It doesn’t really matter whether you’re living in a rental or you own a home. The fact remains that wherever you’re living is your home for now, and you should love everything in it. While you may not want to sink thousands of dollars into a kitchen renovation, you can still do a lot to a kitchen to make it look amazing on a small budget. Even if you’re dealing with a super small galley kitchen, these ideas will make any kitchen space look great.
-Give your walls a face lift: If you’re looking at dark walls and dark cabinets all day, you can quickly turn around the feel inside of a kitchen by painting the walls white. Go with a white that is on the cooler side, and you’ll instantly see an amazing change.
-Think about painting your kitchen cabinets white too. Old cabinets can get a nice redo if you paint them in a stark white color.
-Look into open kitchen shelving. There are plenty of open shelving options out there from glass to wood and even iron options. The trick to making sure that open shelves look great is to keep things that you put on the shelf nice and tidy. Use glass jars, canisters, and other options to put everything in its place. If you’re going to place dishes on the shelves, try and keep them all the same color for a uniform look.
-Change the lighting in your kitchen. If you have old lights hanging, newer and brighter lights can really make a huge change.
-Think about adding a rug. A rug in a kitchen? You’d be surprised at how much life a small rug with lots of color can add! Try it out.
-Decorate with color. Instead of painting with a bright color, add some decor elements that are bright. Things like paintings, flowers, and even bright dishes can add that needed splash of color.
-Take down the melamine cabinets. If you’ve just moved into a rental with melamine cabinets, you’d be shocked at how easy these are to take down and replace. Head to a spot like Home Depot for instructions on how to do this, and pick up some cheaper cabinets at a store like Ikea.
Have No Fear
It can be a bit intimidating to tackle a project like a kitchen at first. Start with something small like painting the walls a brighter or white color, and then move on to something bigger like replacing the cabinets. Every little bit that you do will make a huge difference, and simply making a change to your kitchen can improve your living space so much! Give it a shot, and you’ll see that no matter where you move, any space can be updated to feel like the home you’ve always wanted.
Help Getting There
If you know where you want to move to, the next step is actually getting there. That’s where Exodus Moving and Storage can help. Our Fort Collins movers can help you move anywhere you want to go whether it’s down the street or across the world. Our Colorado moving company has been in business for many years now, and we’d love to help you move too. Simply give us a call, and we will provide you with a free moving estimate that we will absolutely stick by.
Moving to a new place can be a bit intimidating, especially if you don’t love the rooms in your new home, but you can turn any place into the place of your dreams with a bit of decor know-how, and some hard work. Renovating any space is also fun, and it’s a great way to get to know your neighborhood stores. Ready to move? Call Exodus today, and let us show you how simple moving really is!
When it comes to kids, pets, and guests, couches just don’t last that long. The average lifespan of a couch is five years, six if you’re lucky. Starting out with a couch fabric that’s easy to clean will go a long way towards keeping that couch looking better longer, and you may even be able to get away with moving your old couch to your new space.
The Best Fabrics to Choose
- Micro-suede: Because it’s not made of real leather, micro-suede is simple to clean. In most cases, a quick wipe will get rid of any stains, and tough stains can be removed with couch cleaner.
- Leather: Leather actually isn’t hard to clean, though it can crack and fade, and it’s also a favorite material of cats (so watch out!). You can simply wipe leather in order to clean it, and it’s hard to stain unless you spill red wine or other liquid that might be absorbed by the porous material.
- Vinyl: Vinyl is really simple to clean (simpler than leather), but it’s not an easy material to find. Plus, some people really just don’t like the look of vinyl, so this one is entirely personal.
The Worst Materials
- Natural fibers: While a cotton couch looks nice, cotton stains easily (so does wool and other natural materials), so beware of a cotton couch if you want the couch to last for a long time.
- Silk: Silk couches look really nice, but silk is a picky material. Not only does silk stain, it also rips easily and you’ll be looking at a shredded couch if your cat decides that she likes silk a lot.
- Leather: Notice how leather is in both categories? That’s because there are different grades of leather, and some are far more porous than others. When you buy a leather couch, ask the salesperson if the leather that you like is more or less susceptible to stains.
Stained Couch Woes
Before you call the Boulder movers, think about whether or not you want to keep that stained couch. In almost every city, there’s some kind of shelter or other non-profit that would gladly take any kind of couch that’s in somewhat good condition. You can also donate the couch to a group home, or give it to someone that’s really in need. If you do not want the couch, you can always throw it out, but be careful to toss it in a designated area (you can’t just leave it on the sidewalk!).
