What to Do When it Rains on Moving Day

Tips For Moving in the RainThere’s nothing worse than rain on your moving day (except maybe snow), but the wetness doesn’t have to signal the end of your move. Follow these tips to ensure your move goes smoothly, rain and all.

Check the weather
Prior to your move and on moving day, be aware of potential weather conditions and plan accordingly. Meteorology may not be 100 percent, but on moving day it’s better to be prepared for any eventuality.

Dress appropriately
Avoid injury by wearing the appropriate clothing. Non-slip, sturdy shoes are a must as well as a hat or hood to keep water out of your eyes. Dress in layers or have alternate clothes and towels handy for drying off later.

Be cautious
It may be prudent to wait out periods of bad weather, especially when heavy winds and thunderstorms are involved. When things let up, look where you’re going, walk carefully and be aware of puddles.

Protect belongings
Wrap furniture in plastic wrap to prevent warping and wetness which can lead to mold. Do not leave cardboard boxes sitting outside, immediately move them from your home to the moving truck. If possible, set up a make shift canopy to keep rain off your belongings.

Prep your home
Keep your floors protected from water and mud by taping down plastic sheeting. Prevent slipping by laying cardboard down on top of the plastic.

Want even more tips on moving in the rain? Head to Movers.com to learn more about relocating in inclement weather.

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Tips for Moving Back to Your Hometown

houses-691586_640If you have moved away from your hometown for college or an exciting job opportunity, it can be disheartening when circumstances require you to move back. You may feel like returning home is regression, or that others will think you have somehow failed at your new life elsewhere. However, whether your return home is temporary or for the foreseeable future, there is no reason it can’t be a life-enriching experience. Read on for helpful tips to make the transition an easy one.

Reconnect with your pals

If you haven’t kept in touch with your friends much since you have left, you may feel anxious about reconnecting with them. Before you return, contact your friends with a quick text or Facebook message to let them know you are back in town. This way, they will know that you were thinking about them prior to your return — not just once you were back and feeling bored. Arrange a big gathering at a local bar or coffee shop to give the affair a casual atmosphere that won’t intimidate friends you haven’t spoken to in awhile. Once you are all together, you’ll be reliving memories and swapping stories about what you have been up to since the last time you saw one another.

Return to your favorite spots

A great way to celebrate your return home is to spend some quality time enjoying your favorite things about your hometown — have a drink at your local pub, ride your bike along the old trail, or take a stroll downtown to window-shop and have an espresso at your favorite cafe. The treasured memories attached to these beloved places will fill you with nostalgic comfort and ease your stress about your return home.

Consider a position at a former job

Even if you are now in a different industry, it might be a good idea to snag temporary employment at your old job while you search for other career options. Instead of shooting your old boss an email with your resume, stop in the office or establishment to drop it off in person. Your employer is more likely to remember you if they can put a face to the name, rather than read an impersonal email. Make sure to keep a positive attitude when discussing your decision to move back home so your boss won’t think of your inquiry for work as part of a temporary transition period.

Keep things harmonious at home

If moving back to your hometown means returning to the nest, you may fear you will regress back to adolescence. A temporary stint living back home with your parents doesn’t have to carry the shameful stigma, and you don’t have to return to your former lifestyle while residing under their roof. Do your best to contribute, whether it be financially or by pitching in around the house. Budget your money well so you can save for your own place quickly, and establish some boundaries so your privacy is respected and your parents are comfortable. Explain that you feel as if you are entitled to some privacy and independence — especially if you have become accustomed to it while you were away. As long as you respectfully adhere to one another’s wishes, your temporary cohabitation should be harmonious.

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Unexpected Nursery Space

CLOSET NURSERYIf you’re expecting a child sometime soon you’re going to need to find a place for your bundle of joy to sleep. But if you’re short on space in your apartment or home you could turn an unused area of your home into a simple nursery until you’re ready to move.

Closets are quickly becoming the “room” of choice by many parents who wish to convert a room into a nursery, if you’re lucky enough to have a walk-in master closet, use these tips to convert it into the temporary nursery of your dreams.

Clear everything out

First things first, you’re going to need to clear everything out of your closet. Since you’re emptying the closet you might as well downsize your college hoodie collection as well. Maybe a garage sale is in your future as well?

Get creative with storage

This might sound funny, but you’re going to need to add a bit of storage to your closet. Whether it’s already got some shelving or not, you’re going to need a place to put all of baby’s things — and they have A LOT OF THINGS. Luckily, all of their things are small so a shelf with a few bins should suffice for temporary storage.

Decor

Because you’re not transforming one of your regular rooms, this is a perfect chance to try out one of those wallpapers or wall treatments you’ve been eyeing on Pinterest. Walk-in closet or not, you won’t need gallons of paint to add a bit of color to your closet’s walls.

Furniture

You won’t be able to fit an entire furniture set inside your closet - and if you can, wow.

Try your best to find smaller cribs or bassinets to put into your closet nursery ¬†or just outside of it, remember you’re going to need to walk up to the crib multiple times per day and night so be sure there’s enough space for you to properly navigate the closet if you have to.

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