Clothing Capsule: Your entire closet can fit in one wardrobe box

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK marketing assistant Cara in NashvilleA couple weeks ago, our Marketing Assistant Cara starting tell everyone in the office about how she was able to cut down her entire wardrobe to fit in the space of just one of our Wardrobe Boxes. Cara has been working to simplify her life and remove non-necessities, including a huge closet stuffed full of clothes! When she decided to take the leap and make her own “Clothing Capsule,” we asked her to write a blog about her experience. We hope she inspires you!


I recently watched a documentary called The Minimalists, by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. In the film, Josh and Ryan are just average employees working in corporate America, and they decide to really examine their lives and adopt the minimalist lifestyle to find true happiness in their lives. As I pondered more and more about this topic, it drove me to really examine my lifestyle and how I am utilizing my resources. One thing I have an abundance of is clothes. I love shopping for new clothes and wearing new clothes. But this documentary drove me to try the wardrobe capsule project to help me think about how we can really embrace what we have and be content in knowing it’s enough.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK clothing wardrobe capsule wardrobe box

​The wardrobe capsule project is rooted in the movement of minimalism. It’s a project where you pick out 30 pieces of clothing, including shirts, dresses, pants, skirts, or shoes. Your total of 30 clothing articles are worn interchangeably for 30 days, and you really have to use all of your creative juices to utilize what you have. Ultimately, you realize what you have is enough.

The capsule really shifted my mindset on how I usually think about selecting clothes to wear. I typically dread getting dressed in the morning since I never know what to wear. With the limited choices I had, I realized it was easier and faster to make a choice for selecting an outfit. I really enjoyed the different combinations I was able to come up with. Here are some of my top tips for making your own wardrobe capsule:

  • Make a capsule for each season of the year you experience. In Nashville, we mainly have Summer, Fall, and Winter weather. Spring feels very similar to the summer here.
  • Use layers! Cardigans and sweaters can help mix it up.
  • I picked out a lot of neutral pieces, especially the cardigans and outer layers so they would be able to mix and match.
  • I was able to mix and match a colorful top with a neutral cardigan or a colorful cardigan with a patterned top, which created all kind of variations.

The wardrobe capsule is a really interesting project to try out if you’re even slightly curious about the minimalist lifestyle. This project will no doubt make you more conscious about the choices you make in life, and also helps you de-clutter your life. Minimalism can be helpful if you travel a lot for work, have a small apartment, or just want to experience a new mindset about life.

Jumping into this challenge was a particularly hard for me, since I loved new clothes and shopping so much. I learned to really embrace what I have in my closet and think outside the box to be creative with what I do have. I learned life is not about having the new best thing–it’s about how we use what we already have to its full potential. The minimalist lifestyle can give you more time and resources to devote and chase after what you truly enjoy in life.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK clothing wardrobe capsule wardrobe box

Are you ready to adopt minimalism? Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 for help deciding which charity to donate your belongings to, and to schedule a pick-up for the donation delivery! We would also love to help you with your downsizing move!

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Senior Citizens Day: Tips for Senior Moving

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Senior Citizens Day

Moving your elderly relatives into a new place can be a really daunting task, whether they are moving downsizing into a smaller home or moving to a senior residential community. The packing, physical labor of moving, and unpacking can be stressful to anyone, and especially to seniors who are moving a whole lifetime of collected memories and keepsakes. In honor of Senior Citizens Day this week, we wanted to share some advice on successfully completing a move with a senior.

Communication is key

Most seniors develop emotional attachment to their house and possessions, and having to say goodbye can make them feel as though they have lost their sense of control in life. Give them plenty of time to grieve and then slowly start shifting the conversation to the new living situation. Keep the conversation positive as you talk about where they are moving and why the change will be good. Your excitement can rub off on them and help them see the benefits of their situation.  Let them know each detail of their move day ahead of time, such as the people who will be there, the timeline of how the day will progress, and your plans for unpacking and “nesting” in their new home to help ease their mind.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK senior movingPlan well

How big is the new residence? Which belongings of your relative will be able to fit, and what will need to be donated or thrown out? Look at the dimension of the new house or senior living space and really plan out the layout of the new place. Talk with them and pin down exactly what they want to take and where they want to put each item of furniture. Not only will this planning process help your movers work efficiently, but it can also help set your family member’s expectations about their new home.

