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Technology to Simplify Moving – 3 Apps to Use During Your Next Move

2015 August 26
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
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If you’re neck deep in your move, rely on technology to simplify your workload. Moving requires strength and stamina, but thanks to apps, you can take advantage of helpful features like moving checklists, packing planners, and even a level for hanging pictures and other wall art.

Whether you need an app to keep you organized or an app to help you plan, browse through the apps below to find the perfect one for your move.

1. Home Move Pro

Moving can quickly turn into a stressful situation. Use this app to plan ahead and stay organized during your move with the following features:

  • Complete Planner and Organizer
  • Template Checklists
  • Notes (including audio and geo-location notes)

This app will help you plan and organize your home moving, save photos, maintain your moving checklist, and help make your move worry free.

Cost: Free

2. Bubble LevelApps For Moving

If you’ve already moved and you can’t wait to unpack, download the Bubble Level app to help you feel right at home in your new house. Bubble Level acts as a leveler that will help you hang pictures. Here’s how it works:

  • Hold your phone against an object you want to hang
  • Make note of the measurements/angles
  • Secure the object on a flat wall or surface

Now you never need to worry about hanging crooked pictures. This app shows exact angles so you can rest assured the frame or object looks straight and neat on your wall.

Cost: Free

3. Home Moving Packing Planner

If you are preparing to move to a new home, this app will help you plan a moving packing list. Check off items as you pack them, sync lists across multiple devices, and share your list with a friend or a family member who may be helping with your move and even print copies of the list. The apps gives you the following options and more:

  • Create custom lists with reminders
  • Start with a template list and choose from a master catalogue of hundreds of items
  • Edit quantity of items

Cost: $0.99

Whether you’ve moved one time or one hundred times, moving requires a lot of preparation. Log into your smartphone app store and browse through the moving apps. Download any app you feel might make your move easier. Don’t worry about these apps taking up too much space on your device. You can always delete the app once you’ve settled into your new home.

You live in the Information Age-take advantage of all the helpful information and reminders available at your fingertips. Once you master the art of app downloading, your move should go off without a hitch.

Understanding Valuation and Protecting Your Belongings

2015 August 20
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
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It’s a subject no one really wants to think about: what to do if your belongings are damaged during the relocation process? Although rare, accidents can happen even to the most careful of people or moving companies. Lucky for you, Wheaton World Wide Moving has you covered. Wheaton offers two different valuation options for you to choose from: Limited Liability and Full Value Replacement Protection (RVP).

The infographic below illustrates the two options to help make a decision that best suits you and your family:

 

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How to Make Your Move More Sustainable

2015 August 12
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
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When you move to a new home, you try to pack and travel efficiently. But even smart moving practices can have a negative environmental impact. From non-degradable packing materials to toxic gases emitted during transit, a move has potential for a large carbon footprint.

Use the following steps during each stage of your move to make the process more sustainable.

During Preparation

Adopt these sustainable practices as you prepare for the big day.

Natural cleaners. Vinegar, baking soda, salt and lemon.1. Clean with Natural Solvents

When you move, you have to leave your old home clean for your landlord or the next owners. Cleaning products emit toxic chemicals, including phosphorous, nitrogen, and ammonia. Green cleaning solvents reduce the pollution your move-out cleaning causes.

2. Pack with Sustainable Containers

Use sustainable containers as you pack to reduce the waste of your trip. Either use recyclable cardboard boxes or reusable plastic crates.

3. Reduce Your Load

As you organize your belongings, separate items you can sell or donate. The heavier you have to pack your moving truck, the more effort and fuel the truck must use.

En Route

The way you move holds as much importance as how you pack and settle into your new home. Use these strategies to keep your move green.

1. Choose a Direct Route

Plan your driving route and follow your plan. Drivers who follow a set route save money on gas and rental truck time. Additionally, these movers produce less carbon monoxide while on their drives.

2. Consider Trcar-dolly-rentalansporting Your Car

If you plan to drive a moving truck or van, transport your everyday car via rail. On average, a train is four times more efficient than a truck. Combine a planned route and a railway car shipment to produce as few greenhouse gases as possible.

