Refreshing your home in preparation for spring

Written by Jessy Howe

It’s nearly time to enjoy the long-awaited spring weather once again! With the warm sunshine and flowers beginning to bud, there is nothing worse than coming back inside to space that feels like it could use freshening up! Below is a checklist of spring cleaning to-dos in each room of your home, but before we get to that, here are a few simple tips to help this process run smoothly.

  • Do a quick inventory check of your cleaning supplies before beginning your spring cleaning. If you find you’re out of paper-towels or running low on Windex, make a list and head to the store.
  • Consider investing in a cleaning caddy. These are inexpensive and can be found at most stores. They are convenient not only for carrying supplies through the house while you clean, but also to provide an organized storage place for your items.
  • I find it is easiest to work on one room at a time. Jumping around the house from room to room allows for distraction, tasks not being completed, and results in spending much more time cleaning then necessary.
  • Due to the amount of deep cleaning that is done during the “spring cleaning cleanse”, remember it is okay if not everything is completed at once. Spread your tasks out between two days to avoid feeling overwhelmed or simply take breaks between rooms.
  • During this time, I also gather unused items and put them in either a donation bin, or storage spot for garage sale items come summer. Since I am already going room to room deep cleaning, it is easy to lump this into my spring cleaning routine.

Now on to the list. As mentioned, I find it most efficient to clean one room at a time so naturally tasks are separated in this fashion. Of course depending on where you live or if you reside in a house versus an apartment, the list may vary from person to person, but hopefully it will serve as a good starting guide when you begin your spring cleaning!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Spring Cleaning Checklist

If you have any spring cleaning tips we’d love to hear them! For more cleaning tips and tricks, head on over to our Pinterest page or like us on Facebook. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward!

7 moving hacks to simplify your move

Written by LeafFilter

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK- 7 moving hacks

Moving can be an exciting time! However, along with the excitement of getting a new place, there is the stress that comes along with packing and relocating. Whether you are moving down the street, to a new neighborhood, or across the country, it is important to get things done efficiently.

With all of the challenges that come with moving, staying organized and sticking to a budget can quickly become difficult. Fortunately, LeafFilter has come up with the top seven moving hacks to help you keep on track before, during, and after your move to make your experience more manageable.

Packing fragile items

When packing your fragile items, use anything soft around you such as blankets, stuffed animals, towels, and pillows for padding. You can even utilize socks as padding around the gaps in the boxes. Taping other breakables, like mirrors, will help absorb any shock and keep your belongings in tip-top shape. Place Styrofoam plates between your expensive, breakable plates; this is a cheap and easy way to ensure your plates don’t break while in transition!

How to pack your clothing

Don’t waste time taking clothes off their hangers and putting them into boxes. Instead, simply take a trash bag and wrap your clothes around the hanger. This is an easier, and cheaper way, of investing in garment bags. Then, simply pile all of your bags in your car and rehang the clothes in your new home! TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® also offers wardrobe boxes which hold up to three feet of closet space for even more protection and ease!

Labeling boxes

More than likely, your moving boxes are going to be placed one on top of another. Instead of labelling what’s inside on top of the boxes, label your boxes on the side, so you and your movers can easily see where they should go! Another great moving hack is to color code the boxes. For example, everything that goes in the kitchen will be in red, while the living room is labelled blue. Organization is key to any successful and stress-free move!

Make money

Make money during my move? How is that even possible? Well, as you are going through all of your belongings, you may find things you never use or wear any more. In order to make a little extra cash, you can post these items on the latest apps that allow you to sell your clothes. Poshmark, Vinted, Tradesy, and Threadflip are just some of the sites that you can utilize to sell your clothes to people across the nation. Use the money you make to assist with moving costs for a win-win situation.

Avoid slips

Tracking in snow, sleet, dirt, and ice while you are moving into your new home can be dangerous! Avoid slips and keep your crew safe by keeping old rags and towels handy to wipe away the snow, dirt, and mud that gets tracked in. This can come in handy regardless of what season it is, but will be especially important if you are moving during the winter.

Keep the essentials on hand

You’ll want to make sure you keep any tools and essentials you deem necessary for the move within reaching distance. This can include a box cutter, paper towels, power strips, tool kit, eating utensils, toilet paper, and cookware. You’ll also want to make sure toiletries such as toothpaste, a toothbrush, and shampoo are nearby for the night. Using clear bins can help keep you organized and will allow you to see everything that is in the boxes for easy access! TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® offers a Day of Move box for those last essentials that you may need on the day of your move.

Enlist help!

Hiring a moving company, like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, can take the pressure off of you. When you choose to hire TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, you are sure to be in good hands. Their professional team takes the stress of moving off you and your family, making the entire process more enjoyable and worry-free! Contact them today to begin planning your move.

