noshow.ru | noshow.ru http://noshow.ru Houston Movers That Care Mon, 10 Oct 2016 14:02:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Best Food Trailers in Houston | noshow.ru http://noshow.ru/best-food-trailers-austin/ Mon, 10 Oct 2016 13:53:28 +0000 http://noshow.ru/?p=908 The post Best Food Trailers in Houston appeared first on noshow.ru.

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If there is one thing that Houston knows, it’s food trailers. In fact, if you are aiming to delve into the culinary offerings of the city, you simply have to check out some of the incredible food trailers found throughout Houston, Texas.

With more than 1,000 trucks offering all manner of delectable foods, you won’t have to travel far in Houston to get a taste of something new. From Thai to tacos, pizzas to barbecues, or seafood to sandwiches, you can find all your favorite meals being served on wheels!

Just be ready to queue, as the lines for these food trucks can get quite long – but we guarantee it’s well worth the wait!

Paperboy

A new addition to Houston’s food truck line-up situated at East Eleventh, Paperboy has been attracting quite the following, with hungry customers frequenting it for some sublime breakfast food to get their day started.

A lovely patio makes for a great seating area, where you can enjoy fresh coffee and any number of well-priced breakfast foods.

Popular items include the various hash bowls, sweet toasts, and sandwiches – the B.E.C (bacon, egg, pimento cheese on brioche bread) in particular is worth mentioning.

Thai-Kun

Whisler’s is a popular bar known for its mouth-watering cocktails and laid-back atmosphere, with a cool patio area that is ideal for unwinding with a few drinks with your friends. Better still, Tha-Kun is located right outside serving some of the best Thai cuisine in Houston.

Fans of spicy food will love their beef panang curry or waterfall pork, with these dishes carrying quite the reputation for their fiery bite. Milder offerings such as the peanut curry with grilled bread or beef with black noodles may go down a bit better for anyone that has had a few cocktails from Whisler’s!

La Barbecue

It wouldn’t be proper to list the best Houston food trailers without giving a mention to a barbecue specialist! Meat lovers needn’t look further than La Barbecue, a vibrant yellow food truck located at East Cesar Chavez, which offers some of the most succulent smoked meats served from a mobile kitchen.

Expect to find the usual fare here, including ribs, brisket, BBQ sandwiches, pulled pork, and all manner of meaty delights. Make sure to get there before 6pm, as service stops then or possibly earlier should everything sell out.

Garbo’s Lobster Truck

Being a landlocked city, Houston doesn’t have the strongest presence of seafood cuisine among their food trailers, making Garbo’s Lobster Truck all the more inviting.

Founded by a native of New England, the seafood sandwiches here are have a distinct north-eastern style to them, with them either being drenched in butter or with mayonnaise, lemon and celery.

The trucks actually have no fixed location, so you will need to visit their website to find out where they are hitting. Their lobster rolls are seriously worth traveling for though, and with specialties such as lobster mac and cheese also available, visiting Garbo’s Lobster Truck won’t leave you disappointed.

Via 313

While there are countless food trailers in Houston specializing in pizza, none of them offer anything quite as indulgent as Via 313’s Detroit-style pizza.

A square slice of pizza with a thick doughy base, caramelized cheese around the edges, and ample lashings of tomato sauce on sitting atop the toppings of your choice, Via 313 is the place to hit for some incredible pizza.

There are actually two Via 313 trucks, one located on near Craft Pride Rainy Street, and the other being situated right outside Violet Crown Social Club on Sixth Street – ideal locations for enjoying a beer along with your slice pizza!

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Budget 101- How to Create and Stick to a Budget | noshow.ru http://noshow.ru/budget-101-create-and-stick-to-budget/ Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:43:30 +0000 http://noshow.ru/?p=903 The post Budget 101- How to Create and Stick to a Budget appeared first on noshow.ru.

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One of the first that you should when moving is to create a budget. Moving homes, be it long or short distance, will always be an expensive undertaking. Not everyone is fully aware of just how much a move can end up costing, and those that have budget planned out in advance are even more likely to spend more.

