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 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.
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
- 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.
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 glass 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.
While childcare is convenient for moving day, hiring a babysitter is not always an option. Some parents may prefer to keep babies and toddlers close for stability during this transitional time.
On moving day, you may find yourself juggling the responsibilities of parenthood with managing belongings and directing movers.
Moving day doesn’t need to be stressful when you have young children. With a little extra preparation, you can orchestrate a successful move while keeping little ones comfortable and out of the way.
Prepare in Advance
First, have as much of the furniture and boxes as possible in easy-to-access locations-the closer to the front of the home, the better. This will prevent movers from having to wade through your belongings or trip over children to get things loaded into the truck.
Pack and load your child’s things last. This way, they will be easily accessed longer before the move, and will be among the first things unloaded and ready to set up in your new place.
While you finish up those last day-before packing jobs, set aside one or two days’ worth of essentials in a small bag that’s easily carried and tossed in the car.
The moving pack for your baby or toddler might include:
- Food or snacks
- A bottle or cup
- Formula, water, or other drinks
- 1 or 2 changes of clothes
- A familiar toy or book
Having these items ready in one go-to location will make meeting baby’s needs easier at this busy time.
Pick a Central Location with Activities
With things and people coming and going, you’ll want your little one in an easily supervised, yet safe location.
A playpen is a great choice, especially for older infants and toddlers. Many playpens are compact, include wheels for easy transportation, and are quickly packed away.
For younger babies, a blanket on the floor or a bouncer may be a great place. For little ones needing more attention, try hanging toys nearby or putting on some fun relaxing music for your baby to listen to.
Find Balance in Stimulation
Each child needs different levels of stimulation. Some are content to watch people and look around. Others, especially once past the newborn stage, need more interaction from people and things.
Small, age-appropriate activities and toys in a playpen can help entertain older babies and toddlers while mom or dad is busy.
If your television is packed away, a tablet or laptop on a chair or table makes a great option for your child to watch favorite shows.
Choose Carrying Options
There are times when children, especially infants, need to be held. For those moments, you may want to think about one of the following options:
- Front carriers
- Backpack carriers
These options make multitasking easier by allowing parents to use their hands for other tasks while keeping their baby close and secure. However, they aren’t recommended if you need to lift and carry heavy objects.
Many department stores carry these options. Online tutorials also teach how to make and use these different carrying aids.
Food is an important routine that often comforts us. Meals with small children, however, can be messy. To minimize cleanup during and after the moving process, consider these suggestions for easier feeding:
- Set your baby’s food aside in advance where it won’t accidentally get packed or thrown away.
- Choose normal foods your child enjoys to increase security.
- Select foods that don’t require refrigeration or cooking.
- Keep plenty of easy snacks handy.
- Consider a treat to make the day special.
- Use disposable dishes, utensils, and bibs.
- Have a pack of baby wipes ready for easy cleanup.
If your table is already packed and moved, you may want to lay an old sheet on the floor and eat there. With a quick shake outside, the sheet can be rolled up and stashed in the car.
Plan Ahead for Peace of Mind
With a few extra steps, moving day will pass smoothly for both you and your children. Follow these tips and reduce the stress in your family’s move.
Many times the hardest part of moving involves selling your home. The pressure of finding and persuading a buyer can become exhausting. Most often, you get one chance to make a positive first impression. So you have to make that moment count.
Help potential buyers feel welcome, safe, and warm when they come to your home by using these tips.
Focus on Curb Appeal
The first impression often starts with the exterior of your home. Make sure your yard and front porch look as attractive as possible. You may need to plant fresh flowers, mow the lawn, and paint the door to create a beautiful entrance for potential buyers.
You may benefit from removing fencing around your yard. Most fences make yards appear smaller than they actually are. You don’t have to revamp your entire lawn, but focus on these hot spots to improve the overall aesthetics of your home.
Accentuate Your Foyer
You want potential buyers to step into your home and say “wow.” So start interior improvements in the foyer. Buyers often set their expectations for the home based on what they can see from the front door. Therefore, you have to make your foyer look bright and welcoming.
Consider applying a fresh paint coat, eliminating clutter, and cleaning the coat area. You may want to get a mirror or painting to create a focal point for this area. Then pick place a vase with flowers or bowl of potpourri to make sure your home smells clean. These small additions help your home look both simple and sophisticated.
