Living On Your Own: Skills to Know

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Moving away from home for the first time can be really exciting, but knowing a few life skills before moving out is a good idea. Take a look at this list that we’ve come up with at Exodus Moving and Storage, and brush up on those skills that you don’t yet have or aren’t certain about.

1. Learn how to cook. A lot of people either gain weight or lose weight when they move out on their own. Why? Because most people are used to having meals prepared for them, and it’s hard to keep up with that rhythm if you don’t know how to cook. Ask your mom or someone else around you for some basic cooking tips and skills – like how to boil an egg, or how to make the meal that you love.

2. Learn how to shop for groceries: along with learning how to cook comes learning how to pick out the perfect watermelon or buy fresh fish.

3. Learn how to budget: this is going to be a hard one! If you’ve never lived on your own, you’ll have to figure out how much living by yourself is going to cost each month. Add up the price of rent, bills, and other details – and don’t forget to give yourself some cash flow for fun, but also remember to put some money aside for a rainy day.

4. Start making friends before you move: if you’re moving to a new town or state, you can start making some friends by connect with people through groups like MeetUp.com and other websites. Or, find some activities that you want to take part in when you move, so that you have something to do right away. If you don’t make friends quickly, you might begin to feel very much alone, and that’s not a good way to start off!

Some Other Moving Basics

It’s always a good idea to secure a place to live before you move. If possible, try to set up a job before you move too. If you aren’t moving far from home, you may not need to change anything in your life. On the flip side, if you are moving far away from your current home, having these things set up before your move will make life much easier. In addition to planning a job and a place to live, it’s a good idea to plan your move in advance too.

Chances are that you have quite a few boxes to move to your new location. If this is the case, you will need some help getting things where they are supposed to go. That’s where Exodus Moving and Storage (your Fort Collins, Colorado, movers) can help you out. We offer full-service moving services that can help you get here quickly and securely. In addition, we have storage facilities in both Denver and Fort Collins – just in case you can’t fit all of your stuff into your new pad. We’re also happy to provide you with a free moving quote, so that you can start that budgeting process right away – it’s good practice!

We know that there’s a lot to learn before you move away from home, but you can learn all of it through some quick studying. Plus, you’ll find plenty of helpful tips, ideas, and interesting things to do in Colorado on our website. Sit down, kick back, and read through our blog posts – and make sure to leave us a note if you have any questions. At Exodus Moving and Storage, your Fort Collins Colorado movers, our job is to make moving simpler. Call us today to see how we can help you.

Top Fort Collins Museums

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Exodus Moving and Storage has unloaded the last of the boxes from the truck and pulled out of your driveway, and you’ve been hard at work unpacking all week (even if you aren’t moving long distance!). The kids are getting restless, your spouse is getting cranky, and you just want to take a break from it all. What better way than checking out the museums your new town has to offer?

If you’re new to the area, you might not know that you don’t have to leave town to have a little fun at a museum for the day. Here are a couple of great places to visit for young and old alike, right in your own backyard!

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

This is fun for the entire family, packing a bonus educational punch. There is so much to do and see here, you should probably plan to dedicate the day so you don’t miss an exhibit! Melding science and history, the exhibits offered at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery will teach you about the world around you and your impact upon it, and how things work the way that they do. You can wander the gallery, or head right for the hands-on fun at the Schatz Family Exploration Zone where you learn science by doing. Learn all sorts of concepts such as air, light, motion, and color, just to name a few.

The main gallery alone is 16,000 square-feet in size, offering many different hands-on activities to engage the inquisitive alongside various artifacts and fossils. The floor plan was designed to be open and airy, and also to show how everything contained within is interconnected. While wandering, you’ll be able to see things like the fossil wall, which features fossils of the plants and animals indigenous to the Fort Collins area during prehistoric times. That is located directly across from the regional biodiversity wall, displaying plants and animals of today, seeing exactly how things have evolved.

You’ll learn about the very first people to live in our area, well before settlers came and claimed the land as their own. These people lived at least 13,000 years ago, leaving many artifacts that have been discovered by archaeologists. You’ll even learn about the Lindenmeier archaeological site, where most of these artifacts have been discovered, and what we’ve learned about the people who left them behind just by studying the artifact itself.

