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Tips for Packing Items into a Tight Space

People tend to have very strong opinions about packing. Many of us hate to do it. We dread the process of sorting through our possessions and trying to consolidate them. The problem can be compounded when we have to attempt to pack our items into a small space. For example, if you have overflow items from your moving truck that you need to pack in your car along with your family, you might wonder how you will make everything fit. The same is true if you are moving using a small rental truck, or have rented a small storage space. Fortunately, there are some pro tips you can use to help fit as much as possible into your small space… Read More

Tips for Packing Your Kitchen

Preparing for a move or to put items into storage can be a strenuous and stressful experience for many people, especially when the necessary preparation is not taken. One room in your home that will likely require more attention than others is the kitchen. While it would be nice to be able to magically transport all your dishes, utensils, pots, pans and small appliances to your new kitchen, it simply isn’t that easy. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make the task of packing up your kitchen easier and more organized. Read on for tips that can make packing up your kitchen more efficient and organized. Protect Your Valuables When packing up your kitchen it is important to protect… Read More

Tips for Driving a Moving Van or Truck

Moving is stressful no matter how you slice it. Even when you’ve prepared and have plenty of lead time, it always seems to be more work than you think it will be. Packing and sorting would present enough of a challenge, but for many of us, moving also means driving a vehicle that’s considerably larger and more unwieldy than our usual modes of transportation. The goal of this article is to give you some tips about how to drive your rented moving vehicle safely. Renting the Truck The first thing you need to do is decide how large a truck you need. In general, the smaller the truck is, the easier it will to be to handle. Do your best… Read More

Packing and Organizing for a Long Trip

There are few things more exciting than preparing for a long trip. Whether you’re traveling with your family, some friends, or by yourself, the anticipation and thrill of leaving your usual surroundings and immersing yourself in a new area or culture is unmatched. The one part of extended travel that people tend to dread is the preparation. You know you’ll be living out of your suitcase and you want to be sure that you’re ready for whatever you encounter. If your trip is spanning many countries or more than one season, the challenge of knowing what and how to pack can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make the process simple. Organizing Your Wardrobe The… Read More

Planning a Move? 10 Tips to Help You Get Organized

Moving to a new home is exciting, but it can be a stressful experience, too. There are so many things to remember to do, and if you don’t approach the process in an organized way, it can be all too easy to miss something important and end up scrambling at the last moment. The key to ensuring that your moving process is smooth and as anxiety-free as possible is to have an organized plan of attack that you put in place as soon as you know that you are moving. Here are 10 simple tips that can help you get everything done with a minimum of stress. Get a binder to help you keep all of your moving information organized.… Read More

Any storage tips for drawers?

Use your bureau drawers as packing space. Fill them with some of your fragile items and use blankets, sweaters and towels for padding. Do not use printed newspaper to pack with. The ink may smudge off on your items.

Tips for Downsizing Your Home

Facing the prospect of downsizing your home can be challenging.  Whether you’re scaling down for philosophic, economic, health, or other personal reasons, think of this as an opportunity to launch a new life — one without the weight of unused and neglected possessions. It’s a great excuse to rid your life of clutter and focus on the things that actually make you happy either by serving a function or simply for being beautiful. The process of downsizing will overwhelm most people, even those who embrace the process. Here are some tips to help you tackle the work ahead of you, whether you are moving yourself or helping a friend or senior parent downsize their life. Tip #1: Map it Out… Read More

Packing a Diaper Bag

An essential skill new parents need to master is how to pack the diaper bag. Knowing what to put where — and what to leave at home — can be the difference between an efficiently packed bag and a black hole of baby stuff that can literally break your back. Let’s start with the actual essentials for a diaper bag, versus the “I have to take everything everywhere” approach: Now, take a look at this mom’s method for packing her diaper bag: Lastly, how do you know what diaper bag is right for you? What diaper bag tips do you have for new parents?

