How to Pack Up Your Kitchen

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The kitchen can be headache central if you attempt to pack it without a plan. It really doesn’t matter what the size of your kitchen is — the process will take a lot of preparation and careful handling.  You’ve got the fragile items, tables, chairs, major appliances, minor appliances, and more. If the thought of all of this makes you stressed, read the tips below.  You can actually turn the dreaded kitchen pack into a fairly simple process.

Glasses and Breakables:

The very first step is to take care of the drinking glasses and other major breakables, like plates and bowls. Get really familiar with bubble wrap — you’ll want to thoroughly wrap everything in it. There’s really no shortcut to the number of boxes you’ll use — you don’t want to cheap out by trying to stuff everything into only a couple of boxes. If you do, your stuff will end up broken. My best advice is this: get boxes with compartments and pack the fragile items carefully. Glass items go in their own boxes, plates and bowls in their own boxes. Remember that bowls can carry other items in them. When you’re done, mark the boxes as fragile and get them out of the house.

Drawers and Shelves:

If you have a lot of drawers and shelves in your kitchen, you probably have a lot of stuff you don’t use. Now is the time to grab the trash can and throw things away. If you have a ton of non-perishable food that you know you’ll never use, get it in a box and donate it to your local food bank. There’s no sense in having it all sit in your next home for another 10 years!

Silverware can be tricky to pack. Make sure all the silverware is pointing the same way, and wrap it up before you pack it in a box.  If you have a silverware box instead, use it!

Appliances and Large Items:

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Smaller items like toaster ovens and microwaves are fairly simple to move. Put each item in a padded box and move it out — that way you won’t be killing yourself with really heavy boxes later. But what about the fridge, dishwasher, chairs, table, etc.? You’ll want to use the proper moving dolly. Make sure you go through the right process to moving any appliance. You’ll want to clean it thoroughly, defrost it, etc. And if you’re lifting heavy items, you’ll want to read this.

Miscellaneous Items

You might have a kitchen with random items you’re unsure how to pack. These are three of the most common items I come across: cleaning supplies (Windex, floor cleaner), wine, and storage containers. The first thing I do is use any containers to my advantage. Put items in them because it will save you space. For wine and liquor, use a divided box and wrap the items very well. For cleaning supplies, chuck what you never use. Then give the remaining items their own box. You wouldn’t want your plates and silverware to stink of cleaning supplies.

As with anything moving related, the better you plan, the better your move will go. 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!

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!

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!

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!

How to Properly Unload a Moving Truck

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Moving can be a pain, especially if you’re doing it primarily on your own. Regardless of how organized, prepared and strong you think you are to handle a move, make sure you’ve gone through every logistic before you load up your moving truck. Often times, people can become extremely stressed throughout a moving process simply because they just don’t prepare properly. Lucky for you, today we have several tips to help you in this process. Here are some tips to properly unloading a moving truck.

Walk-through

It’s critical to know where things are going prior to actually moving anything. This is because if you do begin unloading your moving truck into your new space and don’t have your set-up figured out, you’re left scrambling trying to fit everything in appropriately. If this is the case, your entire home will be cluttered because let’s face it, by the end of the day you’ll be too tired to rearrange things. Before the move, take a walk through your new home and mentally plan where all the large and smaller items will go. This way, on moving day you’ll have a designated spot for all of your items!

Measure

While we’d all like to pretend that we can make things fit through small doorways if we angle appropriately, this is not true. Being realistic, it’s very important to visit your new space and measure each doorway you plan on moving furniture through. Some doorways might be too short or not wide enough for certain items like couches and dressers, so plan ahead. If necessary, many doors can be taken off to provide additional space in a doorway.

Take clothes boxes off first

During a move, having a hefty amount of clothing is only going to make the moving process more complicated. When you’re moving, the first thing you should start to do once you’ve arrived at your new home is to remove the clothes from the truck and start unpacking them. This will help you once your day is over and you can relax knowing that your clothes are where they need to be and your room is organized!

Store away equipment

After you’ve finished moving your items from the truck to your new home, it’s time to discard of the unwanted moving equipment. Whether you’ve collected several blanket pads, straps, or wrapping, sort through and decide what’s worth keeping and what’s worth pitching. Once you’ve determined what you don’t need, throw it out immediately. For anything that you’re keeping, find a safe place to store the equipment that can be easily accessed if you need to use these items in the future.

Unpack

The last step of the day when you’re making a move is of course, to unpack. Before even moving, you should have priorities set for yourself so you know where to start. While you should have already unpacked your clothes (see above), you should probably focus on the kitchen and bathroom. Since these two rooms have your every day necessities in them, it’s beneficial to have these rooms unpacked and set up before the end of the day.

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