College move-in tips: Keep it simple!

 

Our last blog discussed a few ways to help you move out of your college apartment or house and now, as promised, we are here to help you move back to school, whether it be to a dorm room, apartment, or house.

 

Know what you are getting into. Whether it be a room in a house/apartment or your dorm room, it is important to know what you are getting into. Knowing the dimensions and shape of your room will help you plan what to bring and how you would like to set things up. If you need to furnish the room as well, this is extra important.

 

Shop around for a mix of quality and affordability. When looking into buying furniture for your house/apartment, make sure to do some research. In our experience, furniture takes a bit of a beating during college years, so buying a used piece might save you some money and lessen the guilt when you spill your ramen noodles on it later.

 

Only pack items you will use. Make sure to take some time before you get ready to go to think about what items you can’t live without and what items can stay at home. If you need something that was left behind, you can always grab it the next time you visit.

 

Roll your clothes. For those of you who have limited space to get your things to college or even while away to college, rolling your clothes will be a lifesaver. Clothing and other items take up less room and are easier to find if they are rolled. Check out this Pinterest link for more info!

 

Pack items you need to keep close in our Day of the Move Box. Make sure to pack one bag with important items such as your passport or a change of clothes. You can go to a local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® store and purchase a convenient Day of the Move Box to help differentiate these items from items you might not need right away.College pictures A

 

Communicate with your roommates/landlord. It is a good idea to talk with your roommates about what they are bringing and when they are arriving. There is no need to have three cupcake pans but it is important that you establish who is bringing the dishes. Knowing who will arrive at the house/dorm first will also help with getting keys and move-in duties.

 

Wait to buy basic items until you are situated. Waiting to buy things like shampoo and bath tissue until you are moved in will not only save space but also lower stress. You are not going to save money by buying these items in advance so better to just grab them once the dust has settled.

 

Unpack slowly and find your organization system. It is important that when you move in you take your time and figure out an organization system that will be sustainable for the rest of the year. If you make an effort to make your move in neat, you are more likely to keep it neat. Warning, this make take some time but it will be worth it.

 

Be careful with your new home. Many of the dorms and houses around college campuses are quite old and fragile. Take special care not to scratch paint or break door frames. If you do not think you can get the couch in without breaking the door frame, do not hesitate to call TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® trained movers for assistance.
Moving back to college can be tedious and time consuming but with these tips your life should be made easier! We wish you good luck as you begin your next year, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® believes in you.

 

Be Cool…Pack for School

As summer is still in full swing for most people, college students are starting to feel the pressure as their leases end and school approaches quickly. If you’re like many busy students, your summer might be filled with internships, classes, or jobs. We know you don’t want to sacrifice the little free time you have to worry about moving out. So, look no further for some great tips on how to move out like a pro.

 

Packing

Begin early! You do not want to get charged an extra fee because you thought you could pack your entire house in three hours. Start a week or two in advance and do a little bit every day. It will be easier and less stressful.

Throw away any broken, obsolete, or gross things that have been hiding around your place. We recommend checking under the bed and dressers for those small items you may have forgotten about. In terms of clothing, if you haven’t worn it all year, you probably won’t wear it this year. By getting rid of old items, you will be giving yourself a fresh Collegestart when you arrive to your next place.

Purchase TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® boxes or totes from your local franchise. . Packing all of your items up will make them a lot easier to carry, protect them for getting damaged, and they will also stack nicely in your car, allowing you to maximize your space.

Create a labeling/sorting system to keep things organized. Keeping your bathroom products away from your kitchen pans and your bedspread is not only sanitary, but convenient, when you’re ready to unpack your items.

Once all of your boxes and totes have been removed, double check all drawers and closets for pieces you might have left behind. Moving out can be hectic and it is important to take a pause at the end to ensure nothing important has been forgotten in the shuffle.

 

Cleaning

Clean your room. Be sure to vacuum and pick up any miscellaneous debris on the floor. You don’t need to deep clean your entire room, but be sure to leave it how it was when you first moved in. Many management companies will charge you an additional fee if you leave a large mess behind.

Pick a day for you and your roommate(s) to clean the rest of your apartment/house. Since all of you contributed to the mess throughout the year, be sure to talk with everyone to divvy up the cleaning list, or pick a day where you can all clean together. You don’t want to be left cleaning the entire space by yourself, and you also don’t want to leave this responsibility to one of your roommates. Be sure not to forget appliances such as the fridge and microwave that often get very dirty, and may have been forgotten about during the year.

