Why hire a professional moving company this summer?

Written by Nicole Harrison

 

It’s the peak of busy moving season! Each summer, families frantically pack and move while the weather is cooperating and before school starts back up in the fall. Moving is already a dreaded event in many peoples’ lives. You have to coordinate schedules, pack your belongings, and find a crew to move you if you decide to hire a company. As tempting as it may be, bribing your family members with beer and pizza is not all it’s thought up to be. Yes, they love you and want to help you, but you don’t want to burden them with moving day stresses. Most likely, they are too nice to tell you they don’t want to do it, anyway!

We are a professional moving company with many years of moving and packing experience, and we are true subject matter experts in all things moving. Check out some of the reasons you should consider hiring TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for your upcoming, summer move.

Full-service moving company. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is a full-service moving company. That means we not only do the heavy lifting, we offer packing services to pack any and all items for you prior to the move — this is perfect for busy households who don’t have time to pack themselves. Along with our packing services, we also Two Men and a Trucksell moving boxes and packing supplies if you choose to pack yourself.

Professional movers. All of our movers are friendly, professional, and in uniform. They are also put through extensive training before they conduct any moves. This provides peace of mind for our customers, as it’s often stressful enough for strangers to come into your home to pack and move all of your prized possessions.

Background checked. Each mover and driver is background checked and drug screened prior to their hiring. Our movers and drivers go into your home to move your most precious belongings, and interact with your entire family.  We want to make certain they are stand-up men who will do an exceptional job while exceeding your expectations.

Understanding employees. We know moving is tough, but we understand this stress and work together as a team to eliminate it as much as possible. Our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® teams do everything they can to give you a smooth transition. That way, you can put your feet up and enjoy your new space in no time!

Padding and stretch wrap service. We offer free padding and stretch wrapping for your furniture and delicate items to ensure they are protected during the move and to eliminate any damages that may occur.  We are moving, after all, so damages-free moves are never 100% guaranteed. However, by offering these services, it means you can rest a little easier knowing your items are protected during transport.Customer Service photo

Customer service. At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we’re extremely proud of our 96 percent customer referral rate. We pride ourselves on our top-notch customer service and expertise. Our employees are passionate about what they do, you can tell in their positive attitudes and friendly manner! Moving day doesn’t have to be stressful — you can always interact with our movers as they’re in and out of your home during the day. They love our customers, but even more, they love knowing they’ve made an impact on families during their move day.

Give back to the community. One of our core values is to give back to the community. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Founder Mary Ellen Sheets donated her first $1,000 she made. She divvied the profit into 10, $100 donations and distributed them to various charities in the Lansing, Mich., area. Since then, we have supported numerous charities and causes throughout the country and donate 10 cents of every move to the American Cancer Society. This money goes to various branches of the American Cancer Society around the country!

These are not the only benefits of hiring TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, the list could go on and on. Summer is already known for its busy months, planning get-aways, and if you have children, a surplus of camps and activities all summer long. Hiring a professional moving company will give you a little more free time to focus on what matters most, your family!

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Parents who are moving with kids, keep your cool

Written by: Arika Ford

Our children mimic our behavior and as parents, we are their first teachers in life with a strong influence over them for many of their developmental years. The years when our children are growing and developing can be tumultuous at times, there may be many ups and downs, but it is crucial to stay positive.

Moving is a big life change and can be extremely overwhelming for adults and children. Sometimes, families move as a result of less than ideal situations, such as divorce, job loss, or other changes that makes this stressful event even worse. It is imperative we remain calm and positive, not only for our sake, but for the sake of our children whom we love and want to succeed in all things. Below are simple efforts you can do to keep calm, and maintain your game face for your kids during the move!

Maintain normalcy-If you regularly have a family movie night or game night, I encourage you to keep it scheduled and to not be tempted to cancel it. This is time well spent bonding and relaxing with your family. Many feelings and emotions can come out during normal activities with your kids and move time can bring on a lot of those. It is in everyone’s best interest that kids have a time to express their emotions verbally to you so they don’t act them out physically. Even if you ask them what is wrong, they are likely not able to vocalize their emotions simply Truckie’s Treasure Chestbecause they don’t have an understanding of what they are feeling or why. For these reasons and many others, keep a normal schedule as much as possible for as long as possible. Children feel secure with a routine. Play a moving game with them, get the toy trucks out and play “moving to a new house”. Who knows, you may enjoy it more than they do, and find it as a good way to release emotions as well.

