6 SPRING CLEANING TIPS

6 SPRING CLEANING TIPS

6 SPRING CLEANING TIPS

Regardless of the weather outside, spring is upon us – and spring is synonymous with fresh starts. It’s time to get rid of those winter blues. So let’s get started with these 6 spring cleaning tips that will have your home in tip-top shape in no time.

1. Get rid of clutter.

Before you start preparing, get rid of items that are needlessly filling up your home. Step number one: Tackle those unwanted items.

Clothing: Toss the heavy outerwear and winter boots for lighter clothing and accessories. For clothes you will no longer need during spring, consider donating them to a local charity or placing them into seasonal storage.

Linens and décor: We recommend putting away heavier bedding and seasonal décor to help declutter and rid your home of the winter feel. Spring should be all about celebrating the sunshine.

2. Swap out seasonal gear.

Over the winter months, garages and basements become popular storage areas for grills, lawn mowers, sports equipment and patio furniture. With nice weather around the corner, it’s time to spruce up your curb appeal and get your garage back into shape.

Garage: Perhaps your garage has a area in one corner or a workshop in another. Now is the time to decide where you want to place those items and how you will organize them.

Welcome spring: Once you’ve decided on designated areas, it’s time to clean up and place your lawn mower, grill, patio furniture, gardening tools and other spring items back where they belong.

3. Time to clean: It’s a great time to rid your home of dirt, dust and other allergens and make it a refreshing atmosphere.

Wash curtains, windows, fixtures and other items that may often get ignored. Dust

down and wash any blinds, floorboards, window sills and corners. Great tip- Vacuum and flip your mattress over to provide even wear.

4. Maximize home storage.

As you begin spring cleaning, consider the space you already have in your home that you may not be taking advantage of. This will allow you to create (and keep) an organized space.

Open Shelving: As you clean your kitchen, bathroom, office spaces and more, look for existing spaces along the wall that may come in handy. Open wall shelves can create a light, refreshing look .You can keep your home organized, functional and bright – all while saving you space.

Think vertical: Use stackable storage and modular units for bedrooms and closet spaces.

Transform dead space into useable storage with shelves and baskets that can house everyday essentials. Maximize your space.

5. Make cleaning a routine. You might be surprised to find that we should be dusting and vacuuming every few days. We suggest staying on top of a cleaning schedule to help keep your home organized.

You’ll find yourself more relaxed and balanced when you are living in a tidy space. As we do in every part of life, we create a checklist for household tasks to keep the home looking beautiful and clean every day.

The more often you tackle chores like laundry, dusting and vacuuming, the less often you’ll have to do a thorough, tough clean.

6. Consider self storage: For seasonal belongings, oversized items, or accessories you haven’t yet found a home for, renting a storage unit can be a space-saving and easy way to store your things. For fragile items like wood, antiques or furniture, consider a climate controlled unit. It keeps items constant environment (temperatures between 55°F and 85°F). To ensure, our units are enclosed and, therefore, resist dust, pests and more.

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Hiring a Moving Company vs. Renting a Moving Truck

Hiring a Moving Company vs. Renting a Moving Truck

Hiring a Moving Company vs. Renting a Moving Truck

Are you thinking about hiring movers to help with your move? You’re not alone. When it comes to something as stressful as moving, hiring help can seem like a smart solution. But, is hiring a mover the best solution for you? In this post, we break down the benefits of hiring movers verse the benefits of a DIY move.

The Benefits of a DIY Move

There are many benefits of doing a DIY move. Below, we’ve listed a few benefits of doing a DIY move as opposed to hiring movers.

1.         Total Control: In our opinion, the greatest pro to a DIY move is the fact that you are in complete control over the entire moving process. Not only do you get to choose the truck and all of your moving supplies, but you also can handle all the boxes yourself to ensure that nothing breaks in the process. Committing to a DIY move means that you have the flexibility to decide when to begin the move and when to end the move. If you’re moving in bad weather, you get to decide how best to protect your belongings. You’re also in control of how to load the truck, and you don’t have to worry about movers dumping boxes and furniture in rooms they don’t belong.

2.         Cheaper: Hiring movers can be expensive. Many movers will either charge hourly rates or quote you half of the move before it happens. When you move yourself, your moving expenses can drastically decrease.