Learn a bit about Fort Collins in the People on the Move exhibit, discussing the town’s history from 1864, when it was founded, through today. Did you know that this town was originally founded as a military camp? You’ll see how people traveled here back then, why they came, and how they made Fort Collins into the city we know and love today. The Food, Forage, and Farm exhibit shows you how we adapted to the conditions of the land here in order to thrive.

If music is more your speed, check out the Music & Sound Lab. You’ll learn about the science of sound itself, as well as how your iPod works, history of music in Fort Collins, and experience it first hand by playing instruments like guitars, drums, keyboards, marimbas, and much more.

There are many special events, so head to its website for information regarding programs, and to see what’s playing at the OtterBox Digital Dome Theater.

Fort Collins Museum of Art

 This gem of an art museum features exhibits as diverse as our town itself. You’ll find many events going on that enrich you culturally, as well as numerous educational programs for all ages. You can see what the local art scene is all about as well, as there are numerous local artists featured there.

Its galleries feature rotating art exhibitions, so be sure to check to see when your favorite artist will be showcased whether it’s a local artist or an internationally renowned artist. Its website lists not only the current exhibits, but also upcoming so that you can plan ahead.

Are you an artist yourself? You might like the museum’s Masks event. Each year, close to 200 artists and members of the community create their own masterpieces on ceramic masks, which are then displayed in an exhibit followed by a silent auction at the museum. For more information on this fun event, head to the museum’s website.

Check their calendar for a listing of talks and classes. They sponsor events such as First Friday, where every gallery in historic downtown Fort Collins remains open until 9:00 pm.

Choose Exodus

Exodus Moving and Storage is hoping you’ll pay a visit to these great museums right here in Fort Collins. Just because you’re in the middle of unpacking your belongings, it doesn’t mean you can’t stop to have a little fun.

If you’re looking to relocate to the Fort Collins area, we know you’ll love these museums. We also know that Exodus Moving and Storage is the perfect choice to safely and efficiently get your belongings from point A to point B whether you’re moving long distance or locally without having to lift a finger. We’ll take care of the heavy lifting, while you’re left to explore your new surroundings! Call Exodus Moving and Storage today!

Which museums are you most excited to visit?

Father’s Day In Denver: Top Things to Do

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Father’s Day is Sunday, June 15th. Between now and then, you should be thinking of some epic events that you and your dad can enjoy together. If you’ve just moved to Fort Collins of Denver, you’re in luck! Exodus Moving and Storage has gathered up all of the best Father’s Day events in the Denver area for you to check out – we guarantee that your dad is going to love going to any one of these things.

1. Take me out to the ballgame! Or, rather, take your dad out to the Rockies vs. Braves game on June 12th. I can’t think of a better way to kick back and enjoy your pop than to spend the day at the ballgame together, can you?

2. Food for all. On the weekend of Father’s Day, a lot of restaurants in the Denver area will be celebrating dads by offering special deals. Check out Fleming’s Steakhouse for a great steak and a great Father’s Day offer, or look at some local coffee shops for special Father’s Day treats – you’ll find lots of those in Denver!

3. The ‘Sweet Dip’ Pool Party. The Colorado Athletic Club in Denver is hosting a pool party for all dads. If it’s hot that day, why not stop by and enjoy a splash or two?

4. A show at the ‘Pump and Dump.  This year, the Pump and Dump is putting on a special Father’s Day show for all dads. If your dad likes to laugh, this might be the place to go.

5. A nice round of golf. Why not grab your clubs, your dad, and your best game and head out to a local golf club for a round or two (follow it up with some cool drinks at the club!).

