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.

Blog photo of packed box

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.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is a professional moving company with 30 years of moving and packing experience and is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward during this stressful life event. For more moving and packing information, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our blog.

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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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.

Living thingsMoving with pets

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.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help you move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

7 winter moving tips

Written by Mariah Obiedzinski

winter movingThe ice, the snow, the cold winter. This is possibly the worst time to move, right? Wrong! Moving during the winter presents a unique set of challenges, but it’s manageable with a few extra precautions.

Use these seven winter moving tips to make sure you and your belongings arrive at your new home safely:

  1. Get help. Hiring a professional moving company is imperative this time of year. Invest in a quality move team instead of trying to do everything on your own will minimize your time in the cold, decrease your risk of frostbite or injury, and avoid the chance of a friend or family member losing their footing in rougher conditions. Deciding what moving company you want and trust to move your valuable possessions can be difficult. Make sure to do your research when selecting your movers by verifying their reputation for high customer service and a track record that supports it.
  1. Clear the path. Take time to shovel or plow the driveways and sidewalks at both your old location and your new location. It’s easy to misjudge stairs and drop-offs when they’re obscured by snow. Taking a few extra moments to clear the way will make moving easier and safer for your crew.
  1. Watch the weather. The temperature can change quickly in the winter. What starts as slush can turn to ice within a few hours. It also gets dark earlier in the winter, so plan trips to and from the new location accordingly.
  1. Carry emergency supplies. There are plenty of small unplanned challenges which are a natural part of the moving process, but don’t let snow or ice be one of them. Whether you drive your own vehicle or rent a moving truck, ice and snow on the road may get in your way. You can get yourself unstuck quickly if you carry a shovel and salt or sand. It’s also wise to keep a vehicle emergency kit, water, snacks, and blankets handy just in case.
  1. Layer up. It’s important to dress warmly, even though you will be working hard on moving day. Consider wearing layers you can peel off as necessary. It’s better to start with too many clothes on than to deal with being cold all day. Make sure your ensemble includes a hat and warm gloves.
  1. Wipe it down. Keep old rags and towels handy to wipe away the snow, salt, sand, and dirt which will likely get caked to your shoes and your moving containers. This will not only protect your belongings but will also keep the floors at your new location clean and dry.
  1. Raise a glass. Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you won’t sweat. Stay hydrated by drinking water throughout the moving process. It’s also a nice gesture to provide warm drinks or water for your crew to enjoy during or after the move (coffee, tea, or hot chocolate are inexpensive and will be much appreciated by your friends, neighbors, or professional movers).

With a few extra precautions, moving during the winter can be easy and safe. If you feel overwhelmed, remember this: At least it isn’t hot!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mariah Obiedzinski  is a freelance blogger for, an e-commerce company specializing in moving supplies for both professional and DIY movers.


We have been hard at work here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® over the years. Here is an infographic showing what we have been up to and what moves us!

See What Moves Us

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Career Move Month

Written by Claire Schneider

Before I began working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc., I was one of the many people who thought the company only consists of movers, drivers and customer service representatives. When I first heard TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc. was hiring, I wasn’t interested because I knew I could not move heavy furniture. My husband then urged me to just see what types of positions they were looking for, so I did. I had heard of the company before, but I thought it was just a local business and didn’t realize, until I began looking at the positions, that it was actually something much greater.

Claire SchneiderI am now the Social Media Specialist at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc. and, unlike a lot of my friends, I am actually working in the field I got my college degree in and I love it! I have learned so much about this great company and feel really proud to be part of all it stands for.

Part of my job as Social Media Specialist is to work with the franchises on how to improve their social media presence. With Career Move Month approaching, there was one conversation that really stuck out to me and that was with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Troy’s Nicole Trice.

Nicole Trice

Nicole Trice

Nicole moved to Michigan last September from Nashville, Tennessee and has a communications degree from University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She is now working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Troy as a Customer Service Representative and manages their social media. I loved how eager Nicole was to learn how she could improve their social media presence. So when I was thinking of ideas to showcase Career Move month, I decided to ask Nicole to answer some questions for me for a blog post to show how there are so many opportunities and different positions at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

What was the position you applied for?

I applied for the Customer Service Representative position, which is the marketing one as well.

What made you decide to apply for a position at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

I decided to apply at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® because the position would give me an opportunity to apply the experience that I learned from years of customer service and to gain experience associated with my Communications degree.

How are you balancing both positions?

I like to think that I am a very organized person. I make a list each day of the tasks that I want to accomplish by the end of the day. As I go through the day, I mark the items off. I start the day off as a CSR and I do the social media aspect throughout the day.

What things do you like about being a CSR? And what have you learned?

Honestly, I was a server for 5 years and being a CSR is very similar. I have learned that there is a different approach when speaking to a customer over the phone compared to in person. I like that I don’t have to serve food to people!

What do you like about being in charge of social media? And what have you learned?

I like getting to expand our reach to people. I can let people see that we are real people that care about how we move the customer. I like that I get to see other people’s ideas and I learn something new every day. I have learned how important a Facebook and Twitter are to the business world today. I am learning how to manage websites, blogs and all aspects of social media.

 What are some challenges you have been faced with having both positions?

It does get tough balancing both positions. I do wish I had a little bit more time to focus on conquering the social media aspect.