3.         Help: Moving and packing is labor-intensive, so if you decide against hiring a moving company you’ll need some help. This means calling in lots of favors from friends and relatives. If you don’t have too many belongings and nothing particularly valuable or fragile to move your friends might well suffice. If you do have a considerable inventory to transport and some of it is quite valuable or irreplaceable, think twice. Good friends are not necessarily experienced movers and are most always not insured for damages that may incur during a move. If your best friends drop your flat screen TV, will you sue them for compensation? Not likely!

 

The Benefits of Hiring Movers

There are also many benefits of hiring movers. Below, you will find three benefits of hiring movers as opposed to doing a DIY move.

1.        Movers are Experienced: Hopefully, you have only moved a handful of times. Even though it probably isn’t your first move, unexpected problems always pop up that you will not have had experience with. A moving company can help you’re your move and have dealt with every roadblock out there.

2.        Less Stress: It’s common to rely on the help from family and friends during a move. When you hire movers, you won’t have to ask for much, if any, help from family and friends.

3.        Reduce the Risk of Injury: Movers have been trained on how to avoid injuring themselves during a move. Without the right tools and experience, it would be easy to injure yourself during a move.

Do You have to Move Out of Your Old Home Before the New Home is Ready?

It isn’t uncommon to have to move out of your old home before your new home is ready. So where do you put all of your items until your new home is ready? Whether you chose to do a DIY move or hire movers, a self-storage unit can be a solution for you. Lincoln Self Storage offers long-term or short-term rental solutions. Our storage facility has both standard and storage units that can control the climate ranging in various sizes. Contact us to rent a storage unit today!

 

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First Time Renting a Storage

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FIRST TIME RENTING A STORAGE

Renting a storage unit for the first time isn’t as daunting as it may initially seem. In fact, depending upon the self-storage company, it can be quite easy.  Additionally, if you are prepared with some questions and you have done your research, the rental process can be even smoother. Lincoln Self Storage offers a variety of storage options such as standard units, climate controlled storage units, and vehicle storage. Knowing ahead what you want to store, how long you will need to store, and how much space you need to store your items, will make the renting process easier. Check out our top tips below.

Top Tips for Your First Time Renting a Storage Unit

  1. Decide What You Want to Store: We understand things will come up throughout your storage rental, it is good to have an idea of what you are looking to store. The cost of a storage unit will vary with the size of the space you need. Knowing how much you want to store and using our storage unit calculator to help determine the best size for your storage needs.
  2. What Kind of Storage You Need: If you are storing more sensitive items, like leather or wooden furniture, electronics, artwork, documents, and collectibles, it is important to utilize a climate controlled storage unit. Our climate controlled storage units are there to protect your belongings from dangerous fluctuations in temperature.
  3. Have the Proper ID: When you rent a storage unit, the storage facility will require certain documents. These documents may include a valid photo ID, current contact information, and valid insurance if you are storing a car, boat or motorcycle.
  4. Know How to Pack Your Items: When placing items in your storage unit, organize them so there is an aisle down the middle to the back of the storage unit. This will allow you to navigate the space more efficiently. Place large appliances and electronics towards the back. Put frequently needed items toward the front of the storage unit for easy access. Depending on the length of your rental, it’s always a good idea to check on the items in your storage unit every few months to make sure nothing has shifted in those particularly packed units. That would also be a good time to rotate any seasonal items from the back to the front of the storage unit.
  5. Prepare Your Items for Storage: You are renting the storage unit to keep your items safe. So, it is important to take your time and properly prepare your items for storage before they are moved into the storage unit.
  6. Know What Can and Can Not be Stored: In order to get the most out of your storage unit rental, it is important to know what you can and cannot store inside your space. There are several items that are prohibited from being stored in a stored. Check out our blog on what NOT to store. It is essential to abide by these rules to ensure the safety of you, your contents, other people and the facility.
  7. Understand the Move Out Policy: It is important to understand the move out policy before your rental. We require a 10-day written notice before you move out.

By using these self-storage tips, you will save much frustration when you return to retrieve something from your rental. We’re here to help! Call our friendly, professional staff at 704-735-6364. We can help you choose the right option for all your storage needs.

