Don’t forget to be remember these moving tips

I’ve always been forgetful. At least I think I always have been…

It hasn’t hurt me too badly in life, but it certainly has made things more difficult.

Remembering things for class. Remembering to how to get just about anywhere without GPS. Remembering how to…

Forgot where I was going on that last one.

But suffice it to say forgetting things make life difficult.

You know what else is difficult? Moving.

It’s exacerbated (a new favorite word of mine) by forgetting some essential tips.

So this is for you, my forgetful comrade.

Oh, and you can print this out so you don’t have to remember it too!

Check that checklist off your list

Wait, what?

Disregard the attempted punny-ness of that headline, and don’t forget your check list.

Not only will this keep you organized and on task, it will allow you to see the progress you’re making, even when it’s not immediately visible.

Oh, and it just feels good to check things off.

Compare the costs

What’s right for you?

Can you move yourself, or would a moving company be able to help?

It’s important to weigh all the costs of moving, and figure out what works best for you.

As we mentioned last week, moving yourself has hidden costs, so be conscious of the full picture.

If you decide to turn to a professional mover, determine what you need help with.

Don’t want to lift a finger? We can take care of everything from your packing and moving to the set up.

Don’t have access to the manpower or vehicles to move some of your larger or heavier items? Call in the professional movers to handle just those select items and take care of the smaller things yourselves.

Impart importance on imperative items

Before you move, take the time to collect important documents around the house.

Keep birth certificates, social security cards, and other important documents secured in a separate box or bag that you keep with you at all times.

Many times, these are already kept together in a safe or some secure spot, but it is important to secure them again and keep them somewhere you’re aware of throughout the duration of your move.

Purge

No, not in the whole “one day to commit any crime you want to” type of purge, but the “I definitely have more than I think I have and do not want to or need to move all of this because I certainly don’t use it all” kind of way.

Trust me when I say, you have more than you think. Especially if you’ve stayed in your house for a while.

Whether you’re moving yourself, or moving with professionals, save time and money by trimming unnecessary things.

Cut down on clothes you don’t need, superfluous (another favorite word) furniture or decorations. Now is the time to get real—really real—about what you have.

I know that’s tough, I struggle with it too, but it will certainly save you in the long run.

Take time to realize…

That this is going to take longer than you think.

Start the packing and preparation process with plenty of time to spare. What doesn’t seem like a lot, will be. What seems like a lot, is going to be even more.

When you start early, you not only minimize the impact of a few large days by spacing out the work over time, you also have the flexibility to respond to emergencies (in life and in moving).

Make life easy with essentials

Keep a separate box of just essentials to make moving day less stressful.

This could include medicine, some luxuries that you set up right away to make unpacking more enjoyable, or (if you’re like me and need food) snacks!

Keep this bag or box with you so you have easy access to the things you want most.

Label, label, label

Yes, it’s a small extra step that you’ll have to take when you’re packing up, but it will save you a huge amount of time and energy at the end when you unpack it.

Label by both room and specific grouping (living room, movies) to make the back end of moving as stress-free as possible.

Moving is long and stressful, so plan ahead to make the end smooth.

Break out the phy-ed

There’s no need to whistles and gym shorts, but a quick physical warmup can help keep you safe.

Stretch out your back and legs, and loosen those shoulders (ah sweet arm circles, how I’ve missed you) before diving into your move.

Moving is physical, and (take my advice as an injury prone person) protecting yourself in advance is crucial. You’ll be tired and sore regardless, but you can minimize those effects.

Ms. Rotar, you’d be proud (that’s my gym teacher at Sugar Creek Elementary School, and a heck of a lady).

 

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As always, I’m Michael, and I thank you for reading!

 

The real cost of moving

Money.

It’s a crime (I’m in a Pink Floyd mood today).

To take it away that is.

Like you, I like money, and I try (often unsuccessfully) to save it where I can.

With that said, there are non-monetary taxes that life takes out.

Moving is no different.

There are financial costs, whether moving yourself or choosing a professional mover, but there’s so much more.

What are they and how do you save those precious resources?

I’m here to help.

Time

If you hate to lose anything, it’s time. A commodity you can’t get back, something that doesn’t regrow.

When it’s gone, it’s gone.

Moving can be a time suck. Between packing, loading up your car or moving truck, and transporting them to your new home are all draining.

That’s all before the process of unpacking, rearranging, and decorating.

So yeah, it’s a lot of time.

How to save:

Plan, simplify, execute.

