10 overlooked moving essentials

Moving is a major life event and it can be an overwhelming process. Even the most organized people can get thrown a curve ball mid-moving process. Unfortunately, no matter how prepared you seem to be, there are always a few packing items that you may have forgotten that would have come in handy. Here are a few ideas from Leaf Filter that will make packing, moving, and unpacking an easier process for you and your family.


  1. Bubble wrap and plastic sheetingTMAT088

Bubble wrap is not only important for packing smaller items in boxes, but it will be important for packing up larger items and protecting them in the moving truck. Bubble wrap and plastic sheeting are two of the best tools at your disposal when it comes to safely moving your furniture and protecting delicate wood pieces. If you are looking to protect your large upholstered or leather sofas, plastic wrap or a specifically designed plastic sofa cover should be used.

  1. Plastic baggies

Plastic baggies are one item that you will definitely want to keep nearby when you are moving. Whether you are setting up new furniture, or reassembling existing furniture, you will have some leftover nuts and bolts that you will want to keep track of. Additionally, you may have a lot of cables and wires to TVs, stereos, DVD players, etc. that you’ll want to keep handy for your new place.  Label these small bags and conceal them in larger bags so you can keep them all in one place.

  1. Cleaning supplies

During your move, you’ll most likely want to “clean as you go.” You’ll never know just what you’ll find in your new home or rental! And, you’ll most likely find a lot of dust and the dirt behind your furniture during your move! Keep some cleaner, Windex, paper towels, and old rags to help with any messes you may encounter. Wiping down things as you go will save you the stress of doing a full-fledged cleaning session later on.

  1. Food and drinks

If you have enlisted your friend’s and family’s support on moving day, don’t forget to feed them! When you are super busy and focused it easy to forget to eat. However, it is important that you supply water and snacks in order to keep your team in tip-top shape, keeping your moving team hydrated and their energy up for the long day ahead.

  1. Permanent markers and color coded stickers

DSCF2980It will be helpful to organize and label all of your items beforehand, but sometimes that isn’t always possible. Even on moving day, there will be some inevitable pieces that haven’t been labeled yet. That’s why it is important to have a few extra markers for labeling boxes and baggies.

If you want to be super specific, make your process even easier by using a color-coded labeling system. For example, you may label everything in the kitchen with a red sticker, while living-room décor is labeled with a blue sticker. If you don’t have an organization system in place, you’ll spend your whole day answering the question, “Where does this go?”

  1. Extension cords

When setting up the new TV, DVD player, computer, and sound system, power outlets will rarely be placed conveniently, or you may run out of outlets for all of your gadgets. It’s important to have a few extra extension cords and power strips handy in order to be able to set up your electronics the day of your move.

  1. Wall patching kit

Even if you are extra careful, accidents happen. You may be moving a piece of furniture and end up with a hole in your wall. Or, perhaps there are existing holes in your new home or apartment that you would like to get filled before you unpack all of your belongings. Purchasing a wall patch kit before move-in will help you quickly attack any holes in your walls before you start unpacking your belongings.

  1. Tool-kit

Having a tool kit by your side during your move will help you avoid any headaches, like searching for a screwdriver. Fill your tool kit with the essentials like a tape measure, screwdrivers, nails, and a level. Having a tape measure will come in handy as you try to navigate through doorways and tight spaces, while a screwdriver will help you take any furniture apart in order to get it into your home. A level will be important when you are hanging pictures and decorations. Additionally, extra screws will be helpful when you are putting your furniture back together.

  1. Moving checklist

Remember, being organized, making a list, and checking it twice, is the best way to not overlook any moving essentials you may need. A moving checklist will make moving day easier, for both you and your team!

  1. Let TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® help

Hire TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States, to make moving day a breeze for you! As leaders and packers in the moving industry, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s expert moving teams will get you there with their signature customer service. Contact them today to see how they can help with your next move!

