Considerations When Moving Your Elderly Loved One

Making the choice to move your elderly relative or friend can be a tough one. Of course, if they come to the decision all on their own, it’s made pretty easy. But if you are noticing that a senior care facility or even a residential community catering to the needs of the elderly is becoming more and more of a necessity, there are a few things you should know before you contact a Colorado moving company.

You might find that bringing up the subject leads to anger and hostility. Put yourself in their shoes – they’ve possibly lived their entire life in the building they call home, have had the same neighbors for decades, have a routine for their day-to-day activities – would you be so willing to walk away from your safe place, your comfort zone?

Introduce the Idea Gently

You can’t just start out by choosing a facility and calling residential moving companies right off the bat. Instead, you need to ease into the subject slowly and as gently as possible to warm them up to the idea. You’ll want them to work their frustrations and anxieties out of their system until they realize that it’s the best idea for them.

To make these conversations as effective as possible, pretend you are them. Look at their lives now, and come up with points you can make that they’ll actually consider as being beneficial to their lives in some way. Remember to take into consideration what they consider important, and point out how this new living arrangement won’t mean the end of those things! For example, it’s not all about the cost – sometimes it’s the social life they’re used to maintaining that is most important.

Play Up Their Interests

So they love to attend Tuesday night Bingo with a couple of the neighbors, so much so, they haven’t missed one of these nights in 15 years. Seek out those facilities that offer a Bingo night! If they’re just all-around active and involved in the community, find a place that offers them to continue this lifestyle.

The best way to get them interested and on board with this move, you’ll need to look at their lifestyle and match the environments accordingly. Sit with them and compile a list of must-haves, and seek out the place that fits them as perfectly as possible. Are they worried about family not coming to visit them? Try to select a location that is as close to family as possible, guaranteeing visits don’t have to lessen!

Bring Them for a Visit

It’s just like buying a new home – you wouldn’t just move in without walking through first. Include them in the process so they can assess the living conditions and activities offered. Don’t just stop with a formal tour of the facility – drop by unannounced and take a peek at what’s going on. This will put your mind at ease, ensuring the facility lives up to its claims.

Do they have a friend or relative in a facility? Talk to that person – a first hand account of conditions from someone you trust is better than hearing the one-sided, biased opinions of the caregivers and facility managers who just want your money! Besides, finding someone they know in the facility can make it a whole lot easier to convince them to make the move.

Moving Day

When they realize that it isn’t so bad, it’s time for a moving quote. Don’t forget to let them decide what stays and what goes! This process can be enjoyable, but it is daunting! They’ll be taking a trip down memory lane for sure, and it can be tough to part with the stuff. However, they’ll be able to see the look of joy on people’s faces who will be entrusted with caring for prized possessions – grandma’s special china, for example – rather than waiting until it is passed down in the will.

Just remember that you will one day be in the same scenario. Don’t push too hard, and you catch more flies with honey – talk up the points that will interest them most in order to win them over.

All About Etsy

If you’re planning a move, there’s a good chance that you may want to pick up some new and cute things for your home. Etsy, the artist’s marketplace, is a great website to use to find some really clever and creative items that you may not find anywhere else.

The issue with Etsy is that it can be somewhat difficult to navigate, since there are so many different types of items and different types of people selling those items on the website. Here’s a guide on how to navigate the site, so that you can find that perfect item to add to your new home.

Using Filters and Reading Tags

Artists making handmade goods, and shoppers looking for those goods, have become somewhat frustrated with people selling items on Etsy that aren’t actually handmade. Since anyone can sell things on the site, some people have begun differentiating quality handmade goods with those that are factory made by using tags such as “Handmade in the USA,” or “Authentically Handmade.” You can also set site filters to include items that are handmade only, so that you aren’t looking at items sold in stores or purchased for the purpose of resale on the site.