We think moving should be exciting and fun! Not overwhelming. These moving hacks are sure to eliminate stress, allowing you to stay organized and under budget during your next move!

 

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A match made in TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® heaven; the story of Johanna and Ryan Weitzel

Written by Hannah Conlin

 

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Johanna and Ryan

Love is in the air at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, and it is not just for the amazing brand that has been around 30 years and has seen continued success as the premier leader within the moving industry. Many couples within the company have met and fell in love through their employment with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

Johanna and Ryan both worked at the Lansing, Mich., franchise when they first met; Johanna now works at Home Office as a retention and recruitment consultant and Ryan is now a manager for a granite fabrication and installation company. It all started with an unapproachable look, a hood, and a big red beard … and the rest is history.

Q: What were you doing at work when you first met your significant other?  

Ryan: Johanna and I met when we were both in a weekly meeting.   

Johanna: We were in a staff meeting when we first met. I was an administrative assistant, and he was a driver team lead.

Q: What was your first impression of your significant other when you met?  

Ryan: She looked beautifully unapproachable.

Johanna: I first wondered what this guy’s story was, he seemed so calm and seemed so genuinely nice. He was wearing his TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® hoodie with his hood on, of course, if he has a hood, it will be on his head. He always rocked a big red beard, and everyone called him ‘Big Red’.

Q: Describe your first date.  

Ryan: It was a typical innocent work lunch.

Johanna: I believe he conned me into going to lunch with him. I think it was Applebee’s.

Q: When did you realize you were in love?  

Ryan: I can’t remember a specific moment, but I know it was within a year of first meeting her.

Johanna: I think I realized I was in love, when I wanted him to meet my parents, and friends. That didn’t happen very often, and my friends were taken back by this “big red” that I kept talking about. I found myself needing to talk to him about everything. It was just easy.

Q: Describe your engagement.  

Ryan: Our engagement was perfectly unknowingly planned by her. She planned what she thought was a surprise birthday party for me and my best friend. She made food, set up the decorations, and invited almost everyone. Little did she know that I was in on it the whole time. I was freaking out from the moment I got the ring. I had the ring made by a guy in Chicago. It barely made it in the mail on time which didn’t help my nerves. So the day came, which as cliché as it sounds, was Valentine’s Day because my birthday is February 15. I have never been so nervous. She and her best friend placed pillow cases over my head and my friend’s head and they drove us to the party acting like they were so brilliant and that they had this awesome surprise. When we walked in the door they pulled the pillow cases off of our heads. Johanna had never been more tickled with herself thinking she had pulled it off. Then my best friend handed me the ring and the rest is history. It was awesome.

Johanna: Well, one thing you need to know about me, is that I am the nosiest person around. My coworkers can attest to that. So, he had to pull a fast one on me for me not to find out. So, we were out one night with our best friends, BJ and Katie. Katie out of nowhere said, “Let’s have a surprise birthday party for Ryan and BJ.” So, naturally I said that sounds like a great idea! We got to planning, and the only date we could do was Valentine’s Day, which I said was perfect, because I am not the biggest Valentine’s fan, and it would give people something to do. Ryan’s birthday is on February 15. Katie and I met, we created the guest list, the food list, and everything else that goes into a surprise party. I went out and bought all of the food and decorations.

Fast forward to that day. I was so tired, and the last thing I wanted to do was put on this party, I was dreading it. We told the guys we had a Valentine’s Day surprise for them and they couldn’t be around us all day. We spent the day decorating and making food. I asked Katie if it was appropriate to wear sweats to the party, and she said, “Absolutely not!” She made me get dressed up and curl my hair because we had time while the guys were out doing whatever guys do. When it came time for the surprise, we put pillow cases over their head and drove them to the party. We walked them into the house and pulled the pillow cases off their head and bam, surprise! I thought I was the most clever girlfriend in the world, and as I turned around to see his reaction, he was down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I was in such shock! Ryan, Katie and BJ pulled a real fast one on me that day. One of the best parts of the surprise on me, was that my parents and his parents had no idea that it was coming that night either. He did such a good job, he even had my girlfriends come into town for it! It was awesome!

Q: How do you balance your work life and personal lives?  

Ryan: We try to take it easy at home. We leave work at the door and enjoy our time together, when she doesn’t have me working on projects on the house.

Johanna: We try to keep work at work. It is nice to be able to talk about things when we need to about work, because we both know the business, but we try really hard to keep a positive home. We enjoy doing house projects together, or mainly me managing his projects around the house.

Q: Describe your wedding.  

Ryan: Our wedding was real easy going, we had no arguments about wedding plans. It was low stress and just a great time.

