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Moving Apps to Keep you Organized

 

Whether you’re moving a few streets away in Toronto, ON or across Canada, there are lots of details to manage. Being organized can reduce stress and help make everything go smoothly. One of the easiest ways to keep on top of all the details is to use one of the many Smartphone moving apps. Whether you need to organize everything about your move or just your boxes, these moving apps can help.

Why use apps specifically for moving?

Of course you can use general list making or productivity apps such as Wunderlist, ToDoist, or Evernote to organize your moving tasks. And that may work fine if you already use them or just like to make lists. But moving apps focus on tasks specific to moving and makes them easier. Some of these apps also streamline the process by keeping everything having to do with your move in one place.

Tips and organization

These apps can answer your questions, help you organize your stuff, and create lists.

Moving Tips – Is this your first big move? Do you need packing advice? Want to know what questions to ask your Toronto moving company? Whatever questions you have about moving, you can probably find the answers here, in one convenient spot.

Moving Organizer Lite – Not looking forward to finding your work clothes, favorite artwork or blender after your move? Don’t worry! Use this app to add pictures of your boxes, name them and specify their contents. This could be really useful if unpacking will be an ongoing process or you need to leave some items in a storage unit.

Moving Van – Another app to help organize your boxes, specify their contents and make sure they all end up where they should be. It offers data export which could be useful if you had to make an insurance claim.

Moving Planner – Like to-do lists but don’t have time to make one? Moving Planner’s home moving check list comes pre-populated with over 210 common items. You can create unlimited lists for any part of your move and download additional templates if you don’t want to make the lists yourself. Features like quick add, notes, color coding, sorting, exporting to an external device, and printing make this app extremely useful for organizing all the details.

These moving apps can really help, but the best thing you can do to make your move easier is to hire a great moving company. Tender Touch Moving & Storage offers a variety of services to make your residential, commercial, local, or long distance move as easy as possible. Contact us today for more information about our moving services and to get a free estimate.

How to Unpack After Moving

How to unpack after moving

Figuring out how to unpack after moving to or from Toronto, ON or elsewhere in Canada can be a big job. Where will it all go? When will you have time to get it done? Moving disrupts your normal routine and the sooner you can get at least the important stuff unpacked, the sooner you’ll feel like life is getting back to normal. If you’re not looking forward to this part of the process, these tips for how to unpack after moving should get you going in the right direction.

Plan ahead of time

While you’re packing remember that eventually you will have to unpack it. Thinking ahead can save you work later.

Move clothes on hangers – Use wardrobe boxes with a bar inside for hanging clothes. You could also separate your hanging clothes into groups of 10 or less, use a twist tie or rubber band to hold the hangers together and cover with a drawstring garbage bag. You can then fold them into boxes, stack them or hang them during transport.

Items used together should be packed together – For example, if you need a plate, you’ll need silverware to go with it, so pack those items together.

Don’t pack it if you don’t have to – Some items can be moved without having to pack every detail. A small desk with one small drawer and a few office supplies won’t be significantly heavier with the full drawer left in. Just make sure everything can be secured well enough to prevent spills and breakage.

Use technology to stay organized – A smartphone app that keeps track of the location and contents of your boxes to make unpacking easier and more efficient.

Make adjustments to compensate for unpacking time – Eat on paper plates or order take out for a day or two to give yourself time to find things.

Unpack the important items first

If you have lots of furniture to assemble, have a big move or a family, unpacking everything all at once may be impractical or even impossible. Don’t stress out. When deciding how to unpack after moving concentrate on the most important items first. The following works in most situations.

Bring in cleaning supplies – Even if you’re not cleaning the entire place, you will want at least some basic supplies available to handle any mishaps or clean certain areas before you put your stuff away.

