Packing Tips for Moving Your Office

Moving into the new officeDespite your efforts, packing can always have complications. Whether you’re moving your entire home or you’re just moving out of your office, it’s important to understand the basics in packing tips. Below you will find a list of tactics to follow for packing up and moving your own personal office!

What to pack

As your putting your belongings in boxes, make sure to pack the appropriate tools that are office essentials. This includes any miscellaneous items such as pens, clips, staplers, etc. For the more fragile and personal items like CD’s and hand-held calculators, be smart and carry those items with you as opposed to packing them up. This will ensure that you’ll keep them safe and nothing will break.

Labeling

If you carry this out correctly, labeling can be a life saver. Whether you prefer color coordinating to help assign different office items to different boxes or you like to section off your office with category names, use whatever works best for your style. Place labels on lamps, furniture, coffee mugs, computer equipment, etc. This will make unpacking after the move MUCH easier on you.

Dissemble furniture

Offices are filled with organization tools to help you perform better. When you’re moving out of an office though, it’s easy to forget about bookshelves and desk drawers. Once you’ve cleared the shelves and drawers and packed all of your papers, it’s time to dissemble the furniture to take with you. Take the shelves off a bookshelf and tape together when they’re all removed. Same goes for shelves in a desk. If it’s easier to remove the drawers for traveling, don’t forget about this option!

Pictures and personal items

If you’ve been in an office for a long time, it’s not uncommon to have compiled quite a lot of pictures, artwork and other miscellaneous items from family or friends to remind you of them during your day at work. When it’s time to move on to a new job, it’s important not to just toss these items into a box with other random items. You should absolutely create a box or two to fit these personal items and have it labeled appropriately so you don’t lose any of these items. If there is a mover coming in, it might be a good idea to take these items with you as opposed to allowing movers to move them for you.

Packing tools

The final step in your packing process is making sure you’ve compiled the right packing tools! Packing paper and bubble wrap are two items that will definitely help secure your office equipment while packing. Also making sure that the boxes you get to move items with are strong and can support heavy loads will ensure that you’re all set when it comes to your move!

Eric is the owner of J&L Moving Supplies. You can find him on , Facebook or Twitter, so be sure to connect with him!

5 Tips For Moving in Summer

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Summer weather can be brutal! And moving during this time of year can make the weather seem even worse. While many people may think you’re crazy, summer is generally the most convenient time of year for families to move. To make your summer move a little bit more pleasant, follow these simple tips during the hottest season of the year.

Dress light

When planning your summer move, it’s important to dress comfortably. This includes wearing loose fitting clothing, light-colored shirts and the appropriate footwear. While it may seem convenient to wear flip-flops, we don’t recommend it. Instead, wear comfortable, close-toed shoes that will provide sufficient airflow.

Stay hydrated

Summer weather can be hot and humid. Whether it’s water or Gatorade, it’s important to stay hydrated. Spending lengths of time in the sun can be detrimental to your body, especially if you’re lifting boxes and moving furniture. Make sure to take water breaks throughout the day—at least one every hour during your move. Also, have plenty of water dispensers or bottles on hand for the whole moving team.

Wear sunscreen

Skin cancer is nothing to joke about. Even the slightest sunburn can be the biggest pain the following day. Before you head outside to begin your move, lather up the sunscreen and reapply it several times throughout the day. If possible, opt for sweat-proof sunscreen SPF 30+ in order to protect your skin from those harmful UV rays.

Take breaks

In addition to taking frequent water breaks, your body will need time to cool off during the summer heat. Because our bodies are in constant motion, simple functions like moving boxes or lifting heavy objects can cause our bodies to over work at such high temperatures. Taking even ten-minute breaks each hour will allow your body to recoup and last throughout the day.

Plan for your pets/kids

Make arrangements for your children and pets during the move. They will both need a safe, climate-controlled place to play, nap and stay out of the way of your moving crew. The best idea is to find a babysitter for them. If you can’t find a babysitter, plan to have plenty of weather appropriate activities to keep you’re your children and pets occupied.

While summer can be a wonderful time of year, moving or relocating can become quite the predicament during those sweaty and sweltering months. These tips are sure to make your summer move easy, breezy and stress-free!

Eric is the owner of J&L Moving Supplies. You can find him on , Facebook or Twitter, so be sure to connect with him!

Foods You Should Be Eating on Moving Day

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Before you move, it’s important to stock up on the best foods that will provide you with extra energy on moving day. Because moving is a lot like working out, you will want a healthy mix of carbohydrates and protein. It’s equally as important to hydrate properly. Here’s a list of healthy foods to eat on moving day:

Protein

For optimal energy, you will want to eat something that contains protein on moving day. Protein can be found in foods like meat, poultry, soybeans, peanuts, and dairy. A great moving day snack would be peanut butter. Bring a couple apples or bananas to eat with your peanut butter for an afternoon pick-me-up. You should also pack plenty of protein-packed snacks like bars and almonds to eat throughout the day.

Carbs

The important thing is to maintain your blood sugar so that you don’t crash. Carbohydrates will give you the energy you need to fuel through the day. Our bodies and brains need carbohydrates to function effectively. However, it’s important to stick to the healthy carbs, such as whole grain crackers and bread. Fruits and vegetables are also great carbohydrates; pack a variety for the big move.

