5 of our Favorite DIY Back to School Tips

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I can’t even believe that I’m typing this right now, but it’s true…the time has come to head back to school. As a high school teacher, I know all too well how this time of year tends to creep up on all of us and leave us feeling overwhelmed.

Yeah, kissing your carefree summer goodbye isn’t always fun. But these five organizing ideas will hopefully lessen the stress of heading back to school and set a precedent that this school year will be the best (and most organized) one yet! Trust us on this one.

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FREE Moving Boxes?! Yes please!

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Last year we compared prices of moving boxes from a variety of large retailers (like Home Depot, Lowe’s, Menards, Amazon, etc.) in order to highlight where you can get the most BANG for your buck when purchasing boxes for your next move. We still love that post, but this time, we did one better.

Instead of trying to find the best deal on moving boxes, we did a little more digging to find where you can get FREE moving boxes. Yes, as in getting all of your boxes without even having to open your wallet.

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The (Un-Criminal) World of Hostage-Taking Movers

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[Synopsis: Fraud and deception runs rampant in our industry. Why isn’t more being done?]

We bust our butts to do our jobs well, to treat our customers right and give our industry a good name. But we still hear about swindles, scams and those customers standing out in their own driveway facing a hostage situation. To those lucky enough to not know what I mean…

Hostage situation:  A mover has your stuff and won’t give it back but under certain conditions.

How do these guys get away with it? They’re relentless. (And almost as successful as the fraudsters running that Nigerian Prince e-mail scheme.)

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5 Ways to Turn Your Wifi Password into Art

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We both love to entertain, and that means we’re constantly having guests in and out of our homes. We have a list of things we like to do to make people feel welcome in our homes – fresh flowers, water in the guest room, clean towels, etc. – but there’s one thing we’ve done that really takes our “guest services” to the next level.

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The Ultimate Guide to Background Checks

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[Synopsis: Performing background checks can be tricky. Here are the basics to help get us through.]

For their move from New Brunswick to Newfoundland, one major concern for Lydia Lewycky and Tom Horrocks was that their movers be thoroughly vetted. This was a big reason they hired Premiere Van Lines, whose “No Stranger in Your Home” policy states that that all moving consultants, professional van operators, packers/unpackers and loading/unloading crew members are background-checked before they are hired.

Unfortunately for Lydia and Tom, one of their movers was not checked for any criminal history. A week after their move, they discovered that $17,000 worth of jewelry was missing from a box they transported to their new home – after having left it unattended for several hours in a bedroom while the movers were working.

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