TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® moving tips for military members

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At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we are all about giving back to our community and helping to move people forward in life. This is especially true with our veterans, and we make sure to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this county and allow us to do we what we do each day.

This is especially true when it comes to providing moving services for active military members, and we try to deliver the absolute best moving services possible for those about to serve, currently serving, or those who may be finishing up their time in the military. While many of the basic aspects of the moving process translate to a military move, there are some minor details that must be taken into consideration to ensure the move goes smoothly.

Thankfully, the “Movers Who Care®” at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK have put together some important moving tips for military members so when it comes time to make your next step, you have all the resources and planning taken care of.

Pack with efficiency

Packing can sometimes be the difference between a successful move and a disaster, and taking the time to pack properly will take a ton of stress off your shoulders and keep the entire process moving along as you relocate to your new home.

Start by labeling all of your boxes so there is no confusion as to where any of your belongings are. Try to organize boxes by keeping items of the highest importance together so that when you get to your new spot, you are able to access them quickly. Be sure to check with the military base you are moving to on their restrictions or guidelines of what is and isn’t allowed on the premises so you aren’t forced to part with something unexpectedly.

Stay organized

For many active military members, moving can become an all too frequent process, and you can find yourself jumping from city to city based on your assignments.

This creates an even greater significance on staying organized with your belongings, as you’ll want to keep yourself on track and not get lost in clutter from place to place. Determine what items are useful at your next place and what items are no longer needed, and toss the unwanted stuff.

Pay attention to pricing options

When it comes to moving as a member of the military, you are given the option of buying or renting your own place, but the pricing options can vary.

Your housing is paid for to an extent, but what allowance you receive depends if you live on or off the base. If you decide to live on the base, they will usually take your entire allowance and allow you to live there without requiring payment for rent or bills If you choose to live off-base, anything you pay for that goes over your allowance comes out of pocket.

Find out what type of housing option works best for you financially, and make the necessary arrangements.

Give yourself extra time

In order for movers to get on a military base, their moving trucks are going to be thoroughly examined by security, and this will often add in extra time. It’s important to plan with this in mind, especially when being charge by the hour for your moving services.

Talk with your moving company and find out what their rates are to ensure there are no surprises come moving time.

Be prepared if you’re going international

This goes without saying, but if your military move involves relocating to a new country, there’s quite a bit of extra planning that wouldn’t normally come with a local home move.

Some things to keep in mind as you relocate to a new country:

-Longer time frames for delivering and receiving your items

-Language barriers

-Relocating your vehicle

Along with this, there are plenty of other factors that come into play, so it’s important to be up-to-date with the regulations of your new country, and with your new military base.

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we put a heavy emphasis on helping and giving back to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to this country. From our Movers for Military campaign in the fall to employing numerous veterans, we feel it’s our duty to make sure these brave men and women are taken care of.

If you’re looking to complete an upcoming military move, give us a call! We’d love to help get you on your way and show you why we are known as the “Movers Who Care®”.

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Stay prepared during your home move with these overlooked moving essentials

 

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The process of home moving is one of the more stressful situations in life, and can be full of obstacles along the way as you plan out how you’ll get all of your belongings from one place to the next. Being proactive prior to move day can greatly alleviate this stress, and make the entire process seamless.

Everyone knows when it comes to moving, you need boxes and packing supplies, but what about the overlooked moving essentials? These often consist of things that are entirely necessary, but can become an afterthought as you work to organize your move.

Fortunately, as the “Movers Who Care®”, we have more than 30 years of experience in the moving industry, and know just what you need to have handy in order to make your move a breeze! Follow along with this helpful tip sheet so you have everything you need at your new home.

Cleaning supplies

Moving items into a new home can create quite the mess, and the last thing you want is to settle into a dirty home. Make sure you have the basic cleaning supplies on hand such as cleaning spray, Clorox wipes, rags and sponges, dishwater and laundry soap, and toilet cleaner.