That said, there are some machine made, or largely manufactured items, on the site that may actually be what you’re looking for. If you can’t find those items where you live, you may be able to find them for a much cheaper price on Etsy. So, don’t count out items that aren’t handmade unless you are looking for that specific handmade touch.

Buying From the World

One of the great things about Etsy is that it’s a true global marketplace. You can find items from other parts of the world like India and Thailand on the site, and those items are often really unique. If you want an item that has a particular feel to it, consider shopping outside of the US. What about safety and shipping woes?

The best way to make sure that you aren’t going to get ripped off is to take a good look at the reviews that other buyers have posted. Each shop lists reviews of items, and a seller that isn’t trustworthy will be called out. Plus, the site shuts down shops that have received too many bad reviews, so there’s some safety in this as well. Just read through those reviews, and note what other people are saying about a particular item. Otherwise, it’s a great deal of fun to purchase something that’s handmade in another country, so give it a try! And if you buy something, make sure to leave an honest review to help out the honest folks on the site!

Looking Carefully at Descriptions

It can be tempting to base purchases solely on photographs. You do have to realize that most people selling items on Etsy have mastered the art of the photograph, and Etsy even provides people with a guide on how to take the best photos (here’s a mental note to make if you ever want to sell anything on the site). This is why you have to read through a description of each item that you are considering buying. Carefully look at details like dimension information, material specifications, and other notes that might be present. This combined with a careful look at the review’s posted should provide you with a clear idea of what you are purchasing.

For the most part, the developers behind the Etsy site have tried to make the site as easy to navigate as possible, though this isn’t always the case. You can now use various filters in order to search for items, and this helps to narrow down the selection. Etsy is also a great place to go if you want an item for your home, but you don’t want to pay retail prices.

Sometimes, handmade goods can be expensive, but other times you can get a much better price and a better quality product by buying something that’s made locally or in another country. If you are moving long distance, buying newer items instead of trying to transport all of your old stuff makes a lot of sense too!

A Free Moving Estimate

Moving is a fun time that should come without any complicated moving problems, and that’s where Exodus Moving and Storage comes in. We’d love to help you move all of your old stuff, or help you store those items in one of our storage facilities in either Denver or Fort Collins. Simply call us today to arrange a meeting, and we will give you a completely free quote that we promise to stick by.

We’d also love to hear what you think about Etsy, and what your user experience has been — come and find us on Facebook to join in the conversation!

What to Buy for the Nursery

Have you just moved to a new town only to find out you’re now expecting a child? That space that might have been perfect for two may now be a little bit crowded, and you may be looking at ways to turn your office into a nursery-office combination. While a baby can seem overwhelming, you should know that you’re in plenty of good company. Many people that live in small city spaces often have to make room for a child, and that means getting clever where nursery space and items are concerned.

But, first, what should you even put in a nursery? And, do you really need all of those expensive items? Here’s a closer look at what you should be buying, what you don’t need, and some things that you may want to add to your space just to make life easier.

Must Have Furniture

A good crib. If there’s one big ticket item that you will want to splurge on, it’s your child’s crib. For the first few years of her life, she’ll be sleeping in the crib that you buy. Some nice features to think about include a crib with a storage drawer (because, let’s face it, nurseries can get really crowded with all of that baby stuff!), and the possibility of converting a crib into a toddler bed at a later time. This way, you won’t have to buy a toddler bed separately when the time comes, so this can be a long-term money saver.

A changing table that’s also a bureau. Here’s another space saving idea for baby — buy a changing table that also acts as a bureau or other kind of storage space. You can store things like diapers and wet naps in the drawers, and use the top of the table to change diapers. Do you need a changing table? Not necessarily. Any sturdy dresser or table will do the trick, but you do want to buy a changing pad that’s thick and can be secured tightly.

Nice to Have Furniture

A rocker or glider. You’ll be spending quite a few nights feeding your baby, and that means that you’ll want something comfortable to sit in. Rockers were popular for many years, but gliders are a more comfortable option these days. You can buy either one new, but used rockers and gliders that work well are still good options. Another idea is to buy a big comfortable chair that you and baby can both snuggle in on those long nights.

