What to Expect When You’re Expecting and Moving -

What to Expect When You’re Expecting and Moving

When you discovered that you were pregnant, you likely felt thrilled, awed, and maybe a little overwhelmed. You have plenty of time to prepare for your new baby, but your preparations may come to a halt if you have to move any time during your pregnancy.

Moves on their own bring a hectic characteristic to your already crazy life-but if you’re pregnant, you may feel like the chaos is too much to handle.

Luckily, you don’t have to go through this transition alone or without resources. Below, we’ve listed several tips to help you if you’re planning a move and the arrival of a new little one. Read on to discover how you can make your move-and your pregnancy-easier to manage.

Plan Your Move Smartly

Try to plan your move in a way that makes the most sense for your unique situation. For example, if you want to move into a newer, bigger home to accommodate your growing family, you may not need to move immediately, especially since you’ll have to wait for leases to expire, units to become available, or buying processes to close.

If you’re planning a move but your due date is close, you may want to postpone the move until after you give birth. Yes, moving with a newborn may seem tricky, but you may have a harder time moving in the last few weeks of your pregnancy than if you waited.

Similarly, if you are in the early stages of pregnancy, arrange for your move to occur sooner rather than later. You can still accomplish many tasks without feeling physically drained like you would in late pregnancy.

Sometimes, though, you can’t control the circumstances of your move. For example, perhaps you or your partner accepted a new job and you have to move immediately. In these circumstances, get as much help as you can regardless of how far along you are in your pregnancy so you can manage everything without as much stress.

Start Organizing and Packing Early On

One of the best ways you can avoid stress during a move is to start organizing your belongings and packing early on. This statement rings especially true while you’re pregnant because you want to stay as calm and healthy as possible.

As soon as you find out you’ll be moving, organize your apartment or home one room at a time. Start packing items like out-of-season clothing, books, artwork, and other items that you don’t use regularly or won’t need immediately.

Use a paper or electronic tracking system to keep everything organized, and don’t forget to label your boxes with their contents and respective rooms. Repeat these steps as moving day draws nearer, taking care to pack essential items as close to moving day as possible.

Pack the Essentials and Mark the Boxes

When you have to pack your essential items, such as clothing, toiletries, and dishes and cookware, place them in boxes that you’ll put in the front of your moving van. You’ll also want to label the boxes with ”Essential” on the top and sides, along with the corresponding room, so you know to unpack these items first.

By taking care to pack these items last in your current home and unpack them first in your new abode, you make the transition easier and less hectic. Additionally, you’ll know exactly where to find the items you need most during the first few weeks after you move into your new home.

Keep Your Personal Bag Separate

Despite your best efforts, some things may go wrong during the packing and moving process. Some items may not get packed on time or you may have forgotten to schedule the movers when you planned. Often, one mishap many movers face is forgetting to pack a personal bag of clothes. Without this bag, you’ll have to dig through your belongings to find clothing, towels, and linens.

Instead of facing this issue during your move, pack a personal bag and keep it separate from the rest of your packed belongings. Stick a few pairs of clothes (including socks and undergarments) in a bag with travel-sized toiletries. Store this bag away from boxed items, and place it in your car or in the cab of your moving van on moving day.

If you’re moving close to your due date, pack your hospital bag with all the essentials, and keep it with your personal bag. You should also place the address and contact information for your OB/GYN and hospital in your hospital bag so that you can easily contact a medical professional quickly if necessary.

When you arrive at your new home, place your personal and hospital packs in your bedroom or somewhere easy to locate. You don’t want either of these bags to get lost amongst your other belongings, and you’ll definitely want your hospital bag in an easily accessible location should you go into labor soon after your move.

Let Professionals Do the Heavy Lifting

As you organize and pack, don’t forget to take plenty of breaks. Regardless of how far along you are, you should drink a lot of water, eat plenty of healthy foods, and rest as much as possible. Also, avoid heavy lifting so you don’t cause unnecessary strain.

Instead, contact a professional mover who can move, lift, and load your belongings into a moving truck or van. Many movers will also unload your moving truck for you so you can focus more on caring for yourself and your growing baby.

Websites That Can Help With Your Move

Family Moving with the help of websitesMoving is almost always a stressful, overwhelming experience, whether you’re moving across the country or just a block away. Fortunately, the internet has simplified the moving process considerably.

Various websites can help you with every aspect of your move, from finding a new place to moving your belongings. Here are some of the best websites to turn to for moving help.

1. City-Data.com

Are you unsure which city to move to? City-Data.com gives you all the information you need about any city. This includes:

  • Population by age, race, and household income
  • Most common occupations and industries
  • Natural disasters
  • Public schools
  • Election results
  • Religion statistics

Arming yourself with this data can help you find the right city to move to. Once you’ve chosen a new home, this site can help you know what to expect from your new city.

