As the days start to get longer, we’re all quickly reminded of those not so clean spots in our homes that need some attention. Spring invites cleaning, and there are many ways to clean your home to prepare for the season ahead. Sometimes, though, the best spring cleaning tips are the simplest. Why? Because we often forget to clean these really basic areas! Here are some helpful spring cleaning tips that will force you to focus on those everyday spots that could use some extra cleaning care.
- Curtains: When was the last time that you took down your curtains, threw them in the washing machine, and gave them a good once over? You’d be surprised at how much cleaner a room can look just by washing the window treatments! It only takes a few minutes to take down some curtains to wash them, but the differen that you see will be dramatic. Unless the tag on the curtains says otherwise, you can usually wash any pair in the washing machine–but you may want to line dry them just so they don’t shrink.
- The many things in your kitchen. Winter kitchens are home to many different baked goods and warm soups and breads, but all of that cozy cooking can lead to quite a big mess. Go through your kitchen cabinets to get rid of spices, old dried goods, and items that you no longer use.
- Your windows: are your windows getting hard to look through? If your windows unsnap, take them out and clean them thoroughly before putting them back in place. If you can’t clean your windows easily, hire someone to clean them from the outside. This way, you can let in all of that spring and summer light!
- Dust behind and on top of things: Grab a dusting cloth, and set to work on top of cabinets, on baseboards, on molding, and on top of door frames and underneath things. Open doors and dust behind them, dust under door stoppers, dust under beds, and think about the place that you can’t see. A good dusting will do wonders.
- Change and wash bedding: If you haven’t changed the comforters on your beds this winter, now is a good time to bring those items to your dry cleaner. Once they’ve returned, pack them away for next winter, and take out the lighter and brighter spring options.
- Rugs and furniture: Vacuum attachments can make vacuuming rugs and furniture simpler, but if you can’t get out all of those winter stains, you may want to rent a hot water vacuum, so that you can really deep clean the rugs.
- Heaters: Do you have old hot water heaters? The coils in these heaters can trap a ton of dust and other allergens, but you can get between those coils with a rag or with another long and thin cleaning tool.
When to Hire Help
Spring cleaning should be fun, but if you just don’t have the time to clean, you may want to hire a professional cleaning crew to come in and give your house a thorough spring cleaning. You may also want to go this route if you’re moving to Denver, and you won’t have time to clean up your old place or prepare your new home before you move. Exodus can take care of your move, packing, scheduling, and everything else that’s part of the actual moving process, and you may want to hire someone to clean up before you move too.
As far as getting to your new place goes, call your Fort Collins movers to help you out. Exodus has been moving people all over the world for many years now, and we’ll be happy to assign you your own moving specialist to assist with every aspect of your move from start to finish. Simply let us know what you need, and we can help out. Whether you’re moving to Fort Collins or anywhere else, Exodus can get you there! Call us today to get a free estimate.
What are your amazing spring cleaning tips? Let us know by leaving us a note on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear what you do to prepare for spring.
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!
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.
If regular exercise is part of your routine, taking an extended break from fitness can have a great impact on your body and on your mind. It’s not always practical to keep a gym membership if you have to move towns or if you are making a long-distance move. Plus, trying to get in a workout at your local gym while packing and arranging your move can be near impossible. What can you do? Turn to an app to help you get through those rough days that require an exercise break!
Here are some of the best fitness apps available right now — and most of them come at a small fee or are completely free.
The Couch to 5K App
Running outside is one of the few things that you can do while you move because hitting the pavement doesn’t require a gym. Even if you live in a colder climate, you can still get in a few decent runs on warmer days, and find a treadmill to use when it’s unbearable outside. The Couch to 5K app does exactly what it sounds like — it gets you from the couch to running a 5K in nine weeks.
The idea here is to use the app for 20-30 minutes a few times per week, and after nine weeks you should be able to run that 5k without any issues. Even if you’re not entering a race, simply being able to run a 5K means that you’ll get in a really good workout whenever you feel like it just by going for that long run. This app works with both iOS and Android devices.