Even the smallest expenses add up, so creating a sticking to a budget is very important for anyone moving, as it ensures that the money spent will not get too excessive and can help to save money in the long-term.

Here’s how you can create and stick to your moving budget:

Begin by Estimating Your Budget

The most important way to start planning your budget is my trying to estimate how much you can afford to spend. While this will likely change throughout the planning stage, it helps to provide a better idea of what you can spend on your move, helping to plan it out.

For example, knowing how much you can afford to spend can determine whether or not you can afford to hire a moving company or will need to hire a truck and do much of it yourself.

Create a Template Document

Finding a budget template for moving is so easy. Simply head online to find one or just make on of your own using programs like Microsoft Word or Excel (the latter of which can actually help calculate costs!)

A good template should cover the various categories of moving and how much of your budget is dedicated to each. For instance, moving supplies, transport fees, hiring costs are good are common categories of a moving budget.

Create Two Columns – One for Estimated Budget Costs and the Second for Actual Costs

Any budget document should have two columns, the first of which is done when you are creating it. This will allow you to track the estimate the costs for each category and eventually fill in what the actual cost are – this can be great for helping you to maintain your budget or stick as close to it as possible.

Some aspects of your budget will cost more than you originally plan and this is perfectly fine.  Should this happen, you can try to see if costs can be reduced in another area of your budget. Even before you move it is a good idea to review this to see if any areas of your budget could be reorganized to save some money (e.g. spend less on supplies and more on transport)

Anticipate Hidden Expenses

Hidden expenses will almost always occur during a move. The best way to avoid overspending on these is to work it into your budget under hidden or unexpected expenses. This ensures your spending on this expense isn’t more than you can afford, which ruins your budget completely.

It could be any number of things that lead to this, from fuel costing more than you thought to having to pay more on the security deposit for your new home.

Anticipating these is the best way to make sure you do not spend more than needed on hidden costs that are likely to occur at some point.

Sell Old Clutter and Junk to Increase Your Budget

Does your budget keep exceeding what you can afford or want to spend? Then kill two birds with one stone by selling any junk and clutter from your home before the move. This will mean less stuff to organize, pack and move, which will result in a much less stressful time!

Better still, if you manage to sell some stuff on eBay, Craigslist, or in a yard sale, you can put those extra dollars into your budget!

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Tips for Minimizing Your Stress When Moving Homes | noshow.ru http://noshow.ru/tips-minimizing-stress-moving-homes/ Wed, 31 Aug 2016 21:29:50 +0000 http://noshow.ru/?p=895 The post Tips for Minimizing Your Stress When Moving Homes appeared first on noshow.ru.

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Anyone that has ever moved house will be able to tell you one thing is a certainty – things will get stressful. It’s an inevitability, but when you consider everything that is required to uproot your home and relocate to another, it is perfectly understandable.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to minimize the stress, far from it in fact! There are plenty of handy tips and tricks that you can use throughout the moving process, from the early planning stages to the move of the big day itself.

Here are some great tips for minimizing your stress when homes:

Make the Most of Your Time

There will be a point where the move has been officially confirmed and the countdown begins. It varies from each individual, but nine times out of ten most of us will have plenty of notice prior to the day of the move.

Be sure to make the most of this time! Use it to organize as best you can, which is why around 12-8 weeks are best advised. This should provide ample time to hire the necessary movers or arrange for the planning, packing, and moving of your belongings yourself. It will make things far less stressful leading up to your moving day!

Be Ruthless with Your Belongings

No matter how much or how little you own in the way of personal belongings, you will be able to get rid of some stuff before you pack things up for the move. The more clutter and things you need to pack, the more stressful your move is going to be.

Get rid of that clutter and junk that you have been meaning to for so long! Three basic piles can make getting rid of stuff even easier – toss, donate and sell.

Sell what you don’t need on sites such as eBay, Craigslist, or even your social media accounts. Donate everything to Goodwill and other charity shops, and enjoy tossing out everything else (be sure to recycle of course!)