3. Partner with an Eco-conscious Mover

To ensure you take as many green steps as possible, work with an eco-conscious mover. Look for a mover who uses sustainable business practices in addition to offering green moving options. These companies are more likely to practice safe transportation, disposal, and production. Contact a local Wheaton agent for more information about planning an eco-friendly move.

After Arrival

Once you reach your new home, immediately implement eco-conscious practices like setting your thermostat and using natural light. While you unpack, use these steps as well.

1. Choose Green Furnishings and Paint

As you move in, maintain a green presence. If you need to repaint before decorating, choose eco-friendly paint. Once you finish, return the cans to your home renovation store. The store will use any leftover paint and recycle the empty cans.

If you need to add any furnishings to your belongings, look for secondhand pieces. Secondhand shops reduce the waste in local land fills.

2. Recycle Your Recycly BoxesPacking Materials

Whether you use crumpled newspaper or biodegradable packing peanuts, recycle your packing materials. If you purchased foam, bubble wrap, or cardboard boxes, list them online for other moving families to use.

3. Unpack Smart

As you bring in your belongings, close the door between each person. If the weather allows, avoid turning on the heater or air conditioner until after you bring inside everything. This reduces the amount of energy you use on your first day in your new home.

During the moving process, consult with your transport company. The staff members can identify other ways to reduce your move’s environmental impact. Address your concerns about sustainability with the crew who helps you. When the movers know your priorities, they can better perform their job.

As you complete each stage of your move, look for areas where you can reduce material and energy use, use sustainable alternative options, and make responsible disposal easier. Use the 9 tips in this blog to start.

How to Prepare Your Paintings for a Move

2015 August 4
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
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As an aspiring artist or a long-time professional painter, you take great care to ensure each piece looks its best. You deliberate over tempera or oil paints. You thoughtfully choose between fan, angle, or rigger brushes. And you painstakingly select your references so each pose, angle, and shadow comes out the way you envisioned.

When you finally finish the last brush stroke, you can’t help but feel a sense of pride and accomplishment over a job well done. Even if you sell most of your pieces, you likely hang on to a few of your favorites for your personal collection. Your most recent work, for example, might hang in your living room for all your guests to see. Or maybe your first portrait still sits in the corner of your bedroom.

Naturally, you want to preserve your paintings so they last for generations. So what can you do to ensure your gallery survives your next move?

Couple hanging a picture in new apartment

Consider Your Art’s Value

Your art likely carries a great deal of personal value, but how much is it worth from an economic standpoint? If your paintings represent a large portion of your income, you may wish to have an appraiser estimate their value.

Some of the most reliable appraisal organizations include:

On a budget? You can also choose online appraisals such as Mutual Art and Value My Stuff.

Once you know your painting’s value, you can determine whether a specific piece (or pieces) require additional insurance to cover them during transit. For highly priced items, you may wish to ship your art separately from the rest of your household goods through a specialized service. You can also talk to your moving company about their packing policies for fine art. Local Wheaton agents offer a variety of materials for purchase should you choose to pack yourself.

Tips to Pack Unframed Paintings

Unframed paintings require a delicate touch. The oils in your hands could easily attract dirt and smudge your artwork. To protect your painting while your prepare it, wear white cotton photography gloves, and then follow these steps.

  1. Wrap the painting in acid-free tissue paper. Do not use newspaper, as the inks can rub off onto your art. Parchment paper also has rough etches which can pit, scratch, and etch delicate pieces, so avoid it whenever possible.
  2. To secure the tissue paper, place acid-free photo and document tape on the corners. Only tape the tissue paper, not the painting itself.
  3. Mount your wrapped painting to a piece of sturdy cardboard with tape, and cover the other side with cardboard. You may use multiple layers on both sides for extra protection and use tape to keep everything together.
  4. Place the painting in a mirror box.LRjimFrame

Once you finish, mark the box as fragile and inform your movers about the art to ensure they store it appropriately.

Tips to Pack Framed Paintings

Although framed paintings have a little more protection than unframed paintings, they can still suffer damage. If not packaged correctly, the canvas can stretch and shift in its frame, or the glass may shatter and tear the art underneath. Use these tips for framed artwork.