2. Real Estate Finding Websites

If you’re looking for an apartment to rent, you can look at hundreds of options on a variety of rental sites. Apartments.com is one of the most popular rental sites. It allows you to search for places based on the location, the number of bedrooms, and what you’re willing to pay. Other popular rental sites include ForRent.com and RentJungle.com.

If you’re moving with a pet, PeoplewithPets.com can help you find pet-friendly listings.

If you plan to buy a home, you can see extensive real estate listings on Redfin.com, Zillow.com, Realtor.com, and Trulia.com.

3. Social Media Websites

You use social media sites to keep in touch with friends. But perhaps you haven’t thought about all the ways social media can help with your move. Using social media, you can:

  • Find professional connections and job postings in your new area (LinkedIn)
  • Find friends to help you pack and move (Facebook)
  • Request boxes and packing supplies from friends (Facebook and Google+)
  • Plan a goodbye party (Facebook and Evite)
  • Document photos of your move (Instagram and Facebook)
  • Find decoration ideas for your new home (Pinterest)

If you have a question about moving, try posting on a social media group in your area. You’re sure to get a response from people who have learned from the stressful moving process.

4. Moving Planning Websites

Coordinating all the different parts of your move can be difficult, and there are several websites that can help, such as the following:

  • Unpakt.com lists certified moving companies and compares different moving companies and prices.
  • Moving.com helps you calculate moving costs. You can also find moving companies and storage locations.
  • Movingscam.com helps you find a reputable moving company in your area. You can also post moving questions in an open forum.

As you plan your move, these websites can become invaluable resources.

5. Local and National Moving Associations

If you’re searching for expert moving advice, visit website run by moving associations and organizations. The Illinois Movers’ and Warehousemen’s Association website features several helpful lists of websites relevant to your move. From their site, you can quickly visit pages about contacting your local representative in Congress, learning about a sports team in the area, or making a move easy on pets.

You can also visit the website of the American Moving and Storage Association. This site shares news about what’s going on in the industry.

6. Moving Service Websites

Once you’ve nailed down the basic aspects of your move, turn to other websites for all other moving-related details. For example, Movearoo.com helps you find internet, phone, and cable deals in your new area. Similarly, Iammoving.com lets organizations know you’re changing your address.

These websites can ease the process of transitioning to your new home and city.

Of course, don’t forget to browse the website of the moving company you’re working with. You can find information about the special packing supplies they sell or rent, including reusable plastic containers or giant portable storage containers.

7. Websites That Help You Give Away Stuff

In the process of going through your stuff, you’ll probably come across many things you want to give away. On sites like Craigslist.com and Freecycle.org, you can post things you’re willing to give away for free. Local people can find your post and agree to pick up your free items. That way, you give your stuff to a good home rather than throwing it needlessly in a landfill.

These sites are also a good way to find free stuff for your move, such as boxes.

8. Sites to Keep an Eye on the Weather

When moving day approaches, you want to know how the weather will affect your move from place to place. This is especially important if you’re moving a long distance and will pass through different cities.

Weather.com gives the weather report ten days in advance. You can search by city to find the weather for where you’re moving from and where you’re moving to. You can also get a sense of what weather patterns are like in your new city.

Use some of these websites to simplify your move.

If you’re moving to or from Chicago, one of your best resources is MidwestMoving.com. On our website, you can find articles about moving tips. You can also get a quote for our moving services for families, businesses, and government organizations. We offer services beyond packing and moving, including a moving counselor who can help you with the relocation process. Contact us today for a free quote.

Tips for Meeting New Neighbors After a Move

9942642f-2843-4709-8881-28938c9c6157If you’re moving soon, you worry about how you’ll get everything done in time. But you also worry about how you’ll adjust to a new place where you know no one.

In this day and age where people frequently move in and out, you can’t assume your neighbors will come to you. Being proactive in meeting your neighbors can help you make new friends and quickly adjust to your new community.

1. Introduce Yourself

The easiest way to meet new neighbors is simply to walk up to them and introduce yourself. You could say something like, “Hi, I’m Mary. I just moved in next door. How long have you lived in the neighborhood?” Hopefully, your new neighbor will be happy to strike up a conversation with you.

This opportunity might be a good chance to ask your neighbor for information about the community, such as where to shop. You will get your questions answered and your neighbor will feel needed and appreciated. Remember your neighbors’ names so you can greet them the next time you meet.

2. Be Out and About

If you don’t want to actually knock on people’s doors to introduce yourself, you’ll have to catch your neighbors while you’re both outside. But how can you bump into them if you’re always at work or inside your house?

