To celebrate its successful annual campaign for Keaton’s Korral at Give Kids the World, Wheaton World Wide Moving is hosting Hats off to Keaton event to reach the final $22,000 for our annual fundraising goal and raise awareness for the Village. The van line is matching ALL donations made to Keaton’s Korral until January 31.
To participate in the Hats off to Keaton photo contest:
1. Visit Wheaton Facebook page:
2. Click “Hats off to Keaton” and post a pic of yourself in a hat of your choosing.
3. Share and encourage your friends to vote. Be sure to include #HatsOffToKeaton and the link www.gktw.org/keatonskorral to participate in the contest.
4. Enter between January 26-31, 2015
5. Entries receiving the most votes as of January 31 at 11:59 p.m. will win the following prizes:
1st place – $100.00
2nd place – $ 50.00
3rd place – $ 25.00
If wearing a hat isn’t your thing, please support the contestants by voting for your favorite picture.
Wheaton World Wide Moving has been a partner of Give Kids The World since 2000. Through its generous support of Keaton’s Korral, 7,300 families each year have been able to experience the fun of horse and pony rides, as they wear western hats and get to live out their cowboy dreams. Keaton’s Korral was named for Keaton White, an alumni wish child who spoke at a Wheaton conference shortly before he lost his battle with cancer. His story touched so many of the agents and employees, as he told of his dream to ensure every child got to experience the joy he felt during his time at the Village. “Give Kids The World was one of the happiest times of my life,” White said. “I just want to be sure that someday another little boy or girl and their family are loved just as much as me and my family were loved.”
A year ago, Give Kids The World took on the daunting task of renovating 88 25-year old villas in a two week period, a task that was achieved with the hard work and planning of thousands including a team from Wheaton | Bekins. We are looking back at the successful renovation with the people that helped make it happen from the members of the Wheaton World Wide Moving | Bekins Van Lines team.
Planning started back in June 2013 when Michael Bausman of Give Kids The World called Jason Fontaine of Central Moving & Storage for help with the two-week renovation. Jason went to his dad and owner of Central Moving & Storage, Jim Fontaine, about how they could help.
“I told him that the village was going to renovate approximately 100 units over a two week period. He quickly did some math and said we could pull that off in two weeks then I told him that the renovation was going to be two weeks, but we have two days to get all the furniture fixture & equipment (FF&E) items in,” explained Jason Fontaine. “He replied you didn’t tell them we could do it. My answer was if we don’t do it somebody else will. This is something we had to do for the kids and the village.”
The two started brainstorming on how to get the manpower and keep the cost down for the village, so Jason contacted President of Wheaton | Bekins , Dave Witzerman to help recruit agents and corporate staff to help with the renovation.
With plenty of planning over the next seven months, Jason and the team worked with the Wyndham group for now deemed – Extreme Village Makeover, and extreme it was.
“Central Moving & Storage handled over 350,000 lbs. of FF&E / Construction items for this project. We received approximately 300,000 lbs. in our warehouse,” Fontaine said. “There was a total of 38 trailers that were unloaded by CMS and their volunteers in two days. There was an additional four trailers loads of kitchen cabinets and four trailers of construction material that we delivered prior to the install.”
While Central Moving & Storage worked on the staging and operations, a 75-person Wheaton | Bekins team consisting of agents and corporate staff went to Orlando to unload and reassemble the furniture in the final two days of the Extreme Village Makeover Project.
“The biggest thing I would say is it was enthusiastic and chaotic, but it was a very organized chaos. Everyone knew what their job was and there was a lot of activity going on all at one time in one unit.” Carter said. “We were just trying to get all of that work done as quickly as possible so Give Kids The World can get back to their mission of having kids on site and providing that unforgettable experience for that family. Everyone there knew that and were enthusiastically there to support that.”
With the hard and enthusiastic work of all the volunteers and businesses, the project was successfully completed in the short two-week time frame. The new villas were unveiled on ABC’s Good Morning America along with Ty Pennington of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
“This project is one of the most aggressive projects that CMS has ever been a part of and could not have done it without the support of all the agents that gave up their time and knowledge to assist us.”
“I was honored,” Fontaine said. “There was still actually work that needed to be finished up, but Philip Torres of GKTW grabbed me and said you need to take a break and get something to eat and listen to the closing speeches. When they called my name I was in total shock. I was just doing what was right for the village.”
