Decluttering Before You Move

Two Men and a Truck Tips & Tricks

By: Norma Watson

Whether you are moving yourself or you’re hiring someone to do it for you, moving is a sheer state of pandemonium. I don’t know about you, but when I don’t have some sort of plan in place, things around me seem to spiral out of control like a Kansas twister. A plan does not have to be elaborate to be effective. Simple tips can help relieve the stress and make you feel more organized and in control during the move process. Listed below are a few helpful tips to keep you moving forward. Remember, one step at a time and breath, you got this!

Good Riddance to Rubbish

Liberate yourself from all the “stuff” that you don’t need, want or use. If you are anything like me you have many wonderful treasures, but if you have not used it or wore it in the last year or…

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The Most Pleasant Places to Live

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Pleasant Places Infographic

How are you enjoying The Neverending Winter? This post seems especially cruel, considering the terrible weather we’ve been having (unless you enjoy snow and Polar Vortexes, then it’s just been SWELL), but I thought I’d share anyway.

Kelly Norton has helpfully compiled an infographic outlining just exactly how many “pleasant” days that cities across the US get every year. She defines pleasant as between 55° F and 75° F (but not below 45° F or above 85° F, and now snow or rain). SURPRISE, the top five most pleasant cities are all in California, each with over 150 nice days per year. The cities with the fewest pleasant days are mostly in the Midwest (think Montana and Wyoming), with around 15 nice days.

Columbus, Ohio comes in at 55, in case you were wondering.  Not too shabby!

Find the entire infographic here.

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On The Move: Organizational Tips and Ideas

We hope everyone has had a great start to the new year! We found an article on Buzzfeed that gives ideas on moving.

Some of the ideas are similar to our blog post titled “Make Your Move Less of a Stress.” There are other ideas in the article you should think about incorporating into your moving strategy as well.

One of our favorite ideas that the article mentions is using clean clothing and clean socks to wrap around your dishes, glasses, and stemware. As the article explains, you are then packing two birds, one stone.

In another article from TLC, they suggest contacting the local Chamber of Commerce or City Hall you’re moving to and ask for a new resident package before you move there. Be sure to check out the other suggestions they have on how to get to know your new neighborhood

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Top 10 Things to Know When Selling Your Home

Joseph Onello



Now that you are ready to sell your home, it is time to prepare the property for sale. One of the most important things to remember is that you only get one chance to make a first impression. The time you take initially to prepare your home for sale will prove invaluable once it hits the market. These are important points to keep in mind when preparing your home for the market:

1. Disassociate Yourself from the Home

Once you have decided to place your home on the market, it’s time for you to remove your personal attachment to the property and think of the sale as a business transaction. Your mindset must change from selling your “home” to selling a house you happen to own and doing what it takes to make it stand out amongst the competition.

2. Select a Realtor

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Weird Moving Tips

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There are lists of moving tips all over the place online, but this list on was a bit unique. Some of these ideas are really pragmatic, like not unpacking the TV till the very end, lest you plop down on the couch mid-move and lose momentum, or packing your glasses in your socks.

If you’re planning to move sometime soon, check out their list, and remember the most important rule of moving: unpack the toilet paper first.

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Moving Pod vs. Moving Truck


Moving Pods vs Moving Truck

You want to get done before you can leave on the way when it comes to move you’ve a great deal of things to do in limited time. Here are some things you may wish to think about when making that decision.

Professionals of the self-service storage container

One important benefit of a self-service storage container, like going PODS, is the fact that they are very easy to load and lay on the ground. You do not need certainly to worry that something will happen to your stuff while you are operating. You don’t have to unpack a vehicle and then repack your stuff into storage if you do not want it quickly. Because trucks are gas guzzlers you spend less on fuel.

Drawbacks of the self-service storage container

You might not be able to…

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Protecting Your Valuables During a Move

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Moving isn’t cheap. And really, it shouldn’t be. If it is, you might find out how expensive it can get when all of your valuable possessions have been destroyed in the move! Whether you’re hiring a company to help you relocate, or you’re planning a DIY (Do It Yourself) adventure, keep these handy tips in your pocket to protect your goods.

Use the right-sized boxes. Small boxes are ideal for heavy, dense objects (see: books), while larger ones are preferable for lighter items such as pillows and comforters. A large, heavy box is more likely to split or crush other items, so keep an eye on each boxes’ size-to-weight ratio.

Fill until it’s still. If a box is rattling around, you’re risking damage. Fill in the empty space with towels, padding, or other cushioning items to isolate the valuable contents from stop/start or shaking motions.

Pad and side-load dishes. Place…

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