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COLLEGE STUDENT STORAGE TIPS

COLLEGE STUDENT STORAGE TIPS

COLLEGE STUDENT STORAGE TIPS

 

With summer quickly approaching, college students are preparing to pack up their dorm rooms. The problem: driving a car’s worth of household items to Mom and Dad’s home just isn’t feasible. So what’s a college student to do? Renting a self-storage unit for the summer is a cost-effective way for college students to store all of their belongings. Check out some of our favorite storage tips for summer storage. Best of luck and happy moving!

What Size Unit
The majority of college students can get away with renting a 5×10.  This size unit is capable of holding a sofa or twin bed, clothes, as well as décor and smaller furnishings.

Pack Your Things Efficiently
Be strategic about packing even smaller items. For example, carefully roll or fold your winter clothing for storage. Don’t just toss those clothes in a box and figure you’ll deal with them at the end of the summer. Since you’re likely packing stuff from a dorm room, you don’t have to worry about sorting things by room when packing. Instead, sort them by category. That’ll help you find your stuff easier when you go to unpack in the fall. For instance, pack all your shoes in one box, then carefully label the box as shoes for an easier time identifying and sorting your things.

Consider Sharing a Storage Unit
Save some money. If you have friends from college that you trust, consider splitting a storage unit with them. Not only will save money, you could also help each other out on your moving days. You may simply each choose to have one side of the unit for your belongings or otherwise find a way to divide the space among those who are sharing it.

Clean Your Stuff

It’s a great idea to clean your dorm refrigerator, microwave or dishes before packing it in self-storage. Cleaning your items prevents mold and bacteria growth while they sit in the storage unit.

Pack Smart.

Pack your books in smaller boxes to prevent lifting large boxes and hurting your back. Hang heavy clothing or blankets in wardrobe boxes, and wrap delicate items like plates in paper to prevent chips and cracks during the move. Pack glasses, plates and dishes in bubble wrap or plain newsprint in sturdy cardboard boxes. Do NOT use regular newspapers as protection as it can leave a print residue on the items. Place heavier items at the bottom of the box and lighter objects at the top of the box. Place filler material between the pieces. Once the boxes are packed up to within an inch of the top, add filler material and then completely seal the boxes with packing tape before storing.

Label Everything

Write down the name of the contents on the side of the box with a permanent marker. Don’t use post-it notes; they just fall off and leave you clueless as to which box contains what you need.

Select The Right Lock

If you don’t know which lock to select for your storage unit, we have locks available for purchase and will make sure that you have exactly what you need.

Let Lincoln Self Storage help you by providing various sized units, helpful moving supplies, and guidance throughout the entire process.

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WHAT NOT TO STORE

WHAT NOT TO STORE

What not to Store

Self-storage is great for personal and business storage. Items such as appliances, furniture, business documents and inventory, family heirlooms, seasonal items and pharmaceutical supplies can all be stored in your unit, keeping your home or office clutter-free. Our variety of storage options will allow you the ability to store a variety of items, even up to boats and RVs and construction equipment. However, there are some things that can’t be stored.  Placing any of the items that are on the ‘DO NOT STORE LIST’ could get you fined or even arrested. Before you rent storage, make sure that you know about what items should not be stored your unit. This list will help you protect you as well as those around you.

Valuable Items- Items such as jewelry, coins (historical and collectible) and precious metals should not be stored in a self-storage unit. It’s better to keep these items safely in your home or at your bank in a safe deposit box. Don’t store cash.  Also, keep birth records, passports, social security and tax documents in a fire-safe box in your home, not your self-storage unit.

Plants and Living Items- Your storage unit is not a greenhouse, and plants cannot survive in an environment without oxygen or light. Storing them in your self-storage unit is prohibited. Obviously, self-storage is not a place to store animals or pets. Not only is this strictly prohibited. Plants and animals that are stored in self-storage will also lead to bugs and other vermin infestation.

Perishable Items- DO NOT STORE FOOD!! In the extreme conditions of a non-climate controlled storage unit, food can spoil quickly and invite unwanted bugs to your storage unit. Opened containers of spices, cereals, and other non-perishable items should not be stored in self-storage. Some canned items can survive in the extreme conditions, but it really isn’t advisable to store them in a self-storage unit.

