Your Survival Guide for Holiday Home Prep

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's tips for prepping your home for the holidays

If you’re anything like us, you’re rushing to prepare your home to survive the holiday season uproar! Out-of-town guests are coming to stay for days or weeks at a time, and the house is in desperate need to be spotless. Don’t worry–we’ve made easy steps to prepare for the upcoming holiday house work!

Step One: Priorities first

The day before guests arrive is no time to pull apart junk drawers and clean out linen closets! The best way to start is by de-cluttering guest rooms and areas where your guests will be most often. These areas may include the foyer, kitchen, living room, den, and dining room. Remove any non-essential items from counter tops, coffee tables, and ottomans; if it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind.

Use TWO MEN AND A TRUCK boxes to store clutter until after your holiday guests leaveIf you run short on time, box up the clutter and store it in your attic, basement, or closets. Don’t worry about hardcore organization until after your guests leave. And if you need extra boxes, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK sells boxes in different sizes, perfect for any size of items.  You can use a small box to easily store books for extra shelf space, or larger boxes to help clear up miscellaneous children’s toys.

Step Two: Go room by room

After the initial de-clutter, set up a day of cleaning for each room:
Monday – Den
Tuesday – Kitchen
Wednesday – Bedroom
Thursday – Living Room
Friday – Dining Room
Saturday – Foyer
Sunday – Bathrooms and Closets

We suggest using a full day to clean each room; this lets you focus on one area without getting burnt out, and makes it easier to go at your own pace. This process also gives you extra time to dust, vacuum, and clean the base boards. And while cleaning out closets that your guests might be using, remember that we sell wardrobe boxes to easily clean out jackets and old apparel that you no longer wear.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK can move your furniture to make room for holiday directionsIf you have major adjustments to make in your home, such as creating additional seating or opening more space where your guests tends to gather, you can hire our trained movers to rearrange your furniture for you.  We can even pick up new furniture directly from the store to bring to your home and haul holiday decorations out of your storage areas.

Step Three: Day-of final touches

Realtors bake chocolate chip cookies right before their open houses to make homes smell more invitingIt’s finally D-Day, and guests are about to arrive from their long day of travel! Now’s the time to do the last-minute prep work. One of the biggest overlooked details is the smell of your house. The easiest way to control this factor is by lighting a candle in a central location of your home to let the scent travel throughout. If you have time, bake chocolate chip cookies. The cookie trick is actually a common practice with Realtors and their open houses–there is nothing better or more inviting than coming to a home that smells like cookies!

These easy steps give you the perfect amount of time to finish housework without getting overwhelmed! Your guests may never know the amount of time you spent cleaning up, or if you used moving help. Enjoy your guests and the holiday season!

If you would like us to help with your de-cluttering, in-home staging, or interior design project, we’re available by phone and email!

Give back this holiday season…without even trying!

ways to give back this season without even trying

It may sound cheesy, but we really do our best to live by our slogan of “Movers Who Care”!  Every holiday season, we try to find ways to support the community by doing things we would do anyway…  We know we’re going to decorate Christmas trees and buy gifts for our loved ones, so why not help local non-profits at the same time?  This year, we decided to fill you in on the top five ways we’ll be giving back to those in need so you can get some inspiration for your own holiday activities!

Buy your Christmas tree…and help single moms in need.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK can move your furniture to make room for holiday directionsIt’s pretty much required this time of year to pick out a Christmas tree with your kids, then decorate as a family while you snack on cookies and sing Christmas tunes.  Instead of going out to a normal Christmas tree farm this year, pick out your tree with Nashville Giving Tree!  This awesome non-profit has found a way to make sure 100% of the sales from these trees benefit young, single moms in Nashville who are still working on obtaining their high school diploma.  By working with farmers, trucking companies, and local businesses, every penny goes back to the ones who really need it.

