Tips for Preparing Your Home for Professional Movers

Professional moving companies will handle most of the stress when it comes to moving, but they won’t do everything. There are some tasks you’ll need to accomplish before their arrival. Preparing your home for the movers will make the process faster, more cost effective and easier for everyone involved.

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Once you’ve decided to move, decluttering should be the first major task you take on. There is no sense in paying professional movers to pack and transport items you do not want or no longer need. Go room by room and sort belongings into three piles: keep, donate and garbage. This can be a daunting task if you wait until the last minute so get going as soon as possible.

Prohibited Items

Whether you are packing yourself or hiring the movers to do it, there are still several items you will need to move yourself. Federal law bans moving companies from transporting hazardous materials. There are also some items companies are not comfortable moving and will recommend you transport yourself.

  • Hazardous Materials

It is illegal for movers to ship hazardous materials like propane, paints, gas, ammunition, aerosols, cleaners, antifreeze, batteries and fire extinguishers. That includes items that have gas in them, like snow blowers, lawnmowers and grills. You will need to move these items yourself.

  • Food items

Movers will not package and haul many foods. That includes all perishables like produce and meat along with opened food packages and open containers of liquid, including alcohol.


  • Living Things

It is your responsibility to move all pets and plants. Moving trucks are not designed to house them. The temperature of the trailer can vary from stifling hot to bitterly cold, and the airflow is not ideal. Pets and plants should be kept with you during transport.

  • Personal Treasures

Take all valuables and mementos with you. That includes cash, jewelry, photographs, documents and records. The rules on valuables vary from company to company, so make sure you ask your movers before moving day. A rule of thumb: if it’s an item that you feel is irreplaceable, relocate it yourself.

  • Overnight Bag

Pack a bag that includes a change of clothes, pajamas, toiletries, medication and any other essential. After a long day of moving and traveling, you will not want to be fumbling through boxes to find your toothbrush, PJs and prescriptions. Take those items with you separately.

Before you begin packing, ask your moving company for a full list of items the crew will not move. That way you aren’t in for any surprises moving day. You will be responsible for taking care of all belongings the movers cannot take with them.


Packing Prep

Even if the movers are packing and boxing your items for you there are steps you can take to prep your belongings and make the process faster and easier. Most moving companies are paid by the hour, meaning the more you do ahead of time, the more money you’ll save.

  • Clean

Clear off counter tops, tables and desks so your furniture is ready to go the day of the move. Empty your dishwasher, laundry machines and refrigerator. Clean everything, including your appliances, and allow your fridge and freezer to defrost.

  • Labeling System

Use a dark marker to label boxes by room and item. Make sure it’s visible and easy to read. Communicate your labeling system with the team of movers, especially for fragile items.

  • Sort Small Items

Go through desk drawers, bathrooms and jewelry cabinets. Place small, loose items in plastic baggies to avoid losing pieces and disarray.

  • Clear all Pathways

Keep items and furniture away from doors, hallways and stairways. Create a clear path so the movers can move swiftly and easily throughout the home and garage. Keep the driveway clear so the crew can park and easily access the back of the truck.

  • Create an Inventory

Document your items (especially electronics) so you know what you have before and after the move.  Remember to back-up all computers, phones, tablets and MP3 players as a precaution.

If you are paying the movers to pack, do not pack any boxes they will be transporting. It is likely the movers will not be held responsible for the boxes you packed yourself.




Be on hand the day of the move to answer questions and direct the movers. Also, keep track of your children and pets so they are not in the way and do not get injured while the movers are lifting and loading.

Finally, take care of your movers. You expect them to care for your belonging, so care for them. Have some cold beverages and quick snacks on hand. Schedules are tight and your crew may not have time to break for lunch. Snacks and drinks keep your movers fueled and going.

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Pre-pack your items for a smooth transition

As if packing to move wasn’t already enough, it’s also wise to consider pre-packing! Yes, you heard us right. There are many things you can do to make the packing process easier, more organized, and even cleaner along the way. From decluttering to cleaning as you go, below is a list of things you should do before packing or hiring a moving team to pack your items, which in the end, will create an easier packing process.

Start with a 10-minute tidy up. Spend 10 minutes in each room of your home to quickly tidy everything up. Pay close attention to where you put items and where they belong. Do this so when it is time to pack, nothing gets left behind or thrown into the “straggler” box that never gets unpacked at your new home. Don’t spend too much time wiping walls, save the deep cleaning for an empty room.

Narrow it down. Don’t pack your entire house in one day, this will just leave you feeling rushed and overwhelmed. You may find yourself throwing things in boxes just to hurry. We promise you will regret this when you are unpacking at your new home. Begin packing a few weeks in advance and do one room at a time. This will allow the movers to pack the truck in a more organized manner and will save you time and money. Move the packed boxes to the middle of each room so you can access a box if you need to. Clearly label each box and ensure the bottom of the boxes are taped shut to keep your belongings from falling through the bottom.

