Moving In Together…for the First Time

Moving in together for the first time

Whether you’re getting ready to move in with your significant other, your bestie, or a new college roommate you’ve never met before, you want the transition to go as smoothly as possible.  Some factors you’ll need to consider are how you’ll combine your furniture and decor, who has which appliances, and the things neither of you may have.  This can seem a little overwhelming, so let us give you some tips to get you started!

First of all, get on the same page with your new roomie about your combined inventory.  It may seem like a boring, tedious task to make a really long list of every item you both own, but you can take a few shortcuts.  Work on your inventory list by going through each room of the house, and only include necessities that you’ll both want in your home.  For example, when listing your kitchen items, your housemate will want you to mention that you have a microwave and full set of flatware; they probably won’t care whether you have four or six (or any) of those matching flowery placemats.

Make a list of all your kitchen cookware and diningware.Once you compare lists, figure out which necessities you’re both lacking.  If you get a nagging feeling that there’s a utensil missing from your combined cookware set, try using a wedding registry checklist as a loose guide.  Find one of these checklists on a major retailer’s website (such as Target) or in a cute Pinterest infographic.  Examining your combined inventory will also let you know of which pieces you have duplicates, and help you both avoid hauling two full dining sets to your new home.

If you’re planning to order anything for your new home, be sure you have it shipped to your new address, rather than your current home.  This way, you won’t have to figure out how to pack one more item into yet another box.  Additionally, be sure to schedule the shipping date to take place a few days after your move-in date, just in case your plans get delayed due to bad weather, missed flights, or any other worst case scenario.

When moving day comes, be ready to compromise!  Chances are, you won’t love every single piece of furniture your new co-inhabitant brings with them.  But if you don’t absolutely hate those curtains and you don’t have any of your own to which you’re super-attached, you should consider choosing not to fight that particular battle.  Living with someone, and especially with a new spouse, is all about compromise and learning to open yourself up to new habits and styles.  If there is a specific piece of furniture you really don’t like, find a non-combative way to bring up the topic.

Finally, lTWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville can move your furniture items.eave the heavy lifting to professional movers.  Even though moving in with your best friend is really exciting in theory, the planning process can be stressful and exhausting.  You can avoid worrying about playing Tetris with a rental truck and risking furniture damages by hiring a professional team who can offer furniture padding, wrapping, dis-assembly, and re-assembly with their services.  Additionally, reputable moving companies offer free insurance coverage of their services so you can know that all of your belongings are safe.  For more information on local Nashville moving services, check out our website.

Have fun moving in with your old or new friend!  If you have any other packing or moving questions, please feel free to give our team a call at 615-248-6288.

Movers for Moms Made Mother’s Day Special for Nashville Moms

Mary Ellen Sheets founded TWO MEN AND A TRUCK in 1985.Every spring, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK hosts our annual Movers for Moms campaign leading up to Mother’s Day to collect critical donations for moms in need.  This tradition started way back in 1985 when a mom in Lansing, MI founded TWO MEN AND A TRUCK with her two sons.  During her first year in business, this mom, Mary Ellen Sheets, made a profit of $1,000–an incredible accomplishment for a brand new, built-from-the-ground-up business!  Mary Ellen decided she wanted to support other moms in her community, so she donated all of her profits to local mothers who had fled domestic violence situations in their homes.

Thirty-one years later, Mary Ellen’s dream of supporting moms in need lives on as every TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise in America continues the tradition of making Mother’s Day special for mothers in shelters across the country!  Here in Nashville, our Movers for Moms campaign benefits the deserving mamas at Safe Haven Family Shelter who have become homeless due to domestic violence, natural disasters, or unexpected financial hardships.  We love supporting Safe Haven because they’re the only homeless shelter in Middle Tennessee that’s equipped to accept whole families, instead of splitting them up among different men’s and women’s & children’s shelters.