Create a plan of how to pack, and get started early. Set aside specific blocks of time, and go through each room in an orderly fashion.

Simplify this process by downsizing what you have. A great way to do this is to cut down on the clothing you don’t need, and pare down any other no-longer needed items. Don’t pack and move what you don’t need (Need proof? Check out my experience).

Execute your plan. You put the work in to make it, and it will help you keep on track to finish your move effectively and efficiently.

A professional mover can help with this process. Not only are they trained and equipped to handle packing jobs, but you can keep living your life while they work. Spend time with family, take care of work responsibilities, or pursue your hobby (if you’re like me, simply relaxing is one of my favorite hobbies) while your movers take care of your packing and move!

Energy

Besides being something I’m running tremendously low on right now, energy is another primary form of currency you shell out during your move.

Think about moving. I’m sure you’re daunted by the physical toll it will take. As well you should be. Carrying your couches, tackling your tables, bearing bulky boxes. It’s exhausting.

But do you know what’s worse?

The mental strain.

I was talking with one of our trainers the others, Shamus (just look at that smile!) and he said something very interesting.

It’s not the physical part that gets to you, it’s the mental.

He’s right.

The mental toll of feeling like you’re never going to finish, of taking days off work, the stress the labor causes. It’s painful. I moved two weeks ago, and I still haven’t recovered mentally (nor has my girlfriend/move helper).

How to save:

Get as much help as you can, and get as much as you can done before your move starts. Moving day is going to be stressful no matter, but save yourself some energy by thoroughly packing (and labeling) will significantly reduce the amount of physical and mental energy you expend. And that labeling will be essential in an organized and timely unpack and setup process.

Oh, and get some help. More hands means less work (and time spent) for everyone.

Emotion

Moving can get in your head. Downsizing is emotional, especially if you’re a sentimental hoarder like myself. But it’s not the outright sentimental connection that really affects you.

It’s the weeks of unease, a lingering limbo between new and old coupled with a gnawing discomfort leading up to the day of your move.

Then it peaks.

The emotional drain leaves you empty the day of, and can take quite some time to recover.

How to save:

Support.

It’s simple, but necessary.

If you have a hard time getting rid of things, bring in people you trust and have fun with the help ease the negativity of the process.

Their unbiased view can help you better assess whether certain items need to come along or if you can get rid of it. It’ll still be emotionally, but having someone there to help you smile through those times and sad thoughts will help.

To get your free quote, visit us online or call 608-278-0800!

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Do you have any comments, concerns, or blog ideas? Do you want to be a guest blogger? Would you like to speak with me, your guide through all things moving? Do you just want to tell me how great I am? Email me here!

As always, I’m Michael, and I thank you for reading!

 

We’re not done yet

If you follow this blog (you’re my favorite person if you do!), then you know I just moved.

Because I complained about it.

A lot.

But fear not, the complaining isn’t over yet!

Wait, did I say complaining? I mean the story. The story isn’t over yet.

Here we go, a journaled journey of my post-move exploits.

The very next day

I have the day off after my move. It’s necessary.

The first step was unpacking and organizing. I would say reorganizing, but the night of my move we simply vomited all of my life’s possessions onto the floor (I know, graphic, but an accurate depiction) of the living room and went to bed.

Because it was 1:30 in the morning.

Anyway, I start shuffling things around the living room, getting my glider and futon in just the right place. I unbox the TV (because it’s new and I’m bursting with excitement) and turn on the TV as a stress relief (and mild distraction) while I continue the process.

Then it’s onto unpacking. One box, after another, after another. After another, after another, after another. And another.

It’s noon.

Four hours gone by and I’m just finishing shuffling and unpacking and have a pile of broken down boxes right in the middle of the floor.

After a quick lunch break—reheated wings because I’m trying to clean a mess, not make one—I start back in on the task at hand.

For the next four hours, I continued to rearrange and unpack, leaving just two boxes of movies remaining. Why do I own so many movies?

Anyway, sounds great right? So close!

Not quite.

My girlfriend comes over after work to help, still stressed from the move the previous night. Together we come up with a list of things I still need to sell (which is painful to think about after spending the energy moving them in the first place) and things I still need to buy.

I’m not done yet.

Two days after

It’s Friday.

I’m sitting on my futon (which it turns out is drastically worse than I had previous realized due to its warped frame) after work and looking over my new apartment.

It’s in the beginning stages of looking like a real home. And it better be, because there’s a housewarming (and Badger football viewing party) coming later on tonight.

