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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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.

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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We recently launched a new careers website! Check it out and apply to become part of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® team. https://careers.twomenandatruck.com/

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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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:home sold

  • 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.
  • 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 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAyour 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!
  • 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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A guide: What movers won’t move

Written by Nicole Harrison

Picture this: Its moving day. The day you’ve been obsessing over for weeks. You have packed and organized and then reorganized. The movers have pulled up and started loading the truck. Half way into your move you are told they can’t move some of your items you have packed up. You think to yourself, “so much for a perfect move.” Frantically you start emptying boxes trying to find a way to transport the non-moveable items to your new home.

There are laws prohibiting moving companies from moving certain items for you. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® wants to help you avoid this scenario by sharing exactly what items moving companies will not move, also known as non-allowables. Safety is a priority at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. We want our workers and all of your belongings to be safe and protected. There are four categories of non-allowables you should be aware of before your move.

Perishable items

These items cannot be moved by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, or other moving companies, for a variety of reasons. Perishable items can rot, smell, and spoil in the truck. We recommend planning meals a few weeks out from your move to be sure you have eaten all perishable items. If you still have some at the time of your move, you will be responsible for transporting them or giving them away. Perishable items include fresh foods, frozen foods, refrigerated foods, and produce.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® does not transport any living things. Whether you have a plant, pet, or both. Depending on the weather, the trucks can get very hot or cold inside. In addition to the sometimes extreme temperatures, there is a lack of air flow in the trucks which can be harmful for your plants and furry friends.

Hazardous materials

No matter the circumstance, moving companies will not move any flammable, explosive, or corrosive items for you. If you want your lawn mower, weed wacker, or snow blower (or other machines that run with gasoline) moved, it is your responsibility to empty the machines. Examples of hazardous materials include fertilizer, fireworks, fire extinguishers, batteries, household cleaners, weed killer, gasoline, and propane tanks. *For a complete list of hazardous materials we will not move, contact the franchise you will be moving with.

Personal items

Personal belongings have a lot of sentimental value and have different levels of importance to our customers. We do not move prescription drugs for a few reasons. We would never want to pack anything on the truck that our customer may need if they suffer from a life-threating illness. It’s best if the customer keeps their medications with them during the move. The American Moving and Storage Industry recommends that you “take valuables with you. Cash, coins, jewelry, photographs, and important papers should be taken with you or sent ahead separately.” Moving companies will not move firearms, fine jewelry, keys to safes, and other sentimental items of high importance and value to you. If you have items you can’t live without, we recommend keeping them with you during your move. *If you have questions about what personal or sentimental items we can’t move for you, call the franchise you are moving with.

The four categories listed above are examples of items not permitted on the moving trucks. In order to avoid dealing with last minute conflicts, it’s important to be aware and either move these items yourself or dispose of them properly before your move. Develop a plan ahead of time so you are prepared for your move.

Note: It’s important to understand franchises might have different policies and may or may not move certain items. Contact the franchise you will be moving with for a complete list of non-allowables.

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