Label, label, LABEL! Label all of your boxes and be descriptive, you won’t regret it! What room is the box going to? What is in the box? Are the box contents delicate or fragile? All of these questions will be very important to you and the movers during the truck loading and unloading process. You could even use colored labels and assign the task of labeling to your kids. Label the boxes and write important details on them — for example, it would be helpful at quick glance if all living rooms boxes had pink labels, bathroom boxes had blue labels, and so on. You could even color-code the boxes of items that will be thrown out or donated. Just ensure the boxes are labeled on the sides, not the tops.

Donate or de-clutter! Whichever you prefer, just do it. Whether you would like to donate, sell, or just throw out items that you have collected over the years, now is the time to do it. Don’t spend time and money moving things you haven’t used in over a year. Set up a spot in the garage or basement to begin collecting items you prefer to get rid of. Typically, you can call a donation center and schedule a time for them to come and pick up gently used furniture or boxes of donations. You can also schedule a time for a curb side pick up to collect any old furniture pieces you do not wish to take with you.

Where is my phone charger? Have a plan for the last day you spend in your home. Have a designated box in each room for items you can’t go long without. Things such as make-up, tooth brushes, phone chargers, and a change of clothes are typically items to go in these boxes. This will ensure you have what you need up to the last minute. Don’t forget to label it your “last-day” items so they don’t get lost in the shuffle.

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Regardless of how you pack and move your home, it won’t hurt to purchase packing supplies. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations offer a large assortment of packing supplies to meet our customers’ needs.

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Prepping and packing your bathroom

Written by Nicole Harrison

If you are feeling ambitious and decide to pack your home on your own, there are a few tips and tricks to pack your bathroom as efficiently as possible.

Bathrooms are tedious. Chances are, you don’t know where to start. You probably have quite the collection of lotions, hair products, cotton swabs, toilet paper, make-up, cleaning products, soaps, towels, and more. Who are we kidding, of course the bathroom is one of the hardest rooms to pack!

Lucky for you, we are a professional moving company with many years of packing experience and have put together a detailed guide on how to pack up your bathroom.

Sorting through the “junk”

Before you start throwing items in boxes, you need to sort through everything. Lotion and body wash have become the “go-to” present for any occasion. Personally, I have a stash of lotions that could last me a lifetime. More times than not, a bathroom is filled with handfuls of unused and unopened products.

Go through your cabinets and shelves and pitch all empty and half-empty bottles. As hard as it may be, it’s important to only keep the items you love and use regularly. All of your full, un-used products and travel size items can be donated to local homeless shelters.

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Once you have sorted through your bathroom, you can start packing. Hopefully you have less to pack up after sorting and throwing old and unused toiletries. Don’t forget to keep your daily essential items and medications separate so you can easily access them until after you unpack all of your belongings. Always label all of your boxes. That way, you will know what’s inside the box before you actually open it!

Take note of the following tips to make packing your bathroom much easier than you could have imagined.

Toiletries– Pack all of your toiletries together. If you have items that could spill or break, we recommend placing them in plastic bags. Categorize your toiletries and keep each category together when packing i.e. hair products, make up, lotions, etc. Packing toiletries by their groups make finding each item and organizing your new bathroom much easier.

Towels– We encourage you to pack the top of your toiletry and miscellaneous boxes with small towels. Hand towels and washcloths can be used as cushions to keep your items from banging around and possibly breaking. The remainder of your towels can be packed in large boxes.

Linens– Pack all of your linens in large boxes. Linens are very light and will be easy to transport in a large box. Remember this moving tip: pack heavy items in small boxes, and light items in large boxes — you don’t want to create more work for yourself than you need to.

Cleaning supplies– Keep your bathroom cleaning supplies separate in their own box. You want to be able to access your cleaning supplies the day of your move so you aren’t leaving your home a mess for the new owners. Secondly, be cautious when packing cleaning supplies, you don’t want to over pack the boxes. Pressure from a closed box or too many products in one box may cause cleaning solvents to spray or spill in the box. Finally, do not worry about packing inexpensive items that can easily be replaced such as a plunger or toilet bowl brush. You can purchase these items when you get to your new home.

As you can see, packing your bathroom can be a tedious task. There is a lot more to think about than just throwing items in moving boxes. If you get one take-away from this blog let it be this: sort through your items before you begin packing your bathroom. Pitching the half-empty bottles hiding in the back of your drawers will make a huge difference. If you need reliable and durable boxes to pack your belongings in, we have you covered! TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® sells a variety of packing supplies for your convenience.

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Organizing your not-so organized closet

Written by Nicole Harrison

Closet organization is not many people’s strong suit. Closets are the one place in a home where things get shoved when guests come over, and it’s safe to say items accumulate easily in these hidden corners of the home. If you’re anything like me, you rarely spend time cleaning and organizing your closet because let’s face it, who has time for that? Having a clean closet is beneficial for so many reasons – the number one being our sanity. A well-organized closet helps you come up with the perfect outfit especially on those mornings you’re running short on time.