Check out Pinterest for great cleaning tips that help get your security deposit back. There are numerous accounts that give great little tips on how to easily fix things such as broken blinds, carpet stains, etc. Here is one Pinterest link we found helpful!

Repairs

Fix holes. Depending on where you live, you may or may not have been allowed to hang things on your walls. If you were not allowed to use nails/screws, and did, you should buy some spackle to repair these. This is a quick and easy fix, and will be much more cost effective than incurring the extra charge.

Paint. Some management companies won’t mind if the paint is chipped or if the walls are scuffed, as a lot of them will repaint every year at no cost to you. However, if this is not the case, many stores have paint matching software that will match a swatch or paint chip to a product they sell in-store. Spending the extra $10-$15 to do some touch ups will be well worth it.

Drain-o. Use some sort of drain cleaner to clear out hair and other build up. Kitchen sinks, showers, and bathroom sinks all get neglected throughout the year. You do not want to be charged for a faulty drain if you can avoid it by simply pouring drain cleaner down it.

If something is broken, call to get it fixed at least two weeks before you move out. If your dishwasher has not ran in three months but you’ve “just been living with it”, make sure to call your landlord and have them come fix it. You will probably not be charged if it is just a maintenance call but if you leave it for them to find once you move out, they may charge you to fix it.

Move execution

Plan ahead. You will know well in advance when your move-out date is. If your vehicle is not large enough to fit all of your belongings, or you don’t want to make multiple trips, you may need to rent or borrow something larger, or use a trailer. Because move-out dates for every management company are very similar, be sure to figure out what you will need and reserve it as soon as possible.truck illustration

Storage. If you go to school out of state, or are planning on moving to your new house/apartment within the next few weeks, it may make more sense and cause less of a hassle to store your items close by, rather than taking them back to your parents’ house. Our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® location has an indoor storage facility on site. We’re able to pack up all of your items into a storage crate, keep them in our warehouse for your desired amount of time, and then deliver them to you when you’re ready to move back in.

Moving. If after reading all of these tips you’ve become overwhelmed with the thought of packing and moving all of your items, we’ve got you covered! We are a full-service moving company and would be more than happy to take the burden of moving off of your shoulders. Call in to our office, and we love to talk with you and provide you with an estimate so you can explore your options.

Check back in next week for tips on moving into your new house/apartment as school approaches!

 

Garrett and Chelsea: A story of shared love at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

Everyone knows the saying “love what you do”, but for Garrett Newhouse and Chelsea McDaniel, they don’t only love what they do at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® but love who they do it with. Garrett, the Lansing franchise operations coordinator, and Chelsea, a customer service representative at the Lansing franchise, recently got engaged. They were kind enough to share some of their story with us.

 

Q:  When did you two first meet?

Garrett: I think about 3 years ago.

Chelsea: We met three years ago this summer, while I was working at Biggby, and he was working at Jet’s Pizza located in the same plaza.

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Q: What was your first impression of each other?

Garrett: I thought she was cute, and I wanted to get to know her better.

Chelsea: My first impression was he was cute and quiet. However, I was a little embarrassed, because I woke up late that day, was in a rush, and had no time to get ready. Our mutual friends kept sending him back down to get coffee so he could talk to me.

 

Q: Describe your first date.

Garrett: We walked around MSU’s campus and talked (she mainly talked) and got to know each other better. Afterwards we went bowling and it was a little awkward at first, but we ended up having a lot of fun together.

Chelsea: While we walked around campus getting to know each other, Garrett discovered I had never tried Tropical Smoothie. Since this is one of his favorites, he insisted I try one. When I was getting ready for our date I didn’t know what he had planned, so I wore flip flops. When we got to the bowling alley he tried so hard to buy me socks, but I wouldn’t let him. He drove me home at the end of the night, and we sat in his car talking for hours.

 

Q: What does an average day of work look like for you?

Garrett: I work on the moving schedule to make sure the week runs as smoothly as possible. If the movers do run into any issues on their move, I see what I can do to help them fix those. I also manage our warehouse and storage area.
Chelsea: I answer the phones, run through estimates, and book moves for any potential customers. I also work with customers that come into the franchise and answer any questions they may have.

 

Q: What made you want to work at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

Garrett: It was something different than any previous job I have had, and I thought it would be fun. I knew it was a company that offered opportunities for growth in my career and personal skills.

Chelsea: Well, Garrett worked here first, and once I started to express interest in working for the company, he started to tell me about all the opportunities and benefits TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® provides its employees. After hearing those things I knew TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® would be a great fit for me.