Decorate your tree…and pay for children’s cancer treatments.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK sponsors the St Jude Radiothon on The Big 98One of our favorite non-profit partners is the St Jude Research Hospital, which offers free treatment, free meals, free EVERYTHING to families whose children are suffering from cancer.  We are honored to sponsor their radio-thon every year on the Big 98 radio station.  We also love ordering new Christmas ornaments through their online gift shop!  Not only do the sales of these ornaments benefit their patients, but they were also designed by the children who are being treated at the hospital!

Send holiday cards…and support retired seniors.

Our company is dedicated to supporting Nashville seniors, and we actually partnered with local non-profits and senior communities to develop the county’s very first Senior Sensitivity Training for movers.  One of those non-profits is FiftyForward, and we still do all we can to support their mission of eliminating isolation and depression among retired seniors in Middle Tennessee.  When you’re ready to buy holiday cards to send to your loved ones, consider purchasing handmade cards from the “Card Crusaders” club at the FiftyForward Martin Center!  All profits from card sales go back to the non-profit, and every card is made by their clients.  They even have a holiday card special going on right now, where you can get a discount for purchasing more than 24 cards.

Make your holiday dinner…and earn cash for your favorite local charity.

If you have a Kroger rewards card, you can make sure every grocery run earns money to be donated to the local school, church, or non-profit organization of your choice through their awesome Community Rewards program.  All you have to do is log into your Kroger account online, go to your Account Settings page, and enroll in the Community Rewards on behalf of your preferred organization.  While not every school, church, and local non-profit has chosen to be a partner of Kroger’s program, you can support almost any worthy cause you desire!

Get gifts for the kids…and benefit young hospital patients.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville supports the Monroe Carrel Jr Childrens Hospital at VanderbiltWe absolutely love the local Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, which treats hundreds of thousands of children every year for everything from common colds to cancer.  In fact, we also sponsor their annual radio-thon on The River radio station every year!  This season, when you purchase Kohl’s Cares books and stuffed animals, all profits benefit children being treated at Vanderbilt.  To make sure your purchase benefits our local hospital, be sure to pick up your order from your local Kohl’s store, either through online ordering + in-store pickup or during your next visit to Kohl’s.

Get gifts for your friends…and help low-income families buy homes.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK donated free moves to the Habitat for Humanity Women Build 2015A little known fact about Habitat for Humanity is that they don’t simply give away homes to the homeless–they actually require eligible low-income families to purchase Habitat homes with a zero-interest loan, and only after they complete mandatory financial classes and sweat equity.  We support Habitat by donating free moving services to their largest families in need!  And this holiday season, you can help their families too, by purchasing home goods and decor gifts for your friends at the Habitat ReStore.  The ReStore sells furniture and decor items which were overstocked retail merchandise, slightly damaged retail merchandise, or gently used donations from the community at bargains you can’t resist.  All sales directly benefit the Habitat mission!

Get gifts for that person who has everything…and support volunteerism.

Although many people know they’re passionate about certain causes, such as animal rights or homelessness, it can be difficult to know how to find a good way to get involved.  To help spread awareness about various non-profit opportunities, Doing Good TV documents the efforts and positive change of different volunteer efforts around America.  We love donating free moves to Doing Good, and you can donate to them too this holiday season by purchasing a ZapCard! The ZapCard offers over 3,000 digital coupons (accessible by smartphone) to popular stores such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Macy’s, Hertz, and Walmart.  Perfect for your friend who already owns everything, and over 50% of the sales support Doing Good!

Buy your gifts from Amazon…and donate to your favorite local charity.

Amazon Smile lets you buy Christmas presents while donating part of your purchase to your favorite Nashville charity.Here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville, we are huge Amazon fans.  If you have an Amazon account that you use regularly, you can have a percentage of every purchase you make benefit the charity of your choice!  Simply go to your Amazon Smile account preferences and set the charity you would like to benefit.  When you’re ready to start filling up your online cart, just make sure you visit smile.amazon.com instead of the normal amazon.com homepage to find the items you want to purchase.

Happy shopping, Nashville!  When you’re ready to haul your tree or new furniture home, be sure to give us a call, text, or email for a free moving quote!