Make a point to do something outdoors every day, whether it’s jogging, doing yard work, washing your car, or simply sitting on your porch. These activities put you in a better position to see who is in your neighborhood and greet neighbors as they pass by.

Walking the dog or taking your child on a walk is a great way to meet other dog owners or parents in the community. Talking about each other’s dogs or children is an instant conversation starter.

3. Offer to Help

An easy way to develop rapport with your neighbors is to serve them. If you see a new neighbor moving in, offer to help them bring in boxes. If you see someone struggling with dozens of grocery bags, volunteer to carry some in. If your neighbor refuses the help, at least you’ll have the opportunity to introduce yourself and make a new friend.

4. Hold a Housewarming Party

The housewarming tradition has been around for many years. Traditionally, guests would bring firewood as gifts to literally warm the new house. Today, a housewarming party gives you a good reason to invite people from your community to your new home. You can develop friendships in a comfortable, intimate setting.

A housewarming party doesn’t need to be complicated. Typically, you’ll give a tour of your new home to your guests and they’ll present you with gifts.

Make sure you provide adequate food and drinks for your guests. You might also want to plan a simple game or activity that breaks the ice and encourages guests to talk and mingle.

If your house isn’t put together yet, you could also hold a party on your porch or deck. Barbecue food, play music, and let the kids play in the yard.

5. Visit Community Areas

If you don’t see many of your neighbors out in their yard or driveway, try meeting them in other areas of the community. Perhaps they relax at the community park or pool or exercise at the local gym. Visit typical meeting spots and you’ll likely make new friends there. You could also join a local club, group, sports team, or service organization.

6. Meet the Parents of Your Children’s Friends

Children can often make neighborhood friends faster than adults can. Inviting your children’s friends over to your house gives you the opportunity to meet their parents. If you have young children, you could even start a weekly play group where parents and children meet together to socialize and play. You could also meet other parents by volunteering at your children’s schools.

7. Attend Neighborhood Events

Perhaps your neighborhood already has an established community with regular block parties and events. Attending these events is a good way to show your neighbors you want to be part of the community. You could even join your neighborhood association group.

8. Invite People Over

If you want to make lifelong friends, invite a neighborhood family over for dinner or go out for dessert. This invitation gives you the chance to get to know your neighbors one-on-one. With time, you’ll have as many friends in your new neighborhood as you did in your previous one.

 

Use these tips to make your transition to a new area go a little more smoothly. Moving is stressful, so make sure you have adequate help for your move. At Midwest Moving and Storage, Inc., we take care of all the tedious parts of moving so you can focus on adjusting to your new community. Call us today for a quote.

What You Can’t Store and What You Can

If you’re in between homes or if you’re downsizing, you don’t have room in your new place for all your stuff. But you will need your belongings in the future, so you don’t want to give them away or sell them. In that case, your best option is to rent a storage unit.

A storage unit is a great solution for most of your household items. However, there are certain items that may sustain damage—or cause damage—if placed in a storage unit.

Things You Can’t Store

You should keep or give away the following items rather than placing them in a storage unit.

Food

Food can attract animals and insects to your storage unit. These pests can chew your food and other belongings and cause significant damage. Food also increases the risk of bacteria and mold to grow in your storage unit. Avoid storing food that’s in boxes or bags, including pet food. You can store canned food, but keep the expiration date in mind.

Dangerous Items

Avoid storing anything that can explode, catch fire, or spread harmful chemicals, including:

  • Fireworks
  • Paint
  • Household cleaners
  • Gasoline and motor oil
  • Propane
  • Kerosene
  • Fertilizer
  • Guns and ammunition
  • Space heaters

While these items may seem harmless, they could accidentally spill, open, or catch on fire, causing harm to the belongings in your storage unit and neighboring storage units. Most storage facilities do not allow these items in their units.

Plants and Animals

Living things cannot and should not survive in a storage unit. If you can’t take your pets and plants with you, give them to a good home.

Things You Can Store

The following items can be placed in a storage unit, but you need to be careful to store them in the right way.

Medicine and Medical Products

You can store your medicine in a storage unit as long as it does not contain radioactive materials. Keep in mind that aspirin and other medicines can break down with heat and moisture. It’s best to store medicine in a climate-controlled storage unit.

Electronics

Like medicine, electronics are best preserved when stored in a climate-controlled unit. However, you should remove batteries first because the batteries could corrode and damage other items.

Furniture

Furniture also does best in climate-controlled units. Climate control prevents furniture from expanding, contracting, or growing mold. To prevent your furniture from getting wet, put it on top of concrete blocks or planks. To prevent your furniture from getting scratched, cover it with a furniture pad or moving blanket. Don’t cover it with plastic because plastic can attract moisture.