Johanna: Of course I thought our wedding was the best! It was a very low stress planning process, and wedding. He is very easy going, which is a great balance to me. Since this was the only time we are going to do this, we wanted to have a good time doing it, and have everyone feel relaxed. We got married on a lake in Michigan. It was a chilly and windy October day, which was obviously not in the plan, but we made the best of it. I was nervous, and I know he was too. One of the best parts of our wedding was having the old 66′ TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® truck there. Brig Sorber was gracious enough to bring it to the wedding, so we could get our pictures taken in front of it. He parked it in the perfect place for everyone to see.

The reception was an awesome party! Exactly what we had expected, surrounded by all of the people that we love. A special touch from our guests, Mike and Karen, was fireworks over the lake! We didn’t want the reception to end! I would definitely do it again, to Ryan of course.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Wedding

Q: What advice do you have for other TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® couples?  

Ryan: Keep the company’s best interest ahead of what you think is your best interest. If your relationship causes an issue at work, it’s most likely going to be a regret later in your relationship. Of the many things I learned working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, the most important thing I learned is keeping a positive attitude at work and at home. If you do that, your Johanna will show up. But be careful, weddings are expensive! #lovetmt

Johanna: I would tell them not to fight it, but to be sure to keep your relationship out of work. Keep the company’s best interest at heart, after all, they are the reason why you two met. Also, take a chance on someone who you may not think is your type because he may turn out to be the perfect match for you. I know Ryan was for me.

We are very grateful for the opportunities that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has presented for both of us. We both are living examples of our core purpose, which is to Move People Forward®. Without TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® we wouldn’t be together, or in the place in our lives that we are. I am forever grateful for this company and everything it stands for. I can say that I am a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® lifer.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Wedding

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Wedding Johanna and Ryan

We wish Johanna and Ryan Weitzel a lifetime of love and happiness!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® seeks to hire 1,000 new employees during annual Career Move Month

Written by Jessy Howe

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK team members

Career Move Month is quickly approaching! With the official kick-off on March 1, we can’t help but share our excitement about the new team members across the country who will soon join the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family. Ahead of the busy moving season adding motivated, hardworking individuals to local teams is essential to support loyal TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® customers.

Throughout March, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is dedicated to hiring new talent to fill various positions within the company including managers, marketing and sales coordinators, movers, drivers, and customer service representatives. These individuals will become part of our franchise teams in more than 330 locations.

“Career Move Month is a nationwide campaign to introduce the many opportunities that exist in the TMT system, but we never stop hiring,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Human Resources Director Sara Bennett. “We will hire more than 9,000 employees in 2016 and are always looking for people who want to move forward with us!”

Our goal is to receive 10,000 applications within the month and to hire 1,000 new employees. Whether you are just beginning your career or are an experienced professional, the career opportunities with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® are endless. This year’s theme is “boxes to briefcases” as many team members quickly advance within our system. In fact, 75 percent of our managers began as frontline employees before working their way into management roles.

Our core purpose is to move people forward, personally and professionally. Our employees tell us they love working here because of the variety, great people, and opportunity to make a difference. Are you looking for something more fulfilling? Apply now to get a jump start of the hiring process!

We know interviews can be intimidating but the best way to get rid of your nerves is to prepare. We want to help you on your path to landing your dream job! Check out this fun video on interview etiquette.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company. We are currently looking for new team members, including movers, drivers, managers, marketers and more! View all openings online at careers.twomenandatruck.com. Let us help you move forward in your career today!

From mover to marketer in a matter of months

Written by Jessy Howe

Moving People Forward® is our core purpose. We make it a priority each and every day to move people forward, both personally and professionally. So much so, that 75 percent of our managers started in frontline positions before moving into management roles!TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Dirk Knowles

Like many employees within our system, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Fort Wayne, Ind., Marketing Coordinator Dirk Knowles has experienced this firsthand.

After attending high school in Bluffton, Ind., Knowles went on to attend the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne to pursue his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing.

Although Knowles had known about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® since 2008, it wasn’t until August 2012 that he joined the company as a mover. Two months later, he was offered a position in the office as a customer service representative (CSR). TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Franchisee Matt Schiffeneder took notice of Knowles’ potential and knew of his knowledge in marketing. After two months of working as a CSR, Schiffeneder presented him the opportunity to further advance his career and take on the role of marketing coordinator at the franchise. Knowles jumped at the opportunity.

“TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has not only given me the opportunity to come up through the ranks but has also given me the chance I have been looking for to do what I love and that is bring awareness and build the reputation for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® here in Fort Wayne, as well as work with the community through our charity programs,” said Knowles.

This coming spring, Knowles will have the chance to do just that as he coordinates the Movers for Moms® campaign in his community. The program is held at all TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations across the country to collect donations for essential care items to be delivered to women’s and family shelters on Mother’s Day. He and his team have already gained the support of six Fort Wayne businesses who will be donation partners throughout the program.

As he plans for this large campaign and tackles day-to-day duties, Knowles feels supported by the corporate office and resources available to him.