How Movers Make the Holidays Easier

4 ways TWO MEN AND A TRUCK makes the holiday season easier

As you prepare for your great Thanksgiving feast, Christmas celebration, and out-of-town guests, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed! But don’t worry–we’re here to alleviate some of the stress that comes with the holiday season. Check out the top 4 ways our movers can help make your party prep easy this year:

Cleaning Out the Storage Space

Sometimes having house guests can cause a need to temporarily stuff your closets with non-essential decor items or household clutter. From wardrobe boxes that can hold shoes and out-of-season clothing to dish barrels that keep each piece of kitchenware safe, we have the supplies you need! We even offer free delivery of moving supplies when your order totals $50 or more.

Re-staging Your Furniture

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK can move your furniture to make room for holiday directionsDo your out-of-town loved ones all want to stay with you for the holidays? It can be time-consuming to rearrange multiple rooms of furniture to fit in air mattresses, luggage, and that extra dining room table leaf. Fortunately, you can hire our movers to move all of your extraneous furniture into the attic or storage space for you! We offer complimentary disassembly and reassembly of furniture that comes apart, such as bed frames and display hutches. We can even provide disposable moving pads to keep your furniture clean and special mirror/picture boxes to prevent your fragile wall hangings from breaking.

Bringing Out the Holiday Decorations

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK carefully packs ornaments into a dish pack boxIf you’re like us, we keep our Christmas garlands and ornaments tucked away in the attic or basement for 10-11 months out of the year. Instead of making multiple trips up and down the ladder or stairs, let our movers bring out your holiday decorations this year. We can also carefully pack and store your decorations away after Christmas is over as well!

Taking Advantage of Holiday Sales

Do you wait until Black Friday to purchase all the new appliances you want for your home? Or maybe wait for those Christmas-themed sales? Our movers are experienced in picking up large purchases from stores, delivering them to your home, and setting them exactly where you want them inside.

Whatever you need help doing to prepare for the holidays, our movers can probably assist! Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288, or visit our website for more information!

No Shave November

No Shave November at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK

Happy No Shave November, or “Movember” if that’s what you call it! We’ve been excited for No Shave November to finally arrive, and now that it has, we started asking ourselves why men stop shaving for a full month in the fall. Did you know the point of No Shave November is to raise awareness about prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer can be a pretty awkward topic to talk about, but it’s really important for men to understand how commonly the disease is found. About 1 in 6 men will someday have prostate cancer, and an estimated 80% of men over the age of 80 have the cancer cells in their prostate. So in November, men can grow their beards long and wild as a conversation starter to raise awareness about the risks and importance of researching this common form of cancer.

So how can you get involved in this kooky awareness campaign? The No Shave November Foundation encourages men to donate the amount of money they would have spent on shaving/grooming products during the month to prostate cancer research instead of maintaining their facial hair. However, you can decide what works best with your lifestyle, office dress code, and financial resources to participate in any way you feel appropriate!

If you need some inspiration, this is how we’re celebrating No Shave November:

Part One

No Shave November--our BEFORE pictures!Our male office staff members are putting down the razor for all 30 days of November! (We can’t wait to see the patches and burliness of their beards by the end of the month!) Whenever we’re asked why our staff looks so unkempt this month, we can start a conversation about the No Shave November cause. At the end of the month, we’ll vote to decide whose beard is the manliest, hunkiest, or just plain funniest, and that man will win a facial grooming kit!

Part Two

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK in Nashville is donating free moving services to Gilda's Club to celebrate No Shave NovemberWe also want to get involved in the support of cancer patients this month! So we’re donating a free move to the local non-profit Gilda’s Club, which is Nashville’s local affiliate of the Cancer Support Community. Gilda’s Club has a half marathon coming up this weekend on Saturday, November 12th, and we’re donating our moving services to help transport the marathon materials. If you love running or walking, be sure to sign up to support this great cause!

Get creative this month to help raise awareness about the risk and research of prostate cancer! And if you would like more information about our involvement in No Shave November, or just about our moving services in general, please give us a call/text at 615-248-6288 or visit our website!