Other Great Ideas

  • If you have the OpenTable app installed on your phone (and you really should!), check out some of the Father’s Day deals happening at local restaurants. A lot of different spots are offering some amazing deals for Father’s Day that are hard to pass up.
  • The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park is free for all fathers on Father’s Day. Why not head over to that park to see the amazing suspension bridge? If the weather is nice, it will be the perfect day to hang out!
  • City Park Jazz: this even happens a bit after Father’s Day, but you can still plan it in advance as s tribute to dad. City Park Jazz is offering a free summer concert series starting on June 19th at 6pm. Bring a picnic lunch and hang out with dad while listening to some jazz.

Just Moved Here? 

If you have just moved to the Denver area, you will love all of the free and fun things that you can do with your dad in this beautiful city. If you are in the process of moving to Denver, why not book a table at a local restaurant or find some other activity to book before you move? This way, you can relax during your move knowing that your dad will be taken care of for Father’s Day. In addition to going somewhere fun for Father’s Day, consider buying your dad a small gift – dads like gifts too!

If you are moving to Denver of Fort Collins and you haven’t worked out those moving details yet, let Exodus Moving and Storage (your Fort Collins Colorado movers) help you. We are a full service moving company offering you the best rates and the best professional moving help. We also know that sometimes you can’t bring everything with you. Exodus Moving and Storage also has rental storage spaces in both Denver and Fort Collins. If you need to store some stuff, call your Fort Collins Colorado movers to find out the sizes that we offer in the way of rental spaces, and to hear about our rates.

This Father’s Day, make sure that you do something great with your dad – you only have one! What do you plan to do in Denver for Father’s Day this year? Have we missed any major events that are happening? Let us know below!

Designing Your Backyard On The Cheap

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Let’s face it – we could all stand to save a bit of money these days. If you’ve just used Exodus Moving and Storage to get your belongings to your new home, you’re probably in agreement. Moving entails so very many hidden expenses you’ve probably not even considered. Once you’re settled, you’re probably ready to relax a bit. What better way than to hang in your backyard, enjoying the warm summer nights, and getting to know new neighbors?

You don’t have to spend a fortune on fancy furniture and other backyard accessories, although it can be tempting. Let’s look at many different ways you can transform your backyard into the hottest spot on the block this summer, putting the power of Pinterest and/or the internet to work.

  • Seating. Numerous tutorials exist on the Web in order to give your guests a unique and stylish place to sit. Why head out to your local home and garden store to purchase chairs that could be found in anyone’s backyard when you can create something uniquely yours? The best part is that there are different ideas for different skill levels. You don’t need to be an expert crafter in order to make them all work! It can be as simple as a milk crate transformed into a stool with wood added to the top, spray painted to match whatever color scheme you’re going for, or this fun idea using old dining chairs you can find at a yard sale, transforming them into a bench seat for multiple guests. Pinterest is full of ideas to turn pallets into benches and tables, so chances are if you can dream it, Google can show you how to make it a reality!

    Of course, sometimes you just don’t want to DIY. Whether time constraints prevent you from having the time, or you just don’t feel like you are handy when it comes to making stuff, there are ways to save some money while furnishing your backyard space. Think outside the box store, and hit up your local thrift shops, yard sales, and flea markets. You’ll be surprised at the bargains you’ll find! If second hand just isn’t your style, Target is always an option for the style-conscious, or you can check out companies like West Elm, Terrain (outdoor company associated with Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie), CB2, and of course, IKEA. Don’t forget about your local Lowe’s and Home Depot – check fliers often for sale prices.

