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!

Cleaning Your House Before Selling It

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If your house is about to be on the market, it has to be spotless – no questions asked! Clean homes not only sell more quickly, but have the potential to sell for more. So before you start cleaning, put yourself in the mind of the buyer. Would you rather tour a spotless house or a total mess? Obviously the spotless one – it’s easier to envision yourself in, and easier to navigate through. Most importantly, a clean home leaves a better impression about the sellers, and how well they kept up the parts of the house you don’t always see.

Before any serious cleaning, you have to repair everything! That hole in the wall can no longer be covered by a poster. That chair you have sitting over the broken floor tiles? It’s not going to fool anybody. You can try to fix the problems yourself, but a handyman may do a better, tip-top job.

The Inside
Much like repairs, you can hire a cleaning person or crew to clean your home. But you can save a lot of money if you avoid doing that – plus you get the satisfaction of a job well done. Before anything, make sure everything is put away. All papers, books, toys, etc. should be put away in their respective areas. But remember, this is a huge time to throw junk away. Potential buyers will probably look through your cabinets and drawers, so stuffing them full of junk is almost as bad as keeping it all in plain sight. Your house shouldn’t look like a family currently lives it.

Then it’s time to really clean. It’s time to get every cobweb and every dusty area. Start making things shine. Clean up those faucets and wax the floors. When you get through with that, you can decide if you want to design your house to sell it. This doesn’t necessarily mean buying all new furniture – but a freshly painted wall, for example, can go a very long way. Make sure everything smells nice too! People remember odors, and a house with a bad smell is going to turn away potential buyers very quickly.

The Outside
Last but not least – remember the outside! Make the front of your house look like it belongs on a magazine. Pressure wash the house. Replace any faded colors. This could mean the shutters, front door, lamp post, mail box, etc. Is your driveway cracked? It could probably use a sealing. Mow the lawn and keep your shrubbery and flowers looking good. If the outside of your house looks neat and the inside of your house looks vacant, you’ve done a great job. Good luck with the sale!

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 Moving with Kids

"We're Moving!"
Everyone knows moving can be tough.  For many people it’s not an option.  Whether you’ve accepted a new job or need a change of life, moving can be even more stressful for your kids than you.  They’ll have to say goodbye to old friendships and become the new kid in school.  And if you’ve ever had to go through that, you’ll remember just how nerve wracking it was.  If you’re mindful of your children through the whole process, you’ll have an easier transition to your new life.

Telling The Children
Telling your kids is the hardest part of the move.  Tell them you’re moving as soon as the plans are finalized, and tell them why the move is necessary.  Holding out will do no good.  Your children will most likely be upset anyway, so give them time to cope and tell their friends.  If you have control over the time you can move, try to do it in the summer.  It’s easier to start at a new school fresh in the fall.

If your child is upset, you can do a few things to ease the pain!  Let your kids open up to you.  Let them share their feelings, and you can bounce thoughts off of each other.  Kids ease a lot of their pain by talking to adults, and on the flip side, you can try to get them excited.  Tell your kids the advantages of the new area, and show them pictures of new places around your house.  If you can get tickets or a membership to a fun place around your new town, let your kids know.  It will give them something to look forward to.

Preparing For The Move
Make sure your child is a help in the whole moving process.  Moving is difficult, and everyone is dealing with stress!   Nobody in the family should get to sit out on the couch while work needs to be done, but be sure to take nice breaks.

Moving is an excellent chance to get rid of all the junk.  Have your kids help you go through all of the stuff you don’t need, but let them hang on to certain things they really care about.  Give your child a special box and let them pack all of their favorite things into it, such as stuffed animals and games.  When you arrive at your new house, make sure this box comes out first.  It’ll provide your child with comfort.

At some point before hitting the road, make sure your children get a chance to see their friends.  Arrange a time for them to do something fun, perhaps on a weekend.