A major turn-off for potential buyers is dirt. You want them to visualize their life in a place better than the one they currently have. Clean more than the day-to-day buildup. You will need to deep clean the carpets, repaint rooms, and store away or sell all unnecessary home pieces.
Every buyer looks for places that they can store their things. To make your home seem larger, remove half of your things from every storage area. Once you remove the items, organize the remaining items into neat piles. Buyers will look in closets and cabinets to determine the spaces available. Make sure your home looks as spacious as possible by de-cluttering every room.
Incorporate Natural Light
The lighting in your home can make a huge difference on buyer’s decisions. Fortunately, you can fix lighting issues easily and quickly. Wash your windows to give a clear picture of your view. Replace dark drapes with light colored window treatments.
Update light bulbs and consider adding overhead lights. As a rule of thumb, you should have 100 watts every square foot. You can also add floor lamps or task lighting to brighten your home.
Your kitchen can make or break the buyer’s decision. You have to make this room the highlight of your home. Otherwise, your potential buyer could knock down his or her asking price by thousands of dollars because he or she doesn’t like the kitchen. Even if you need to renovate the countertops, most homeowners get 85% return on the investment.
If you want to increase your chances to sell your home, consider updating the paint, countertops, and cabinets in your kitchen. Use neutral colors so buyers have a blank canvas to envision their style in this space. If you have wiggle room in your budget, update appliances to give your kitchen a polished finish.
Once you have prepared your home to sell, take a moment to walk through the home as if it you were touring it for the first time.
This will help give you an idea of areas you can improve and add finished touches to the project.
Moving to another country is an intimidating process. Of course, it’s also exciting; you’ll soon experience a new country and everything that comes with it-the people, language, food, and culture. You relish the idea of your new life. But you secretly worry about how the international move will affect you.
If you have never flown internationally before, then your biggest concern is the flight overseas. What documents will you need at the airport? What should you pack in your carry-on bag? Do you need to dress in a particular way for international flights?
International flights needn’t be stressful and daunting. With these tips and tricks, you can survive-even thrive-during your trip.
You know that you need your passport, plane ticket, and even a visa to travel outside of the country. Plane tickets and passports don’t require too much thought. But did you know that visas are some of the trickiest travelling documents to obtain? Make sure you allow plenty of time to secure your visa before travel day.
Once you acquire the appropriate travel documents, place them together in one location at home. Use paperclips or a folder to store them. By keeping your essential travel documents together, you guard against their loss.
When you pack your purse, briefcase, or carry-on bag, transfer your documents to an easy-access location. You might use the front pocket of your duffel bag, middle pocket of your purse, or the top pocket of your briefcase. By so doing, you avoid fuss or panic at the airport.
What to Bring (and How to Organize Your Bag)
Pack one or two sets of spare clothes in the bottom of your carry-on. Include extra socks and undergarments just in case something happens to your checked luggage.
Also, bring a book, magazine, or crossword puzzle for entertainment. Lay these items on top of your
clothing for easy access. If you have a tablet device, put it in a front or side pocket.
If you own a neck pillow or sleeping mask, stick this in your bag as well. On a long flight, you need to sleep on the plane, so place the aforementioned items in side pockets of your bag. Such comfort aids will help you sleep more restfully during your travels.
Don’t forget toiletries and medication. Pack a small bottle of ibuprofen or Tylenol for headaches. Bring travel-sized deodorant, toothpaste, a toothbrush, and roll-on perfume or cologne to freshen up throughout your flight. Place these items in a small bag. Pack your toiletry bag last so that you can grab it conveniently anytime.
And of course, you’ll need snacks and an empty water bottle that you can refill often.
Clothing for Comfort (How to Dress for Your Flight)
Lastly, you’ll want to dress as comfortable as possible for your flight. Sweats, yoga pants, and T-shirts sound perfect for long flights. After all, it’s easier to relax and feel less constricted in casual attire. If you prefer to dress down, go for it! You’ll feel cozy throughout your entire flight.
At the same time, most travelers feel travel-worn when they get off the plane. If you dress ‘up’, but still casual, it may improve your morale when you land. You never know what will happen as you leave the airport. You may want to sightsee a bit or go grab a bite to eat. In this instance, yoga pants might be a little too casual for your new locale.
