Relocating from Oklahoma to Indiana was a stressful experience for me and my family. Our relocation was prompted by my husband’s job transfer. Essentials had been packed and taken with us on our drive to get us through a few days until the professional relocation company delivered our furniture. We arrived in Indiana to an empty house. The first few days were a little like camping. After a long car ride and sitting in an empty house, the family was starting to get a little stir crazy.
New to the city and neighborhood, we decided to get out and about. So, we leashed up our dog, Ripley, and went to the local farmers market. It was a great experience! We met lots of locals and several of our neighbors as well as many local farmers. I even met a local rancher and purchased some meats to grill that evening. Our dog enjoyed exploring and meeting new canine friends, too. Many people stopped to chat with us because Ripley helped break the ice. It was a win-win and made us feel at home more quickly.
If you just moved to a new community, get out and explore by taking a trip to the local farmers market. The markets are free to roam, many have live entertainment and most have some prepared foods and snacks, which are perfect if your appliances haven’t arrived yet. Just being outside around other local people and the fresh, brightly colored fruits and veggies makes you feel more welcome.
Our family has gone to the local farmers market every Saturday it’s open. I love having the option to take my dog shopping for groceries!
Click here for a list of farmers markets in your area.
According to your standards, is leaving your shoes on the dining room table unacceptable? What may seem obvious to you may not be to a roommate.
Recent studies suggest that roommates are replacing spouses in the 20th Century. As a Millennial who has successfully lived with the same roommate for three years, I’m here to tell you successfully living with a roommate is possible.
Talk, talk, talk
Communication is a little detail that can make a BIG difference when living with others. Open and honest communication between roommates is crucial. This is especially true for roommates with a strong history of friendship. Confronting your roommates about a problem will be worth it in the long run. Allowing it to fester will only allow passiveness to pry its way into your living space.
Start with chores
As silly and elementary as it may sound, having a chore chart can save a lot of drama. Get as creative and cute with your chore chart as you want. Visit the craft store and decorate your chore chart to your heart’s desire then simply list each roommates’ name with the rotating chore(s) for which they are responsible. Understanding who is to do what around the house will establish expectations.
In a perfect world, one could assume that everyone would have common courtesy when it comes to ‘rules of the house’. However, that’s not always the case. Clearly communicating one another’s expectations is a must. Here are some conversation starters:
- Are we going to allow pets in the house? Who will be responsible for them?
- Will we divide up the cost for food? Or will this remain separate?
- What boundaries will we have for the common areas?
- Any rules for visitors: family, friends, significant others, etc.?
- Will there be a quiet time? Ex: During the week days after 11:00 p.m.
I am certain that with these tips, some cheap wine and good laughs, living with roommates can be some of the best years of your life!
Relocating is a unique experience for everyone. It’s exciting for some and dreadful for others. One of the best ways to understand the process is by seeking advice from those who’ve experienced it first-hand.
Sales and Marketing Project Manager, Rhonda Baker joined the Wheaton World Wide Moving team this spring. Prior to her job and life in Indiana, she lived in Oklahoma City with her two sons and husband. When her husband’s job required relocating, they packed up their life and headed to Fishers, Ind.
“I grew up in Oklahoma,” said Rhonda. “It’s all I had known my entire life.”
Adjusting to such a major change is no easy task. Rhonda’s advice – Don’t overlook the milestone. In the weeks leading up to the move, be intentional about spending time with friends and family for a proper goodbye.
“Relocating definitely makes you appreciate friends and family,” said Rhonda. “You won’t take any time together for granted. It inspired me to make more of an effort to get together with close friends and family.”
Rhonda said she looks forward to planning several trips to visit her two sons, lifelong friends and family who still live in Oklahoma.
“I was most surprised about the amount of planning involved,” said Rhonda.
Rhonda attributes a great deal of the success of her move to the attention to detail in planning prior to relocating. She went as far as measuring their current furniture and comparing it to measurements of the new house. This saved time, money and space when it came to deciding what items to move.
“Downsizing and adjusting to a new home was definitely a challenging aspect of moving.”
She suggests diving into your favorite hobbies soon after relocating. For Rhonda, it is gardening and sprucing up her outdoor space. This made the new house feel like a home and took her mind off the move.
She also suggests asking a friend to ‘dog-sit’ for moving day. The last thing you want is your precious pooch running away on moving day.
“Having Ripley running around the new house made it feel more like home. Pets can play a huge emotional role in moving.”
Heed the advice of someone who has seen moving from the professional standpoint as well as personal.
Wheaton agent’s located all over the country store unique items in their warehouses. This giant practice field bubble, which belongs to the University of Cincinnati (UC), is definitely different than most household goods stored in agent’s warehouses. From running a successful play to serious coaching moments to teammates creating lasting memories it’s safe to say that this University of Cincinnati practice field bubble has seen its fare share of incredible moments. But where do you store a bubble that stands 75 feet high and stretches nearly 370 feet long?