Paper and Books

Keep your books, business files, and paperwork in a climate-controlled unit as well. Otherwise, they could become wet and moldy. Consider storing them in a filing cabinet. You should keep important documents you can’t misplace, like social security cards and passports, in a safe at home.

Appliances

Your appliances should be fine in a storage unit. To prevent mold growth, clean out kitchen appliances before storing them. Also, leave refrigerator and oven doors slightly open.

Vehicles

You can store cars, boats, and motorcycles in a vehicle storage facility. If it’s an outdoor storage unit, place a weatherproof cover over your vehicle to prevent damage from wind, rain, and dust.

There are a few steps you should take before storing a vehicle. First, change your vehicle’s oil. Otherwise, contaminants from your old oil could damage the engine. Also, inflate your tires to the recommended tire pressure. If your car sits still for months, the tires can develop flat spots.

Finally, consider driving your car around every couple of weeks while it’s in storage. This step can ensure the battery stays charged, the engine’s parts stay lubricated, and the air conditioner’s air stays fresh.

Clothing

If you have seasonal clothing you won’t need, feel free to keep it in a storage unit. Make sure your clothing is dry so it doesn’t attract mold. Keep your clothing in secure boxes.

Valuables and Antiques

You can certainly keep your valuables in a storage unit, but make sure it is climate-controlled to prevent damage. Also, make sure there is adequate security to protect your items from theft. Along with a secure lock on your storage unit, the facility itself should have a coded access gate. You might also benefit from 24/7 monitoring, whether from security guards or cameras.

Toys, Knick Knacks, Decorations, and Miscellaneous Belongings

You can store most items without a problem. A storage unit is a great place to keep all the things you don’t have room for. Make sure to follow all the storage facility’s rules and regulations.

Look for a storage unit facility that offers units of many different sizes so you can find the right one for your needs. Call Midwest Moving to learn more about our affordable storage options.

5 Steps for Packing Up Your Electronics

When you move, you want to ensure all your possessions are properly packed and protected, especially your more expensive belongings. And while you took extra care to wrap your china and pack up your furniture, you may be at a loss as to what to do with your electronics. Not only are electronics fragile, but they can also be complicated to disassemble and reassemble with all the cords and pieces.

If you’re looking for tips on how to properly pack up your electronics, keep reading below. We’ll discuss different steps to the packing process and how to make it easier to put your electronics back together again.

1. Dismantle Your Electronics

Before you pack up the electronics, be sure to properly disassemble your printers, computers, and other items. Take out any batteries, ink or toner cartridges, CDs, or DVDs. Batteries can leak acid or explode under extreme temperatures, and ink or toner cartridges may also have problems in severe heat or cold. And if you leave CDs or DVDs in electronics, the discs can get damaged in the move.

For your computers, you’ll want to save your files onto an external drive, just to be safe. Pull the cords off all your electronics and carefully wind them up individually so they don’t get twisted or damaged. But as you disconnect the cords and coil them up, be sure to label them so you know which cords go to what.

You can either use clearly marked tags to tie around the cords, or you can use colored stickers to put on the cords and then the corresponding electronic item.

2. Wrap and Cushion Each Item

After you’ve carefully dismantled your electronics, you’ll need to wrap them up securely in soft, cushiony materials to keep them from breaking in the move. Or, if you still have it, using the original packaging is optimal.

But if you don’t have the original packaging anymore, be sure to get sturdy boxes that are just large enough for your electronics and some extra cushioning. Wrap up each item in towels, blankets, sheets, moving pads, or bubble wrap.

Place the electronics in the boxes, and fill the empty space with more sheets, blankets, or towels. You can also use Styrofoam packing peanuts or crumpled up, unprinted newspaper. Just be sure you don’t leave a lot of empty space or wiggle room in the boxes. If there’s too much empty air, the electronics can easily be knocked around and hit the sides of the box, resulting in dings or internal damage.

3. Tape It All Up

Now that each item is packed up in boxes, use some strong tape to thoroughly seal up each box. If you fail to tape up every crack and seam, dust can get into the box and eventually find its way into your electronic items and cause issues. Tape up both the bottom and top seams, and if you see any other holes, be sure to tape those up as well.

4. Clearly Mark Your Boxes

Keep track of everything you put in each box, and carefully write all of the contents on the box. Or if you’re worried about thieves, mark each box with a number, and on a separate piece of paper, list the contents under each number.

Leaving your boxes generally unmarked can make it more difficult for a burglar to find your more expensive possessions, prohibiting them from grabbing all the costly belongings before they’re caught.

You can also use a color coding system on top of your number system to indicate which rooms each box should go in.