Cords and chargers

It’s no secret the world revolves electronics, and you want to make sure you have access to these when moving. Bring all the necessary chargers for your electronic items, and extension cords for convenience.

Batteries

From clocks to remotes and everything in between, you’d be amazed at how many objects in your home still use batteries. Make sure you have enough to match these items, and plenty of backups for the future.

Tool kit

This is an absolute must-have when moving into a new home. Whether it’s fixing something, assembling furniture, or hanging décor on the walls – you’re going to want tools around to help you get the job done.

Moving checklist

Organization is key! Have a detailed outline of everything you plan on moving and where you want it to go to prevent leaving something of importance behind.

Plastic bags

There always seems to be a need for plastic bags, especially when moving. They are available for storing, carrying items, organizing, or gathering up unwanted objects for removal.

Bubble wrap and plastic sheeting

Protection for your belongings is crucial, and that’s where the bubble wrap comes into play. Use plastic sheeting to cover your carpets or furniture to help keep them clean as your items get moved in.

Markers and stickers

Use markers or color-coated stickers to keep track of everything and label your moving boxes. This will alert you to where important items are, and can keep you on track with your moving checklist.

Toilet paper/paper towels

Both of these always come in handy, and you’d rather have them and not need them then to need them and not have them.

Food and drinks

Moving in can be tough! Make sure there are plenty of snacks and water on hand as you organize your new home – hydration is key.

 

We hope this list of overlooked essential moving items is helpful to you as you complete your home moving process. If you’re looking to complete a move in the future, give us a call! We are the leaders of the moving industry, and specializing in moving our customers forward with a level of customer service that is unparalleled in the moving industry!

Use our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise locator to find the location nearest you, and find out how the “Movers Who Care®” can assist you with your home relocation.

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Handling the mental and physical aspects of senior relocation as the demographic continues to grow

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-Written by Erik Sargent 

Moving can be an extremely difficult and emotionally challenging time for anyone, especially when it comes to seniors. Often times these moves require downsizing, parting ways with belongings and possessions they have owned for years, and leaving behind a home where priceless memories have been made.

The fall months bring a busy time for senior moves, as many retirees and seniors make the move to warmer climates in the southern and western regions of the country. According to SmartAssest.com, the five states most retirees relocate to are Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Oregon.

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With the drastic changes that come from not only downsizing but making a long-distance move of this nature, it’s important to work closely with the senior who’s making the big move to ensure they are being properly cared for, and that their emotional and physical needs are being tended to.

Senior move managers specialize in this field which involves everything from helping decide which belongings they might need to keep or get rid of, to finding a new place for them to live and helping them adjust to their new life.

“I think you have to take a step back and look at the big picture. So much of what is associated with aging is loss,” said Jennifer Pickett, the associate executive director of the National Association of Senior Move Managers. “You may have lost a spouse, lost physical or cognitive abilities, lost a friend, or lost driving privileges. So when it comes to having to part with possessions that you’ve had for a lifetime or a family home, it’s not uncommon for older adults to draw a line in the sand and say ‘I’m not doing this’. This usually means that it’s overwhelming, and they don’t’ know where to begin.”

NASMM is a nonprofit trade association that represents professional senior move managers, and provides training and support to their members to help put them in the best position to work with aging seniors during this big life change.

“Working with older adults is very different than working with a normal, 35-year-old couple that is moving,” Pickett said. “There are legal issues, communication issues, safety issues, and ethical issues that need to be addressed. Senior move managers specialize in dealing with these specific issues to help families and the older adult client with the tremendous amount of emotional and physical stress that is associated with a move at that age.”

Hiring a senior move manager can serve as protection for the senior who is moving, and to ensure the entire process from start to finish is a smooth one.

Senior move managers do everything from working with the client to ensure the belongings they no longer need are properly handled or donated, and not just thrown away. They also put extensive work into finding the right living situation for the client, whether that be a new apartment, condo, or senior living facility.

