5 simple tutorials for DIY cardboard holiday crafts

Written by Jessy Howe

Decorating doesn’t have to be expensive… or difficult! With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, take some time to unwind and create simple DIY holiday crafts on a little or no budget! Plan an evening with the girls to make fun holiday décor or set aside time with your children and make it a family night. Our 5 DIY holiday crafts are the perfect addition to your home or can be gifted away. Yes, they look that good!

Holiday card holder


Rather than let your holiday cards stack up on the counter among your mail, display them beautifully on a tree-shaped card holder!


1 large box
Green and brown felt squares (we bought the ones with adhesive on the back!)
Mini clothes pins
Box cutter
Hot glue gun

Step 1: Draw out the shape of your tree in pencil and use your box cutter to cut it out. I’d recommend working on carpet to avoid scratching any surfaces or tile.

Step 2: Use your green adhesive felt squares to cover your tree, trimming off the areas that overhang. Use your brown felt square to cover the tree trunk.

Step 3: Wrap your ribbon across the tree so it looks like garland, gluing the ends to the backside of the cut out. Be sure the ribbon is not too loose or your cards will weigh it down causing it to sag. You will also want to attach ribbon on the back to easily hang your card holder.

Step 4: Use your mini clothes pins to begin attaching your cards!


Modern tree display

Light trees cropped

Let me just start with this: even for the “not-so-crafters” it is impossible to fail at this project and it takes all of 20 minutes to complete. Boom, crafting win!


1 medium box
Box cutter
Christmas lights

Step 1: Draw various-sized triangles on your box to resemble trees. Use your box cutter to cut them out.

Step 2: Poke holes through the cardboard, but be sure they aren’t too large.

Step 3: Poke the ends of your Christmas lights through the holes and display in your home! You can include other elements to set a scene or place it with some greenery in front of a fireplace, get creative!


JOY door hang

Welcome your holiday visitors with a festive door! The beauty of this is you can spell anything you want, for example your last name. However I will warn, although this is by no means difficult, it is more time consuming than I thought it would be. But being greeted by it each time I arrive home makes it well worth it.


1 small box
Box cutter
One bundle of yarn (depending on the length of your word)
Hot glue gun
Any other accents you want to add
Step 1: Trace and cut out the letters of what you would like to spell.

Step 2: Begin wrapping your letters in yarn occasionally using hot glue on the front and back to ensure it is secure.

Step 3: Add any accents you would like. I couldn’t resist these metallic snowflakes!

Step 4: Attach ribbon to the back of your letters and hang on your doorway! I also think these letters would be great to sit on top of a mantle if you prefer to display them in your home.


Holiday garland


This DIY is great because it is so versatile. It is perfect to string around your tree, hang across your window, or incorporate into your holiday tablescape.


1 small box OR the remaining box flaps from any of the crafts above
Hot glue gun

Step 1: Trace and cut out the shapes you wish to have on your garland. To help, you can either print images from your home computer and cut around them or use cookie cutters to trace the shapes.

Step 2: After you cut your shapes out, poke small holes through them to string your ribbon through. I decided to double up on the ribbon to get a little more colorful.

Step 3: Use your hot glue gun to dot your shapes and cover with glitter and you’re finished. I chose to add the glitter accent to both sides of my cut outs.


Glitter snowflakes

Giant glittered snowflakes hanging from your ceiling, what could be better? These make a beautiful addition above your tree, dinner table, and really anywhere in your home!


1 medium box
Box cutter
Spray adhesive
Clear elastic

Step 1: Trace a snowflake pattern or create your own and cut out.

Step 2: Spray your cutout with spray adhesive from 6-8 inches away. It is best to do this in a well ventilated or outside area.

Step 3: Cover your snowflake in glitter! Repeat this on the other side and let them dry.

Step 4: Hang your snowflakes using clear elastic to give them a floating effect.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these fun DIY holiday crafts! If you are in need of boxes, we are here to help! TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has a variety of boxes tailored to your needs that can be picked up at a location near you.

For more box inspiration, follow us on Pinterest! If you create any of these crafts, we’d love to see them! Tag us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Eight tips to prepare your home for the holidays

Written by Jessy Howe

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Planning the holidays can cause two emotions: absolute joy or complete stress! Whether you are hosting dinner or opening your home to out-of-town guests, don’t let this joyous season get the best of you. We’ve gathered our top eight tips on preparing your home (and saving your sanity!) for the holidays!