5. Avoid Extreme Temperatures

Electronics don’t do well in extreme heat or cold, so for as much as possible, avoid putting these items in areas that are subject to severe temperatures. Keep the boxes inside until the last minute and pack them in the truck last if you have to, as long as they’re in a safe place. When packing or unpacking taped up boxes, don’t leave them in the garage; put them inside in a temperature-controlled environment.

If you’re taking a moving truck and your own vehicle, consider putting boxes with electronics in the car instead of the truck. This will protect the electronics from too high or low temperatures, and it may also offer better security if you have a long distance move ahead of you with a couple nights in hotels.

 

To properly protect your electronics through a move, follow the steps above. Use care when wrapping and boxing up your items, and be sure you don’t put your boxes in places where they might be crushed.

If you’re still nervous about the safety of your electronics, consider a professional moving service, such as Midwest Moving and Storage, Inc. We can assist you in packing and unpacking your belongings, and if you have any questions about the moving process, we’re happy to help.

6 Tips for Making Your Move Easier on Your Dog

If your big moving day is coming up, you’re both excited and nervous. You might be anxious to set up your new home or start your new job. But while all the packing and planning can be stressful for you, the moving process can be even more frightening for your dog. As a dog owner, there are steps you can take to help ease your pet’s fright and confusion.

Below, we’ll provide six tips for making moving easier for your pet.

1. Keep Favorites Accessible

When packing up your things, try to leave your dog’s favorites for last. Pack any preferred bedding, blankets, or toys just before the actual move, and keep his or her favorite treats and food accessible at all times. During transport, consider leaving a couple of toys out for your dog to chew on during the ride. Having something familiar can help your pet settle down and feel more comfortable.

Once you get to your new place, immediately unpack your dog’s belongings and place them in areas that are similar to where they were located in your old place. It’s okay to replace some of your dog’s oldest possessions in the move, but be sure not to swap out everything. Mixing new toys and bedding with the old can help your pet feel more at ease, and he or she will also think of the new additions as rewards.

2. Stick to Your Routine

During any move, it can be difficult to keep your usual schedule. But normalcy can help your dog better deal with the move and your new home. If possible, maintain the same dog-care routine. Take your dog on walks at their normal time, and keep to his or her feeding schedule. Bedtime should be at the usual time, and playtime or other activities shouldn’t be dismissed.

If your pet normally uses a doggy door, get one installed in the new home as quickly as possible.

3. Show Love Regularly

Your move is stressful for everyone involved, but don’t forget to set a little time aside for your dog. Give your pet the love and attention he or she needs, and continuously show your dog how much he or she means to you.

Relocating can be tough on any pet, so providing plenty of love and affection can help them deal with the hectic process. Give your dogs a few extra treats, and take them on an extra walk if they get too antsy.

4. Ensure Your Dog’s Safety

What with movers, packing, and the constant shifting of possessions and furniture, relocating can put your dog in a panic, and he or she can easily run away or hide amidst all the confusion. If your pets are having a hard time with the move, put them in a crate or in a room they feel comfortable in. You can also leave them with a friend or family member they’re familiar with until everything is packed up.

Keeping your pet somewhere safe and away from all the constant changes can also help minimize his or her stress.

If your pets are only a little troubled by the busy surroundings, consider offering them a rawhide bone to distract them from all the moving. They’ll have something to keep them busy and out of the way while you work.

5. Have a Little Patience

Your dog is going to need a little time to adjust to the new home. Just give him or her a while, and expect some odd behaviors for a couple of weeks. Your pet may vomit or have accidents while he or she gets used to these new surroundings, and your pet may act out. Stay patient until the behavior passes. If any unusual conditions or behaviors persist, contact a veterinarian or a professional trainer for help.

6. Consider a Doggy Day Care or Dog Sitter

In the first few weeks after a move, if you have to work or are otherwise away from home during the day, hire a dog sitter or leave your dog at a doggy day care while you’re gone. Right after the move, your dog might have a harder time than usual staying at home alone. He or she can get lonely and bored, and many pets get destructive when they’re left by themselves.

Until he or she has adjusted to the new place and returned to their normal behaviors, it may be best for both you and your pet to have your dog watched. After a few weeks, you might be able to leave your dog alone again.

 

Relocating is a mixture of fun and stress for humans, but it’s important to make sure your dog is healthy and happy during the ordeal. Be sure you pay attention to his or her needs and look for any signs that something is wrong.

To make the process easier and open up time for you to care for your dog, rely on Midwest Moving and Storage. We can help you pack up your possessions and handle the relocation so you can focus on your dog’s comfort and your other moving tasks.

Plus, if you need to store your extra belongings to keep clutter out of your new home, we also have convenient storage services.