  • Gather ’round the fire. You don’t have to spend a fortune to build a spot to toast marshmallows for s’mores, nor do you need an average, ordinary fire bowl, a common choice for those looking to light a fire on the cheap. It can be as simple as gathering rocks from around your property or elsewhere (construction sites are a good place to look for these) and stacking them up wall-style. You can build it in any size you want, in any shape. Sound like too much work? Even simpler – use a large, heavy-duty galvanized bucket or tub. No work involved – just plop the bucket down, fill with wood, and get burning! For a cleaner look, purchase concrete pavers and stack into a circular ring. For a fire pit with maximum interest, check out this repurposed washing machine basin, removed from the machine, turned on its side, and made into a fire pit. Numerous options abound on the internet, you’re sure to find an idea that’s just right for you!
  • Planters. You don’t have to go crazy purchasing giant, expensive planters and filling them with different plants. If your budget doesn’t allow for that, all you need is simple terra cotta pots. There are many tutorials relying on simple metal stakes and a drill to put holes in the pots – then you just stack the pots in a unique way, fill with dirt, and enjoy the fun arrangement all summer long! You can also choose to use concrete blocks, stacking in interesting ways, filling with soil, and planting. If even plants are out of your budget, it isn’t tough to start your own from seed, much cheaper than purchasing the already grown plants.
  • Lighting. You can find fun lantern-style string lighting at Target or even your favorite dollar store. If that just won’t do, place some fun mason jars or even regular old glasses on your table and put tea lights inside. You can even dig out the Christmas lights – there are no rules!
  • Concrete decor. I mentioned cinder blocks before, and let me tell you, these humble workhorses can be just about anything you could imagine. There are numerous tutorials featuring this surprising little gem – tables, seating, raised bed border, fire pit, and even décor. Give a quick search and you’ll see that your every backyard element could be designed from these little wonders. Not into the drab gray look? Paint them any color of the rainbow, or have your kids make original designs for a whimsical look.

If you can dream it, you can do it! It’s probably been done before, so prior to starting any DIY project, head to the internet to find out exactly how it’s done. This will save you time on trial and error in the long run.

Exodus Moving and Storage helped get your belongings to your new house, now it’s time to make it yours. You chose Exodus Moving and Storage because we’re professionals without the hefty price tag. Now it’s time to use that thriftiness in your own backyard!

Real Tips for Living on a Budget

The word ‘budget’ can be a little scary, but living on a budget really doesn’t have to be a negative thing. In fact, the more that you learn to budget when it comes to every day life, the more money you will actually have to spend when you want or need something important. Most of us don’t really need to spend the money that we do spend daily, so cutting back won’t hurt that much when you learn to minimize. That said, there are some very handy tips for living on a budget that anyone looking to cut back can use.

Take a look and save some cash!

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1. Learn to mend and sew.

What do you do when a pair of pants loses a zipper or a button? If you toss those garments aside and buy new ones, you’re probably spending a lot of money. Instead of throwing stuff away, pick up a sewing kit. Most repairs can be done by hand and don’t take a lot of time. If you have the space, set up a small sewing room complete with a sewing machine, and you may find yourself turning old clothes into new creations.

2. Go outside.

Given the fact that Colorado has so many awesome outdoor areas and parks, there’s really no reason not to go outside more often –plus, parks (most of them) are free. Why not invite your friends to a picnic at a park instead of going out to dinner?

3. Scour the news for free museum day.

If you stay on top of local news, you’ll find all kinds of fun and free things to do around town. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to have fun. You can even just wander around parts of town that you’ve never spent time in before and explore – completely free and lots of fun.

4. Swap clothes.

If you have a few friends that like to swap clothes too, you can set up a monthly or bi-monthly swap. Give your friends some of the things that you no longer want, and you can take some of the stuff that your friends are giving away. You’ll have new clothes to wear, and you’ll also be contributing to the recycling movement.

5. Learn more.

You may have to spend money to do this one initially, but think about taking some classes to become an expert instead of paying an expert. Want to do yoga but don’t want to pay for a class? Take a yoga teacher’s training course. Looking to perform your own pedicure? Learn how to do a professional pedicure. You can save lots of money by not hiring people to do thigns for you.

6. Learn to love cooking.

If you don’t love to cook already, you can learn to love cooking by picking up interesting ingredients, making great dinners, and enjoying putting things together. By cooking at home more often, you’ll save on restaurant prices.

7. Ask yourself “is this useful?” when buying an item.

Do you really need that extra thing, or is it just something frivolous that you are buying? Really think about whether or not something you want to purchase is worth the price – more often than not, it’s something that will probably never be used!

8. Buy something and give something away.

This is more of a recycling or minimalist tip, but every time you buy something, donate something – it’s a good way to spread positive karma, and it’s a great way to make sure that your house doesn’t become cluttered.