On the Road: Packing for the Family Road Trip

Summer is finally here! And so is that time-honored tradition: the family road trip. Whether you’re hitting the road because it’s cheaper than flying or because you want to show your kids the beauty of the country, the one thing you probably dread about a road trip is packing. Unless you have an RV with unlimited space, knowing what to pack can be confusing, esp. if your spouse or kids demand that they be able to take every little thing they “might” need. There are some general guidelines you can follow to make sure that you have what you need and a few things that your family wants too. General Packing Tips Several weeks before your trip you should set… Read More

Summer Break: Packing Your Kid Off to Camp

Sending your child to camp is a rite of passage not just for the kid, but for you as well. No doubt you’re fantasizing about the quiet days and evenings spent alone with your spouse. Sure, there will be some “empty nest” feelings, but you know your kids will be back home in a matter of weeks, so you plan to make the most of them. But before all that fun can happen you have to pack, and probably shop. The best advice out there for parents who are sending their kid to camp for the first — or fifth time — follow the list provided by the camp as to what is needed and what is forbidden. Now, this… Read More

Organizing & Packing Ski Gear

Preparing for a ski or snow boarding trip involves packing and hauling more than just a suitcase or two. You’ll have boards, skis, helmets, boots, and other gear to prepare for travel. The videos below give you some tips on how to transport that gear, whether you’re flying away on a trip or just taking a quick drive to your local mountain. This video shows you how to pack the most in the least bags, to avoid/reduce costly baggage fees on airlines (NOTE: the video was produced in March 2014 and airline policies/fees may have changed): In this one a woman shows how she packs her snowboard and her husband’s ski equipment for their car trips:

College Moving Day Tips

College students are packing up and moving into dorms, frat houses, and apartments. Each will face the unique challenge of how to best move their belongings. First there’s the packing. Then there’s the transport. If your kid is heading off to school and looking for tips, or if you’re a student yourself, check out these tips from a student on how to make that move easier.

How to Develop a Moving Checklist

The process of moving can be a very stressful one, even when you know the move is a positive thing and you’re excited about it. One big reason that moving is such a headache is because there are so many things to coordinate. You have to deal with the physical process of packing up everything you own and transporting it to a new location. On top of that, there are many other tasks, large and small, that go along with a move: notifications, paperwork, utilities, and so on. If you want to make your move a smooth one, the best way to do it is to create a master moving checklist before you start. Having everything in writing will allow… Read More

How to Pack Fragile Items

Packing your belongings can be time-consuming and tiring work. One thing that many people worry about when packing is making sure that their fragile items – things like china, crystal, and fine keepsakes – are packed in such a way that they will still be in one piece on the other end of their move. If you want to ensure that your precious belongings are safe, you need to consider a variety of things, including packing materials, packing strategy, and transportation. Packing Materials Choosing the right packing materials is a must if you want to make sure that your belongings are safe. It’s not enough simply to wrap dishes in newspaper and hope for the best. Here are some tips… Read More

Need More Storage? Here Are Some Inexpensive Ways to Create Space

One of the top complaints of homeowners and renters alike is that they don’t have enough storage space where they live. When you live in a small space, it is especially important to make the most of what you have. Here are some suggestions to help you do that. If your closet space is lacking, try using the walls in creative ways to create additional storage. One idea is to attach small sections of crown molding to the walls and use them to hang high-heeled shoes. The heels can hook over the top of the crown molding. Hang several pieces one under the other for easy shoe storage that will leave your closet floor free for other things. Another idea… Read More

Stay Safe During Your Move

No one questions that moving is financially, psychologically, and emotionally stressful. Keep in mind that it is also a physically demanding activity and that there are any number of ways for you to get hurt. If you have friends and family helping you on moving day, you need to take their safety into consideration as well as your own. Here are a few things to keep in mind in order to ensure a safe move for all involved. Be Prepared Caution should be the watchword of your entire moving process. This starts with packing. As you are filling boxes, consider how much they weigh before you tape them up. Aim for a 40-50 pound weight limit per box, or whatever… Read More

How to Load a Moving Van

Anyone who has ever loaded a moving van or helped friends load a truck knows that there are countless approaches to this necessary task — and everyone has their preferred method. If you are facing the unique challenges associated with this three dimensional game of Tetris for the first time, you may be confused about which approach to take, and worried that if you choose poorly, you will find your belongings scratched, cracked, and even broken at your new home. Rest assured if you pack properly and load carefully, it doesn’t matter which of the methods you use, as long as you follow the general principles: Keep weight properly distributed Protect fragile items Use space efficiently Weight Is King There… Read More

Going Camping? Pack Right (Videos)