  1. As with unframed paintings, wrap the frame in acid-free tissue paper.
  2. Cover the art in bubble wrap. Make sure the corners have adequate coverage; they tend to absorb the most bumps during a move.
  3. Place a layer of cardboard on both sides of the bubble wrap, and secure them with tape.
  4. Insert the artwork into a mirror box or crate that fits the piece. Fill in any gaps with tissue paper to prevent shifting.
  5. Mark the box fragile.

And don’t forget to let your movers know that your pieces require careful handling. With these techniques, your art should arrive in pristine, exhibition-worthy condition.

Moving and Planning – 5 Tips for Making the Outside of Your New Home Look as Good as the Inside

2015 July 29
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
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When it comes to moving, many people think about removing bubble wrap, cleaning carpets, and giving the interior a fresh coat of paint. However, many people overlook the outside of their new home.

You want the exterior of your property to look as good as the inside. After all, this house is yours, so why not make the landscaping yours as well? Make your new landscape fit your style and personality with these five tips.

1. Talk with the Previous Owners

If you buy a previously owned home, the former homeowners represent a great resource for learning about the landscape. Ask them about the kinds of plants or flowers that they’ve planted and had success with. If you inherit some of their trees, bushes, or other plants and you want to keep them, ask the owners how to care for the foliage.

2. Decide What to Keep from Your Own Garden

You might have to say goodbye to that oak tree in your old backyard, but relocating smaller plants doesn’t usually present much of a problem. However, make sure you can legally move your plants to a new location-especially if you move to another state. For example, some states might prohibit transplanting out-of-state plants to control disease, insects, and other plant-related issues.

Once you’ve determined that you can move your plants, give them a good drink of water so the roots don’t dry out. Then remove some of the leaves and stems to make for easy transportation as well as reduce the shock of moving. Dig a circle at an angle around your plant, cleanly cutting off the roots. Then take the plant out of the ground and wrap it in burlap or put it inPerennial a pot.

Relocating your plants is always a risk because your plants might die of shock when you transplant them. To avoid this problem, try to move your plants in the winter when they are dormant.

3. Survey the Landscape for Problem Areas

Before you start doing anything to your yard, check it for potential problems. If you have pets or children, you need to make sure there are no holes in fences, loose boards, or any other dangers.

If the previous owners did some landscaping, make sure the trees and other plants are in good condition. Any rotted, infested, or otherwise damaged trees might pose a problem later on. You might also want to have the soil tested to see what kind of nutrients it contains. The test will help you determine what you can plant there and whether your soil needs any help before you start planting.

4. Map out Your Landscape

Once your yard lacks obvious problems, you can start planning what kind of a landscape you’d like to create.

Make sure that there aren’t any restrictions you need to follow. Some neighborhoods or states might prohibit certain fences, trees, or yard decorations. Also, find where the sewer or water lines lie so you don’t risk cracking them. You don’t want to plant anything where water can’t reach or put a picnic table right by a sLandscape 2prinkler either.

Draw a diagram that shows where the water sources are. Add other features to your diagram, including where the sun and shade will be. Additionally, do you want a cobblestone path, a fishpond, or a garden? By mapping out what you want and where it will go, you can have a realistic idea of what you can do to your landscape.

5. Pace Yourself

You don’t need to create your new landscape overnight. Just as it takes time to unpack and set up your new home, it takes time to get your yard the way that you want it. Pace yourself – you’ve moved to a new area, so you don’t know what the seasons are like.

It doesn’t matter if the landscaping process takes two months or a year. Once you have a plan, you can start gathering materials and tools and then get to work personalizing your new yard. Our moving and planning guides can help you prepare your plan and make your relocation process go smoothly.

Planning an International Move? The 5 Best European Cities to Live In.

2015 July 27
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
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Imagine if you lived in the same house, the same neighborhood, and the same city for your entire life. How much culture would you have exposure to? Sure, you might learn new things about people all over the world thanks to your television set, but you’ll never get to taste those foods, walk up those staircases, and see that art in person.

Luckily, you have no intention of living in the same house or even the same city. You have wanderlust, and you’d like a change of scenery. So you’ve decided to move to Europe – you just don’t know where yet.