Before Your Move

You can work on all the minimalist tips before you move, so that you don’t have to move as many things. You can also start to get into the budget mindset before you move, so that you can stay in this mindset when you make it to your new location. You can also save money on moving fees by booking with the right moving company the first time – you won’t have to spend any extra money on any surprise fees if you go with a company that you can trust!

Make sure to get a moving quote.  Exodus Moving and Storage is the number one moving company in both the Fort Collins and Denver area. Why? Because we love what we do!

Call Exodus Moving and Storage today to get a moving quote or check out more articles on our blog. If you are moving to Denver or to Fort Collins, Exodus Moving and Storage is here for you!

What are your budget concerns and tips? Let us know!

Need Ideas? Just Move!

A recent study published in the ‘Journal of Experimental Psychology’ states that creativity and the physical act of walking are closely linked. As it turns out, the brain and the body must both be in harmony in order for a person’s creative juices to flow. Researchers recommend that anyone seeking to boost creativity go for a walk, jog, or perform some other kind of exercise. So, maybe taking a longer lunch break in order to get some fresh air isn’t such a bad thing after all.

In fact, you don’t have to feel guilty about not sitting at a desk for an entire day. There is such a thing as working while you are exercising – and that can mean anything from walking to going to the gym. Since most people don’t have the luxury of taking two hours to hit the gym every afternoon, there are still some activities that you can do mid-day to help boost creativity. Take a look at these quick activity tips.

1. Yoga: You don’t have to sign up for an expensive yoga membership to enjoy this activity. Just check out some videos on YouTube, grab a mat or piece of the floor, and start stretching.

2. Go For a Walk: Even if it’s cold outside, the fresh air that comes with going for a walk may be just what your brain needs. Step outside, bring your thoughts with you, and take in some air. By the time you get back, you will have a whole new perspective on your current work problem.

3. Hit the Gym: If you do have a gym in your building or nearby, spend 30 minutes lifting weights or running on the treadmill.

4. Throw a Frisbee Around: Gran a colleague or two and toss a Frisbee around outdoors. You can talk about work ideas as you toss the Frisbee back and forth.

5. Find a Ball and a Net: Simply running back and forth around a soccer field kicking field goals into an unmanned net is fun. Plus, you’ll be getting all of that great oxygen while thinking about whatever work problem you’re facing.

6. Hit Some Balls: Is there a batting cage near you? Why not spend your lunch hour hitting some balls? This is a great way to take out some aggression, and you can also work on your swing.

7. Watch a Little League Game: If you happen to see a game in progress while you are on your walk, sit in the sunshine and let your mind wander a bit.

Your Brain Is Not Full-Time

Move for CreativityIt’s not possible to put your brain to the test around the clock. You can’t expect to come up with mind-blowing ideas for new projects when your brain is simply exhausted, and nothing exhausts a brain faster than sitting at a desk staring at a computer all day long. Explain the benefits of taking an outdoor break to your boss, and try to leave your desk whenever you feel like you need some outside time to think. Since when did thinking and creative brainstorming time become unpaid time? Work goes hand-in-hand with being creative, and that can only happen if you give both your mind and body a break.

If you happen to work as a freelancer, you might want to consider moving from place to place throughout the day. You’ll get a completely different perspective on work when you’re in a library as compared to your own home desk. The trick is to mix it up, grab that fresh air when you can, and stop feeling guilty about not being chained to your phone or desk. Take it from the researchers mentioned above, it’s important to move!

Should you happen to need help moving physical items, well, that’s our territory! Call Exodus Moving and Storage today for moving services and for help getting your stuff where it needs to go. We will make sure to move your items with care, while you take care of moving your body!

Nature Courtesy: The Right Way to Hike

Are you moving to Fort Collins, Denver, Boulder, or any other part of Colorado? If a move to this great state is in your future, you’ll love all of the nature trails that we have to offer. But, before you head out on a hike, run, walk, or bike ride, there are a few nature rules that you should know about.