“My favorite part about the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system is how open the line of communication between home office and the franchise is,” said Knowles. “Being very new to the position and being my first opportunity to focus on the marketing aspect of a company, it is reassuring to know that when I have a question I can contact home office directly and speak with someone who has the experience and knowledge.”

While he continues to excel and grow within the company, Knowles encourages others considering beginning careers with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® to take the leap.

“Having experience as a mover significantly helped me when working as a CSR when explaining to customers how and what our movers would do. Now having worked as both a mover and CSR, it helps when explaining the moving process starting with that first initial customer call to the signing of the paperwork at the end of the move,” said Knowles. “My advice for anyone thinking about starting a career with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® would be to take every opportunity you are given and to work in different positions within the company.”

 

If you are interested in beginning your career with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, please visit our careers site! TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward in your career!

A match made in TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® heaven; the story of Emily and Michael Sham

Written by Hannah Conlin
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Love is in the air at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, and it is not just for the amazing brand that has achieved more than 30 years of growth and success as the premier leader within the moving industry. Many couples within the company met and fell in love through their employment with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

After working as a mover for two months, Michael took on the role of general manager at the Jackson, Miss., franchise in 2013. The pair met when Emily joined as the franchise’s marketing manager. Now, as Michael prepares to open his new franchise in Southaven, Miss., in May 2016, the two are happier than ever!

Q: When did you first meet your significant other? 

Michael: Emily and I met during her interview for our marketing position.

Emily: I came on about three to four months after Michael and started as the first-ever marketing manager our franchise had. He was the general manager.

Q: What was your first impression of your significant other when you met them at the office? 

Michael: I couldn’t wait to hire Emily. I thought she was a perfect fit for what we were looking for and I was thoroughly impressed with how she carried herself during the interview.

Emily: I first met Michael in my second interview with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. I thought it was just going to be a second interview with Mr. Jeff Taylor, our franchisee, but Michael had just come on as the general manager so they were both in the interview. It was a very casual interview, and I immediately thought he was cute and had a lot of confidence. I soon thought, “Who am I kidding? He would be my BOSS, that would never happen,” so I tried to play it cool as best I could. I can remember telling my mom that night that the general manager was really cute though.

Q: Describe your first date. 

Michael: We went out to her favorite sushi spot and enjoyed a good meal and conversation. I distinctly remember telling her that I wasn’t looking for a fling and that if she didn’t feel like she could marry me one day then we would remain friends and co-workers. Surprisingly enough, that didn’t scare her away.

Emily: We casually went out with some friends during Christmas break, and had a great time; meanwhile I am dying! I am out with my cute boss, and just trying to stay as cool as possible! He went out of town over the weekend with his family and then asked me out on our first “official” date on that Sunday. We went out for sushi, kept it casual, and now sushi is our weekly date night!

Q: When did you realize you were in love? 

Michael: I knew I had feelings for Emily before our first date. Our Franchisee Jeff Taylor’s wife, Becky, was battling cancer and was scheduled to have brain surgery in Houston, Texas, at M.D. Anderson. I planned on going to surprise Jeff and Becky and asked Emily if she wanted to go, knowing the relationship she had with the family. We spent over 14 hours in a car together that weekend and really got to know one another. Becky kept telling Emily that we were in love every time I left the hospital room as well. Needless to say, she knew something that we hadn’t figured out yet.

Emily: Well, I didn’t realize. Mrs. Becky Taylor was the whole reason we even began our love story. Michael and I drove to Houston to surprise Jeff after Becky’s third brain surgery. She had been battling stage 4 brain cancer for five years; what a fighter! She had just gotten out of surgery when we arrived and surprised everyone; we just wanted to both be there for support. That is 14 hours total in a vehicle together, and pretty much three days of togetherness in a hospital room. Michael had stepped out of the hospital room to take a work phone call and Mrs. Becky perks up and says, “Ya’ll love each other.” I was like, no, no, no, you just had brain surgery, simmer down … and she insisted! She quickly quieted down however as Michael came back in the room. Once we got back to Mississippi, Jeff called Mike explaining that Becky thinks we are in love and if we want to pursue a relationship that he would not stand in the way. Becky reminded Jeff he could not get in the way of God’s plan. Fast forward to our first date, and the rest is history. Once my parents were on board and approved of Michael, that was it for me, I was head over heels for this guy.

Q: Describe your engagement.
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Michael: Planning our engagement almost cost us our relationship. It took over two weeks of planning and preparation every day and Emily started feeling neglected. Luckily, I enlisted the help of her mother and she was able to keep things together for the most part. I sent her on a day-long scavenger hunt with her friends in a limo bus that took her to eight different places with activities at each that would prepare her for the evening ahead. I sent her to get her nails done, make-up done, hair done, and dress shopping, with her final destination being her parent’s house. There were about 40 friends and family hiding in the house when she arrived. I escorted her around the back of the house where I had a podium set up with a book of all the things we had done together in our relationship. The last page said “will you” and the rest is history.

