‘Densifying’ a Book Box With Fragile Items – Move Expert Series

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This post is part of our “How do I pack a ____” series – a set of posts written for our helpers by move expert Kevin Kato, focused on furthering their packing skills. As a customer, you’ll probably benefit by knowing how our helpers do things and pick up some money saving secrets on how to pack yourself.

Picture This…

This month we touch on the book box. The heavy, dense, bottom-load book box. The last place we want to put anything breakable or even crackable.

And we are going to take that book box and pack a few breakable, crackable items in it. Continue reading


A Tasty Gift for Your New Neighbors (Plus a FREE Printable!)


Being the new kid in town can be hard, and we’ve all been there before. You don’t know a soul, don’t know if people are friendly, and heck you probably don’t even know where the nearest grocery store can be found. Yep, being new can sometimes suck.

We think you should make the whole “new kid” thing suck a little less for the new neighbor in your neck of the woods. Sure, you already know how to be a good neighbor because you read this etiquette post. But we think you guys are total overachievers, and you’re willing to go above and beyond to welcome your new neighbors to their ‘hood.

So why not welcome the new kids to the block with this easy, inexpensive, edible, won’t-take-you-more-than-5-minutes gift?!

Intrigued? Well we didn’t even tell you the best part…we did most of the heavy lifting for you! Yep, we already whipped up an adorable little tag that will go with that homemade gift of yours.


All you have to do is download the print right here, and then cut it out and attach to your gift with some ribbon or cute washi tape!Welcome-To-Neighborhood-Gift-Tag

As for the gift…well if you’ve got baking skills now is the time to show them off! Whip up your famous chocolate chip cookies, or show off your bountiful vegetable garden with a homemade zucchini bread. We don’t care what you make, and your neighbors probably won’t either. They’ll just be so touched that their friendly neighbor took some time to make them feel special.

Now if you have our baking skills (read: none at all) then a store-bought muffin, bread, or bundt cake is a-okay in our book. Heck, they don’t even need to know it’s from the local grocer.


So what do you say? Let’s all band together to make being the new kid in town a tad less sucky. Now go ahead and preheat that oven…it’s time to get baking!



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According to us (very official), we are pret-ty sure society as a whole has this LOVE/HATE relationship with Pinterest going on. We LOVE Pinterest and all of the eye candy, inspiration, and flawless beauty it oozes. If we’re putting it all out there, we’ll just say it- Pinterest is what dreams are made of and the magical place in the twenty first century where fairytales are born. Continue reading


How to Be a Good Host to Overnight Guests


Guest Room Makeover

When you’re a kid, sleepovers are a big deal. It’s the ultimate fun night with friends, and I’m sure we’ve all had many sleepover parties filled with food, fort building, and movie marathons.  Ahhh the good ol’ days…

As an adult, sleepovers are a lot less common. Unless, you consider your relatives staying over the holidays as a nice week-long sleepover. Yeah…we didn’t think so. But we think “grown-up sleepovers” are a definite “do”, because why should the sleepover fun stop just because we’re adults?! Hosting overnight guests shouldn’t be a bore, and most importantly it shouldn’t be tons of work to get ready for your guests. If you prepare now, you’ll be ready when your Aunt pops into town for a surprise visit. So here’s how to be a good host to overnight guests to make your family and friends feel welcome in your home.

The Basics

It’s more than just providing a comfortable bed, if you really want to make your guests feel at ease, then you should stock up on these basic supplies…

  • Clean Towels: Leave a couple on the bed so they don’t need to ask for a clean one.
  • Extra pillows and blankets: Don’t force your guests to tip-toe around at night if they get chilly…have some all ready for them in your guest room.
  • Bedside Table with Lamp: This allows your guests to do some late night or early morning reading without bothering you.
  • Alarm Clock: Some people may use their cell phone as an alarm, but there’s just something about a good ol’ fashioned alarm clock that adds to the charm of a guest room.jutejarIMG_10571

Next Level Hosting

You’ve got the basics down, but now you really want to wow your guests.

  • Accessible Outlet: There’s nothing worse than staying overnight somewhere only to find that you have absolutely no spot to charge your phone. I’ve definitely moved furniture, unplugged cords, and crawled under beds to try to find an empty outlet. Have an empty one easily accessible for your guests.
  • Water: Extra water bottles or even a carafe of water with glasses is a nice touch.
  • Tissues: Keep them on a bedside table, or tucked inside the top drawer.
  • Luggage rack/Extra Hangers/Coat Hooks: No one enjoys living out of a suitcase. Give your guests the option to unpack and keep their clothing wrinkle-free. If you’re tight on space, over the door hooks work well and will keep bags, wet towels, and clothes off the floor.Nightstand-Styling

Practically a Hotel

Wow, maybe you should just go ahead and open a Bed & Breakfast! You’re definitely the “Hostess with the Mostess”.

  • Extra phone charger: Anticipate your guest’s needs and have a spare one all ready to go.
  • Eye mask and ear plugs: Your guests may never leave…
  • Reading material: A stack of your favorite novels, old magazines, a book about your city…all great options to beat boredom during their stay.
  • Pen and paper: So they can leave you a note if you’re out and about.
  • Mirror: Don’t force your visitors to cram into the bathroom to get ready. If you have the space, a mirror will be a great option for them to beautify during their stay.
  • Extra everything: Next time you’re at a hotel, grab those mini bottles of shampoo, soap, and conditioner. It’s great to have little toiletries on hand, so your guests truly have everything they need.

There you have it, a big list of supplies you can have on hand to make your guests feel like your place is their “Home Away from Home.”

What do you do to prepare for overnight guests? Are we missing anything on our list?



10 Tips for Crosstown Moves


Crosstown moves seem like they should be the easiest kind of moving adventure. There’s no need to get used to a brand new city, you don’t have to drive a truck hundreds of miles, and heck you can always run over to your old place if you forget something.

But like any move, crosstown moves are not easy at all. In fact, they’re often some of the toughest moves simply because people do not plan ahead. Many people figure they can cram their move into a Saturday afternoon and be done in time for dinner. Hate to break it to ya, but that’s typically not the case.

So we’re here to help. We want to give you some tips so you can survive and thrive during your crosstown move. No matter your reason for packing everything up and regrouping in a new part of town, we want to offer up a few words of advice for our fellow movers. Continue reading