 

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

Garrett: We don’t really get to interact much throughout the day. When we are home, we try to keep the focus on our relationship, rather than talking about things that went on at work.

Chelsea: We hardly ever see each other at work. We are both busy with our different roles, so the only time we see each other is on our lunch break. Although we don’t get a lot of interaction during the day, it’s nice working the same hours so we are home at the same time. When we go home we try to set a little time aside in the evening to talk about work, and after that, we focus on us.

 

Q: Describe your engagement.

Garrett: Every time I went out of state I got Chelsea a gift from where I had traveled. I had the engagement ring for a while, and just didn’t know how or when to propose. So, when I came back from a long-distance move in Tennessee, I just couldn’t wait any longer. I hid the ring in a mug I had gotten her during my trip. Before we left for our dinner date, I presented her with the mug. I knelt down in front of Chelsea, told her that our time together had been the best of my life, that I loved her, and asked if she would spend the rest of her life with me.

Chelsea: Garrett had just gotten back from Tennessee and we were going out to dinner at Olive Garden. I had asked where my souvenir was, and he said I’d get it before dinner. I was sitting on the couch waiting for him to be ready, when he came out with a coffee mug. He knelt down in front of me, and I was still so oblivious. He had the ring box in the mug, but there was a plastic bag covering it, so I didn’t think anything of it. I grabbed the mug and started to get up to leave. That’s when Garrett removed the bag and revealed the ring. He told me how much he loved me, and how he wanted to spend his life with me. I immediately started crying, and said yes!

 

Q: When did you know you wanted to propose?

Garrett: I had a feeling she was the one, right away. Once I realized we were both serious, I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her, because I couldn’t begin to imagine life without her.

 

Q: Were you surprised when he proposed?

Chelsea: I was more than surprised. We had talked about it many times before, but I was not expecting it at all. I was speechless.

 

Q: When are you getting married/what are your wedding plans?

Both: Our wedding date is April 29, 2017. We will be getting married in Ada, MI at the Egypt Valley Country Club. This is where we will hold both our ceremony and reception.

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Congratulations, Garrett and Chelsea! TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® wishes you happiness in your future together!

Cleaning out the Garage

With summer activities in full swing your garage might be cluttered, dirty, and inoperable. Due to its size and purpose, we often push this area to the bottom of the to-do list, however now is the perfect time to tackle the mess. Follow these simple steps to achieve the organized garage of your dreams!

1. Remove everything: Starting with the largest items, such as your car, remove everything and place it in an easily accessible location. As you remove items, keep them organized, now might be a good time to rearrange as you place them back into the garage.

2. Clean: Start by sweeping all of the dust and dirt from the floor. If you would like that extra clean feeling, try power washing or mopping the floor. If you have grease stains you’d like to remove, check out this link for some how-to’s!

3. Sort: Let’s be honest, we all use the garage as a dumping ground for items we no longer use but are afraid to throw away. Now is the time to take an honest look at what you still use versus things you could sell or donate. Use your old TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®  boxes to collect items “to donate”, “to sell”, “to throw away”, or “to keep”.

4. Sort again: You are not quite done sorting yet! Label your TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® boxes with colored tape or markers in order to indicate what is inside. Make a box for hand tools, pool toys, gardening tools, children’s toys, etc. This way when you need to find something, you won’t have to dig through all of your boxes.

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5. Donate or sell items: Now for the pile of things you do not need any more. If the item is in good condition, consider donating it to a Goodwill or a local charity. Also consider holding a garage sale in order to gain some extra cash.

6. Create storage shelving: If you are crafty, check out this link to a great DIY storage project! For those who are less crafty, there are inexpensive shelves everywhere that are great for keeping your garage clean!

7. Strategically place items back inside the garage: The key to keeping organized is planning. Put the heavy items in smaller boxes so you are able to lift them. If the items are seasonal or used infrequently, put them near the back or on a top shelf and place those items used regularly near the front. Keep in mind if you have kids their boxes should go near the bottom with nothing stacked on top of them!  

8. Keep clean: Making a few changes to your daily routine can save you time and energy next year! One way to prevent future oil stains is to place an old TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® box under your lawn mower. To keep kids’ toys in an orderly fashion, put tape on the ground in the shape of “parking spaces” so they can “park” their bikes, scooters, and cars where you want them. Involving the whole family is a great way to keep the garage organized.

