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How to Plan for a Move

How to Plan for a Move

How to Plan for a Move

Moving to a new house or a town, can be exciting for some people but the reality is that it sucks. You have no way out of it but you can definitely make tolerable for yourself through some simple ways. With the hectic routines that we follow, moving is nothing less than a stressful task to attend to. Having a months’ time span can literally be hard to handle. But if you stay organized and prepare well for it, then it necessarily doesn’t have to be stressing or tough to deal with.

You can make your plans of moving, pain free for yourself through 4 easy steps. If you go through each step with ease and on time, then the process of moving to a new place is super easy for you.

  1. Preparation
  2. Packing
  3. Labelling
  4. Moving

These 4 simple steps form a perfect guide for your moving and makes it easy for you too.


When it comes to preparations, there is a lot that needs to be done if you must move. For instance, you have to set up your mail forwarding and purchase packing material and supplies etc. if you focus on “moving”, then that is really the easier part of the deal. What takes up most of your time is the packing and unpacking and is stressful too. If you aim at hiring a team of movers, then it is literally a piece of cake for you. But if you have to do it yourself then you need to pay attention to the preparations, so that the process goes on smoothly. Moreover, there are some things that still have to be done by you and a mover won’t take responsibility for those tasks.

  • Transfer your Data:

Making transfers is really essential when it comes to moving and this has to be done by you. If you make the call at the appropriate time, then the better it is for you. For instance, you have to fill out an address form for the change. You have to do it on time because it will be hard to manage it once you have moved into the new place since you will have to do a lot of management then.

  • Get Cheap Packing Supplies:

Even when you assume the fact that boxes and tapes won’t cost you much; well, they definitely will. You need to make sure that you have to get cheap supplies. There are a lot of places where you can get free boxes but you will have to research for them. If you hire a good moving company, then they will bring the supplies on their own (if you want them to). If you are doing it on your own, then contacting a retail shop is great or even a furniture store might offer you boxes in a considerably low amount. If you have a lot of stuff that ends to be packed and moved, then buying boxes in bulk will be helpful too. Don’t consider old boxes that are lying around in your house because they are not in their best condition and while you move, poor boxes can bring the risk of breaking things along.

  • Measurements are Important:

People who move often might know this that taking measurements is really essential. You need to keep in mind that everything you possess will not fit into your new home. Take measurements and it is better to discard some things that you probably don’t need or you think will clutter your new home. Make sure that your furniture also fits in or get small one, depending on what are the measurements of your new home.


If you don’t have time to do it all by yourself, you can easily hire a mover and packer company to do the job for you. Packing takes a lot of time and can easily irritate you, if you are not too good at it or lack time. Also make a list of what things you need on your daily basis and don’t pack them because these are the ones which have to be packed at the end. This will certainly stress you a little because looking at all the things that need to be packed at the very end, depresses you. So here are some pro tips which will make your packing a little better and pain free too.

  1. You need to pack like you are going on a vacation. Set all your essentials on one side and pack them in a separate bag so that you can grab them whenever you want and then pack the remaining things.
  1. We all start packing room by room but to be honest, it isn’t practical or helpful. It seems as if we are doing something great but you are not. Sorting is important. Tag your boxes. For instance, put your decoration pieces in one and your books in another and move on like this. Start wrapping your bedsheets first in one box and then start removing your decoration elements. This will allow you to pack on a faster mode.


Labelling is a very important step and it allows you to manage everything efficiently. When your boxes are unlabeled, it gets hard to unpack them too. You are confused about what item is in what box and to be honest, the fun part just gets killed. Labelled boxes are fun to open when you unpack them. A simple black marker is going to do the job just fine for you. If you don’t like that, you can easily write on big post it notes and tape them on your boxes. Whatever way you opt for, labelling your boxes is really crucial as it allows you to manage things better. There are different apps too, through which you can make labels and then get them printed and paste them on your boxes. So choose whatever you wish to but don’t forget to label your boxes.


So once everything is sorted out, packed and labelled; you are good to move in to a new place. Again if you have hired a moving company then this is going to be easy. However, if you need to unpack everything on your own and you just have some friends to help you move your boxes and furniture inside your new home, then you need to manage everything smartly. Here are some important things that you must consider, if you want to make your moving in peaceful and smart. These will help you move in and unpack smoothly.

