A Trash Bag Is by Far the Most Useful Movehack Item. Here’s Why

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When you’re in the midst of a move, you may find yourself running to the store every other day to pick up supplies. It may seem like you can never have enough boxes, tape and packing paper, but there is another item you should add to your essentials list… trash bags!

This versatile item can be used in so many ways to help you move. Let’s review all of these trash bag hacks.

They’re Essential for Hanging Clothes

Instead of purchasing wardrobe boxes for your move, we suggest keeping your clothes on their hangers and protecting them with trash bags. All you have to do is take a stack of clothes off the rack and bring a trash bag from the bottom of the clothing up towards the hanger. Then, use the drawstring on your trash bag and tie it tight around the hanger. This will ensure that the bag doesn’t come off during transport. It’s the perfect garment bag hack! Bonus…buy those scented trash bags so your clothes smell fresh when you get to your new home!

Make a Simple Donation Section

Trash bags make it super easy to corral and easily identify all of the items you’re planning to donate. This is especially helpful when it comes time to clean out that stuffed wardrobe of yours! We suggest that you keep a trash bag in your closet in the months leading up to your move.  As you try on items that you no longer love, toss them into the this conveniently located trash bag. Little by little, the bags in your closets will start to fill up with donation items, and you won’t have to spend an entire weekend purging out your closets! Trust us, you won’t want to move any other way.

Trust us, you won’t want to move any other way.

Transport Your Plants Without the Mess

Plants are a tricky one to move because no one wants dirt all over their vehicle – so grab that handy dandy trash bag of yours and place the bottom of the plant inside. This ensures that the dirt doesn’t get all over and you can easily move your greenery to your new space. If you can though, keep the top of your plant out so it still gets lots of fresh air!

Wrap Unusual Objects Easily

When packing, you’re bound to run into items that will make you scratch your head and say, “How the heck do I pack that up?!” (Lamp shades are one of them.) How can you make sure your shade doesn’t get dirty and gross on its ride to your new pad? Well, use a trash bag to cover those unusual objects and keep them safe!

If It’s Anything Other Than Sunny, You’ll Need a Ton of Them

If you’re worried about special items getting wet during your move, we suggest using a trash bag inside your cardboard box. Simply put your precious items in a trash bag (books, papers, throw pillows, etc) and then put that bag inside the box! That way it’s got double protection from the elements.

And You Can Throw Your Away Trash (Duh!)

Okay, of course, you’ll need trash bags for trash. And you’ll probably have a lot more than usual when you’re packing up your home to move. Stock up on a lot of garbage bags and you’ll be set for this, and everything else on this list for the duration of your move.

It’s official: you need to head to your nearest Costco before your move and find the largest roll of trash bags you can find. Trust us!

How to (Properly) Wrap Cords For Your Customers When Packing

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Tips on packing electronics and other electrical household items are easy to come by. What’s not as common is how to safely deal with their electrical cords or whether they are fixed, detachable or retractable. Do we tie them up? Tape ’em down? Wrap them around what they’re attached to?

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Atlas Flexes Their Service

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[Synopsis: Atlas promises quicker, easier moves with Atlas Flex®. But how does it actually work?]

Those who do not adapt shall perish, says conventional wisdom, and Atlas Van Lines appears to be heeding the call.

Recently Atlas introduced a program called Altas Flex®, an apparent hybrid of a typical full-service move and a zippy-quick mini-move for those who don’t need and can’t wait for a tractor trailer. According to their media announcement:

“While people are moving more often, they are also moving small loads. To accommodate these consumers, the company has launched Atlas Flex®, a new program offering consumers with smaller shipments (5,000 pounds or less) the same high-quality service Atlas Van Lines is known for with much faster transportation. Atlas Flex provides much more specific transit windows and can move someone in cross country in 12 business days or less during peak moving season.”

Great. How does it work?

“First, household goods are packed at the customer’s residence by an Atlas Agent crew and taken to the agent’s warehouse. Next, a carrier arrives and transports the containerized shipment to the destination Atlas Agency warehouse. Upon arrival at the destination warehouse, delivery is scheduled to residence.”

To us it sounded like a small full-service move with an ABF truck thrown in. But instead of rely on our own potentially inaccurate assessments we contacted Atlas for more specifics.

Finally, this is what they said,

“Your household goods (HHG) would be loaded loose into an Atlas truck at origin residence. From there it would be taken to the Atlas agent’s warehouse and loaded into wooden containers, referred to as lift vans. Once crated, a third-party transportation company would haul your HHG to an Atlas delivery agent. Once a delivery date is confirmed, an Atlas crew will deliver your items to the destination residence.”

Yup. Pretty much what we figured.

They also articulate that Flex is only available in a limited amount of markets and through participating agents. We might read this to mean test markets and trials through a few selected agencies, but the bottom line seems to be this: Atlas recognizes the need to adapt to a customer base that is becoming increasingly mobile, demanding and resourceful.

Of course, we saw that years ago.

UPDATE: After completing our look into Atlas’s new service we found out that Two Men & A Truck are initiating a similar service, involving a 3rd-party transportation provider. That press release can be found here.

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