I’m too busy! I don’t have time to pack and move!

Written by Arika Ford

I’m in a rush most of the time. Three kids with various activities on our schedule every day of the week, a full-time job, a house to clean, husband, dog, cat, and hamster. Hurry, hurry, hurry is my life these days.

In addition to the chaos, I am moving in June. It may seem far away, but when you’re as busy as I am, it’s hard to find time to get everything together. After careful consideration and planning, I put together a timeline to prepare for my move. For the other busy moms and dads out there, hopefully this will help you stay on track for a smooth move.

Before you start packing, you will need to buy all necessary packing boxes and supplies. Fortunately, your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® sells a variety of moving and packing supplies so you can purchase a wide variety of boxes to hold different household items like we did!

My timeline is as follows:

One month before the move. Set up a handful of big boxes, not only as a reminder and a motivator, but to pack items you won’t use until after the move (special baking dishes, extra serving dishes, silverware, holiday items, etc.).dishpack kit

3 weeks before the move. Box up out of season items – for me this is winter items – in each kids’ room (snow boots, extra coats, gloves, heavy sweaters, snow pants). If you have young kids, you can turn this into a game — anything to get them to help. I am going to set up boxes in the living room and have my kids run as fast as they can to their rooms, gather their winter gear, and box those items up. I have designated an area for each of them in the living room to see who can get all of their winter items to me the fastest. Two of my kids play fall sports, I can easily pack up those items and label them. This is also a good time to start working on hallways closets and rid any bulky winter or vacation items.

At this point, hopefully you will have a healthy stack of labelled boxes. Keep your packed boxes out of the way so they don’t get damaged or tipped over. The display of boxes will begin to get my kiddos talking about moving and they will likely adjust to the move a little quicker if it is a part of their life for a few weeks before the move.

2 weeks before the move. Use this time to put small boxes in the kids’ rooms and have them begin to sort and pack small areas such as junk drawers, toys, and closets. This helps them to have ownership and a sense of control over something. Take this time to pack up miscellaneous or other household items that will not be used until after the move.

Gather items you no longer want and plan to donate. Now is a perfect time to get rid of items you have not used in the last 12-14 months. Research local shelters and donation sites in your city.

Week of the move. Use this time to finish packing up clothing, go throughMoving Checklist your bathrooms, and pack the remainder of your items. Start cleaning forgotten areas of your home and put last minute things together. Checklists are wonderful. Think about writing a checklist for the final packing and cleaning steps.

Packing up small areas at a time eliminates the feeling of becoming overwhelmed and allows you to be more prepared as moving day quickly approaches. If you stay on top of packing and prep as much as you can, when you can, your busy family will be packed up, moved out, and settled into the new place with what felt like much less effort. We’re hoping this checklist gives you busy parents a starting point to begin packing and organizing for your family’s big move.

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Movers for Moms® 2015: Moving moms forward this Mother’s Day

Written by Nicole Harrison

This is my favorite time of year to work for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. Exciting things happen from March to May when Movers for Moms® brings individuals across the country together. Movers for Moms® is a program seeking to make life easier for at-risk women who are lead to stay in shelters on Mother’s Day as a result of domestic violence or homelessness.

Each year, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations across the country collect donations for women and deliver the items to local women’s and family shelters on or just before Mother’s Day. Each franchise location partners with local shelters, schools, and community organizations to collect items to make Mother’s Day special for moms in need. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations collect donations from mid-March through the weekend of Mother’s Day.Movers for moms

Movers for Moms® is an initiative created by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® eight years ago to provide moms who need it most with a little something to brighten their holiday. Each TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® location participates in the program — that means more than 250 franchises are working together and supporting hundreds of shelters across the 39 states in which we are present!

Movers for Moms® 2015 is well underway! We have high expectations to make this year the most successful one yet and an overall goal of collecting and delivering more than 250,000 items to moms across the country. If you have any questions about Movers for Moms® or want to get involved, check out the frequently asked questions below.

How can I help?

Thanks for your interest in helping Movers for Moms®! You can help by getting in touch with your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise and dropping off your donations to their office or at the collection site nearest you. You can also help by telling your friends and family about Movers for Moms® and encouraging them to donate!

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Each shelter determines their own wish list and comes up with items they need, however, popular donation items include: soap, hair styling products, shampoo and conditioner, pillows, toothbrushes, blankets, slippers, hygiene products, and other  basic clothing items.