Let us help you out. We’ve compiled some European cities that have routinely ranked high on Mercer Consulting’s Worldwide Quality of Living Survey, which they publish every year. Have a look at these cities as you decide where to live and when you are ready to move, let us help you with our international moving services.

Vienna1. Vienna, Austria

If you want to inundate yourself with so much artistic, musical, historical, and culinary culture that you can’t stand it, move to Vienna. The United Nations has designated this city’s center as an educational, scientific, and cultural World Heritage Site. No matter what your passion is, you can find more than enough to satisfy it in this city.

Additionally, Vienna boasts one of the world’s top education systems, and you’ll have a hard time finding anything but top-notch housing. Keep in mind, however, that you will have to learn German if you don’t know it already.

2. Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich may have a smaller population than other cities on its list, but despite its small size, it has more than enough adventure to fill a lifetime. It boasts thousands of restaurants, including one with original paintings by Cezanne and Picasso. It also gives residents a gorgeous view of the Swiss Alps and Lake Zurich.

Beyond that, Zurich also boasts low taxes – the lowest in Switzerland – not to mention a nonexistent inheritance tax. It also has top scores for medical care and banking services. Just remember that you will have to learn German, French, or Italian to get by in this country – you’ll do best with German or French.

3. DusseldorfDusseldorf, Germany

When you move to Dusseldorf, you move to the fashion and shopping capital of Germany. You’ll have so much to see and do. Plus, you’ll live in a beautiful area on the banks of the Rhine River. You won’t have any trouble getting a job here because it features advanced infrastructure and international transport connections, not to mention some of Germany’s largest corporations.

Again, before you decide to move to Dusseldorf, you will have to learn German. Many people do speak English, but you show your respect for residents and their culture when you learn German.

4. Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen has a high cost of living, but that doesn’t mean you would hate your life if you lived there. It boasts over 11 Michelin – starred restaurants, not to mention hundreds of art galleries and museums. You’ll also stay healthier if you live here. The city features a popular bike culture, as well as a relatively clean environment compared to most big cities.

Additionally, Copenhagen has plenty of international schools and fantastic medical facilities. Just make sure you know Danish before you go there.

5. Amsterdam, the NetherlandsAmsterdam

When you’ve seen Amsterdam in movies, you probably admired the miles of canals and green areas. Amsterdam also houses a number of art museums and other cultural attractions that will keep you entertained for years. And like Copenhagen, this city has many international schools so your children won’t face a disadvantage if they move here.

However, Amsterdam has higher pollution and limited housing, so take that into account before moving to this country. And don’t forget to learn Dutch!

If you move to a new country, all sorts of exciting opportunities will open up for you. Consider all the cities above as you plan your next international move.

Infographic: Save Money on Your Move

2015 July 21
by Wheaton World Wide Moving

Moving is expensive, especially when you are moving across the country. The bottom line is simple: the more stuff you move, the more it’ll cost you. There are plenty of ways to cut the weight of your shipment, which will in turn save money when you move. Check out the infographic below for easy and creative approaches to save money on your upcoming move.

How to make your move profitable

 

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Organizing Your Media Collection after a Move

2015 July 13
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
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Moving to a new home presents the perfect opportunity to organize your media collection(s). Media comes in many forms: books, movies, comic books, and video games. The more you have, the harder it gets to find what you’re looking for. Not to mention your items look great when lined up.

Here are our step-by-step instructions for organizing your media after a move.

Step 1: Have a Place for Everything

No one likes to see books stacked on the floor. Before you begin organization, make sure you have a place for all your items. Most items fit on shelves, but you can also use filing cabinets or special containers.

A lot of media comes in standardized cases, like CDs or DVDs, so try to find shelves built for those mediums. Doing so will increase space efficiency.

