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!

Best Practices For Warehouse Safety

Sealey WarehouseWe understand that the warehouse can present a variety of potential hazards. Due to the activities workers preform and the type of equipment they use, warehouse employees are simply prone to accidents and injuries. For the employer, accidents in the workplace can get costly and threaten a business. Therefore, it’s important to enforce certain safety equipment and standards. This will ensure that all parties involved are protected and safe.

Housekeeping

Many accidents occur in the warehouse due to the lack of basic housekeeping. For example, garbage or debris in work areas can become a potential hazard. Adhering to recommended housekeeping practices such as cleaning up spills immediately and removing items that can cause tripping can prevent slip and trip related accidents. It’s also a simple way to keep a clean and tidy work environment.

Spills and Falls

Exposure to spilled material can cause hazards such as spills and falls in the workplace. In addition to maintaining a clean work environment, you can protect employees by using slip resistant materials like entryway mats and caution signs in order to avoid falls due to slippery conditions. Warehouses should also use good storage techniques by securely sealing materials before storing items.

Heavy Lifting

Thousands of work related injuries occur each year due to poor lifting techniques. For that reason, it’s important to teach employees proper lifting techniques. This will allow workers to protect themselves while on the job. Proper lifting technique is easy to learn and can become habit in the workplace. You can remind employees of lifting safety by hanging posters around the warehouse.

Ergonomics

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), ergonomic injuries are the most common hazards for workers. In warehouses especially, this is primarily due to the high volume of manual labor performed on a daily basis. Workers should be aware of the amount of stress they are placing on their bodies while performing certain tasks, such as lifting and stacking shelves. Also, you should consider purchasing anti fatigue mats for workers who stand long hours on their feet.

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Whether it’s a warehouse fire or toxic chemicals, all employees should know what to do in case of an emergency. This includes having quick access to exits, telephones and knowing where to find emergency equipment, like fire extinguishers. Monthly drills should also take place so that all employees understand the protocol for responding to emergency situations.

Regular Inspections

In addition to monthly emergency drills, you should plan to conduct regular warehouse inspections. By holding regular inspections, warehouse managers can prevent accidents, improve productivity and save money. Whether you decide on monthly or weekly inspections, establish a routine in order to set a standard for the importance of safety.

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 Increasing the Efficiency of Your Warehouse

Sealey Power Products WarehouseCreating an efficient and organized warehouse is crucial to having a well-performing warehouse. With that said, there’s many reasons that make up a practical warehouse environment, from utilizing every inch of space to finding items that are affordable and useful. Here are some suggestions to help you run an efficient and successful warehouse.

Be careful of space wasters

In an enormous space like a warehouse, it’s very easy to clutter it quickly, especially with items that aren’t necessary. From old equipment to obsolete inventory, many warehouse managers don’t know what to do with these items. If you find yourself in this predicament, consider selling these items at discounted prices or bringing them to auction. It wouldn’t hurt to try to make some money off of them, and it will help with clearing out these space wasters!

Make use of your shelving

Not only are shelving units in a warehouse a necessity, but they also can greatly impact the fluidity of how a warehouse operates. When a product or products are especially popular, make sure you keep those products in a prime stock area that’s easier to get to. As far as the slow moving merchandise, you can store these items in an area of the warehouse that’s less trafficked.

Workflow

It’s always important to monitor a work environment to be sure of how successful it’s running and what improvements could be made to improve the workflow. Look for things that could help each department run more smoothly, whether that requires a different type of system or additional equipment.

Schedule regular meetings

Observing the workflow is one thing, but getting frequent updates from workers is another great option for understanding how to improve the efficiency of the work environment. Discuss with managers as well as other workers what they suggest for changes and then seriously look into it. If you’re not the one who’s working in the thick of things every day, it’s important to get the perspective of those who are.

Boost morale

A happy work environment = a happy worker. It’s as simple as that! Give your employees a healthy and happy environment to work in and they’ll reward you back with quality, efficient attitudes in the workplace.

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