Get into the holiday spirit
Fill your home with a little holiday cheer by hanging a festive wreath on the door, lighting seasonal candles, and putting up the tree. Decorating doesn’t have to be an expensive task, there are plenty of quick and easy DIY projects to create one-of-a-kind décor. Take a peek on Pinterest for a little holiday inspiration!

Make your guests feel welcome
If you are hosting guests in your home this holiday season, remember to tidy the areas where they will be staying, pull out extra towels and linens, and freshen up the guest room with magazines, a plant, tissues, or even a little chocolate candy on their pillow. These simple amenities will be sure to make guests feel like they have a comfortable place to stay.

Avoid accidents
Clear all walkways and porch areas so they are free of snow and ice to ensure there are no slips. If you have exceptionally wintry weather, it’s best to have salt on hand. Be sure to also check that all outdoor lighting is functioning properly.

Stock the bathroom with essentials
Set a little basket of essentials in the bathroom with toiletries your holiday visitors may need. Include perfume, lotion, a lint roller, travel sized shampoo and conditioner… You get the idea!

Clean the house
This is usually a chore that ranks low on the list of priorities with all the other work to be done this season. Where will you find the time? Dedicate at least an hour to focus on your main cleaning duties! Vacuum, dust, clean the bathrooms, whatever you need to do —this is your hour to accomplish it. If finding an hour is hard, try setting aside 15 minutes each work day to focus on tidying just one room. This way it isn’t overwhelming but each room gets a spruce. Bonus: If you have little ones, include them by assigning simple tasks they can help with!

Keep your home safe
If you will be going out of town for the holidays, make sure your home is protected to avoid any break-ins. Set an automatic light timer in multiple rooms to make your home seem lived in, double check your entryway and window locks, and be cautious of what you post online. Try to stay away from the “I’m going on vacation” post to social media, and post your vacation pictures once you have returned home. If you have a trusted neighbor, it is a good idea to have them keep an eye on your home during your travels. Take time to deliver a homemade pie or Christmas cookies when dropping off your spare key, we guarantee they will appreciate it!

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Whether you’re trying to organize the garage or store away those holiday decorations, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has a variety of boxes tailored to your needs. Pick up a wardrobe box to fill with old coats and donate to your local shelter or grab a small box to easily transport the desserts you’ve baked to family Christmas. Whatever it is, we’ve got you covered!

Break out the tunes
Finally, turn on those beloved holiday songs! After all, nothing says, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year” better than the song itself!

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Military experience prepares veteran to become successful franchisee

Written by Jessy Howe

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In December 2014, Jeremy Brown joined the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system as franchisee of the Dover, Del., location. After completing 11.5 years of active duty Air Force service as a C-17 pilot, he has since transitioned to the Air Force Reserves in a traditional reservist capacity and serves as the Deputy Inspector General for the 512th Airlift Wing in Dover.

What does TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® mean to you?

For me, right now, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® symbolizes challenge and opportunity. Challenge, because every day it is highly probable I will face a new and unique puzzle that needs solved. I have always thrived in that kind of environment and I appreciate the chance to be a student and hopefully a teacher every day. I also see a great deal of opportunity with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. This system has grown for 70 consecutive months and is averaging 17% growth annually.  I feel my timing is perfect as the brand seems poised for continued, strong growth, which leads to expanded market share across the board. Likewise, the corporate team does a great job with the road map for success and growth on the local level and their continued effort to be exceedingly transparent provides an abundance of model franchises to base strategic decisions on. I am part of a unique system with support in all facets of the model and one that is achieving incredible success.

How do you feel TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® aligns with your military background?  

The Air Force was a great organization to be a part of and I think I could paint a correlation between nearly everything I did in the military and all the things that go along with being a franchisee. Being an officer in the military is very leadership intensive and as a C-17 pilot, I was charged with the safe navigation and movement of a $200 million aircraft all over the globe, and more importantly, the safe transport of the people and goods aboard. The only significant difference as a moving company is that we are confined to the roadways, at least for now.  Also, in the Air Force, and more specifically as a pilot, processes and checklists rule the day. They allow you to approach every task with clearly defined steps and standards, which ensures both efficiency and consistency regardless of who is performing the task. These principles seem to translate very well into the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system.