A baby swing or cradle. Sometimes, you’ll want to put your baby down, and swings can calm the fussiest babies. Think about buying a swing or purchasing one second hand that will get you through those fussy times (and, hey, you’ll want to take a shower at some point!).

Other Big Ticket Items

Aside from the items that you will have to buy for your nursery, there are some other things that you’ll need to purchase in order to keep baby happy.

A stroller: You can buy really expensive strollers that cost well into the hundreds of dollars, or you can buy one that’s much simpler. What do you really need? It depends on what you plan to do outside, and where you live. If you want to go jogging with your baby on hard terrain, you’ll need a stroller that can keep up. If you want to sled across snow, you’ll need one that can act as a snow glider (yes, they do make these!). You can also buy a basic stroller model with no thrills. Either way, a stroller is something you’ll want to invest in.

Baby monitors: It’s nice to know that baby is sleeping soundly at all times, and a baby monitor is the best way to check on your child from a distance.

Car seat: Now, car seats come with expiration dates, so make sure that the second hand one you’re thinking about buying is still safe.

Moving With Baby

If you will be moving to Denver, or any other area, after baby is born, it will become extra important to work with a moving team that takes care of all the small details for you. Exodus Moving and Storage has been in the moving game for many years now, and we know how to make any moving day fuss-free. We can also pack and unpack for you, so that you can concentrate on making baby’s nursery perfect.

If you need help moving, call Exodus, your Fort Collins movers, and we will provide you with a free moving estimate that we’re happy to stand by. Call us today to set up an appointment, or find us on Facebook for additional information.

How to Choose an Interior Designer

Moving anywhere means decorating and organizing a new home. Sometimes, fitting everything you own into that new space can be tough, and other times you may not have the time to figure it all out. When frustration over how to organize a new space hits, it might be a good idea to call in a professional interior designer.

If you Google ‘interior designer’ plus the name of your town, you’ll come up with a semi-massive list (in most cases) of designers. Is there a good way to choose a designer from that major list? Can you just pick one at random? More importantly, what should you look for in a good designer? Here are some tips to help you out from your movers in Fort Collins.

Figure Out the Scope of the Project: Major renovations require a designer that can easily work with contractors, understands project management, and has experience working with contractors during major renovations. This is not a project for someone that has never worked on a massive project before, but it’s perfect for someone that has extensive project management experience. You may even want to call an architect for this kind of job!

Payment Type: There are three different ways to pay interior designers. Some of these professionals work on a flat fee, others work on an hourly fee, and others work for free. A word of caution about a designer that works for free: these people are usually hired by specific companies to push certain products, so keep this in mind. If you love the products that one designer sells, go for free. If not, a flat rate might be a better way to pay depending on how much that rate is, and what’s included in the rate. Hourly rates are usually the most expensive way to pay for a designer, but you can set a budget at the start.

Do Your Own Research: Sometimes, designers can get good deals on things like carpet and materials, but other times designers add a markup to those items. It’s up to you to do your own research by looking at retail prices, and figuring out whether or not you’re getting a good deal. Sometimes, it might be better to buy those things on your own.

Meet With Each Designer: You don’t have to decide on one designer right away. Invite all potential candidates to come into your home and look around. Pay attention to suggestions, whether or not the designer is listening to you, and get a good feel for whether they understand what you want — or are more interested in their own designs and ideas. You’ll quickly see that some are self-absorbed, while others are in tune with what you really want.

What You Will Get

So, what can you expect to get from a high-priced designer? It will all begin with an initial consultation, which shouldn’t take more than an hour or two. After that, your designer may charge to shop for supplies, and to put things together in a room. Keep in mind that any time a designer consults with you, those hours or minutes will be billed too. Make sure that you communicate to the person you hire the level of involvement you wish to have in a project. Do you want to be a part of every decision, or do you want her to handle it completely? Do you need to touch things before you order them? Or, are you okay with picking things up online? Make sure to have these conversations before you hire any designer, so that you’re both on the same page. Often, this relationship is a close one, so pick someone that you trust, and choose someone that understands your design and style preferences.