Contact your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise for a complete list of their collection items. To find the franchise nearest you, visit twomenandatruck.com and put your address in the franchise locator.

Why does TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® celebrate mothers?

We believe every mother deserves a gift and a moment of reverence on Mother’s Day, no matter what their situation is. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has women in key leadership roles across the country — some of the most successful franchisees are mothers. Movers for Moms® is just one way we can show our support to mothers everywhere, despite their current circumstances.

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Last year was a record-breaking year. More than 220,000 items were collected and donated to shelters across the country. With your help, this spring, we hope to surpass last year’s numbers and collect even more donations. Last year, Movers for Moms® partnered with more than 400 collection partner sites such as elementary schools, daycare centers and community collection sites across the U.S.

Help us make this year even bigger! There are numerous women living in shelters that deserve to be celebrated this Mother’s Day!

Follow Movers for Moms® on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest Movers for Moms® news and updates.

Should you stage your home to sell?

It’s no secret, listing your home to sell can be extremely stressful. In many situations, the goal is to sell your home quickly and at a fair price. If you don’t want to stage your home, it’s crucial to consider this thought. According to AboutHome, most buyers form an opinion about a home within the first seven to ten seconds of arriving. Staging your home is an investment, but I promise you will reap the benefits. In fact, 95 percent of staged homes sell in 11 days or less and sell for 17 percent more. If that doesn’t entice you, I don’t know what will. Katie Spyke, a real estate agent and staging expert with Tomie Raines Inc., has shared five simple, yet effective home staging tips to get your house sold quickly and for the price you want!
1. Declutter every space
2. Create a focal point
3. Depersonalize each room
4. Increase the lighting in all rooms
5. Clean everything
Check out the video to learn how painless and rewarding staging your home can be.

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Spring cleaning: Tackle the forgotten areas in your home

Written by Nicole Harrison

Spring is just around the corner! Toss back your curtains, throw open your windows, and breathe in that crisp warm(ish) air. Whether you love cleaning or not, now is the time to start freshening up your house and begin spring cleaning. As much as I hate cleaning, I have to admit, after a good spring cleaning my mood drastically improves.

Most people have the same spring cleaning schedule each year, however think about the areas of your home you don’t tend to focus on. It’s easy to vac SPRING-CLEANINGuum your carpet, dust your furniture, and clean out the fridge, but I have highlighted what I think are items and areas most people seem to neglect.

Baseboards– When cleaning, most people forget about their base boards. Vacuuming along the edges of the carpet is usually a go-to, but many people don’t actually take time to clean their baseboards, and if they do, it’s not very often. There are a few ways to clean your baseboards, speaking from personal experience, both work quite well. If you don’t clean your baseboards often I recommend using a bucket of water and vinegar, or soapy water. Dryer sheets are also an excellent way to clean your baseboards. The fibers in the dryer sheets work well to pick up dust, dirt, and hair that could be lingering on your baseboards. If you want a thorough deep-cleaning, you can wipe down your baseboards with dryer sheets and follow with the liquid solution mentioned earlier. We recommend using cotton swabs to reach the tight corners and crevices on your baseboard.

Blinds– There many types of blinds and cleaning them can be a huge pain. Believe it or not, blinds get very dirty and can collect a lot of dust. Depending on the type of blind you have, you can either vacuum across each panel — don’t vacuum vertically — or use a dry sponge to remove excess dust and particles. If you have to spot clean a certain area of your blinds, all-purpose cleaner works well to clean make your blinds look like new again!

Pillows– Did you know you’re supposed to wash your pillows? You should be washing your pillows at least twice a year. Check the care label on your pillow to make sure they are machine washable. Wash no more than two pillows at a time, while keeping a balanced load. When you wash your pillows, we recommend using very hot water. In addition to laundry detergent, it’s common to add powdered dishwasher detergent, bleach, and borax to your load to clean and make your pillows white again. If you decide to dry your pillows in the dryer, throw in a couple tennis balls covered in old socks to fluff the pillows while they dry.

