Researching Your New Town Before Moving

It must have been frightening, in the days before the internet, to move to a new place that you knew little about. The culture, the people, the things to do–all of these things are now at our fingertips thanks to Google and others.

However, it can still be difficult to get used to a new town, especially if you’re moving far away from your previous home. So, in this article, I’m going to give you some tips on how to investigate your new town. That way, you’ll have a good idea of what kind of things you can do for fun, where to eat, and countless other things you might want to know about the place you’ll soon call home.

The lay of the land

A good place to start your search is on Google Maps. From here you can explore your future neighborhood; find out how close you are to grocery stores, parks, hospitals, and even get an estimate on how long your work commute will take each day.

Since many of these places will have ratings and reviews, you can also take some time to read the reviews for popular places around town.

Eating around town

It can seem like you’re always flipping a coin when you eat at a new restaurant. When you move to a new town, you’ll have to discover new favorite places to eat. However, you don’t have to do these experiments on your own.

Check out Yelp reviews for local restaurants and cafes to get a sense of the pricing and atmosphere. This way you’ll give yourself the best possible chance of enjoying the experience.

Meeting new people

Making friends is hard enough as an adult. In today’s world, many people meet their friends online or through other connections, rather than simply hanging around with their neighbors.

Luckily, sites like Facebook and Meetup make it easier to introduce yourself to like-minded people.

Browse local meetups that you’re interested in, and don’t be afraid to try out a new activity or attend a paint night–you might meet new people and discover a new hobby all at once.

Most towns have a strong presence on Facebook in terms of things like groups and events. Joining local groups will give you an idea of the type of things people do for fun around town and give you a way to introduce yourself to new people.

Read the news

Many towns are covered by a local or regional newspaper. They can often be found online or at a local library or cafe. These newspapers are often the key to discovering the good and the bad about your new home, tipping you off to the things you’ll want to pay attention to when you move.

Tips for Packing Your Dining Room When Moving

In today’s ever-busy world, many homeowners don’t make use of their formal dining room except for special occasions, like Easter holiday. The fall of the dining room can be attributed to the kitchen. Often regarded as the heart of the home, the kitchen is now used as the dining area in most homes.

Although the dining room table and chairs are not frequently used, they are still precious pieces of furniture. So, it is vital to be extra careful when preparing and moving your dining room furniture to prevent it from damage. Follow these expert tips to make sure every item gets packed safely.

Get the necessary packing supplies

If you are planning to move out of your house, the first thing you need to do is gather all the necessary packing supplies. These include:

– Sturdy boxes in different sizes with flaps that can be completely closed

– Packing paper

– Bubble wrap

– Tissue paper

– Paper pads

– A marker for labeling the boxes

– Packing tape for sealing the boxes

Packing the furniture

When packing the furniture, the first thing you need to do is dust it properly. After that, make the furniture easy to transport by unscrewing the legs from the table. Place it gently into the boxes and label it for easy identification when you get to your new home.

Packing fine china 

When packing breakable items like fine china make sure to line the bottom of the boxes with extra padded with crushed paper. For easy wrapping of fine china, start from the corner and all the paper diagonally across it and tuck in the overlap edges. Ensure you place them on their bottoms in the box.

Packing Stemware

Stemware can be quite tricky to pack. To make sure you are doing it right, the first thing you need to do is roll up a sheet of clean packing paper and carefully wrap it around the stem of the glass. After you have successfully covered the stem, take another sheet of clean packing paper to wrap up the rest of the glass.

Packing a chandelier

If your dining room has a chandelier, request for a special box from the moving company or allows them to help you pack it if it is very expensive.

Packing Vases and other fragile items 

Always wrap your vases and other fragile dining room items like your silverware in bubble wrap with a good paper pad around the outside.

When moving to a new home, It is essential you pack your furniture safely especially treasured dining room tables, vase, and chandeliers. Doing so, you will be able to make use of the items for many years in your new home.

How To Keep Your Home Neat And Organized After A Move

After a move, everything feels fresh and energizing. This is, of course, in part because of the energy that comes with a big change. But it also comes from having a neatly, organized home. In the jumble of packing and unpacking, junk gets tossed and items get new homes. Everything gets a new dedicated area where it belongs. Everything is tidy, as it should be.

So how then can you maintain this wonderful feeling and continue to keep things neat and tidy?

First, you need to make a daily habit of doing a quick clean sweep every day. Whether you do it in the morning, afternoon or before bed isn’t important. What is important is that you do it every day.

Go through the house to make to corral up stray dishes, put items back into their dedicated places, and give homes to those who don’t have one yet.

And if you can’t think of somewhere to put it? Question its purpose and consider either donating or tossing it.

Aim to keep your surfaces clear of items. Allowing things to accumulate is one of the fastest for clutter to quickly take over. Stop it in its track by tidying up when you’re done using this “station” of your home.

Practice not being “lazy”. If you bring your tea to sip on the couch when you leave the room take your mug with you straight to the dishwasher. If you finished the last of the chips put the clip away where it belongs instead of leaving it out on the counter. Put pens back away after using them to jot out notes. Recycle magazines when you’re done reading them.

If you find things are building up as clutter quickly you might have too much stuff. Which is okay, it happens!

Decluttering isn’t a one and done process. We need to consistently be assessing the things that collect in our homes and what benefit they are adding to your life. Sometimes we once used all the time have fallen out of favor or need to be repaired/replaced.

Make time once a month for a quick declutter session and once a season for a more detailed one.

And the best way to avoid clutter is to closely monitor what you’re allowing to come into your home in the first place. If you find you love to take things home just because they were free or on sale, it’s important to take a step back and ask yourself why.

After all, the less stuff we have in our homes the less there is to manage. Which means more time spent doing what you enjoy doing, like spending time with your family, and less time organizing it all.

 

What to Do After the Move

If you are moving soon you have probably thought about packing, hiring a mover and moving day but, have you considered what to do after the move? After the money has changed hands and the boxes are piled up in your new home, the question is… now what?

1. Create a game plan for unpacking

First determine which rooms you will unpack first. You may want to choose one room to unpack and make feel “homey” before moving on to other areas of the house. This way you will have one room in your new home that feels settled.

2. Make the kids feel at home

If you have kids you might want to put unpacking a “kid zone” at the top of your priority list. Moving can be stressful on children. Set up space with their familiar items to help make them feel at home in the new house.

3. Meet the neighbors

Take time to introduce yourself to the neighbors. Become involved in area events and activities as soon as you can. Sign the kids up for sports, after-school activities or other community events.

Buying a new home and making the move can be stressful, but it is what comes after the move that matters most.