With your military experience, has it helped prepare to own a business?  

I think the military does a great job of teaching the principles of leadership. While that in itself doesn’t make me a great leader, I feel like it has given me the tools I need to be successful in business and continue to grow as a leader. Additionally, I was afforded the opportunity to work directly for the commander of a 4,500 person organization. This commander, in my opinion, was an extraordinary leader and manager and he was very forthcoming with the how and why of his decision-making. It was a unique perspective with lessons learned that I will never forget.

Do you have any advice for a veteran who was looking to start a business with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?  

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is a great brand to be a part of and the business structure closely mirrors that of a small military unit.  At least from my point of view, it fits the veteran profile nicely. The corporate team also does a wonderful job of providing a foundation and a road map to make a smooth transition from the service to successful business ownership.

We are blessed to have a number of veterans in our system working to lead and grow their own businesses. Like Jeremy, the leadership and integrity they bring is exceptional and sets them up for nothing but success.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us move your career forward. We are proud to be part of the VetFran network!  If you are interested in learning more about franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® visit, twomenandatruckfranchising.com.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® – Delivering Smiles Matters

Written by Gary Parisher, President of Cheeriodicals

At Cheeriodicals, we provide one-of-a-kind corporate team building activities for US and global corporations where their teams of 10 to more than 1,000 can come together to assemble “cheer-up” gift boxes to deliver in person to local children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses. Our business was born of the desire to connect corporations to team building “that matters” to delivering a dose of cheer and encouragement to hospitalized children and their families. Simply put, we deliver Big Green Boxes of Cheer to those that need a lift in spirits. 

Gary Parisher, President of Cheeriodicals, laughs with one tiny patient while she opens her box of joy.
Cory Johnston of ThermoFisher, laughs with one tiny patient while she opens her box of joy.

Managing the logistics of Cheeriodicals assembly, corporate team building, delivery to the hospital, coordination with media and so many other items in the process has been quite a challenge to say the least. The one component we struggled with the most was how to get the assembled Cheeriodicals from the team building activity safely and carefully delivered to the children’s hospital or Ronald McDonald House. For the first couple of hospital deliveries, we really didn’t have an ideal answer. We found local options, but nothing that had a national reach, nothing we could rely on consistently.Cheeriodicals team!

One day while driving in Birmingham, AL, I noticed a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® vehicle passing by. While we had used TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® in our own personal home move years ago, I was struck by the logo on the truck “Movers Who Care”. I thought, maybe they could assist our efforts, especially with a tagline like “Movers Who Care”.

We were preparing for one of our children’s events at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. I called the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® office in Columbus and was routed to Carly Turcu to discuss this idea. As I shared our concept of corporate giving, the impact on hospitalized children, the process, Carly simply said “We’ll gladly pick up and deliver your 250 Cheeriodicals to Nationwide Children’s completely free of charge”. And the rest is history. Here are just a few of the many trademark TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® – Cheeriodicals photos to follow:

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Columbus with the Cheeriodicals Team!
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Columbus with the Cheeriodicals Team!
Cheeriodicals in Ohmaha, NE with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®!
Cheeriodicals in Ohmaha, NE with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®!
Cheeriodicals, St. Louis MO
Making an extraordinary impact in St. Louis, MO!
Cheeriodicals, Chicago IL
Helping to deliver Cheeriodicals boxes of joy in Chicago, IL!

Since that first TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® delivery in Columbus, OH, we have partnered with the local office in each market we’ve delivered to children’s hospitals or Ronald McDonald Houses. We have now made more than 40 deliveries to children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses with the local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® office leading the delivery.

It’s incredibly difficult to pick out what stands out most about our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® partnership because I could personally write a book about the value of this combined effort. That said, I’ll limit this to three areas:

Professionalism – Our business is all about putting together a corporate team building activity that is flawless from beginning to end. It’s about our customers experiencing what it means to really “give back” with their effort, their labor and that satisfaction of seeing a child and family struggling with a healthcare issue light up and forget their situation for a while.  It’s about witnessing magic up close and personal.

To create this experience, we are required to uphold the highest level of professionalism because delivery of gifts to a hospitalized child has to be perfect. That means our gifts, the way they are delivered, the safety required, the hospital interaction, everything has to be handled without error. Our delivery has to be beyond professional.