The completion of the villas was not only a huge success, but it brought the Wheaton | Bekins team closer together.
“Things like this bring all of us so much closer as agents and friends. It reminds me of the early days when we all had more time to do things together, which were the best years ever,” said Henry Cadle of Preferred Moving & Storage.
Wheaton| Bekins has been a partner of Give Kids The World since 2000, leading the efforts of Keaton’s Korral, where 7,300 families each year have been able to experience the fun of horse and pony rides, as they wear western hats and get to live out their cowboy dreams. Currently, Wheaton | Bekins is matching all donations to Keaton’s Korral until Jan. 31. To donate, please visit www.gktw.org/keatonskorral.
You can watch the recap of it all here, including the unveiling of the Villas here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YE2UEu8LXu4
A very special thank you to all of the agents that had participated in the makeover.
AAA Moving & Storage:
Action Moving & Storage:
American Relocation & Storage Systems:
Bell Moving & Storage:
Boerman Moving & Storage:
Friends of Central Moving & Storage:
Florida Transfer & Storage:
Frank & Sons Moving & Storage:
Gilmore Moving & Storage:
Hart Moving & Storage:
Hazzard Moving & Storage:
Preferred Moving & Storage:
Wheaton | Bekins corporate
And all of the staff at Central Moving & Storage
You know the feeling. You set off on vacation, ready for a few relaxing days away from work and home life. But then you realize you forgot something-and the further you get from home, the more things you realize you forgot. Soon enough, you’re so worried about these forgotten items things that you can’t enjoy your vacation.
You might experience the same worried feelings as you move. Moving is inherently stressful, and you may fret over everything that could go wrong.
Fret no more! We’ve compiled a list of 13 things people often forget to pack, leave behind, and do before moving. Remember these things as moving day approaches to ease your mind.
6 Things People Forget to Pack
You won’t forget to pack the bed or computer, but you might forget to pack one or a few of the following items:
Safe Deposit Box
Leaving your safe deposit box and all its contents behind could cause you heartache and cost you money. And making the trip back to your old home to retrieve the box would cost you even more time.
You love that red silk dress and your favorite cashmere sweater. Don’t forget to collect them from the dry cleaner before moving day. Also remember to pick items up your tailor and shoe-repair shops, if necessary.
Collect all important documents (including personal records and contact info) eight weeks before the move.
Personal records include medical, dental, vaccine, and veterinarian files. You should also obtain your children’s school portfolios.
Important contact info includes business cards, phone books, and friends’ addresses. The Internet makes it easier to find this kind of information, but having hard copies might save you time when you need to contact someone.
Items in Storage
You’ve checked and double checked every closet and cupboard in your house. But what about the shed in your backyard? The crawl space above your garage? Clear out all storage units, sheds, and crawl spaces before moving. And don’t forget to plan for these items on the moving truck.
Do you keep a spare key under that loose fence post in your backyard? Did you hide a gift in a secret cupboard in your closet?
Remember to find and pack these items before you leave.
Curtains and Decor
You’re so used to seeing your curtains, window treatments, and wreaths that you might see them as part of your home. This makes it easy to forget to remove them from walls and pack them.
Even if you plan to buy new curtains and décor for your new home, remove the existing items and donate them.
4 Things People Forget to Leave Behind
Just like you might forget to pack some essential items, you might forget to leave some important things behind.
Collect all house keys for your home’s next owner. If you have multiple keys-such as deadbolt keys, window keys, or shed keys label them so the future owners don’t have to call you with questions.
Garage Door Opener
You’re used to having the garage door opener in your glove compartment, so you might make it all the way to your new house before you notice it. Remember to remove it from your vehicle on moving day.
Did you borrow your neighbor’s blender? Did your friend loan you their favorite movie? Return these items before you move to save yourself from the wrath of your friends (and shipping costs).
You might have terrible memories of your elementary school librarian hounding you about an overdue library book. Save yourself from a similar (and more costly) experience, and return any rental items before hitting the road.
3 Things People Forget to Do Before Moving
Between finding a new home, scheduling movers, and packing your items, you might neglect a few important processes. As you prepare to move, don’t forget to:
Turn Off the Utilities
Don’t forget to turn on the utilities in your new home. Arranging furniture and unpacking boxes in the dark is an adventure you don’t need to experience.