Flammable or Combustible Materials-Do does not store fireworks, gas, oil, propane tanks, lamp or motor oil, weed killers, car batteries or paint and paint thinner in self-storage. Gasoline or propane can very easily ignite in an enclosed unit and put the entire facility at risk. That is why it is important to drain the fluids from lawn mowers and other outdoor equipment before putting them in self-storage. Also, any item in an aerosol can is extremely flammable and not allowed in your unit.

Scented or Wet ItemsIt’s not a great idea to store scented or damp items. As mentioned above, strong scents can easily attract pests, insects, rodents or vermin to investigate the source of the overwhelming odors. Trust us, you don’t want any living things crawling or flying around in your rental unit. Also, any items that are wet or damp will start producing mold, mildew and spread bacteria in your self-storage unit, and that will likely damage some, most or all of your prized possessions placed in temporary storage.

Toxic, Hazardous, Stolen or Illegal Substances- Do not store chemicals, fertilizers and every day cleaning products in self-storage. These items are very toxic and dangerous in extreme temperatures. They could cause a fire or chemical accident in your unit. We do not allow the storage of firearms, gunpowder, and ammunition. Even if the firearms are antique and no longer in working order, they could pose a dangerous threat. It should also go without saying that you should not store illegal or stolen items in your unit. Self-storage facilities are subject to searches, so illegal items will not be any safer there than they would be in your home. Check with your storage facility before you store to make sure you are storing items properly and are not storing a “banned” item.

For a complete list of items, please stop by our office and a member of our staff will be glad to help you.

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MOVING IN TOGETHER?

MOVING IN TOGETHER?

MOVING IN TOGETHER?

Moving in together is a huge step in any relationship. A little extra planning can go a long way in a smooth transition. To prevent undue stress on yourself or your relationship, take the proper precautions to ensure you are prepared for this next step. This helpful list for moving in together should help you get organized. To make things easier, we created the checklist below and divided it up by time.

3 MONTHS OUT

Discuss who will pay for what. Know in advance how much each party is able to contribute financially and any bills they will be adding.
Prepare your financial documents. Gather bank statements, pay stubs, proof of employment and landlord reference letters. Having all of this documentation on hand will make rental applications easier.
Make a list of what you have, what you need and what you need to store. Taking the time to write these lists will save you time and money in the long run. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time for this task. Storage is always an option for the couch or armoire you can’t part with, but don’t have room for. We make renting storage easy, call us today.
Divide up responsibilities. The benefit of moving in with your partner is that you don’t have to sort it all out on your own! Decide who is best at what and disperse the stress a little.

1 MONTH OUT

Sign the lease. When this needs to happen depends on the real estate market in your community, but give yourself plenty of time to find the perfect place.
Take measurements. Measure both of your furniture items and the new home to make sure everything you have will fit. This also helps when planning additional purchases.
Rent a moving van or hire a mover.  If you plan on moving yourself, make sure you have the tools to make it successful.
Buy plenty of boxes. Use the list you created of what you have to assess how many boxes you will need and then add a few extra. Not sure what kind of boxes you’ll need?
Purchase packing supplies. If you have valuable art or delicate china, make sure you have the appropriate materials to move it safely. Stop by our office for packing supplies and covers.
Take the day off.  Do yourself a favor and use it for moving day. You can thank us later.

1 WEEK OUT

Transition all of your bills to your new home. Inform your service providers you are moving and make sure your partner does the same.
Begin packing boxes as far in advance as you can. Be strategic when you are packing to avoid chaos once you start to unpack.
Label everything. Label Label Label. We can’t say it enough.  You will be combining  the possessions of two people, this step is extra important.
Clear the fridge. Avoid grocery shopping this close to your move date. Time to start  clearing your cabinets, freezer and fridge of any perishable goods.
Pack a overnight bag. Packing a change of clothes and toiletries in case you don’t have time to get the essentials unpacked on moving day can be a lifesaver.
Put in a change of address.. This allows mail to be forwarded to the proper place.
MOVING DAY