Who stores it?
Bell Moving & Storage, located in Fairfield, Ohio, has accepted the challenge. Bell Moving & Storage has provided relocation services for the University for more than 15 years. Bell’s warehouse space, which totals nearly 15,000 square feet, is managed by owners Tamara and Bill Kissel. The Kissel’s customer-first philosophy has led the University of Cincinnati to call this Wheaton agent its official mover.
What does the storage process look like?
Bubble roofs grace many sports arenas and practice fields across the United States. Have you ever stopped for a minute to consider how on earth this giant bubble appeared overhead? As one would assume, it is a very involved process. Lucky for you, we caught up Tamara who gave us the inside scoop.
“This is our second year storing the bubble for UC’s practice field,” said Tamara. “The take down, which took place a few weeks ago, included 200 people onsite that helped roll the giant bubble. It’s quite the process. My husband, Bill, jumps right in the action assisting with rolling and loading.”
Once rolled, it takes a combined effort of cranes and flatbeds to transport to the moving vans. From there, it’s distributed to the necessary location within the warehouse until the Bearcats take on their next season.
Want to see some live footage of the deflation of the bubble?
Check it out for yourself, compliments of UC:
Wheaton Employees Get Moving
Let’s just say Wheaton employees ‘get moving’ on many levels. When they are not focused on relocating household goods with intricate care, they are on the move training for half marathons such as the 2014 Indy Mini-Marathon that will take place on May 3, 2014.
Five employees from the corporate office out of Indianapolis, Ind. will be participating in the Mini-Marathon. Of course signing up and committing to some 13 miles does not happen overnight. It takes motivation, endurance, and for some, extensive training. So kick your feet up and enjoy the stories of these dedicated ‘Mini-Marathoners’.
Meet the Group
From left to right.
Ron Borkowski, Damodara Yemme, Emmalee Strait, Jerrod Carter. (Not Pictured: Gary Reynolds)
CIO, Jerrod Carter has worked at Wheaton for some six years working within the Information Technology Department. With a history of running, this will be Jerrod’s seventh Indy Mini-Marathon and ninth half-marthon overall. In addition, he has run three full marathons.
“I just genuinely enjoy running marathons,” said Carter. “I ran three last year and hope to set a personal record this year.”
More confident than ever, Jerrod feels that this race is sure to be a success after maxing out on miles per week ran during his training.
“My advice to someone considering running a mini-marathon is to stick to a training plan,” said Carter.
Last year, Carter ran enough that he was able to join the ‘Half Fanatics’ group. So watch out for ‘Half Fanatic’ #5163 at the Mini-Marathon this year!
Damodara Yemme has been working at Wheaton’s corporate office for eight years within the Information Technology department. Yemme’s motivation behind running is to fulfill his New Year’s resolution. In addition, he feels that it is a great way to stay active, a social outlet and hobby. Yemme has run two races prior to the Indy-Mini, including Sam Costa Quarter Marathon and Carmel Half Marathon. He contributes a great deal of his preperation to both of these races.
“ Running is a great way to maintain my health and physical condition,” said Yemme. It is also refreshing after a long day at work. “
Yemme is a big fan of the Run Keeper App that he has downloaded onto his phone. This app allows several functions that will make tracking your run simple. It is also the ‘keeper’ of his playlist of ‘pump-up’ songs to finish each run stronger than the last.
Look out for this determined ‘First-timer Indy-Mini Runner’, it might just be the first of many for him!
Catch up with Gary:
Vice President of Operations, Gary Reynolds has been employed at the corporate office for 12 years. Reynolds has particpated in nine Indy-Mini Marathons prior to this one. Primarily a walker, he is dedicated to keeping in shape by walking for the half marathon. “ Advice on completing a half marathon,” said Reynolds, “just get out and do it.” Reynolds suggests that walking is a ‘futile attempt to escape advancing age’. He also suggests that instead of plugging into some great tunes, walking is a great time to be alone with your thoughts.
Catch this swift walker among the pros come May 3rd at the Indy-Mini!
Getting up to speed with Ron:
Assistant Vice President of Operations and Director of Traffic, Ron Borkowski has a long history with Wheaton. Starting with the company in 1986 as a traffic planner and has held a number of positions throughout the years.
In addition to a long history with Wheaton, he also holds a long running history. Borkowski has successfully completed somewhere between 15-20 full-marathons, including the Boston Marathon last year. This will be his 16th Mini-Marathon.
Jogging with Emmalee:
Content Development Specialist, Emmalee Strait just came on board with Wheaton in November of 2013 in the Sales and Marketing Department. After taking on a new job, she also decided to take on the task of running the Indy-Mini Marathon for the first time.