This is one of the most popular fitness apps right now. Seven is based on the idea that anyone can workout for seven minutes per day — but if a seven minute workout sounds easy to you, think again. This app only works if you put everything you have into those seven minutes per day, and that means sweating as much as possible and exerting yourself.
The app includes workouts and guides, and can even remind you that it’s time to work out if forgetting to do your workout is your biggest problem. Exercise for seven minutes per day between moving, and you’ll feel amazing — you’ll also get a great workout. Seven works with iOS, Android, and Windows phones.
Yoga just feels great. Plus, yoga combines a lot of simple stretching moves with some great core strengthening moves, and what you get in the end is a really good workout if you do it right. FitStar Yoga is a free app that adapts yoga workouts to your current level. If a move is too easy, just record that information, and the app will make your next move harder. If you want an even more customized yoga workout (without paying a high studio fee), you can pay $30 per month for entirely personalized and customized workouts. FitStar Yoga is an iOS app that’s available through the App Store.
When to Workout
Okay, so when can you get in any kind of a workout between packing boxes, making moving plans, and getting everything set up in your new home? Here’s where an app like Seven comes in handy. All you really need are seven minutes per day to work out, so you don’t have stop everything that you are doing in order to make this workout happen. Otherwise, make the time to hit the road and work on that 5k — sure, you have a lot to do right now, but your health is also important, so do make time for it!
Hiring Movers in Boulder CO
When it comes to making sure that the moving company you hire has everything under control, you have to hire movers that can be trusted. Exodus Moving and Storage provides full moving services including packing, unpacking, and moving everything you own to your new place. We will coordinate with you well before the moving date, and we’ll make sure that everything you need to be in line for your move is ready to go when you are — or before you are!
We also have storage rental spaces in both Fort Collins and Boulder, so make sure to ask us about these rates. Call Exodus, your Loveland movers, today for a free rate and for any information you need about your upcoming move. As expert movers in Fort Collins Co, Exodus is here when you need us. You can also find us on Facebook — we’d love to connect with you there as well.
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!
For the most part, holiday traditions in North America are pretty tame. But elsewhere in the world, some holiday traditions may strike you as just plain bizarre. Before you decide to call your Boulder movers and relocate, make sure that you’re not moving to an area where there’s a peculiar holiday tradition that may just creep you out — or more there knowing about the tradition, and wanting to take part in it!
Krampus: Popular in Eastern Europe, Krampus is a character that’s also known as Santa’s Evil Twin. Every year during the holiday season, adult men dress up in evil costumes, and wander around town with switches tapping people randomly. Krampus is supposed to remind kids to be good, and to stay off of Santa’s bad list, but really he’s just frightening!
In Norway, legend has it that evil spirits and witches look for brooms to fly around on during Christmas Eve. To prevent any spirits from stealing brooms from homes, all brooms are hidden, and the men of the family head outside with shotguns to wait for any spirits that might come around.
A KFC Christmas in Japan: In Japan, Christmas Eve dinner consists of a bucket of KFC. This tradition is so popular in Japan that reservations must be made in advance in order to get some of the good stuff for Christmas Eve dinner.
One member of a model Christmas village that you may not see anywhere outside of Spain, Portugal, or Italy is a figurine known as the ‘Caganer.’ These figurines are created with their pants pulled down, and those decorating the traditional Christmas village (with Mary and Joseph and all) put a Caganer in a corner to do his business.
A New Tradition for You
If you are planning to move to any of the countries mentioned here, you may find yourself enjoying a new holiday tradition. In most parts of North America, Christmas traditions include lights and gingerbread, but few include scary evil witches or devils! If you do find yoursel moving to one of the countries listed above, make sure to embrace the strange holiday traditions you find there. You never know, some of those traditions could be a lot of fun!
Getting to Your New Country
You will need to work with a long distance moving company in order to get where you want to go, and we can help with this kind of move. From moving within the U.S. to moving to another country, Exodus can help you move all of your things safely and soundly. Just call us today for a moving quote, for more information, or to find out about our storage space options.
We know that you can’t always move every item you own if you don’t have the space in your new home, and that’s why we have storage locker solutions for you. Call us today for rates and for more information about our storage options, or about what we can do for you where moving and other details are concerned. If you have any questions about our services, we’ll be happy to answer those when you call too (or you can find us on Facebook).