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1. Avoid littering. Every year, tons of trash is found on trails, in parks, and across the state in outdoor areas. The courtesy here is to throw your trash into a recycling bin (you’ll find that these are located throughout most trails and parks), or put your garbage into your backpack until you can find a recycling bin. Whatever you do, don’t throw your trash on the ground.

2. Be careful. Nature is powerful. Trying to push your limits by scaling a massive rock formation when you’ve never climbed before is not a good thing. Know what your personal limits are, and make sure to stay within those limits in order to remain safe.

3. Have respect for nature. The animals and plants that live in the forest and on the trails were there before you were, so make sure to respect those things by not pulling plants, and not taunting animals.

4. Stay on the path. Not only should you stay on the path for your own safety, but keeping to an already made trail means keeping trails intact. Sometimes, hikers forge different paths to avoid mud and other obstacles, but this creates a muddled path. Stick to the trail, and you’ll enjoy getting past those difficult parts.

5. Mind the rules. At the start of each trail, you will see a set of rules. For example, some trails allow dogs and some do not. Some trails allow bicycles, and some do not. There are reasons why these rules have been created, so do your best to abide by them.

6. Find the right trails before you leave. If you want to bring your bicycle or dog, look online to find a trail that you can explore that allows for both or either one. This way, you can avoid getting a fine for brining your bicycle or dog on a trail that doesn’t allow either option.

7. Enjoy! There’s really no freedom quite like the freedom of getting outside in the sunshine and enjoying nature. Relish in the fresh air, the amazing trails, and the natural landscape that this state has to offer, and spend every moment enjoying nature and leaving the connected world behind.

Getting Ready for Your Move

There are a lot of things to think about when it comes to moving to a new state. Start by going through the stuff that you have (don’t forget the hiking gear!), and then moving to the stuff that you want to get rid of. Once you’ve sorted through all of your things, you can start packing some boxes and making arrangements with a moving company. If you need some helping moving, you can call us too. We offer full-service moving services ranging from packing to storage (we have storage facilities to offer too).

The advantage of hiring a moving company to help you move to a new place is that you can start enjoying things like hiking trails right away, since you won’t have to finalize all of those moving details on you own. We want to help you move, but we also want to provide you with enough moving tips and advice, so that you can move comfortable and securely without a lot of hassle. That’s why we’ve loaded up our blog with all kinds of help that you may find useful. You can also feel free to give us a call if you have any questions. When it comes to moving, Exodus has your back – and will save your back from all that heavy lifting! When you do arrive in Colorado, make sure to respect nature’s rules, and you’ll enjoy everything that this amazing state has to offer. And, remember, the more you take care of the nature trails that you find, the better those trails will be for years to come.

Moving Back In With Your Parents: Some Help

It’s never easy to revert back to living with your parents, or moving into your childhood home later in life. Yet, it’s a phenomenon that’s happening regularly. As this LA Times article points out, many middle-aged couples are being forced to move back in with parents due to financial hardships. If you are about to move in with your mom or dad, here are some tips on how to make the transition a smooth one.

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1. Help out as much as possible. Paying rent, contributing to grocery bills, and adding some extra money to the household income whenever possible is a good idea. Why? Because this way you will be pulling your weight in the home, and that will make all the difference in the world.

2. Keep space separate. Set up as many boundary rules as possible. Add a lock to your bedroom door, respect the privacy of your parents, and make sure that everything is kept separate – including bank accounts.

3. Try not to turn the home into your home. This time around, you are the guest, not the child. Try not to change things around in your new dwelling to fit your needs. This means leaving appliances alone and not messing with your mom’s garden.

4. Invite friends over, but make sure to let you parents know about these guests. It’s important for you to continue your social life, and it’s also important to let everyone in the house know about any additional people (for the sake of courtesy).

5. Try not to argue. This one will be tough because there will be a lot of things you don’t agree with your parents about. Whenever there is a disagreement, try to sit down and talk it out.

6. Consider counseling. Sometimes, meeting with a counselor trained in these types of situations can be the best course of action. These professionals can help you devise a living situation plan, create a better environment for everyone, and provide the right boundaries and rules.