 

Although this project might be time consuming, you will not regret the time spent when looking for that one special tool you can’t ever seem to find! There are lots of ways to keep things in order, so be sure to share your favorite tips with us. Happy cleaning everyone!

 

 

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Lansing Partners with Petals & Pinecones, Inc.

 

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Lansing, Mich., is pleased with its ongoing Petals & Pinecones, Inc., partnership. Petals & Pinecones is a non-profit organization that mentors young women in Lansing, Mich. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Lansing has proudly provided cash donations raised through jeans day collections in addition to donating $1 for each customer experience survey completed by a customer. The group has also volunteered to help sort items in support of our Movers For Moms® campaign. We look forward to continuing our partnership with them in the future!

Check out the blog below from the Petals & Pinecones CEO and Founder Theresa Bouyer and how she supports these young girls right here in our city!

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Petals & Pinecones mentors young women in a Christ-like environment to help build and improve self-image, self-worth, and self-esteem. How do we do this you might ask? We do this by encouraging our young women, loving on them, listening to them, pushing them to limits they’ve never dared to test, praying for these amazing young women, and most importantly sharing how amazing God’s love is for them, and that they were created in His image and for His purpose.

The vision came to me in 2006, but like most women who have had a colorful past and have believed the enemy’s lies, I was afraid and overwhelmed with the possibility of this ministry. The thought of it made me want to run and hide.  I thought, “Who would want to listen to me? Why would I think what I have to say is so important? I am a wretch, so why in the world would God want me to do this?”

In 2011, Petals & Pinecones had its first group of 12 young women who wanted somewhere to go to be heard- not judged, be encouraged, and meet others that struggle with similar experiences and to get away from their day-to-day routine.

A program was created that meets once a week for an entire year. Once the group is started, these young women are committed to this group for the duration of the program. The group begins to build trust in others and gains knowledge of themselves and for some, knowledge of Christ and His plan for their lives. It is quite amazing to watch them learn and begin to dream and grow in their Faith.

At Petals & Pinecones, we provide materials for the girls, a safe location, and we do our best to offer transportation when we can. The program costs nothing, just an hour and a half each week and several outings throughout the year including volunteering and community service, as it is important to give back to our community just like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® does. We do our best to help the young women understand lovingly that life is about what the Lord is trying to accomplish through them. We are a donation based non-profit and all monies, at this time, comes from personal households. The Lord provides!

One of P&P’s community service outings this year was with Movers for Moms®, a spring campaign geared toward providing essential, daily care items to women in need. This program was directed by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Lansing Community Engagement Specialist April Johnson and assisted by Marketing Administrator Arika Ford.  Arika was one of the instructors for P&P during our Ladies Intended For Excellence Series and she taught the etiquette portion. She thought of our organization when it was time to sort the Movers for Moms® donations and we were happy to volunteer. P&P is also connected with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® through Fran Sorber, who assists as one of the mentors on Monday nights.

Both Arika and Fran have played a big role in P&P’s success and we are so grateful to have them as part of this ministry and are truly thankful for their commitment. To allow P&P’s young women to be a part of Movers for Moms® and help in this way gives them an opportunity to see they can make a difference in their own community. It was such a pleasure to serve with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Lansing, our goal is to partner with them every year for Movers for Moms®.  We are excited for this new partnership!

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A group of young women being mentored by Petals & Pinecones and a few graduates of the extensive program.

About the author:

Founder, Theresa Bouyer and her husband have four boys and are avid Michigan State university basketball fans. Theresa has worked passionately to teach and love teen girls in the city of Lansing since 2011. There is a waiting list to participate in this group. For more information, please visit their Facebook page.

 

