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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!

Things People Forget When Moving

things people forget when moving

We’ve been moving homes, businesses, and college students for 22 years now, so we’ve seen it all! Sometimes our customers don’t have everything packed in time, or they have to keep delaying their move because of issues closing on their house, or they forget to label all their boxes and don’t know where to find anything in their new home. Here are the most common mistakes we see (and how to avoid them!) when it’s time to make your move.

Having an unorganized packing process.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK offers packing servicesPacking definitely takes more effort than most people assume it will when it comes time to prepare for Moving Day.  We always recommend that you begin packing up your home about a month prior to your moving date.  At that point, you may feel like you have plenty of time to get organized, but the process can be much more involved than you expect.

A few things to remember while packing:

  • You’ll want to use professional packing supplies as opposed to the “free” boxes you can pick up from grocery stores. These boxes can be dirty, contain pests, and be weakened from previous use during shipping.
  • You should also keep Moving Day necessities, such as outfits for the next week and phone chargers, separate from your other packed belongings.  The last thing you want to discover after a long day of moving is that you can’t find your toothbrush and bed sheets!
  • There are plenty of belongings you can pack weeks ahead of your moving date, such as out-of-season clothing and holiday decorations.  Sometimes packing way before you think you need to start can even help your house sell quickly.  Prospective home buyers want the homes they tour to feel open and accessible, so boxing up clutter on your bookshelves and in your toy room can make your home feel more spacious.
  • TWO MEN AND A TRUCK packing tipsLabel as you go, instead of waiting to pack everything first!  Sometimes it feels easier to wait until you’ve packed up a whole room before uncapping your Sharpie and labeling each box.  However, you may find that you have to move the boxes around to reach all corners of the room and accidentally mix up your belongings.  It’s definitely better to label as you go, preferably with different colors of permanent markers or stickers that help you easily identify which room each box belongs in.
  • If you get tired of packing, let the professionals do it for you!  Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 to set up your packing services.

Forgetting unseen items.

Packing and moving is such a long, stressful process that it’s easy to forget about belongings that usually hide in storage closets, kitchen cabinets, and extra attic space.  About a week before your movers come to move everything, check these places in your home so you won’t leave anything behind.  We’ll often see customers forget about the top shelves in their closets, yard furniture, and their kitchen pantry.

Running out of time to clean.

You don’t want to lose your security deposit or have a new homeowner upset about moving into a mess!  Many of our customers forget to block out time in their schedules to clean their old home after the movers have transferred their belongings to the new space.  It doesn’t make sense to clean before the move because dirt and dust can stir within the house after movers walk in and out multiple times.

Another tip to consider is setting aside your cleaning supplies in one closet that you ask the movers not to load on their truck.  Keep your floor cleaner, broom and mop, glass cleaner, etc., all in this closet so you won’t have to go out and buy more or drive out to your new home to retrieve these supplies when it comes time to clean.

Not arranging elevator and parking logistics.

When you live in a congested part of town, such as The Gulch or in a high rise downtown, you may need to speak with your property manager about a parking plan for your moving truck.  Keep in mind that standard moving trucks have a 26-foot box, so you’ll want about 35-40 feet of space for them to park, roll out their ramp, and maneuver furniture.  Some buildings also require you to reserve an elevator and properly pad the elevator prior to Moving Day to avoid causing delays for other tenants or damaging the elevator’s interior.

Not scheduling caregivers.

Moving with kidsHave you considered where your children and pets will stay during the hustle and bustle of Moving Day?  If you don’t have friends or family members in town who can watch the kids and critters, be sure you don’t wait until the last minute to schedule sitters.  We also recommend that adult children who are moving their aging parents arrange a caregiver for the day, especially if your parents are suffering from memory issues that can cause extra confusion during the relocation.

Failing to schedule vendor changes.

When you’re moving your home, be sure to call your electric, gas, and water companies prior to the move so you can avoid being overcharged for utilities you no longer need at your old residence.  This is also important because you may end up moving into a dark home if you forget to set up utilities in your new place!