What about that semi-stained couch that you want to move to your new home, but your girlfriend is not into? Well, in that case you can simply store your old couch, and sneak it into your new home when she’s not around — or, ok, you can save it until you have your Man Cave set up. As movers in Greeley, CO, we know that sometimes you just want to put some stuff in storage. That’s why we have storage space in both Fort Collins and Denver, and why we are more than happy to provide you with competitive storage space pricing.
We are just movers, we have storage solutions too! When it comes to moving companies in Colorado, Exodus is here for you. Call us today for a free quote, or let us know what you need when it comes to moving help. You can also find us on Facebook if you have any questions, or if you want to let us know about an upcoming move that you’re planning. In the meantime, make sure to buy a couch with fabric that lasts!
Moving companies in Fort Collins (like Exodus) have seen a lot of things over the years. One of the recurring things that we’ve seen is college students going to school for the first time, or going back to school at the end of the summer. While outfitting a door room with new things can be a lot of fun (who doesn’t like new stuff?), you can also find a ton of things for free if you look at the right websites (and, hey, free stuff is better, right?). If you’re heading back to college this fall, take a look at the following sites, and see if you can get that coffee table or bookshelf for free.
College books CC Photo Courtesy of wohnai
1. Craigslist: this might be one of the original websites to offer free stuff. Look for your town, check out the free section, and see if there’s anything in your town that you may want to bring with you to your dorm this year – you can find everything from books to furniture.
2. eBay Classified section: have you ever looked at the eBay Classifieds? No? Well, it’s time to take a moment or two to see what eBay has to offer. The Classified section of eBay has a ton of stuff that you can simply have for free, and some more stuff that can be had for a lot less than what you would pay in a store.
3. Freecycle sites: it’s really not eco-friendly to keep buying new things. Most of what we buy will end up in the trash anyway, so why not simply purchase used items from people that no longer want those things? You can also find free stuff on these sites. Just Google the name of your town plus the term “freecycle,” and you’ll find lots of things.
4. Facebook yard sale pages: look for a Facebook garage sale or yard sale group in your town. The idea here is a virtual yard sale where people go to post photos and descriptions of items that they are selling, or are giving away for free.
5. Use other social networking sites: put out a post or two about certain items that you are looking for, use tags, and see if someone in your area can help you out – you never know, a friend of yours might have the very thing you need for free.
Buy Used If Possible
Moving companies in Fort Collins can move free, used, or new items to your new home or dorm room, so there’s no need to buy completely new stuff if you can buy used! Plus, buying used items means helping the environment out, and since the environment is important to everyone on the planet, it’s a really good idea to do your part when you can. The other reason why it doesn’t make any sense to buy all new items for your dorm room is that those things will likely be ruined, broken, or left behind by the end of the year – save yourself the trouble of throwing money down the drain by purchasing used things.
If you are looking for moving companies in Fort Collins, give us a try – we’ll help you move everything from that massive fridge to storage bins to your dorm room, even if you are moving far away from Fort Collins. As your Fort Collins movers, Exodus Moving and Storage will provide you with a fair and free quote in addition to efficient moving. We also offer storage room in both Denver and Fort Collins if you need to store some additional items. Call your Fort Collins movers today, and we’ll help you get back to school quickly – with all of your new, used, and free stuff!
This Wednesday’s blog post is all about organization. While our Colorado movers have previously taken to the Exodus blog to discuss great Colorado moving organization tips, (check it out if you haven’t already: http://www.exodusmoving.com/2012/01/new-years-colorado-moving-tips/) we wanted to take a second out of your busy Wednesday to talk about one great strategy to organize your home. That way, if you ever decide to relocate (perhaps to Colorado) you’ll be just one step closer to getting ready for your move.
Let’s start with the cardinal rule of getting organized in the home: Do not go and buy more stuff!
This is every man (and woman’s) primary mistake. We inherently believe that because we’ve decided to get organized, it is necessary to go purchase boxes, bins, label makers, tape, string and an assortment of other random tools you’ve shoved into your cart at your local home improvement store. This is not the case. Organization is a process and not necessarily a product. We found a nifty little mantra from Cynthia Ewer, Editor at “Organized Home,” that really sheds light on the organization process:
Organize –> Measure –> Buy
So let’s start from the beginning. This process is going to take motivation and determination on your part. Begin with one room and go through the entirety of its contents. Yes, this will get messy but in the end, it’ll be worth it. Divide items into 3 piles: Sell/Donate, Keep and Store. Be realistic during this step. Perhaps you come across your sweet “Hammer Pants” from the 80’s and you put them in the “Keep” pile. The chances of you needing to bust those pants out in a quick second are slim so consider moving them to the “Storage” pile…or even the “Donate” pile- harsh but true.