H2O

Moving can be strenuous. Therefore, you will want to stay properly hydrated. This includes drinking water in the days leading up to the move as well as drinking plenty of water the day of. Avoid caffeine and warm drinks as they race through your body and force you to take frequent bathroom breaks. If you need more energy, opt for 100 percent fruit juice with natural sugar. Water, however, is your best choice when it comes to staying hydrated throughout the day.

Pack a lunch

While it may seem easy to order a pizza on moving day, don’t. Simple sandwiches like ham and cheese with veggies is a much healthier option. Or, you could prepare the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole grain bread if you’d prefer. Pack a cooler with plenty of sandwiches for your whole crew. Throw in a few bottles of water and all your snacks. Your bodies will thank you later!

Eating is a huge part in feeling energized throughout the day. More importantly, eating the right foods will keep you fueled and focused. While carb overloading may seem like a good idea, it can cause your blood sugar levels to rise and crash. This can leave your body feeling full and sluggish. Moving will require you to be at your best, and to be at your best you need to eat the best!

Eric is the owner of J&L Moving Supplies. You can find him on , Facebook or Twitter, so be sure to connect with him!

Moving: DIY or Hire a Pro?

moving houseThe moving industry has come up with a variety of options to move your belongings, most of which I briefly touched upon last week. However, what it really boils down to is whether or not you want to do it yourself or pay for movers. Also known as the classic tradeoff between time and money.

Let’s be honest, it can be expensive to move your belongings. Moving equipment such as boxes, dollies and furniture pads must be taken into consideration as well as man power. Hiring movers may be the easiest solution. But, if money is a concern of yours, DIY may be the most cost-effective option in the long run. Before you make any rash decisions, carefully consider your circumstances.

Hiring movers

The idea behind hiring movers is that you relinquish much of the moving job to the professionals. The movers are responsible for packing your furniture, appliances and belongings. They transport these items to your new location and unload them from the truck. Full-service movers can even ship your car too. Having said that, the benefits of hiring movers can be tremendous. For instance, you don’t have to pack or lift a single box!

Drawbacks of hiring movers

The drawback of hiring movers is that there are frauds in the moving industry. Therefore, it’s extremely important to shop around for the right moving company. Be sure to check for credentials and perform reference checks. Secondly, relinquishing control means that your belongings are no longer in your possession. For those who like to be in control, this can be a major drawback.

The costs

The cost of hiring movers versus moving yourself can be extreme. In most states, you are charged hourly and per mover. Traveling out of state? You will want to factor in gas and travel too. Depending on where you’re relocating, you may want to consider renting a moving truck.

DIY move

If you decide to take the do-it-yourself option, you will certainly save money. However, your move may take more time and effort. If you’re moving a small home or apartment DIY is the most cost-effective option on the market. All you have to do is shop around for a local supplier with the best vehicle and price for your needs. Also, plan a couple days for moving. This includes packing, travel and unpacking your belongings.

Benefits of DIY

The DIY option will allow you to be a little more relaxed about your schedule. Another benefit is that you won’t have to pay movers to load and unload your truck. Ask a couple friends and family to help you out for day. Supply them with pizza, drinks and you’re good to go!

Eric is the owner of J&L Moving Supplies. You can find him on , Facebook or Twitter, so be sure to connect with him!

Packing vs. Shipping: How to Move Your Possessions

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Moving can require a lot of time and effort, especially if you are moving long distance. However, the good news about relocating is that you have options. For example, you can have your possessions shipped or you can rent a moving truck, in which case you will have to pack your items yourself. With a little research, you can carefully figure out which option is going to be the best for you.

Conventional Movers

Hiring a moving company to relocate your items is an option. Movers typically have specialized moving equipment like dollies and convertible hand trucks that can accommodate all sorts of items. Therefore, one advantage of hiring conventional movers is that they come prepared with both the gear and the manpower. However, a disadvantage is that movers can charge additional fees for heavy or large items. If you choose to hire full-service movers, make sure to tell the company about all your items—big and small—beforehand.

Rent a Truck

If you are looking for a cost-effective, convenient and flexible way to move yourself, renting a moving truck is another great option. However, renting a truck will require you to do all of your own packing. If you think you can handle that, call around for quotes on both trailers and moving trucks. The advantage of renting a moving truck is that you have one hundred percent control over your move. But the disadvantage of renting a truck is that it will require you to purchase insurance, moving equipment, boxes, and other packing materials.

Cargo Shipping

General Cargo Ship: ONEGO MERCHANT Port of TyneAnother option for moving day is to ship your items. Shipping your items has a couple of benefits. First, you don’t have to transport the possessions yourself. This will allow you to fly or drive your vehicle to the new location. Another benefit is that shipping is versatile, which means you can use cargo services to transport your items by air, sea or rail. The best part is that it usually only takes a week or less to get delivered. The disadvantage of cargo shipping is that it can be quite costly. You often have to pay by pound when shipping most heavy objects.

Portable Moving Containers

Moving in a portable storage container is a great option, especially if you will require storage during your relocation. A portable moving container is similar to a traditional storage unit, but with a couple added benefits. For example, a portable moving container can be moved from place to place. When you are ready to move, a company will pick it up and take it directly to your new residence. The second advantage is that you can store your items at the new location for as long as you would like. The disadvantage of using a portable moving container is that it can get pricey depending on how long you will require storage.

Eric is the owner of J&L Moving Supplies. You can find him on , Facebook or Twitter, so be sure to connect with him!