Unpack the bathrooms and kitchen first – During the day, you or family members will need to use the kitchen and bathroom. In the kitchen, some plates, silverware and glasses should be unpacked first or have one box with disposables for immediate use. The bathrooms will immediately need toilet paper, soap, and a towel or roll of paper towels. Important personal care items should also be included. Some examples are bandages, emergency medication, and shower supplies.

Assemble beds and put sheets on them – You won’t want to do this at the end of a long day. Do kids’ beds first.

Other tips

Get rid of empty boxes – Have an out of the way place for boxes until you can take them to the recycle bin. You’ll have more room to walk and work.

Put things where they belong – Put items in drawers, cabinets or on shelves as you unpack. It restores order faster.

If you don’t want to worry about how to unpack after moving, hiring Toronto movers that offer packing services is a great option. Tender Touch Moving & Storage can make your local or long distance move go smoothly from start to finish. Contact us today to learn more about our services and to get a free Toronto moving quote.

 

6 Tips for Moving Heavy Furniture Safely

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Injuries from incorrectly lifting heavy furniture can affect you for the rest of your life and cause damage to your belongings. The following safety tips can help to prevent these injuries along with damage to your furniture.

  1. Get a Dolly
    Consider buying one so that you will have it on hand after the move. A dolly can be very useful for moving heavy objects around inside your home even if you are not moving. This simple tool is one of the most valuable pieces of equipment when moving heavy furniture and can do a lot to prevent back injuries.
  2. Use Good Lifting Form
    Just as when playing a sport or exercising, you should practice good form when lifting to prevent serious injury. You will want to practice disciplined lifting the way that professional movers do; disciplined lifting means that you consistently lift with your legs and do it gradually instead of jerking the object. You will also want to keep your back straight rather than bending over.
  3. Taller or Longer Items Should be Carried High and Low
    Filing cabinets, sofas and wardrobes are all among the heavy furniture items that you should not carry level. Instead, you should tip the item over and carry it at an angle. One person should carry their end high and the other person should hold the opposite end low. This stops the item from swinging out of control and makes it easier when moving heavy furniture up a flight of stairs or an incline since the angle matches that of the incline.
  4. Hook L-Shaped Furniture Around Doorways
    Recliners and other large chairs can be awkward to move, especially if you are moving into a space with small doorways. One solution for getting through tiny doorways is to flip the chair over on its side and hook the back around the doorway.
  5. Do Not Go it Alone
    Start trying to get help long before your actual moving date. Even if you have a dolly, moving heavy furniture alone can be hazardous. If you cannot find help and can afford it, consider hiring professional movers.
  6. Use Furniture Slides and Lifting Straps
    Both of these can help you to move heavy objects without putting unnecessary stress on your back. Furniture slides allow you to slide heavy objects on a floor without damaging the floor. Hard, smooth slides can be used for carpet, and padded ones to protect wood and other hard flooring. Lifting straps protect your back by allowing you to lift objects with your shoulders or forearms. They can be adjusted for the size of the object and the height of the mover.

If you have heavy furniture or appliances and are planning a move, contact us at Tender Touch Moving & Storage. We have the experience and tools to move your items safely and quickly.

How To Pack a Moving Truck the Right Way

How To Pack a Moving Truck the Right WayPacking a moving truck the wrong way can cost you! Fragile items may get broken.  Appliances or furniture can be scratched.  If items are not loaded efficiently, significant space can be left unused, necessitating additional moving trips. Worst of all, accidents can occur because of faulty weight distribution.  Read on for some helpful tips on how to effectively pack a moving truck!

Essential Preparation

Fifty percent of packing a moving truck the right way involves pre-planning and essential preparation.  The materials needed include:

  1. Boxes

Boxes of similar size offer the advantage of stacking up easily, and building more secure “walls” of boxes inside the truck.  When packing boxes:

  • Group together items of comparable weight and size
  • Bubble-wrap fragile items
  • Place heavier items at the bottom of the box
  • Packed boxes should not weigh more than 30 pounds
  1. Packing Tape (LOTS of it!)
  2. Padding

Furniture pads, paper padding, plastic stretch wrap, and bubble wrap are available to protect furniture, antiques, mirrors, pictures, table tops, and other items.