Emily: August 30, 2014. Michael out did himself, so much to the point I thought we were about to break up because he wasn’t spending any time with me. It started with him asking my parents. He made a slide show of my life, with my dad, with my mom, with my brother, and then us. He got my brother to bring my parents to the office, we had just moved into the new office building, so he wanted to “show it off,” when really the ending of the tour of the office was this video/slideshow he had made on his computer asking my parents if he could have their blessings in marrying me. Then it was my turn. It was my turn to work on a Saturday at the office, and he was here with me, along with our English bulldog, Ace. I was in my office getting work done and Michael said let’s go take Ace for a walk outside, so nothing out of the ordinary. While we are outside, three of my best friends pull up in a car; mind you, two live in Arkansas, so I am shocked. One grabs a video camera from Michael, and he says, “Go have fun with your best friends. Happy eighth month anniversary.” He is always over the top with gifts and surprises, so I thought nothing of it. My friends and I then go on a scavenger hunt; ALL DAY!

First: Sushi for lunch with my girlfriends and as we leave a party bus pulls up to take us everywhere! There’s a note that takes me to his apartment to give Ace a bone.

Second: At his apartment, first he cleaned everything, lit a candle and had a card with money to go shop at Anthropology, my favorite store.

Third: Got a card at the store to go get my makeup done at Bobby Brown; the makeup I wear.

Fourth: Take a break and get a snow cone from SnoBiz; one of our favorite places during the summer.

Fifth: Get my hair cut and styled; I had been talking about needing a haircut.

Sixth: I receive the final card and it says, Now that you are all dolled up, go to your house and hang out with your best friends and have a good time. So, we begin heading back to my house.

At this point I am kind of bummed; I wanted to spend some of our anniversary with him, and I honestly thought I would end at a nice dinner with him. We end up at my house and I am texting him on the way there thanking him for the wonderful day and he is telling me he is at his apartment just hanging out and he would come to my house later. I get out of the party bus at my parent’s house, no cars in the driveway, and here Michael comes walking down the driveway to meet me. Then I start freaking out, wondering what is going on! He takes me to the back yard where it is lit with string lights, mason jars with candles, it is magical. There are flowers and an outdoor sofa with a pedestal. He walks me over to the pedestal and it has a scrapbook with everything from Annual Meeting pictures, to flight tickets, everything we had done together over the past eight months. At the end of the scrapbook there is a little bride and groom; that is when I really knew what was going on. Like I said, he is over the top always. He sits me on the couch and sits next to me (he is nervous) and I hear, “Aww,” from a ton of people and some giggling, all while crying. He then gets down on one knee and pops the question and I hear roars of clapping and screaming! My parent’s house was filled with friends and family! Becky and Jeff had the best seat in the house, my parent’s bedroom, with their window is right by the backyard. It turned into an engagement party with champagne and “she said yes” cookies. It was perfect and one of the best nights of my life! Longest engagement story, but the happiest and sweetest.

Q: How do you balance your work life and personal lives? 

Michael: Not without a few issues. It took time to find our groove and we still battle it from time to time. It’s hard to keep work at work and home at home, but it is a challenge that we are very blessed to face. Not many people get to work with their best friend, and that is the perspective we try to keep every day.

Emily: We struggled with this for a while, and then finally realized we needed to make some slight changes. We try to not talk about work so much when we get home, but this is our lives. We love TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, and we look at it as any couple coming home from work asking their spouse, “How was your day at work?” I have learned I am not always right at work, and things may not go the way I want, but Michael is my boss and wants what is best for the company and I have to respect that. It takes time to learn how each other tick, but we usually have a good compromise. We do enjoy having lunch dates every once in a while, because we really don’t see too much of each other at work. He is on a completely different side of the building than me, which helps!

Q: Describe your wedding.
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Michael: Our wedding was one of the best parties I’ve ever been to. It was absolutely beautiful and we were very blessed to have some great venues and some awesome people to help make it so amazing. We had all of our loved ones there and it was one of the most memorable days in my life.

Emily: Oct. 3, 2015 in Mobile, Ala., at my aunt and uncle’s home on Mobile Bay. It was magical; we had string lights everywhere, a live band on the porch, and sequin table cloths. Rose gold, blushes, and cream flowers everywhere. Everything was outside, right on the water and around the pool. We got married under a huge oak tree with hanging moss. We had about 125 guests that attended from all over! It was so special and a weekend filled with lots of love and laughter. The best day ever!

We wish Emily and Michael Sham a lifetime of love and happiness! In celebration of Valentine’s Day, keep a look out for more TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® love stories coming soon!