 Is there anything else that you think people would like to know about how it is to work at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

We get to help one of the most stressful moments in a person’s life!

There are so many positions like mine and Nicole’s at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and now with Career Move Month, we are looking to accomplish our goal of 10,000 applications during the month of April. If we reach our goal we will donate $5,000 to Dress for Success. Take a look at our new Career website for positions in your area!

Career Move Month

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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.

Our Leading Ladies

Written by Claire Schneider

To celebrate National Women’s History Month, we want to take some time to honor Our Leading Ladies: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc. Founder Mary Ellen Sheets and Chair Melanie Bergeron. Without their drive and passion for this company, we would not be where we are today!

Mary Ellen

Mary Ellen Sheets

In the early 1980’s, Mary Ellen’s sons, Brig and Jon, decided to start a moving company to help make some extra money. Being the supportive mother she is, Mary Ellen developed a logo and put an ad in the community newspaper. Who knew drawing a sketch on a napkin would one day be the logo for a growing international company!

Mary Ellen Sheets
Mary Ellen with the first fleet of trucks in 1991

When her sons left for college, Mary Ellen decided to continue the business while still working full-time as a data processor for the State of Michigan. After her first profitable year, Mary Ellen decided to donate her $1,000 profit to 10 different charities giving each $100. This generous act has led to the creation of one of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Core Values: Give Back to the Community.

Mary Ellen received some help from another amazing lady, Grandma Helen Eberly. When Mary Ellen needed a place to keep her trucks, she turned to Grandma Eb who allowed her to park the trucks in her backyard. She not only provided a place for them, but she also helped with other business duties. At the end of the day, the movers would put their move sheets and money in a box on Grandma Eb’s back porch and she would retrieve the paperwork for Mary Ellen.

Grandma Eb

Grandma Eb has become a major part of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® history and has led to one of the company’s Core Values: The Grandma Rule.

In 1989, Mary Ellen saw the potential of her company and decided to franchise. She awarded the first location to her daughter, Melanie.


Melanie BergeronBack in the 1980’s, Melanie was living in Atlanta and doing very well, but her mom, Mary Ellen, kept encouraging her to start a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® location. Since neither of them knew if the business would make any money, Melanie decided to have the moving company as her hobby and ran it out of her apartment.  Turns out people needed movers and her company began to grow!

Melanie's First Desk
Melanie’s first desk at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc. was a chair pulled up to the copier.

Soon though, Melanie began to grow homesick and decided to sell the franchise and move back to Michigan to start another TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise.

In 1994 Mary Ellen decided to run for the State Senate and asked Melanie if she would like to become the President of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, a position that at the time, was unpaid. She made the tough decision to quit her pharmaceutical sales job and put all her energy toward growing the family business. And she did!

Thanks to Mary Ellen, Melanie and all the hard working people who helped develop TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® from the beginning; we would not be the largest franchised moving company in North America. The company is rapidly growing and we are very much looking forward to what is yet to come! We want to give a big thanks to Our Leading Ladies for all their hard work and dedication and for making history.


Rendering for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc. plans for expansion.

“When I look back, I can’t believe this all happened. I am in shock and so grateful. I definitely think this is the American dream. We live in a wonderful country.” – Mary Ellen Sheets

The Grandma Rule

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Gives Back to the Community

This month at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® we have focused on our core value of giving back to the community.  Whether it’s donating a move or raising money for a good cause, we believe in supporting our communities and helping people move forward.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has not only seen success with the annual Movers for Moms® program, but we are excited about the $2 million worth of moving services we donated this year. There is nothing better than knowing we made a difference in the communities around us.

Franchisee Jason Judson

One of our franchise owners Jason Judson from St. Louis, Mo., said it best:

“Our community is the reason we wake up every day and come to work. If it wasn’t for our community, we would not have a thriving business and be able to employ so many great people.”

You don’t need to be a part of a big company to be able to give back to your community. Here are some great ideas of how to give back:

  • Donate clothing: One of the easiest ways to give back is to donate clothing you are no longer using. We all have those pieces of clothing pushed way back in our closet that has not seen the light of day in some time. Instead of just leaving it there to collect dust, take it to your local Salvation Army or Goodwill. Just remember to make sure they are washed before you donate them; it will be much appreciated!
  • Volunteer: Many people cringe when they hear the word volunteer, but it doesn’t have to be something boring or dirty. Instead, think of your skills and what you have to offer (we are all good at something!). If you are athletic, look into volunteering at one of your local community centers to teach kids about sports or check out your local Humane Society and see if they need someone to play with the animals or walk the dogs. If you are more on the artistic side, call a nursing home to see if they would like to have a musician come in and play music for everyone.
  • Send greetings: So many people are having a hard time and just need some cheering up. A fun and easy thing to do is to work with a shelter and make cards for the kids there. This will be an encouraging and positive moment they will remember for days to come. You could also include something small and fun like stickers with your card. There are also programs like, which provide a simple way to just say thank you to our troops. It may seem small and simple but it means a lot to them.

These are just a couple of things you can do to get involved and support your community. Check out these great pictures from some of the charity events the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system has recently been part of.

Clumbus Holiday Donation

Movers for Moms

Movers for Moms

Movers for Moms

East Coast Franchise Opportunities Now Available!

East Coast Franchise Opportunities Now Available!

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