When Planning a Move Over The Holidays – The Right Approach is Crucial

When planning a move over the holidays, the right approach is crucial

For all the joy the holidays bring, it can also be an increasingly hectic and stressful period for many families. This is especially true for those moving homes over the holiday season, which is hectic enough on its own without adding in tasks like shopping for gifts or preparing elaborate holiday meals.

While this may not be an ideal situation, these useful moving tips can help you deal with holiday moves to the best of your ability by establishing a workable battle plan. Planning is key in this respect, as well as being prepared for any unforeseen obstacles or hindrances that may pop up on the way to your new home.


Contact a moving company ASAP

Moving typically requires hiring a professional company to ensure your items remain intact during the trip from your old home to your new one. However, finding a reliable mover can be a bit more difficult during the holidays, as most of the staff will be unavailable at this time of year. In addition, rates may be a bit higher to accommodate moving staff, and this can be challenging for families on tighter budgets.

For these reasons, contacting a potential moving company as soon as possible is imperative to making reliable arrangements. Be sure to tell the company of your exact schedule, while also requesting an in-depth quote before coming to any agreements. This will prevent you from being surprised by any previously undisclosed or hidden fees that can factor in to projects of this nature.

Inform others about your move 

Once you have a date established, consider just how you will announce your move to friends and family. While you can use social media to keep others updated to your progress, sending out announcements is a nice touch during the holiday season. You can incorporate moving announcements into traditional Christmas cards to offer an ever-lasting keep sake of your transition.

In addition to informing loved ones of your new address, don’t forget to notify any companies you receive correspondence from via the mail. This can be accomplished by filling out a change of address form at your local post office, in addition to informing companies directly. This is essential over the Christmas season to ensure all mail is received in a timely manner, whether that entails important bills or gifts from out-of-town relatives.

Begin packing and organizing early

No matter the time of year, waiting until the last minute to begin packing for a move can often have disastrous results. It’s best to begin the process at least a few weeks prior to your moving date to ensure all items are packed successfully. Start by organizing your belongings in a common area to determine which items can be discarded. In many cases you can donate gently used unwanted items, which is particularly relevant during the holiday season.

You can also put some of your belongings into storage until after the holidays have passed. This will allow you to partake in holiday festivities without worrying about unpacking right away, while also making certain that your items remain safe and secure. This option can also be useful if you don’t have the ample time required to extensively organize your items before a move.

Consider scaling back celebrations/decorations

Decorating your home is a fine holiday tradition, but this can require much time and energy that may simply not be available when arranging a move. In this case, you may want to consider scaling back decorating until you reach your new abode. This doesn’t mean you should neglect putting up any decorations at all, just that you can save more substantial items (i.e. the tree) until you are settled into your new home.

The same can be said for holiday celebrations. Consider postponing grand holiday dinners until after your move to decrease some of the pressure you are facing. You can also seek alternate plans, like having dinner at a loved one’s home or dining out, to help create a more convenient celebratory situation.

Don’t forget to keep the holiday spirit alive 

The holidays should be a time for remembering what matters most in life, from being grateful for all that you have to cherishing time spent with your loved ones. When faced with the seemingly endless responsibilities related to moving, in addition to the many common tasks associated with Christmas, it can be easy to forget about the most important part of the season.

To this end, one should be mindful of creating new holiday memories even during this stressful period. Enlist your family to take numerous pictures of both your old home as well as new in order to preserve the spirit of the season. Also, take time for each other when you can, whether that entails cooking up a batch of cookies with the kids or taking in a Christmas-themed movie with your significant other. No matter what, try to keep in mind what the season really means, which can be beneficial for keeping your wits about you during times of increased stress.

Bryan Passanisi is an online marketer living in the Redwood City, California area. He graduated from The University of San Francisco with his Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. He is a Simpsons and Family Guy trivia geek and loves corgi puppies. Bryan Passanisi is a contributor to various websites and blogs including Shutterfly.

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes moving into your new home

Written by Hannah Conlin

So, you’ve just said, “I do.” You’re ready to head into a lifetime of happy, wedded bliss with your spouse, and begin making memories you’ll cherish forever. However, before you begin planning your first family vacation, you need to move into your new home. For many this is the first hurdle in the relationship, and can be a difficult, stressful time.