Moving to Denver

If you are moving to the Denver area, you’ll find a lot of different designers in this city. But even if you aren’t moving to Denver, Exodus can help you move anywhere you want to go — even internationally. As movers in Fort Collins, CO, we know a thing or two about moving all kinds of items from one location to another. We can also hook you up with storage rental spaces in both Fort Collins and Denver, so that you can store anything you can’t bring with you.

Call us for a free moving quote that we will stick by. In the meantime, make sure to choose the designer that works best for you, and you’ll have a lovely space in no time!

Moving Long Distance with Children

A long distance move is tough enough. Add kids to the mix, even just one of them, and you could be heading towards disaster! When you and your significant other make the decision to move, you are probably excited for what’s to come, until you tell your kids. Sure, sometimes they’ll be just as excited as the two of you when you tell them you’ll be moving to Fort Collins, but some kids will just plain freak out.

There are a number of reasons that your child might feel this way. Maybe they’re scared about starting in a new school, or they’re reluctant to leave behind their friends. It can be scary for kids who just don’t have the life experience to feel as confident as you do that everything will be just fine. Here are some tips to make sure your child is prepared for the move, and hopefully excited for this new adventure in your lives!

Breaking the News

Sit them down and have a serious conversation, and trick them into thinking they’re part of the decision making process. You don’t have to say, “So should we move?” They’ll possibly say no, and then what will you do when you know you’re moving no matter what? Instead, research the area, and offer them choices of neighborhoods based on the schools that they can attend. When they can choose where they’ll end up, they’ll feel much better, and you’ll feel confident everything will go more smoothly.

If it’s leaving behind all of their friends and loved ones, throw a big party where they create the guest list. Do this before the long distance moving company shows up to box your belongings – you never know whether or not his friends will bring going away presents. Have your child pick out or make something special to remind his friends of him when he is gone. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures, and have them printed and compiled into an album he can flip through when he starts to miss them.

Enlist Their Help Packing

If you aren’t having the moving company pack your boxes, let your child pack her own belongings. Just be sure you take the fragile items out first, packing them up yourself to make sure they arrive at your new home in one piece! Tell your child they are allowed to choose one box to take along in the vehicle you’ll be traveling in – this way, they can have their favorite things at hand for the long car ride, and at hotels along the way in case you’re making stops. The familiar and favorite items will be comforting to them during this time.

Make sure your child labels the boxes well, and takes inventory of what’s inside. If they aren’t of writing age, be sure you do this yourself.

On Moving Day

The chaos of moving day is stressful, especially for kids who might be in trouble from time to time for “getting in the way.” They aren’t really getting in the way at all in their little minds, just “trying to help” or coming to adults to ask questions. If you can, enlist the help of friends and family to take the kids away from the scene of the move. Maybe they can go to their favorite park one last time, or spend the day playing with their best friend before they drive away forever. Not only will it make your move easier for those loading trucks, it will help them cope with the move as well.

On Your Way

Once you’ve headed out to your new home, you’ll want to be sure you have plenty of healthy snacks and a cooler full of water to limit the number of times you have to pull over to heed the cries of “I’m hungry!” While you will probably be hitting a lot of rest areas for bathroom breaks, your wallet will thank you for avoiding the fast food drive-thru lines!

Throw the electronic limits you normally put in place out the window – unless, that is, you want to here, “I’m bored” and “Are we there yet?” 8 zillion times along the journey. Keep them busy with whatever electronics they have at their disposal. If you don’t have car chargers for these things, don’t forget some coloring books, activity books, word searches, reading books, and good old fashioned car games to help them pass the time.

Moving long distance doesn’t have to be a chore when traveling with kids. You just need to make sure they’re comfortable and confident about it, and that they have plenty to keep them occupied!