Wrap glass tables or large electronics in towels or sheets. Avoid damaging your possessions in the move by ensuring they are as protected as possible.
Keep each room’s boxes together. Make sure your living room items stay together and your bathroom items are all in the same place. This will expedite the unpacking process and makes emptying the moving van easier.
Wear appropriate clothes.
Your wear during moving day may seem unessential to you, but do not underestimate it. Put on comfortable clothes, because it will be a really long day. Also, to protect yourself from any injures, avoid clothes and shoes with ties. Loose-fitted clothes are more likely to cause troubles too. If you are performing a long distance trip, take into consideration that there might be a weather drop. In this case you will need to change clothes during the trip, so keep a pair of clean clothes with you just in case.
Above all, don’t overdo it. To avoid feeling overwhelmed, make moving your sole task for the day. Keep your cell phones charged. Stay hydrated, pack snacks, and take short breaks when you need them. Moving day might be hectic, but if you’re prepared, you can help it go off without a hitch.

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Tips for Moving with Pets

Tips for Moving with Pets

Tips for Moving with Pets

It’s often said that moving is one of the most stressful things that will happen to a person in their lifetime. The same can be said for your pet. Animals often have a hard time with the travels to a new location, and then with adjusting upon arrival. Here are some tips for moving with pets before, during, and after the move itself. This will help you and your pet stay stress-free during your move.

Pre-Move

Get a tight new collar and an updated tag with easy-to-read name and number. If you’re moving out of the area, inform your vet so you can take records and any prescription medications with you. See if they can recommend another vet in your new neighborhood.

During Move

During the move itself, the best way to reduce stress on an animal is to keep them in the quietest area possible. If you don’t want to leave them with a friend or a kennel for the day (which is recommended), at least remove them from the action. This could mean emptying a bedroom on another floor and closing the door, or putting them in their carrier or kennel in the garage or car (take proper caution to ensure they’ll be at a safe temperature and that they have water and food if they will be there for some time). Make sure you check in on them regularly, and try to feed or walk them at the time you usually would; having some sense of a routine in the midst of all the changes will help a lot.

Post-Move

Find a new clinic right away so you know where to go for any emergencies.

Start your new routine (such as morning walks, meal time, etc.) right away so pet can feel comfortable in new place quickly. Before unpacking your own stuff, lay out pet essentials so that s/he has some familiar items in the strange new house.

Hidden Hazards

Not all moves can be made in one day. If you must stop for the night, call ahead to hotels that claim to be pet-friendly. Don’t take a hotel chain’s word for it. Call the actual hotel and verify what their pet policies are. Many pet-friendly hotels have a limited number of rooms available for people with pets, or will only allow small dogs and cats. Keep in mind, there are opportunities for your pet to escape easily. In the hotel room, look around for any dangers, such as open windows or holes in the wall, before letting your pet out of the carrier. Remember to keep your pet on his leash when exiting the hotel.

It’s not easy to move with animals, but it’s part of the obligation you have to them. With forethought and planning, there is no reason why moving to a new home cannot be accomplished with a minimum of stress—for both you and your companions.

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GET ORGANIZED

GET ORGANIZED

The New Year is here and like many people, you probably made some New Year’s Resolutions. Right up there with losing weight and cutting back on soft drinks, getting organized is a top priority. Did you know that a storage unit can easily help you keep this New Year’s Resolution?

Think about it… over the last 365 day your closets and garage have become dumping grounds for unused clothes, exercise equipment and boxes of unknown things. You may not want to get rid of these items.  That’s why renting with us can be so helpful.

How do I choose a self-storage unit?

Before you decide on the type and size of the storage unit, you will need to take an inventory of what you will be storing. If you only need to make room in your closets, a mini storage unit will probably do the trick. These units are about the size of a walk-in closet and are perfect for clothes, small appliances, and other knick-knacks.

If you are cleaning out the garage and have old furniture, bicycles, exercise equipment and other bulky items you should consider a larger unit. Using our online calculator will help you determine the amount of space you need.

A climate controlled unit is an option if you are storing electronics, antiques or leather furniture. These types of units will prevent condensation and corrosion from forming due to wide temperature swings.


Do I need a storage unit for my business?