Notify Schools and Caregivers
If you have children, talk to administrators at their current and future schools to notify them of the switch. Inform administrators at the new school about any special needs your child has.
Remember to tell nannies, pet sitters, tutors, and housekeepers about your move at least one month in advance.
Paying for a gym membership is expensive enough. Don’t double-pay for memberships in your both your old and new cities.
Some clubs require you to notify them of your intent to cancel at least 30 days in advance, so double check your clubs’ policies.
Avoid costly mishaps by keeping these tips in mind. Visit our other blogs for more tips on making a smooth move.
Moving can be difficult. It’s not just the organization, planning, or physical traveling. Often, you leave behind a familiar location in favor of a new, unknown living situation. Adjusting to a new house in a new place often proves stressful or even scary as well.
Below, we’ve listed five ways you can make your house, townhome, or apartment feel safe and homey.
1. Be Active
You may feel tempted to isolate yourself after a move. After all, you have things to unpack and a job to get to. But resist the urge.
Staying active-physically, socially, and communally-triggers important mental processes that create the sense of home. Cover the following bases:
Exercise. Take time to exercise between unpacking, work, and your family responsibilities. You don’t have to do a full workout-even a walk around the block after dinner each evening will help. Physical activity produces endorphins that will help keep you happy and healthy.
Join local communities. Whether it’s church, the PTA, or a work book club, social communities help forge connections and create positive associations with your surroundings.
Shop locally. Chat with staff and fellow shoppers. Getting to know locals can help you feel like you belong.
Don’t let yourself fall into a rut-actively participate in your new neighborhood so you can feel like part of it.
2. Cultivate Living Things
You may find yourself grieving after you leave a cherished home. Some people even experience depression after a move. One of the best ways to combat these negative feelings is to invest your time in cultivating living things. Try these methods:
Grow a garden. Even if you live in an apartment without land, placing some herbs in your kitchen window can help you feel purpose and belonging.
Spend time with children. Engaging with your own children can help you feel connected and gauge their feelings about the move. If you don’t have children, volunteering at a library, hospital, or daycare can help you feel part of a community.
Take care of your pets. Spend constructive time with your pets playing, training, or just cuddling. The unconditional affection of a pet can help you assimilate to unfamiliar surroundings.
If none of these options work for you, look into local soup kitchens, animal shelters, and other charitable organizations where you can help out to help yourself feel more at ease.
No matter your design aesthetic, there’s no denying the power of the right colors. Deliberately choosing a color scheme that promotes calm, happiness, and comfort can transform your new accommodations into a place you call your own. Consider the following color options:
Earth Tones: Earth tones like rich reds, varying browns, and darker golds create a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere.
This happens because these colors are easy on your eyes and stimulate feelings of stability, reassurance, and ease.
Pastels: Light colors, ocean tones, and pastels like robin egg blue and pale pink build a feeling of tranquility. Blues, in particular, produce feelings of peacefulness, calm, and cleanliness.
Warm Colors: Like earth tones, warm colors encourage comfort. Brighter colors like orange, yellow, and red invigorate the mind and can increase your family’s energy levels, which makes them ideal for gathering areas.
Use color to engineer an environment where you can happily spend time.
There’s nothing like familiar accouterments to push things into falling into place. Even before you settle in entirely, you can make your control your circumstances in the following ways:
Celebrate holidays with long-standing traditions (and maybe some new ones too)
Cook your family’s favorite meals; they’ll fill your new house with the smells you love
Light scented candles to mimic an aroma you’re used to
Play your favorite music
Don’t fight the setup of your new home to try and get it to look or feel exactly like your new one. Instead, balance the change with familiar accents to help you adjust.
Think about what makes you feel at home so you can deliberately create the circumstances you’ll feel most comfortable in.
This tip may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important to take your belongings out of their boxes and begin to set up your home.
You may feel tempted to live out of storage while you adjust, especially if your current living arrangement is temporary, but this actually keeps you from adjusting.
Decorating and arranging your furniture creates a feeling of control in your new surroundings. It also helps you get to know the house. It’s much easier to feel at home once you know the doors each key opens, where to find each tripping hazard, and how each cupboard and closet opens.