Our Quality Control Specialist, Keith, holding a Movers for Moms collection boxDuring the Movers for Moms collection, we try to collect essential care items, such as baby products, home goods, and toiletries, for Safe Haven moms in time for Mother’s Day.  Last year, we were able to collect 800 of these critical gifts!  We decided to be ambitious this year and set our 2016 goal at collecting 2,000 donations…  And we knew we wouldn’t be able to accomplish that feat by ourselves.  We partnered with over fifty businesses, organizations, and schools who helped us collect donations by hosting donation bins at their offices and hosting Movers for Moms events for us during March and April.  People all over Greater Nashville came together to help us support these moms, and it was so much fun seeing the donations pour in.

We were able to collect 3,700 donations for the moms at Safe Haven Family Shelter during the 2016 Movers for Moms campaign!On Cinco de Mayo, we planned to count and deliver all the donations to Safe Haven so they could have the gifts in time for Mother’s Day.  In the end, we found out that we didn’t collect our goal of 2,000 gifts…  We almost DOUBLED our goal and ended up collecting over 3,700 individual donations!  You can watch the live video of the donation delivery here.  Thank you, Nashville, for helping us make a difference in the lives of these moms and their families!  We can’t wait for next year’s campaign to do it all over again.

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of Safe Haven families too?  Click here for information on volunteering at the shelter.

Looking for a great moving company this summer?  We can help with that too!  Give us a call at 615-248-6288 or visit our website for moving information.

Spring Cleaning Before You Move

Spring cleaning before you move

Happy Spring!  It’s so warm outside with the sun shining, the trees are getting their leaves back, your seasonal garden is starting to come in…  But you’re about to move, and it’s time to start your spring cleaning.  Before you get started, let us give you some tips on how to prepare for your move while cleaning:

First of all, you’re about to start moving some of your things around to clean in harder-to-reach places, such as your cabinets, fridge, and closet spaces.  Why not go ahead and start sorting through the extraneous items you can get rid of?  This way, you’ll have less to pack and then unpack again in your new home.  If there are any items you have in multiples, think about what you actually need to keep for your day-to-day routine.  Personally, I have a huge stash of shampoo on hand that I keep “just in case” I run out.  In the middle of a move, you definitely don’t need these stocked-up items to slow you down.  Go ahead and toss out half-used containers, and donate the unopened items to a local charity.  (For inspiration, check out our favorite Nashville charities here.)

Now that you’re ready to start cleaning, think about the household items you already own that can safely and naturally clean the home you’re about to put on the market.  Here are just a few natural household products you can use to clean:

  • Lemon juice can be used for cleaning metal and garbage disposalsVinegar:  A 50/50 solution of vinegar and distilled water makes a great glass cleaner, and a 25/75 solution can be used to make your hardwood shine!  Additionally, let rusty metal soak in vinegar for half an hour, and follow up with some scrubbing to make your metals clean again.
  • Club Soda:  Everyone knows and loves the classic trick of using club soda to remove a wide range of stains!
  • Lemons:  Use a slice of lemon to remove water stains from metal surfaces by rubbing the slice over the stained area and rinsing with water.  You can also use lemon and baking soda to clean your garbage disposal before house showings.  Just heat 1/2 cup of lemon juice in the microwave for 30 seconds, and slowly add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the heated juice.  Pour this solution down your kitchen sink’s drain, and run hot water for a few seconds to rinse.  Ta-da!
  • Pillow cases:  Dusting ceiling fans can be a pain because all the dust falls all over everyone standing in the room.  However, if you slip a pillowcase around each blade and wipe, all the dust falls into the case instead.
  • Socks:  Pull a sock over your hand and spritz with water–you just made a dust cloth for your blinds!  This way, your sock also prevents dust from the window blinds from floating around the room.  If you grip each blind panel with the hand covered in the damp sock, you’ll be able to save time and clean both sides of the panel at once.

Packing and sorting your thingsOnce you run through the traditional cleaning spots in each room, do a quick check over spaces that are easily forgotten.  These include baseboards, the carpet underneath your larger furniture items, and the shelves inside your closets.

Getting ready to move is super exciting, and cleaning up your old space is just another part of the process.  Hopefully these spring cleaning tips help speed up your move-out cleaning and the prepping for your packing!