“That’s sort of the beauty of bringing in a third party – senior move managers come in to alleviate some of that stress,” Pickett said. “They have the knowledge, the tools, and the resources to help the family through the process. So many times, we hear of adult children who think they can downsize the family home in 48 hours, and that’s just not possible. Not only is that not physically possible, it’s also emotionally damaging to the older adult.”

Aside from the work that senior move managers do, another key piece in the senior moving process is the actual moving company itself, as they are responsible for handling the customers’ belongings and streamlining the process. One company that prides itself on taking quality care of senior citizens is the international moving company TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, and they have built their brand around this motto.

With their company core value THE GRANDMA RULE® – to treat everyone the way you would want your Grandma to be treated – they have developed a niche for moving seniors, and even implement specialized training and practices for handling this delicate process.

“Our Raleigh and Durham locations have been certified as a dementia-friendly business by the Orange County Department on Aging,” said Jeanette Gulledge, multi-unit director of marketing for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations in North Carolina and Georgia. “We thought this additional level of training would be beneficial for our teams as our business continues to grow. Quality health care options continue to be an important factor in attracting a growing number of retirees to the area. With this increase in retirees comes an increase in the potential number of people with various stages of dementia.”

The moving and sales teams at the Raleigh and Durham locations were provided training by the Orange County Department of Aging, which consisted of videos demonstrating the different stages of dementia and tendencies of people who are affected. It offered various insight to what they might encounter when working with this type of patient, and opened a door for discussion with the moving team.

“Since many of us having aging parents, the videos were very relatable and served as great learning tools,” Gulledge said. “We learned that many of our movers and drivers had experience working with clients who were dealing with dementia, and they shared their own best practices for delivering excellent customer service during these moves.”

As the population of seniors (classified as people ages 65 and over) continues to rise, so too will the importance of senior moving strategies and planning. According to the Population Reference Bureau, the number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to more than double from 46 million today to over 98 million by the year 2060.

Continuing to learn about support seniors who are making big life moves, especially those with dementia or other serious diseases, is vital. It’s important to remember these interactions are special, and should be treated with dignity and care as this stressful process can be mentally and physically exhausting.

“Older adults need to be treated with dignity, as do their possessions,” Pickett said. “If you think about your own life, these possessions define you in a lot of ways. [We] have to help these adults part ways with their possession without parting ways with the memory.”

Utilizing space to create storage in your new college dorm room

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Written by Anna Stephens

For many college freshmen, the transition to college is a massive shock because of all the free time you get in between classes, the cafeteria food, and the distance from home. But why doesn’t anyone warn you about the shock of having no storage when you move in to your dorm? Most dorms only have a bed, a dresser, and a small closet. Throw your roommate into the mix, and you’re left with half a closet and two drawers to store all of your belongings in. For some, this is manageable, but for those who tend to over pack (most people!), this simply isn’t enough space.

Our advice is to ensure everything you own has its own space, so the floor doesn’t become an ocean of clothes and random items. Creating enough storage takes serious creativity, and from personal experience and our own research, we’ve created handy storage ideas that will make your dorm room seem bigger.