There is still far too much clutter for my needs.

I have two coffee tables, three TV stands (I only actually need one of each, I’m still not sure why I thought it was a good idea to move them all when I didn’t need them), and a box of miscellaneous bathroom items sitting in a box in the middle of the entry because apparently moving that final box was far too much work to move at that point.

After missing a day of work and being in the midst of a move for a few day, I haven’t had time to pick up the necessities I need. Today I finally have the chance.

It takes another couple hours to shop get the new purchases set up, just in time for everyone to come over.

A bookshelf to empty my last two boxes, a drying rack so that when I have dishes (I haven’t actually made anything yet because I haven’t had the time or energy) I can save some time.

Oh, and groceries. I didn’t have any food so that was necessary. Because I love food.

Shopping and set up chewed up (Get it? Because food?) a few more hours, and by the time I was done, friends were nearly there.

I made it, but just barely.

One week after

I just wrapped up my first week living in my new home, two days ago actually as of this blog post.

My family just came by to see it last night, and were shocked (almost insultingly—but completely understandably—so) by how clean and not-crappy it is. They must have expected me to be living in the squalor of a bachelor pad, but I’m not. Yet. We’re well on our way now.

Having that said, there is still so much work to do.

I still have one-too-many TV stands and I’m still looking for another seating option, and there are still things to hang on the wall (I have the suspicion that they will remain unhung for a while).

The hardest part? Knowing I spent the time and energy to move a bunch of stuff I’m not actually going to need.

What did we learn?

So what does my move have to do with you? That’s a good question. It was equal parts success and failure, so what better experience to learn from?

Have a strategy for unpacking

I just jumped right in, no thoughts or plans, and it took me a long time. I found myself moving and re-moving items and with a stack of broken down boxes in the middle of the floor which, as it turns out, is in the way of everything. Be smarter than me

Move only what you have to

By the time I moved my futon, it was miserable. It was the last thing we brought over from my old home, with arms and minds screaming in exhaustion.

Turns out, I’m probably going to get a couch and not need to futon at all, so I should have saved the energy and time of getting rid of what I didn’t need. The same should be said about the TV stands, coffee tables, and end tables.

Don’t subject yourself, or your friends and movers, to unnecessary stress. Just move only what you need to in the first place.

Help! I need somebody.

Help! Not just anybody.

Help! You know I need someone.

HELP!

Seriously, even in the unpacking stage, help can be vital. Getting feedback on how to organize your new home, an extra hand decorating and setting up, and just having someone to talk to go a long way in saving your time and your sanity. Both of which are mildly important.

Have a plan to wind down

Moving is stressful, so go into your move with an idea of how to relax after you’re done. Whether that’s a special treat in the fridge, a movie night, or a night out for dinner (or all three if you’re like me). Treat yourself. You deserve it.

So I think that’s it for my move folks, unless something exceptionally noteworthy happens. In which case, I change my previous statement to: so I hope that’s it for my move folks.

It was stressful, and I could never have done it without help. But now I’m home, and I’m loving it.

 

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Do you have any comments, concerns, or blog ideas? Do you want to be a guest blogger? Would you like to speak with me, your guide through all things moving? Do you just want to tell me how great I am? Email me here!

 

As always, I’m Michael, and I thank you for reading!

Your author and friend, Michael.

 

 

That was the hardest thing I’ve done in a long time

Ready for some Friday fun? How about a story?

I just moved. Just over the past two days actually.

It was hard.

So excruciatingly hard.

Everything hurts.

Alright, enough complaining. I’m not here to just grumble about moving (seriously though, so difficult).

Instead, I’ll share the lessons I learned (and mistakes I made), so you can get by easier than I did.

Let’s start at the very beginning

That’s a very good place to start.

Now, besides being a set of memorable lyrics, these words are great to remember in storytelling.

A specialized moving box from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK with dividing cells to keep fragile items safeIn this case, the beginning is packing. Or, more accurately, the distinct incompletion of packing. We had gotten most of the items packed, and scattered throughout my apartment, except large swaths of the kitchen remained untouched.

“But, Michael, you work at a moving company. How could you not pack your kitchen?”

Well, you see, I kept forgetting to pick up boxes (which were conveniently in our warehouse) until just the day before my move. My forgetfulness combined with laziness was not a good combination.

If planning and packing are the keys to a successful move, I inadvertently did everything I could to make it anything but successful.