Do you have any strange holiday traditions that you’d like to share with us? Let us know by leaving a note on our Facebook page, or by leaving a note here. We’re better that most of the traditions elsewhere in the world are a lot stranger than what you do each year, but we could be wrong! We’d love to hear from you! Call our moving company in Fort Collins, and let us help you get where you need to go.
There are many different reasons to choose an apartment. You may have found a place that’s in a great location, is the right price, or is near to your office, but finding the best apartment for your situation doesn’t necessarily mean that the space you chose is bright or big or ideal when it comes to things like light and space.
Since you’re also somewhat limited when it comes to what you can actually change inside of your apartment (it’s hard to knock down walls without getting a few complaints from your landlord!), the best way to make your space look bigger and brighter is with some really helpful decorating tips.
If you’re looking for moving companies in Fort Collins, call Exodus Moving and Storage – but if you’re looking for some great ways to make your apartment look better on the cheap, check out the tips below.
Pick the right paint: if you live in a massive mansion with large walls and high ceilings, darker mustard yellow and brown colors might make sense and look appealing. If you’re trying to make a small apartment look bigger, though, you’ll want to go with light and white colors. As a general rule of thumb, brighter colors make a space look bigger.
Think about painting the floors too: this one might not be okay with your landlord, so make sure to ask first, but painting floors a bright white color can open up a space as well. Painting floors is not as simple as painting walls, though, so make sure to hire an expert to help you, or do your research first.
Go with minimalist furniture options: the best trick for making a space seem larger but still storing all of your things is to try and keep everything off of the floor as much as possible. By hanging shelves instead of putting bookshelves on the floor and keeping the furniture that is on the floor to pieces that are minimalist, you can really trick the eye into seeing a much bigger space.
Think about hanging some lights: is your bedroom space too small for floor or table lamps? You can always hang wall sconces to still give you the reading light that you need, but without all of that clutter that a table or floor lamp would create. The biggest mistake that people make when it comes to small bedroom spaces is placing large tables on either side of an already cramped bed – plus, you can buy a larger bed and frame if you move your stuff off of the floor.
Don’t go for heavy paintings or other dark decor: keep any artwork that you place inside of your home light and minimalist – or don’t use any art at all. There’s something to be said for the cleanliness of bare white walls, or rooms with shelves that are kept neat. Try and skip the artwork if you want a room that’s clean and clutter-free. Plus, no artwork means opening up a space, so that you can trick anyone into thinking that your room is bigger than it actually is.
Hiring Moving Companies in Fort Collins
Of course, before you get to your new apartment space to decorate it, you will have to find the right moving companies in Fort Collins to choose from. This is where Exodus Moving and Storage comes in. As a full service moving company, we know a thing or two about getting your stuff where it needs to go, and getting it there in good shape. Out of all the Denver moving companies out there, we pride ourselves on great customer satisfaction and working with you to make sure that your things are delivered on time all the time.
If you’ve been searching for Denver moving companies that can help you move anything you have to your new home, look no further than Exodus Moving and Storage. We also have storage space available in both Denver and Fort Collins, so make sure to ask us about our storage space availability and prices too!
If you’ve already booked the Fort Collins moving company that you plan to use, and you’ve found the best long distance moving company around (Exodus, of course!), you’re probably ready to move into your new home and start the holiday season in your new place. That, of course, means decorating your home for the holidays, but we’re not talking about a large inflatable Rudolph here. We’re talking about the inside of your home, which can be so much more than silver and pale whites!
Have you ever wondered how magazines make holiday decor so inviting and festive? Part of it has to do with color, which is surprisingly something that most people don’t think about when they plan inside holiday decor. So, let’s talk about adding some color to the inside of your home this holiday season!
Getting the Color Right
Think for a moment about the colors of the holiday season, and you may think about blues, whites, reds, and greens, right? But, what about some other colors? What about different shades of red, or a splash of red against a silver background? Play with color so that you create something unique – you don’t have to go with elf green or Santa red!