If you find yourself struggling to adjust to your situation after you move in, reach out. Your friends, family, and neighbors can offer support and advice specific to your circumstances.
Use these tips to help you and your family make your new house a home.
Moving takes a toll on you and your kids. One of the hardest parts of moving for children is the first day of school. They have to make new friends, get to know their new teacher, and find their way around the buildings. Whether your kids are in high school or in elementary school, the transition can cause anxiety. Last year we wrote a blog about moving with kids that offered suggestions from recently moved families and what they did to create a smooth transition.
This blog goes further in-depth on how to help kids transition, specifically on their first day of school. Here are a few ways you can help your children beat the first-day jitters.
Practice the Route to School
To give your child an idea of what to expect on the first day of school, walk them through their morning routine. Go to the bus stop, then drive them to the school. Point out basic geographic locations on the way to prepare them if they ever get lost. Point out colorful billboards, shopping centers, or parks that they may remember later.
Talk with the new school to see if you and your child can come for a school tour. Most schools encourage tours to ensure new students have a smooth transition. As you walk through the school, locate homerooms, gyms, and the cafeteria. For high school students, you may want to find their locker and walk through their class schedule.
Occasionally schools assign new students a “buddy” for their first few weeks. Ask your child’s school administrators if they have a similar program. Having a buddy may help your child feel less anxiety if they know a classmate is there to help them.
Establish a Calm Morning Routine
Kids need plenty of sleep and food to deal with the stress and emotions accompanied with moving. Set early bedtimes and make breakfast in the morning to make sure they have the nutrition they need to handle the rigor of the day.
The more relaxing you can make the morning, the more your kids will feel prepared and confident about the day. Organize clothes and lunches the night before to avoid rushing in the morning. You should also wake everyone early enough so they have plenty of time to get ready. This time allows them to calmly prepare for the day and leave the house on time.
And remember to go to bed early yourself. This will help you be happier and more alert.
Make Friends with Other Families
Throughout the move, your kids will watch you as a model on how to socialize. Join a community center for a stress-free way to meet families. Or find a family in your neighborhood who has kids the same age as your own and invite them over for dinner or dessert. A dinner event will allow your kids to make friends in the comfort of your home and give them a familiar face in their new classroom.
You may also find activities for children in the community, such as summer camps or story time at a library. Look for outgoing, friendly children that will help your child adjust. You can also talk with a teacher or another parent to help bridge the gap for your child. As you socialize, don’t expect your child to talk very much. Most children assume their parents will take the lead during the socializing process.
Keep Contact with Old Friends
Help your child stay connected with old friends by throwing a going-away party. Have friends write their addresses and phone numbers down. This will give your child a way to stay connected once you move. You can also have their friends stay over for a weekend to keep your child’s spirits up after the move.
Consider visiting your old community if your child seems lonely. Remind your child that even though they moved, they don’t have to break ties with their old life.
Don’t be surprised if you initially see a change in your child’s grades. The change may result from different curriculum requirements, teaching styles, or the emotional impact from moving. Instead of reprimanding your child for lower grades, consider a more helpful approach. Talk with them and ask what you can do to support them. Taking time to help with homework can make a big difference on their stress and anxiety levels.
Make Your Home Their Refuge
Your kids need a place to go that doesn’t intensify anxiety levels. If they come home to stressed-out parents, they won’t feel comfortable in their own home. Instead, make your home a place where they can laugh and play. Laughing helps children relax and relieve stress from an unfamiliar school environment.
Play games with your kids and help them have fun at home. This interaction will give them something to look forward to if they have a rough day at school.
Use these tips to help your child transition to a new school and help your family grow closer together during this experience.
Before we move into 2015, Wheaton World Wide Moving is looking back at the highlights from a great year 2014.
We moved people…
Wheaton World Wide Moving continued to do what it does best – move people. Wheaton’s customer-first philosophy helped thousands transition seamlessly throughout the country. In 2015, Wheaton World Wide Moving will celebrate its 70th anniversary!
We said hello…
Thirty-three smiling faces joined the team at the Wheaton World Wide Moving’s corporate office throughout the year.
Chavis Moving & Storage in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Todd Transportation Company in Rutland, Vt., and Veteran’s Moving & Storage in Jacksonville, Fla joined the ever-growing agency network throughout the United States.