Maintain positivity-If you are managing a move, you are likely dealing with an increased number of people, who may not seem as sensitive to your situation as you would like. This can easily build up frustration as your patience is being spent on interacting and managing your feelings around strangers. If you need a release, be sure you aren’t taking it out on your children. It is important we are aware of our own emotions during this time. We must remain positive, especially in front of our kids, and sometimes that means we need to have a little alone time to wind down. It’s okay to do that! If you need to talk with your spouse, siblings, or best friend to vent a little in order to come full circle in your own thoughts and feelings, do it! Be sure you also reflect on the positive side of things as this will not only help you, but your family as well.

Keep them involved-Moving is scary. Young kids may not understand what is happening, and there’s a good chance they’re nervous, too. “What’s the new house going to be like? Will I make friends there? What if no one likes me?” These are all common questions that go through kids’ minds. Keep your children involved throughout the moving process, tell them what their new home will be like and keep them updated throughout the move. You can even have them help you get packing done to prepare for the move!

Maintain work life-Yes it is tempting to use work time to handle all of the moving business we must take care of such as changing your address for the entire family, or finding new local schools, stores, or the many other searches we can conduct online to Moving with Kidssooth our nerves about an upcoming move into an unfamiliar area. But don’t do it! Now is not the time to slack at your job, you must keep up with deadlines and the pace to maintain business as usual. Don’t be sucked into conducting personal business while on the clock. Of course take care of important needs after the workday or during lunch breaks, however keep a regular schedule as much as possible, and take the time to learn exciting new places of interest once you have settled into your new home. Make it a fun event by taking the family out to explore as a fun way to relax once the move is said and done.

Playing creative and fun games with your kids during this time can certainly ease their stress, which will in turn, ease yours. Just remember to stay positive about all moving aspects, there is a bright side to most things in life and moving can definitely be one of those bright sides! To make moving with kids even more stress-free and positive, hire a professional moving company to take the stress away on move day.

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Accessories: Organize them to find them!

Written By Arika Ford

“Don’t just put it down, put it away!” This statement rings true in households throughout the country, my mother used to say it to me, now I say it to my family. It’s so much easier to set something down than to put it where it belongs. If you’r e anything like me, you have a mess of gorgeous costume jewelry that doesn’t get used because it’s tangled and disorganized. How much money have you spent on your jewelry, scarves, hats, and purses? Are you getting your money’s worth? I know, I have my favorites too, there’s the jewelry I wear everyday while the trends are wasting away in a wadded up pile in my jewelry box because I am in a rush and don’t have time to dig through them.

If your accessories were conveniently organized and easy to access, I know you would take my mother’s advice and actually put things away where they belong. Ladies, I have some life-changing tips to help you get organized so you can actually wear those expensive pieces you’ve bought over the years.

Dig out old picture frames, jewelry, and a few ornate hooks to create a picture perfeFrame2ct display of your favorite jewelry sets. If the picture frame is old or dull, purchase spray paint (my favorite is gold and silver with the glitter specs in it) and freshen them up. Use simple hooks or fancy dresser drawer knobs to hang your jewelry on. Drill the hooks in the wall inside the frame and then use them to hang your earrings, rings, bracelets, and necklaces on. This is a fun way to decorate your dressing area or closet and keep those sets together and organized.

Purchase an inexpensive jewelry organizer and fit it right into your dresser drawer. I like to purchase clear plastic organizers and line my dresser drawers with contact paper to add a pop of color. Store all of your rings in one section and all of your earrings in another. If you cannot find contact paper, you can always use double sided tape and scrap book paper or any other type of paper you like. I also enjoy purchasing small sachets to keep my drawers smelling fresh and aromatic.

organizerHang a shoe organizer on the inside of your closet door for scarf storage. These types of shoe organizers are not only wonderful for scarves that you have rolled up and stored in each compartment, but you can also store rolled up tights, panty hose, and even your favorite pairs of socks. Be creative. Shoe organizers are great for storage, use your Imagination and make it yours!

A shadow box is a fun and decorative way to store earrings, rings, and broaches. Simply hang one on the wall or fasten it to the top of your dresser for vertical-style storage. Either way, it is decorative and easy for putting your jewelry away and keeping it organized. Shadow boxes are also wonderful for stacking, just be sure you securely fasten them together to prevent toppling.

Use skinny vases or candlesticks for organizing bracelets and watches. vaseTall, skinny vases don’t take up a lot of space and are perfect for setting on your dresser or night stand with pretty bangles or your favorite watch to be stored on. As long as the vase has a broad bottom it will catch your bracelets and keep them from being tangled. I also like to use a small figurine, like an elephant with its trunk up, to store my wedding ring on. Keep the figurine in a
special spot where you can easily access it for safe and consistent storage of your most prized rings.

I urge you to be creative with items you already have. Refresh existing pieces around the house for fun and decorative displays of your jewelry and accessories. Whether you are moving into a new home and want to organize your accessories, or you are ready to reorganize your items with summer fast approaching, these tips are key to staying organized. Have fun with it and get friends involved!

