The average moving day usually passes without
incident or injury, but moving can be more physically challenging than most
people realize. Protecting yourself and everyone involved with your move should
be a top priority on moving day, especially if you have opted for a
do-it-yourself move. On moving day, protecting yourself and your loved ones is
even more important than protecting your belongings. Find out how to eliminate
safety concerns with these top suggestions.
- Dress appropriately on moving day.
Extra thought should go into your shoe selection for the day. Select fully
closed shoes that are comfortable but will also offer protection, flexibility,
and traction. While you also want your clothing to be comfortable and flexible,
avoid wearing clothes that are too baggy as they can easily get caught on
things. Wearing high-quality work gloves will give you a better grip on items
and protect your hands throughout the day.
- Sturdy boxes are a must. Weak or
overused packing boxes can break down when being carried, leading to an injury
to the foot or toe. Before packing your boxes, double tape the bottom with
strong packing tape to minimize breakage risk.
- Don’t overpack your boxes with
heavy items. As a general rule, smaller boxes should be used for heavier items
such as books. Larger boxes should be used for bulkier items, not necessarily
heavier items. Each box should not be packed to exceed over 50 lbs.
- Prevent injury by using proper
lifting techniques. When lifting a box or other heavy item off the ground,
squat down, bending at the knees, never at the waist. Slowly lift by
straightening your hips and knees, not your back. Carry heavy items close to
your body while keeping good posture. Avoid lifting heavy objects above
shoulder level unless you absolutely must.
- Hand trucks or dollies are a safer
way to move boxes or heavier items. When loading a stack of boxes onto a dolly
for safety, be sure you have straight, balanced, fully aligned stacks that
won’t topple over once you start rolling. Place heavier boxes at the bottom of
each stack for stability. Also, make sure the top box is not blocking your view
and that it is at least partially resting against the bars so that it won’t
- Eliminate tripping hazards by
keeping all hallways and pathways clear on moving day. The outside path leading
to the storage container should be kept clear of debris, mud, water, snow, and
- If your moving day involves
children, pets, or anyone with special needs, arrange for help to keep everyone
safe. Ask a trusted neighbor, grandparent, or loved one to care for them on
moving day or at least part of the day. Moving a day with a baby can be
especially challenging. If baby proofing can’t be done right away, create a
smaller space in your new home that is safe for the baby until you can get it
If you have a move coming up this spring, give
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you achieve a smooth and stress-free move. We look forward to hearing from you!
While this may be a seemingly odd topic to discuss, it really is an important task to consider for an upcoming move. Depending on if you make reservations or make weekly trips to a large food membership club, you have an investment of food items residing in your kitchen. In a similar fashion to packing up your clothes or household items, you need to determine what to keep, what to donate, what to toss and how to transport it to your new home. Here are 6 tips on preparing and transporting food for a move.
- Sizing up
the new digs: How does your new
kitchen size up to your old one? If you are moving from a one-bedroom apartment
to a 5-bedroom house, chances are your kitchen will be larger and include more
pantry space. If the situation is the reverse, you can pretty much bank on a
smaller kitchen. Knowing how much space (fridge/freezer and pantry) you will
have dedicated for food will help determine how much to keep, donate and/or
- Clean out
the fridge/freezer: Prior to the
move, start decluttering your refrigerator and freezer. Toss out spoiled and
expired items. Consider eating up as much of the food as you can in the days
before the move to eliminate items being moved. The distance to your new home
will determine what you should do with the remaining food. If you are on the
road for days, you may want to donate or toss. If your move is less, grab a
dependable cooler and ice your items down. If you are moving your fridge, it
will need to be unplugged for at least 24 hours to ensure it is properly thawed
prior to a move.
purge: Decluttering is the key task
with a pantry purge. As with the fridge/freezer purge, toss out spoiled and
expired items. If space is an issue with transporting, donate dry and boxed
perishable items to a shelter or soup kitchen. For items traveling with you,
prevent spills by sealing boxes and lids with tape. You can also transfer items
into airtight containers for extra safety measures.
glass: Consider donating, tossing out
or transferring food contained in glass bottles or jars. If these heavy items
were to fall and break, the mess won’t be pretty and could potentially ruin any
dry and boxed items. If you must take these items, place at the bottom of
moving boxes or coolers and surround with bubble wrap or softer items to
cushion the glass.
lightly: Food items can become heavy
quickly, especially with any glass bottles or jars on board. Store heavy items
in smaller boxes and be sure and tape up boxes securely so items won’t fall
arrival: Unpack any items in
ice-filled coolers immediately on arrival to avoid spoiling. Unpack dry and
boxed perishable items when convenient. Create a shopping list to replace the
items you had to donate, toss or eat to keep from spoiling.
Arrive at your new destination with your food items intact with these preparation and transportation tips. And remember, if you need to store some non-perishable items that aren’t making the move with you, consider a climate-controlled facility with Zippy Shell!
According to Webmd.com, houseplants act as natural filters to catch allergens and other airborne particles. In layman’s terms, rooms with houseplants have less dust and mold than rooms without. Other benefits of houseplants, besides aesthetic appeal, include first aid, relaxation, air purification and more! So, whether or not you have a green thumb, you have a reason to make a trip to your local nursery! But now that you have a move scheduled, there are steps to take to ensure your houseplants arrive at the new destination safely. Here are nine tips to help you before, during and after a move.
into plastic holders: Transfer plants
from decorative pots into plastic holders to avoid breaking. Wrap breakable
decorative pots in paper, bubble wrap or linens and pack tightly away for the
plants: Inspect and treat any plants
with pests. You don’t want to transfer them to your next destination.
- Prune away: Keep your plants healthy and looking better by
trimming back any dead or protruding limbs.
- Large plants: The safest way to move with large plants is to use
packing paper or sheets to gently cover them. This will help protect leaves,
limbs and branches from bending or breaking during the move. If moving during
chilly temperatures, this will also help protect the plant from the cold.
- Pack in
boxes: To help avoid plants from
falling over, place them snugly in appropriately sized boxes. Place newspaper
or bubble wrap around the base of the plant so it won’t shift during the move.
travel: If traveling more than a few
days for your move, avoid putting plants in the trunk of your vehicle. Keep
them near a window if possible so the plants have sunlight and fresh air to
keep them healthy.
- Unpack first: Unpack your plants first when you arrive to your new
destination. Remember plants are living things so they need to breathe and
adjust to the new environment.
- Remove from
box: If a large plant is stored in a box,
cut the bottom of the box and carefully lift the box over the top so it will
slide with the grain of the leaves and branches to avoid breakage.
period: Once you have moved in and
established a location for your plant, water it on a regular basis and give it
time to adjust to its new environment. It should recover and acclimate to its
new surroundings in a few days and continue to thrive.
Continue enjoying the many benefits of your houseplants by reducing the risk of damage during a move with these nine tips. And remember, if you need to store some items that aren’t making the move with you, consider a climate-controlled facility with Zippy Shell! We can also help you make a local or long-distance move possible! Whatever you needs, Zippy Shell makes moving and storage simple.
Whether you choose to have our moving professionals pack up your belongings, or you choose to pack them into the shell yourself, it is important to know the best way to do it.
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