A New Home, A New Year – A New Look

It’s almost a new year. It’s a time we sit back and reflect on the happenings of the past year, looking forward for what the next year has in store. Some make resolutions, while others search for other ways to freshen up their surroundings for the new year. Are you one of those?

Having just moved, you are probably looking around thinking, “I really need to freshen up the look of this room!” Let the new year be the time for that change! Time to part with the items the Colorado moving company brought from your old house to the new one and change things up a bit. Whether you opt for all new furniture and decorations or just a few touches here and there, here are some ideas on how to bring a new look to your new home just in time for the new year.

  • The whole shebang. When some people get bit by the re-decorating bug, they often get what we like to call “everything-must-go mentality.” These people couldn’t possibly imagine changing just a few details. They see an entirely new room, from the ground up. While this is a great approach, it is costly.
  • Accents. If starting small is your course of action, accent pieces are a great place to start. These can be any small touches throughout the room, pillows on the couches, even a new side table next to the recliner. That side table could be just the piece that you’ve been missing ever since the national moving company put that recliner in place! Choose fun and funky accent pillows to lend a pop of color to an otherwise drab and neutral color scheme, and consider switching them out throughout the year with seasonal pillows. You’d be amazed at what a simple throw blanket can do to make a room seem cozier, and a bookshelf by the chaise might be just what the reader of the household has always wanted.

One simple way to change the look of the room is to change the curtains. Love your curtains but want to freshen them up a bit? Consider adding a sheer coordinating swag or valance, or some decorative tie-backs. If you want to get the most bang for your buck, don’t forget about the thrift shops! You’d be surprised at the items you can find. While some will be exactly as you want them, don’t forget to have a creative eye going in – that boring coffee table can be turned into something awesome! Just Google some DIY projects for inspiration before you head out shopping.

  • Look to the walls. Sometimes, all a room needs is some wall art to pull it all together. You don’t need to go all out on a big painting to hang over the mantle either. If your budget doesn’t allow for the real thing, hit up an artwork shop that features a wide selection of prints. Choose a nice big one and have it framed, and you’ll see it’s just as pleasing as a fancy painting. If you’re feeling bold, get creative and make your own wall art! Not creative? Go through your pictures and see if there is anything worthy of printing out on canvas. Many online photo shops offer affordable canvas print options, and you can have a larger than life way of showcasing that amazing shot you took on your trip to Niagara Falls last year.
  • Start small. If redoing the living room intimidates you or you just don’t have the money to tackle such a tremendous decorating feat, just scale it down a bit. Start in the bathroom or even one of your kids’ bedrooms.
  • Organize it. You likely decluttered before the furniture movers packed a single item onto the truck. You might have even done it once more after unpacking. Now, with what remains, you you could start making sense of the madness by better organizing it all. If the idea seems a bit scary, start by browsing the many organization options in your local store or online. Look up the topic on Pinterest, and watch the amazing ideas scroll before your eyes. I’ll bet you’ve seen something that motivates you, something you just can’t wait to try. Start with one room until you’ve moved your way throughout the house. The best part: there’s now more room for fun decorative pieces, seasonal or otherwise!

How to Make More Room in a Small Bedroom

Lots of stuff to put in the bedroom and a small bedroom space don’t mix. This is a common problem that people often face when moving to a new place, or trying to make sense of an older space. Bedrooms should be serene, so that you can sleep with ease, but a small bedroom can easily become cluttered. What should you do with all of your things, and how can you really maximize the space inside of a small bedroom? Here are some helpful tips.

Make the most of your bed space. There are plenty of bed frames that come with storage space underneath, and you can also buy plastic containers that can easily hold anything you can’t fit in a close or inside of a bureau. Placing things under your bed (in a neat way) can really give you a lot more space.