Every summer millions of Americans venture into the wilderness to camp. Some take a single backpack and hike for a night or two. Others load up the entire family with tents and coolers and enough food to last a few weeks. Whether you’re going camping for a weekend or a month, there are things you need to pack — and a right way to pack them. Take a peek at the basic organizational skills that you need to consider when packing for a camping trip. These can be applied to any type/duration of camping. Next up food. Here’s some tips on planning, packing, and cooking at your campsite. Whether you’re a first-time camper or an old pro, there are always… Read More

Best Cities to Move to

The American economy continues to improve.  The housing market is getting back to “normal.”  Even the job market is looking up for many people.  You may be thinking that now is a good time to relocate to another part of the country.  Whether it’s because you want a change or scenery, a chance to reinvent yourself, or to find a better place to raise your kids, there are a number of cities that are topping the “best” lists in 2015. Assuming you have the freedom to decide where to go, you need to narrow down your choices to figure out the best destination for you. Why are You Moving? Before you start packing your stuff, you need to decide where… Read More

Getting Gifts Home

Holiday travel usually means a trip to visit family or friends. After the stress of rushing through crowded airports and the joy of spending Christmas with your loved ones comes the quandary of getting the gifts you received back home with you. A little pre-planning can make a big difference, especially if you have a short turnaround time between the holiday and your departure time. Here are some tips from expert travelers and experienced moms and dads. Double suitcase. When you are packing for your trip, use the smallest suitcase you can and place it inside a larger case. Then when it’s time to come home, you’ll have the extra suitcase, offering plenty of room for gifts. Pack as a… Read More

Kitchen Storage Ideas

Your kitchen can be the center of your home, not just the place where you eat — unless you live in a dwelling with a tiny kitchen. In either case, you probably share one thing in common with everyone else who has a kitchen: where/how to store all those small appliances and other cooking paraphernalia. If you, like most people, weren’t able to design your kitchen to perfectly house all the items you need, you’ll want to take a look at these tips before you start unpacking all those kitchen boxes. Think Outside the Cabinet This works especially well for pots and pans. There are a number of great pot racks out there that let you hang all your pans… Read More

How to Pack for a Move

Moving is one of the major activities humans undertake. Whether it’s across town or across the country, relocating your home is a stressful, time-consuming event that forces you to face the one thing everyone has in common: a lot of stuff. This blog has covered some of the other aspects of moving, such as what to do with your kids, hiring a truck, and setting up utilities, finding a school, etc. This post is all about dealing with your stuff. One important note: in the process of packing you will no doubt encounter items that you no longer want or need or that simply won’t fit in your new home, literally or aesthetically. Make sure you have a plan for… Read More

Moving Across the Country with Your Kids

The stress of uprooting your life to move across the country is magnified when you have kids. No matter how young — or old — they are, they will be just as stressed about the move as you, if not more. In addition, they will be far more demanding than your spouse or even a pet. Kids need to feel safe AND be entertained otherwise they will spend hundreds of miles letting you know just how unhappy they are. Plan, Plan, Plan Start by figuring out the basic logistics of your move: how many days? Are you hiring movers or a moving company or driving a truck yourself? Then start planning the specifics. How many overnight stops will be involved… Read More

Storing Winter Clothes

The weather is finally starting to look like spring in much of the country.  That means it’s time to figure out what to do with your winter clothes for the next few months.  Most people choose to pack away their clothes and store them safely out of the way until autumn.  Below are some tips on preparing, packing, and storing your winter clothes.  If you’ve already completed your Spring Cleaning ritual, you may have already completed part of this process, so skip ahead to the later tips. Preparation is Half the Battle While it doesn’t require a detailed battle plan to get your clothes ready for storage there are a few steps you should take.  Start by sorting your winter… Read More

Preparing Your Appliances for a Safe Move

Moving can truly be a grueling experience. First there is the preparation: securing a moving van, ensuring your new home is ready, transferring the utilities; then there is the hectic process of packing. Smaller items can easily be boxed up and transported. When it comes to moving appliances, a bit more preparation is necessary to ensure a safe and effective move. There are plenty of ways to make this chore easier on yourself and your moving crew. Read on for a look at a few tips to ensure the safety and quality of your appliances during a move. Servicing Many appliances require some servicing prior to moving. For example, refrigerators need to have the cold water line disconnected and have… Read More
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