That’s not to say the entire preparation was a failure. Most of my items (outside of the kitchen) were downsized, packed, and organized. For the most part. After being packed they were largely moved to one primary room near the door, with a path to walk through carved between two sides of boxes and bags.

This was massively helpful, allowing me to both live comfortably in the midst of the move, and successfully move throughout the apartment during the move.

I need help

That statement is true in a number of ways, but none were more pressing over the past two days than needing moving help.

And that’s okay.

Without help packing, I would not have gotten nearly as far as I did (nor would it have been as organized).

Having help expedited an arduous activity. We were able to carry over large loads in several cars, and used a cart to transport quite a bit up the elevators at a single time. One of us would push the cart and the others would carry items up. It may have been a long move, but it would have been even longer without them (even the thought of it lasting any longer still pains me).

Perhaps the most refreshing assistance came from my friend’s truck. Toward the end of the move (the end being about 1:30 a.m.) we still hadn’t moved my bed or futon—yes, I’m two years removed from college and my primary seating is still a futon—but my friend has a truck.

With arms aching, and every other part of our bodies, there was nothing better than loading up a truck and not having to lift them any longer than we had to.

The time. It’s… It’s gone.

It was just across a parking lot. That’s the distance between my old building and my new one. Just a parking lot, and a particularly narrow one at that.

It took more than nine hours.

Leading up to the day, I would look around my apartment and proclaim to myself (and my exceptionally-patient girlfriend): “I really don’t think this is going to take that long! Look at how little I own! This will take no time at all!”

I was so very wrong.

I got started around 3:30 p.m. after getting home from work. After getting the first load of boxes and bags (mostly clothes, because somehow I own approximately 15,000 pounds of clothing despite the fact that I wear all of about five shirts and three pairs of pants) before my helpers arrived, I was feeling pretty good.

Wrong again.

My friends and girlfriend arrived at 4 p.m., and together, we moved for about the next nine hours.

The next day

I was lucky enough to take yesterday off, which gave me a full day to unpack and set up.

I woke up, walked into a box-covered living room, and got to work.

I’m still not done.

Most of that is my own fault, I got lazy after unboxing for a while, and turned on the TV and got distracted. But regardless, it’s a time-consuming process.

That said, this is my favorite part. It’s the first time in my life that I’ve lived on my own, so setting up my own home with my own things in my own way has been fantastic.

Here’s the skinny

I say skinny because I think I sweat out about four times my body weight in water.

Anyways, here were several primary lessons I learned from my own move.

  1. Moving sucks: It’s physically grueling, emotionally draining, and time consuming.
  2. But it’s worth it: I got home from running errands last night, and walking into a new home was exciting.
  3. Seriously, it’s time consuming: Moving takes longer than you think. Even small moves. Don’t take it lightly, because you may just finally lay down to sleep at 2 a.m.
  4. Packing is tough, be tougher: There were so many times I got grumpy and sick of packing. Push through it, it will save you a lot of time and frustration on moving day.
  5. Help isn’t just helpful, it’s vital: I could not have gotten through a single piece of move without my friends. My girlfriend was crucial in packing, my friends the same while moving. I wouldn’t have stood a chance without them.
  6. Sorry, last time: Did I mention it takes time?
  7. Unpack the future: Unpacking is so rewarding as you look for ways to set up your new home. It takes time, more than expected, but it is truly wonderful.

So, do you have a move coming up? If you do, learn from my experiences (and these wonderfully written blogs)! Or just save time, frustration, and stress by using TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®! I know I will!

 

To get your free quote, visit us online or call 608-278-0800!

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Do you have any comments, concerns, or blog ideas? Do you want to be a guest blogger? Would you like to speak with me, your guide through all things moving? Do you just want to tell me how great I am? Email me here!

 

Wait, there’s another eclipse?

Have you heard? There was an eclipse on Monday (check out the pictures from NASA, they’re incredible).

Do you know what else is incredible? There was another eclipse yesterday! And another today! And tomorrow! And the day after that!

“But, Michael, what could you possibly mean?”

Well that’s a good question, thank you for your attentiveness and for asking. Let me bring some light to the situation.

(See what I did there? Light? Because the eclipse blocked out the sun and the sun gives us light?)

A story that eclipses

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is unique in the industry. No, I won’t drop the standard “we’re special, look at us!” jargon that everyone uses. I mean truly unique. Who else can claim the title of America’s first and largest franchised moving company? I’ll give you a hint, no one.