Valentine’s Day crafts in 4 steps or less!

Written by Jessy Howe

DIY Valentine's Day Door wreath
Show your love this Valentine’s Day by creating easy homemade crafts and decorations! Making homemade crafts can be a fun and inexpensive family activity. These crafts are all upcycled from old moving boxes, meaning all you really need is craft paper, glue and stickers, and you’re ready to go. If you are in need of boxes, we are here to help! TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has a variety of boxes tailored to your needs that can be purchased at a location near you!

Below are four easy, do-it-yourself Valentine’s Day craft tutorials!

Kid’s Valentine’s Day card box

DIY Valentine's Day kids card box
Personalize your child’s Valentine’s Day card box for their school party by using one of our Truckie’s Treasure Chest boxes. These boxes are simple to assemble and have handles to make for easy transportation to and from school. You can purchase this at any TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® location or order one online for just a few bucks!

Supplies: Kid's Valentine's Day craft box supplies

1 Truckie’s Treasure Chest box
Craft paper
Stickers
Hot glue gun
Box cutter
Scissors

Step 1: Assemble your box and place the handles into the open spaces on the side. Next, use a box cutter to make a slot on the top for Valentines to be dropped in.

Step 2: Have your child cover the box in craft paper of their choice. Use a hot glue gun or tape to secure the paper to the box.

Step 3: It’s time to personalize! Let your child personalize their card box with stickers, paper hearts, ribbon, and anything else they wish.

 

Sweetheart garland

Valentine's Day sweetheart garland
Spruce up your home by creating a classic conversation heart garland to hang in your home. I’m in love with how this turned out!

Supplies:

1 small TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® box
Acrylic craft paint
Sponge paint brushes
Red stickers or a red marker
Ribbon
Box cutter
Hole punch
Heart stencils
Pencil

Step 1: To make this simple, we decided to do a quick online search and print heart stencils. Trace as many hearts as you’d like to have on your garland and use your box cutter to carefully cut them out.

Step 2: Now that your cardboard hearts are cut out, it’s time to paint. We stuck to the classic candy heart colors but your options are endless! Also, I would recommend doing two coats of paint for the best results.

Step 3: After the paint is fully dry, use your hole punch on each side of the heart. String your ribbon through the holes and behind each heart to put your garland together. At the back of the first and last heart, tie a knot in the ribbon to keep them from slipping off.

Step 4: Use your creativity and think of fun sayings to put on each heart! We used red stickers for accuracy and to save time but a red permanent market can work just as well.

 

Valentine’s Day door wreath
DIY Valentine's Day door wreath

Greet your guests with love by creating a paper heart door wreath!

Supplies:Valentine's Day door wreath supplies

1 small box
Craft paper
Sticker letters
Ribbon
Hot glue gun
Pencil
Scissors
Box cutter

Step 1: Trace a large circle onto your box with a second circle inside it. Use your box cutter to cut out the inside circle as well as the large circle, leaving you with a base for your wreath. Keep in mind this does not have to be perfectly shaped and it is okay to have jagged edges as you will be covering it up.

Step 2: Cut out various sized hearts from your craft paper and begin gluing them down to your cut out circle. Continue doing this until you are satisfied with your wreath.

Step 3: We added a “LOVE” banner to the top to make it extra festive. After you are happy with the look of your wreath, use your hot glue gun to secure ribbon to the back of your wreath.

 

Tic-tac-toe board

DIY Valentine's Day tic -tac-toe board

A fun twist on a classic game can entertain your kids for hours … okay, maybe 15 minutes but you have to admit, it is fun!

Supplies:

1 small box (Or a remaining side from the box used in previous crafts)
Colored paper
Glue
Marker
Scissors

Step 1: Cut a large heart out to act as your tic-tac-toe game board. Cover this heart in colored paper.

Step 2: Cut smaller hearts out of craft paper in two separate colors. You will want to cut 5 hearts in each color.

Step 3: Draw your board game lines onto the heart and play!

 

We hope we’ve given you some fun DIY ideas to create this February! For more box inspiration, follow us on Pinterest! If you create any of these crafts, we’d love to see them! Tag us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

 

 

 

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® fall cause marketing programs garner nearly 100,000 items for those in need

Written by Hannah Conlin

Columbus, OH TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Movers for Mutts
Collection items from the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Columbus, Ohio franchise during their Movers for Mutts program.


As it has been said time and time again, the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system truly believes in giving back to local communities. How can franchises not believe in giving back with it being one of our core values? This year, franchise locations across the system proved they don’t just believe in this ideal, they live it.

Franchises had the opportunity to partake in the Movers for Military, Movers for Meals, Movers for Mutts, and Truckload of Warmth campaigns. Much like the national Movers for Moms® program, locations worked with local business partners to collect the much needed items for their various campaigns. Throughout the fall of 2015, more than 30 franchises implemented one of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s four cause marketing programs, working to collect more than 99,000 much-needed items.

