How to Move Your Grill

grillSummer is known for two things: the busy moving season and barbeques. Okay, maybe the busy moving season is just what my summers are about, but you know where I’m going with this. For families moving in the summer, packing and moving a barbeque grill could make or break later festivities. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as just loading it into the moving truck. In fact, if done incorrectly you could really be putting yourself and your movers in danger.

Should Renters get a Home Inspection?

home inspectionThis past weekend was a rainy one in my new city. I happen to love thunderstorms and using rainy days as an excuse to be extra lazy. As I settled myself onto my living room couch with a new book and my 60 pound lap dog, I noticed a “drip, drip, drip” coming from my kitchen. I had my fingers crossed that it was coming from the faucet, but to no avail. I walked in the kitchen to find a pretty sizeable puddle on the tile and a water stain above it on the ceiling. I immediately got frustrated. I JUST moved in here, how is there already such an issue? It got me thinking, should we have gotten a home inspection before moving in? Is that common for renters?

How to Handle Emotional Moves

emotional movesWe all know that moving is hard work. You need to start preparing several weeks in advance and don’t even get me started on moving day craziness. And it doesn’t end there! Once you’re physically in your new location, it can take weeks to get everything unpacked and in their rightful place. But moving is hard in more ways than one. It’s not just about the physical work you need to do to ensure a successful move, the mental and emotional work is just as tough, sometimes harder.

How to Organize Your Kitchen

how to organize your kitchenThe boxes are unpacked, the furniture is arranged (for the most part) and I am starting to realize that I am not just on vacation and that this house that I’ve been working in for the past week and a half is actually my home. Sometimes a move takes a while to get used to and, since my move to Florida was the biggest move I’ve ever made, I am noticing that more and more every day. But, as I continue to remind myself that I live here, I allow thoughts of decorating and organizing to flood my brain. I thought I would be most excited to set up my home office and the guest room, since my boyfriend gave me permission to claim those rooms as my own, but it turns out that my inner foodie wins again. I have been giddy with excitement over setting up my kitchen. The kitchen is important. So, what’s the best way to set it up?

What NOT to Pack … Ever

what not to packWell, I am officially in Florida! I’m not sure if I mentioned this in past posts, but my boyfriend Matt moved three weeks ago while I finished up a few things in Delaware. Lucky for me, all the heavy lifting and actual moving of our household goods was taken care of by him and the pros. All I had to do was fly down this past weekend with my last suitcase of clothes, one carry on, and my laptop. Since our move was a bit unique, him leaving three weeks earlier with all of our things and me staying with friends until my move date, a lot of people have been asking me what exactly I had left to bring to our new home. Aside from the obvious, three week’s worth of clothes and my laptop, I have a few DO NOT PACK items that needed to travel on me personally as opposed to in a moving box.

How to Pack Toys

howt o pack toysWe talk all the time about how to carefully pack and move your personal belongings. It’s common to share tips on moving valuable electronics, heavy furniture and delicate glassware. What are often overlooked, however, are the things that are valuable to your young child. No, their toys may not cost as much as your chandelier but, as far as your son or daughter is concerned, they are way more important than the hanging crystals in your living room.

How to Move Your Bed

How to move your bedA while ago I wrote about the best way to move a king sized mattress. I always kind of assumed that a king sized bed would be the most difficult to move because of its large size. However, the other day I was chatting with Al over on the operations side of things and I learned that I was wrong. Apparently it’s queen sized beds that give both professional movers and DIYers the biggest headache.  I figured I couldn’t possibly be the only person who didn’t realize this fact so I thought today would be a good day to share tips on how to move your bed, no matter the size.

Spring Cleaning Made Easy

spring cleaning made easyRegardless of what the weather is telling us, last Thursday was the first day of spring 2014. I don’t know about you, but here in Delaware it definitely felt like the longest winter ever. While we may not be experiencing beautiful spring weather on a regular basis quite yet, it will come and we will be ready. Because today we’re going to talk about spring cleaning.

How to Pack Your Kitchen

how to pack your kitchenI have been running around like crazy trying to get ready for my upcoming move. I actually don’t mind it because I use moving as an excuse to declutter and organize myself. Plus, my inner nerd loves to see how far I’ve come as far as moving knowledge since I started in the industry two years ago. This move down south will be my third move in two years. The first one was an absolute disaster. The second, nearly a year into my career, was much smoother, and, so far, this one is moving along nicely. One thing that I feel I have mastered, or come pretty close to mastering, is packing up my kitchen.

How to Pack and Store Your Winter Clothes

how to pack winter clothesIt’s official! I am moving to Florida. My boyfriend’s company is opening an office down there and I have agreed to move with him. In fact, moving day is in just five short weeks! So much to do, in so little time. While the process and decision has been bitter sweet in many ways, I am choosing to focus on the best part – no more winter. Which means, no more winter clothes. My entire family will still be up in New York though so I’ll need to save them for those holiday visits. Being a shopaholic who loves everything hanging in my closet, I want to make sure that I pack and store my winter items in the best possible way to keep them safe and decided to share these tips with you since winter is on its way out.