While you set up these essentials, be sure to also notify your Internet service provider and the Post Office about your change of address and scheduled moving date.  This is also a great time to figure out your new trash and recycling pick-up schedule.  If you move within Metro Nashville, you can set up reminders for these pick-up days until you get into a new routine.

If you’re getting ready to move your business rather than your home, you’ll also want to make sure all customers and vendors know about your move.  Post a banner announcement on your website, add a highlighted line in your email signature, and set up an auto attendant message on your phone so customers will know about the change.  Also think through all the vendors you use for regular deliveries so you can notify them of your moving date for their records.

Waiting too late to schedule the movers.

two men and a truck nashvilleUsually, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK can accommodate last-minute moving requests…but sometimes waiting too late can cause our prices to rise as the schedule gets packed!  A good rule of thumb is calling 1-2 weeks prior to the date you wish to move.  This way, you may have more flexibility to take advantage of discounted days and other seasonal specials.  Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 for a free quote, or check out our website for other moving information!

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.

Moving Tips for Mom (and Dad!)

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving tips for moms and dads

We’re in the middle of our fourth annual Movers for Moms charity drive benefiting local moms in need at Safe Haven Family Shelter! These moms are going through a very emotional transition as they move from Safe Haven into affordable, long-term housing with their families. But this transition isn’t just taxing on Safe Haven’s moms–it can be very stressful for any parent moving with kids to a new home! Since we’re Nashville’s professional moving company, we want to share our top tips for making a move easier on you and the kiddos.

Before Your Move

One of the most important things for you to do before moving is to make sure your children feel comfortable, not anxious, about the upcoming relocation. As you prepare to find your new home, be direct with your kids about the change that’s coming up, and make sure they know the expected timeline you plan to follow. Otherwise, it can be scary for kids to know that big events are coming up without knowing exactly what steps will be taken and when. During your conversations about moving, make sure you show them with your facial expressions and tone of voice that the change is a positive one for your family, and not something to be afraid of.

Another way you can get your kids excited about their new home is by talking about specific things they can look forward to. Will they get to pick the color of their new room? Will they graduate to a new “big girl” or “big boy” bed as a result of the move? Are there landmarks like parks or fun stores that you’ll be able to frequent in the new neighborhood? Setting happy expectations for them will help alleviate uncertainty about what’s to come.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's tips to moving with kidsDon’t be afraid to get the kids involved in the packing process! While you’re packing up their rooms, you can carefully wrap the breakable items and let them stuff clothing and stuffed animals in the cracks to keep everything snug. We also encourage parents to purchase a “Truckie’s Treasure Chest” moving box, which is smaller than a normal box, includes a handle, and is easy to open and close for little hands. Kids can pack all their favorite books, toys, and pajamas for the first night in the new house into this treasure chest. Then they’ll know exactly where their comfort items are located after the move.

It’s also a great idea to let your children be involved in the purging process. Have them help you pack up old clothing and toys that will be donated to other kids in need as you get rid of old belongings that don’t need to be moved. Explain which charity you’ll be donating these items to, and what type of children you’re supporting. For example, your donations to Safe Haven Family Shelter help local Middle Tennessee families who have lost their homes because of natural disasters or unhealthy domestic situations.

On Moving Day

When Moving Day comes, your attention will likely be pulled in a hundred different directions. You may want to consider having children stay at a grandparent or friend’s house so you can focus on the task at hand without worrying about your kids getting underfoot of the movers or straying too far from the new home.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving with kidsIf this isn’t an option, plan a special Moving Day activity or two which will keep the kids’ attention for an extended period of time. This could be making crafts to decorate their new bedrooms, or organizing their books onto shelves in the new home.

If you’re moving with older children who you trust with your tablet or smartphone, this could be a good time for them to get acquainted with the new neighborhood. Challenge them find three or four local activities they want to check out near your new home after the dust settles from moving. These could include visiting the nearest Jeni’s Ice Cream store, biking a nearby greenway trail, or joining a fun class at the local YMCA branch.