Once this step is completed in each room (we didn’t say this process was for the faint of heart),pack “Store” items into boxes that are LABELED appropriately in legible handwriting and take those over to your Colorado moving and storage experts at Exodus and we’ll keep your belongings safe in a temperature controlled environment. As for the sell or donate items, get those out in the front lawn and have a yard sale or take them to your local Salvation Army and donate these items to those who truly need them- we promise you’ll feel great giving back to your community!
Your next step is to measure. Go back, room by room and take detailed notes about the items that are left. Maybe you started in a play room and during the organization process you tossed several dried up paint bottles. Had we not taken the time to go through these items, you’d probably be out at the store right now impulsively buying some expensive and ill-fitting Lazy Susan device in a fun color that matches the walls of the child’s play room perfectly…only to find that the paints don’t fit or can’t be salvaged causing you to lose hope in the whole process, quit before anything is actually accomplished and throw that Lazy Susan in a closet, never to be found again.
Now we can accurately decide if there is something we may need in order to get this room in order and purchase (the last step) with thought and purpose. The best part is, once you get rid of all that excess stuff you’ve been storing, everything usually ends up fitting without crazy contraptions anyway. If you do actually find there’s something you need, check out yard sales to save yourself money, or get creative. Do a quick internet search on DIY (Do It Yourself) shelves, book cases, etc. and start a fun new project!
So with your new arsenal of organizational knowledge, find that motivation within you to get organized- all of the Colorado movers at Exodus believe in you!
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As a premier Colorado and Denver moving company that likes to give back to the community we serve, we would like to take the time to highlight different charities in the area. This month, Exodus is recognizing the SEAKR Foundation. The SEAKR Foundation is special because it aims to help the families of soldiers who have fallen or been disabled in the line of duty in either Iraq of Afghanistan. The way SEAKR works is to provide a scholarship program that guides the family to a sense of happiness and peace after such tragedy. To date, 99% of all the funds the foundation has received have gone directly to the families it is working to assist. Recipients are chosen through research from local press, military family assistance organizations and Veteran Affairs. Once a family is chosen, the SEAKR Foundation reaches out and gives custom assistance based on the needs and circumstances the family faces. The SEAKR Foundation does not have a tailor made plan for each charitable recipient and that’s what makes them so special.
Recently, the SEAKR Foundation has teamed with Project Sanctuary to give families the opportunity to take a project sanctuary retreat in the heart of the Rocky Mountains where family reconnection and counseling are offered in a supportive environment.
We are fortunate to be the Colorado and Denver moving company we are today, and find this charity to be very near to our hearts. In 2010, Exodus decided that one of its company-wide goals was to hire veterans in order to help support the men and women who sacrificed so much for our Country. After setting this goal, Exodus was made aware of the SEAKR Foundation through a family member of one of our employees. As soon as we learned about all of the amazing things that the SEAKR Foundation has done for the families of fallen Colorado soldiers, we knew that we wanted to be involved. Exodus has been a title sponsor, along with SEAKR Engineering, of the Annual Fundraising Gala for the past two years and Joel Coen has performed MC duties for the event’s program. We look forward to continuing our support of the SEAKR Foundation. To learn more about the SEAKR Foundation or what you can do to give back, visit http://www.seakr.com/about/foundation.html
Check out other charities Exodus likes to get involved with at http://www.exodusmoving.com/exodus-in-the-community.
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Exodus Moving and Storage has been serving the moving needs of Colorado and beyond for several years now. The dream of one individual became the cause of many, starting with one small moving truck and becoming a full service relocation company. Today, we are the best Colorado moving company and we our proud not only of our humble beginnings but of the teamwork it has taken to excel in such a large and saturated market such as the moving and storage industry. As the time of thanks draws near, we have so many things to be thankful for. Here are just a few at the top of our list.
At Exodus, we hand pick our employees. We don’t believe in the concept of day- labor or temporary hires. Instead we interview, do reference checks and drug tests and we hire only those fine folks that we feel would properly represent us in the field with our customers, every day. We take moving people very seriously, so we make sure that our staff receives ongoing training and fair wages, making our employee turnover rate one of the lowest in the country. We are also Choose People Certified because we are committed to being “happy place to work.” The people of Exodus are what make our company like no other.