We said goodbye…
Four longstanding employees announced their retirement:
VP of Operations, Gary Reynolds
Staff Accountant, Diane Schueller
Equipment Coordinator, Dave Rhodes
Warehouseman for Crown Moving & Storage, Sam Napier
We honored each of the individual’s contribution and impact on the company with a retirement dinner on December 11. Check out the photos and read about Gary, Diane, Dave and Sam here.
We gave back…
Wheaton continued to feed the hungry in conjunction with Move For Hunger. Wheaton agents offered to pick up the unwanted, non-perishable food items from those who were moving and delivered it to their local food banks. As of Dec. 15, agents have collected 348,143 lbs. of food – that’s 290,019 meals!
Wheaton World Wide Moving continued to support Keaton’s Korral at Give Kids the World. Keaton’s Korral allows children with life-threatening diseases and their families to ride horses and ponies while living out their cowboy and cowgirl dreams.
To kick off 2014, agents and members from Wheaton World Wide Moving participated in the Give Kids the World Extreme Village Makeover. The team renovated 100 vacation villas. Check out the video from the Makeover – Jason Fontaine of Central Moving & Storage makes an appearance at 4:30 in the video.
For #GivingTuesday on December 2, Wheaton World Wide Moving announced it will match ALL donations to Keaton’s Korral through January 31. We are more than halfway to the goal of $22,000! Please consider contributing to this amazing cause at www.gktw.org/keatonskorral.
Employees of Wheaton World Wide Moving delivered donations to the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana for Santa’s Workshop. Santa’s Workshop allowed parents and siblings staying at the Ronald McDonald House to shop for gifts at no cost during the holiday season.
The Wheaton corporate office collected more than 430 items from employees in drop boxes from early November through mid-December. Items included everything from pajamas, slippers and personal care items to toys, books and puzzles. From cash donations, Wheaton also donated a selection of gift cards. The team that delivered the donations were treated to a tour of Ronald McDonald House – check out the photos from the tour.
Executive Vice President A.J. Schneider learned what it was like to live on the road and assist with moves all over the country. He traveled with Permanent Fleet Driver of the Year, Bob Krumpols, from Utah to Florida and helped out with the moves along the way. Check out A.J.’s adventures:
In the first half of the year Wheaton World Wide Moving hosted its annual sales boot camp at the corporate office in Indianapolis and regional meetings in Atlantic City, N.J., Indianapolis, Ind. and Las Vegas, Nev.
Agents also participated in the 60th annual partnership conference at the Hyatt Regency in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Nov. 5-8. The four-day conference featured eight educational sessions, awards, keynote speaker Dan Coughlin and fun activities. Check out the photos from the conference.
Roaring into the Summer Week – April 21-25
National Moving Month – May
Employee Appreciation Week – Dec. 15-19
Direct Lease – Clifford Bowe
Permanent Fleet – Bob Krumpols
Intermittent Fleet – Kurt Griggs
We were in the movies and on TV…
Wolf of Wall Street – 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, an 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.
In the movie And So it Goes with Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas, you can spot Gold Service Movers, Inc. truck and cartons throughout the movie.
Ever wonder what it takes to move an NFL team for a road game? Wheaton World Wide agent, Coast to Coast Moving & Storage does! “CBS This Morning,” chronicled the Tampa Bay Buccaneers operations for their recent game in Pittsburgh, Pa. Owner of Coast to Coast Moving & Storage, George Burd and his truck make an appearance at 2:30 in the video. Watch the video here.
Thank you for an amazing 2014 and here’s to another great year in 2015.
What were some of your favorite memories of 2014? What are you looking forward to in 2015?
Whether you’re moving overseas or over a few state lines, it can be difficult to adjust to a drastically different climate. These transitions are fraught with tricky situations-from changing your health and beauty routines to learning how to drive in unfamiliar weather conditions. Adjusting fully will take time, but you can make assimilation quicker, safer, and more comfortable using these three tips.
1. Plan Ahead
There are plenty of plans to make during a move, but one of the most important is planning your reaction to a new climate ahead of time. If possible, your plans should include the following:
- Timing: If you move during extreme seasons, it will make your trip and transition that much more difficult. Time your move to take advantage of weather that is similar to where you’re living now. For example, if you’re moving from a cold climate to a warm, dry climate, move during your destination’s winter. Its winter will include temperatures you’re already used to whereas its summer wouldn’t.