“Several years ago TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® had just one cause marketing campaign, Movers for Moms®,” said Media Relations and Brand Communications Team Lead Lindsay Dow. “However, we had many franchises who wanted to do more to help out their communities throughout the year. That’s when we worked to create four additional programs, providing our franchises with the opportunity to give back to different organizations. Over the past few years these campaigns have evolved and franchises have truly embraced them. This year was no different, and without a doubt the most successful year for our fall marketing programs.”

To show gratitude and appreciation to local veterans, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® once again rolled out Movers for Military. Millions of veterans in America are homeless throughout the year, and Movers for Military aims to assist these veterans in need. Franchises that participated in this program collected more than 18,000 items for veterans in need; items donated went to benefit homeless veterans and their families.

Ten locations implemented the Movers for Mutts campaign within their local communities. This program benefits animal shelters that provide and care for stray animals. Many times, these shelters are in dire need of pet food and other essential pet items. Together, the franchises collected more than 1,500 items and more than $15,000 in monetary donations to go toward the animals and the shelters.

Hunger is a problem many Americans face daily. In an effort to help combat hunger, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises implemented the Movers for Meals campaign. Movers for Meals collects nonperishable food items for families facing hunger each year. This year franchises collected a whopping 50,000 donated items for families in need!

Two Men and a Truck Movers for Meals
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Brentwood/Franklin, Tenn., collect donation items for Movers for Meals just in time for Thanksgiving during their Fill-A-Truck event!

Marketing Director Sally Mink of the Brentwood/Franklin, Tenn., location found her Movers for Meals campaign to be the best one to date.

“This year was our strongest year yet,” said Mink. “This year we hit over 1,600 pounds for Graceworks Ministries.”

Lastly, Truckload of Warmth, helps keep children and their families warm during the bitter cold winter months. Gently used or new winter coats and other winter clothing donations are needed for this collection drive. Through the collective efforts of the nine locations that ran the program, more than 30,000 items were collected.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Des Moines Truckload of Warmth
The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Des Moines, Iowa team collected nearly 11,000 items during their Truckload of Warmth program.

General Manager Chris Jones from the Boise, Idaho franchise implemented the Truckload of Warmth program. The Boise location, in its fourth year with the campaign, partnered with 35 collection partners across the community, providing even more awareness for the program and those in need.

“The program has gained traction every year and many of the participating businesses even look forward to it,” said Jones. “It gives us and the business a great opportunity to help and give back to our community. All of our donations go to the families living at the Women’s and Children’s Alliance (WCA). The WCA organization does such amazing things for those in need and we are just proud that we can help.”

With another successful year wrapped up, the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system is excited for the 2016 fall campaigns and the opportunity to increase the charitable efforts throughout our local communities.

“Moving People Forward is our core purpose,” said Marketing and Communications Director Dawn Kroeger. “I am so passionate about these cause marketing initiatives and how they allow TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® to put our core purpose into action. We are committed to moving people forward beyond our customers and our team members, but those most at risk in our communities.”

To learn more about these programs please visit our community service page. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services, subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

How to choose the best Internet provider in a new city

Written by Alice Williams

Beautiful young woman working with laptop in her office.

You’ve packed every box, organized the movers, and finally arrived in your new city. The process of getting out of your old place is complete; now it’s time to start making your new place a home. One of the most crucial steps is getting your Internet up and running. But how do you know where you’ll get the best service for the best price?

If you find yourself overwhelmed with all the information and promotions thrown your way when it comes to Internet Service Providers (ISP), we’re here to help. The perfect way to start off the new year in your new city is with a bunch of savings. Here’s what to look for and some of the best deals offered by popular providers.

What to look for in an ISP

Between download speeds and delivery methods, it’s easy to get confused when shopping for an Internet provider. Make sure you get exactly what you need by following these tried-and-true tips.

  • Know how much speed you need
    Internet providers offer anything from less than 1 Mbps (megabits per second) to 100 Mbps. With higher speeds come higher price tags. Make sure you don’t pay for more than you need. Look at the number of devices used in your household and the activities performed, then get a plan that gives you just what you need.
  • Consider bundles
    If you plan to get cable or satellite TV and a phone in addition to Internet, you might want to check into deals offered for multiple services. Bundling phone and Internet can help you save on both.
  • Pick the right type of service
    There are many ways that Internet can be delivered to your home — DSL, fiber-optic, cable, satellite, and even dial-up. The pros and cons of each come down to the speeds they offer and whether or not your connection is shared with other customers or dedicated to you alone. Whether you live in the city or a more rural area can also limit the types of Internet available.
  • Sign a contract — or don’t
    Many ISPs offer special deals to customers who sign a 12- or 24-month contract. The contract lets you lock in your price, protecting you from price increases for the duration of the contract. If you plan to move or expect changing Internet needs, you might want to find a provider that offers more flexibility than a contract offers.
  • Check out reputations
    It pays to do a little research. Read customer reviews and find out what other customers have to say about each provider’s reliability and customer service. You want a provider that has a strong reputation for uninterrupted service and fast, friendly help when you need it.