Moving in with your spouse for the first time is a thrilling yet nerve-wracking experience. Being a newlywed is supposed to be one of the happiest times of your life. Before you find yourself drifting out of the honeymoon state, consider doing the following to make your move as seamless and stress-free as possible:

◾Out with the old and in with the new. Before move day, take an inventory of everything the two of you have, and make a list of things you want to keep and what you can get rid of. Chances are you will have duplicates of some items, and taking inventory will prevent you from moving unwanted duplicates. In addition to avoiding duplicates, an inventory exercise prevents you from moving into a cluttered new home.

TMAT235◾If you are packing your own stuff, organize and re-organize. Pack your boxes with similar items from the same room. If you have small hardware from furniture or decorative pieces, put them in zip lock bags and label them. Baggies keep the small, easy to lose items kept together in one place. Also, labeling and color coding your boxes will make the move much smoother. Moving as newlyweds is an exciting time, you don’t want to cause unneeded frustration with your spouse because you can’t find certain items.

◾If you are moving to a new area, consider renting before buying. By renting, you are not committing to anything right away, and it allows you and your spouse to get to know the area, ensuring you will like your new town before becoming a permanent resident. Keep in mind, if you’re moving from an apartment, or condensing into one apartment with your spouse, our move crews are familiar with apartment complex rules and regulations, such as parking arrangements and service elevators in high rise buildings. Let us do the heavy lifting up and down those pesky flights of stairs or through those narrow hallways.

◾If you are ordering household items, because no one bought you that Keurig or Pottery Barn duvet set you had on your registry, have these items shipped to your new home several days after you move in. This will avoid moving the items twice if they arrive before your move day and will save you from chaos if they are sent to your new home on the day of the move.

◾Have a decor in mind so you can get on top of your interior decorating right after you move in. However, don’t get too stuck on a design. Be open to ideas and be willing to work with your partner to make each room decorated with a blend of both styles. Remember, the key to a happy marriage is compromise!

TMAT251◾Most importantly, leave the actual moving to the professionals. Hire a moving company. Not only will this save you the heartache of finding your new china piece dining set in a shattered mess because it wasn’t packed properly, but it will save you from a heated argument with your spouse over who packed that box. This is a busy period in your life, let us help make your move a fun transition in your new lives together. Look for companies seen frequently within your community. This will illustrate the company is a credible organization with a strong reputation.

Now go, begin this next chapter of your life. Enjoy your new, clutter-free, perfectly decorated, and professionally moved new home.

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It’s time to meet the new “kids” on the block!

Some of us are not chatty, outgoing people. Walking across your yard, which may feel like a mile in the heat of the moment, to meet new people can seem overwhelming, especially with the added stress of moving and being in an unfamiliar place. Let’s be honest, even super outgoing individuals might get a little nervous to venture next door or across the street to meet their neighbors. Most likely, you’re worn out from the move and the last thing you feel like doing is putting on your best and meeting your neighbors.

Here are a few simple ways to meet your neighbors without forcing it or making things awkward.

Spend time outside. You heard it. Simply spend time. If you have kids, they could make a lemonade stand. Many people can’t resist a lemonade stand, support the children’s dreams! In most cases your fellow neighbors are curious about you and will be eager to meet you, chances are, they are nervous to meet you, too. Being outside is an easy way to run into each other, introduce yourselves, and strike up conversation.

We know you love yard work! Probably not. But hey, it’s is a great way to get settled, fix up the yard, and meet neighbors. It’s more than likely that your neighbors know there’s a new family on the block. Being outside makes it easy for them to come over and introduce themselves.

dog2Go for a walk. If it’s a nice day out, there are probably a few people outside and it would be easy to introduce yourself. Maybe while you’re out, you could invite a few neighbors over for a small get together.

Host a cook out or a cocktail party. Invite your neighbors over for food or drinks as a fun and easy way to become acquainted. Having a laid back, social setting is an easy way to mix and mingle. Plus, who is going to turn down free food and drinks?!