From two brothers, one truck, and a dedicated—and forward thinking mom—came an international company.

I’m not one for hubris (Hubris is close to Hubble. Like the telescope. I’m funny.), but sometimes you just have to appreciate a story that eclipses the competitions’. ECLIPSES.

But it won’t make you feel small

Space has a way of making you feel small. An endless expanse stretching eternal, the light we see traveling longer than humans have existed; it’s daunting. So is going through the sales process. The expanse between you on the phone, the lightyear disconnect between your needs and theirs; it’s daunting.

Not at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. Our customer service team is a local collection of stars (See that? That’s a space pun.) dedicated to helping you. We understand that we are here to help facilitate a stressful time in life, and that you come first. You’re not just a speck in some distant universe, you are the universe.

It’s a unique experience

It’s business, and it’s personal.

It’s not just some dry, stuffy, mission statement etched on a wall for self-gratification. It’s a real-life mission. A space mission.

Okay, so maybe not a space mission, but a mission nonetheless.

Our office staff speaks monthly about our goals, and ways to enhance our services. What can we do better? How can we make life easier for our customers?

Our frontline team does as well. They past performance every month, using customer feedback better our services moving forward. It creates an open floor for administrative and frontline staff to exchange ideas and enhance performance.

This reflection ignites us as we strive toward our mission to exceed our customers’ expectations.

We are a service, built to serve. We take that seriously.

Our in-home consultant, Kelli, goes on-site to customers’ homes to deliver accurate estimates, while the move consultant team is always willing to go the extra mile. Becca has even personally delivered boxes to a customer simply because they couldn’t come pick them up.

The frontline staff is the same; eager to please and go the extra mile. Heck, even the extra lightyear (this is a space post after all)! I’ve even seen them move couches during an in-home move and vacuum behind them because the elderly customer couldn’t maneuver the vacuum.

They don’t do it because they’re required; they do it because their personal code dictates that they do.

We blot out your concerns

Moving breeds stress, a fiery ball in the pit of your stomach (like the sun, we’re keeping with the space theme here). Much like the moon ECLIPSING the sun, we can blot out some of those concerns. We have an experienced customer service team (and just look at those beautiful smiles) that understands the challenges and needs associated with moving. They will walk you through the process and your inventory to ensure that you are provided with the most accurate estimate possible. Some of them even have experience as movers and bring a unique outlook to the process.

Our frontline team is just as professional. And they better be if you’re going to feel comfortable inviting them into your home. They’re licensed, insured, bonded, and drug tested to provide you with the utmost comfort. Where they really set themselves apart is their attitudes and training.

De (a Navy veteran) and Shamus (an avid amateur boxer) know discipline, and put each new recruit through a rigorous and detailed training regimen. They’re given training in equipment, technique, and culture to provide a uniformed professionalism from the office to the frontlines.

You could even say we’re a sterling string of stars shining and shimmering staunchly against a soporific scene of stale similarity.

That’s a lot of words starting with S.

Because space starts with S, that’s why.

And did you notice that each point grew in length? Kind of like the sun slowly creeping out from behind the move and reappearing in its entirety? Because creativity?

ECLIPSE!

 

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Five simple steps to staying safe on moving day

I strained a muscle in my back—sneezing, if you’re curious as to how (it’s quite a boisterous, full-bodied endeavor to sneeze).

Luckily it should feel better by the time I have to move in two weeks. Hopefully. I wonder if I know anyone who could help me move…

Anyway, moving about as fast as a turtle (and with the same flexibility) with a move of my own on the horizon has me thinking about how moving can lead to injuries, and injuries can exacerbate an already-stressful moving day. That’s where we can help. With help from our operations team, Cory and John, we’ve come up with some simple tips to keep you safe and injury free on moving day.

Prepare

Approach your move with a plan. Weed risks in advance so you can go into moving day safely and with confidence. Park nearby to cut down on walk time and risk when carrying heavy items. Clear a path so there’s nothing to trip over, and have a plan on what to do with pets and kids that may scamper in front of you and cause injuries to one—or both—of you.

“Being organized before your move can go a long way,” our Director of Operations, Cory, says. “Thinking about and minimizing potential risks ahead of time is crucial to smooth and safe moving.”

For more thorough planning tips, check out our summer move checklist!

