Tips for Lifting Heavy Objects

We all have to lift something heavy once in awhile. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 182,270 work-related injuries to the back each year. Back problems are nothing to joke about. Often ignored for long periods of time, back injuries can develop into an extremely painful, even disabling experience. It’s no surprise that a lot of back injuries come from lifting. Twisting or bending the wrong way while lifting, attempting to lift something too heavy, etc., will increase your chances of a back injury. One bad moment can change your life. Read below for some tips for lifting heavy objects.

Before Lifting:
Be prepared to take your time with any lift. It’s worth the extra few seconds. Before you even start lifting, you should be checking a for few things. Clear the walkway and make space around the heavy item. Then, make sure your box is packed correctly. If things are moving around, you’re more likely to drop it. Gripping the box or object before a lift will help you get an idea of how heavy the object will be. If you need to, get a mechanical assist or a co-worker to help.

During the Lift:
When you’re about to lift an object, make sure you’re not reaching! You want to get as close as you can. Make sure your feet are shoulder width apart, and get down and bend your knees so you’re squatting. Your posture should resemble a baseball catcher and your body should be over the box. When you extend your arms to pick up the box, they should be almost vertical to start.  When you pick the item up, get a good grip and lift as you straighten your body. You want to make sure you’re never bending at the waist. You can slightly bend your hips, knees, back, and arms. The old saying really is true – lift with your legs. Do not lift with your back!

Setting the Item Down:
When you’re setting the item down, make sure you follow a motion similar to how you originally got down to get the item. If you get lazy with setting items down, you’re still putting yourself at great risk. Remember, it always helps if items are easy to get to. If possible, make sure you’re not keeping heavy items on the floor or above the shoulders.

Hopefully you found this guide helpful. If you’ve been lifting things the wrong way for a long time, the right way may not feel right at first. It takes time to get used to. Nobody is immune to back problems, so lift your heavy object the correct way!

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

Tips for Ultimate Spring Cleaning


With the spring season typically comes an overwhelming desire to clean for most people – whether that means gutting and cleaning the house, organizing and sanitizing an office space or working through clutter in any other space where you spend a significant amount of time. Maybe it’s the fresh beginnings that the spring signifies that causes people to feel the need for clean, or maybe it’s just that it’s habit in some families to clear out as the snow melts away.

Whatever your reason is for tackling spring cleaning, we here at J&L Moving Supplies have a few tips for you to make sure you don’t miss a single speck or spot in your springtime cleaning binge!

cleaningOrganize Your Supplies

Before you begin any major spring cleaning project, it’s important to know what you have to work with and know what you need. So start by going through your cleaning cabinet and organize the supplies that are already there, and make a list of things you know you need but don’t currently have.

For example, are you planning to clean the inside and outside of windows? You’ll need a glass cleaner. If you’re looking to sanitize a space, you’ll need some sort of bleach spray or product with anti-bacterial ingredients to kill all the harmful germs you’re looking to rid your space of. Tackling the carpets? Make sure you have a good carpet cleaner on hand, of course! It’s easier to assess what you have and what you need when everything is laid out and organized in front of you, so get to sorting and making your list of needed supplies first.

fanStart at the Top

The best, most effective approach to spring cleaning is to start at the top of a room and gradually work your way down. Work room by room of whatever space it is that you’re cleaning, and start at the top with things like ceiling fans, overhead light fixtures and on top of the curtain rods. Dust thoroughly and move down to windows, then check wall and baseboard cleanliness and finally move on to carpet cleaning.

By working in this manner, you’ll be sure to hit every inch of dirty space that seems to be overlooked throughout the rest of the year.

mattressTackle Mattresses and Linens

Believe it or not, your mattress can build up a ton of dust and skin cells that can cause allergens and an overall “heavy” mattress, making the air in a bedroom feel thicker and less fresh. These tiny particles spend an entire year piling up on an overlooked mattress until finally you have a chance to clean them during your spring cleaning routine. Take a powerful vacuum cleaner and get into all the little nooks and crannies of your mattress to rid yourself of these dangerous allergens. You’ll be breathing fresher air in your bedrooms in no time.
The same holds true for the linens in any given room – the tops of curtains and things like pillow shams and covers have a tendency to collect large amounts of dust over time. By ridding your space of all of these dust particles, you’ll be able to start breathing fresher, lighter air than ever, so make sure things like this don’t get overlooked.

lightsDon’t Forget the Details

In the midst of all of the cleaning madness, make sure you’re not surpassing all of the details of the space you’re working with. It’s really the clean details that will set your clean space apart from others – light bulbs should be dusted, lighting fixtures should be dusted and polished, furniture should be pulled out of corners and vacuumed behind, blinds should be dusted and cleaned between each prong, etc. The more little details you can find to clean, the cleaner your space will be overall!

And while you’re at it, replace all of the batteries across your home or office. Put new batteries in things like wall mounted or desktop clocks, remote controls of any sort, appliances and anything else that requires battery power. Replacing them all at once, at least once every year, will ensure that everything is always working for you!

Don’t Be Afraid to Make a Change

One of the greatest things to experience is that awesome feeling after your spring cleaning is complete and your home or work space feels lighter, cleaner and somehow cheerier just because it’s spotless. Maximize on this great feeling of having made a noticeable difference in your space by making other changes that will cheer you up, too!

Purchase a new piece of furniture for your home and enjoy arranging it in your favorite room, or pick up some new office decor and enjoy placing it in your work space. Making a small, or even a large, change can make that awesome feeling of a fresh space feel even that much better!

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