These tips work well if you are the new comer in a neighborhood, or if you are trying to meet your new neighbors. We hope you take advantage of these fun ideas and make the new comer on the block feel welcome. If you’re feeling ambitious, take them a meal or a dessert such as lasagna, brownies, cookies, etc. They probably haven’t unpacked from the move and may not be able to cook.

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Move your business fast and efficiently using these five tips

The very thought of moving your business can be stressful, almost as stressful as the move itself. As a business owner, there are several moving parts as you prepare for move day. When you choose TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we want your experience to be nothing short of positive and easy. As the “Movers Who Care®” we want to take the stress of moving your business off of your shoulders so you can get back to what matters most, your business. To ensure you are adequately prepared for your business move, we’ve developed a few important tips for how to ease the stress for you and your employees.

TMAT538De-clutter before moving

Once your business has decided to make the big move, it’s time to start fresh and part ways with all of that clutter. In order to make your move a smooth and clean process you will need to make sure you and your employees do just that … CLEAN. It’s silly to pay money for the moving company to move multiple boxes of clutter that are only going to sit in that storage closet in your new building. When it comes to decluttering in an organized fashion, try using three different colored sticky notes to classify what you’re going to keep, what can be thrown away, and what will be donated.

Make a checklist

When moving a business, big or small, there are many details that cannot afford to go unnoticed. Make sure you have created a checklist at least one month prior to your move date. This checklist should include all of the items that need to be packed and jobs that need to be done, such as disconnecting computers and machines. This will help you avoid unnecessary stress come moving day and will allow you to provide your movers with clear direction in order for them to work efficiently because time is money.

Do you have hundreds of boxes? Make a numbering system.

Number your boxes with a brief description of what is inside them and which department they need to go to in the new building. Record the numbers and descriptions of all the boxes into a document. This will come in handy to ensure an organized unload of furniture and boxes during the move. The movers will have an easier time figuring out where everything goes to avoid you having to micro-manage the move.

Notify your customers and update your contact information ahead of time

Giving your customers a heads up a few months in advance allows them to prepare for the move. It is suggested that you notify your customers on three separate occasions. The first should be about 60 days out. This is when you should announce what the new address will be and when you should alert the post office of your upcoming move. Two months will also allow time for you and your employees to place orders for new business cards, stationary, brochures, and other necessary business forms. The second notice should be made 30 days before the move. Your first notice will more than likely go unnoticed or be misplaced, so a second notice never hurts. The final notice should be the day after the move or when everything is unpacked and the business is up and running efficiently. This is when you should put in for mail transfers at the post office. During the final notice you should encourage your employees to reach out to businesses and important customers to ensure they have made note of your move. Keeping your customers in the loop is important when moving your business because you want to ensure the move is not only a smooth transition for you and your employees, but also for your valued customers.

TMAT558Move over the weekend to avoid disruption in your business

The transition for a business from one building to another can be a long and grueling process and many businesses have to close down temporarily to accommodate their moving needs. While it may not be ideal to move during the weekend, it helps avoid disruption in your business, and will also allow you a few days to get everything in order before Monday morning, which will be beneficial to the company in the long run.

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Entertain your kids by repurposing moving boxes

Do you have a clutter of boxes lying around? Are you looking for activities to do these last few days of summer to entertain your kids? TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has a few fun and creative solutions for you to enjoy with your kiddos!

pic 1Fort. Building a fort is probably the most popular project for kids of all ages. Constructing and designing a fort takes up time and can be really fun! Even after the fort is built, your little ones can have fun playing games inside. If you really want to keep the kids busy, get a little more creative by building a pirate ship or a castle.

Doll house. Help your kids make a special house for their dolls. Have fun cutting out windows and doors, and decorating the inside and outside of the doll house.

pic 2Puppet theatre. You can also create a puppet theater out of boxes. You children and their friends can have fun cutting out puppets from card board, decorating them, and gluing them to popsicles sticks.