We are proud to boast a damage ratio that is ¼ of the industry average. This is a result of the combination of quality workers and comprehensive training. When we were just starting out, every client and every referral meant everything to our business. We knew that our biggest competition was riddled with moving horror stories because of their lack of attention to detail and lack of accountability with regard to their staff. We are expert movers, proud of the work we do. And no matter how big we become, we still work under the philosophy that one unsatisfied customer is one too many.
We are passionately involved in our communities. At Exodus, we put our time, talents and money into the places that we live and work. We support green energy practices within our offices and have incorporated many green friendly procedures into our work. This includes our tree planting program for every move we complete. For this program we partner with Trees Water & People. We are also thankful for the freedoms we have and maintain in this great country of ours and regardless of political affiliation, we support causes that support our troupes and their families. Project Sanctuary and Colorado Hire Patriots are a few of the military support groups that we are committed to.
As we celebrate thanksgiving this year, we are setting our table with gratitude. We are thankful for the work we do, the communities we serve and the people who make it all possible. What are you thankful for?
As Colorado’s premier local and long distance moving and storage company, at Exodus, we believe the best part of being in the neighborhood are the opportunities to make it a better place. Whether it is donating trucks to help out with the food drives of several Colorado food banks, investing in at-risk youth by helping out groups such as Alternatives to Violence and Reflections for Youth, keeping tune with the Fort Collins Symphony, or helping to support the families of fallen Colorado soldiers through the SEAKR Foundation, our Colorado community roots stretch as far and wide as the highways we travel.
One of our latest community partnerships has us teaming up with the University of Northern Colorado Alumni Association by offering savings to its members and proceeds to the association. We are looking forward to delivering a check once a month representing 3% of the paid moving costs from UNC Alumni Association members on any local move, long distance move and auto transport.
At Exodus, we have an impeccable reputation for safe, smooth and reliable moves, demonstrated by the fact that we have one of the lowest breakage ratios of any moving company in Colorado. Despite this distinction, in addition to proceed donation, we are also offering Half Cost Valuation on lower deductible options. This will include Free Valuation Coverage of $100,000 with a $500 deductible, representing a savings of nearly 25%.
The University of Northern Colorado has been teaching Colorado a thing or two for decades through its many distinguished alumni who have won awards for their work in the classroom and through its influential Tointon Institute for Educational Change. The UNC Alumni Association ably helps to integrate over 100,000 alumni, students, and friends into the life of the university and the community at large and we are proud to help in any way we can. That is why we are looking forward to the UNC Alumni enrolling Exodus for their moving and storage needs. It’s a back to school deal for the UNC Alumni Association members and another lesson in helping out the community for us. Who knew having class could be so much fun!
Who we are and what we do are one in the same. There are a lot of companies out there that claim to provide quality. They claim that customer satisfaction means everything to them. And that may be true even and especially when it comes to the bottom line. But at Exodus, people are the single most important thing in our business. And that applies all around, to our employees, our clients and our community. We put our money, time, effort and heart into the things that matter most to us. And that is what makes us better than any other Colorado Moving Company. The Exodus difference is people.
We Choose People
Exodus is a Choose People company. This means that we pass the test and come out on top as a great place to work. We work hard, we play hard and we value family and balance. Unlike many others in our industry, we have real employees doing all our moves providing unequalled accountability in our market sector. We provide consistent schedules, family friendly offices and competitive salaries making our employee turnover rate lower than any other Denver moving company. We firmly believe that happy employees are better workers, parents and citizens at large. For this reason, the Exodus difference starts with our people.
People Choose Us
We are constantly in a state of collecting feedback from our customers. Moving is one of the most stressful times in anyone’s life. We strive and work hard to go the extra mile to make it easier, less hectic and to create a sort of calm in the storm for our clients. Thanks to this commitment to service, our track record is pristine. Our client surveys come back consistently with glowing recommendations and most of our clients go on to recommend our moving services to family and friends.
Whether it is pianos that need moving for art projects (Pianos About Town) underprivileged teens that need dresses for Prom (The Fairy Godmother Project) a race that needs run to donate supplies to school kids (The Denver Metro Mile benefiting Donors Choose) or our own in house tree planting for every move we complete (in cooperation with Trees, Water & People), we are committed to being involved in the neighborhood around us. We love Colorado, we love our country and we love our world. At Exodus, we show value to our community by not only showing up when they need us most but by finding creative ways to be involved, everyday.
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“Project Sanctuary is where families reconnect.”
Where there is great need comes great responsibility. At Exodus, we are thankful for our freedom and our success and feel that it is important to give back. We actively support our United States military with our time and effort and resources because we wish to show our gratitude for their sacrifice.