Junk Drawer– I hate junk drawers. It’s a place for me to get lazy and throw … well, junk — and believe me I do. If you are like me and have a junk drawer (or multiple), be sure to spend some time going through it when you’re on your spring cleaning kick. Empty your junk drawer and wipe down the inside with warm soapy water. Depending on what you have in your junk drawer, the bottom of it could get really dirty, and really, how often do you take time to wipe out the inside of it? Go through yIMG_9032our drawer’s contents and pitch anything that has no value or functional use for you. Look into buying drawer organizers to keep items in place and easy to find.

Garbage Disposal– I stole this tip from our spring cleaning blog that was written last year. I tried it, and it’s brilliant! Warm up ½ cup of lemon juice in your microwave. After the lemon juice has been heated, slowly add ½ cup of baking soda to create a thicker paste (it should bubble). Turn on the garbage disposal and pour down the sink. Run hot water to wash down the leftover cleaning solution. If your garbage disposal still smells, repeat the process as needed. I love the fresh lemon smell!

Hopefully these spring cleaning tips were helpful and reminded you to clean those often forgotten areas! For more spring cleaning tips and ideas, check out this spring cleaning infographic.

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Helping America fight cancer

Written by Nicole Harrison

Cancer affects almost everyone. Most likely, you know a cancer survivor, someone who lost their battle to cancer, or someone who is currently battling cancer. The American Cancer Society works day in and day out, saving lives to create a world where cancer affects less people. ACS’s mission is to dedicate time in minimizing the cancer footprint through research, service, and educating the public.

Giving back to the community is a core value near and dear to our hearts. In addition to our efforts to give back to the local communities we serve, each year the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® corporate office follows in Founder Mary Ellen Sheets’ footsteps in giving back to the community by donating 10 cents of each move to the American Cancer Society. This partnership began in 2000, allowing TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc. to make significant contributions to research and resources in the fight against cancer for more than a decade.

“I’m proud to be a supporter of ACS. This dreadful disease has impacted so many – DSC_0052family, friends, and co-workers. We won’t give up the fight,” said company Founder Mary Ellen Sheets.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is proud to be one of ACS’s millions of supporters. In 2014, we donated a total of $45,315 to the American Cancer Society, exceeding 2013’s donations by more than $2,200. Since the partnership first rolled out in 2000, we have donated over $470,000 to the cause.

On Tuesday, March 17, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® presented the American Cancer Society a check of $45,315.40.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® strives to move people forward in every area of their lives, especially toward recovery. We contribute part of our donations at the local level with the Road to Recovery program, Relay for Life, and Making Strides against Breast Cancer. The Road to Recovery offers transportation to treatment centers for individuals who cannot take themselves and is supplied with volunteer drivers who act as comfort and support. Each year, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc. employees walk in the Lansing, Mich., Making Strides DSC_0053
against Breast Cancer event, promoting awareness for the most common cancer found in women.

In 2015, we hope to continue surpassing donations from past years. We are planning to have a record-breaking year this year! We love our partnership with the American cancer Society and helping America fight cancer.

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Prepping and packing your bathroom

Written by Nicole Harrison

If you are feeling ambitious and decide to pack your home on your own, there are a few tips and tricks to pack your bathroom as efficiently as possible.

Bathrooms are tedious. Chances are, you don’t know where to start. You probably have quite the collection of lotions, hair products, cotton swabs, toilet paper, make-up, cleaning products, soaps, towels, and more. Who are we kidding, of course the bathroom is one of the hardest rooms to pack!

Lucky for you, we are a professional moving company with many years of packing experience and have put together a detailed guide on how to pack up your bathroom.

Sorting through the “junk”

Before you start throwing items in boxes, you need to sort through everything. Lotion and body wash have become the “go-to” present for any occasion. Personally, I have a stash of lotions that could last me a lifetime. More times than not, a bathroom is filled with handfuls of unused and unopened products.

Go through your cabinets and shelves and pitch all empty and half-empty bottles. As hard as it may be, it’s important to only keep the items you love and use regularly. All of your full, un-used products and travel size items can be donated to local homeless shelters.

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Once you have sorted through your bathroom, you can start packing. Hopefully you have less to pack up after sorting and throwing old and unused toiletries. Don’t forget to keep your daily essential items and medications separate so you can easily access them until after you unpack all of your belongings. Always label all of your boxes. That way, you will know what’s inside the box before you actually open it!

Take note of the following tips to make packing your bathroom much easier than you could have imagined.

Toiletries– Pack all of your toiletries together. If you have items that could spill or break, we recommend placing them in plastic bags. Categorize your toiletries and keep each category together when packing i.e. hair products, make up, lotions, etc. Packing toiletries by their groups make finding each item and organizing your new bathroom much easier.