Sensory box. Another fun, simple idea would be to make a sensory box. Cut a hole in the top of a box and place objects in the box for the kids to feel or smell. This is a fun hands-on activity for your kids to enjoy.

Lemonade stand. As the last days of summer fly by, take advantage of the heat and build and decorate a lemonade stand. Even after it’s built, the kids can make and sell lemonade and make an entire day out of this project.

Maze. If you have a surplus of boxes, you can cut out holes or sides of boxes and secure them together to create a maze for your kids to enjoy. I promise you, they will have a blast crawling through it and trying to find their way out.

The opportunities are endless. If you’re looking for additional ideas to keep the kiddos happy and entertained during their last part of summer break, be sure to check out the many ideas on Pinterest! Keep an eye out for our popular blog post on this year’s best Halloween box costume ideas, to keep costumes cost effective and creative this year. Happy crafting!

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Transitioning your little ones: new school, home, and friends

Written by Nicole Harrison

The beginning of a new school year is usually filled with excitement. However, the first day at a new school is a different story, and in some cases, the anticipation and excitement is outweighed by anxiety and nerves. Your child’s feelings on attending a new school may vary based on his or her age – they may feel anger, resentment, excitement, or nervousness. Regardless of how old your kids are, there are a handful of tactics to help them adjust to this change.

Orientation/school tour. This is easily one of the most important steps to do with your kids. Make time to attend new student orientation, or if there isn’t one, schedule a school tour together. Both of you will have the opportunity to learn more about the school, class structure, curriculum, and get any questions answered. Whether going to an orientation or scheduling a tour, you and your kids will become familiar with the new school before their first day. This is also a perfect time to meet the teacher. A few familiar faces and knowing where to go will make the first days much easier for your child. It may seem silly, but we promise, it will make a huge difference and will immediately make them more comfortable during the transition if they can navigate through the hallways, and find their way around with ease. Spend time learning about the new school. Are there any fun facts about the new school? When was it built? How many students go there? What type of electives do they offer? Spend time learning as much as you can about the new school. The more you learn before the first day, the more prepared your kids will be.

TMAT322Stock up on school supplies. To ease your child’s nerves, take them back-to-school shopping to stock up on school supplies they need. Most schools have a list of supplies their students will need for each grade. If the school hasn’t provided a list, contact them and ask for a list of supplies your child will need most.

Explore the playground. Before your kids’ first day, take them up to the playground, spend time playing and making them comfortable with the new set up. Find activities they like such as the swings or monkey bars and spend time playing with them. That way, when they go off to recess they will be familiar with the new playground and will most likely branch out and join other students participating in activities they love!

Prepare for the first day. Before school starts, allow your child a trial run of a school day. Practice walking to the bus stop, walking the route, or driving to school. The evening before the first day of school, run through last minute items. Where is the bus stop? What time does the bus come? What is the bus number? Pack a special lunch for the first day. Spend this time sifting through the remaining items that haven’t been addressed. If your little one seems particularly nervous for his or her first day, consider taking them to school versus riding the bus.

Get involved in your kids’ school. If your children are young, it helps to get involved. Network with other parents, get to know their teacher and classmates on a personal level. If you’re able to, volunteering your time is a great way to make your son or daughter feel more comfortable in a new environment, and they will be able to see a familiar face in class.

Set up play dates. Shortly after your kids start at their new school, set up some play dates with their classmates. This is a great way for them to build relationships with their classmates and to help them make friends at school. There is a fine line between supporting them and putting too much pressure on them, make sure your kids feel supported at all times.

Participate in extracurricular activities. Are there activities in your new community that your child has an interest in? If your son enjoys martial arts, try to find a program he can participate in. If your daughter enjoys swimming, try to find a swim team she can join. Extracurricular activities are an added bonus for you and your kids to become acquainted with the community.

Attending a new school can be stressful for children and parents, hopefully these pointers will aid the transition. We encourage parents to keep their children involved throughout the process, without being too pushy or making them step too far outside their comfort zones.

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