Spring cleaning: Tackle the forgotten areas in your home

Written by Nicole Harrison

Spring is just around the corner! Toss back your curtains, throw open your windows, and breathe in that crisp warm(ish) air. Whether you love cleaning or not, now is the time to start freshening up your house and begin spring cleaning. As much as I hate cleaning, I have to admit, after a good spring cleaning my mood drastically improves.

Most people have the same spring cleaning schedule each year, however think about the areas of your home you don’t tend to focus on. It’s easy to vac SPRING-CLEANINGuum your carpet, dust your furniture, and clean out the fridge, but I have highlighted what I think are items and areas most people seem to neglect.

Baseboards– When cleaning, most people forget about their base boards. Vacuuming along the edges of the carpet is usually a go-to, but many people don’t actually take time to clean their baseboards, and if they do, it’s not very often. There are a few ways to clean your baseboards, speaking from personal experience, both work quite well. If you don’t clean your baseboards often I recommend using a bucket of water and vinegar, or soapy water. Dryer sheets are also an excellent way to clean your baseboards. The fibers in the dryer sheets work well to pick up dust, dirt, and hair that could be lingering on your baseboards. If you want a thorough deep-cleaning, you can wipe down your baseboards with dryer sheets and follow with the liquid solution mentioned earlier. We recommend using cotton swabs to reach the tight corners and crevices on your baseboard.

Blinds– There many types of blinds and cleaning them can be a huge pain. Believe it or not, blinds get very dirty and can collect a lot of dust. Depending on the type of blind you have, you can either vacuum across each panel — don’t vacuum vertically — or use a dry sponge to remove excess dust and particles. If you have to spot clean a certain area of your blinds, all-purpose cleaner works well to clean make your blinds look like new again!

Pillows– Did you know you’re supposed to wash your pillows? You should be washing your pillows at least twice a year. Check the care label on your pillow to make sure they are machine washable. Wash no more than two pillows at a time, while keeping a balanced load. When you wash your pillows, we recommend using very hot water. In addition to laundry detergent, it’s common to add powdered dishwasher detergent, bleach, and borax to your load to clean and make your pillows white again. If you decide to dry your pillows in the dryer, throw in a couple tennis balls covered in old socks to fluff the pillows while they dry.

Junk Drawer– I hate junk drawers. It’s a place for me to get lazy and throw … well, junk — and believe me I do. If you are like me and have a junk drawer (or multiple), be sure to spend some time going through it when you’re on your spring cleaning kick. Empty your junk drawer and wipe down the inside with warm soapy water. Depending on what you have in your junk drawer, the bottom of it could get really dirty, and really, how often do you take time to wipe out the inside of it? Go through yIMG_9032our drawer’s contents and pitch anything that has no value or functional use for you. Look into buying drawer organizers to keep items in place and easy to find.

Garbage Disposal– I stole this tip from our spring cleaning blog that was written last year. I tried it, and it’s brilliant! Warm up ½ cup of lemon juice in your microwave. After the lemon juice has been heated, slowly add ½ cup of baking soda to create a thicker paste (it should bubble). Turn on the garbage disposal and pour down the sink. Run hot water to wash down the leftover cleaning solution. If your garbage disposal still smells, repeat the process as needed. I love the fresh lemon smell!

Hopefully these spring cleaning tips were helpful and reminded you to clean those often forgotten areas! For more spring cleaning tips and ideas, check out this spring cleaning infographic.

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Helping America fight cancer

Written by Nicole Harrison

Cancer affects almost everyone. Most likely, you know a cancer survivor, someone who lost their battle to cancer, or someone who is currently battling cancer. The American Cancer Society works day in and day out, saving lives to create a world where cancer affects less people. ACS’s mission is to dedicate time in minimizing the cancer footprint through research, service, and educating the public.

Giving back to the community is a core value near and dear to our hearts. In addition to our efforts to give back to the local communities we serve, each year the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® corporate office follows in Founder Mary Ellen Sheets’ footsteps in giving back to the community by donating 10 cents of each move to the American Cancer Society. This partnership began in 2000, allowing TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc. to make significant contributions to research and resources in the fight against cancer for more than a decade.