Change your bedside table choice. Either purchase a floating shelf or drawer that’s completely off of the floor, or find slim side tables with drawers. If you can put stuff into your bedside table drawers, you’ll instantly have more space. (Just don’t let those drawers turn into junk piles!)

Figure out how to best organize your closet. You can hire a closet designer to come into your home and give you the best organizational tips, or you can purchase closet organization racks and other items that will give you more space. If your shoes are on the floor and your clothes are hard to find, it’s time to think of an alternative way to store stuff in your closet.

Organize your drawers. If your bureau is overflowing with items, you are really not alone — most people do not have clearly organized bureau drawers. But fixing this problem is easy enough with some simple drawer dividers sold at most home stores.

Get into the habit of cleaning everything in your room once per month. If you have books stacked and overflowing on your table, stuff under your bed, and drawers that resemble rummage piles, it’s time to start cleaning. Toss anything that’s seen better days, and try to get rid of things that just aren’t in good shape. If you do this once per month, you’ll quickly start to tidy up.

Reorganize the way that you stack your shirts. If you store your t-shirts inside of your bureau, consider stacking them in a different way. Instead of piling one on top of the other, stack shirts sideways and neatly folded, so that you can see everything that’s inside of a drawer.

It’s All About Organization

Small spaces don’t lend themselves to too much clutter. Look for furniture items that double as storage pieces with drawers or hidden compartments, keep as much furniture as possible off of the floor, separate and organize your bureau, and invest in a close organizational system when necessary. The trick to a smaller space is all about organizing, and this can begin before you move to your new home.

Your Upcoming Move

If you are looking for movers in Boulder CO, call Exodus Moving and Storage for a free quote. As one of the top moving companies in Fort Collins, we can help you pack, move, unpack, and even help you when it comes to storage space (we have storage facilities in both Fort Collins and Denver). Also, make sure to look for a moving checklist on this blog — we’ve compiled plenty of things not to forget for you here! You can also find us on Facebook if you have any additional questions or comments. Call us today to set up your move!

Single Mom Moving: Helpful Tips 

If you’re starting over as a single mom, moving to a new location might present a challenge. Not only do you have to find a new place that’s affordable on one salary, you also have to pack everything up by yourself and get it where it needs to go (or you could just hire a Boulder moving company to pack and move for you!). We know that moving as a single mom is hard, so here are some tips from Exodus, your Boulder moving company.

  • Begin your move early. Start looking for a place, figuring out finances, and planning everything else well in advance of the actual move date. Chances are that you know when you are going to move, so take a few weeks ahead of that date to find the perfect place.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. If your closets are bursting at the seams, make sure to go through each item, determine whether or not you need all of those things, and toss what you no longer need. This way, you won’t have to pack so much, and there will be less for your Boulder moving company to move.
  • Get help. Either hire a moving company in Denver, or ask some friends and family members to help you move to your new place. With kids, pets, and other things in tow, it makes sense to hire a moving company in Denver to help you out – trying to take on too much is simply exhausting!
  • Try and organize your schedule and other things. If you actually write everything down on paper, you will find that getting through everything you need to do is a lot simpler. From the moment that you decide to move, buy a calendar and start making down things that you need to get done before the move. Then, stick to this list and the dates that you have set. Sometimes, a bit of organization goes a really long way.

When You Arrive

On the day that you arrive at your new place, try not to wait to unpack your boxes. You may not get it all done in one day, but unpacking as soon as possible is the best way to make sure that everything is in its new home quickly. Plus, the sooner you have spots for all of your things, the faster you will get used to the new layout of your home.

As far as your kids go, if they are old enough to unpack their own things, you can easily turn moving day into a fun day filled with packing games and unpacking games. If you ask the moving company in Denver that you hire to place the boxes in the right rooms, unpacking should be a lot simpler. Unpacking quickly is one of the best ways to explore your new place, and to see what you do have and what you need to buy.