  1. Sneaky storage. Areas underneath the bed and under the futon are full of storage potential. Depending on how high the bed and futons are off the ground, you can place smaller boxes or storage containers in the space under them filled with essential items. As you plan for your room, note the ideal color, material, and size box for this area. If you love DIYs, use a cardboard box and decorate it with wrapping paper. Another tip is to use labels for these boxes, as it’s easy to forget where everything is stored amongst the move-in chaos.
  2. Bathroom storage. Get a plastic shower caddy to keep all of your toiletries together. This will make it much easier and faster on your trips to and from the bathroom. It’ll also keep all small bathroom items, like toothpaste and shampoo bottles, organized and out of the way.
  3. Closet storage. Maximize the space in your closet by creating a two-level closet. You can purchase a closet rod that comes with hooks to attach to the top rod. This way, your top closet rod can be for your tops, and the bottom rod can be for your bottoms. Another handy hanging item is an over-the-door hanging shoe organizer. All of your shoes will be off the ground and your floors will be clear. Lastly, you can purchase foldable hanging sweater shelves so you have more space to hang items in your closet. This is convenient for foldable clothes that are too bulky to put in your dresser.
  4. Night stand/TV stand storage. Small night stands/TV stands are inexpensive and easy to assemble. These often are paired with square foldable storage bins that go in the different compartments of the night stand. They come in several colors, so they’ll match your décor and offer more places to store your stuff.
  5. Seat storage. Purchase furniture and décor that will serve more than one purpose. You can buy inexpensive cubicle ottomans that open in just about any color and material. These are great places to store items, and also serve as a comfy chair or foot rest.
  6. Drawer storage. In the dresser, you can place foldable dividers so you have separate compartments within each drawer. This will maximize the efficiency of each drawer so you can fill the entire space.

Our best advice is to look for deals along the way. Make a list far in advance of the items you need to purchase for your dorm and make a budget. Scope out different stores for special college deals and do some research online. Remember: the cleaner the space is, the bigger it’ll feel.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is here to help with all of your college moving and storage needs. We also offer professional packing services and boxes and supplies to help take the stress out of moving.

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Ease the stress of college moving with these expert packing tips

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Project by Anna Stephens and Cathryn Armstrong

The moving process can be extremely stressful, especially when it comes to packing up and moving away to college, for some, even leaving home for the first time and being on their own.. Moving into a dorm room can be hectic, and making sure you’re properly packed is essential to easing the stress of moving and unpacking.

With over 30 years of moving experience, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to packing, and we are here to help you as you move on to the collegiate world. We offer a wide variety of boxes and packing supplies to supplement your move, ensuring you’re able to get all of your personal belongings to your new destination safe and secure.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® boxes are built to endure your toughest moves and keep your belongings intact. The last thing you want to deal with on college move-in day is broken items, and our specialty moving boxes will help eliminate any mishaps with your belongings. This box is called the Dish Pack box, and is available for purchase at your local franchise. The dimensions are 18 x 18 x 28, or 5.25 cubic feet, and we have packed it full of college essentials. This box will hold the majority of your belongings, saving you trips to and from the car. This is extremely beneficial since most colleges limit your unloading time on move-in day.

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Here is a complete list of everything we put in this box, and in the correct order we packed it:

  1. Throw blanket. Small blankets are very convenient for a drafty dorm room and are easy to throw in the narrow dorm washing machines.
  2. Towel. Brighten up the bland dorm bathrooms with a vibrant towel.
  3. Hand towel. Wash this weekly to prevent germ multiplication. Make sure it matches your bath towel!
  4. Bath mat. Use this in your bathroom for a soft landing after your shower or as a door mat for your shoes.
  5. Decorative pillow. Great way to add a comfortable and personalized touch to your bed or futon.
  6. Neck pillow. This comes in handy if you’re planning on traveling somewhere during the school year. Or, for a quick nap at the library.
  7. Desk lamp. You’re going to want this for late night study sessions. Make sure to take the lightbulb out and place it in a protected container.
  8. Little fan. Dorm rooms can get stuffy! A little breeze makes sleeping much more comfortable. The noise of fans will also help drown out any loud neighbors.
  9. Bongo. Impress your friends with your musical talent!
  10. Scrapbook. This is a great little thing to have in your dorm when you start to miss home or want to show your new friends some of your favorite memories.
  11. Binders. Stay organized from the get-go.
  12. First aid kit. Accidents happen more often than you’d think! Be sure to pack this.
  13. Iron. No one likes a crinkly shirt! Especially when you have a formal event to attend.
  14. Travel toiletries bag. If you ever need to head out of town for a weekend, you’ll need this!
  15. Purse. If you can resist, only bring one or two.
  16. Decorative cork boards. They’re super cheap, easy to hang, and you can arrange them any way you want. Bring photos or memorabilia and push pins to decorate them once they’re hung up.
  17. Hair dryer. Limp hair is not in, FYI.
  18. Hair brushes. Tame your mane.
  19. Laundry supplies. Get detergent for your colors and whites!
  20. Air freshener. Inevitably something will smell weird in your room. Pick a nice scent to cover it up. Coconut scent is better than the smell of abandoned turkey sandwiches left under the bed.
  21. Board games. This is a great way to break the ice with the new people you’ll meet, and an excuse to invite people over!
  22. Umbrella. It’s difficult to think of a situation more miserable than getting soaked on a walk to class. Carry this thing with you everywhere.
  23. Twinkle lights. Add some ambiance to your dorm to make it cozy.
  24. Crate. This can be tucked under your bed, next to your bed, in your TV stand, really anywhere! It’s nice storage for the little things such as staples, erasers, extra writing utensils, etc.
  25. Hats. Have some baseball hats for the outdoor activities you’ll participate in.
  26. Favorite stuffed animal. No shame! It’s nice to have a cuddle buddy.
  27. Books. Reading will help you unwind at the end of a long day. Or, if you’re like me, it’ll help you fall asleep instantly.
  28. Office supplies. Stock up on pencils, colorful pens, paperclips, staplers, etc.
  29. Calculator. Bring batteries that the calculator requires. Some professors offer no empathy toward a panicked test taker with a dead calculator.
  30. Hangers. Hanging clothes is the easiest way to keep them fresh and neat.
  31. Chargers. Bring chargers for your phone, computer, or any gadget that requires charging.
  32. Q-tips. These come in handy for your personal hygiene as well as manicure fixes (you’re welcome.)
  33. Picture frames. Easy and cheap way to decorate your desk!
  34. Ukulele. Has anyone ever said they don’t like the way ukuleles sound?

 

Whew! Told you it could fit a lot of stuff!! Take note that we placed the softer, but bulkier items, at the bottom of the box, as this provides a cushion for the items you place above it. Next, place items strategically in order to maximize the number of items that will fit in your box. The more fragile items like picture frames and clock should be toward the top so there isn’t too much pressure on them. The smaller items like chargers, socks, etc., should go in a bigger bag like the pencil case and crate so you don’t lose them. In general, bigger boxes like this one, should be filled with lighter items so it’s easier to lift. Smaller boxes are best for heavy items to ease the lifting process. You can view the box size options available, here.

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11 dorm room essentials you can’t live without

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Written by Katie Peterson

As you begin packing to move into your college dorm room, it’s easy to be overwhelmed with the prospect of fitting all the stuff you’ll need for a whole semester in the back of a car. There are so many things you want to take with you; you have a pile of items already forming, and have been making Pinterest crafts for months! Although we’re sure you’ve read every dorm-packing list the Internet has to offer, there are a few essential items you may have overlooked that will help to ensure you are prepared for the semester ahead.

Ways to keep cool

As many college dorms do not have air conditioning, fans are good investments to help keep you cool and comfortable. You can place a box fan in your window or purchase an osculating fan to keep the air moving on hot days.

Power strips

With all the computer cords, phone chargers, and desk lamps you’re sure to have in your room, power strips and a couple of small extension cords are essential to staying charged up.

USB memory stick

The last thing you want to happen is for your laptop to crash on the night before a big paper is due and lose all of your work. Buying a memory stick and backing up your documents as you write is a good habit that will save your sanity.

To-go coffee mug

Coffee lover or not, you’ll definitely want to pack a travel mug for dorm-life. In college, travel mugs become essential for when morning classes start before ten and for when late night study sessions turn into really late night study sessions. They also work well if you have a meal plan, in which case most colleges will let you fill up on beverages before you leave the dining hall.