3 Items to Pack First During a Move

When you have to pack your entire life in a box, you might feel a little overwhelmed about where to start. Do you pack by room? Do you focus on selling or donating unwanted items? Do you start with larger items and work your way down by size?

While all of these methods could work, you may discover a few disadvantages to the techniques. For example, if you were to pack everything room by room, you’ll likely need one or two items from your bathroom or kitchen again before moving day. If you were to focus on selling the odds and ends, some items may never attract a buyer, and you may run out of time waiting for someone to pick up your old furniture.

If you don’t know where to begin, try boxing the following items first. When you start with these items, you can quickly clear away clutter in your home and make room for the heavier, more serious packing jobs. Better still, you won’t have to worry about unpacking and repacking multiple times before moving day.

1. Decorations and Artwork

Decorations and artwork transform an empty house into a beautiful home. Your beautiful replica of Van Gogh’s Starry Night, your mother’s antique vase, and your wall decal stickers all catch the eye and lend your home personality and color. However, you don’t need them to function on a day-to-day basis, so feel free to dust them off and box them up.
Other art and decorations to pack first could include:

  • Photo albums
  • Scrapbooks
  • Decorative mirrors
  • Wreaths and dried flowers
  • Table centerpieces
  • Candlesticks and candles
  • Collectibles Souvenirs

If you have any glazed pottery or sculptures in your home, add these to your list of things to pack first as well.

2. Off-Season Gear and Clothing

Some seasonal items are absolute must-haves to ensure your family’s safety and comfort. During the winter, you wouldn’t trade your waterproof snow boots for anything. And during the summer, you wouldn’t be caught dead without your favorite sunglasses and a hefty supply of sunscreen.

Yet when the seasons change, these items often end up in a closet for several months before you give them a second thought. If you aren’t using the following anytime soon (depending on the weather), don’t wait to box them up and get your move going:

  • Heavy coats, sweaters, and pullovers
  • Snow boots, gloves, hats, and scarves
  • Swimming trunks and swimsuits
  • Summer sandals, sunhats, and sundresses
  • Skis, snowboards, and sleds
  • Pool noodles and inflatable pool toys

Keep in mind that weather can change quickly during the weeks leading to your move. If you worry about colder (or hotter) weather, leave out a set or two of heavier (or lighter) clothing per family member and pack the rest.

3. Specialized Tools and Kitchenware

When you have plenty of time to pursue your hobbies, you may acquire a few specialized tools to finish fun and exciting projects. For example, you might invest in a serger to create a cleaner, more professional seam on stretchy fabrics. Or you may buy a wheat grinder so you can make beautiful artisan bread whenever you wish.

But though you use these tools from time to time, you likely won’t have much need for them as you pack and prepare your move. Feel free to box up the following specialized tools:

  • Scrapbooking scissors, paper, and glue
  • Paper trimmers, mod podge, and cutting and scoring mats
  • Quilt frames, cloth, thread, and sewing materials
  • Butter churner and fermenting crock
  • Fondue pot and kitchen torch
  • Fine china, cake plates, and condiment dishes
  • Watermelon keg tapper and slicer

Do you plan to use a few of these items? You can keep them out if you wish. The first few items to pack should only be the ones you don’t need or use regularly. Save popular kitchen tools for last.

Build Momentum as You Go

Once you’ve packed the above items, you should have a large portion of your belongings ready for moving day. With the above gear out of the way, you’ll have more room to pack even more of your stuff, and you can continue to build momentum as you go.

However, if you still need help packing, don’t hesitate to call on a professional moving team. The right experts can give you tips and techniques for packing and securing anything and everything you have in your home.

3 Surefire Techniques to Childproof Your Move

When you had your first child, you spent a lot of time childproofing your home. You thoroughly covered electrical sockets. You installed child safety locks on all the cabinets. And you tucked cords, cables, and electronics out of sight.

But as you prepare for your move, all your childproofing will soon go out the window. You’ll have to pack up your safety latches and box up your knob covers. You’ll have to put away your corner and edge bumpers and unmount your secured furniture.

As your move progresses, your home will seem more like a disaster waiting to happen than a carefully planned event. So what can you do to protect your children during the chaos?

1. Pack and Label Dangerous Items Separately

As you go from room to room, you may feel tempted to keep similar items together for easy organization. For example, forks, spoons, and utensils may end up in one box. Dishes may go in another. And small appliances may end up in their original packaging.

But remember that not all of your kitchenware is created equal in terms of child safety. Your Disney-themed spoons are innocent enough, but they may prove a dangerous temptation for your children when packed alongside paring knives, cheese graters, and roasting forks.

Whenever possible, pack child-appropriate items and more hazardous tools in separate boxes. Don’t forget to write “warning,” “sharp,” or “dangerous” on the outside so you know to keep these boxes out of your children’s reach.