After Your Move

You can make a fort out of old TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxesKeep the kids involved at this point, even though it’s going to be a busy couple weeks getting everything unpacked. In fact, they can be helpful as you get settled in! You can turn unpacking into a fun activity by making a scavenger hunt game or bingo board out of the belongings they can find and put away in their own rooms. Kids also love using the unpacked boxes to build forts and make other fun crafts as you work to clear out the used cardboard.

You also want to make sure your children get adjusted to their new neighborhood in a reasonable amount of time, so they won’t feel anxious about their new neighbors, school, and extracurricular activities. You can help them feel at ease by taking them for a walk on a Saturday morning, when neighbors may be out to say hello as they do yardwork or drink coffee on the porch. Drive them up to their new school and walk around the play set so they can get excited about new friends and recess. And consider enrolling them in a local class, such as swimming lessons or a little league team, so they can meet other children in the area.

Are you ready to get a free moving quote from us, or do you need to buy fort–I mean packing–supplies? Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 or visit us online to email us!

Strange-but-Amazing Packing Hacks

Packing Tips from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville

If you’re preparing for your first large move, you may feel overwhelmed with all the packing that needs to get done. Fortunately, we have over 20 years of packing experience under our belts, and we’re sharing our best DIY packing tips! These tips are perfect for a family who doesn’t have a budget to hire us for packing services, or for the hyper-organized personality who prefers to know where all of her belongings are at any given time.

By-the-Room Tips

Bedroom:  Instead of purchasing garment bags for your hanging clothes, you can turn a garbage bag upside down and use the tip of each hanger to poke a hole through the plastic.  And when you hang clothes in your wardrobe boxes, be sure you take advantage of all the space the boxes offer!  You can usually fit several pairs of shoes in the bottom of each box.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK packing dishesKitchen:  Be sure you don’t skimp on the packing supplies you use for dishes!  An unexpected bump in the road can easily break a handle off a loose cup or chip a plate.  Remember that dish boxes come with adjustable inserts to fit each dish snugly, and are double-insulated on the outside to add extra cushion.  If you do stack plates in a box, use disposable foam plates between each breakable one to act as shock absorbers.  You can also use soft items lying around your house, such as socks, stuffed animals, and hand towels, as cushioning in the empty spaces at the corners of the box.

Dining Room:  Most modern dining tables have detachable legs which easily come off with an Allen key/wrench.  If yours can be disassembled this way, you can easily wrap the tabletop in a blanket to avoid scratching the top during transit.  Whenever you disassemble any furniture in your home to move it, be sure to put the hardware and Allen keys in a small plastic zip bag and tape the bag to the furniture so you won’t lose any screws.

Den:  If you have a mirror hanging in your den, a glass tabletop on your coffee table, or any other sheets of glass in other parts of the house, you can use two strips of masking tape to make an “X” on the surface of each glass piece.  The tape will help prevent shattering and add strength.  Then place a piece of cardboard on each side of the sheet before thoroughly wrapping it in bubble wrap.

General Packing Hacks

Use TWO MEN AND A TRUCK boxes to store clutter until after your holiday guests leaveLabeling:  Pick a color for each room in your NEW home, and use corresponding colored markers to label the contents of your boxes.  Then color a floorplan of your new home with the same color system.  This way, you can easily instruct your movers on where each box goes.

Liquids:  First of all, be sure you carry any flammable liquids, such as bleach or other household cleaners, in your own car–not the moving truck!  Moving companies can’t take flammable chemicals on their trucks.  Next, when you pack up any bottled liquids such as shampoo or hand soap, place the bottles in large plastic zip bags before packing them into boxes.  This way, if one leaks, it won’t hurt the other contents of the boxes or weaken the integrity of the boxes themselves.

Day-of-Move Box:  On your first night in your new home, what will you absolutely need?  Charging cords, toilet paper, a change of clothes…?  Place these items in clear storage bins so you can easily see which items are in each bin and find necessities quickly.