Instead, consider wearing a comfy pair of jeans, T-shirt, light jacket or cardigan, and slip-on shoes. Bring a big scarf or extra jacket with you to stay warm on the plane.
Apply these tips as you prepare for your international flight and for a smoother international move.
No one wants to make packing or unpacking more unpleasant than it already is, but many people make this mistake unintentionally. If you’re packing up all your belongings, you might make matters harder than they need to be.
Use these tips to know what ditch and how to do it for a move around the corner or across the country.
Decide What to Eliminate
You might cling to some things because you’re sure they’ll come in handy someday or they have some sort of sentimental meaning. While assigning value to your belongings is personal, use these guidelines to help you decide what not to keep.
Clothes you don’t wear take up space and could be with someone who really loves them. If you’re planning far enough in advance, hang all your clothes with the hangers facing inward. As you use an item, flip the hanger. This gives you a quick reference that shows what you never wear.
Keep special books or collector’s edition DVDs, but switch everything else to digital copies. Schools, libraries, or neighborhood friends might appreciate the extra books and movies. If you are especially committed to physical discs, invest in a disc binder.
Makeup and extra toiletries
Don’t insist on taking that clunky stash of extra soaps and shampoos along with you. These items are often easy and inexpensive to replace. When it comes to makeup, keep the essentials and toss any expired or duplicate products.
Extra sheets, blankets, and towels take up a lot of space for little pay off. In reality, you likely don’t need backup towels anyway.
Toss all your kitchen utensils in a container. When you need different items, pull them out and put them away in your drawers.
After a few weeks, see what’s still in the container. Aside from seasonal items, you can likely live without the rest.
Encourage your children to donate what they don’t play with anymore. You’ll eliminate bulky and unnecessary toys, and also teach them to share their blessings with others.
Decide How to Eliminate
Once you’ve sorted what to leave behind, you have a few methods to actually discard the items.
If you have some nice things you want to pair with a good owner, consider hosting a decluttering event.
Mark items for sale with a specific, bright-colored sticker. Invite friends over and give each person a certain color. Everyone can mark items with their color and a price.
You can also invite your friends over for a one-sided clothing swap. Have some people over to look through your closet and accessories. Your clothes and jewelry will go to a grateful new owner and you’ll have less things to move. Events like these don’t require you to set up or price items.
When you use online classifieds, be sure to include clear images and complete descriptions like size, dimensions, and wear. You’ll save yourself from long email exchanges.
Keep the items you list online in your garage. You’ll avoid letting strangers inside your home and make it easy for buyers to pick up larger items.
If you choose to try to sell first, take whatever is left to a donation center. Consider giving to an organization you’re passionate about. You can also try a service like Freecycle. Freecycle allows people to post items they’re willing to give away for free. This is a good option for things some people might consider trash, like hangers, paper towel rolls, or chicken wire.
Packing and unpacking are the worst parts of moving for most people. Cluttered and haphazardly organized boxes overwhelm and discourage even the bravest movers. Reduce your stress and trips between the house and moving van. Use these tips to move fewer things and settle into your new home sooner.
The movers have just finished packing the truck. You’ve signed on the dotted line, checked and double-checked your empty home, and made your last phone calls to your utilities company. Now all you need to do is get to your new location across the country.
Of course, it’s no small thing to uproot yourself and move to an unfamiliar city in a distant state. It’s understandable to feel a little nervous. Just remember: this can also be an exciting time. Whether you’re going solo or bringing your family along, here are 3 tips to making that long trip easier-and even enjoyable.
- Create a solid travel plan.
You’ve done a lot of planning in the past few months. Once you booked a date with your moving company, you probably slept with a “to-do” list rolling around your head. But you wanted every detail to go well, so you didn’t mind.
By now, you’re either on your way to the airport or are packing everyone into the family car. But if you don’t want to get lost or bogged down along your route, make sure everyone in the group knows and agrees to the travel plan for each day.
Before you go, do some online research ahead of time so you know which routes are slowed by construction and traffic problems. Call roadside motels to confirm your online reservation; you don’t want to show up at 11 p.m. and be told you’re out of luck.
Finally, make sure your phone or GPS unit is fully powered and working reliably. Connect either device to your car adapter so you don’t run out of juice in the middle of nowhere.
- Don’t exhaust yourself.