Dress properly

We just covered this in our blog last week, but we’ll run through it quickly for you here. The idea is simple: dress in sturdy, comfortable, clothing. Whether your preference is athletic apparel or jeans, wear what you’re most comfortable in. Unless it’s loose fitting of course. Loose fitting clothing can catch on door handles or other items and cause you to lose balance and get hurt. Oh, and gloves never hurt when it comes to protecting your hands or and enhancing your grip!

Use your whole body

Get loose in the morning to prevent muscle strains, and get your body prepared for the work to come (it also gives you a chance to review your plan while you’re warming up). Now, lift with your legs. You’ve heard it a thousand times—I can still hear my mom saying it every time I lift something—but it really is vital.

“It may be a cliché, but it’s important,” Operations Manager (and newlywed), John, says. “Lifting with your back is a great way to injure the muscles and lifting primarily with your arms is a great way to ruin your shoulders. If you start your move like that, you’re going to be in for a long day.”

You may or may not have a six-pack (I’m certainly in the latter camp), but engage your abs to keep your back from bearing the brunt of the weight. Carry items close to maximize your own strength and minimize injury risk.

Know your limits

I understand trying to be tough, but pushing passed your limits can be dangerous. Carrying too many items, or too much weight, is going to throw you off-balanced and unnecessarily stress your muscles. Move smaller loads and use a partner to carry heavy items to save both of you some pain. It’s preferable to take a little longer to move than get hurt in the process.

Speaking of which, don’t be in a hurry. That means while carrying items and while transporting them. Take your time to do things right. Rushing can lead to injuries for yourself, and damages to your items—neither of which you want.

Breaks are okay

Toughness is admirable.

So is wisdom, and it is wise to understand when you need a break.

Take a snack or water break to rest and recover your energy. Moving is hard work, and you’ll need to recover your strength to power through the rest of your move.

“Breaks are helpful,” Cory says. “It’s important to stay hydrated throughout a move, and some snacks can give you an energy boost to push through the rest of the move. It can also be a good thing to sit back and appreciate the work you’ve done. It will be a morale boost that can carry you through to the end.”


Of course, if you don’t want to risk it yourself you can always call professional movers to make your moving day simple, easy, and safe. We can help!

To get your free quote, visit us online or call 608-278-0800!

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A special thank you to Cory and John for their help this week as well!

Cory, Director of Operations

John, Operations Manager

 

What to wear on moving day

Hi, I’m Michael, and I’m going to be your fashion expert today.

No, I’m just kidding, but I am here to help you stay safe and comfortable during your move.

*Caution: Do yourself a favor and never let me be your/anyone’s fashion expert. Ever.*

Moving is stressful. Between potentially taking time off work to pack and move, cleaning your house and changing your mailing address, and the physical stress (just to mention a few things), there’s a lot to think about. Don’t let clothing slip through the cracks.

Comfortable and safe footwear

With objects not in their normal places, and the potential for nails and screws to fall unnoticed during disassembly, make sure your shoes have closed toes. This will go a long way in protecting yourself from sharp objects and from stubbing your toe on something. Ground can often be uneven, and there may be rocks and pebbles in your path, so solid shoes can keep your feet pain free (and keep you from reacting to piercing pain and dropping what you’re carrying). It will also be immensely important in keeping yourself feeling good throughout the day. Moving can take a lot out of you and leave you sore by the end of the day, do yourself a favor and wear supportive footwear to keep your feet from screaming.

Wear what’s comfortable

This one is up to you. If you’re more comfortable in jeans, wear jeans. If you’re partial to athletic apparel, wear that. Whatever you choose, make sure they are clothes you don’t mind getting torn or dirty. Oh, and avoid baggy clothing. When your hands are full, the last thing you need is baggy pants slipping down or a loose shirt getting caught on something and tugging you backward off-balance. So be comfortable, and wear something that fits well. Being comfortable throughout your move will make it a much more enjoyable experience.

Dress for the weather

It’s Wisconsin, so weather can play a role any time of year. Dress for the occasion. In winter, dress warm, wear boots for traction, and wear gloves to improve your grip even when things get wet. In rain, a raincoat with a hood is crucial to keeping yourself and your items safe. When the sun’s beating down, which we’ll certainly have more of this summer, wearing short sleeves and a breathable fabric to keep from overheating. Hats and sun glasses can keep the sweat and sun out of your eyes to prevent your vision from becoming impaired.

Prepare with pockets

Keeping vital objects such as your keys and some small tools in your pockets will go far in cutting down time. Having pockets will also help provide a home for screws and nails as you disassemble furniture so you won’t have to search for them after.