2. Use Baby Gates and Barricades Strategically

Sometimes even the best organizational methods and techniques can’t keep a whole-house move in check. The more you pull from shelves and closets, the more your home looks like a tornado landing site.

Your children may find the messy changes exciting and thrilling. The countless boxes and new furniture positions could look like an open invitation to crawl, play, and explore. Soon those little fingers will add to the mess as they pull out newly packed items and throw precisely folded clothing across the room.

To keep your small ones under control, consider barricading them in a bedroom, living room, or playroom. Or if you dislike the idea of confining them to one section of the house, consider setting up baby gates around the rooms that have the most boxes or the rooms with particularly dangerous items.

Be sure to give your children plenty of fun toys and books to keep them occupied in their safe space.

3. Schedule Bigger Jobs When Your Children Are Out of the House

Baby gates work well for toddlers and infants, but if you have slightly older children, you may struggle to keep them out from underfoot. They may be tall enough to scale your biggest gate, and they may be clever enough to bypass any attempts at corralling them into a single room.

In these cases, you’ll want to plan your biggest moving tasks when your children are out of the house. If you can, load all of your furniture into the van when your children are at school. Hire a plumber or electrician to unhook your dishwasher or your stove while your children play with their friends or neighbors.

Don’t have a convenient way to entertain the children? Hire a local sitter to watch them for a few hours so you can focus on the more complex moving tasks.

Enjoy Moving With Your Family

Although moving with young children and toddlers can feel chaotic, you don’t have to let the stress overwhelm you. When you follow the above tips, you can keep your children away from the dangerous items without interrupting your moving schedule.

If you need additional help, don’t hesitate to hire on a qualified moving team. When you let the professionals handle the boxes, you can shift your focus away from the move and back toward your children.

Moving Sales: Advantages and Useful Tips

Let’s admit it: moving to a new home is hard. Deep down, you might feel excited to journey into the unknown or to experience something completely new. But on the outside, you feel a little terrified. You have to make so many preparations, from sharing the news with your kids (which is hard enough on its own) to clearing every last item out of your house.

Don’t let all the worries associated with moving get you down. Start the moving process early on so you have plenty of time to do everything at your own pace.

Perhaps the most important part of this process involves deciding what to do with all your unused or unwanted belongings. Should you keep everything? What should you do with all the stuff you don’t want to lug around?

One simple solution is to put on a moving sale. Moving sales allow you to get rid of the stuff you don’t need and make some extra money at the same time. It’s a win-win. Read below to learn specific steps to take before, during, and after your moving sale.

1. Decide Beforehand What You’ll Keep and What You’ll Sell

The easiest way to prepare for a moving sale is to make adequate time to select your sale items. This process might take longer than you think. In other words, start early-a couple months before moving day should give you plenty of time. This timeframe also allows you to sell unwanted items before you become overwhelmed with packing.

If you’ve ever seen the show Hoarders, you know that some people just don’t know how to say goodbye to their belongings. Don’t be like them! You can determine what is best to sell if you:

  • Know you won’t need or want it ever again
  • Know it will be more useful to someone else
  • Know you can quickly or easily replace it after you move

As you follow these parameters and use good judgment, you’ll locate all the items you need for your sale.

2. Get Your Items Ready for Sale

Once you’ve chosen the items for the sale, you’ll need to get them ready for buyers. Your belongings probably won’t sell well if you dump them in a pile in the middle of your front yard. Use this chance to make your stuff appealing to potential customers.

Categorize your items, clean them up, and make them look and feel brand new. Consult the web to make sure you price your items as accurately as possible. No need to overprice-you’ll most likely have lots to sell. And remember: you want to get rid of as much as you can.

3. Spread the Word

No matter how much you prepare for your moving sale, people will not come to it if you don’t advertise it. If advertising sounds intimidating to you, don’t worry-it is for lots of people. But you have a handful of simple ways to get word of your moving sale out to others. Try these methods:

  • Update your Facebook status.
  • Put an ad in your local newspaper.
  • Post on Craigslist.
  • Tape flyers around your neighborhood.

When you advertise, make sure you mention the day, time, and location of the sale. Most yard sales and garage sales happen on weekends, and they start in the morning and last until the afternoon.

4. Set up Shop

Though some may characterize moving sales as less formal than commercial retailers, you should still approach your sale as professionally as you can. Keep your items separated and categorized for your buyers’ convenience. Feel free to enlist help from your family members or willing neighbors-the sale will go more smoothly as people help you organize.

Your moving sale provides a great opportunity for you to bring out your inner salesman. Be prepared with a calculator, some change, and a willingness to negotiate deals with customers. Remember that friendliness and helpfulness go a long way.