We have never, not one time, had anything less than professional service from the many TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® offices and their delivery teams. The trucks and equipment are always in excellent shape and super clean. We notice it and I can assure you the hospital staff notices it. They tell us time after time!

Consistency – In a perfect world, you can go into any franchise, anywhere in the country, and the product delivered meets the expectations to the highest levels. Well, that perfect world doesn’t really exist for most national businesses, except for Starbucks, Apple stores, come to mind in this hallowed ground for business excellence.

I can assure you that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has earned its stripes with regard to consistency across all the franchises we’ve worked with over the last four years. Our traveling events team has mentioned time after time how each interaction with each TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® office is so similar that we often are unable to distinguish those interactions. It’s not that we don’t remember the individuals we meet (we do!), it’s just that EVERYONE has been so consistently excellent. This consistency makes the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® component of our events planning the one part we can rest assured comes together without issue.

“Movers Who Care” is real – Rather than list all the reasons we know this is true (dozens we could share), I’ll share one example that highlights this value is absolutely real.  It’s an observation from my own personal experience, and something that others may not have noticed, but I did.

We were making a Cheeriodicals delivery to Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago. The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® team was led by Lauren Munson on that day in June in 2015. Comer Children’s Hospital invited Lauren and one of the delivery guys (dressed in his Truckie suit), to make a couple of deliveries to patients in their rooms, completely by surprise.

As a photo is worth a thousand words, one look at the photo that follows shows the emotional impact of this delivery on Lauren’s face. I watched Lauren (and Truckie) interact with this child and lift the child’s spirit.  What this photo doesn’t show, is Lauren leaving the room to escape into the hallway to shed tears, a mix of empathy for obvious reasons and joy for seeing this child in smiles. “Movers Who Care” can have multiple interpretations, but in this case, it was “Movers Who Care” the way we care.

Truckie and Lauren bringing joy to Comer Children's Hospital in Chicago, IL.
Truckie and Lauren bringing joy to Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago, IL.


Gary Parisher has been the President of Cheeriodicals since 2011. To learn more about Cheeriodicals, please visit www.cheeriodicals.com.

Step-by-step tutorial for fun and inexpensive DIY Halloween costumes

Written by Jessy Howe

Do-it-yourself projects are a great way to make lasting memories and spend quality time having fun with your family. In the spirit of Halloween, we’ve created a few simple and inexpensive DIY Halloween costumes you can make out of old moving boxes to stand out in the crowd!

Check out the supplies we used and how we created these unique “boxtumes” with our step-by-step video tutorial below.

Read more about these costumes on our “Use your old moving boxes as Halloween costume inspiration!” blog post.

For more box inspiration, visit us on Pinterest!

Keep safety in mind as your little ghouls trick-or-treat

Posted by Jessy Howe

Most kids would agree that Halloween is one of the best holidays of the year! You get to dress up as anyone you want for the night, stay out late, and go trick-or-treating for loads of free candy! But as parents know, accidents can and do happen. With increased foot and vehicle traffic to kids excitedly running ahead of you, we are sharing our top tips to prepare the whole family for a fun, safe Halloween.

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For more tips and inspiration to prepare for the best Halloween yet, follow us on Pinterest!

Use your old moving boxes as Halloween costume inspiration!

Written by Jessy Howe

The pumpkins have been carved, seeds have been cooked, the house décor could be featured in a magazine, and the family is ready for Halloween. Well, almost! You still need to figure out the costumes!

We’ve created some fun and inexpensive DIY costumes out of moving boxes for you and your family to try this Halloween.

Jeopardy Contestant

Who doesn’t wish they won big bucks on a game show? Create this easily recognizable Jeopardy contestant stand in six simple steps!Jeopardy Box


  • 1 Dish pack box
  • Black spray paint
  • Blue construction paper
  • Red construction paper
  • White printer paper
  • Elastic or string
  • White craft marker
  • Stapler
  • Tape
  • Box cutter or scissors

Step 1: Use a box cutter to remove the flaps from both the top and the bottom of the box.

Step 2: Spray paint the box black and let fully dry.

Step 3: Use your red construction paper to create a dashed line across the top front of your box to act as your buzzer light.

