniques. Here are some helpful tips.

  • Heavy Objects – when lifting heavy objects, lift with your legs, not your back. Bend your knees and use the strength of your arms and legs to lift the object off the ground and carry it.
  • All Objects – when moving objects of all sizes, shapes and weights, hold the item close to your body, using slow and steady movements, while taking small steps.
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects over your head.
  • Avoid carrying large objects around for more than several minutes.
  • Whenever possible, push items instead of lifting them (a dolly can help!).

Take Breaks: The moving process can be long and tedious, which makes it easy to try and rush through it. However, rushing through a move can lead to all sorts of problems, especially injuries. For a more successful move, be sure to take frequent breaks to catch your breath, stay hydrated and eat an energizing snack.

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Moving With Pets? Make It Less Stressful With These Tips

Tips for moving with pets - blog PHOTOMoving involves lots of time, effort and plenty of stress. Adding pets to the mix can make it even more nerve-racking. If you are anxious about moving to a new place, just imagine how your pet(s) feel! Here are some helpful tips to help make your move a bit calmer for your beloved companion(s).

  • Before you move, pack an easily-accessible overnight bag for your pet. Fill it with enough food, toys, and cat litter to sustain your pet and keep them comfortable during those first initial days of unpacking.
  • Moving involves plenty of noise and unfamiliar sounds and smells. For an animal, these things can be very scary. During your move, the best way to reduce stress on your pet(s) is to leave them at a kennel or friend’s house. If this isn’t an option for you, the next best thing is to keep them in the quietest area possible. Try an empty bedroom with the door closed or inside their carrier inside the garage, any location that will keep them away from all of the moving ruckus. Be sure to check on them regularly, as well as feed and walk them at a time you usually would. Just as people like a routine, so do pets.
  • During the drive from your old home to the new one, keep your pets inside their carrier. You may even want to throw a blanket over the carrier so your pet(s) can’t see the environment changing outside. Stressed and in a new neighborhood, animals can easily get lost outside, so when arriving at your destination, always keep them in their carrier until they are safely inside your home.
  • Adjusting to a new place takes time, especially for pets, so go for the slow and steady approach to reduce stress. If possible, move all of your belongings to your new home before moving your pet. To introduce your pet to your new home, start by confining them to a certain room. This will allow them to slowly adjust to their surroundings. Giving your pet lots of attention and providing them with familiar objects as soon as possible will help them adjust much quicker to the new digs.
  • After you move, be sure to update all pet tags and microchip information with your new address and contact info.
  • Traveling by air or internationally? Before you head to the airport, be sure to check all rules and regulations far in advance. Also, remember to bring along all of your pet’s special travel documents.
  • Pulling an all-night packing extravaganza isn’t good for anyone – especially your pet(s). Try to pack over a long period of time so your pet(s) think everything is normal and their stress level will stay down. Moving with cats? Break out their carriers several weeks before your move; this will help eliminate the risk of them fleeing the scene and leaving you searching for them.
  • When your move is finally complete, don’t let your pet(s) roam around your new neighborhood. Keep them on a lease until they become adjusted to their new surroundings.

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Pack Your Kitchen With This Helpful Guide

packing kitchen guide blog - PHOTOThe kitchen is by far one of the most dreaded rooms to pack for a move. Dishes, appliances, odds and ends … and a good 90% of these items are breakable! So how do you get through the risky job of packing your kitchen? Follow our helpful guide below.

Appliances. If you somehow managed to save your appliances’ original boxes/packaging, bravo! Feel free to use them while packing them for your move. If you didn’t save the original boxes – you’re part of the majority that tosses them, so don’t worry. Here’s what to do.

First, gather medium-sized packing boxes. Next, ensure appliances (and all of their parts) are clean and dry. Remove all small parts and fragile pieces and wrap them in bubble wrap and packing paper. If you saved the owner’s manual, tape it to the bottom or the front of the appliance – this will make for easier assembly later. Place the main part of the appliance into the box first; then stack pre-packaged, smaller pieces on top.

Dishes/Glasses. Dishes and glasses are the scariest and most tedious thing to pack. You don’t want to rush through packing them because you risk finding box after box of broken dishes and shattered glass after you move. To tackle these items, try this:

Place two layers of bubble wrap/packing paper on the bottom of a box. For dishes, wrap each piece with a thin layer of packing paper. As you stack them inside the box, place an extra layer or bubble wrap/packing paper between every three dishes. For glasses/mugs, wrap each piece individually. You can use bubble wrap or packing paper, but if you want to save these supplies, try using T-shirts or other similar clothing items instead.

Silverware. Sorting silverware into separate boxes may seem more annoying than anything, but it’s a good idea to make sure it doesn’t share a box with any items that may be breakable – it will also make unpacking more organized. To pack silverware, first start by sorting it into specific types – big spoons with big spoons, small forks with small forks, and so on. Wrap each type with a rubber band. Once all items are sorted and banded together, place them into a shoebox and tape it shut.

Pots and Pans. Ahh … good ol’ pots and pans. While they may make cooking possible, they sure can be a pain to store and pack. To find the correct sized box, grab your biggest pan and place it into a box – horizontally and diagonally. If the lid fits securely to the pan, the box is the right size. If it doesn’t, the box is too small. Once you have the perfect box, begin stacking your pots (without lids) inside. Then wrap lids with packing paper and place them inside the box beneath pan handles.

Other Items. So what do you do with all of those other items in your kitchen? Instead of just dumping them into a random box, there’s a much more efficient solution. Wrap all other items with a single sheet of packing paper. Then, inside your already packed kitchen boxes, tuck each item into the unused space. This will help fill up the unused space in your packed boxes, as well as save you from using more boxes than necessary.

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