7. Do your part where housework is concerned. When you were a kid, you may have spent a lot of time tossing your clothes into the laundry pile and waiting for your mom to wash them. Times have changed. Now, it’s your job to take care of your messes, clean your own laundry, and volunteer to help out with chores on a regular basis.

8. Be honest. Speak with your parents about any situation that involves them. Try to get them to understand your situation, and try to ask for their understanding. Sometimes, sitting down and talking with people is the best way to make things work.

9. Don’t try to force your parents into doing something that you would like them to do. If your mom doesn’t get a lot of exercise, try not to force her into joining your aerobics class. Let things move at a natural pace, go about your business, and leave your parents to enjoy their retired lives.

10. Keep in mind that multi-generational homes aren’t unusual! Throughout Europe, children, grandkids, and grandparents often live together. In North America, this arrangement is less common, but it’s really nothing to feel ashamed about. In fact, it will help your parents out if you can contribute to a mortgage bill or grocery bill. Just keep the above tips in mind when you move, and everything should work out okay.

Help Moving In

There’s a good chance that you won’t be able to bring everything you own with you to your parent’s house. If that’s the situation that you’re currently facing, you can store some of your things with us. We offer large storage facilities in both Fort Collins and Denver, and we’d be happy to provide you with a list of current size and rental options. If you are moving to Fort Collins CO or anywhere else in Colorado, let us know. At Exodus, we are a complete moving company.

If you need help packing and moving your items, we can help you with that too! Just call us for a free estimate today.

Moving in with your parents can provide you with a chance to bond, to reconnect, and to enjoy many amazing memories. Just make sure that you pay attention to the details listed above!

How to Landscape Without Grass

In some states, it’s just not feasible to have a lush lawn. Desert climates make it tough to create a nice green space. Plus, the water used to make lawns grow is often wasted, and that cuts back on natural water resources. Even if there aren’t water restrictions in your town, landscaping without grass is a great way to help the environment. Here are some helpful tips on how to create a lovely lawn without grass.

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1. Add some drought-tolerant grasses to your front yard space. The great thing about planting grasses and shrubs that are unusual is that you can also create a really interesting landscape. If you live in a water-restricted area, plants that are not in need of constant watering will flourish when water is scarce.

2. Go with rocks. Large rocks that cover up part of a lawn are nice on your toes in the summertime (they trap the heat), and they have excellent curb appeal (in case you’re thinking about selling your home).

3. Aloe and agave are beautiful and low-maintenance. These colorful plants are nice to look at, don’t take too much water, and can really contrast with your home if you place blue or colored pots outside of your house.

4. Synthetic floors look great. If you use a material like Trex to add flooring to your outdoor space, you won’t have to worry about maintenance. Plus, materials like these were meant to withstand lots of different types of weather.

5. Work with a landscape designer. You don’t have to fork over a ton of cash in order to make a lawn really stand out. All you have to do is speak with a professional landscaper, figure out what works for you, and create a lawn that’s attractive and inviting – all without the use of any grass that requires constant watering.

Some Facts on Lawn Water Use

1. Less than 1% of water in the U.S. is actually consumed. The rest of that water is used for lawns, toilets, washing machines, and for other uses.

2. Nearly 50% of water used by households is used outdoors. If you cut back on watering your lawn, you will also cut back on your water bill.

3. Watering your lawn (if you must) during the first weeks of spring will help to hydrate your lawn much better than watering it later in the year.

4. A large number of people use automated sprinkler systems to spray lawns throughout the day, regardless of the weather. If it’s raining outside, you don’t need to water your lawn!

The idea here is to be conscious of what you are doing when it comes to your lawn space. If you really want to have that lush green lawn, try to reduce your water consumption. That said, there are plenty of breathtaking ways to landscape your entire property without the use of grass. Most of the water in North America goes towards making lawns look good, and that’s just a waste of water. Do your part this Earth Day week, and try to cut back on the amount of water that you use.

The Colorado Water Scene

There aren’t caps on water usage in various parts of Colorado, but some neighborhoods to put a restriction on water use for good reason. Since Colorado lands are lush, you can really add almost any kind of plant to your property (and some amazing trees too!) without resorting to water logged lawns. Find a landscaper in your area to work with, check out other homes for inspiration, and see what you can create.

