• How Much To Tip Movers So They Don’t Break Your Stuff

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    How much to tip movers is always a sensitive subject: too little and you risk them “accidentally” dropping the porcelain doll collection that you inherited from your Aunt Midge, too much and you risk them not smashing that creepy porcelain doll collection.  (more…)

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  • Picture Moving Boxes For Your Gold-Framed Jesus

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    Your great Aunt Cornelia finally kicked the bucket and you showed up at the reading of the will teary-eyed, heavy-hearted, and open-handed. Sure you loved her, but if you’re honest with yourself, you loved her 10-bedroom, 5-bathroom estate more. But you were always kind to her, so you’re hoping that she returns the favor from the beyond.

    She bequeathed you her entire art collection, from the gold-framed Jesus to the velvet van Gogh. Turns out ol’ Cornelia was one color short of a full palette when she referred to her paintings as “priceless.” Yeah—as in zero dollars. Even so, you’re pretty sure you can sell them to a guy you know who’s an underground art dealer. Literally. He lives in the subway system.  (more…)

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  • How To Move Out After a Divorce And Retain Your Dignity

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    Once upon a time you were happy, in love, and co-occupant of a luxurious 2-bedroom home. But with divorce rates at 50% (60% if it’s your second marriage and 110% if you’re silly enough to try again after that), there’s a good chance that you may find yourself with an ex-spouse, an ex-house, and an ex-bank account.  (more…)

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  • How to Store Clocks

    Experts weigh in on how to store a clock.

    My mom has three clocks in her living room—and each displays a different time. Of course I’ve offered to correct this for her but she’s stubborn. “I like it that way,” she says, firmly. It would be one thing if the clocks showed the time in Paris and Tokyo and San Francisco, but they don’t. Each is 10 or 20 minutes off. Mom says that this keeps her on her toes, but I think one of my brothers neglected to pack the clocks properly before our recent move.

    Don’t let this happen to you. Your family members will be 20 minutes late to work or 10 minutes early to dinner and not even realize it. It will be chaos. Before your next move, take a few minutes to learn how to pack and store a clock.

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  • Choosing the Right Moving Box Sizes

    Moving Box Sizes

    For a move that is well organized and provides the greatest protection to your belongings, choosing the right moving box sizes is an important consideration.

    Thankfully, you are not dependent upon the random box sizes you might find at your local food market or liquor store. You can buy just the sizes and assortment of moving boxes you need from packing supply stores, moving companies and many self-storage companies. Choosing the right type of moving boxes for the items you are packing will make your move, and especially your unpacking, go much smoother. (more…)

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  • Pack Pictures and Mirrors with Picture Moving Boxes

    Picture moving boxes for large framed items.

    When you’re moving, it’s easy to leave something behind. Once, I walked right out of an apartment with my favorite painting still on the wall! It fit so perfectly that it had become one with the living room. But I love that painting so when my sister asked, “Are you forgetting something?” I felt very thankful. The thing is, I was already completely packed and I realized that packing a painting takes some skill—and supplies—that I just didn’t have.

    The good news is, that picture is happily hanging in my sister’s NYC apartment. The great news is, I’ve since learned that packing a picture isn’t difficult. All you need is a little time, a lot of packing paper, and something I only recently learned exists: picture moving boxes.

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  • Store Your Shoes, The Easy and Efficient Way

    Organize your shoes for storage.

    Running shoes, hiking shoes, dress shoes… how many pairs can you wear? Well, only one at a time, of course. And, if you’re travelling and putting all your goods in storage, you may be wearing one pair all summer long. Since you have already spent time and money on your shoes, it’s important to take good care of them when you store them. Then when it’s time to interview for a job (dress shoes) or take the person you met in Europe on a date (hipster shoes), or meet the parents (back to the dress shoes), you’ll be ready.

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  • What’s Newsprint Packing Paper Got to Do with It?

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    What is the best part of moving? When it’s over. You’re in your new place, friends are gathering with gifts of food, wine and kitchen gadgets. Somebody opens up a bottle of vintage cab and—because you labeled everything—you know exactly where your wine glasses are packed. You open the box… and everything in it is broken.

    It doesn’t have to end this way.

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  • How NOT To Pack When Going On Vacation

    39545909_lThere’s nothing like dumping your half-finished project on a coworker’s desk while yelling “In yer face, Johnson!” and then racing out the door at 5 p.m. sharp because your vacay has just started. Your flight to Metropolis, Illinois leaves at seven the next morning and you’re as giddy as a kid on Christmas. This is the Official Home of Superman, after all.

    Lest your excitement at the prospect of meeting your hero carry you away, you may want to read over this unhandy guide about how not to pack when going on vacation. (more…)

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  • Moving with Fido

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    Moving is hard. Even when you’re moving to a fabulous new home, there’s a lot that goes into the process—from planning and packing to unpacking and settling in. For people, moving to a new place fits within a context, a plan—and sometimes there’s a housewarming party that serves as a light at the end of the moving-day tunnel. For dogs, though, moving from a familiar place to somewhere brand new can be tricky. Luckily, for you and for Fido, there are some steps you can take to make the move as seamless as possible.

    The first step is the simplest. You know that laundry you’ve been meaning to do before you pack your last box? Leave it. It’s got all sorts of familiar smells that will help your dog settle into his new home.

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