  1. Assemble your Furniture

Your couch has made it in one piece to your new home, but your bed and tables need to be assembled. Many times, we can’t figure out how a thing must be put back together. Who gets time to see how the thing was put together while we were breaking it down? If you can’t find instructions online too then you can easily ask for a manual from the shop you bought the furniture piece from. Don’t try to assemble everything back in one day. Allow yourself to take some time. You are going to need the bed but the tables and other items can be done easily too.

  1. Clean

Before you assemble everything and start arranging your things in their places, dust everything. Make sure that every corner is clean and shining because once the items are in their places, it is going to get real hard for you to dust. Also dust your things before you place them around the house.

  1. Trash

There are a lot of things that you don’t really need, but you keep them along. This is the time to put them to trash and not to clutter your home. If you think that an item or two can be recycled and put to some great use then that is fine. However, don’t just stuff in unnecessary things in your home. Before you organize everything, make sure that you throw all the unneeded things in the trash can.

Well, THIS IS IT! These simple pro tips can actually make your moving experience better and stress free. Following this simple guide is going to make your packing and moving a little easier. If you think that you can’t manage it all on your own, you can easily hire a company to do the task for you! Happy moving to you!

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Moving? Keep Your Furniture Safe

One of the worst things about moving is the damage. There are few people who’ve had the experience of moving home who will not have experienced having something they loved damaged. That’s sad because it’s actually pretty easy to ensure that your possessions stay safe.


Today, I’m going to focus on how to keep your furniture safe because it’s often the most expensive stuff you own, and the most loved. Here are some tips to protect it when you next move:


Hire a Professional Removal Company


Hiring a professional removal company like bekins is your first step on the road to success. Reputable removal companies with lots of experience know all of the best tricks and techniques to keep furniture free from breaks and scratches, so they are well worth the money.


If you have any particularly delicate pieces of furniture, such as a cabinet with glass doors or a really old antique, let your removal company know in advance, so that they can prepare to move it safely.


Buy the Proper Packing Materials


Next, you will need to ensure that you buy the best materials for packing your furniture up. Here are some of the best options:


Moving Blankets. Moving blankets, like the ones sold by Mover Supplies, are great for keeping wooden and leather furniture, such as couches and sideboards safe because they are thick enough to withstand knocks, while also being soft enough to prevent scratches.


If you can’t afford moving blankets, then you could use any blankets you already have around the home. If you do this, you need to bear in mind that it’s highly likely the blankets themselves will get very dirty, and possibly even damaged, so don’t use your best set!


Bubble Wrap. Bubble wrap is another great packing material. Because it is filled with lots of air, it is perfect for forming a protective layer around fragile glass furniture, in particular. Its bubbles are also really good at protecting intricate figurines and carvings from having pieces knocked off them.


Shrink Wrap. Shrink wrap is good for wrapping around drawers and cupboards, which have moving parts that could fall out and get damaged.


Packing Tape. Packing tape is obviously essential for keeping everything in place, so it’s important that you buy a high-quality brand.


Clean It


Before you pack your furniture up, you should take the time to clean it because any debris that might be present on or inside the furniture could end up scratching it when it’s being moved around.


Take it Apart


If you have the kind of furniture that can be disassembled, doing just that is a great way to prevent damage, because it’s a lot easier, not to mention safer, to transport flat panels than it is big bulky furniture.


Clear Space


A lot of people actually damage their own furniture before it ever makes it into the moving van and they do this because they try to get it ready for moving in too small a space. So, make an effort to clean out an area of the home where you can disassemble and pack your furniture with plenty of space around you.


I hope your move goes off without a hitch!

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Children’s Crazy Carpet Circle Seats – Review

Thank you to Koeckritz for product sent for feature. Opinions and story is my own

Children's Crazy Carpet Circle Seats - Review

This has been such a hectic moving week. The movers came Wednesday for our items and they will be stored in a vault until our home build is complete late July. We are in a hotel until then near our new town. If you have recently moved you know about boxes, planning and the cleaning. We were renting where we lived so we really had to deep clean as we left. One of my last tasks was shampooing carpets. I did some shampoo where I could so that after the movers came I would just have the few spots under big furniture on the last day. That was a huge time saver.