Don’t forget your hands

Gloves can prove exceptionally useful regardless of weather. They help keep your hands protected from sharp objects or rough edges to cardboard, and will enhance your grip to ensure the safety of your objects.

Call professional uniformed movers 

We certainly respect your desire to move yourself if you choose, and encourage you to read our other blogs to simplify your moving process if that’s the route you choose. If you do choose to use a mover, we would be happy to help that way as well. Our movers come uniformed (yes, they’re dressed comfortably and safe, and no, I did not design our uniforms) and equipped with the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to complete the job.

To get your free quote, visit us online or call 608-278-0800!

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Tips for seniors on the move

I was at an open house at a new assisted living facility in Janesville over the weekend when someone told me something interesting: a lot of seniors don’t know where to look for help when it comes to moving.

An enormous contingent of the population (and one with members retiring every day), seniors moving needs are unique and consistent.

If you’re a senior, we would like to help give you a starting point.

Whether you decide on professional movers, or have family to help, these tips can make for a smooth transition as you move forward in life.

Plan ahead

While this is an important first step in any move, it is even more important when you’re moving as a senior. Chances are you’ll be downsizing, so starting early on the process of weeding out what you’ll bringing with you is crucial. This also gives you the chance to lock down a date with either the movers or family help that you’ll need. We suggest you lock in these dates early to accommodate for any changes that may arise. If you choose to use a mover, ask if they will come to your home for an estimate. At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we have an in-home consultant who will come to your home (for free) and walk through with you to give you a complete picture of what your move will look like.

Pack smart

You have a lifetime worth of possessions, protect them. Clearly mark boxes as fragile, and make sure they are set aside so your family and movers can know to take extra caution. Be sure to wrap all of your items, but avoid newspaper if possible. Newspaper can leave ink stains on your belongings, so use blank wrapping paper. One other often-overlooked tip with packing is to remember a simple rule: the heavier the item, the smaller the box. Don’t overpack boxes, it could cause problems and damage.

Clean as you go

Just like everything else, you’ll want to start cleaning early. If you clean as you purge and pack, you’ll be able to cut down on the cleaning rush immediately before your move. Cutting out as much stress as possible early on will be much appreciated as you get closer to your move date.

Secure parking ahead of time

If you’re moving into a building with a building manager, communicate with them to secure the best parking you can before your move. Not only will parking as close as possible cut down on your moving time, but it will cut down on fatigue after the move. The shorter route of transit will also make using tools like carts and dollies more efficient and effective.

Set aside the essentials

Pack your essential items—medicines or other care items—separately from the rest of your household items. Keep this with you on the day of your move so it’s easy to find and access. Pack some other luxuries with it that you don’t want to search for after your move!

Confirm your move

Make sure to confirm the specific time you can move into your new home and other detail. Call your movers—whether they’re professionals or family and friends—to confirm the date and time they should arrive. Get everything confirmed so you can go into your move date with confidence.

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Summer move checklist

You’re moving. On top of the stress of family, work, your social life, and everything else going on, now you have to add one of life’s most stressful activities to your plate.

But, did you know that moving doesn’t have to be stressful? By planning ahead—and following your plan—you can take the stress out of the moving and enjoy the next step in your life right away!

Now, how do you get started on forming this plan? Well keep reading right here for a timeline from your Madison “Movers Who Care®”!

One month out:

Start calling moving companies. Oh, I know, a moving company telling you to call moving companies, what a sales pitch! But that’s not the case. We encourage you to call moving companies because they can help give you a full estimate of what your move entails from a professional point of view. It can give you a different perspective on your move, and also lets you vet potential companies should you decide to pursue one.

By starting this process this early, you can ensure that you will have everything you need. Summer is the busiest time of the year in the moving industry, so by reaching out early you can secure a spot on the schedule. It also allows you to get a head start on packing. Moving companies offer packing services and supplies that can help you get off on the right foot.

Oh, and don’t forget to start cleaning! Filter out the things you don’t want or need and either toss, donate, or sell them. Decluttering not only leaves you with less to move, but also less to distract you from the joys of your new home.

Two weeks out:

Now is the perfect time to emphasize packing. If you decide to pack yourself, make sure you’ve secured an ample amount of boxes—the number can often surprise you—as well as labels to mark your boxes. Be diligent about writing the correct room they’ll be going to in your new home; it’ll make the unpacking process much easier! And don’t worry if you start getting overwhelmed with your packing needs, professional movers can help get you packed and ready to go.

