Tips to Be Thankful For: Moving During the Holidays

Moving During the HolidaysMoving during the holidays may not have been on your wishlist, but sometimes that’s just the way the cookie crumbles. But moving during the holidays doesn’t have to be as naughty as it sounds—in fact, it can be really nice! The moving experts at Man With A Van are here with some tips on how to make moving during the holidays easy, so you can “sleigh” your move AND your holiday season. 

Don’t Get Caught in a Flurry—Start Packing Early
Between holiday shopping, attending holiday parties and the usual chaos of life, this is a busy time of year—adding moving into the mix will make it even moreso. As much as you’d probably like to throw your hands up in the air in defeat (or ask the guy in the big red suit to take care of it all for you), here’s the reality: the sooner you start packing, the less stressed you’ll be during this already stressful time of year. Thankfully, this is a “giving” time of year, so don’t be afraid to ask friends and family members to give you a helping hand to making packing less of a stress, or to gift you with some moving supplies in lieu of a “normal” gift. 

Decorate (Minimally) to Avoid Being a Grinch
Yes, you’re technically supposed to be packing everything up, but the holiday season isn’t like any other season, so that means this move isn’t going to be unlike any other. To help give your current space some holiday vibes—without affecting your packing—choose ONE box of decorations and scatter them throughout your space as normal. Just be sure to keep that box in close proximity, so you can quickly and easily pack up your decorations for when it’s go-time.

Keep Your Family’s Spirit Merry and Bright By Keeping Them Busy
‘Tis the season of cocktail parties, holiday events at school and outings to see window and tree decorations, but just because you’re moving doesn’t mean you and your family have to miss out on the magic of the season. As soon as you set your moving date, it’s important to also set aside some time for holiday outings with your friends and family.

Hiring Movers is the Best Gift You Can Give Yourself
This season may be about doing and buying things for others, but when you’re moving during the holiday season, you get a pass to treat yourself, and the best way to do that is by hiring a professional moving company. By doing this, you can unwrap all of the benefits of the right professional movers, such as:

  • Fast and friendly service
  • A variety of vehicles to choose from—sprinters for small apartments, box trucks for large households or commercial moves
  • The ability to sit back and relax while the pro’s take care of business 
  • Confidence that your items will be moved with TLC 

Not all gifts come wrapped in big, red bow—some come in a big, red, Man With A Van truck! So if you’re moving this holiday season, don’t add to the chaos of the season—just contact us instead. With two locations in New York City and Philadelphia, we’re here to handle your holiday season with 

Cut It Out: 5 Halloween Costumes You Can Make From Moving Boxes

Cradboard Box CostumeWhether you’ve just moved or you’ve been holding onto moving boxes from years ago, now is the perfect time to unpack and put them to good use—it’s time to turn them into an epic Halloween costume! No matter your age, all you need to create a Halloween costume from a moving box is paint, tape and glue—and outside-of-the-box thinking doesn’t hurt! Here at Man With A Van, we know our way around moving boxes, so here are five fun and easy Halloween costumes to make from all of those moving boxes you have been accumulating.

There’s Nothing “Square” About Being a Lego Man (or Woman)

If you’re looking for a costume that’s great for little kids, big kids and the inner kid inside all of us adults, then this is the costume for you. To nail this look, you’re going to need one large box for the body (painted red) and one smaller box for the head (painted yellow). To get the classic lego bump outs, glue plates upside down along the body and on top of the head. 

Moving Boxes Are the Perfect Fit for a Tetris Piece

This one may require some breaking down of boxes—or using smaller boxes—but the tedious work will be worth it! Not only is this costume idea great if you’re going to a party solo, but it’s also perfect for couples or a big group of friends.

Get Down and Do the Mr. Robot(o)

Robots may not be as futuristic as they once were, but a robot costume is never outdated. In order to achieve this look, you’ll need one large box for the body and a box with the flaps cut off (or without the cover) for the top of your head. Spray paint everything silver, wear a gray shirt and leggings, and glue cutout dials and buttons on the front of the box.

Become a Life-Sized Photo Strip in a Snap

Ready to get your scissors out? Good, because you’re going to need them for this costume—you’re also going to need a few black and white photos of yourself! Unlike with the other costumes, which don’t need to be broken down, this box will be cut into rectangular shapes to mimic a photo negative shape. Glue your photos onto the cardboard and be sure to leave five inches from the top and bottom—this empty space will be painted with black and white rectangles which will give it that “negative” photo vibe, et voila!

Combine DIY and BYO—Go as a Box of Wine

Strictly adult-friendly, this costume is easy to make and keeps you and your friends supplied with wine all night, making it a win-win. Simply cover a moving box with the logo of your favorite boxed wine logo, cut a hole for a dispensing spout, place a bag of wine inside your box and have the happiest of Halloweens ever.