If you need help moving to Fort Collins or any other part of Colorado, make sure to give us a call. Exodus Moving and Storage is a full-service moving company that works to make moves of all kinds (large or small) simpler. We also offer storage solutions of all sizes, in case you have to store some items that you can’t move into your new home. Give us a call today, and we’ll get back to you with a free estimate. Or, take a look around our site to see what we can do for you. When it comes to lawns, try to cut back on your water usage, and check out some other amazing landscape ideas instead!

Best Ways to Cure Jet Lag

Moving to a new place sometimes involves getting on a plane, flying for more than a few hours, and landing in a completely new area. Exploring a new town that you’re set to live in is a great way to feel alive, but the jet lag that comes with flying isn’t so hot. Thankfully, there are some things that you can do right away to combat that jet lag and feel better before you unpack the first box.

Jets flying in formation

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1. Get some sun! If you’re moving to Fort Collins or Denver or anywhere else in Colorado, really, you’re in luck. Sunshine is all over this state, and Colorado gets more sun than almost any other state. After a long flight, the best way to stay awake is to step into the sunshine. Find a park, hit a hiking trail, or just get an ice cream cone and sit on a bench in the sun.

2. Hydrate. Airplanes are fun, but flying high can also cause dehydration. One of the main reasons why jet lag happens is a lack of hydration. Try to slather on some thick cream pre-flight (or coconut oil), and drink lots of water before, during, and after your flight to help out with hydration.

3. Adjust your clock before you leave. Try and get into a natural sleep pattern a week or two before you leave. Set your clock to Colorado time, and wake up and go to bed as if you were already living in your new area. This will help you sleep regularly when you do arrive.

4. Get some sleep. Try not to go to bed before the sun goes down in your new area. When the sun does set, sleep soundly by taking a sleeping pill or simply trying to relax and calm down prior to sleeping.

5. Sleep on the plane. If you can, try and catch some sleep while you are on the airplane. You may want to purchase a sleeping mask, bring some noise cancelling headphones, and try to relax as much as possible in-flight. You’ll still be tired when you arrive, but you’ll have more energy than you would if you didn’t get any sleep at all.

6. Stay away from caffeine. If you can live without caffeine for twelve hours before your flight, give this tactic a shot. Caffeine can dehydrate you and mess with your ability to sleep naturally, so kick the caffeine habit pre-flight if you can.

7. Skip the alcohol before and during your flight. It can be tempting to have a few drinks while you’re on a plane, but try to resist this urge. Alcohol will dehydrate you, and the impact of alcohol is also stronger while you are in-flight.

8. Try to stay awake. If you arrive at your new destination well before bedtime, try not to go to sleep. It’s best if you can wait until nighttime to go to bed, though this might be tough! Remember to go outside and catch some sunshine to help you stay awake longer.

Moving With Ease

There’s nothing better than getting off of a long flight knowing that your items have arrived safe and sound. That’s where we come into play – we can help make your move simpler. As a full service moving company, we pride ourselves on making sure that all long-distance moves go off without a hitch. We can help you every step of the way from packing to move and even unpacking. We also have large storage facilities in both Denver and Fort Collins to help you store anything that you can’t move into your new home.

We know that you are going to love it here as much as we do, just make sure to combat that jet leg as much as possible by following the steps listed above. When it comes to staying awake, beating dehydration, and arriving at your new home feeling rejuvenated, it’s all about finding the sunshine, sleeping naturally, and learning to curb caffeine and alcohol consumption well in advance.

Call Exodus Moving and Storage today for a free estimate, moving tips, and help with your move to Colorado. We can’t wait to hear from you, and to help you with your move!

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Competitive and Accurate Estimates

The Cost of relocation is either based on weight or number of men and trucks needed as well as distance traveling. At no charge to you, one of our experienced and courteous Move Coordinators will review their move in great detail and provide you with an accurate move quote. Our Move Coordinator will also confirm requested pick-up and delivery dates.

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