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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!

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!

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!

How to Prep Your Home & Avoid Holiday Hosting Disasters

how to avoid holiday hosting disasters at your home

The holiday season is full of visiting family and friends, holiday parties, and huge meals.  The one thing in common with all these scenarios?  You host all of them in your home.  The last thing you want to face is a last-minute disaster, such as an unforeseen plumbing issue or suddenly losing your heat.  Here are some tips for avoiding these hosting hiccups:

Avoid: The oven won’t heat up!

Whether you’re planning to use the oven to roast your Christmas ham or just to bake some cookies for Santa, you definitely want to avoid a broken oven.  While your oven could break due to multiple reasons, you can help avoid this issue by waiting to self-clean your oven until after the holidays are over.  Self-cleaning can cause a fuse or thermostat to blow, and you’ll likely need a technician to come in and fix the problem.

Avoid: The sink clogging!

There are a few ways to steer clear of this issue.  First, never dispose of your fats and cooking oils in the kitchen sink.  Some cooks like to save old sauce jars to reuse as oil-holders as an alternate method of disposal.  Also, be sure to start running your garbage disposal before you drop food into it.  Never give your disposal fibrous or starchy foods to break down.  Finally, if your drain has already shown signs of being clogged, don’t pour drain-clearing chemicals that could further harm your pipes.  Instead, use a snake tool from your hardware store.

Avoid: The heat went out!

As a rule, try to regularly maintain your HVAC system.  Every three months, be sure to install a new furnace filter.  You should also regularly check on refrigerant lines leading into your home, and replace insulation on any lines that have missing or damaged insulation.

Avoid: The fridge isn’t cool!

An inexpensive way to regularly check your refrigerator is purchasing a thermometer for each shelf.  Be sure each thermometer always reads less than 40 degrees, and take note of any major temperature changes that occur.  You should also check to make sure the condenser coils on the back of (or beneath) the fridge unit are loose and able to freely circulate air.  Go ahead and clear off items on top of the fridge that block the coils, and clean the coils when they become dirty with dust.

From all of us here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville, we wish you a happy, stress-free holiday season!  Need help staging your home for the holidays?  Give us a call at 615-248-6288 to schedule your in-home moving services, or check out our website for more information!

5 Things to Remember When Moving Over the Holidays

5 Things to Remember When Moving Over the Holidays

Even if you didn’t expect to spend your holidays making the move of a lifetime, there are a ton of advantages to moving around Thanksgiving and Christmas…  You can move during your work holidays and avoid using extra vacation days, you won’t have to worry about moving during the heat of the summer, and you’ll have so much more flexibility in scheduling your move because our busiest moving season takes place before the fall!  However, the holiday season can be the busiest time of your year, so you’ll want to keep these five handy tips in mind:

1. Contact your moving company well in advance.

Keep in mind that your movers will also be given some sort of work holiday over the next couple months, so you’ll want to find out about their “off” days before you finalize your moving schedule.  Some companies may also have additional fees on holiday weekends to accommodate their moving staff, and you don’t want to be surprised by these charges.  To avoid having to change your plans later on, you’ll want to call your moving company about a month before you plan to move so you can discuss these details and be sure they know about all of your plans and deadlines.

2. Let everyone know you’re moving.

Another advantage that comes with moving over the holidays is that you can use holiday greeting cards or annual family newsletters to announce your move to relatives and friends.  Spreading the news over social media is definitely exciting, but incorporating an announcement through your traditional Christmas cards can add a seasonal touch.  And while you have mail on your mind, don’t forget to let your post office and other delivery services know about your move in advance.  This way, you won’t miss any important bills or gifts coming in from out-of-town family members.

3. Arrange your packing plans early.

The holidays inevitably bring additional hustle and bustle to your home with vacations, parties, traveling guests, and other holiday traditions.  You may want to go ahead and start thinking about how to keep your non-essentials organized and out of the way of holiday activities.  Start the purging process early, and think about charities that may need your unneeded home goods for their holiday initiatives.  Also decide where you want to keep your items that aren’t used on a daily basis until life starts to quiet down.  Keep in mind that you have the option of renting a storage unit for a couple months so you won’t have to worry about unpacking until after your festivities end in the new year.

4. Consider adjusting your decoration and celebration plans.

For many of us here at Two Men and a Truck Nashville, putting up Christmas decorations around the home is a way that we usher in the holidays with our families.  If you’re the same way, you definitely don’t want to neglect this fun tradition in your home.  However, it may be best to put off the more detail-oriented decorating until after your move has been completed, so you can avoid unnecessary packing and moving delays.  Additionally, you may want to think about going to a friend’s home, or a rented space such as a nearby cabin, for any large dinner celebrations you typically host at home.  This way, you can keep the holiday spirit alive without adding extra stress to your move.

5. Remember what’s important to you this season!

With all the responsibilities that come with moving, coupled with holiday tasks of shopping and entertaining, it can be challenging to remember the joy and spirit that comes with your holiday traditions.  Don’t forget that your usual gift giving, party planning, and decorating are just small details that come with a greater sense of family and celebration this time of year.  Find ways to remind yourself of the spirit of this season when things become stressful–bake some cookies with your spouse, watch a holiday movie with your kids, or take some time to read a favorite story snuggled under a blanket with your dog.  When you keep the bigger picture in mind, all of your smaller move details will fall into place!

Need any help planning your holiday move?  Give us a call at 615-248-6288 or check out our website for all the details about our schedule and pricing.