Reach out to relatives and friends

Any type of move is a huge transition, and especially for a senior who hasn’t relocated in many years. Reach out to the siblings and other members in the family who can help relieve the stress and encourage the senior in this time of change. Even getting the kids involved can be a good idea–there’s nothing like grandchildren to take your mind off a daunting task! It may even be necessary to schedule the senior relative to spend the day with another family member as you coordinate Moving Day. This way, he/she can enjoy the day without having to direct the movers, travel between the old and new residences, and go through the stress of watching their belongings move out of a beloved home.

Time to organize

Moving a senior most likely involves downsizing, and you need adequate time to sort and pack up each room. It’s time to decide what to keep, what to ditch, what to donate, and what to pass on. Remember you are packing up lots of memories–not just “things.” Be extra sensitive as you help them sort through their precious memories and make those tough decisions of how to get rid of old belongings. You can help ease the pain by suggesting the unneeded items be donated to a cause your relative cares about passionately. And geriatric experts even recommend encouraging your senior family member to relive memories as they go through the downsizing process. Recalling happy times can bring closure more quickly than trying to suppress those emotions.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville can pack up your cabinets or shelvesGet help from the professionals

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we offer specialized senior moving services, and all of our movers go through a special Senior Sensitivity Training before ever going on a move. We even offer a senior discount for these moves! And we offer all-inclusive packing and unpacking services for older customers who can’t physically handle the work. Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 and we’ll take care of the rest!

Movers for Mutts 2017: Photo and Video Contest

Nashville Movers for Mutts 2017 photo video contest

Although Nashville is known as one of America’s most pet-friendly cities, there are still hundreds of homeless pets living in the Nashville Humane Association each year, just waiting to find their forever home.  At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we host an annual Movers for Mutts charity to collect needed supplies and donations for this amazing pet shelter! This year, we’ve decided to take advantage of our city’s natural creativity and artistry to host our first ever photo and video contest, where all the entry fee donations will benefit the NHA.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville Humane AssociationNashville Humane Association has a very special place in our hearts, not because they have adorable furry animals to cuddle and love, but also because they strive to protect the well-being of animals. Spay and neutering services can come at a very steep price, and adoption fees can also be a barrier to animals needing a forever home. We love supporting the NHA because they offer resources for pet owners to find affordable veterinary care for their fur babies, as well as regular discounts on their adoption fees. In their adoption cost, they include all mandatory vaccinations (such as the rabies vaccine) and spay/neuter services for pets who are old enough to receive them so you don’t have to worry about the veterinary costs piling up immediately.

We hope you’ll submit an entry to our Movers for Mutts Photo & Video contest and help us support this great organization! Our contest will run all throughout the month of September, and we will announce the winners on our social media networks on October 6th. The top three photo and video submissions will win luxury pet products from local businesses, including:

We want to see the funniest, most adorable, and bragging rights-worthy photo or video of your pet! Beginning September 1, here is how to enter and win:

Step 1: Visit bit.ly/NHAcontest (case-sensitive, so caps matter!) to make your entry fee donation.

Step 2: Take a screenshot of the confirmation page for your donation.

Step 3: Upload your screenshot and favorite photo or video on the submission page.

Step 4: Get your friends to vote, vote, vote!  Submissions and voting close at 11:59 pm on September 30!

If you have other questions about the contest or NHA’s amazing work in our community, give us a call or text at 615-248-6288.

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How to Buy a House in Nashville’s Crazy Market

If you’ve been looking for homes, or even just thinking about purchasing a home in the near future, you may need a little encouragement! Nashville’s real estate market is so hot right now that many buyers are feeling overwhelmed about the prospect of losing their potential dream home to another bidder who is quicker and has more money than they do. But even though we’re fully equipped to help you move into your new home, we aren’t experts at helping you find it.

Collyn Wainwright guest blog for TWO MEN AND A TRUCKThis week, we’ve asked a more qualified guest blogger to give us (and you!) some advice on navigating Nashville’s real estate industry. Collyn Wainwright is a Realtor with Village Real Estate, and we work with her to support the local non-profit Tennessee Respite Coalition. Collyn is dedicated to helping her clients, friends, and community find the place that makes them feel most at home, whatever their circumstances. Thanks for your help, Collyn!