Consider One Area of Color
Okay, so maybe you’re not the type to put splashes of red all over the house, and that’s okay. Another really great way to incorporate some holiday color is to think about an accent wall or other accent area. If the rest of your home is decked out in silver and white, for example, a wall that includes some deep red or green or silver may be just the thing to change it all up a bit.
If you haven’t called a long distance moving company yet, and you’re still in the process of selling your home, a nice and neat accent area that incorporates some of those holiday colors may be just the thing that people will love to see when they walk in your house during a viewing. Some people aren’t crazy about decorations, so you can really confine your holiday cheer to one area and still please buyers.
Go With Gold
How often do you see gold hues around the holiday season instead of silver ones? Sometimes, just making that much of a change can be a really good way to mix things up. You’d be surprised at how great decorations can look when gold is used against deep forest greens. Plus, small gold accents look fabulous – just make sure not to go overboard with the gold!
Look at All Areas
From your tabletops to your fireplace, holiday accents can really go anywhere. Even simple things like red berries in a tall glass vase look amazing this time of year. Also, don’t forget the scents! There’s nothing like the smell of gingerbread or a candle that smells like a Christmas tree. This time of year, there are plenty of holiday scented candles around too, so you can easily pick one up – and before you know it, your home will be sold, and you’ll be calling that long distance moving company thanks to that amazing scent!
Speaking of Fort Collins movers, give us a call if you are looking to move anywhere in the world! We’re more than happy to help you pack and get where you need to go, and we’ll also give you a free estimate. You can find your Fort Collins movers on Facebook too, so make sure to connect with us there. In the meantime, get ready for a colorful holiday season filled with lots of decor and plenty of great accents. What’s your favorite way to decorate during the holidays?
Today, everyone’s looking for ways to reduce the amount of waste in our landfills. You’re stuck with all of these empty boxes once you’ve unpacked in your new home, but you want to more than merely recycle them.
No problem! Here are some ways to put those boxes to good use after moving day.
- Trick or treat. If you have kids, you might have had so much on your plate during them move, you’ve forgotten about their Halloween costumes. Never fear, the boxes can save you! You probably have a decent range of sizes, so get to work creating their costumes using the boxes as a base, or put your kids to work to do it themselves. A big enough box can make a great ice cream truck or tractor, while identical twins would make a great set of dice! Get creative, and hit the internet if you are at a loss for ideas.
- Storage. Why buy expensive storage totes, when these boxes will fit the bill perfectly? Of course, if you’re storing things in a damp basement you might want to rethink this, but an attic, closet, or storage unit can accommodate boxes nicely without harming the contents. Take all of your boxes and break them down for storage, and anytime you accumulate stuff you feel like putting away, just pull out a box and reassemble it.
- Laundry basket. Re-purposing at its finest – you can even cut some handles on the side to carry it from your room to the laundry room!
- Filing cabinet. If you have a lot of papers to file, you don’t need to spend money on a fancy filing cabinet. Just grab a box and store important paperwork in boxes! This is a great way to store instruction manuals to your electronics and appliances, tax documents, and even family photos. Just make sure that they cannot be damaged by moisture.
- Imagination encouragement. These days, it seems kids just don’t have imaginations like they used to. When they’re stuck inside on a rainy or snowy day, just dig out some boxes and let them go to town. I remember as a child when my friends and I would play Barbies and turn cardboard boxes into shopping malls, tacking clothing “on display” to the sides of the boxes. Large boxes become forts, and boys will turn any size box into a vehicle. Encourage them to unplug with a box!
- Car organizer. Even if you don’t have kids, chances are the trunk of your car could use a little organizing. A box is a great way to keep your antifreeze, windshield washer fluid, and spare quarts of oil from rolling around willy nilly, and can keep a spare blanket and other emergency supplies exactly where you need it.
- Gift box. Why purchase expensive gift boxes this Christmas when you can just recycle a moving box? Skip the wrapping paper and let the kids paint them up festively!
- Light box. If you enjoy photography, you can use a box and some white paper or tin foil top make a makeshift light box. This will allow you to take stunning still life pictures, whether your latest culinary endeavor or pictures for a product you sell in your Etsy store. This is especially handy in areas where inclement weather makes it impossible to put natural lighting to use.