Be sure to empty your fridge and pantry too – that includes all the booze!

Take Plenty of Time Off

Obviously you will need some time off from work and any commitments you have so you can move, but don’t hold back with your time off! Packing is one of the biggest stresses of moving, so having lots of free time to be able to plan and then pack everything will make things go that bit smoother come the big day.

It allows you to focus on each task that you will want to tackle, so make sure you get some time off work and ask a friend to look after your kids if need be (hire a babysitter if you cannot find anyone with this!)

Get Your Friends and Family to Help

Most of us can remember a point where we helped a friend or family member move. If so, be sure to recall the favor as you will want to enlist some mates help! Getting help from others can be a big stress reliever as it will share the workload and lighten the already stressful load you are carrying!

We don’t mean just on the day of the move, but throughout the entire process – it means you can get help from those ‘busy’ people that can’t help on the day of the move!

Look for help packing, planning, and moving, and of course be sure to pay them with some takeout, a few drinks, or any other treats as a thank you for their time.

Be Sure to Get a Good Night’s Sleep!

A lack of sleep will make you feel fatigued, moody, and of course stressed – so be sure to get lots of sleep before the move and leading up to it!

While it may seem you have so much to do and therefore need to sacrifice a few hours’ sleep, it will just make things that bit tougher, as trying to plan and execute a move on nothing but coffee and willpower isn’t going to be pleasant!

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Preparing for Your Move – Everything You Should Know | noshow.ru http://noshow.ru/preparing-move-everything-know/ Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:16:54 +0000 http://noshow.ru/?p=880 Anyone that has ever moved homes will likely confirm just how stressful it can be. From organization to the move itself, there is a lot work required to successfully pull off moving house, and even then there will likely be a few bumps along the way. This is why properly preparing for your move is […]

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Anyone that has ever moved homes will likely confirm just how stressful it can be. From organization to the move itself, there is a lot work required to successfully pull off moving house, and even then there will likely be a few bumps along the way.

This is why properly preparing for your move is a must, as it can reduce the stresses involved with a move and make transitioning into your new home that bit easier. Let’s take a look at everything you should know to help prepare for a successful move:

Start Planning Well in Advance

The actual moving can often end up the simplest part of a move, especially when prepared well in advance. Sit down a few months before you are due to move and set everything out in a plan. Do whatever that works best for you, be it to do lists, color-coding tasks in order of importance, or visualizing how you would actually move everything.

Take a walk through your home and note where things are, anything that could be left, as well as ensuring all the right paperwork will be handled well before you start moving anything.

Work Out Whether You Are Hiring Professionals or Not

Now it is certainly possible to move homes without the help of professional moving company, but if you can afford it, you will find the move will be a far less stressful event. Of course hiring professionals isn’t cheap, so knowing your budget will be important (more on that soon!)

If you are deciding to move on your own, bear in mind that there will still be expenses, although it will be much cheaper in any case. You will need to arrange for getting help to load supplies onto the moving van too, as doing so yourself will be a nightmare!

Establish Your Budget

Moving homes will not be cheap, so it is important to know how much of a budget you are working with. This will give an idea of whether you can hire a moving company, the amount of packing supplies you will be able to afford, or how much travel costs (for things like gas and hiring a truck) would be if moving on your own.

Without planning your budget, expenses can get quickly pile up, so this can be great for keeping your spending in control as you have already established how much money you can afford to dedicate to your move. The distance of your move and how much personal belongings are being moved can also impact the overall costs, so preparing this in advance will mean you have a clear idea of how much the move will cost.

Try to Take Inventory of All Your Goods

As the move approaches, you should have a rough idea of what you will be taking with you if you have planned ahead, but to actually know for sure what is staying and going can be quite difficult especially if you are still unsure.

This is why you should create an inventory of everything, including what is coming, what can be left, and anything you are unsure of. While it is more of a time consumer that making rough lists or notes, it can be a massive help in better understanding how much will be getting moved, which in turn can help better establish the cost of the move and the time and effort required to make it happen.