Planning a move soon? There’s no reason to be scared about it, because Man With A Van makes moving easy! Whether you need a sprinter vehicle for a commercial move or a box truck for a residential move, we’ve got everything you need to help you make moving day a treat. Contact us today to schedule your move!

Bye, Bye, Baby: 3 Tips That Will Make Moving with a Baby Easy as A, B, C

Moving is hard enough as it is, but when you move with a baby, it can make even the most seasoned of parents want to, well, cry like a baby. In honor of September being Baby Safety Month, the moving experts at Man With A Van have come up with three moving tips that will make moving with a baby easy-peasy.

Always Pack Up Non-Essential Items First

When it comes time to start packing up your old home, packing up your baby’s non-essential items first will make your life easier once you’re unpacking in your new home. Non-essential items include:

  • Back-up pacifiers
  • Extra toys
  • Additional blankets
  • Certain clothing items (such as off-season items)

Once these items are packed into your moving box, remember to clearly mark it with “Nursery” on all four sides so that you can quickly find it on moving day.

Be Sure to Pack a Baby Bag

While non-essential items can go into moving boxes, you’re going to want essential baby items on hand at all times. These items include:

  • Baby bottles
  • Pacifier
  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Bath items
  • Sippy cup
  • Favorite toys
  • Preferred baby blankets

Unlike with the non-essential items, these pieces should be put into a baby bag that you keep close to you throughout your moving day.

Confront the Nursery First With Unpacking

You’ve made it through the packing and moving, and now it’s time for unpacking in your new place! Moving with a baby means that your baby’s needs are first priority, and because of that, your baby’s nursery is the first room that needs to get set up. Since this is the first room you’ll be tackling, it’s important to remember to put those boxes into your moving vehicle last—this way they’ll be the first boxes you unload.

If you want a moving company that will move you and your loved ones with the same tender loving care that you do, then you need Man With A Van! Not only do we make your move from A to C easy as 1, 2, 3, but we also handle every move with TLC. Contact us today to get your free quote and or to schedule your move in Philadelphia and NYC!

The Dos and Don’ts to Make Moving College Students a No Brainer

Moving day is always an exciting day for college students, but it can also be stressful, emotionally and physically taxing. From having to lift heavy furniture to having to haul box after box, moving into a dorm or off-campus apartment can take away from the excitement of the big day—but it doesn’t have to be that way! The experts at Man With A Van are here to school you on the moving dos and don’ts for college kids and their families, so the big day can be memorable for all the right reasons.

Don’t Fold Clothing

For t-shirts, jeans, sweatshirts, PJs and any other pieces of clothing that you keep in a dresser, packing them by folding them into boxes is a total waste of space. Whatever the size of your moving boxes or plastic containers may be, you’ll get the most out of them by rolling these items, rather than folding.

Do Use Wardrobe Boxes

When it comes to the clothing you have hanging in your closet, simply throwing them into a duffle bag is amateur hour; this is college—you’re in the big leagues now. Instead, take advantage of wardrobe boxes. Not only are they easy to pack up (just transfer them from your closet, straight into the box, hanger and all), but they’ll also ensure that your clothes come out of the box wrinkle-free.

Don’t Fill Boxes With a Variety of Items

Packing can be stressful and time consuming, but if you fill boxes with random items that don’t go with one another, then it’ll make unpacking that much more of a pain. For instance, don’t fill a box with a couple of shoes, some clothing and a few photos. To make unpacking less of a headache, keep like items together—one box for shoes, another box for sweaters, another box for jeans, etc. This way, your dorm room or apartment feels like YOUR room in no time.

Do Label All Sides of Your Boxes

Boxes can get stuck under a pile of other items, behind pieces of furniture and end up way in the back of a moving van, so if you only label one side of a box, you’re creating an unnecessary guessing game. The chances of the labelled side not facing out are pretty good—making you panic about whether or not you remembered to pack up certain things—so it’s smart label all four sides. Sure, this may take more time at first, but because you’ll be able to clearly see the category of each box, it’ll save you time once you’re on campus.

Don’t Do It All Alone

Parents can be great helpers when it comes to college moving day, but because everyone’s emotions are a bit…on edge…hiring professionals will make everyone’s life easier. Not only will they be able to easily move the heavy furniture—so you don’t have to break a sweat—but they’ll also make the move less stressful, feel way easier and go faster. So you and your family can get a few more hours of quality time in.

Do Use a Moving Company With Vehicle Options

Some college kids are minimalists, some have 20 pairs of Nikes, and whatever team you’re on, there’s no right or wrong amount to bring to college. However, there is a right moving company to choose, and that’s a company that offers a variety of moving trucks. When you have a moving company that offers trucks of different sizes, you can opt for a sprinter van for those smaller moves or a box truck for those larger ones.

Ready to make the move to college easier than surviving pledge week? Then contact us today to book your moving appointment with the crew at Man With A Van, servicing Philadelphia, PA and New York, NY.