Your First Apartment: Post-Move Essentials

first apartment - PHOTO 2There are many things to look forward to in life, and one of the most exciting is the day you move into your very first apartment. If you’re headed to college or just starting out in the world of relying on your own income, you more than likely don’t have the means to buy all of the brand-new items you dream of owning. Hopefully your family will help pitch in and provide you with a few odds and ends, but there will still be a lot of things you need to get for your new home. Here is an outline of post-move essentials.

Furniture

Moving into your very first apartment comes with lots of daydreams about how you want to furnish and decorate it. But, there’s a solid chance you won’t be able to purchase a houseful of stuff right off the bat. At first, you can get by with the bare minimums – like a bed, couch and table. If you don’t already own must-have items like these, then you should place these things on the top of your new-apartment checklist.

Kitchen

When it comes to the kitchen, everyone requires different supplies. For example, someone who truly enjoys cooking will need many more pots, pans and dishes than someone who tends to just grab food and go. Here are some things you may need.

  • dish soap
  • dish towels
  • paper towels
  • trash bags
  • pot holders
  • sponges
  • silverware
  • dishes (plates/cups)
  • cookie sheets
  • measuring cups/spoons
  • microwave
  • toaster

Bedroom

Aside from filling your closet with all of your clothes and ensuring you have a bed to sleep on, your bedroom only needs a few standard items when you first move in. They include:

  • blankets
  • pillows
  • sheets
  • full-length mirror
  • storage containers (for under bed/in closet)

Bathroom

For most, aside from bath/shower products, the bathroom is one of the barest areas in a home. To make it feel more complete when you first move in, here are some essentials it will need.

  • hand/bath towels
  • wash cloths
  • shower curtain and liner
  • bathmat

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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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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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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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Avoid Losing Items During Your Move With These Must-Use Packing Tips

Blog 4 PHOTO“Where did I pack my favorite coffee mug? I can’t live without it!” … “O.M.G. – I left my iPad behind!” … “Where are my photo albums? I know they were placed in the moving truck!”

No matter how much care you take while packing, it never fails, something always manages to get lost or misplaced during a move. But it doesn’t have to be that way! There are many ways to minimize the chance of losing things during your move. But, the number one way is to be organized. Here’s how.

Pack One Room At A Time. Before you start packing, first consider your packing style. Are you someone who likes to put all of your things neatly into a box? Or, are the type who grabs an armload of things and dumps them straight into a box? If you’re the dumb-into-a-box packer, this tip is definitely for you!

One of the most efficient ways to pack is to pack one room at a time. This may sound like it will take too much time and effort, but it will pay off greatly on the day of the big move – as well as the days of unpacking that follow it. A good pre-packing prepping tip is to place several empty boxes – and packing materials – in each room of your soon-to-be-vacant home. Then start at one point in your room and work your way around until everything is packed.

Cables/Wires/Cords. TV cables. Computer wires. Phone chargers. The list of cables, wires and cords we accumulate is never ending! As easy as these things get misplaced in our homes, they are just as easy to lose during a move. So what’s the solution? Bags! Bags! And more bags! For every electronic device you own, place all corresponding cords inside a labeled, zip-lock bag; then tape it directly to the device. This way, when you go to set up your computer or use your iPad after the move, you’ll know exactly where everything is.

Make a Master List. For this tip, you may have to break your OCD loose, or officially activate it. As you prep for your move, there is never a better time to become a master list maker. While packing, write each and every thing you place inside each box on your master list; also write down which room each box belongs in when moved to your new home. This way, you have control over what and where everything will go inside your new place when the actual moving takes place.

Label Everything. If you’ve never been someone who labels things, it is now the time to become a labeling machine. And no, you don’t need a label maker – the average sharpie will suffice!

While packing, clearly label each box with the name of the room it is to go in in your new place. (Be sure to label the top and all sides of the box, too!) Also, label each box with “this end up” (drawing arrows can also be helpful) or “fragile”. This way every box will be handled properly and there’s a lessened chance that your stuff will get broken.

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