Get Help Whenever You Can

When moving on your own, it can be a nightmare to get things done without a little help, so try to get some friends or family in on the move to help things go down smoothly. Even if you are hiring a moving company, you will need some help with packing and organizing, so don’t be afraid to get some help from anyone you can.

Trying to get someone to help for an entire day (or several) can be quite the task, so try getting help from as many people as possible, even if some can only help for an hour here or there – many hands make light work after all!

Just make sure you are rewarding them with something nice to eat like a pizza, as they are giving their time to help you out, it is a well-known piece of moving etiquette!

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Ideas for Outdoor Activities in Houston this June! | noshow.ru http://noshow.ru/ideas-for-outdoor-activites/ Wed, 15 Jun 2016 13:00:23 +0000 http://noshow.ru/?p=874 It’s the Great Outdoors Month this June, so what better way to celebrate the occasion than by heading outside! Houston has so much to offer outdoors that you could spend the entire month doing something different each day and you would still have plenty more to do! The long, sunny days in Houston in June […]

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It’s the Great Outdoors Month this June, so what better way to celebrate the occasion than by heading outside! Houston has so much to offer outdoors that you could spend the entire month doing something different each day and you would still have plenty more to do!

The long, sunny days in Houston in June are perfect for making the most of the city and its surrounding areas, and you can be sure of finding more than a few fun outdoor activities this June!

Let’s take a look at some ideas for things to do outdoors in Houston this month!

Head to a Park

There are various parks well worth checking out this June in Houston. Depending on where you head to there is plenty of great activities that are sure to please, including bike and hiking trails, going for a swim, or something simple like enjoying a picnic.

Zilker Park will be one of the busier parks worth visiting this month. It has a very easy to reach location and is big enough to enjoy even at the busiest of times, although some may prefer a quieter location slightly out of town.

Cool Down with a Swim

There are a number of brilliant natural springs in Houston that are perfect for cooling down in the soaring temperatures of the summer. Whether you want to jump around in the water like a big kid or simply want to unwind next a nice body of cool water, there are many good spots in and around Houston.

Lost Creek Swimming Hole is one of the many great swimming holes in Houston and be found just nearby to Lost Creek Boulevard situated in South Central Houston.

Hamilton Pool Preserve has a wonderful waterfall where Hamilton Creek meets the swimming hole below, while Barton Spring Pool is well worth a visit for their amazing surrounding landscape and the massive three acre pool.

Visit the Botanical Gardens

Zilker Botanical Garden covers a massive 30 acres of land in downtown Houston and makes for a fantastic way to spend a day outdoors in June.

There are various themed gardens that showcase some truly beautiful plants, fountains and ponds, such as the rose garden, oriental garden, and pre-historic garden.  It’s a great place to explore, especially with children, and it makes for a great location to enjoy the sun.

Take In Some Outdoor Music

What better way to enjoy the brilliant Texas summer and Great Outdoors Month by heading outside for a spot of live music? There are many different events to suit all tastes, so you can be sure to find something to your liking!

If you like music and are in Houston, why not visit Zilker Park for an Houston classic in the Blues on the Green event. It is totally free and a great place for unwinding and relaxing while taking in some great tunes.

Or treat your dad this year to some outdoors fun with the annual Father’s Day Concert in the Park, a free music concert found at Zilker Hillside Theatre where the Houston Symphonic Band will play a range of great music that dads of all ages are sure to enjoy!

Pan Am Park is home to the Solstice Festival which is all about celebrating the local talent from the thriving Houston music scene. Held on the 17th, you can also find a variety of different events away from the part itself throughout the weekend.

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Keep Your Home Pollen-Free with These Handy Tips | noshow.ru http://noshow.ru/keep-home-pollen-free-handy-tips/ Wed, 25 May 2016 12:58:39 +0000 http://noshow.ru/?p=867 Spring Cleaning in Houston with a High Pollen Count Can be a Nightmare – Keep Your Home Pollen-Free with These Handy Tips April in Houston means one thing – it’s the start of pollen season. It can be a bit of nightmare when the sun is beating down, the sky is clear, and the birds […]

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Spring Cleaning in Houston with a High Pollen Count Can be a Nightmare – Keep Your Home Pollen-Free with These Handy Tips

April in Houston means one thing – it’s the start of pollen season. It can be a bit of nightmare when the sun is beating down, the sky is clear, and the birds are in full voice and you don’t get to enjoy any of it because you are bagged up with allergies due to the high pollen count.

