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How Our Employees Celebrate Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving, a time to gather with family to eat delicious food and give thanks. We, at Two Men and A Truck, have so much to be thankful for, but we are most thankful that we get to spend thanksgiving with our family. Thanksgiving is just over a week away, and we cannot wait to spend time with family and eat delicious thanksgiving food.  We also want to share with you some of our favorite traditions.

Our general manager, Nick, loves to eat a whole pumpkin pie and spend time with his family. Chris, Keith and Korey, our operations manager, training manager, and sales manager respectively, also love to spend time with family members they have not seen in a long time and eat yummy food.

 

Patrick, one of our sales representative, loves to eat thanksgiving food and playing charade with his family. Mathew, another one of our sales representative, loves to eat thanksgiving food with friends since he does not get to go home. Another one of our sales representative, Bernicia, loves spending thanksgiving in her PJs all day with her whole family.

Our dispatcher, Darrian, not only loves spending time with family members, but also, he loves to play some friendly rounds of board games. As for me, I love being with my family and cooking for our thanksgiving feast. I love playing with my nieces and have some friendly competition of board games and card games. I especially love having all my family member together in one place since we don’t have the chance to get together often.

All of us at Two Men and A Truck want to wish you a wonderful thanksgiving full of family, fun, and food. After the thanksgiving feast, please give us a call at 615-248-6288 if you need help decorating or pulling out those Christmas decorations. We would love to give you a free estimate or check out our website for more details!

Quick-and-Easy Cardboard Holiday Crafts

Five easy holiday crafts made from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxes

One of the best parts about this time of year is the anticipation of our big celebrations… While we wait for the party to begin, we can bake cookies, decorate the house, and get crafty! Since we at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK always have access to tons of moving boxes, we wanted to show you how to DIY some easy crafts with old cardboard you may have lying around your house. Also, all of these crafts are kid-friendly! (*Just be sure there’s an adult around to monitor any hot glue gun or crafting knife usage.)

Holiday Wreaths

Make a Christmas wreath out of an old moving box from TWO MEN AND A TRUCKMake a unique wreath in fifteen minutes with an old moving box!  Here’s what you’ll need:

A moving box
Craft/scrapbooking paper
Glue stick and scissors
Hole puncher
Ribbon
Crafting knife*

To make your holiday wreath, you’ll first need to trace two concentric circles onto the side of your flattened box. We used a plate and a bowl to trace our circles. Then cut out your wreath frame with a crafting knife.

Use your scissors to cut out holly leaves, small circles, or any other seasonal shape you like from your craft paper! Then glue your paper shapes around your cardboard wreath frame. Once your wreath is decorated, just punch a hole to string your ribbon, and presto! You have a unique, handmade wreath!

Personalized Gift Tags

Make special Christmas gift tags out of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK boxesOne great part about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s moving boxes is that they’re white–perfect as a blank canvas! Here’s what you’ll need to make some special name tags for your presents this year:

A moving box
Paint and paintbrush
Hole Puncher
Ribbon
Crafting knife*

Simply trace your favorite holiday shapes onto clean, white parts of your moving box. Use your crafting knife to cut along the traced edges, and use paint to customize your name tags! You can use any type of marker to write the names of your gift recipients, as well as thoughtful notes to go along with your presents.

Holiday Card Display

Make a DIY Christmas card holder out of a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxInstead of having your holiday cards cover your refrigerator this year, why not display them in your entryway or living room? Here’s what you’ll need for this craft:

A large moving box
Ribbon
Mini clothespins
Felt (we used the kind with adhesive on the back)
Scissors
Hot glue gun*
Crafting knife*

Use your crafting knife to cut out fun holiday shape from your moving box. (If you’re creatively challenged like us, you can simply cut out a tall triangle with a rectangle at the bottom for a simple tree shape.) The apply your colored felt to the front of your tree or other shape and use scissors to trim the edges that hang off the sides.

Carefully wrap your ribbon around your cardboard tree, gluing it to the back of your box to hold it in place. Be careful not to wrap the ribbon too loosely, or your cards will weigh down the strand and cause it to sag in front. You can also glue an extra loop of ribbon to the back if you’d like to hang your tree from a wall! Then use your mini clothespins to hang your cards along the ribbon in front.

Modern Trees

Make a DIY Christmas display out of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxesThis one is especially fun for kids because of the lights involved! It’s another super easy display to create even for the craft-challenged. Here’s what you’ll need:

A couple moving boxes
Pencil/pen
String of Christmas lights
Crafting knife*

First, cut large, tall triangles out of your moving boxes. To create a piece with two dimensions and some visual contrast, we used the front and back of our boxes to create both brown and white trees.

Then have your child (or you!) poke some holes into the boxes with your pencil tip. Be sure to poke these from the “back” of the triangles so the lights will fit in easier. Then just push the tiny bulbs into each hole and set your trees against the wall you want to decorate. If you want to embellish your display, you can purchase some small greenery or other knick knacks to go along with your cardboard forest.