How to Win in a Multiple Offer Situation (It Isn’t ALWAYS Offer Price)

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville first time home buyersNashville is a sellers’ market and it’s hard for buyers to win these days. For the past several years, the Nashville market has seen unprecedented growth, and as everyone has heard by now, the number of people moving to town does not match the amount of housing available in the price ranges needed. The most competitive area is what is considered the “first time home buyers’ market,” which is typically $150-$300k.  Most homes at this price point which are located in an established neighborhood and in good condition will go into a multiple offer situation.

So what does that mean, and how does it affect my bid?

In multiple offers, the seller will need to evaluate each offer, and either set a deadline to review all of the offers at once, or take a “first come first served” approach. The former option is more common, as it allows more buyers time to view the property and submit an offer by a set deadline. When you are submitting a bid in this situation, the agent will tell prospective buyers and/or their agents to bring their “highest and best” by the deadline. That means, for a house listed at $160k, if you really want to offer $175k, but you actually submit an offer for $160k to see if you can negotiate, you might not get the opportunity to negotiate. A seller can only counter one offer at a time, so they will either accept or counter the best offer they have in hand, while the rest of the offers may well expire by the end of the day, making them null and void.

But what if I can’t offer much over the asking price?

There are several tactics you can use to make your offer more appealing to sellers without having to go above your budget.

Always make sure your agent is asking what is important to the seller. Align closing dates with the seller’s needs if possible. Does the seller want a quick close, or do they need more time? Make your offer match what the seller has indicated they want as best as you are able. Sometimes the seller may need to stay in the home 30 days after closing and rent back from the buyer. That might be more important to them than money over the asking price.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK home buying tipsOther times, the seller won’t have time to make repairs, and an “as-is” offer with a pass/fail inspection contingency may make your bid shine. People who are handy can often benefit from agreeing to do repairs themselves instead of asking the seller to do them. I would NEVER suggest anyone buy a home without a professional inspection, but if the repairs required are minor and not of significant cost, this method can be a winning strategy. By completing an inspection, you can discover if there are major costly issues that will exceed your budget, so you do have the opportunity to terminate the contract and get a refund of your earnest money if you find out about the costly problems before the end of the inspection deadline.

What else can I do to look better in a multiple offer situation?

It’s not fair, but having a conventional loan is pretty important in these scenarios. Cash is king to sellers, but let’s be realistic–most buyers need financing, and conventional loans are second best to a cash offer. Government assisted loans like FHA, VA, THDA and USDA loans are a wonderful resource for first-time buyers and those without much cash for a down payment, but they take longer to close, and often require the seller to make repairs. Sadly, offers with this type of financing are usually moved to the bottom of the pile. This doesn’t mean you can’t utilize this type of financing to buy a home; it’s just not the best choice in a multiple offer situation. However, new construction lends itself well to these loans because they are less likely to need repairs!

Don’t ask for closing costs. If you can afford to pay your own closing costs, plan to do so in multiple offer situations. I’ve seen sellers turn down a higher offer from a buyer who asked the seller to cover closing costs in favor of a lower offer from a buyer who could pay for their own closing. Perhaps the sellers are worried the house won’t appraise, and if they have to lower the price, plus pay closing costs in addition to the lower offer, the seller can lose a lot of money.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK home buying tipsWrite a personal letter to the seller. I know it sounds cheesy and corny, but when the seller narrows it down to the three best offers, and one person has written about how great the home is and the life they want to build there…the personal note can put a buyer over the edge of the competition. Selling the home can be very emotional for a homeowner, and they feel better knowing it is getting passed on to someone who loves it as much as they did.

In the end, the best offer lines up with what is important to the seller. 

The key takeaway here is, if you only have $x dollars over asking price to play with, putting that money towards an extra month of rent, repairs, closing costs, or title might be more appealing than just cash on top of the list price. Creativity can win!

Good luck out there!


If you’re looking for a great Realtor who can answer more of your home buying questions, you can contact Collyn through her website! And when you’re ready to move, give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 or visit us online for more information.

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