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4 tips for a stress free move to a new city

Moving to a new city where you don’t know anyone can be scary, but at the same time, exhilarating. Face it, not everyone gets a chance to start afresh in life, without baggage from your past. Here are a few tips to make your move to a new city all the more thrilling and less stressful.

Be brave

In the initial days, there may be times when you wish you were back home among familiar faTMAAT358-2258095496-Oces, where you knew everyone and everyone knew you. You may also feel perilously close to a breakdown at times, with all the moving and trying to settle into a new life and most often, a new job. Relax; it’s only normal to be afraid of all the changes going on in your life. If you feel like getting down on the kitchen floor and sobbing your heart away, do it. It’ll make you feel better. But instead of always thinking about how easy life was in your old city, try embracing the differences in your new life wholeheartedly. Instead of waiting for others to welcome you into the fold, take the initiative and extend a friendly hand. Invite your new neighbors over for a cup of coffee. A positive attitude brings about warmth and happiness in you and in people around you. Whatever you do, give yourself some time to acclimate to your new life. Don’t take any decision in haste.

Use technology

These days, you can find out which are the most happening places in your new city in less than five minutes with the help of technology. Google Maps, Yelp, and AroundMe are great for finding the best restaurants, the most popular malls and multiplexes, coffee shops etc. in your locality. If you are looking for handymen or contractors to fix up your new home, you can try the site Porch. Want to find people who share your same likes and interests? Use Meetup.

Get out and get going

Whatever you do, resist the urge to dive under the covers and spend the entire day at home, watching reruns of old movies on television. Walking is the best way to get to know a new neighborhood. It helps you get a feel of the place and the people, something hard to figure out from the isolation of a vehicle. Just make sure you are carrying a map with you so you don’t get lost. Find out where people hang out in your locality and go there. Strike up conversations with people you find interesting. Volunteer at charities that are important to you. If someone invites you to a party, don’t refuse thinking you hardly know anyone.

Take up new hobbies or revive old ones

Since you are starting your life all over again, it’s a great time to take up new hobbies or even, revive old ones. Set aside a few minutes every day to do something you enjoy. If you are fond of reading, but never used to get time at your old place, join a good library or book club in your new locality.

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Kurt Jacobson is a surfing enthusiast with a background in real estate. Having moved 10 times in the past 7 years, he thrives on helping others learn from his experiences. When he’s not out shredding waves he writes about rental homes for www.rentfinder.co.

A mother’s influence and never ending love

Written by Dawn Kroeger

In celebration of Mother’s Day and support of moms who work outside the home, I’ve come up with five simple tips to simplify and improve quality of life for you and your family.

  1. Hire a cleaning person to keep your home in tip-top shape, but not one that requires you actually pick up the house before they come and clean
  2. Hire a full-time nanny to help out, especially at dreaded bath and bed time
  3. Have all food delivered by a grocery service and make sure it is healthy and balanced – NO TRANSFAT!
  4. Sign up for one of those online style services that just sends you clothes that match your personality
  5. Hire a trainer to come and shake you out of bed at 4:30 a.m. and drive you to the gym

Excellent. Once those items are complete, your life will be smooth sailing and stress-free. Oh, wait. What? You can’t afford all of that? You can’t find a trainer who makes wakeup calls? Yeah, me neither.

Like most women I have many roles in life – wife, sister, daughter, friend, team member, employee, 424959_10150520067426637_1617488211_nmentor, volunteer, and mother. While I am not defined by any single role, the most challenging and rewarding is that of mother. I don’t have a cleaning person, or a nanny. Laundry piles up and sometimes my kids end up on the bus accidently when they are supposed to be picked up from school. I try hard to plan the healthiest meals I can for my family but sometimes they eat Ramen noodles and McDonalds drive through.

Yet, I am a fantastic mom. I know this is boastful, but I am. I have been blessed to grow up both personally and professionally with extraordinary role models. I have learned so much by watching and understanding what makes a balanced, healthy, successful working mom.

My mo400516_10151015465666637_198613670_nm: While my mom, Jo, worked my entire life, most of it full-time, it never felt like she wasn’t there. She was always present. She practiced lines for school musicals, was there for sporting events, field trips, class parties, and even after a full week of work, would plan fun weekend road trips to the beach, zoo, or to visit friends. We always had clean clothes (she was better at this than I am) and she balanced our lives with focus and fun. I recall several fish stick dinners on the run, but this was part of the fun! Her actions taught me not to feel guilty over a fish stick dinner here and there – these quick fix meals allowed us to embrace life and spend more time on family bike rides and playground adventures. In turn, I don’t feel bad when I ignore my messy house, or surprise my kids with ice cream for dinner on the way to the children’s garden after work.  After all, spring is here – who needs clean socks? She must have been overwhelmed with balancing it all, at some point, like each mom is, but in true rock star mom fashion, we never knew if that was the case. We just knew she loved us, worked hard, and provided a fun and balanced life for us. My dad helped too, but this is not about dads today. You get your honor next month!