Businesses of all sizes can utilize self-storage units to kick off the New Year. Over the past year, your business will have generated hundreds, if not thousands, of files that need to be stored away. Everything from inter-office memos to customer contracts to tax documents needs to have a place to stay. Some of these files, like tax and legal documents, need to be kept for years. Using a climate controlled unit for your document storage is a cost-effective way keep them safe and secure and free up some much-needed office space.

Self-storage units are also a great place to store surplus office supplies and bulky equipment that you do not use on a daily basis. By keeping these items in a central location outside of the business, you can free up some space and give things a fresh organized look.

Live Life and Explore!

Whether you are in your early 20s or late 50s, many people make a resolution every year that they are going to live life to the fullest. They decide they are going to abandon their job or their life at home and go explore the world. Unless you intend to keep paying rent on an apartment for months while you’re away, you may want to consider packing your things into a storage unit to allow you to travel lightly—the best idea when traveling the world.

Maybe a storage unit can’t help you with each resolution, but if you ever find yourself thinking, “Oh if I only had space,” a storage unit is probably your answer.

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Making Moving Fun

Making Moving Fun

The words “fun” and “moving” rarely go together because let’s be honest: moving is stressful. While we can’t promise you’ll feel like you just got back from the spa, we do think you’ll at least feel less stressful. Here are our best tips for making your next move dare we say it — fun!

 

Make a Packing and Unpacking Playlist:
This tip might seem a bit silly, but it works! Create two playlists that you can use for your move: a packing playlist and an unpacking playlist. For my packing playlist, focus on peppy music to keep motivated. And for the unpacking playlist, choosing songs that were a bit more relaxing but still had some pow. There’s something psychological that happens in your brain when you go through this process with playlists that you have designated for these two tasks. It could make you kick into gear way easier than normal when you hear your “packing playlist.”

Focus on Easy Peasy:
When you’re working on packing things up, look for every opportunity to make your life easier. Here are a few of our favorite tips:

If you have furniture like dressers filled up with clothes, leave the clothes in there rather than taking everything out and packing it separately. Your movers can wrap up your dresser and ensure none of the drawers move. When you get to your new place, you’ll know exactly where everything is!
For clothes that are already on hangers in your closet, leave them on the hangers. Rather than giving that stuff to your movers, you can move the items yourself and just transfer them right into your new closet. Make sure when you stack up your items, you leave them in the same order they were in (if you like how they were organized). This will minimize your work even more.
If your flatware, kitchen utensils, and other items are already in drawer organizers, leave them in the organizers and pack them that way. When you get to your new home, you can take them directly out of the box and just pop them right into a drawer. If you’re not using organizers and you’d like to, now is an awesome time to do it. Purchase some organizers that you know will work in your new space and pack your kitchen stuff in them before you put them in the box.

Smaller Boxes Are Your Friend:
Bankers Boxes are great! You don’t need tape to put them together, they’re small and easily manageable, and they stack up perfectly. However, you don’t necessarily need to use Bankers Boxes — just try going with boxes that are a bit on the smaller side. Sometimes you do need larger boxes, but maybe just a few. And even though you may have more boxes in total, you’ll still be happier in the end. You can also pack and unpack smaller boxes much quicker, as well as easily move them around as you’re going through the unpacking process. Unpacking the smaller boxes feels like your experiencing quick little wins, and that really could keep you motivated.

Use an App:
If organizing is not necessarily your favorite thing, then download a moving app like Moving Van. This app will help you track exactly what’s in each box, allowing you to snap pictures as you fill up your boxes. It also has a super handy search function, so when you’re at your new place wondering “where did I pack my design coffee table book collection,” you can search for the items and figure out exactly which box they were packed in.

Eat Some Junk Food:
Yes, we said it! For those that are lucky enough to have a group of friends that help out on your moving day, make sure you plan ahead with a setup that will make them want to put you straight into the BFF category. Our idea? Set up a junk food bar. Stock up on all the snacks that you know you shouldn’t be eating but love to anyway: chips, chocolate bars, gummy candy, cookies, etc. Put it all out during the move and encourage everyone to help themselves. If you want to get fancy and have some time before the move, you can whip up your own junk food buffet.