Laundry materials

A good choice while living in a dorm is laundry detergent Pods that come in individual packages. If you have stairs to climb to wash your laundry, these are more convenient to transport and they prevent the messy dripping that can happen when using bottles. Another good idea is a collapsible drying rack for the clothes you can’t dry. You can stow it away when it’s not in use and your clothes won’t be draped all over your furniture while they dry.

An umbrella

A good umbrella is a must, especially if you are going to school in an area that receives a lot of rain! Remember, unless your campus is one building, you will be walking outside for most of the day to get to your classes. Don’t get caught uncovered!

Dishes and utensils

Make sure to either purchase some cheap plastic dishes or disposable ones to use in your room. Sometimes getting out of your dorm room to go to the dining hall is just too much of an effort, (or you ran out of meals for the week). For times like these you’ll want dishes and utensils to eat your meals without ever having to leave your room.

Small tool box with the important stuff

Packing a small tool kit with a screwdriver, hammer, and tape measure will come in handy more than you would think. It also might make you popular amongst the less prepared members of your floor.

Command™ products

Command™ strips and hooks are absolutely essential for dorm life. Anything you might want to decorate; walls, ceilings, or doors can be dangerous for your wallet without the proper adhesive. Command™ products will prevent damage to your room when it’s time to remove your decorations at the end of the year. You’ll be glad you invested in the fall when you don’t have to cough up money for damages in the spring.

Shower organization

Find out what kind of bathroom you are going to have in your dorm. If you will be using a community bathroom, you will want a shower caddy to bring all of your toiletries to and from the bathroom. If you share a bathroom with a roommate or suitemates, you might want to purchase a “shower tower” to help organize everyone’s items and keep the bottles off the floor.

Your brain!

When packing to move into your college dorm the MOST essential thing to bring is your brain! Do your research beforehand and learn what you can about school rules, storage options, and what your roommate plans on bringing. This will help you become prepared and ready with everything you need for a full semester of fun.

There’s no guarantee you’ll be able to remember everything you will need while packing for college, but with this list of dorm room essentials, you’ll remember a few of the most important ones. Besides, if you do end up forgetting anything you can’t live without, you have an excuse to visit home for a weekend or get your first care package.

What advice do you have for dorm moving? We’d like to hear! Like us on Facebook for more helpful tips and updates. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward!

Surviving your move: What to know about moving into your first apartment

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Written by Katie Peterson

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® we know moving can have its fair share of challenges. There’s the packing, the cleaning, and let’s not even mention move day itself. Moving into your first place is stressful, and apartment moving has its own set of headaches. Neighbors are more like roommates, there are a ton of rules and regulations while renting an apartment, and what about all those stairs? We’ve come up with some tips to help you survive your first apartment move.

Ask questions

-Ask the landlord about any concerns beforehand. Good questions to ask might include what kind of maintenance is available if something goes wrong in the apartment, how old the building is, and even questions about the previous tenants. Your landlord will love bragging about any new construction, and you will be making a more informed decision about your new place as a result.

-If you have a chance, talk to some of the current residents of the building while you are there. What do they think of the landlord? How are the other tenants in the apartment? This will help you make an informed decision about the apartment and give you a chance to introduce yourself to some of your future neighbors if you are already serious about renting.

Be prepared and organized

The actual move into your new apartment is all about being prepared and organized throughout the process. With these tips in mind, you’ll be ready for anything that comes your way.

Before your move:

-Make sure to bring paper documentation to your lease signing. This might include proof of employment or a copy of your lease with highlighted areas you might have questions on. Especially in competitive markets where multiple tenants are looking to rent, it pays to be prepared! This will also give your landlord a good idea of your trustworthiness and ability to bring important documents in on time (like your rent).

-Schedule a walk-through of the apartment with your landlord before you move in. This is a good opportunity to take photos of the condition of the apartment for reference when you are negotiating your security deposit. The photos can also be used to ensure you took care of the apartment when you eventually move out and want your deposit back.