Motivated by staying in shape and healthy throughout the winter months, she has been training with some close friends for the race.
“I am anxious and excited for the Indy-Mini,”said Strait. “I am running the half marathon with my college roommates, so the memories being made mean the most to me!”
She attributes accountability from training with friends to be one of the best preperations for the race. Like Borkowski, she joined the Blue Mile running club which has helpd prepare her. With good friends, a good playlist, and some good training – she is ready to hit the road running on May 3!
Hey, soon- to- be college grads, this post is for you! In a few months you will walk across a stage, receive a diploma and go off to purse bigger and better things. This is an accomplishment that will open many doors of opportunity. Where will the opportunities take you? Whether it’s across the country, or around the world, Wheaton is prepared to relocate your life. The possibilities are limitless and relocating is an involved process. So where should you start?
Best Cities for Job Seekers
Be realistic in your relocation process. It might sound awesome in theory to pick up and move to Hawaii, where life’s a beach. But it might not be the most practical move, so to speak. Search for jobs before you relocate to your favorite city, simply because it’s your favorite. Where are the best cities for job seekers? Let us help you out:
Get a little guidance with this list of top 10 best cities for job seekers.
If you’re like most recent grads, you are living on a budget. The last four years of school did not come free. When selecting a location you want to be sure it’s an affordable place where there will be plenty for you to do.
Just for Fun
Okay, now you’ve got the practical part out of the way. Start researching the fun stuff. What are the best cities to fit your personality? Is it the city with an awesome night life? A location rich in history? It’s equally important that the quality of life in the city will be fulfilling to you. Consider your hobbies and interests and whether or not they are comparable with the city. Take this quick BuzzFeed quiz, just for fun, to find out what city you should actually live in. Hey, you never know what you might learn.
Moving Tips (we are a moving company after all)..
As a young twenty-something, you probably do not have many household goods that have piled up over the years. Lighten up your move even more by getting rid of unnecessary items before the move. Make a little extra cash by hosting a garage sale. You can get a fresh start with new or refurbished items when you arrive at your new destination. Wheaton has provided you with a few starter lists that are great for first time movers, including:
No matter where your bright and successful future takes you, Wheaton is ready to handle your move. Finding a local agent is one click away.
We see the faces of those starring in the lead roles of Hollywood movies such as Wolf on Wall Street, but how often do we consider how the elaborate scenes throughout the Hollywood films become a reality? Who are the faces moving these high dollar items to make the scenes possible?
If you haven’t seen the movie, definitely go see it. The 1990-based film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort, a New York stockbroker running a firm participating in securities fraud and corruption on Wall Street. The performances delivered by DiCaprio and several others are remarkable, action-packed, and are not to be missed.
When you are watching the movie, be sure to pay special attention to the custom saltwater fish tank featured in the ‘Swiss Banker’ scene. The tank, used as a backdrop behind the Swiss banker’s desk, was moved by Basic Moving, a Wheaton agent located in Brooklyn, N.Y. It was a favorite piece among the film crew and a memorable item for our moving crew. This fragile fish tank exemplifies the extreme attention to detail needed and given by Wheaton professionals when relocating items regardless of location – on a movie set or in a customer’s home.
It also speaks to the capabilitiesof our agents. It is no simple task to move a glass fish tank onto the scene of a high dollar budgeted movie. Without a scratch, the tank was successfully relocated and delivered to the scene of the movie and returned to the owner. Personally, we think that deserves a red carpet ceremony of its own!
Our agents are constantly moving and storing unique items from coast to coast and around the world. Be sure to keep up with the unique stories attached to these items by frequently watching out for our ‘What’s in Your Warehouse’ blog! Find more unique stories on our agents via Twitter and Facebook
We are almost as excited to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as we are for your next move – almost. But the point is, life is short and therefore, we must celebrate whenever the opportunity presents itself. So allow us to assist you in making this St. Patrick’s Day the best yet.
First things first.
To have an appreciation for the holiday, you must know the history. While at a glance, the day may seem to be a celebration dedicated to dying canals and river green, parades, and beer – but do you know why all of these traditions are taking place?
Who is Patrick, anyway?
St. Patrick was born into a wealthy family in Britain near the end of the fourth century. At 16 years of age, Patrick was taken captive and held a prisoner to Irish raiders. The raiders were attacking Patrick’s family estate and took him captive in Ireland, where he would spend six years of his life. He spent most of the years as a shepherd with very little contact with people. These pivotal years played a vital role in his reliance on his faith in Christianity.
With his strong sense of faith, Patrick felt a calling from God to escape slavery and flee Ireland. In order to do so, Patrick walked several miles, escaping to Britain. Once in Britain, he felt another calling to return to Ireland as a missionary. It is believed that St. Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland.