Create a Super Important Box:
In our opinion, is mission critical? As you’re packing up your space, make sure you have a box (or a piece of luggage) for all of your most important items. Think outfits for a few days, exercise gear, your fave shoes, toiletries, important docs, checkbook, food for your pet, medication, etc. Basically, all of the things that you’ll need as soon as you get to your new home. If you can’t fit everything in one box or one piece of luggage, pack two! Just make sure you clearly mark these super duper important boxes so that you don’t lose track of them on the move.

Set Up a Bribe Reward:
This is another tip that may really for you: Set up a personal bribe goal for yourself. Here’s how it works: Agree that if you could unpack all of the boxes in one week, you could make an appointment for a 90-minute facial or take a night off and see a movie. Working toward this special treat could actually really help keep you motivated. Tell your friends/family about your goal. They can remind you of your goal and make it fun to help meet your deadline. You could even offer a friend to join you.

The biggest thing to remember is:

Do whatever works for you!! Moving can be super stressful, so when you figure out the moving tricks that work best for you, do more of them and ditch the rest. Then you o can do the moving happy dance.

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Tips for Moving Your Elderly Loved One

Tips for Moving Your Elderly Loved One

Tips for Moving Your Elderly Loved One

If you have a parent who’s lived happily in a spacious home for years, there will probably come a time when a change in living arrangements is in needed. You might notice your parent has a hard time keeping up with household maintenance. A small fall—even if it doesn’t result in an injury—could be a sign that a new living situation would improve safety.

Moving an aging parent requires more than just packing up boxes. There are both physical and emotional aspects of transitioning to a new home as we age that must be addressed carefully. Aging parents may find it difficult to leave their home, or to go to a situation where some independence could be lost. In addition, you may be having to sell, give away or store items. A storage facility may prove to be a good answer to temporarily store your parents items.

Here are six guidelines to help the transition go smoothly.

1. Communication and Choice

Seniors can be emotionally vested in the home they’re leaving, and it’s expected that there will be sadness and apprehension about the move. It can be a tough conversation to have with your aging parent, but give them time to grieve the change and talk about where they will be living and why they are moving, in order to help make the transition smoother. When seniors are asked to leave their longtime homes, a frequent cause of distress is their perceived loss of control, so give your loved one as much choice as possible as they plan and implement the move.

2. Find the Right Place.

Before making any decisions, you’ll want to look into the assisted living facilities or retirement communities in whichever areas are under consideration. Many assisted living facilities will set an appointment with you for a tour of the facility and to stay for lunch. If possible, encourage your parent to go along for the visit.

Be sure to check out amenities and services that each facility offers.

3. Sort and Organize

Moving your elderly parents will involve downsizing. Go through the house item by item with your support team. You can categorize objects to make the process easier: items to be moved, keepsakes to be left with family, items to be sold or donated, and items to be thrown out. Don’t allow yourself to become a packing robot lacking feelings. Honor the emotional attachment to personal belongings and allow your senior parent to reminisce as you help sort out their possessions. Remember, these are not just things you’re moving; they’re memories. Also, be open to your own emotions, especially if this was your childhood home.

4. Create a Meaningful Space.

For seniors moving to an apartment, try to model it after their home. If your parent has a favorite room or living area, bring the furniture from it and try to arrange it in a similar way. This is also a great time to ask your parent about meaningful things to take along. It could be a special photo, a favorite chair, or a vase that’s been in the family for years.

5. Schedule the Move at the Right Time.

If you’re moving your parent to a place with other residents,  keep in mind that people who already live there could be disturbed by the noisiness of boxes and heavy furniture being carried in. Aim to move your parent into an assisted living or apartment at a quieter time of day. If possible, avoid moving in during meal times.

6. Envision the New Life.

Various programs and activities at the new place might align with your parent’s interests. Encourage them to get a calendar and join in on some activities or see a musical program that they would love.  Also, other services could boost your parent’s independence. For instance, many assisted living facilities to provide transportation to theaters and shopping centers. These services can help your parent more fully enjoy living in his or her new place.

Of course, each family’s circumstances are unique, so we’re hesitant to give blanket advice — but we hope these tips help you better plan and execute your elder loved one’s next move.

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