5. Don’t Panic If Leftover Items Remain Afterwards

After your moving sale, expect items to go unpurchased. Depending on how well the sale runs, you’ll need to figure out what to do with the stuff that nobody bought. You could try to hold another moving sale. However, such a decision might prove difficult, especially if your moving date quickly approaches.

Consider donating your leftover products instead. Think about where your items could do the most good, whether you give them to the Salvation Army or your neighbors. If you have a lot of extra stuff, you may need to make more than one trip to drop it all off. However, you’ll feel less stressed if you get rid of the stuff instead of trying to carry it with you when you move.

 

When it comes time for you and your family to make the big move, remember these tips to put on a successful moving sale. Once you’ve gotten rid of all unwanted items, give your moving company a call so you can start packing.

10 Packing Hacks to Use for Your Next Move

You’ve just decided to move, and already you feel worn down by the task in front of you. You need to pack up and clean your entire home in a few short weeks. Luckily, we’ve provided you with these packing hacks to make your next move easier to handle.

1.      Buy disposable foam dishes.

You have to devote every waking moment to packing up your home. The last thing you want to worry about is dirty dishes. This packing hack is multipurpose-you have disposable dishes to eat on, but you can also place the foam plates and bowls in between stacks of breakable dishes to keep them safe.

To begin your stack, just stick a foam plate in a box. Add a breakable plate on top and follow with another foam plate. Continue the process until you have stacked all of your dishes. End with a foam plate on top of your stack.

2.     Designate an “essentials” box.

You know that you can’t get all of your unpacking done immediately after you move into your new home. Rather than stress about where your dishes and toiletries are, buy a clear plastic tub and label it as you essentials box. Pack the following items into the tub to use immediately in your new home:

  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Disposable plates, cups, and silverware
  • Hand soap and dish soap
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Trash bags

 3.     Fill in nail holes with soap.

You don’t want to leave gaping holes in your walls when you move. If you don’t have time to go buy spackle or caulking to fill in the pesky nail holes in your walls, grab a bar of soap from your bathroom. Purchase white Dove or another brand of white colored soap. Rub the bar into nail holes to fill them in.

This option only works if you have white walls. You may need to paint over the filled-in holes if you have differently colored walls in your home.

4.     Look at trash bags in a new light.

An easy way to pack up your closet is to utilize trash bags. Rather than remove clothing from individual hangers, you can quickly wrap your clothing in trash bags.

Leave each piece of clothing on its hanger in your closet. Separate clothing into groups of five to eight pieces. Open a trash bag and slip it around each group. Tie the top of the bag around your hangers and then remove the bag from your closet.

Once you arrive at your new home, simply place the bundles in your closet and remove the trash bags for easy unpacking.

5.     Pack a “vacation” bag.

Find a suitcase, duffle bag, or other storage item and pack your bag as if you were about to go on a two-week vacation. This hack allows you and your family to have what you need while you unpack the rest of your house.

6.     Plastic wrap your toiletries.

No one likes spilled shampoo all over their clothes. Gather all of your spillable or leakable toiletries together. Pick up one item, remove the lid, and place a large piece of plastic wrap on top. Replace the lid, wrap the plastic wrap around the top, and tie it off. Repeat the process with your remaining toiletries. If you don’t want to use the plastic wrap method, place each individual item in a large Ziploc bag.

7.      Reuse your laundry basket.

Use your empty laundry baskets to store items during your move. You can place clean clothing, towels, and linens in each basket for easy transport during the move. You can use this same packing hack with other decorative baskets, trunks, or large containers in your home.

8.     Tape your mirrors.

Use masking tape and create a giant X across the mirror’s surface. The tape will absorb any shock your mirror sustains during the move to prevent breaks.

9.     Use a discreet labeling system.

If you don’t like to label the outside of your boxes with the contents inside, try a more discreet labeling method. When you pack up each room, keep a pen and notebook nearby. Write a number on each box as well as in your notebook. Then list the contents of each box under the number you wrote in your notebook. Your list should look similar to the following setup:

Box 1: Plates and silverware

Box 2: Bowls and cups

Box 3: Dish towels and sponges

Continue this process until you have packed up everything. Keep this list in an easily accessible place.

10. Visit your local craft store.

You might not want to leave your home because you have so much to do. However, if you stop by a craft store, you can find bead boxes to use as you disassemble furniture. Bead boxes contain little compartments that are perfect for nails, screws, and other small items you need to organize and move. Use small Ziploc bags (snack size or smaller) as an additional organizational method.

We understand that you feel stressed as you prepare to move. Don’t feel overwhelmed during your next move. Use these packing hacks to save space and money-not to mention your sanity. You’ll be packed and ready to move before you know it.