How to Pack for Storage

 

 

There are several reasons for somebody to require either short or long term storage of their household goods. Regardless of whether you’re moving, renovating, in need of some extra space, or anything else, the goal of storage is the same – to keep your things safe, sound, and in great condition. In order to ensure that your belongings are just how you left them pre-storage, it’s important to pack them safely and efficiently before storing them at all.

3 Tips to Stay Sane While Settling In

 

 

Stay sane while settling inAnd in the blink of an eye, summer is ending. Summer’s end means a lot of things, but in the household moving industry, it means a sigh of relief. The busiest time of year has yet again come to a close and while moving companies may be catching their breath, those of you who just moved may be feeling the opposite as it can be overwhelming to settle in to a new home after a move. Homes in transition have a tendency to drive people a little bit crazy but it’s really important to take care of yourself and your family so that your new house can truly start to feel like home. So, how can you keep calm and settle on after a move?

Have You Seen Our Moving Checklist and Planner?

 

How prepared are you for your upcoming move? I ask these questions because people grossly underestimate the amount of preparation that’s needed in order to have a stress free move. I know that preparation and stress free checklistdon’t necessarily go hand in hand for some folks, but when you are moving an entire house planning ahead will save you a ton of angst on moving day.

Moving Day Tasks for Your Children

When it comes to moving with kids, it’s important to include your child in the decision making process, planning, and home finding trip. Hopefully, breaking the news and preparing for your move went smoothly. But today, I’d like to Moving Day Tasks for Your Kidsoffer some tips on specific responsibilities to give your child during packing and on moving day.

Participation in these key events helps to make kids feel responsible and vital to the experience as a whole. Before I get started though, I realize that there are some children who may not have quite jumped on the moving bandwagon no matter what efforts you put forth. To keep children who are upset and possibly negative about the move safe and out of harm’s way, it may be best to leave them with a family member for the day. Otherwise, check out the following “jobs” to give your child and choose the ones the best suit their age and personality.

Packing

  • Ask your child what he or she would like to do. Does he or she want to participate and help? If they are excited and want to help out, teach them how to properly pack certain items and let them work beside you.
  • Turn the process into a game. If your children are young, tell them to choose which toys will “stay awake,” until the move and which will “take a nap,” as a way to pack up their room(s). This makes packing up their belongings easier and less scary for them.
  • Let your child inform your friends and family of your change of address. Even if you have already done this, let him or her write letters to the people in their lives letting them know how to stay in touch. This task will not only keep them busy for a while, but will also feel meaningful.
  • Have your child design a personal “seal” for his or her boxes. Each time a box of their belongings is packed, let them draw the seal on it. This makes the process more fun for your child and gets them involved in the move.

Moving Day

  • Let your child be a great host. If you’ve hired a moving company, have your child offer water or snacks to the moving crew. Not only is this a form of participation, but the crew is sure to appreciate it too!
  • Children make great babysitters for pets. Pets can often feel jumpy and scared during the hustle and bustle of moving day. Ask your child to keep them calm. This may seem like an easy task, but it’s actually really important. If you don’t have somebody else caring for your pets on moving day, it’s best to keep them occupied and out of the way to keep them safe. Your child will most likely be more than happy to spend a few hours cuddling and playing with their furry friend.
  • Have your kids pack a “survival kit” for the day. Snacks for the car-ride (or plane/train/etc.), magazines, books, video games, whatever will get them through the trip to the new home. Most likely, these things have been left out as your last minute packing items anyway.

Remember, moving can be tough on everybody involved, but it doesn’t have to be. Including your children in the process is a great way to get them on board with your decisions.

What other jobs can you give kids, of any age, to do during a move?

3 Benefits to Hiring a Professional Mover

 

benefits of working with a moverThe more stories I hear about friends and family moving themselves, the more benefits I think about regarding working with a professional. Don’t get me wrong, there are pros and cons to both sides. But when it comes to stress level, convenience, and safety, there’s no question about it; a professional is the way to go.

Summer and the Move for Hunger Initiative

 

 

Summertime at Holman means the busy season. We will be sharing helpful moving tips and tricks all season long but Holman Moving Moves for HungerI wanted to take a moment to share a reminder about one of our favorite initiatives, Move for Hunger. The summer moving season is the perfect time to take advantage of this amazing initiative and help those in need in your local communities.

How to Celebrate the Fourth of July in a New City

 

 

July 4th is right around the corner and, if you are anything like us, you are ready to celebrate!

How to Find a July 4th Event

 

But, what do you do if you are new in town? Summer is the busy moving season and that means a lot of families across the U.S. are going to be celebrating Independence Day in a new town. But that doesn’t mean new residents have to keep to themselves. July 4th can be a great way to get out into the community and meet new people!

How to Help Your Movers During a Heat Wave

 

 

how to help your movers during a heat waveSummer moving season is in full swing, but so is a bit of a heat wave. High temperatures coupled with heavy humidity puts those working outdoors or doing any heavy lifting in a dangerous position, including your movers.

How to Create an Awesome House Warming Gift

 

The busy moving season is here and that means that housewarming parties are right around the corner! Once your friends and family who move this summer are settled into their new homes they may be entertaining the idea of … How to Create an Awesome House Warming Giftwell … entertaining!  As a good guest, you’ll want to bring a house warming gift. As an even better guest, you’ll want to bring something that nobody else has thought of – something unique, special, creative and personalized to your host.

Three Things to Tell Your Mover About Your Home

 

 

Congratulations on your new home and your move! Now it’s time to pack everything up, move, and get settled in Three Things to Tell Your Moveryour new abode. While I know the entire process is time consuming and can leave you feeling a little scatter brained, there are some important things to tell your movers about your home. Specific details about your homes, both old and new, can make a huge impact on your move.