Small Items:  When you’re packing up your knick knacks and small items you don’t want to lose inside a vacuous box, wrap each of these belongings in colored paper instead of regular packing paper.  This way, as you pile your packing paper into trash bags after the move, you won’t accidentally discard or overlook these things.

Packing with Kids

Packing with kids is completely different from packing by yourself, because you have to keep them engaged and entertained with a task at the same time.  Here are a few ways they can help:

  1. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving with kidsInstead of (or in addition to) using colored markers to label each box, let the kiddos use colored stickers to help you label where each box goes.  When you’re unpacking, remember that the used cardboard will serve as great forts or coloring canvases for them!
  2. Turn packing into a game.  Send the kids on a scavenger hunt to help you pack specific items, and let them play Stuffed Animal Basketball with the boxes their toys will go into.
  3. Turn cleaning into a game!  While you clean the home for the next homeowners or your landlord, see which child can clean their assigned room the fastest, or clean the most windows.

And finally, if you decide you’re burnt out on packing or have a specific room that seems like it’ll be a pain to pack up, give us a call!  We can pack up as little or as much as you’d like to make your moving experience easy.  Visit us online, or call/text us at 615-248-6288 for a free quote.

5 Tips for Planning Your Business Move

five tips for your upcoming business move from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville

As Nashville’s professional business movers, we’ve seen it all! From law offices to recording studios to sports stadiums, we’ve helped move businesses from all different industries. Although every business is unique in the way they operate and serve customers, we’ve compiled a few key tips that can help you with your upcoming commercial move.

Give everyone plenty of notice about your relocation.

To avoid any confusion or chaos among your employees, customers, and vendors, you should start letting everyone know about your upcoming move at least 60 days in advance. If your business is larger than just a couple offices, you’ll want to schedule an on-site estimate with your moving company so they can provide an accurate quote for the cost and length of your move. Additionally, you want to ensure your employees have time to order updated business cards and inform their clients of the upcoming move. Don’t forget to notify the post office of your new address, update your website and Google/social media listings, and any vendors with whom you place regular or recurring orders.

Create a moving timeline and checklist.

To keep yourself organized, make a checklist of everything that needs to be done before the big move, and add these deadlines to your planner or electronic calendar. Be sure to include items such as disconnecting computers and machines, scheduling delivery of new office furniture, and hooking up new phone lines and internet routers.

Choose the right moving company for your business.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville moves businessesJust like your business is different from every other, each moving company has their own set of strengths and benefits. Before scheduling your move with someone, be sure to ask questions relevant to your company. For example, if you’re moving into a Nashville high rise, does your moving company offer to add the building to their Certificate of Insurance? What rating do your movers have with the Better Business Bureau? Can your moving company schedule your move outside of business hours to avoid disrupting the flow of your company? You can also ask to see a copy of your moving company’s customer paperwork before booking your move to ensure your relocation is in good hands.

Make sure everyone de-clutters well before the move!

Do you have any outdated paperwork, unneeded office supplies, or other clutter taking up space in your office? Chances are, your employees do too. Before your company begins the packing process, have everyone de-clutter their work spaces and consolidate extra office supplies into one spot. Otherwise, you may end up with boxes full of unneeded stuff that will end up in storage for months after your move.

Create a labeling and numbering system for your packed supplies.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville can pack for your business moveTo ensure your movers place each box and piece of equipment in the correct department, come up with a labeling system before your employees begin packing everything. Assign each department or office with a separate number and color, then use a marker or post-it note of the same color to label each box. Label a floor plan of your new building with the same numbers and colors and give this to your lead mover on the day of the move. This way, your movers will know exactly where to place each box.

What other questions do you have about your upcoming business move? We’re here to give you answers! For a free cost estimate of your commercial relocation, give us a call or text at 615-248-6288. You can also visit our website for further information.

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.

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!

 

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!