And while the outdoors may be mostly off-limits until the worst is over, there’s no reason your home needs to be under constant attack from the pollen outdoors. Spring cleaning shouldn’t be put off due to your allegories; in fact it could very well help to keep your home pollen–free this year!

Keep Those Windows Shut

Yes, we know how horrible this may sound. The fresh spring air is a joy to behold for most – unless you suffer from pollen allergies!

Simply put, having your windows open means a direct line of entry for that nasty pollen outside, so as hard as it may seem to keep your windows cranked shut, it’s the best way to be able to enjoy your home without constantly suffering the symptoms of your allergies.

Clean any blinds and curtains as soon as you notice the pollen count has increased as it provides the perfect place for the pollen to rest and spread around your home. Keep your windows when cleaning them too!

Switch Your AV Filters

AC will be your best friend when cleaning around the home with the windows shut, but it should be noted that you may want to change your filters too. HEPA filters are known for being able to hold any pollen that has sneaked its way indoors, so swapping your HVAC filters can help to reduce pollen around the home.

HEPA filters need regular changing which can rather off-putting for some, but anyone feeling the full brunt of the high pollen will see at as an expense worth forking out for.

Use Your Dryer

With the beautiful spring weather in the air, it may seem like the perfect time to keep on top of your laundry – what better place to dry than outside in the fresh spring air?

Well unless you want the pollen to be all on your sheets and clothing, we highly recommend that you make the most out of your dryer. Bedding in particular can be a nightmare, with pollen left on pillow cases and bed sheets wreaking havoc for those with allergies.

It could mean more regular laundry too because any time you are outside you will more than likely bring some level of pollen in with you, although this can be somewhat tackled by showering in the evenings before going to sleep and keeping your clothes in an isolated location.

Keep Your Car in the Garage and/or Wash it Often

Your car will be another big pollen magnet, with it not being uncommon for pollen to cover the exterior of a vehicle after being out for the day. This means the next time you touch your cars door handle, you will have pollen all over your hands, which can be a disaster for those with allergies!

Keep your car in the garage if you have one, and if not simply keep on top of wiping it down when you can – wet wipes can be handy for this, but taking your car for a regular wash (or doing so yourself) can make all the different. Plus your car will look nice and clean more often!

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Tips for Downsizing | noshow.ru http://noshow.ru/tips-for-downsizing/ Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:20:28 +0000 http://noshow.ru/?p=857 Moving homes provides us with a great chance to start fresh. Whether you are moving to smaller location or not, downsizing your personal belongings can breathe new life into your personal space, helping you to get rid of things you don’t really need and keeping those important things. You may have more space to work […]

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Moving homes provides us with a great chance to start fresh. Whether you are moving to smaller location or not, downsizing your personal belongings can breathe new life into your personal space, helping you to get rid of things you don’t really need and keeping those important things.

You may have more space to work with or just want to have less clutter, no better the reasons for your downsizing; we guarantee that there are plenty of benefits to be gained from it. It can make maintaining your new or current home much easier for one, therefore helping to reduce stress levels and turn your home into the sanctuary that it should be.

Not sure how to downsize? Here are our top tips:

Make a List of What You Actually Need

There will more than likely be a fair few things around the house that you feel you cannot part with, and in many cases you will be right – but only you know what you truly want and need. This is why making a list is one of the most common ways to start downsizing.

Whether its long before your move is up to you (it will make things easier), but you should take stock of everything around your home. Truly and honestly assess whether or not you actually need them, as more often than not you want only really want them.

Is it an important part of your lifestyle or does it hold significant meaning or value to you? If so, make a note of it and then the rest can go. Do so with everything, include furniture, personal belongings, clothing, appliances, and equipment – if you actually need it or actively use it then put it on the list.