Even for road warriors who like to drive straight through with few breaks, it pays to use moderation. You won’t win any sort of medal for exhausting yourself and your family with 14-hour days on the road.
If you have to start a new job in a few days, consider flying to your new location while movers transport your car(s). Or, the rest of the family can drive leisurely from point A to point B while you await the moving van and settle into your new home and job.
If there’s ample time to drive instead of fly, give yourself permission to take regular breaks. If you have small children, regular breaks are critical for everyone’s sanity. Yes, the trip will take a little longer, but you’ll deal with fewer meltdowns.
Make your journey into a vacation.
If you’ve planned this cross-country move for a long time, you may have budgeted not only for the mover’s fee, but for a real vacation as well. What better way to alleviate some of the pre-move stress than through the excitement of a vacation on the road?
While this may not work for everyone, creating a vacation atmosphere is a great way to explore as you go. Consider these suggestions:
- If you’re moving by yourself, why not connect with friends along the way for some fun at a theme park or a half-day hike in a national park?
- Map out two or three must-see destinations, then decide how long to stay at each. If the weather is nice, consider a water park or a concert under the stars to help relax your road-weary muscles.
- Plan your route around a few “off the beaten track” destinations. Don’t just confine your exploration to cities along the Interstate.
- Remember that rest can be a big part of a vacation. If you’re always rushing during everyday life, maybe it’s time to visit a day spa or spend a few hours by a mountain lake, doing absolutely nothing.
Moving cross-country doesn’t have to be stressful. By following one or two of these simple tips, you may just arrive at your destination with a new spring in your step, ready to greet your interstate movers and adjust to your new life. Happy travels
Moving to a big city is something countless people have experienced. Still, it’s easy to feel completely alone when you do it yourself. Amongst the droves of people and stacks of skyscrapers, how do you maintain your sense of self?
Even if it’s just a matter of suburban versus urban living, you’ll encounter plenty of changes. The best way to deal with change is keeping an open mind. To help you make a smooth transition, we also recommend these five basic ways to adjust.
1. Build on What You Have
A mistake people often make when they relocate to a new area is ceasing contact with anyone from the old one. It takes time to make friends, so you’ll be glad that you’ve kept in touch with family and friends back home. They can provide support and motivation during your transition to city life.
Maintain your roots, but don’t rely solely on them. Strike up a balance where you nurture old relationships while fostering new ones. Introduce yourself in new situations and reach out. Keeping in touch with people from the past will help you feel part of a group before you’re fully comfortable in a new one.
2. Stay Practical
Since many cities have a higher cost of living than less-populated areas, prepare your finances. Learn about basic costs from people around you, including groceries, parking, utilities and rent. Find a living space you can afford, even if you haven’t yet obtained new employment.
When it comes to applying for jobs, don’t get stuck in a rut looking for your dream job. Accept that you may have to start small before you make it big. There’s nothing wrong with building your way to the top and gaining experience. Remember, a job is better than draining your savings while waiting on a pipe dream.
3. Play Tourist and Explore
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed in a large city, particularly if it’s your first time encountering urban life. Take time to get out of your comfort zone by exploring your area. A great way to start this process is just by playing tourist; treat it as an adventure.
Look up local events that interest you or take a tour. Getting involved is one of the best ways to meet people and feel comfortable in your new surroundings. Relocations also provide the perfect time to reinvent yourself, so take a night class or try something new.
You’ll eventually need to locate the necessities, too. These include finding the nearest:
- Grocery store
- Post office
- Local hangouts
With knowledge of these locales under your belt, your confidence will increase.
4. Maintain Healthy Habits
With all the madness of moving, you may fall out of your regular routine. While fine for a while, don’t let your recent move throw off your groove. Especially when it comes to adjusting to a new place, it’s essential to restart a new version of your old routine.
Eat a healthy diet and take this as an opportunity to explore new eateries, supermarkets, and supply stores. For all you know, the big city may have grocery options you never dreamed of.
Keep a regular exercise routine. It might not seem feasible to go on a jog in the city, but you likely have a yoga studio or community center nearby. Of course, you can also take this as an opportunity to get away of the city and exercise outside the hustle and bustle.
5. Be Patient
Even if you follow these tips, adjusting takes real time. Be patient with yourself and your new environment. Don’t get frustrated if your new commute takes some getting used to; this is all normal. You can’t learn everything all at once, but using these steps will help you take that first step towards comfort in your new niche.