Planning Your Move

Aside from finding the perfect spot, informing the kids, changing things like schools and doctors, and actually moving to your new place, there’s a lot that goes into moving day. The whole process can be a lot simpler with a moving company like Exodus on your side. Plus, we also have storage facilities in both Denver and Fort Collins, so you can store anything that doesn’t fit in your home right now. Contact us today for a free moving quote, and we’ll be happy to let you know how quickly we can move you and your family to a new home.

Moving as a single mom isn’t always simple, but we can help make the process simpler. Follow the steps above, and ask us if you need any help when it comes to moving.

Hosting Christmas Like a Pro in Your New Home

When the last residential moving company truck rolls out of your driveway, you get to work unpacking as quickly as you can. Your family pitches in, knowing that Christmas is fast approaching. This process can take a bit longer than unpacking at any other time of year – there is so much to remember, and much that needs to be temporarily put away until the Christmas decorations come down.

If you’ve decided to host Christmas for your entire family this year, it is all the more pressure to unpack the boxes moved by the Fort Collins movers as quickly as possible. If you’re stressed, the enormity of what you have to get done in such a short amount of time can overwhelm you and cause undue panic.

Never fear, just follow these tips to pull off your first family Christmas in your new home without a hitch now that your Fort Collins movers have gotten you to your new place!

Make overnight guests feel included in Christmas Day planning.

You don’t have to involve them in every little detail – it is your house. To make them feel like they are an important part of the day without relinquishing control of everything, you simply need to ask their opinion on how things are usually done in your house. You could say, “We typically eat breakfast after opening gifts. Are you okay with this?” or “We’ll be eating an early dinner after opening presents. Our tradition is to eat around 2:00 p.m. Is that alright with you?”

You’ll find your guests will be glad to feel as if they are included in the decision making process, and normally, they won’t have a problem with doing things your way. Giving them the option to voice any concerns they have will be thought of as considerate, and they’ll appreciate the gesture.

Determine tastes and dietary needs.

If you’re hosting the whole family or both yours and your spouse’s families, you’ll want to be sure you are catering to any dietary needs. Is anyone diabetic, gluten- or dairy-free, nut free, or otherwise? Maybe your great-grandmother has a certain dish that just has to be on the table, otherwise you risk hearing her complain for the rest of the year.

Find out who is coming, what dietary restrictions they may have, and if there is anything other relatives just can’t live without in terms of holiday dishes. Worst case, you can ask other guests to bring the things they consider essential to the holiday feast – they won’t mind, and it will be done exactly the way they like.

Let the kids roam free after dinner.

It may be tempting to force the kids to stay at their places around the table so that they aren’t sneaking into rooms they don’t belong in, or destroying the cleanliness of your living room with endless boxes and toys. However, you’re going to have to let them go and say a silent prayer nothing bad happens. If this really bothers you, just close the doors to the rooms you don’t want anyone getting into, locking them if possible.

Know that kids want nothing more than to sit and play with their new toys, so your fear of them getting into mischief in your bathroom is probably unfounded. Adults may remain around the table sipping wine and talking, while children head to their new toys.

Don’t be a Scrooge.

With all of the anxiety having the family in your new home can bring, it can be easy to get annoyed with the overly excited kids. Take the time to remember they’re kids, and kids get excited on Christmas. It’s the toys, and of course, the sugar in the cookies, pies, fudge, and chocolates in the candy dish. There is really nothing you can do except take a few deep breaths and biting your tongue.

A good solution to burn off some energy: send the kids outside. Sledding, building a snowman, a snowball fight, or if there is no snow, some bike riding, roller skating, or a game of tag can get the extra energy Christmas has infused in them out, bringing down the chance they’ll drive you bonkers.

Ask for help.

Despite what you think, your guests want to help make things easier for you. Accept help when it is offered, and ask for help when it’s needed. It doesn’t matter if it’s making side dishes and bringing the pie, helping clean up after dinner, helping to prepare the feast – they will help, even though you feel like you’re being a horrible host. Nobody’s perfect, and everyone knows that more help means better chances the feast will hit the table on time.