-Measure the dimensions of your new apartment before you buy furniture or bring in items you already own. This will save you the headache of having to return any items that won’t fit, and the backache of your movers trying to fit the furniture through the door. Important spots to measure include the area for a washer and dryer and the nook for your refrigerator (if you have to supply them), tight doorways, and wall space for seating.

On move day:

-First things first, clean every nook and cranny of your new apartment! Scrub all those places you won’t ever be able to get to once your furniture is moved in, and even the places you will. It will save time and energy later in the day when all you have to do is a quick trip around the apartment with the vacuum.

-Schedule a timeframe to move into your new place at a reasonable and respectable time. The earlier, the better! Make sure you have enough time to finish moving in before residents in your apartment building are thinking about going to sleep. Your neighbors will appreciate meeting you during daylight hours as opposed to when they are complaining about the noise in their pajamas.

-Schedule any big items you’ve purchased to be delivered on separate days or spaced apart on the day of your move. Items such as mattresses and large furniture pieces will have their own deliveries and can create inconveniences on move-in day if arriving all at once. The day after your move, or a few hours after the movers have gone, are good times to schedule these deliveries to ensure the elevators and parking lots aren’t crowded and remain accessible to other tenants.

Be friendly and considerate

-This probably goes without saying, but be friendly! Introduce yourself to your surrounding neighbors. Even if you don’t go around knocking on your neighbors’ doors be sure to say “hi” in passing or on the elevator. You might make new friends, or at the very least, get to know their names in case their mail ends up in your box by accident.

-Make sure your landlord knows who you are and has a face to go with your name. It will be useful for him/her to know you in case you have a maintenance problem or you are a few days late on the rent. A little effort will ensure your landlord knows you as more than just a name on a check.

-Be considerate of the noise level and your activities at certain hours. Bouncing a basketball in your room on the third floor is never a good idea, especially if it’s at three o’clock in the morning.

Moving into your own apartment for the first time can be exciting, scary, and stressful all wrapped up in one. Making preparations beforehand, staying organized, and being considerate of your neighbors are great ways to help you survive your first apartment move!

What advice do you have for moving into your first apartment? We’d like to hear! Like us on Facebook for more helpful tips and updates. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward!

Moving with kids: avoid the moving day blues

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Written by Katie Peterson

In movies, it always seems like moving is just about the worst news a kid can hear. Boxes are packed, the sad music plays, and it starts raining just as the car pulls out of the driveway, right past the “sold” sign in the front yard. But moving with kids does not have to be a dramatic movie plot-twist. Here’s how to help your kids avoid the moving blues and maybe even have a little fun along the way!

Before the move

Move meeting

Conduct a family “move meeting” to talk about the process and ease their nerves about the move. The more your children feel involved in the decision making, the less they will feel like they are being forced to do something they don’t want to do. Create a moving day plan so they may check off the events as they happen. For example, 1. Movers arrive, 2. Truck is all loaded up, 3. Drive to new house … and so on.

Start planning their new room

Help your child plan their new room setup and design. Take your child to the new place and have them talk about where they want to put their furniture or what color they want to paint their walls. This will help build up their excitement and give them fun decisions to make.

New owner letter

Sit down with the whole family and write a letter to the new owners of your home. This can be a fun and memorable experience for everyone. Tell the family moving in why the house is special and what they need to know going in, such as the first bedroom being the best room for making forts or the neighbor’s cat Frisky often wanders toward the apple blossom tree in the back yard. The family will have fun remembering stories while you write and the new owners will love the personal instruction guide.

During the move

Put them to work!

Assign age-appropriate tasks for the kids. Utilize those extra helping hands! Older kids might be able to help label or tape boxes while younger kids help wipe down tables or clean windows. Make a game out of these mini tasks by awarding winners for the fastest packer or the most rooms vacuumed.