Take a Look at the Size of Your Furniture

Your furniture won’t always fit into your new home, so it might be a good idea to measure everything around your current home to see if it will fit your new space, particularly if you are relocating to a smaller location.

Beds, sofas, wardrobes and the like are the obvious pieces you will want to measure. Take a note of these and if you can, check them against your new location to see if they will fit. You might even want to downsize from the get go by purchasing new smaller pieces of furniture, although this could prove a costly endeavor.

In any case, knowing the dimensions of your furniture will help to give you an idea of what to keep and what to leave.

Avoid Throwing Stuff in the Trash

It may seem like an easy solution just to throw anything you don’t need away, but it could certainly find a new home or even be recycled – which is something we should all be striving to do!

Have you found that you are looking to get rid of a lot of stuff that has a good bit of value left? Sell it in a yard sale, fire it on eBay or Craigslist, or simply give it to a friend or family who can give it a new home!

Not only could you earn a buck or two from your old things, it can feel better to know that your stuff is going to still be used by someone – this can be particularly helpful with sentimental items or things that you are just struggling to part with!

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5 Ways a Good Spring Clean Can Make You Feel Much Happier | noshow.ru http://noshow.ru/5-ways-good-spring-clean-can-make-feel-much-happier/ Thu, 24 Mar 2016 17:26:02 +0000 http://noshow.ru/?p=849 The post 5 Ways a Good Spring Clean Can Make You Feel Much Happier appeared first on noshow.ru.

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With spring almost upon us, it can only mean one thing – time for a spot of spring cleaning!

We here are noshow.ru understand just how important a clean and clutter free home is. It genuinely helps improve the mental well-being of a person and can help improve their lives in many different ways.

We want to offer the best advice and services for anyone we can, even if they aren’t moving (which we managed to get the 2015 Super Service Award for!), and this is why we want to talk about the benefits of a good old fashioned spring clean.

Did you know there are numerous physical and mental benefits gained from spring cleaning? That’s right; you can become much happier in your life from setting aside a few hours for a seasonal clean up after a long and hard winter!

So how exactly can something as simple as thoroughly cleaning your home help make you feel happier?

It Reduces Stress

There are two main ways a spring clean can reduce your stress levels. First and foremost, the actual act of cleaning with take your mind away from any stresses currently going through your mind, allowing you to focus on the task at and make your negative thoughts dwindle away in the process.

More impressively though is how a lack of clutter can prevent stress that has been induced by, you guessed it, clutter!

A massive presence of clutter is very distracting due to the influence of irrelevant stimulants – the sight of a horrible stack of cluttered books or magazines can be more distracting than you realise. Being distracted can be strongly linked with an increased level of stress, stress that can be dealt with by a simple clean!

Did you know that women tend to have higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol when they believe that their home is too cluttered?

It Can Help to Calm You

Do you ever feel overly angry about something seemingly significant? Perhaps you get upset far too easily and want a way to redirect your feelings? A large dose of cleaning could be just what the doctor ordered!

This is due to the almost therapeutic nature of cleaning. We mentioned it in regards to stress, but it works for a range of negative emotions that may have you feeling anxious, angry, annoying etc. Again, this is because you can focus your attention towards the task of cleaning, helping to reduce any pent up emotions you are dealing with at the time.

Plus you never know what you might find that brings you a real sense of inner calm, such as an old picture or a childhood toy.

You Get a Good Workout

Arguable the biggest reason for not doing any spring cleaning is that it will take a lot of effort physically. The bigger the task the more effort it will take, but there is certainly nothing wrong with exercise, as it can be directly linked with improving our moods.

Dopamine is released in the brain after a good work out, giving us a real sense of happiness and satisfaction, which can be easily achieved through a thorough spring clean!

A Clean Living Environment Keeps You Healthily

While not everyone needs a spring clean of biblical proportions, there are many cases where a home has been properly cleaned in quite some time, leading to build ups of bacteria and allergens such as dust.