The New Home
When you arrive at your new home, let your child have a say in the decoration of their new room.  Get their rooms arranged first.  When you’re getting more settled in, try to get involved with the community to keep their mind off the move.  Try having family over to see the new place.  Once you’ve been living in your new house for awhile, try to take a trip back to your old neighborhood (if it’s within driving distance.)  Your kids will be ecstatic to see their old friends.  Hopefully you found these tips helpful.  Good luck!

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

How to Organize Your Warehouse Inventory

warehouse worker On The Job - warehouse staffing - warehouse worker - warehouse employee - forklift operatorFor many businesses, the warehouse is the primary place for inventory. Many items come and go from the warehouse to the showroom floor or are distributed to customers.

However, when was the last time you seriously organized your warehouse inventory? These six organizational tactics can help increase productivity and keep your products organized.

Implement a labeling system

When sorting through your inventory, it’s critical to label everything. This will ensure that you can easily track and store all of your products. Label your inventory with a SKU (stock-keeping unit) number, along with the type of product and a short description. This way, when you’re searching for a certain product, you can look according to labels instead of just guessing.

Install shelving units

You can create aisles throughout the warehouse by implementing standing shelves. Also, take advantage of the vertical space within your warehouse by installing shelving units on the walls. For easier access, label each level of your shelving unit. This will allow you to organize products within the same category by shelf.

Stack items vertically

When possible, stack boxes and products neatly on top of one another. Stacking items vertically will save space in the warehouse and it look much neater too. Keeping like products together and organized will make for an orderly warehouse to boot.

Keep aisles clear

Not only is it important for warehouse safety, but keeping aisles clear will help you find what you need easier. Better yet, assign someone to keep aisles clear. At any time of day, your employees should be able to walk through the warehouse without running into obstacles along the way.

Throw away trash

One way to keep aisles clear is by eliminating trash. Start by purging all of the trash that sits in your warehouse. This includes empty boxes, packing tape and any leftover cardboard. Be realistic and throw away any items that no longer serve a purpose in your warehouse.

Hang signs in aisles

Managing a warehouse can seem overwhelming at times. Hanging signs at the ends of the aisles can be very helpful. In fact, it’s a great organizational tactic and can keep your warehouse neat and orderly. For example, storing products relating to a specific category in a predetermined aisle will make it easier for employees in your warehouse to remember where items are located.

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 Cross Country

ROAD TRIPAre you getting ready to move across the country? While the opportunity is exciting, there are certainly a lot of obstacles standing in your way. In order to make your big move a little easier, here are five tips for your upcoming cross country relocation:

Plan Ahead

You’re moving out of state, which means you most likely cannot visit beforehand. For that reason, you will want to plan ahead. Use the Internet to search for apartments or houses online. Luckily, certain apartment complexes will allow you to apply for a lease directly online. If you’re moving blindly, I would suggest you sign a short-term lease for three or six months.

Give yourself time to pack

Moving across the country is a pretty big venture. For example, you cannot just drive back if you forget something to move. On the same token, you will most likely have to the move everything in one trip. You should allow yourself enough time to pack. This includes deciding which items should be brought in the car or moving truck and which items can be shipped. Take your time, this step is important!

Look at a map

The best way to learnDirection your way around a new city is by starring a map, seriously! Start to familiarize yourself with the main streets and how you can reach them from your new home. You should also highlight important locations located near your new place, such as laundry mats, grocery stores and gas stations. While you’re looking at a map, try to figure out the best possible route for your cross-country move. If you have to stay over night, plan where you will be stopping and make a list of hotels within that area. Lastly, make note of all the gas stations along your route.

Hire professionals

You’re moving across the country, which means you don’t have to do it all by yourself. Hiring professional movers can make your move easier. They will transport your items and unload them for you. However, if it’s not in your budget, compare doing it yourself vs. paying for movers. Or, you can save the cost of hiring professionals altogether by renting a moving truck.

Wear comfortable clothes

While this should go without saying, wear comfortable clothes. You will be in the same outfit for hours on end. If you get cold, you will want a sweater accessible. On the other hand, if you anticipate hot weather, try to wear something lightweight or that can be taken off. Also, when you’re moving to a new location it’s important to wear shoes that are comfortable and protective of your feet, such as sneakers.

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