Watch: How to pack books

Step 2: Pick a First-tier Organization Style

Once you have a place for everything, choose an organization style. First, we recommend organizing by type of media (it might confuse you to mix music with books or video games). Here are the most common ways to arrange your media:

  • Alphabetically: This is the most obvious way to organize. However, it might not be as straightforward as you think. For example, you could organize by author or by title. For books, organizing by author is common, but for movies, most people prefer to organize by title.
  • By Genre: Genre is a popular method of organization, and it’s self-explanatory. Genres can include action, drama, romance, mystery, comedy, horror, science fiction, or nonfiction. You can choose an infinite number of genres. Choosing them depends on your tastes and what genres your media emphasizes.
  • By Color: If you like art, organizing by color might excite you. Many people like to display an interesting color arrangement. You can even create a rainbow by arranging the red media together, followed by orange, etc. Some like to create mosaics from their media, such as arranging their red, white, and blue media into an American flag. We recommend this method only if you have a lot of media to work with.
  • By Date: You can organize all your media by the date each was originally published. You could also organize them in the order that you first read or watched them.
  • Chronologically: If you have a lot of historical media, you could organize it in historical order. Similarly, if you have a lot of long series, it doesn’t always work best to list them alphabetically. For example, if you purchased all the Marvel films, you might want to put them together in the order they came out.

Step 3: Pick a Second-tier Organization Style

Once you have picked a first tier of organization, some like to choose a second tier. For example, if you organized your first tier by genre, you might choose to arrange your media alphabetically within that genre. A second tier is not always necessary, but it can help.

Step 4: Keep a Catalog

If you have a large volume of media, keeping a catalog is essential. We recommend having a list of all your media in the order that you chose to organize them. That way, if you take something off the shelf, you know exactly where to return it. Keeping a digital spreadsheet is anCD - DVDother step up, because then you can sort through the data to find what you need.

Step 5: Label

This last step is optional, but many people like to label their shelves. This is especially useful if you need to move to a new home.

You or the moving company can easily mark boxes with the appropriate label as you unpack shelves. Thus, unpacking becomes easier.

As you unpack and organize your media, follow some of our suggestions, and you’ll always find the media you’re looking for.

Moving Internationally: Flying with Children

2015 July 7
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
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Moving internationally with children seems terrifying. Especially because your toddler bursts into blood-curdling shrieks with a simple drive to the grocery store. You imagine that sitting on a plane for 10+ hours with your child will be impossible, painful, and noisy. How can you entertain your children when you fly? What toys or other items should you bring on the plane with you?

Flying with children is much easier than you think. You have many different options available to you to make your flight as relaxed as possible.

Travel Documents for Your Children

Before you think about fun games and activities for your children to play, take care of the necessities first. Did you know that everyone, including your infant or toddler, requires a passport for international travel? Make sure to acquire the appropriate documents for your children. Keep their travel documents Travel Documentswith yours for easy access and a smooth trip.

Items to Ask the Airline for Before Flying

If you have small infants, ask the airline about their cot or bassinet options. Many airlines offer bassinets for families with newborns or infants. Your baby can sit or sleep in the bassinet so you don’t have to hold him or her during the entire flight.

If you want your child to sit in a car seat during the flight, ask the airline if you can bring one with you and if you’ll pay any additional fees to do so. If you need to use a stroller, ask the airline if they gate check it. If the airline does gate check strollers, they will place it in the cargo area as you enter the plane and have it ready for you at the end of your flight.

Items to Bring on the Plane

Sometimes you find it hard to entertain your child for an extended period of time. You might think that you can’t bring a lot of entertainment with you on the flight. You may also worry that some items aren’t allowed on the plane. However, you’d be surprised at how many things you can bring with you while traveling.

The items you bring with you are either necessary or for entertainment purposes. Always double check with airline policies so you know which items you can bring with you. Items to bring on the plane include:

  • A small blanket
  • Baby Tylenol and any other medication your child might need
  • Bibs
  • Bottled water from the airport (to mix with formula)plane
  • Child-friendly headphones
  • Coloring books and crayons
  • Extra diapers and wipes
  • Food, formula, and bottles for infants
  • Grocery bags for dirty clothes
  • iPad or other tablet (great for games and distracting your little one)
  • Legos
  • Lollipops to suck on during take-off (sucking on lollipops reduces any pain in your child’s ears)
  • Small puzzles
  • Small toy animals or cars
  • Snacks and empty sippy cups
  • Spare clothes (socks, underwear, shirts, etc.)
  • Spare clothes for yourself (messes happen anytime, anywhere)
  • Two or three small books

Games and Activities to Entertain Your KidsKids on plane

If the in-flight movie selection isn’t enough to entertain your children, have games and activities ready for them to dive into.