Removing these from your home will help keep your health in tip top shape, particularly if you are susceptible to allergies. A healthier person physically is healthier person mentally, or at least is giving their mental well-being that extra bit of help!

You Get a Great Sense of Achievement

Let’s face it, there is an undeniable satisfaction gained from cleaning. Knowing you have made the effort to properly clean your home lets you know that you care about maintaining a nice and comforting living environment.

Once look around a clean home after a spring clean can only give a proud sense of achievement that can only make you smile!

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How to Best Plan for a Successful Move | noshow.ru http://noshow.ru/how-to-best-plan-for-a-successful-move/ Fri, 26 Feb 2016 20:43:17 +0000 http://noshow.ru/?p=843 Moving to a new home is never an easy endeavor. As anyone that has experienced it can say, moving is incredibly stressful, no matter how long the distance is between your old home and new one – even moving home to a nearby location is no easy feat! There is a lot that can be […]

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Moving to a new home is never an easy endeavor. As anyone that has experienced it can say, moving is incredibly stressful, no matter how long the distance is between your old home and new one – even moving home to a nearby location is no easy feat!

There is a lot that can be done to reduce the stress of moving homes, namely planning ahead as much as you can. The last thing anyone needs on moving day is to be rushing around trying to tie up loose ends, buying additional supplies, and dealing with all manner of chaotic situations.

Planning your move can be done once you decide on how the move can be completed – either doing it yourself or hiring a moving company. Once you know which you will be doing, you can plan things accordingly and hopefully have a smoother transition to your new home.

Here are some tips for how to best plan your move:

Decide On Your Mover

First and foremost, who will be performing the move? Can you afford to hire professional movers? Do you have the ability to drive a hired truck and perform the move on your own? Will it be a blend of both of these?

Moving by yourself can save a lot of money, and it is also one way to ensure everything is done exactly how you want it to be. You will need to rent a truck or borrow one from a friend, enlist the help of friends and family to help pack and unpack your belongings, as well as buying all of your moving materials (boxes, packaging, labels etc.).

Doing this on your own can be better suited for shorter distance moves, although it is still achievable for longer distanced ones too. Bear in mind there are still many expenses when moving on your own, with the need to hire a truck and get appropriate insurance for driving it likely to cost a fair amount.

Hiring movers will be a more costly option, but it can help reduce a lot of the stresses of moving. Companies will provide movers to help pack up your goods along with a driver to transport them to your new home, saving you the time it takes to organize and perform these tasks.

There are also hiring companies that will perform pickups and drop-offs for your belongings, while you organize the packing of all of your belongings, providing a middle ground between moving yourself and hiring help.

Materials You Will Need

Packing supplies will be some of the most important purchases you make for your move, so you will need to plan a budget for this too. The bigger the home, the more materials you will need, and on average a move involving a couple or a relatively small family will require around $250 for moving.

It is worth noting that more is always better in these situations, as you never want to run out of moving supplies during you big move, as running around getting more supplies will only add to the stresses of the move.

Boxes

Boxes are perhaps the most vital supply you will need. Remember that you get what you pay for, so scrimping by on cheap moving boxes may result in damaged furniture and belongings. Reusing old boxes can work and is a good way to save money, but only do so if they are in good enough condition – always avoid bent, broken and damp boxes!

Investing in strong boxes for you move is always advisable, and they won’t be too costly. Buying large amounts in bulk will usually net you a discount, and you can be sure you will need a fair amount for your move in any case, making the costs well worth it.

Estimating the amount of boxes you will need can be difficult, but it is safe to assume you will need at least 100 boxes for a move, and these will need to vary in size too.

Tape/Tape Guns

As the name would imply, packing tape is the perfect material for securing your boxes. Other forms of tape such as masking or duct tape are a lot more ineffective at sticking to cardboard, so avoid these at all costs.

Expect to buy at least four or five rolls of two-inch-wide packing tape, which should provide you will a few hundred yards worth (depending on the size of the rolls). Again, more is always better.