Patrick died on March 17, 460 A.D. Thus, the day is celebrated and associated with everything Irish – which in modern day, means anything we can dye green (beer, rivers, hair and the list goes on). However, for those that are celebrating the traditional day often offer prayers to missionaries around the world.
St. Patrick’s Day made its way to the United States with Irish Immigrants who were passionate about carrying on their traditions and celebrations.
It’s your lucky day!
The shamrock icon for St. Patrick’s Day comes from the traditional Irish background. It is said that he used the ‘lucky three-leaved clover” to demonstrate the Christian Holy Trinity.
St. Patty’s Day Snacks & Crafts
St. Patty’s Day certainly wouldn’t be complete without some crafts and snacks. So be sure to check out our Holiday Snacks board on Pinterest for simple yet festive holiday recipes. Also, be sure to check out our Holiday Craft board, for some fun and festive projects for the day!
Are you feeling lucky today? Be sure to participate in our 30 Day Spring Cleaning and Organization Challenge, for a chance to win a $25 dollar Home Depot gift card. Check out details here in our previous blog on decluttering your closet.
Knock off some of your spring cleaning to-do list by joining Wheaton in our 30 day challenge to a cleaner and more organized house. If you are planning a move this summer, now is a great time to declutter and downsize your household goods. You don’t want to spend money on moving unnecessary items. Even if you don’t have plans of relocating soon, who can’t benefit from a few cleaning tips? Put your competitive game face on and get prepared for our first spring cleaning challenge.
Here’s the catch – we are looking for results! Tweet, or share your before and after pictures of your cleaning and decluttering process. Wheaton will choose one lucky winner to receive a $25 dollar gift card to Home Depot to assist in your organization efforts! Transform your house to a home by accepting our 30 spring cleaning challenge.
Start with your closets, which can be the scariest place of all. It becomes a place of storage for well, everything – if you let it! Our challenge for you today is to decide what items are necessities. A closet’s main purpose is to store items that are used on a regular basis. However, that does not mean store items that are NEVER used. Lucky for you, Wheaton has broken down the steps to having a cleaner closet; all you have to do is apply them!
Make a ‘keep’ pile and a ‘give-away’ pile. If you haven’t used it in the last six months, there is a good chance you won’t used it in the next six months. The point is, you will never have the organized closet space that you prefer, if you keep everything. A good motto for cleaning closets is ‘When in doubt, send it out!’
Once you have sorted through your items, it is time to actually clean your closet space. Take full advantage of having everything off the shelves. Wipe down and line shelves with plastic liner. Change the liner 2-3 times a year, this will help with the upkeep of your closets throughout the year – and you might actually be able to easily access the items you are looking for. Sweep the floor and even wipe down the walls if necessary.
Get organized. No really, go ‘neat freak’ on your closet. Separate your household goods into labeled tubs. Buying door hangers is a great way to free up some shelf space in your closet. Hanging shoe racks are also a great way to create space and keep your shoes looking nice.
Check out some great options on best kept secrets for organizing your closet on our Pinterest Page.
Spring cleaning with Wheaton is underway. Tackle the closets first. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook and send us your before and after pictures of your closets for a chance at winning a Home Depot gift card! We will pick the winner of the contest at the end of March. We have lots of work to do, get moving!
It’s time to celebrate and you don’t have to be in New Orleans to partake in the festivities. While Mardi Gras is a great excuse to host a party, there is a significant history behind these masks. So grab your snacks and don’t forget to share the meaning behind this great celebration.
The origin of Mardi Gras traces back to March 2, 1699 when Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville, a French-Canadian explorer, declared a portion of land south of New Orleans to be, “Pointe du Mardi Gras.” After arriving, the explorers realized it was the eve of a holiday celebrated back home, and therefore, decided to hold a celebration.
In 1702 Bienville also established, “Fort Louis de la Louisiane,” which is now the city of Mobile, AL. America began celebrating what would become a longstanding tradition called Mardi Gras the following year in 1703.
A secret society known as the Boeuf Gras Society started the traditional parades. It wasn’t until the 1730s that the holiday was publicly celebrated by the people of New Orleans. It began with an elegant ball which set the stage for the New Orleans Mardi Gras balls held today.
Why are masks worn?
So you may be decked in your purple, green and gold – but do you know what the colors stand for? Knowing the meaning behind the colors can add to the fun. Purple represents justice, green for faith, and gold for power. These colors also had a great influence on school colors for Louisiana State University and Tulane University. The official colors of Mardi Gras were chosen in 1872 and selected in honor of Russian Grand Duke, Alexandrovich Romanoff, who chose this same color scheme for his own home. Rock these colors with a whole new meaning!
Want to catch the Mardi Gras live?