Step 4: Next, print out the dollar amount you’ve won! Cut out the numbers and tape them on blue construction paper. Use tape to place your winning amount under your red buzzer lights.

Step 5: Use your white craft marker to write your name on a sheet of blue construction paper. Tape this below your winning amount.

Step 6: Lastly, use a stapler to attach elastic to the front and back of the box to rest your contestant stand comfortably over your shoulders.

House from the movie “Up”

If you are looking for a unique costume this Halloween, you’ve found it. We paired a bunch of balloons with a large box to create the house from the popular Disney Pixar film, “Up”. If you have a group who will be going together, you can play off of this theme and dress others up as characters from the film.UP House Boxtume


  • 1 Large box
  • Craft paint in variety of colors
  • Paint brushes or craft sponge brushes
  • Ribbon
  • Multicolored balloons
  • Box cutter or scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Tape
  • Stapler
  • Markers
  • Elastic or string

Step 1: Use a box cutter to remove the flaps from both the top and the bottom of your box.UP costume 4

Step 2: Use your pencil and ruler to section off the different areas that will need to be painted. You can also draw out your windows and door at this time to making painting easier.

Step 3: Using craft paint, begin painting your house. We used an image of the Up house for reference. Once the paint is fully dry, use markers to draw the details on the house such as the lines of the siding, roof, and door knob.

Step 4: Use one of the removed box flaps and attach it to the front of your box with a hot glue gun to act as the roof of the house. Lean the flap slightly toward your body to replicate the look of a roof.

Step 5: Next cut a triangle with extended bottom edges to become the top right yellow portion of the house. Cut a strip of cardboard from the leftover flaps and fold it in half to create the roof for this section.

Step 6: Repeat step 3 a second time but much smaller to create the top left space of the house. Hot glue this to the left side of the roof.

Step 7: Cut one rectangle panel from a leftover box flap and trifold it. This will become the front green area of the house. Glue the panel to the bottom right of the house. Then attach the yellow portion of the house you created in step 3 on top of this.

Step 8: Use a stapler to attach elastic to the front and back of the box to rest your costume comfortably over your shoulders.

Step 9: Lastly, attach a bundle of helium filled balloons to the back and off you go!

Presidential Candidate Stand

With the 2016 Presidential election fast approaching, a popular Halloween costume is sure to include the candidates. IMG_9044Prepare to debate about who took home the best Halloween loot in this DIY presidential candidate stand.


  • 1 Large box
  • Black spray paint
  • Black pipe cleaners
  • Black craft pom pom
  • Elastic
  • Tape
  • Stapler
  • Hot glue gun
  • Box cutter
  • Presidential party logo printed out

Step 1: Use a box cutter to remove the flaps from both the top and bottom of your Democrat stand 6box to create your podium.

Step 2: Spray paint the box black and let it fully dry.

Step 3: Print the logo of your presidential party and tape it to the front of your podium.

Step 4: Create your microphone using the pipe cleaners and pom pom. Use a hot glue gun to attach this to the inside front of your box and position it toward yourself.

Step 5: Use a stapler to attach elastic to the front and back of the box to rest your costume comfortably over your shoulders.

Step 6: Top it off by wearing a suit (and wig if needed!). And don’t forget your flag pin!

Beanie Baby Pet

If your furry family member will be joining you for the Halloween fun, we also have a costume idea for them! This classic costume takes no time to make and avoids small pieces, making it safe for pets.Pet costume 3


  • 1 small box or leftover box flap
  • Box cutter
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick or tape
  • Ribbon or string
  • Hole punch
  • Print out of the Ty Beanie Baby logo

Step 1: Print out the Ty Beanie Baby logo at a size that best fits your pet.

Step 2: Cut out the logo and lay it on your cardboard. Trace around the heart with a pencil.

Step 3: Next cut out the heart you’ve just traced on the cardboard.

Step 4: Use a glue stick or tape to put your printed out logo onto the cardboard heart

Step 5: Use a hole punch near the top of the heart. Loop ribbon or string through and tie a knot at the end. Slip comfortably over your pet’s head and you’re done!

We hope you’ve enjoyed these fun DIY box costumes! If you decide to create any, we’d love to see them! You can tag us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #TMTHalloween.

For more box inspiration, visit us on Pinterest!

2015 Box Costumes

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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