“I’m proud to be a supporter of ACS. This dreadful disease has impacted so many – DSC_0052family, friends, and co-workers. We won’t give up the fight,” said company Founder Mary Ellen Sheets.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is proud to be one of ACS’s millions of supporters. In 2014, we donated a total of $45,315 to the American Cancer Society, exceeding 2013’s donations by more than $2,200. Since the partnership first rolled out in 2000, we have donated over $470,000 to the cause.

On Tuesday, March 17, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® presented the American Cancer Society a check of $45,315.40.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® strives to move people forward in every area of their lives, especially toward recovery. We contribute part of our donations at the local level with the Road to Recovery program, Relay for Life, and Making Strides against Breast Cancer. The Road to Recovery offers transportation to treatment centers for individuals who cannot take themselves and is supplied with volunteer drivers who act as comfort and support. Each year, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc. employees walk in the Lansing, Mich., Making Strides DSC_0053
against Breast Cancer event, promoting awareness for the most common cancer found in women.

In 2015, we hope to continue surpassing donations from past years. We are planning to have a record-breaking year this year! We love our partnership with the American cancer Society and helping America fight cancer.

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Without you, we wouldn’t be here

Written by Nicole Harrison

It was an incredible year for us in 2014, one to reflect upon proudly. We owe all of our success and milestones to you, our amazing customers. As 2014 came to an end, we had 61 months of consecutive growth. Of those 61 months, 45 months consisted of record growth, and eight of those months were double-digit growth. Five years of success would not happen without our system working together as one.

As we continue to move forward, we know our success hasn’t come easy. At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® our exceptional customer service has helped make this possible. We ended 2014 with a 95 percent customer satisfaction rating. We take our commitment to customers seriously and as we grow, our practice of keeping customers top of mind will continue with each decision we make.

$3 billion in 30 years

This year marks our 30th year in business and earlier this year, we celebrated our $3 billionth revenue milestone as a system. Both are huge accomplishments to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® employees across the nation — we have learned a lot in the last 30 years!MaryEllen

“I am so grateful we live in a country where everyone has the freedom to start a business. When I realize how TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has grown … I feel shocked, lucky, thankful and very, very blessed,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Founder Mary Ellen Sheets.

Thirty years may seem like a long time, however, we still hold the same integrity and work ethic from day one. Compliance Administrative Specialist Sue McIntosh has worked at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for nearly 19 Years. Sue has seen TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® go through significant changes, advancements, record-breaking expansion, and growth.

Sue“When I started working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® we had six corporate employees and 42 franchises,” said Sue. “We have grown into a large company, but have been able to continue living our core values every day here at Home Office and throughout the system.”

Growing our footprint

As TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s footprint continues to grow, so do our numbers. To date, we conduct 500,000 moves annually and have more than 2,100 trucks in the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system.

Each year our franchise system grows. We’ve had record expansion of our footprint, our trucks, and our team members and we continually look for ways to improve the moving process for our valued customers. We are looking forward to even more expansion and success in the coming years and we thank all the loyal customers we have supporting us daily.

2014’s Highlight

June 19, 2014 was an exciting day for us as we conducted our five millionth move!

The five millionth move is another historic event showcasing the fantastic efforts of our locations throughout the 5 millionth movecountry. This milestone is important, but more critical, is the opportunity to give back. Our brand impacts communities daily as our trucks move throughout the country. The stories of our moving heroes and how they help someone on the highway, at a senior center, or on a move touches us all.  We are blessed to move people, but more importantly, the opportunities for our brand to donate manpower and moving trucks resonates so much more.

Thank you to everyone who has supported TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® over the last 30 years. Whether your hired us to move your home or business, purchased moving boxes and packing supplies, shared our information on social media, or referred us to friends or family members, we appreciate you. Whatever you have done to support us through the years we want to thank you. Frankly, without you we wouldn’t be where we are today!

Our employees work day in and day out to serve all of your moving needs. At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® we know moving can be one of the most stressful times in your life, and we do what we can to make the transition as smooth and painless as possible.

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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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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!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! If you are looking for a career change that is extremely rewarding, consider TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. For more helpful tips and information on us, like us on Facebook.

 

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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