- School projects. Whether a science project for the science fair or a diorama for history homework, there comes a time in a child’s life when they will require a cardboard box for some kind of project. Have these on hand, and you’ll always be prepared, sparing yourself from last minute trips to acquire a box!
- Makeshift table. When I was a broke college student and short on table space to display candles and other fun stuff I had acquired, I simply turned cardboard boxes upside down and covered them with a pretty sheet acquired at the thrift store.
- Floor saver. Looking to spare your floors, but need to reorganize the furniture in the room? Don’t purchase expensive felt pads – cut custom floor savers from your cardboard boxes. Your floors are scratch-free, and you don’t have to spend a dime!
- Harvest collectors. If you grow a vegetable garden or have fruit trees, you can use a box to collect your fruits and vegetables ripe for the picking.
- Oil spill protection. Have a slow leak, and can’t get your car in the shop for another week or two? Just slip a broken down box to catch the drips in order to protect your garage floor or driveway.
- Pet bed. Your cat probably loves your empty boxes anyway, why not throw in a pillow or some soft bedding and let her use it as a pet bed?
- Shipping. If you have a lot of long distance relatives, you’ll want to hold onto those boxes just to reuse for shipping out gifts and other things. Much better than buying the boxes at the post office or office supply store!
If you are looking for movers in Fort Collins, give us a call. Not only are we movers in Fort Collins, but we also have storage space for rent. Call us for a free moving quote, or ask us about a free moving quote on Facebook. When it comes to movers in Fort Collins, Exodus is your best choice!
Denver moving companies can move you in and out of the home you share with your boyfriend all day or year long, but you may want to think twice about moving in with your boyfriend. Here are some reasons why living separately can be better.
- Keeping mystery in a relationship is really hard to do when you see someone every day all day and all night. Making sure that some things are private can add to that mystery, but keeping things under wraps is nearly impossible to do when you live together. Mystery plays into romance, so keep that in mind when you think about moving in together.
- You may have to say goodbye to your independence. Some couples successfully lead both separate lives and couple lives, but few succeed in this. You’re pretty much going to be spending every occasion with your boyfriend the moment you move in, and he may be around on girl’s night because he has nowhere else to go.
- Jealousy may start to pop up. If you’ve always hung out with your best guy friend on Friday nights, that is about to change. The person you live with may decide against this ritual, and you’ll have a hard time changing his mind.
- Romance doesn’t go with toothbrushes and mouth guards. You can’t easily disguise those parts of you that you aren’t ready to share when you move in with a guy. All of those things he didn’t know about before will go out the window.
- Intimacy may take a back burner. Right now, you can meet up for exciting dates in exciting places, but you probably won’t make these kinds of intimate dates when you live together – you’ll already be in the same place, and that place is likely to be on the couch watching TV.
- You’ll quickly see the light of day. The first few weeks of living together may be a lot of fun, but that will soon wear off. After that point, you’ll have to face the marriage issue, and it will be really hard to avoid thinking about.
- Leaving will be a lot harder. It’s hard to end any relationship, but it’s a lot harder to end one if you live with the person you’re breaking up with. Who knows, you may not break up, and you could wind up engaged instead, but the opposite might also happen. If you do break up, calling Denver moving companies will be the easy part!
- You may feel pressured into marriage. So many couples move in together and then get married after a period of time because “what else was there to do?” You know deep down whether or not this is the right next move, right? But, it will be tougher not to move to that next step if you already live together.
- You can still show up at his place whenever you want to right now, and avoid him when you want some alone or girl time. If you live in the same spot, forget it. You’ll have to see him all the time, even if you’d rather be alone.
If you do decide that moving in is the right thing to do, and you want to test the waters, set a time limit. Decide after one year or five months whether or not you want to spend more time with this person. If not, move out and move on. If so, you may be ready for that next step. Either way, calling Denver moving companies to help you with the move (in or out) is the next thing to do.
At Exodus, we will give you a moving quote when we come to see your place, and you can rest assured that our moving quote won’t change. So, even if you are moving out instead of moving in (or can’t make up your mind), we’re here for you.