Packing Paper

A hidden gem when it comes to safely packing your belongings, packing paper has many versatile uses for a big move. You can wrap fragile items in it and crush it together to create protective padding for your boxes too.

Bubble Wrap

An alternate to packing paper, but not as versatile, bubble wrap works in a similar way by protecting your personal belongings for the move. One drawback is that it cannot be recycled, which is the case for packing paper, so it may go down to what is cheaper for the move. Bubble wrap is known for being costlier than packing paper too, but can be better suited for protecting fragile furnishings and the like.

Markers

You will need these to label the contents of each box, so the thicker the better! You want to be able to clearly see what is in each box, so it is a good idea to label them on the sides rather than the top – stacked boxes can hide the top of the below box, making identifying them more difficult.

Hand Cart or Moving Dolly

For self-movers, hiring a hand cart and/or moving dolly can be a massive help for transporting goods to and from the truck. These will reduce the risk of injuring yourself when moving heavy furniture or boxes, and most cost around $10 to hire for a day.

You will find that the company that hires you a moving truck will likely be able to rent these to you as well.

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Clutter can sneak up on you. Before you know it, you’re looking for your keys, losing your phone and searching for a favorite sweater every morning. Clutter makes you anxious and unhappy before you’ve even left the house, and as you step into a new year you’ve got the perfect opportunity to lose that excess stuff and re-organize your home.

Yes, it may be a big job. But the payoff will be big too. And as professional movers, we’re experts with organizing things. So follow our simple steps and reap the benefits of a decluttered home:

Make time your friend

Too often, we’re overwhelmed by the idea of decluttering an entire house. That’s why it’s so darn hard to get started! To move past the initial obstacles and get the job done, work in small bursts of 15 or 20 minutes at a time. You can even use a timer so you’ll know when it’s time to stop.

Pick the spot in your home where the clutter bothers you most. It probably won’t be a whole room – more than likely, it’s a corner or a countertop where things just keep piling up. Then sort through the clutter as quickly as you can. Junk mail, outdated invitations and broken things you keep meaning to fix can all go directly into the trash or recycling bin. Put bills and important notices into a special basket on your desk or work space. Kids’ art goes right up on the bulletin board or refrigerator.

When the timer goes off, you’re done! As you become accustomed to working in these small increments the job will seem less intimidating. And as your comfort level rises, you can add minutes to the timer until you’re prepared to take on bigger jobs.

Use a few objective guidelines

After you’ve built up a bit of speed it’s time to attack all the stuff filling up your closets, kitchen drawers and work spaces. If you’ve accumulated so many things that you simply don’t have any place to put more, don’t despair! Instead, be objective about the usefulness of every item. Make a few guidelines, and stick to them.

For example, here’s one rule to live by: If you haven’t used something in a year, chances are you can get rid of it. If you’ve been saving something “just in case,” how likely are you to need it in the next 6 months? Is it something you thought you lost, and either replaced or did without? All these are great criteria for getting rid of excess stuff.

For the avid shopper, get rid of one item you don’t need anymore every time you bring a new item into the house. If you’re an especially visual person, try a little experiment to help you in your sorting. Simply turn an item around after you’ve used it; clothes go back into the closet facing backwards, books are put on the shelf upside-down after they’re read, and so on. After a few months you’ll have a clear idea of what things you’re using and what things are ready to move on.

Play the numbers game

Try playing around with numbers and number patterns as you declutter. For example, use the 4-box trick. Every time you begin a decluttering job, set out four boxes. Label one trash, one recycling, one for donations and one for things you want to keep. Then move quickly through a space, sorting as you go. Finish each job by putting away the things you’re keeping and getting the other three boxes out of the house.

Better yet, challenge your family to the 12-12-12 competition. Propose that each person locate 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate and 12 items to put away in their proper place. The person who finishes first is the winner – but honestly, this is a game where everyone wins.

As your home becomes less cluttered, you’ll feel more relaxed and comfortable in your surroundings. You may even find yourself developing new habits or thinking in a more organized fashion. And that’s exactly how to make one fantastic step into this new year!

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