“Day of move” box

Pack a “Day of Move” box for each child to keep their favorite small items with them. Packing all of your belongings into boxes and putting them in the back of a moving truck can feel overwhelming, especially when you don’t quite understand where your stuff will end up. Your child might even like Truckie’s moving journal to write down some of their thoughts about the move to keep with them. If your kids have some of their favorite things, they will feel more comfortable with the rest of their belongings being packed .

After the move

Go exploring

Explore your new neighborhood! Once your tennis shoes are finally unpacked, take a stroll around the neighborhood with the kids. This will be a great opportunity to get familiar with the area and maybe meet some of your neighbors.

It’s all about attitude

Stay positive and keep your excitement up. Make sure your kids know how happy you are to be in the new house. Your kids will feed off of your energy and how you are reacting to the move, so if you are positive and excited about it, chances are they will be, too!

Moving with kids can be tough, but with the right preparation and a positive mindset, you can make moving with your kids a memorable adventure.

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I’m too busy! I don’t have time to pack and move!

Written by Arika Ford

I’m in a rush most of the time. Three kids with various activities on our schedule every day of the week, a full-time job, a house to clean, husband, dog, cat, and hamster. Hurry, hurry, hurry is my life these days.

In addition to the chaos, I am moving in June. It may seem far away, but when you’re as busy as I am, it’s hard to find time to get everything together. After careful consideration and planning, I put together a timeline to prepare for my move. For the other busy moms and dads out there, hopefully this will help you stay on track for a smooth move.

Before you start packing, you will need to buy all necessary packing boxes and supplies. Fortunately, your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® sells a variety of moving and packing supplies so you can purchase a wide variety of boxes to hold different household items like we did!

My timeline is as follows:

One month before the move. Set up a handful of big boxes, not only as a reminder and a motivator, but to pack items you won’t use until after the move (special baking dishes, extra serving dishes, silverware, holiday items, etc.).dishpack kit

3 weeks before the move. Box up out of season items – for me this is winter items – in each kids’ room (snow boots, extra coats, gloves, heavy sweaters, snow pants). If you have young kids, you can turn this into a game — anything to get them to help. I am going to set up boxes in the living room and have my kids run as fast as they can to their rooms, gather their winter gear, and box those items up. I have designated an area for each of them in the living room to see who can get all of their winter items to me the fastest. Two of my kids play fall sports, I can easily pack up those items and label them. This is also a good time to start working on hallways closets and rid any bulky winter or vacation items.

At this point, hopefully you will have a healthy stack of labelled boxes. Keep your packed boxes out of the way so they don’t get damaged or tipped over. The display of boxes will begin to get my kiddos talking about moving and they will likely adjust to the move a little quicker if it is a part of their life for a few weeks before the move.

2 weeks before the move. Use this time to put small boxes in the kids’ rooms and have them begin to sort and pack small areas such as junk drawers, toys, and closets. This helps them to have ownership and a sense of control over something. Take this time to pack up miscellaneous or other household items that will not be used until after the move.

Gather items you no longer want and plan to donate. Now is a perfect time to get rid of items you have not used in the last 12-14 months. Research local shelters and donation sites in your city.

Week of the move. Use this time to finish packing up clothing, go throughMoving Checklist your bathrooms, and pack the remainder of your items. Start cleaning forgotten areas of your home and put last minute things together. Checklists are wonderful. Think about writing a checklist for the final packing and cleaning steps.

Packing up small areas at a time eliminates the feeling of becoming overwhelmed and allows you to be more prepared as moving day quickly approaches. If you stay on top of packing and prep as much as you can, when you can, your busy family will be packed up, moved out, and settled into the new place with what felt like much less effort. We’re hoping this checklist gives you busy parents a starting point to begin packing and organizing for your family’s big move.

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Prepping and packing your bathroom

Written by Nicole Harrison

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

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

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

Sorting through the “junk”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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