Project Sanctuary is an organization that was established in 2007 to address a very big need within the military community. According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, 21 military veterans commit suicide each week. Armed with these statistics and so many others, Project Sanctuary works with whole families to begin the healing process and to promote new, positive memories to improve quality of life.
The following is from an interview we recently did with Heather Ehle about Project Sanctuary and partnership with Exodus Moving and Storage.
How Does Project Sanctuary Reconnect Families?
Project Sanctuary is the first organization to offer services for the whole family that gives them the time they need to really heal. Many other workshops exist for a couple days at a time. But we have found that after several months or even years of missing a loved one, it requires more than just a few hours to reconnect. Families need time to address the many issues and hurts that have come as a result of their separation. So we take 5-10 families to a YMCA facility in the Rockies for 6 day retreats. We create recreational activities designed to help each family member to overcome emotional obstacles. We call this “diversion therapy”, creating new life affirming memories to replace natural feelings of fear and abandonment. In addition to hiking, fishing and skiing together, we also offer healthy marriage classes and financial education seminars. We balance the practical and the fun which his gives the whole family time to heal together. War is a very serious thing but you would be amazed at how much bonding can be done around a camp fire over smores.
How does Exodus help Project Sanctuary?
Because we are committed to each family that we serve for two years of follow up, we do more than just provide retreats. We become a consistent support for their most important needs. Unable to do this alone, we require many layers of support in the community so that we can help these military families in their most desperate moments. We need other businesses to do what they do best so that we can do what we do best. I first met Joel through a community Veterans Alliance. Soon after, a Gold Star family contacted us. With the convergence of their sons recent death in the line of duty and the mothers current health problems, this family was losing their house. Having nowhere else to turn, they called us when they had only two days to move. I called Joel and explained the situation. And with very few questions asked, Exodus came to the rescue, donating time, manpower and most of all sanity to a very difficult situation for these people. We greatly appreciate Exodus’ community spirit. Together we are able to pick up the heavy load when our military families cant.
What can people do to support Project Sanctuary?
Just to be absolutely clear, Project Sanctuary is not “pro war”, we are pro family. The political aspects of the issue are not our angle. As a nation, I think we have learned from Vietnam. We need regular people to get involved by sharing their time, money and love. I just spent this morning writing grants and I’m proud that People Magazine is about to do a full feature about Project Sanctuary. Most of all we are trying to get the word out there. The more opportunities we have to share what these families are going through, really going through, the more support we are bound to receive from those who want to say that you.
Project Sanctuary is a non-government funded, grass roots organization in need of your support. For more information about how to get involved please visit their website at
At Exodus, moving is our business. We move belongings from place to place. We move people to their new homes and offices. And we move ideas we believe to be important, forward.
One of the most wonderful things about our great state of Colorado is its open hearted, community minded spirit. And specifically in Fort Collins, we have found so many wonderful ways to participate in the great things that are going on within the city. We have earned a reputation for being there when people need us and we are always happy to lend a helping hand for a good cause.
So, what happens when a community comes together for the purpose of highlighting both visual arts and music? Exodus Moving and Storage gets the unique pleasure of moving Pianos about Town.
What is Pianos about Town?
Established in 2010, Pianos about Town was born of the energies and ideas of the City of Fort Collins, the Downtown Development Authority and the Bohemian Foundation. The idea was simple: old pianos would be placed at random throughout the city. Local artists would be invited to publically paint their own designs and styles of art on each piano. The pianos would then be moved repeatedly throughout the city, arriving in various public squares and open air spaces. Local musicians as well as average residents would then have access to them as they go about their day. The idea being that this “happening” would encourage spontaneity, creativity and a positive community environment.
The Bohemian Foundation
In 2001, Pat Stryker founded the Bohemian Foundation with one main goal: making the world a better place. Placing infinite value on the worth of the individual human spirit and its potential for growth, creativity and innovation, this organization now works with other community organizations to encourage these core values. The foundation focuses on music as a primary avenue for facilitating personal expression, believing that it will ultimately foster society’s liberation from many of the social plagues of our modern age.
Downtown Development Authority
The DDA exists to help join together citizens, businesses and government in an effort to stimulate growth. It serves to provide guidance both organizationally and financially to evolving projects in downtown areas.
City of Fort Collins “Art in Public Places” Program
Established in 1995, the Art in Public Places Program is an initiative created by the City of Fort Collins. This program believes that quality of life is directly affected by the presence of art. It works with local artists to encourage and enhance opportunities for public art maintenance and exhibition throughout Fort Collins.