Living by THE GRANDMA RULE®

Living by THE GRANDMA RULE®
Written by Arika Ford

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Did you know nearly 52% of all moves are for people over the age of 50? At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we live by THE GRANDMA RULE®, which is to treat everyone the way you would want your grandma to be treated. There are many things our senior community may be afraid of, such as being cared for by strangers or being forgotten about, but moving shouldn’t be one of them. Our movers are professionally trained to move seniors forward and provide them the most comfortable transition possible.
Why our movers undergo sensitivity training
As the “Movers Who Care®”, we don’t just talk the talk, we walk the walk! It’s important for us to understand the needs of seniors and we believe this training helps us, help them. We train to prepare for scenarios we may face such as limited move in and move out hours in assisted living homes, interactions with customers and their new neighbors, and downsizing. By better understanding the customers’ needs, we can ensure everyone will be kept safe and easily manage any issues that may arise.
How many other moving companies do you know who offer sensitivity training to their movers regarding seniors?
What movers learn during sensitivity training
The sensitivity training offered to movers and drivers at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is verbal training performed by an office manager. It involves plenty of conversation regarding common dos and don’ts of moving seniors, in addition to the details of moving in and out of assisted living facilities. Below are just some of the dos and don’ts offered to our movers.
• DO interact with community staff, residents, and family members
• DO refer to the senior as a “resident”
• DO go with the flow
• DO redirect the resident physically and mentally as the move process may be hard on them
• DON’T leave objects blocking doorways or on the floor, these may be difficult for some to see and could pose a hazard
• DON’T overreact to residents behavior
• DON’T argue with the resident
• DON’T prop doors open or let a resident out of the facility
Of course there are many additional points the movers and drivers are taught, these are just a few of the critical areas covered during their sensitivity training.
We understand certain residents may have needs beyond that of our typical customer and we are prepared to take the extra steps to ensure every customer is treated like we would want our own grandmother treated. That is precisely why one of our favorite core values is THE GRANDMA RULE®, modeled after Founder Mary Ellen Sheets’ mother, Grandma Eb.
Whether our customers are downsizing, moving into an assisted living home, or moving in with a child or loved one, we are the “Movers Who Care®” and we are happy to exceed our customers’ expectations.

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.

 

Career Move Month means we’re looking for motivated individuals to join our team!

March is full of traditions and at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Lansing, this is no exception. Career Move Month has been an important part of preparation for our busiest few months of the year! We are always looking for motivated and personable team members to join our team, but in March, we are on a manhunt! Check out our video below and apply to become part of our team! There are many wonderful things about working for the “Movers Who Care®”, from the flexible hours the movers and drivers experience, all the way to the customer interactions and satisfaction of helping others. We look for people with the motivation required to move forward, how about this for some inspiration!

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To apply for a job with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Lansing, visit our careers!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® was featured on Start Up Grind! See it here!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® started right here in Lansing, MI! Check out Founder Mary Ellen Sheets as she discusses the history of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Lansing and other fun things about the company in the early days. Shout out to Start Up Grind in Lansing for recognizing TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Lansing.

 

Don’t forget to give us a call at 517.306.2441 or visit our site for a free, no-obligation moving estimate! We are the “Movers Who Care®” and want to help take the stress out of your next move!

 

How to pack those fragile items

Packing for yourself can be a great way to save money on your move. Take a look at these tried and true tips, straight from the professional packers at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Lansing.

  • To minimize the chance of breaking your valuables, wrap fragile items over a padded surface so that if you do drop something, it will land on a soft surface.
  • Layer the bottom of the box with crumpled paper (this is a great place to use packing paper).
  • It is best to place plates and flatter dishes on the bottom layer of the box.
  • Wrap each piece individually in clean paper. Using several sheets of paper, start from a corner and wrap diagonally, tucking in overlapping edges. Packing paper can be used as an outer layer, you should never use newspaper as the ink may stain.
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  • As you fill the box, with the larger, heavier pieces on the bottom of the box, fill in empty spaces with crumpled paper. Add a good layer of more crumpled paper on top to protect the rims and to create a level base for the next tier.
  • Smaller plates and bowls can make up the next layer. Wrap and pack in the same manner as described above.
  • Shallow bowls can stand on edge in the box and deeper ones, such as mixing bowls, should nest together, with paper in between each, upside down on their rims.
  • Professional packers use special boxes called dish packs or dish barrels to pack fine china and delicate glassware. These boxes are double-walled constructed and also come with adjustable “cells” that will accommodate and protect items of varying sizes.
  • Wrap cups and glasses individually in double layers of paper, with handles protected by extra packing paper. Place them upside down on the upper layer with all handles facing the same direction.
  • Label all boxes “FRAGILE – THIS SIDE UP”.

Tips for packing figurines, lamps and other delicate items

  • For very fragile pieces, it is recommended you use the original packaging. If that’s not available, use bubble wrap. This comes in both small and large bubble sizes and in sheets or rolls.
  • Never wrap lamp shades in newspaper. The ink will rub off and leave permanent stains. Pillowcases or large towels are great to use here. Use a sturdy box at least two inches larger all around the largest shade. Line it with clean paper, with crumpled paper under the shade to create a cushion, but not around the shade. You can nest smaller shades inside larger ones, but make sure they do not touch each other.
  • For lamps, remove the light bulb and harp and wrap each separately in paper. Place them together in a box, filling the empty space with crumpled paper. If your box is large enough, more than one well cushioned lamp may be packed together.
  • Protect framed photos, artwork and mirrors with padding and cushioning. If they are small enough, you can stand them on edge in a box. You can purchase picture boxes that are actually just corrugated corners for mirrors and larger framed items. Then, wrap with paper pads, bubble wrap or stretch wrap for more protection.