Providers with great deals

We all want to get the best deal available, but not everyone has time to research and find every offer out there. To make things easier for you, we’ve done the hard work for you. Here are some of the best Internet deals out there.

  • XFINITY®: Internet plus home automation
    If you’re shopping for home automation and security options in addition to Internet, XFINITY has a great deal for customers who bundle services. XFINITY Home can help you turn your house into a smart home and get you online. If home automation is part of your moving plan, find out what they have available in your area.
  • Verizon: Super-fast speeds
    For those with a need for speed, Verizon is offering Internet speeds up to 500 Mbps. Plans start between $45 and $265, depending on what speeds you want and whether or not you bundle other services like HDTV and a home phone. Most of their plans do require a contract, so make sure you’re ready to make a commitment.
  • AT&T: Best for bargain hunters
    Reliable Internet at a reasonable price can be yours with a deal from AT&T. They offer plans starting as low as $15 per month. If you’re watching the bottom line, it’s worth keeping an eye on the latest AT&T deals. Some packages may require a contract and additional services, but if you hate sticker shock, they have some of the most affordable bundles out there.
  • Frontier: Customizable connections
    Thanks to the large number of options offered by Frontier, you can get hooked up with everything from Internet to digital TV — all for prices starting as low as $19.99 per month. Frontier is currently offering their ‘Price for Life’ plan which locks in your monthly package price. They offer speeds up to 6 Mbps and are easy to work with if you don’t want to sign a contract. If you like the freedom of a monthly service you’re not tied to, Frontier might be the perfect fit.

Moving comes with enough things to sort out. You shouldn’t be stumped when it comes to finding a reliable ISP you can afford. Use these tips so you know what to look for and, since offers change from time to time and vary by location, remember to check out different providers for the latest deals in your area.

Alice Williams- AT&T

Alice Williams is a digital communications expert for AT&T with an MA in Communication Studies. She writes extensively on communication, business and tech and is currently based in Salt Lake City.

10 tips to survive your winter move

Written by Jessy Howe

iStock_House in the winter

Moving can be hard, but moving during the winter season can make the process that much more difficult. To help ease your winter move stress, we’re sharing our top 10 winter moving tips. When using a moving company, many concerns below will not be a worry. However, for those do-it-yourselfers, with a few extra precautions, you can master the art of moving during snowy, winter weather.

1. Clear the path

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 hidden by snow. Taking a few extra moments to clear the way will make moving easier and safer for everyone.

2. Watch the weather

Temperatures can change quickly during the winter, with slush turning to ice within a few hours. It also gets dark earlier in the winter and with this in mind, plan trips between the old and new location accordingly. To find out more about the moving protocol during blizzard-like conditions, we’ve answered all of your questions, here.

3. Carry emergency supplies

Whether you drive your own vehicle or rent a moving truck, ice and snow on the road may get in your way. If you do get stuck, you can get yourself out quickly if you carry a shovel, salt and/or sand. It’s also wise to keep a vehicle emergency kit, water, snacks, and blankets handy just in case.

4. Layer up

Although you will be working hard on moving day, it is a good idea to dress in layers. If you begin to overheat you can always remove layers. Don’t forget your hat and warm gloves!

5. Avoid slips

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 causing slippery surfaces.

6. Light your area

Be sure all outdoor lighting is functioning properly at your new and old location prior to your move. With the sun setting early throughout winter months, it is important your visibility isn’t compromised should your move go late into the day.

7. Protect your floors

Cover your floors with old sheets or tarps to avoid tracking mud and snow into your home. Not only will this protect your belongings but will also keep the floors at your new location clean and dry.

8. Turn on utilities

Plan ahead and ensure utilities will be turned on upon your arrival. In harsh winter months, you will not want to be without these! Additionally, leave heat and electricity on in your old home until you are completely moved out.

9. Keep your plants safe

Don’t transport live plants in the cargo hold of the truck, as they can easily freeze. To keep plants safe and secure during a move, pack them in your personal vehicle and drive safely to your destination.

10. Hire help!

Hiring a moving company can take much of the pressure off of you and allow you to enjoy your new home even sooner! Many of the precautions above will be worries that disappear when hiring movers. Our uniformed movers and drivers are committed to exceeding expectations and ensuring your move is completed with care and efficiency. We realize moving needs are unique for every customer, so we’re ready to customize a plan to provide the best moving experience. Contact TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® today to begin planning your move.

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