My grandmother: My grandma Mary worked full-time while raising six children. Let’s just say, maybe I am a great mom because I have two children. Most days three would push me over the edge into medium mom mode. But somehow, Mary got it done. She too, like my mom, worked full-time yet planned weekend trips to the beach for her brood each Sunday. I’ve seen pictures. The joy on the faces of the kids, the relaxed looks on Grandma and Grandpa. Clearly, she knew the importance of balance and it shows in the six hard-working children she raised.

Mother of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®: Mary Ellen Sheets, the founder of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, has led by example and been an important influence in my life and career. As a single mom, leaving her secure job with the State of Michigan, she invested $350 in an old truck and took over the business her two young sons started. Her drive, faith, and commitment to supporting her family through entrepreneurship is inspiring. Mary Ellen’s stories of the early days of working hard, not having much money at the time, but donating her first $1000 profit to charity is a remarkably generous and humbling act. Knowing Mary Ellen and understanding the deep love she has for her children, and seeing the pride on her face when she talks about how far the business has come, is humbling. It was not always easy. I can only imagine the stress and heartache as she worked hard, as a single mom, to grow the business and conversely, the joy of watching this labor of love become the family business which provides for her children and now grandchildren. It is an honor to know Mary Ellen and her commitment first and foremost to her children as she worked to make TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® what it is today is something all moms can both appreciate and use as a source of inspiration.

On Mother’s Day, I reflect on the many moms who have influenced my life and I aspire to be as positive of an influence in my daughters’ lives. My Mother’s Day wish for all moms is to be blessed with strong, encouraging, role models who teach the importance of balancing work and career so you, too, can boast being a fantastic mom. Oh, and I wish you all the ability to provide your children with clean socks, even if it means picking up an extra pack at the grocery store when time doesn’t permit doing a load of laundry.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s own Dapper Dad

Written by Nicole Harrison

 

We have great news! President Randy Shacka will be strutting his stuff once again at the Dapper Dads event downtown Lansing, Mich., on June 11.

Dapper Dads is a fundraising event hosted by Women Working Wonders (W3), who strive to support the physical and psychological health of women in mid-Michigan.Randy

Each year, mid-Michigan community leaders are recruited to be on the Dapper Dads and Dudes panel. The top 12 finalists are featured in the Dapper Dads calendar.

Dapper Dads consists of online voting and a fashion show in downtown Lansing. We encourage you to support Randy and help us raise money for women’s health in mid-Michigan.

“Dapper Dads is a fun event,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® President and Dapper Dads contestant Randy Shacka. “What other chance do you get to dress up, walk a run way, and have a crowd to cheer you on? You get to have fun while raising awareness and money to support the Women Working Wonders volunteers, so becoming involved makes it a no brainer.”

Randy’s favorite part about participating in the Dapper Dads event is interacting with the other dads and dudes who are participating.

“It’s pretty comical seeing other business owners fighting for a spot in front of the mirror prior to going out on stage!”

This will be Randy’s third year participating in the fashion show. The past two years, he’s as able to create wonderful memories, and last year’s performance will be hard to beat!

“My favorite memory had to be last year’s event where I had the help of Ramone and Trent, two drivers from the Lansing office. They wheeled me out to the stage on a dolly and proceeded to dance and get the crowd going. It was so fun hanging out with these two while trying to keep up with their dance moves!”

Not only is Randy living the core value of “be your best and have fun”, he is also giving back to the community by supporting a great causdapper dad 2014e.

We need your support! Each vote is a $5 donation and supports the mission of women’s health. Last year Dapper Dads raised more than $325,000 and we want to beat that this year! You can vote online now until June 11.

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Career Move Month 2015 an overwhelming success!

We are enthused over this year’s Career Move Month results! After hiring 1,209 employees across the system, we surpassed our target of 1,000 new hires for the month of March. We couldn’t be more excited to begin our busy season with our new team members across the country!

Although Career Move Month is over, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations nationwide are still hiring to fill open positions. Franchises are continually hiring for positions such as movers, drivers, customer service representatives, managers, marketing coordinators and other various support roles on their teams.

Working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is not just a summer job, it’s the beginning of a fun, advantageous career. This year, we have written a variety of blogs covering what it’s like to work for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. For more career-related stories, check out our HR blog.

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