During an in-home estimate there will be many things your sales consultant will go over with you regarding your upcoming move. One of the most important items is your delivery spread. The delivery spread is very important because it will give you an idea of when you should expect your household goods to arrive in your new home.
Your sales consultant will give you a set of dates that typically range of 1-14 days for your household goods to arrive at your new home. When you sign the Bill of Lading, you agree to the dates in the window and are expected to accept the delivery within those days. The driver will call you 24-48 hours to let you know the planned date of your delivery. Meanwhile, Wheaton World Wide Moving will do their best to keep you updated on the delivery date.
- The distance between your origin and destination
- The time of year
- The weight of your shipment
The farther the distance of the move typically means the wider the spread. Larger shipments are easier to predict days vs. smaller shipments. Smaller shipments allow for more loads on the truck, so a driver may have four or five other families that he has to deliver to or pick up in their shipment spread. For example: If you are moving from New York to Seattle, Wash., the truck with belongings may be stopping in Chicago and Lincoln, Neb. before arriving in Seattle with your items.
It is a good idea to remain flexible during the delivery spread dates so you are free to accept the delivery on any of those days. If there are any days in the delivery spread that you will be unavailable to meet the driver, always make a backup plan at the time of booking for someone else to meet the driver on those days, however this is not recommended.
In the rare circumstance your belongings will not be delivered within the delivery spread, Wheaton will do what it can to accommodate you and your family. Our Customer Service department will be able to provide you with updates as they occur. If you have any questions about your shipment, please call 1-800-932-7799.
You’ve decided it’s finally time to move your business offices elsewhere. Your employees are relieved at the prospect of a bigger space, but you’re left with a host of worries about moving day. You wonder how you’ll organize the move to minimize downtown. You also worry that a subpar moving company might toss your expensive equipment into boxes, then leave you to do the heavy lifting in your new office.
Fortunately, you’ve found a trustworthy moving company that regularly moves businesses like yours. You’re relieved to know that your movers are skilled in all the latest moving techniques for fixtures, furniture, and equipment (FF&E for short). Now all you need to do is plan for success. Check out our tips below to learn more about making your office’s moving day a breeze.
Assign a Moving Coordinator and Meet Your Movers
As a busy executive, you have a business to run. That’s why you rely on moving coordinators to organize a detailed, pre-move task list. Depending on your business’ size, you also need at least one internal moving coordinator.
Once you know who your internal coordinators are, meet together with them and your movers to discuss the overall framework for your office relocation. Your movers have had a lot of experience with corporate moves, so they can tell you exactly what to expect.
Next, ask your own coordinators to map out a few details, which includes determining your move’s target date(s), preparing the new building, creating a packing schedule and coordinating utilities. This ensures that you’ll be up and running in your new space immediately after the move. Finally, book a firm moving date.
Create a Timeline
Moving a business is more complicated than moving individually-after all, your bottom line is at stake. To make your move smoother, more affordable, and more efficient, create a detailed time frame. Don’t forget to include any of these important tasks:
- Contact your IT department right away. They’ll need plenty of time to order utility setups and work with movers on equipment take down and setup.
- Conduct a thorough equipment inventory. Your moving coordinator should ask the heads of each department or division to tally up their desks, chairs, cabinets, printers, and computers. Even if you keep a current inventory, double check it anyway.
- Complete final paperwork for your new location. Meet the commercial realtor and any other officials in charge of your new business lease. Make sure the property meets your specifications before you sign.
- Assign employees to new office spaces. It doesn’t matter if your new building is being refurbished; you can still look over the blueprints and coordinate office locations for each department. Think about traffic flow patterns and areas of heaviest use before you make any final decisions.
- Create a moving-day itinerary. Everyone in the company needs to know exactly what to expect; otherwise, you risk chaos on moving day. Offer plenty of advance notice-and issue lots of reminders.
Remember that your corporate movers have completed many successful office relocations before yours. No matter how much you feel tempted to micromanage the process, realize that your entire moving team has the process down to a science. If you trust your internal coordinators, department leads, and moving company, you’re already more than halfway toward a successful move.
Of course, you can’t predict every detail. But when challenges arise, trust your movers to rise to the occasion.
In the end, moving your office may turn out to be one of your smartest business decisions thus far. Onward to relocation success!