We know you’ll have a wonderful holiday, as long as you remember nothing will ever go perfectly. Whatever hiccups you run into along the way will just provide you with fond memories you can look back upon at future gatherings! Call Exodus, your Fort Collins movers, for a free moving quote today, so that you can start planning your holiday feast! We’re proud to be the best residential moving company in Fort Collins!

10 Unique Housewarming Gifts

Your dear friends have just moved with the help of Boulder movers, and are working on getting settled in to their new home. Next up: the housewarming party. Sure, you could get them a Tupperware set or some kind of cute “Welcome Home” sign to hang on their door, but chances are they already have enough of that. If you have to employ a residential moving company to get your stuff to your new house, you probably have all of the typical household items given at housewarming parties.

If you’re looking to get your friends something incredibly thoughtful and unique, something no one else will get them, here’s a fun list.

  • Make a terrarium. Terrariums are all the rage – glass containers housing a mini indoor garden – and they’re simple to make. Google it to get ideas, and then make them a unique, one-of-a-kind gift you’ve taken the time to design just for them. The best part: every time they go to water it, it will remind them of you!
  • Jar up a meal. Forget the sugary treats-in-a-jar, where all the ingredients are in there layered attractively so that they can enjoy your family’s sugar cookie recipe, for example. What they really want is a home cooked meal without the fuss (or the measuring cups, because they’ve been packed by the Fort Collins moving company!). A popular choice here is pasta and soup, where everything you need is all in the jar with instructions on how to heat it up. All they need to do is dump it in the pot and cook it. Just as convenient as take-out without the expense. If you can’t find something you like, you can always provide something they can freeze, like lasagna or another casserole-type dish. Trust me when we say your gift will be their favorite gift!
  • Cake. But not the type you eat. Think diaper cake, but no diapers. You can do a household essentials cake, with a basket of cleaning supplies at the bottom, toilet paper in the middle, and paper towels topping it off, wrap it all up in cellophane, and tie a bow on it. More like gift baskets than cake.
  • Grocery gift card. Just like the jarred meal, it’s exactly what they want. You know their pantry needs stocking, and this is the perfect way to help them.
  • Throw blanket. This is always a winner – everyone could use more blankets! Consider their décor and tastes when choosing the right throw to suit them so it doesn’t end up forever banished to a closet.
  • Personalized anything. Whether a simple sign for inside their house, a welcome sign outside with their name on it, or a personalized doormat, you can’t go wrong. The best part is you can personalize just about anything these days, even cutting boards and wine casks! This opens up the door to choosing something that is uniquely them.
  • QR Code for their Wi-Fi password. You know everyone is going to ask them for it, so make things super simple for them and provide a framed QR code guests can scan to log in to their wifi network. Genius! Just head to QRStuff.com, select “plain text,” and enter the password. After choosing a color to print it in, the website will automatically generate a QR code. Voila! Test it with your devices to make sure it works, and then print it out and frame it. Simple, and very unique (your friends will love it!).
  • A strange kitchen item no one would buy for themselves. Did you know they make a kitchen tool that you stick in the center of a cake, and it marks the lines to cut perfect slices? Your friends probably don’t have one, nor would they buy one – but you could! Housewarming parties are the perfect place to give these I-didn’t-realize-I-needed-it gifts. Other great items include a spaghetti measure, a plate designed for serving pancakes, novelty cutting boards, and magnetic bottle openers.
  • USB charging outlet. Why take up valuable outlet real estate? Purchase them a couple of wall outlets that feature a built in USB charging port right next to the outlets.
  • Personalized commemorative ornament. Commemorate this moment in time with an “Our New House” ornament. You can find many online that are as simple as that saying with the year, or add their last name. Find one that suits them so that they can be reminded of this moment every time they decorate the Christmas tree.

Forget the kitchen towel set. Get them something unique they’ll cherish for years to come, long after the Boulder movers have gone. Contact us today if you need Boulder movers!

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