Have your child draw a picture or tell a story about the country you’re moving to. Read the books you brought along. If you can’t distract your child with pictures or stories, try some other games or activities. Plane-friendly games and activities include:

  • The alphabet game
  • Card games (Uno, Old Maid, Go Fish, etc.)
  • Gameboys or other handheld gaming devices
  • iPad games (My Little Pony, Fruit Ninja, Tsum Tsum, Super Why, etc.)
  • I-Spy
  • Make puppets out of barf bags
  • Paper toss (using cups and napkins from the flight)
  • Rock Paper Scissors
  • Storytelling
  • Tic Tac Toe
  • Travel Bingo
  • Travel Scrabble
  • Word searches

International travel with your child is easier than ever. Try out a few of these games and activities with your children before you travel. Adjust any activities to better fit your children’s likes and interests.

Packing Your Pantry: What to Save and What to Toss

2015 June 30
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
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Your pantry and your refrigerator are some of the last spots in your house that get your attention before a move. After all, you have to eat in between packing up your belongings and tidying up rooms.

Still, with moving on your mind, you find yourself staring at your pantry, mentally trying to fit each item inside a moving box.

You wonder if you should just leave some items behind. Sure, you spent money on all those frozen veggies, but you don’t think they’ll survive the two-day road trip to your new house.

If you feel unsure what food items to transport on your move, consult the list below. We’ll tell you what to save, what to toss, and how to pack it all just right.

What to Save

Bring only food items that will remain edible and stay inside their containers during the trek to your new residence. In most cases, non-perishable and unopened items fit this criteria best, but you’ll find a few exceptions included on the list below.

Canned Goods

Canned goods of all sizes should do just fine during your move. Check expiration dates, and discard any cans that have a fast approaching use-by date. Pack everything else in small or medium boxes so you or your movers can lift them without difficulty.Canned Food

A few weeks before your move, visit local grocery stores and ask for boxes. Many stores have extras available for customers at no extra charge. These boxes fit canned goods snuggly, too, meaning they won’t shift in transit.

Unopened Condiments & Boxed or Bagged Foods

Like canned goods, these pre-packaged foods are easy to bring along. Stack them side by side in their own boxes, or at the top of unfilled boxes. You can also put them in canvas reusable grocery bags and store them in your trunk until you arrive.

Basic Cooking Ingredients

pantryIf you have a large spice collection or mounds of stored flour and sugar, you won’t have to leave them behind. Pack them like this:

  • Put unopened bags of dry ingredients into boxes or plastic storage barrels.
  • Pack loose, opened ingredients into reusable kitchen storage containers.
  • Tape shut any spices, such as salt containers, that may open if tilted.
  • Place spice bottles in boxes with canned goods. This uses empty space without adding too much weight.

Food Storage

If you have a stockpile of foods to use in emergencies, bring it along to your new house. As much as possible, put these cans into boxes or durable plastic storage bins.

If you stock your food storage on shelves in an easy-access location such as the garage, ask your movers to wrap these shelves in industrial plastic wrap. This saves you having to disassemble the shelves and reassemble them later.

What to Toss

You should eat up, throw out, or donate any foods that didn’t make the above list in the final days before you move. This includes food stored in glaMove for Hunger logoss jars and anything that requires refrigeration or freezing. Of course, if you’re moving only a short distance, you might be able to salvage some items that fit into those categories.

Remember, the cost of your move is based on the weight plus distance your goods are traveling. You may want to consider losing some of the weight and helping others by donating your unwanted, non-perishable food items to local food banks. Donating your food is easier than everwith Move For Hunger. Through Move For Hunger, your local Wheaton agent will take your donated food and deliver it to a local food pantry. Talk to your local Wheaton agent to learn more about Move For Hunger Program.

You might balk at the amount of food you must get rid of to meet these requirements, but consider the alternative. Think of the mess you’ll find if a jar of spaghetti sauce breaks open between here and there. Tell yourself it’s okay to spend money on groceries in your new city to avoid cleaning up nasty spills.

That’s it. You’re all set to pack your pantry. Once you arrive at your new house, check out our blogs about organizing your pantry  and your kitchen.