- Equipment: When you move to a climate which will require specific gear-especially clothes-it may seem easier to stock up before you go. For some items this will work. For example, you’ll probably be able to find a reliable pair of flip flops just about anywhere. But, if you need a new winter coat, boots, or rain gear, you’ll find a broader, higher-quality selection at your new location.
- Transportation: Unfamiliar roads and extreme weather conditions can make getting around after a move more than a little intimidating. Employ a quality GPS and safe driving practices t
o prevent transportation-related injuries or damages. If you are moving to a cold climate with lots of snow and ice, be sure to winterize your car and maybe take a preparatory class to ensure you can safely maneuver slick roads.
Enlist the help of friends and family members who have experienced similar climates to help you prepare. If you don’t know anyone with relevant experience, join a community chat group or talk to members of your new homeowners association to get advice from the natives.
2. Fight the Temptation to Simulate Your Previous Climate
It can be tempting to match the climate inside your home to the climate you just left using your HVAC system. However, doing so can spread allergens and encourage bacterial growth, not to mention increase your family’s adjustment time.
Instead of trying to match an environment you’re accustomed to, change your bedding and clothes to work best with the new climate. If, for example, you moved to a town with higher humidity and temperature, switch to thinner sheets and clothes.
While a number of factors can affect your adjustment-including your age and physical fitness-it takes about two weeks for people to make the basic adjustment to changed weather conditions. To facilitate your adjustment, keep your home comfortable, but avoid using your climate control or humidifier to drastically change your home’s interior climate.
3. Make Health a Priority
Schedule an appointment with your doctor before moving to discuss how the conditions in your new home may affect your health. Schedule appointments for your children and any pets as well.
While there isn’t a trick for instant adjustment, you can support a healthy transition for each family member by minimizing the health risk posed by changes in altitude, humidity, and temperature.
For most people, decreased altitude shouldn’t cause any ill effects (except ear popping, which accompanies the initial pressure change). However, if you’re moving to a higher altitude, you may experience altitude sickness. Altitude sickness can manifest in the following ways:
- Decreased Physical Stamina: Altitude changes the way your muscles perform, including your heart and lungs. Don’t undertake any strenuous activities when you first arrive. Build up your tolerance slowly. Seek medical attention immediately if you have prolonged breathing difficulty or feel faint when performing normal activities.
- Dehydration: Because you breathe harder and sweat more at a higher altitude, you’re more likely to dehydrate. Assign each member of your family a water bottle and ensure everyone is getting enough fluids.
- Sleep Changes: Many people experience some insomnia or sleep apnea at high altitudes. Take a mild sleep aid to help you get the rest you need. If the problem persists, talk to a doctor.
- Altitude may exacerbate preexisting conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, and anemia. If you have a preexisting condition, talk to your doctor before you travel.
Humidity changes may be the first thing you notice after a move. This is because the concentration of moisture in the air instantly affects your hair, skin, and respiration.
- High Humidity: High levels of humidity exacerbate allergies and respiratory conditions. Ensure your new home is well-ventilated to decrease these risks.
- Low Humidity: Lack of moisture can cause skin irritation, nose bleeds, dehydration, immune system compromises, and some breathing issues. Apply lotion to dry skin and drink plenty of fluids to counteract the effects.
You may need to change the health and beauty products you use to compensate for the changes in humidity levels. Consider purchasing a humidifier or dehumidifier to modify the levels within your home.
Temperature extremes can take some getting used to. Here are the basics of protecting your family’s health through the mercury’s highs and lows.
- High Temperatures: Hot weather increases the risk of heat stroke, burns, and heart attack. Stay hydrated and be sure to wear sunscreen when you’ll be in direct sunlight. Dress appropriately for the weather and cut your pets’ long fur so they won’t overheat either.
- Low Temperatures: When the temperature drops, the risk of hypothermia and other cold diseases increases. If you aren’t used to navigating icy walkways, you may also be injured by a slip and fall. Bundle up and walk carefully when you’re exposed to cold weather.