Versatile Garland

Make some holiday garland strings out of old TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxesThis garland can be used in place of tinsel along your tree, hung from your holiday mantel, or used to add some DIY flair to your table centerpiece. Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

Leftover cardboard scraps from the other crafts above
Ribbon
Hole puncher
Paint, sequins, or glitter glue
Crafting knife*

First, trace out the holiday shapes you want to include in your garland from your moving box pieces. You can trace holiday cookie cutters or just images you’ve printed from your computer. Carefully cut these out with your crafting knife.

Next, decorate your cut-outs in any way you please! You can make them colorful and fancy or keep them simple and classy. When you’re done decorating, use your hole puncher to help string your favorite ribbon through each piece.  Hang wherever you like in your house!


 

We hope you’ll have fun with these holiday crafts! If you need any moving (or crafting!) supplies, give us a call or text at 615-248-6288. You can also visit our website for help with your move or craft session. We even offer free delivery when you order $50 or more in moving supplies!

Happy Father’s Day to Our Resident Dad!

Stephen and WyattAs Father’s Day quickly approaches, we wanted to highlight one of the awesome dads in our business!  Meet Stephen, one of our Quality Control Specialists out in the field.  Stephen has been with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville for three years, and he actually started off working for us as a Mover.  Now he helps ensure top-quality service to our customers by training new movers, performing spot checks with our crews, and leading our moving teams on the job.

Stephen is the father to his adorable 16 month old son, Wyatt, and he has another baby on the way!  Stephen says his favorite part about having a son is getting home from work.  “Wyatt gets super excited when he hears the keys unlocking the front door,” Stephen explains.  He also loves learning so much by being a father.  Stephen feels like he’s become a more patient person since having a son, and he knows how to look at life from a new perspective.  “When Wyatt is throwing a temper tantrum, I have to remind myself that I’m trying to teach him all of these life lessons that I’ve already known for years.”

xbox controllerLike every child, Wyatt enjoys copying his dad’s actions.  “His favorite toy is a play baby laptop that he uses to pretend he’s typing.”  Stephen tells us that when he plays with the laptop, Wyatt always has to hand it to his dad to have Stephen turn it on for him.  But when it comes to the TV, that’s another story!  Stephen and his wife have no idea how, but “somehow Wyatt has learned to use the Xbox remote control to secretly watch Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons.”

Even though Father’s Day is coming up this weekend, Stephen says his family probably won’t do anything big to celebrate.  His wife’s birthday is so close to Father’s Day that they always end up celebrating her instead!  “But I feel like every day is Father’s Day for me because of how much joy I get from being Wyatt’s dad,” Stephen says.

When his son was born, Stephen felt happy, nervous, and worried about being a good dad.  But after these first sixteen months, he has some advice for new dads: “Do a lot of research, and Google!”

Happy Father’s Day, Stephen!


 

Stephen moving a washer for a customerAre you interested in finding a career like Stephen did?  Call or text us today at 615-248-6288 for information on making a career “move” with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville!

How to Store Holiday Decorations with Moving Supplies

how to store holiday decorations with moving supplies

We’re not just Nashville’s moving experts…  We’re also trained extensively on how to properly pack items that can be easily broken or damaged!  Let us share some of the knowledge we’ve picked up over our 20 years in business to help you pack up your Christmas decorations this year:

Dish pack boxes can be used to pack fragile ornaments.Use a dish box for your ornaments.

Our dish pack boxes are double-insulated on the outer wall, making them thicker than a regular cardboard box.  They also come with adjustable inserts that can be moved around to perfectly fit each of your ornaments.  Buying one of these boxes from us can save you the hassle of having to individually wrap each of your fragile Christmas ornaments!

Label every box in detail.

You don’t want to have to search through every box for a particular wreath or ribbon next year.  Be sure to stick a label on at least two sides of each box to remind yourself what items are inside.  You can make easy labels by writing on our packing tape with a Sharpie.  These DIY labels are easily readable on top of our white-colored boxes.

Wrap each string of lights and garland around a separate piece of cardboardKeep your lights and garlands separated.

One of the most frustrating parts of decorating each winter is having to untangle strings of lights and garland without damaging them.  Avoid this problem next year by properly storing those items this year.  You can repurpose your discarded gift wrapping supplies by carefully wrapping each string of lights and garland around a different empty gift wrap tube or piece of cardboard from a gift box.  Then create more separation by placing a sheet of our packing paper between each wrapped string as you stack them into a box.

Keep your linens fresh.

Many people keep special tablecloths and other linens just for the holiday season.  Be sure you take the time to fold them properly, and place a laundry room dryer sheet between each linen when you stack them into your box.  The dryer sheet will keep the linens smelling fresh and discourage moths from damaging them.  You should also store your linens in a waterproof box, instead of a traditional cardboard box, to keep moisture from getting in.

Create a wrapping station out of a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK wardrobe box!Use a dish box as a wrapping paper station.

You don’t have to buy an expensive gift wrap station from a craft store.  Our dish boxes are the perfect length for storing tubes of your holiday gift wrap, and you can arrange the inserts to the ideal size for all of your rolls!  You can also adjust the inserts to fit clothing boxes, gift bags, and bows.

Ask for help when you need it.

Give us a call at 615-248-6288 or check out our website if you need help moving and storing any larger or more delicate holiday decor pieces.  All of our movers are full-time, trained employees who handle fragile items every day, and we would be glad to give you a hand!