  1. Moving Equipment

A flat dolly, appliance dolly, or handcart can be key in reducing the danger of back strain or muscle pain.  Moving equipment allows you to move large items or multiple boxes in one trip.

  1. Blankets and Tarps
  2. Ratchet Straps and Tie Downs

Ratchet straps and tie downs are used to secure furniture and boxes, preventing them from shifting or falling during transit.  Along with binding tiers together, professional movers often create a web-like pattern, using rope, every few feet inside the moving truck.

Moving professionals suggest boxing as many items as possible.  All items that are not boxed, including upholstered, wood, or metal furniture, should be covered with furniture pads, wrapped in paper padding, or plastic stretch wrap.  Use packing tape and plastic wrapping to fasten the paper padding and moving pads.

Many types of furniture travel better if they are dismantled.  Bed frames, head and foot boards, dresser mirrors, and kitchen tables can be taken apart with their specific hardware bagged separately.  Table legs and bed rails can be rolled in carpets and easily transported.  Shelves should be removed and protected separately.

Packing the Moving Truck

The right way to pack a moving truck is to pack it from the floor to the ceiling, with the heaviest pieces on the bottom.  A tie down should be used to wrap every two – three foot tier of items.  Efforts should be made to pack everything tight enough to stay in place, but not tight enough to crush them.  Pads, and blankets, can fill spaces between items.

Load large items first.  Professionals recommend loading heavy appliances first, positioning them against the wall closest to the truck’s cab.  Appliances should be packed upright, with hoses removed.

  • Couches, table tops, mattresses, and other long items can be placed vertically against the longest walls of the truck.
  • The heaviest and largest boxes should be positioned on top of the appliances and furniture.
  • Bed frames, and foot and head boards, can be placed between the mattresses.
  • Drawers should be removed from dressers, carried out separately, and reloaded in the dresser once they are in the truck
  • Heavy boxes should be located in the middle of the truck with lighter ones stacked on top of them.
  • Fragile household items, or those with unwieldy shapes, should be positioned last, on top, and tied down securely.

For more packing and moving tips, contact Tender Touch Toronto Movers.  Let Tender Touch help you pack your moving truck the right way.  Call toll free, today.

How to Properly Pack Boxes for Moving

How to Properly Pack Boxes for MovingWhether you are moving across town or across the country, moving is a major undertaking! As a matter of fact, moving is often rated as one of the most stressful life experiences. Here are some simple tips will help you properly pack your boxes for moving.

Only Use the Best Boxes

It’s vital to only use new, high-quality boxes and packing material for moving your belongings. This simple tip will ensure all of your items arrive to your new location safely and in one piece. Professional moving boxes come in a wide array of sizes and shapes. Most of the professional boxes for moving are specifically designed to hold the weight of a wide variety of household items.

Wrapping Tips 

Before you actually start loading the boxes for moving, you may want to wrap certain items. Bubble wrap, foam peanuts, or special wrapping tissue will prevent your valuable belongings from being scratched or breaking. However, it’s best to avoid using newspaper to wrap your fragile items. Instead, newspaper should only be used to cushion the bottom of boxes. It’s best to use clean, unprinted paper because printed paper can bleed if it’s wet, which can destroy your belongings.

Wrapping Techniques

Begin the process by putting a small stack of paper on the floor or on the countertop. You can roll your glassware or jars up in three sheets of the paper. It’s best to always start from the corners of the sheets and fold the sides of the paper in as you roll. For oddly shaped or larger items, simply place the object in the middle of the paper and fold the corners in together. After the corners of the paper begin to touch, simply tape them together.

Box Packing Best Practices

Before you load your box, line the bottom of it with wadded paper for additional padding. Then, load the heaviest and largest items on the bottom. On the top of these items, place your more delicate items. This practice will prevent your fragile items from being crushed under the weight of larger items.