Here are five foolproof tips to give yourself a clean, stress-free closet.

Color code your clothing. This one is self-explanatory. When you are looking for that one grey shirt you got from your aunt Betty for Christmas and can’t seem to find it anywhere, a color-coded closet is the perfect solution. Not only does color coding make finding clothes easier, but it looks refreshing and put together.

Categorize your clothes. Sort your clothes in different categories. Put blouses, sweaters, cardigans, t-shirts, dress pants, dresses, skirts, button downs and whatever else you have hanging in your closet in their own sections. You will find it extremely helpful to keep your dress and casual clothes in separate locations. Categorizing clothes makeTMATSPRING2013140-2627556146-Os putting outfits together a breeze.

Invest in organizers. Trust me on this one. If you don’t have built-in shelves in your closet, we recommend you invest in some kind of organizer. These are perfect for your shoes, sweaters, pants, and other items you don’t have places for. One of our favorite and most handy organization tips is to take your old moving boxes and cover them with scrapbook paper or fabric and use them as bins for small, miscellaneous items. If space is an issue consider investing in a wardrobe box where you can fit three feet of hanger clothes from your closet in addition to out of season shoes and store in a basement or utility room until the seasons change.

Flip your hangers. Do you have too many clothes? Is it hard for you to get rid of the clothes you don’t wear? After you have organized, color coded, or categorized your closet, you can start the downsizing process. This trick will help solve your crowded closet problems. Flip all of your hangers backwards for a certain time period (usually three or four months does the trick). After you wear something hang it back up facing the normal direction. At the end of the three or four months, get rid of the clothes whose hangers are still backwards. If you’re still unsure about tossing certain clothes, ask yourself if you would buy it again today.

Clean your closet. Once your closet is sorted and organized, take time to deep clean it. Just because it looks nice doesn’t mean it’s clean. Vacuum or mop the bottom of your closet and take a rag and wipe down the walls. Most likely you will find dust bunnies on the bottom of your closet. Spending time deep cleaning your closet will add that extra sparkle as a finishing touch.

These simple steps should be a helpful guide to get your closet in tip-top shape in no time. If anything, hopefully this post inspired and motivated you to go through your closets and get organized. This winter has consisted of brutal temperatures and icy roads, organizing your closets could be the perfect cure to your cabin fever!

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Reject These Common Reasons for Keeping Clutter

Janine Adams

Janine Adams is the founder of Peace of Mind Organizing®

Written by guest blogger Janine Adams

As a professional organizer, I often help guide clients’ decisions about whether or not to keep or part with items. For some people, letting go is really tough. When they have more stuff than they can store, it can lead to some interesting conversations about why they want to hang on to things.

There are three common reasons I hear for wanting to keep items that are no longer used or loved. these reasons don’t hold water with me. If you hear yourself saying any of these things about items you don’t use or love, I encourage you to think twice about keeping them.

 1. I paid a lot for that! You know what? You may have paid a lot, but the money’s gone. And the only way you might get any of it back is to sell the item or donate it and take a tax deduction. What’s more, there are hidden costs to keeping it: you probably beat yourself up when you see it, so there’s an emotional cost. If you trip over it, you could hurt yourself and pay a physical and monetary price. And if you pay to store it just because you paid a lot for it, things are starting to get ridiculous.

2.  I might need it some day. You’re right, you might. But then again you might not. And if you can’t find it when you need it, then keeping it doesn’t do you much good. I think we all live in fear of discarding something and then discovering that we need it. It makes us feel stupid. But realistically, what’s the worse-case scenario? You get another one. In my opinion, if you have more stuff than you can store, the actual benefit of parting with an item you don’t need now (i.e. creating space) outweighs the potential benefit of having it on hand should you ever need it.

3. It was a gift. Gifts are tough. You hate to disappoint the gift giver by getting rid of something given in love. But, again, if you have more stuff than you can store, wouldn’t the gift giver prefer that you let it go? Regift it. Donate it. Just get it into the hands of someone who will actually use or love it. It gets even more tricky when the gift giver has passed away. But that unloved and unused gift won’t bring them back. Perhaps you have a mutual friend or family member who would treasure that item. If so, pass it along. It boils down to this: Just because someone gave you something doesn’t mean you have to hold on to it forever.

When you’re trying to conquer clutter, try not to fall into the trap of these excuses for keeping stuff you really don’t need. Once you let the excess go, I bet you’ll feel liberated.

Janine Adams is a certified professional organizer based in St. Louis, Missouri, and the founder of Peace of Mind Organizing®. She helps clients create order, harmony and, yes, peace of mind, by helping them declutter and create new systems and routines. The co-creator of Declutter Happy Hour, she is a blogger for Rubbermaid and has appeared on both A&E’s Hoarders and TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive documentary TV series.