A move can offer exciting opportunities. Don’t let climate changes hold you back once you reach your new home. Use these tips to help you and your family feel at home, no matter how your surroundings change.
You’ve moved in just in time for the holidays-now what? In an earlier post, we covered some details about throwing a housewarming party. While a housewarming party offers a great opportunity to meet new people, there are different ways to branch out and solidify friendships with those who live just around the corner.
A progressive dinner party is one of those ways. Progressive dinners involve successive courses that are prepared and eaten at different residences throughout a specific neighborhood. While one host prepares hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, other hosts prepare one of the following:
- Appetizer course
- First course (salad or soup)
- Main course
- Fruits and nuts
Neighbors move from house to house together and enjoy one another’s food and company. If you want to host a progressive holiday dinner party to meet new neighbors and make new friends, follow the steps below to pull it off without a sweat.
How do you want to split the courses? Who do you want to dine with? What do you want to serve? If you’re new to your neighborhood, it’s important to plan out everything in detail so you don’t overwhelm the other hosts-or yourself.
Travel around and meet your neighbors. Talk with them about the idea. Ask for input. After you’ve assessed your neighbors’ interest level, start planning. Usually, progressive dinner parties involve anywhere from five to six couples. Once you decide who to invite, contact everyone and ask them to meet with you to decide who will handle which course.
When you meet with your guests to plan, have a list nearby with options. Decide which things you will prepare and how long you’ll stay at each house. Help come up with ideas for entertainment during each round of the dinner party. Suggest easy-to-make recipes, and set a specific night that works for each couple.
Once you’ve determined who is in charge of each meal, start preparing the meal you’ll host. The holidays afford plenty of seasoned flavors that make everyone want to gather around the hearth and enjoy the atmosphere of good cheer and great cuisine. Depending on your assigned course, here are some recipes you might want to try.
Eggnog is one of the staples of the Christmas season. If you’ve been assigned hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, make a family-friendly eggnog with the following:
- 8 egg yolks
- 2/3 cup refined white sugar
- 2 quart whole milk
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 tbsp freshly ground nutmeg
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 8 egg whites
In a mixer, beat the egg yolks and add the sugar. Once the sugar dissolves, add the milk, cream, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Next, beat the egg whites in another mixer and then add to the first mixture. Chill and serve. Makes 12 cups.
Combine salt with savor and let your guests’ mouths water over easy-to-make bacon-arugula-apple bites. You’ll need the following ingredients:
- Apple slices (any variety)
- Lemon juice
- Spreadable cheese
- Garlic and other herbs
- Cooked bacon pieces
- Arugula sprigs
- Cracked pepper and salt
Cover the apples in lemon juice so they don’t brown. Next, mix the garlic and other herbs into the spreadable cheese (or buy a cheese that already has mixed-in herbs). Spread the cheese onto each apple slice and then top with bacon, arugula, pepper and salt.
The queen of hearty cuisine and celebrations, Martha Stewart, lists dozens of main dish recipes for the holidays. She combines unique flavors with rare vegetables and mouthwatering meats. Each of her concoctions will amaze your guests and may even persuade a few of them to set up future dinner appointments at your home. Making and keeping new friends just got a whole lot easier with Martha’s help.
You can win your guests over with one of the most surprising and satisfying desserts of the season: candy cane cheesecake. Not only will this delicious dessert surprise your guests’ taste buds, it will help them remember how sweet the holidays are supposed to be.
Food? Check. Decorations? Check. Party time? Check. Once you’ve prepared for the evening, sit back, relax, and enjoy your progressive holiday dinner party. Meet with your fellow hosts and travel to each house together. Sing carols along the way. Do whatever you can to solidify friendships and have a good time.
If any of you have children, pool money together and hire a babysitter for the night. Invite the babysitter to play holiday games with your children. Help make it a night for them to remember as well.
Whatever you do, make sure you have the entire evening free to socialize and enjoy the wonderful feeling of Christmas. Progressive dinners are one of the best ways to get to know different people and feel right at home in the presence of your neighbors. Start planning your progressive dinner with your new neighbors today.
Carl needed to sell his house. He listed it in the newspaper classifieds, hired a real estate agent, and pitched a “for sale” sign into his front lawn. Despite his best efforts, Carl still had no buyers.
What’s poor Carl to do?
