Christmas in July Coat Drive

Christmas in July Coat Drive

We’re getting ready for our second annual Christmas in July Coat Drive! When Nashville starts to get chilly in the winter, many local parents aren’t able to afford new jackets to properly fit their children. A couple years ago, we decided we wanted to host a coat drive to specifically benefit the students at Park Avenue Elementary who are living in poverty. Unfortunately, coat drives usually take place in the middle of winter after the kids are already in need of clothing to keep them warm. So last July, we decided to host a “Christmas in July” coat drive to collect jackets, coats, and sweaters ahead of time to prepare Park Avenue ahead of the winter season.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK hosts the Christmas in July Coat DriveOur 2016 coat drive was so successful that we decided to make it an annual tradition! We hope you’ll keep supporting these local children in need by coming to this year’s Christmas in July celebration on July 8th from 9 am-11 am! Our goal is to fill a 16-foot moving truck with new and gently-used coats, jackets, and sweaters for these K through 4th grade students. We’ll be parked in front of the Nashville location of Thriftsmart on Nolensville Road to take your donations.

This year, everyone (18+ years old) can enter to win a pair of tickets to one of the Nashville Ballet‘s December performances of The Nutcracker! We’re so excited about this raffle prize, which is valued at $148 and really helps us get into the Christmas spirit.

And that’s not all! Thriftsmart has generously offered (again!) to give a voucher for 50% off your next purchase at their store to everyone who makes a donation! Plus, we’ll be making kid-friendly DIY crafts out of moving boxes so your child can bring home a keepsake from the event. We’ll also be joined by our friends at The BIG 98 for our party music and prizes for your family.

Help us fill our truck with coats for these students in need! If you have any questions, please call or text us at 615-248-6288!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's Christmas in July Coat Drive

Two Easy DIY Father’s Day Gifts

Easy DIY Fathers Day Gifts out of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxes

We’re just one week out from Father’s Day–one of the most difficult holidays ever when we try to brainstorm gift ideas! How do you find the perfect gift for the dad who has everything, or the dad who is your super hero? After a lot of discussion with our Movers and office staff who are dads, we noticed that all of their favorite past gifts had something in common: all of them were handmade by their kids.

If you’re still looking for some last-minute present inspiration, here are some ideas we came up with! Both of these crafts can be made out of used moving boxes from your last relocation, and they’re super personalized for the amazing father in your life.

Rope Swing Bookmarks

How to make bookmarks out of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxes

To make these high-flying bookmarks, you’ll need:

  • Old moving box
  • Box cutter or crafting knife
  • Camera (we used a mobile phone)
  • Color printer
  • Photo glue (heavier-duty than normal glue sticks)
  • Hole Puncher
  • Woven ribbon

Step One: Have each of your kids pose in front of a solid-colored background with their hands grabbing an imaginary rope over their heads. We used these kiddos’ bedroom doors to provide a solid color, but you can also have them pose laying on the grass outside or in front of a white wall. Take their photos as they keep their legs straight or bent like they’re gliding through the air!

DIY Father's Day bookmarks made out of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxesStep Two: Print out the photos and cut around their body shapes. At this point, we laminated our photos to protect against water stains or long-term wear, but you don’t have to do this!

Step Three: Use your photo glue to set each child’s photo against the cardboard surface of the box. Once the photo has dried to the box, cut around the outlined shape again.

Step Four: Punch a hole right underneath the imaginary rope your child is holding in the air. Then cut your ribbon down to your preferred length and tie a lark’s head knot (also known as a cow hitch knot) through the hole.

Step Five: Give to Dad inside his brand new book!

Dancing Fridge Magnets

DIY Father's Day magnet made from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxes

To make these hilarious man cave mini-fridge magnets, you’ll need:

  • Old moving box
  • Box cutter or crafting knife
  • Camera (we used a mobile phone)
  • Color printer
  • Glue stick
  • Brads
  • Adhesive magnet strips

Step One: Take a photo of each of your children standing in a position where they have space between their arms and sides, and between their legs.

Step Two: Print two copies of each photo. With the first copy, cut around the edge of the head and midsection of the photo. With the second copy, cut around the edges of the arms and legs. Make sure the arms and legs have some overlap of the midsection, or you won’t have any overlap to place a brad!

Step Three: Glue each body part to a section of your used moving box, and cut around each shape.

Step Four: Carefully poke a brad through each overlapping piece to attach your arms and legs to the midsections.  Then fold the brad tips back behind the cardboard.

Step Five: Stick a strip of adhesive magnet to the back of each kiddo, and arrange the arms and legs to your preferred stance! Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

Do you need to purchase some craft supplies (er, I mean, boxes) for your upcoming move? Give us a call at 615-248-6288 to schedule a free delivery of all the moving supplies you need! You can also check out our website to learn about our full-service packing offer!

Two-Minute Guide: How to Pack Your Dishes

Learn to pack your dishes like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK

We’ve been moving and packing Nashville’s belongings for over 21 years now, and we like to share everything we’ve learned to help you have the easiest moving experience possible. Packing is by far the longest step in the moving process, and we know you have a lot of work ahead of you, so we put together a quick guide to pack your dishes so nothing gets broken along the way.

First, you want to start with a “Dish Pack” or “Dish Barrel” box.  We’re in love with these boxes because they’re double-walled to ensure stability and great cushioning, plus they come with a cell pack that creates adjustable pockets to fit each dish.  Tape up the bottom of the box with 3 strips of tape.  (We always use 3 strips at the bottom of every box, no matter what the type.)

Next, open up your cell pack.  This is another ingenious creation, because every part of the pack turns into practical packing supplies, including the top cover showing the contents of the pack.  Take that cover and fold the side flaps into a makeshift spring (pictured on the cell pack).  Press this down to the bottom of your box to add yet another layer of protective cushioning, just in case the box gets dropped.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK how to pack dishesNow you’re ready to put together your first set of dividers.  There are tall and short dividers, but you want to start with the shorter ones.  Use the interlocking pieces to create 16 separate pockets that can be used for drinking glasses, silverware, and other small, breakable items you find in your kitchen.  Roll each glass in a sheet of packing paper, with the ends folded and taped to the side.  This way, the glass is less likely to slip out or become exposed, and rolls of silverware have less chance of stabbing through the end of the paper roll.  If a glass doesn’t fill up the full pocket, stuff extra crumpled paper to fill in the gaps so it won’t shift during transit.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK how to pack plates and bowlsOnce your first layer of dishes has been packed up, flatten one side of the cell pack and lay it over the top.  This barrier ensures your glassware won’t rub against or chip any dishes from layers above or below.  Then put together your next set of dividers.  If you’re ready to pack up the plates and bowls, use the taller dividers.  The tall dividers allow you to stand up the dishes vertically, where they’ll be less likely to break if the box shifts in your moving van.  Again, fill in extra space with crumpled packing paper.  You can also use the smaller square pockets around the edges of this layer to place more drinking glasses and trinkets.

That’s it!  Those are the four steps to take when packing up your kitchenware. When you’re ready to purchase supplies, give us a call to schedule your free delivery of everything, from boxes to mattress bags to rolls of tape.  We’ll even buy back any supplies you don’t use at full price after you’ve had a chance to settle down in your new home.

If DIY packing doesn’t sound like your thing, give us a call at 615-248-6288 (or just click here to visit our website) to ask about our all-inclusive packing service.  Instead of paying someone by the hour to pack all your belongings and purchase all the supplies they use, our movers can expertly pack your belongings with our supplies for one hourly rate.