We had a huge yard sale weeks ago and sold a lot of our older furniture including the dining table. Then I went to shampoo the carpets where our son has to sit and eat. That was pretty nerve wrecking. I am handing him cereal and soups over a nice clean carpet with stern instructions on being careful. Then my carpet circles arrived!

Koeckritz has brilliantly turned the soft cut pile – Polyester Filament Fiber into seats and in my case, floor savers! Initially I thought about my Mom’s classroom when I knew they were coming. But, when I was standing on clean carpets with lunch warming up and the doorbell rings to some boxes. The carpet circles I opened up turned on a light bulb, “Wait! Anthony, I have something to put under that chicken bowl!”

There is no way liquid would meet my fresh carpet even with a spill over this rug circle. These do make great sitting circles for classrooms, daycares and even churches, but are also great at home. As a 2nd grade teacher my Mom says, “these would be great to keep the kids more still… to give them special floor spots that are much more comfortable than the floor we use at reading and activity time”. As a Mom I thought, “how great for sleep overs when a movie is on. The kids can sit on these instead of the hard floor or can use them like placemats to save my carpets”.

No matter how you see a use for these they are built to last. They are made in the USA and the edges are sewn with fabric tape so they should not fray. There are a few sizes and colors to choose from and you can buy 1 or a set of 6 that saves you if you buy the bulk.

You can find the Children’s Crazy Carpet Circle Seats online. Want to save? You can use the code: blog17 to save 15% on your entire order (excluding clearance).

How would you use your carpet circles?

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How-to Get Everyone Involved During a Move

It has been a rough few weeks of packing and saying goodbye to friends. I have been posting about our move in topics here on the blog as we plan, pack and finally make the final transition. Let’s talk about cooperation.

Photo Source: Pixabay

Planning a move anytime soon?

Moving onward to greener pastures with the family is an exciting, new adventure for all. The thrill of a new place to call home, opportunities to make new friends, and so much more to do and see! It’s a big task to move a home especially when you have children of all ages romping and rolling.

There are concerns for:

  • Costs
  • Safety
  • Stress

Your spouse and children will feel these same concerns. But alas, the move can go without a hitch if everyone is onboard and willing to pitch in! This article will share how to get your family involved with helping during a move and a few ways to stay safe, lower the costs, and cut out the stress.

Cutting Down the Costs of a Move

The costs of a move aren’t as high as you may remember.

Packing materials (boxes, bubble wrap, tape) can be bought in bulk from moving companies, big box retailers, or home improvement stores. These materials are sturdy so there’s no need to double box which would add to costs.

The actual transit and logistics are inexpensive, too. Long distance interstate movers provide the necessary help, equipment, truck, and experience. These professionals come at competitive rates and save you a great deal of money when factoring their inclusion of insurance and ability to navigate the dangerous roadways.

Your family may help with the costs by helping reduce the amount needed to bring through a yard sale, running to drop off donations, or accepting unneeded items. The less you need to bring – the less you’ll spend on materials and labor.

Keeping Safe Before, During, and After the Move

The principles behind teaching your children to keep a clean space can be applied in the move.

This includes:

  • Showing them how to properly pack their items
  • Incentivizing their efforts in helping
  • Forming a routine so each day something is packed

The dangers of a move happen when large options are moved from the home to the rental truck. Items blocking the paths become hazards which could lead to unfortunate accidents. Children that are active in cleaning their mess will help reduce these dangers.

Encourage them to play elsewhere, away from the paths, and to help by keeping it clear if they want to stay around and gander at what’s going on.

Removing the Stress of Feeling “Uprooted”

Stress will get to you during a big move.

You and your spouse already have a million thoughts going through your heads. Now imagine what’s going through the minds of your children.

They’re excited but worried about whether they’ll fit into the new area. It’s a big leap for them.

There are ways to help reduce the stress of feeling “uprooted” with your children:

  • Let them vent their frustration and talk about their feelings
  • Show them around the community and talk about all the wonderful adventures to be had
  • Encourage them to get out and explore new areas (and have them tell you about them)
  • Add them to after school programs, sports, and other clubs (to their liking)

This is a family project – try to be involved in making each other’s lives as fun as possible. You’re in your new home! Your new community! This is an exciting adventure you all get to experience.

What have you done in the past that has helped with moving that got the family involved and kept it cost effective, safe, and stress free?