The answer is simple: stage his house.
The majority of sellers and real estate agents forget to stage a home before they attempt to sell it. Proper staging is one of the key elements of finding the right buyer willing to purchase a home at the right price. Potential buyers want to walk through a home that feels like home. They don’t want to look around and see clutter, worn furniture, dirtied carpets, and burnt-out light bulbs.
Potential buyers want to see a clean space with dust-free furniture, stain-free floor coverings, and brightly lit lamps. They want to click their heels together, soak in their surroundings, and chant “there’s no place like home.” You must create a space that makes them do just that.
No one wants to walk into a messy home. In an earlier post, we encouraged readers to de-clutter their space so they could appreciate the benefits of feng shui. The same goes for staging. De-clutter your space so your potential buyers can appreciate it for what it is. They will see the value and may want to make an offer.
To de-clutter, divide all of your items into four piles (to sell, to donate, to throw away, and to keep). Once you’ve separated your belongings into piles, hold a garage sale, donate the items to a local shelter, rent a disposal bin or dumpster, and then place any leftover “to keep” items in their proper place. De-cluttering your space will help you-and your buyer-feel more comfortable.
Scrub and Paint Walls
Grimy, dented, worn walls won’t impress any buyer. Before you invite any buyers inside, scrub your walls clean. Most bathroom walls collect surface mold. To get rid of surface mold, try the following:
- Fill a spray bottle with 2 cups water and 2 cups bleach.
- Spray the concoction on the wall.
- Wipe the wall with a wet cloth.
If other walls in your home have dents, holes, or marks, fill or cover the damage with plaster and then paint over it with a primer. After you prime the wall, pick a light-colored neutral paint (like grey, cream, or off-white) and paint over the primer.
Replace Doors, Knobs, and Blinds
Old doors, knobs, and blinds date a home. You can freshen up your space with new doors in dark, rich woods or painted a clean white. Since most new homeowners have specific preferences (and may want to choose their own knobs and blinds), make a special mention in your listing that informs potential buyers of your willingness to grant an allowance for new knobs and blinds.
Whether your carpets have food stains, pet hair, or mud marks, dirty carpets look gross. Use a vacuum, carpet cleaning solution, and plenty of rags to clean your carpets and ready them for future showings. If you have a large stain, consider buying a rug to place over the stain. But be sure to be transparent about the stain (don’t ever lie to a potential buyer and pretend the stain isn’t there) so the buyer will trust you with their business.
Embrace White Space
White space is bright space. White space opens up a room and expands spaces visually. Dark walls generally make a room look and feel smaller, so focus on lighter neutral tones (wall colors, floor rugs, lamp shades, pillow coverings, and flowers) when you stage your home.
Let There Be Light
Natural light will enhance the features of your home and make it stand out as a clean, bright, organized space. First, wash the windows to let more light in. Clean windows will help the light in your home feel cleaner and brighter. Next, layer the lighting in your home so that potential buyers will get an idea of what the house looks like during all hours of the day and night. To layer lighting, choose the following:
- Overhead lights
- Task lighting
- Floor lamps
While some buyers stop by for showings in the daytime, the majority of buyers prefer to walk through a home after work. Use the proper lighting to ensure each potential buyer experiences your house in the best light possible.
The smell of fresh bread is one of the most important aspects of staging. If potential buyers can walk into your home and be doused with the sweet smell of freshly baked bread, they’ll feel at home and will be more willing to consider the property as a permanent one.
If you want to surprise potential buyers, stage your home. Make it feel familiar to them. Make it look familiar to them. Make it smell familiar to them. Once you do, you won’t have to worry about a plateau of uninterested buyers. Instead, you’ll be able sell your home without breaking a sweat.
Employees of Wheaton World Wide Moving delivered donations to the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana on Thursday for Santa’s Workshop. Santa’s Workshop will allow parents and siblings staying at the Ronald McDonald House to shop for gifts at no cost during the Holiday season.
Wheaton collected more than 430 items from employees in drop boxes at its corporate office from early November through mid-December. Items included everything from pajamas, slippers and personal care items to toys, books and puzzles. From cash donations, Wheaton also donated a selection of gift cards.
While delivering the donations, Wheaton representatives were treated to a tour of the Ronald McDonald House. The pictures from the tour are below.