Notify magazines and regular mailing services that you’ll be changing addresses, and change the information on your accounts to that of your new home. Schedule time to disconnect utilities, and schedule connections for your new residence.

Continue the cleaning process—it can take a while—and begin to shift your focus to the essential items you’ll want with you that first night in your new home. This will become more important to solidify the closer you get to your move.

One week out:

Get out a suitcase or backpack and pack your first-night bag. Include snacks, a change of comfortable clothing, and some entertainment options. Whatever you need to make the first night simple and comfortable, pack it here. Start packing this bag now so you can go through that process on your own time.

Now is also the time to start cleaning out the fridge. Old foods should be discarded, and whatever containers they’re in should be cleaned and packed. Prepare to defrost and dry the fridge. If you have an older model or one that hasn’t been defrosted in a while, this could take some time—I know it did with the freezer at my old house—so prepare accordingly.

Then add another household item to your cleaning to-do list: the oven. Clean this thoroughly so you can pass your old home along in a great style. Finish any last minute cleaning and packing, and make sure you have everything that you need.

One day out:

Make sure you have cash on hand to cover pizza or dinner at your new home, just in case you want some that first night. Now comes the hard part: say goodbye. Enjoy your final day in your home and say goodbye to your neighbors. When my family moved from my childhood home, we were advised to take a keepsake from our home. It’s a nice notion if you’ve lived there for a while or if you have children. It will help remind them where they came from and give you something to spark memories of the life you lived in your old home.

Day of the move:

It’s as simple as pack and move, right? It’s not.

Whether you’re moving yourself, or using a professional mover, a great first step is to move all boxes and small items toward the best point of entry to your home. This speeds up the move by cutting down time spent running back and forth. It also keeps your home clean because you won’t be tracking dirt around as you or your movers go throughout the house grabbing boxes.

If you’re using professional movers, try your best to be present with the day of the move. You’ll be able to let the crew know what needs to be moved and any specific instructions. When you arrive at your new home, you’ll be able to direct the crew to where each item needs to go.

If you’re moving on your own, organize your boxes and items into various trips. You’ll likely need to make a couple of trips, even if you rent a trailer, so keeping organized will prove vital. Bring the items for specific rooms at a time, so when you unload you’ll be going to one room in particular. You’ll avoid clutter and have clean paths to walk through.

Once you have everything moved, make a final walkthrough of your old home. Lock all the windows and doors, and make sure you’ve brought everything along with you.

Now get settled into your new home, and start enjoying the next step of your life.

 

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Settling into a new school after you move

So you moved this summer while school was out, and you’re getting settled into your new life, but now starting your child at a new school is creeping up. Between the move and starting at a new school, this is an exceptionally stressful time for them. How can you make the transition easier? Follow these few tips and get off on the right foot.

Practice and Play

Take your child to their new school one day this summer and let them play at the playground. Practice a school day by showing them how to get to the bus stop, and how to get back home. Get them some time to familiarize themselves with the route to school, and the playground itself. Walk through their school if possible and go from class to class just as they would during their school day. This can ease their stress getting to school and give them a start for playtime with their new classmates.

Confirm your registration status

Check in with the school to make sure you have all the requisite paperwork filled out. Do you have immunization record and medical forms turned in? How about emergency contact information? Make sure all the i’s are dotted and t’s crossed ahead of time.

Meet the teachers

Some schools offer a “meet the teacher night” to allow you and your child to get a preview of the upcoming school year. If yours does this, take advantage! If it doesn’t, reach out to the school when you find out who their teacher will be and explain that your child will be a new student and wants to get a lay of the land. Meet with the teacher to introduce your child. Have them give you a tour of the school so your child can feel comfortable about where to go. Having a familiar face and a little knowledge of the school’s layout can make the first day—and the days leading up to—more comfortable.

Talk about curriculum

Different schools have different goals and expectations, so take a chance to talk with the new teacher about the differences. Get a gauge of any gaps there may be in the difference, and educate yourself so you can help your child overcome any difficult subjects. By informing the teacher of any differences, they can better utilize their resources to make sure your child is given every chance to succeed. Together, you can make a plan to maximize your child’s education.

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This is perhaps the toughest part of changing schools. Chances are, your child left friends behind at their old school that they will miss, and new friends can make transitioning so much easier. Get involved in the neighborhood, or get your child involved in summer camps they’re interested in. This will get them connected to potential friends with similar interests and will go a long way when school starts.

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