Towels– We encourage you to pack the top of your toiletry and miscellaneous boxes with small towels. Hand towels and washcloths can be used as cushions to keep your items from banging around and possibly breaking. The remainder of your towels can be packed in large boxes.

Linens– Pack all of your linens in large boxes. Linens are very light and will be easy to transport in a large box. Remember this moving tip: pack heavy items in small boxes, and light items in large boxes — you don’t want to create more work for yourself than you need to.

Cleaning supplies– Keep your bathroom cleaning supplies separate in their own box. You want to be able to access your cleaning supplies the day of your move so you aren’t leaving your home a mess for the new owners. Secondly, be cautious when packing cleaning supplies, you don’t want to over pack the boxes. Pressure from a closed box or too many products in one box may cause cleaning solvents to spray or spill in the box. Finally, do not worry about packing inexpensive items that can easily be replaced such as a plunger or toilet bowl brush. You can purchase these items when you get to your new home.

As you can see, packing your bathroom can be a tedious task. There is a lot more to think about than just throwing items in moving boxes. If you get one take-away from this blog let it be this: sort through your items before you begin packing your bathroom. Pitching the half-empty bottles hiding in the back of your drawers will make a huge difference. If you need reliable and durable boxes to pack your belongings in, we have you covered! TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® sells a variety of packing supplies for your convenience.

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Without you, we wouldn’t be here

Written by Nicole Harrison

It was an incredible year for us in 2014, one to reflect upon proudly. We owe all of our success and milestones to you, our amazing customers. As 2014 came to an end, we had 61 months of consecutive growth. Of those 61 months, 45 months consisted of record growth, and eight of those months were double-digit growth. Five years of success would not happen without our system working together as one.

As we continue to move forward, we know our success hasn’t come easy. At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® our exceptional customer service has helped make this possible. We ended 2014 with a 95 percent customer satisfaction rating. We take our commitment to customers seriously and as we grow, our practice of keeping customers top of mind will continue with each decision we make.

$3 billion in 30 years

This year marks our 30th year in business and earlier this year, we celebrated our $3 billionth revenue milestone as a system. Both are huge accomplishments to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® employees across the nation — we have learned a lot in the last 30 years!MaryEllen

“I am so grateful we live in a country where everyone has the freedom to start a business. When I realize how TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has grown … I feel shocked, lucky, thankful and very, very blessed,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Founder Mary Ellen Sheets.

Thirty years may seem like a long time, however, we still hold the same integrity and work ethic from day one. Compliance Administrative Specialist Sue McIntosh has worked at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for nearly 19 Years. Sue has seen TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® go through significant changes, advancements, record-breaking expansion, and growth.

Sue“When I started working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® we had six corporate employees and 42 franchises,” said Sue. “We have grown into a large company, but have been able to continue living our core values every day here at Home Office and throughout the system.”

Growing our footprint

As TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s footprint continues to grow, so do our numbers. To date, we conduct 500,000 moves annually and have more than 2,100 trucks in the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system.

Each year our franchise system grows. We’ve had record expansion of our footprint, our trucks, and our team members and we continually look for ways to improve the moving process for our valued customers. We are looking forward to even more expansion and success in the coming years and we thank all the loyal customers we have supporting us daily.

2014’s Highlight

June 19, 2014 was an exciting day for us as we conducted our five millionth move!

The five millionth move is another historic event showcasing the fantastic efforts of our locations throughout the 5 millionth movecountry. This milestone is important, but more critical, is the opportunity to give back. Our brand impacts communities daily as our trucks move throughout the country. The stories of our moving heroes and how they help someone on the highway, at a senior center, or on a move touches us all.  We are blessed to move people, but more importantly, the opportunities for our brand to donate manpower and moving trucks resonates so much more.

Thank you to everyone who has supported TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® over the last 30 years. Whether your hired us to move your home or business, purchased moving boxes and packing supplies, shared our information on social media, or referred us to friends or family members, we appreciate you. Whatever you have done to support us through the years we want to thank you. Frankly, without you we wouldn’t be where we are today!

Our employees work day in and day out to serve all of your moving needs. At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® we know moving can be one of the most stressful times in your life, and we do what we can to make the transition as smooth and painless as possible.

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