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Remove Grease from These Kitchen Spots with Palmolive Ultra Strength

Thank you Palmolive for partnering with me on this feature. Opinions are my own

Moving is tough enough. We have begun living out of boxes and I have to pack to live in an extended stay for 3-4 weeks until our new house build is complete. That also means I have to scrub this current house for the new family moving in. As I empty cupboards and closets I am finding spots I never thought to clean before and the grime has built and it is tough to clean. Other spaces I do clean often but it still builds so fast.

I have read hacks and made solutions to clean grime and grease from kitchen spaces. Now all I will need to do is add a few drops of the new Palmolive Ultra Strength Dish liquid into a sink of water and that grease comes off like a champ. Palmolive is such a great value as it is and so it is fantastic this new product is strong enough for tough cleaning. No more combining chemicals and finding an empty spray bottle to mix them in.

I am cleaning my cabinets with Palmolive Ultra Strength. With a house of boys and sticky fingers these cupboards hold onto so much grime. The color of them hides it so it is not always obvious to me that they need a wipe down. When I do remember to clean them I am amazed at what they are holding.

When is the last time you wiped down your refrigerator? I do mine about 3 times a year or more. It’s a breeze with Palmolive and water.

When you actually take all of the food out of the pantry you find marks and sauce stains. At least I found some. I dipped my sponge in my sin and wiped the shelves down in no time at all.

To finish off the kitchen wipe down I tackle the appliances inside and out like using the Palmolive Ultra Strength for the microwave and outer surfaces. I also wipe down the window sill and use a toothbrush to get into the tough spots in the tracks.

Palmolive Ultra Strength Dish liquid is tough on the grease yet gentle on the hands. This new formula has been upgraded with over 20% more active cleaning ingredients and is available in 5 sizes at many retailers across the nation. Happy cleaning!

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House Hunting in Comfort – featuring Liverpool Jeans

Liverpool Jeans teamed up with Parenting Healthy and is featured in this story of mine

House Hunting in Comfort - featuring Liverpool Jeans

We have begun the house hunting process and about 60 miles from our current home. As soon as the school season ends in June we will close on our new home to move into in a new Region my husband will take over for his company. This weekend we found our home and in tow was our 9 year old son.

Comfort is important all the way around. As we move, sit in the car, explore a new town I will also be focusing on our son. It is a bittersweet move for him. We will be closer to our family-his older brother, aunts uncles and his 3 cousins he adores. However, he has a great circle of friends here he will be leaving and he is sad about that. This is a big first step and we want him involved every step of the way so we involved him in the house hunt in comfort. It started with many hours on the couch surfing listings before deciding we want a new build.

House Hunting in Comfort

While I worry about my sons emotional comfort, I remain comfortable in the outfit I picked out to get me through my day. I wanted to be decent as we met our Realtor, toured some builders homes in construction that will be ready in time for us but I knew we would be in a car a lot and we wanted to wander around and eat in our new town we will soon call home. So, I am wearing my Liverpool Jeans attire. Why? Because comfort is important as I said earlier… all levels of comfort.

home buying

Moving costs can add up and when you are raising boys with one in College not many funds are left for me to lavish. I want designer, but won’t allow my boys to go without so I can afford it. I want to look like a woman, not a ‘Mom of Boys’ all of the time. Liverpool Jeans is the quality and designer look I want and every pair of their jeans runs under $100.

son selfie

Not having to worry about your physical comfort while needing a certain look allows me more time to focus on Anthony. We took this selfie above from the front doors of his new school he will attend. We proceeded to check out the most important feature of his new school-the playground! Despite me being dressed for Realtors and house hunting I had a blast shooting some hops with him in his new school yard.

Liverpool behind

We found the house we liked and because many families also toured the same day we got territorial and immediately drew up an offer. Within hours we got the call that is is ours. My son, trying to listen to the phone call asks if we got that house? I turned to him in the car and gave him a thumbs up. Then I saw the best reaction I could see from him-he gave a fist pump and a “YES!”. It was important to include him in this day and in the end we are all happy with the house choice so off we went to celebrate with pizza and arcade games for dinner-he with a house with a park across the street and me in my Liverpool Jeans that went on a tremendous journey with us today.

What I am Wearing

Charlie Wide Cuff Capris

Denim Jacket Black Rinse