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.

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

Written by Arika Ford

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

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

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

My timeline is as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Should you stage your home to sell?

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

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Launch your career with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

Written by Nicole Harrison
 

After two successful years, Career Move Month is underway for the third consecutive year. During this special month dedicated to hiring, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® looks for talented applicants all over the United States to fill various positions within the company including managers, movers, drivers, marketing and sales coordinators, and customer service representatives. Throughout March, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® will heavily recruit talented individuals to become part of franchise teams all over the country. This year, our goal is to receive 10,000 applications and hire 1,000 new employees across the system.  TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has grown for over 60 months consecutively and is looking for talented people to join and grow with us.  The career opportunities are top notch and endless whether you are just beginning your career or are an experienced professional.

“The objective of Career Move Month is to raise awareness about the opportunities which exist withTMAAT423-2258115151-O in our ever-expanding network of locations and growing corporate office. We want people to recognize how TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® truly moves people forward by offering diverse opportunities for steadyemployment, career advancement, and franchising.” —Sara Bennett TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Human Resources Director

Seventy five percent of our managers started out as frontline employees and were able to transition into management roles seamlessly. Do you have the desire to make the move from your current position to something more fulfilling? Apply now and get a head start on the hiring process!

Interviewing for a job can be a nerve-wracking experience. No matter how many times you practice your pitch, talking about yourself for an extended period of time can be uncomfortable. At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®our core purpose is to move people forward, including helping you land your dream job!

To officially kick off Career Move Month, here is a list of interview tips to make you stand out from the other candidates.

Make eye contact. Making eye contact with your interviewer is a great way to show off your confidence (even if you’re shaking in your boots). Eye contact is polite and very sincere when you’re talking with someone. In addition to making eye contact, make sure you smile! J We’re happy to see you’re enjoying yourself, and love to see your personable demeanor, too.

Have a firm handshake. No one likes to shake a limp hand. Male or female, it’s important to show off a professional, firm handshake to your interviewer. If you’re uncomfortable, practice by shaking family members’ and friends’ hands to get the grip just right without shaking their hands too hard.Two Men and a Truck

Research the company. Know the company you are interviewing with. More times than not, your interviewer will ask you questions about the company and knowing recent or upcoming events, and general information will get you a long way. It shows you are genuinely interested and invested in the company and position.

Show up early. Arrive 10-15 minutes early to your interview. There is a fine line when it comes to punctuality. You don’t want to arrive too early, and you definitely don’t want to be late — your interviewer’s time is valuable. If you’re not sure how long it will take you to get to your interview, we recommend driving there the day before to have a better idea how long it will take you to get there.

Silence your phone. Always silence your phone or better yet, turn it off. You don’t want to receive a phone call during your interview. Turning off your phone is a respectable solution and you won’t have to worry about a text, email, phone call, or alert going off.

Dress professionally. Have you heard the saying dress to impress? That cliché has special meaning when referring to job interviews. No matter how casual the dress code is, always look and dress your best. Also, get plenty of rest the night before. Yes, we can tell when you’re exhausted or just enjoyed a late-night party!CMM2014_FBCover

Take this advice and rock your next interview! Who knows, it could be with us!

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A big move and even bigger change

Written by Nicole Harrison

Moving is a difficult time in many people’s lives. Imagine moving after living in a home for more than 30 years. You have deep roots in your home and within your community. Your family grew up there, and essentially you’ve built a life in your home. All of your fondest memories and special milestones were made there. Could you ever say goodbye?DSC_0980

Byron and Jo Anne lived in their family home for 38 years. After raising their two children, they decided it was time to downsize and move into a condo closer to their kids and grandkids, which was just a few hours from their long-time home. I was able to meet Byron and Jo Anne during their recent move and chat with them about their moving and downsizing experience.

After decades in one home, it’s no t uncommon to collect both investment pieces and useless clutter without even realizing it. Imagine living in a home as long as Byron and Jo Anne did. For them, the most difficult part of the move was the de-cluttering and downsizing process.

“After living in our home for so long, getting rid of items we’ve accumulated over the years was the hardest,” said Byron.

I have a feeling most people in their situation would have to agree.

Curious, I asked them if it was difficult to say goodbye to their home they lived in for so long and created so many memories in.

“The memories we made weren’t attached to the actual house.” Byron said smiling, “The memories were more about the kids, their friends, and other family members. We still have the memories – and of course lots of photos! A lot of the furniture and pictures came with us.”DSC_0982

Byron told me the most difficult part of their downsizing process was decision-making. Determining what to keep and what to get rid of is always the hardest part. Byron and Jo Anne made a good team and worked together while making decisions on what to keep and what to get rid of.

“I would say we got rid of about one third of the household-type possessions. Our kids took some of them and we donated a lot to thrift stores,” Byron said. “A majority of the stuff of which we disposed were paper products like newspapers and magazines we’ve collected over the years. Also, a lot of it was the kids’ stuff we’ve collected over the years.”

Once Byron and Jo Anne listed their house, they started de-cluttering and getting rid of small knickknacks. They did their best to donate all the items they could before throwing them into a landfill. Throughout the downsizing process they remained sensitive to the environment. They were even able to leave a few of the larger items for the young couple who bought their home.

As we know, downsizing can be a daunting and emotional process. Luckily, Byron and Jo Anne gave one crucial piece of advice for couples who are looking to downsize. Start early. Start today. Start right now.

“Once you start thinking about downsizing, start weeding things out. We’ve been downsizing for years.”DSC_0973

It’s smart to go through your home a few times a year and clean out what needs to go and make room for new items. Even if you’re not downsizing, it will save you from living in a cluttered home.

Ultimately, Byron and Jo Anne moved to be closer to their family. They have always lived on a busy street, so locating to a quieter area was on the top of their list when searching for condos. They are looking forward to seeing what the future holds for them in their new home.

Have fun on your new adventure, Byron and Jo Anne!

Check out our recent downsizing blog for help deciding what to keep and donate: Preparing Yourself to Downsize.

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