 

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Lansing offers a complete line of reasonably priced packing supplies and boxes. And, the trained packers can offer assistance with packing and unpacking nearly anything in your home. Just ask your move consultant for more details. Give us a call today at 517.306.2441 or visit our site for a free move estimate. We are the “Movers Who Care®” and are happy to help any way we can.

 

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

I’m in a rush all the time … three kids with their various activities, a house, a job, a husband, a dog, a cat and a hamster. Hurry, hurry, hurry.

I’m moving soon and cannot rely fully on the kids to help pack because they are not quite old enough to do it yet. I know I should let it go, and maybe I will, after all what is the worst that can happen? They are going to pack their own toys, clothes, shoes, it’s harmless. My husband is packing up the basement, garage, and attic and I am packing the rest of the house. Every cupboard, dish, and bottle of detergent, shampoo, and hairpins (UGH!), shoes, the closet in the vestibule, the linen closet … will the list EVER end? Who doesn’t feel like this in the midst of a move, whether it is large or small? Follow these steps below to help organize your time and efforts!

First you need to purchase boxes, packing tape, paper, a marker and bubble wrap. Be ready to pack up your house one closet at a time.

Next, build your boxes by taping the bottom (this will ensure the box doesn’t break), keep a marker in your pocket and LABEL EVERYTHING!

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Your timeline:

6-8 weeks before your move it’s a good idea to set up one big box in each room, not only as a reminder and a motivator, but to pack things in it you won’t use in the next two months (special baking dishes, extra serving dishes, silverware, holiday items, etc.). You could even wrap Christmas and Thanksgiving dishes in coordinating linens if you know you won’t use those before the move.

4-6 weeks before your move you may want to box up seasonal items in each kid’s room (snow boots, extra coats, gloves, heavy sweaters, snow pants). You could even turn it into a game by setting up a few boxes in the living room and have the kids run as fast as they can to their rooms to find two (I am pacing them) winter items each. You could designate an area for each of them in the living room see who can get all of their winter items to you the fastest. Now all of their winter items are in their own pile right next to me, my boxes, markers and tape. You can begin folding and packing before they are even done running. Who knows, the kids might even want to keep helping after the game is over.

2-4 weeks before your move you may want to consider packing off season sports items. If your kids play football or a fall sport, you can easily box those items up and label them. This is also a good time to work on the closet in the vestibule and rid it of any bulky seasonal or vacation items.Thumbnail for 134

By now you should have a healthy stack of labelled boxes and you can keep them in designated spot out of the way so they don’t get beat up and tipped over, but not too far away as it is a steady reminder and motivator. The healthy display of boxes will begin to get your 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 couple months in advance. It gets everyone thinking about the idea of packing and moving.

2-3 weeks before your move you may want to check in with hubby to see if he has begun the packing process for his areas. It’s okay to be a fan of using packing to organize areas, like work benches and garages or other areas that easily get messy. Maybe you can run this by him to see if he is willing to begin organizing and packing with you, even though you have had some talks about it due to the growing mound of boxes in the living room.

This is also a perfect time to put small boxes in the kid’s rooms and have them begin to sort and pack small areas, like a junk drawer or the closet. This helps them to have ownership and a sense of control over an area related to moving. You could even go to their rooms when they say they are done and teach them how to label the boxes and let them write on their own boxes.

2 weeks prior to your move should have a good amount packed and labeled. This may be a good time to begin preparing bags and boxes of items you’re planning to donate. Now is a perfect time to get rid of the items you have not used in the last 12-14 months. Take the kids with you to drop those items off at the local donation center and don’t forget your receipt for donations.

By now you should see a trend of packing up small areas at a time. Doing this can often help you to feel less overwhelmed and more prepared, but you must remember to stay diligent because there is still plenty to do. If you just stay on top of packing and prepare as much as you can, when you can, your busy family will be packed up, moved out and moved in to the new place with what felt like much less effort than if you had waited until the last minute.

Now unpacking at the new house? Well, that’s a whole new story folks! Stay tuned …

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