Angela Bergin's Blog
If you have a lot of items that you need to move from one address to another, it may be tempting to try to complete your relocation as quickly as possible. However, when it comes to moving day, it pays to take a slow, steady approach.
Ultimately, you should try to plan plenty of breaks throughout moving day. There are many reasons why it can be beneficial to schedule regular moving day breaks, including:
1. You can help your moving team stay focused.
Let's face it – even the most diligent person can get tired of moving big, heavy boxes. Fortunately, regular breaks enable an individual to sit down, relax and regain the necessary strength to complete a successful move.
When it comes to moving day, regular breaks can help all members of a moving team stay on track. Even providing moving team members with a few minutes each hour to grab a beverage or snack can deliver long-lasting benefits. In fact, with regular moving day breaks in place, moving team members may gain extra motivation to work hard and do the best job possible.
2. You can reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.
Over the course of moving day, a moving team can become tired and exhausted. Without rest, moving team members risk making costly mistakes as well.
On moving day, it is always better to err on the side of caution. If you provide your moving team with regular breaks, you can reduce the risk of moving day accidents and injuries.
3. You can enjoy both work and play.
Moving day can be tough on all parties involved, so why not try to inject a little bit of fun along the way? Thankfully, regular breaks can provide a moving team with the support it needs to get through a stressful experience.
For example, you may want to consider hosting a pizza party during a moving day lunch break. This celebration gives moving team members the opportunity to enjoy a delicious lunch, converse with their peers and, perhaps most important, earn a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of moving day.
You also can provide lots of delectable snacks and tasty beverages that a moving team can enjoy during breaks. These treats will help a moving team maintain its energy levels and remain sharp.
If you need extra assistance on moving day, don't hesitate to hire a moving company, either. This business employs courteous, professionally trained specialists who understand the ins and outs of moving. As such, a moving company can help you seamlessly navigate all stages of the moving process.
Lastly, if you need help as you prep for moving day, it never hurts to contact a local real estate agent. In addition to helping you buy or sell a house, a real estate agent can put you in touch with the best moving companies in your area.
Schedule regular breaks during your move – you'll be glad you did. With these breaks in place, you can increase the likelihood of a successful transition from one address to another.
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If you're like many busy gardeners, your garden shed isn't as organized as it could be. Perhaps you've been telling yourself for quite some time that you're going to get around to giving it an organizational makeover but run short on inspiration whenever you try to brainstorm a game plan. You've probably got items in and around your home that can easily be repurposed as containers for various garden supplies in your garden shed. Following are just five suggestions and how they can be used.
Milk crates make excellent all-purpose containers for a variety of items. Because they're stackable and easily labeled, you can easily customize them to meet your individual needs and preferences. They're good for keeping bottles and boxes of garden chemicals organized. Simply stack them in a corner or along a wall with the labels facing outward.
If you buy fruit in bulk from a local orchard, you probably have a few stray bushel baskets hanging around waiting to be used for something. They're ideal for storing loose potting soil. For instance, when you're cleaning up your hanging baskets, window boxes and other containers after the season is over, you can easily empty the potting soil into bushel baskets so you can use it again in the spring.
Have your children outgrown their toy chests? If so, you can use them in your garden shed to store a variety of things. They're good for keeping garden sweaters and gloves handy, and they can also be used as dry storage for seeds. You can even keep a few snacks in them to keep them safe from rodents or bugs.
Flower Pots and Planters
Keeping a few empty flower pots that you no longer use on hand provides an ideal catch-all place for any stray items that you aren't quite sure what to do with. Think small items such as plant tags, half-full seed packets and even the occasional garden glove that doesn't seem to have a mate can all find temporary homes in an empty flower.
If a recent or current home remodeling project leaves you with some stray bookshelves, consider installing them in your garden shed. They're excellent places for storing all sorts of items from boxes or fertilizer to a few gardening books and magazines. Placing one of them as high as possible helps keep dangerous garden chemicals, such as weed killer, out of the reach of curious young minds and hands.
You'd be surprised at how many ordinary household items can be repurposed for storage in your garden shed. Perhaps the best thing about it is that the creative aspect makes it a fun adventure rather than just another home maintenance chore.
One of the most satisfying aspects of being a new homeowner is the process of "making it your own."
That could include everything from painting walls and hanging pictures to replacing window treatments and assembling shelves. (Then, of course, there's the unpacking, furniture arranging, organizing, and room cleaning!)
For some people, one of the biggest challenges in getting unpacked, set up, and fully decorated is keeping their motivation high. While momentum is usually highest during the first few weeks of living in a new home, a lot of distractions, interruptions, and competing priorities can quickly vie for your attention.
In addition to using good time management skills and setting self-imposed deadlines for getting projects done, here are a few other strategies for staying on track with your decorating and home improvement goals:
Purchase needed supplies ASAP: It's easy for a project to get derailed or put on the "back burner" when you don't have all the tools, supplies, and materials you need to get started. Painting walls and ceilings is the perfect example because you can't get fully underway until you have a variety of brushes, rollers, paint trays, drop cloths, painters' tape, and a sufficient supply of paint -- often more than one color. If you have holes or cracks to fill, you may also need additional supplies like joint compound, a putty knife, and sandpaper. When you have immediate access to all the supplies you need for a particular project, it eliminates potential delays, excuses for getting started, and interruptions in your work flow.
Arrange child care: Sometimes the best approach to keeping your children supervised and entertained while you're working on the house is to hire a responsible teenager to babysit. If you have one or more older children in the family who can help take care of the younger ones for a few hours, then that's even better. In either case, you'll be able to stay focused on the task at hand and get a lot more accomplished.
Make it a priority: The problem with continually postponing a home repair, a landscaping task, or a painting project is that weeks can easily turn into months! Before you know it, years have gone by and you still haven't organized your basement, cleaned out those clogged rain gutters, or applied a fresh coat of paint to your outdated bathroom walls. By blocking off a specific period of time for getting a project underway or completed, you'll be accomplishing your home maintenance goals and beautifying your home faster and more efficiently.
Commit it to writing: When you write yourself a reminder note, create a to-do list, mark it on your calendar, or even text your spouse about your plans to tackle the project on Saturday, you've increased the probability that it will get done. Verbally telling people about it, such as when they ask you what you're doing this weekend, will also help fuel your motivation and nudge you to get the job done in a timely way!