Maximize Your Space

Items of similar shape should be placed in the box vertically, which will allow for those items to use the least possible space and provide additional structure. It’s vital to keep all of your boxes to a manageable weight. If you overload your boxes for moving, you run the risk of breaking the box, or worse, your belongings. After you have loaded the boxes, fill in any voids or open space with wadded paper. Finally, tape all boxes for moving securely shut with packing tape, which will prevent shifts.

Bonus Packing Tips

Boxes containing items that will be required immediately upon delivery at your new location should be clearly labeled, you may also want to seal them with colourful tape so they are easily located amongst all the boxes that are packed. The first thing you should pack are your out-of-season items. Use the following helpful tips to make your packing as effective as possible:

  • Wind all electrical cords and fasten them to prevent them from tangling.
  • If you use paper make sure it is clean and unprinted because ink can and will rub off. Only use newspapers for cushioning.
  • Keep all boxes for moving under 50 pounds.
  • Pack boxes for moving with similar items or by rooms.

Although moving can be a nightmare, it doesn’t have to be! With over 20 years of experience, Tender Touch Moving & Storage offers efficient and reliable moving help. Contact Tender Touch today to schedule a consultation or for more helpful tips.

Packing Clothes for Moving

Packing Clothes for MovingThere is so much you have to do when you are preparing to move that it is extremely tempting to just toss all of your clothes into a couple of boxes and call it a day! When you are packing clothes for moving though you really need to plan for it. Not only do you need suits, dresses, and business wear to be wrinkle free, you are going to need to easily find your clothes after the big move. While they may not go bad like food, you do not want to end up wearing the same couple of articles of clothing several days in a row or be forced to do laundry right after moving into your new place.

What most people don’t realize is that packing clothes for moving can be simple without being sloppy.

Dresser Clothing

For items that you keep in your dresser, you may be able to remove the drawers to move the dresser to the van, put the drawers back in for the drive, then remove them at your new place. It means you don’t need boxes for your clothes, just a couple extra minutes to pull the drawers out and put them back. Of course, you will want to make sure everything is folded neatly so it doesn’t spill out on to the floor or ground between the truck and your home!

If you have too many clothes, you can use your suitcases. To make it really easy, you can fill your suitcase with the clothes that you want to wear for the first week or two after you move.

Dress Clothing

Your nice clothing is going to take a little extra time and attention, but it isn’t as bad as you may think. If you still have the plastic bags from when you bought that really nice suit or dress, use that to make sure that no dirt or stains get on the clothing. You can also put several items in one bag. Then just hang it in the truck or your car during the move. You can also wrap and tape bags around a group of items still on their hangers to make putting everything in your new closet quick and easy!

There are also boxes specially designed for moving clothing that needs to be hung up. These boxes are called wardrobe boxes. If you don’t mind spending the extra money, this is an easy way to not only move but keep track of your nicer clothes.

Laundry

Dirty laundry is one of the last things people think about when considering packing clothes for moving, but that can be incredibly problematic. From bed sheets to sweaty clothes to kitchen towels, you are going to need all of those items again. It’s not that you don’t plan to move them, it’s more likely you may forget where you put them or they’ll get mixed in with stuff that you won’t unpack for a few weeks. The best way to manage dirty clothes is by using a hamper or container that has a lid. This makes it easier to find and wash the clothes as soon as you have the space to get to your washer and drying.

Are Plastic Storage Bins a Good Option When Moving?

Are Plastic Storage Bins a Good Option When MovingSo you’re getting ready to move! One of the many things you’ll need to consider is how to best pack your belongings. Recently there have been many people suggesting plastic storage bins as an alternative to the classic cardboard box. Are they really a good option? Let’s take a look at some of the reasons they may not work well for your move.

Plastic storage bins don’t stack as well as boxes

Getting everything you need into a moving truck can be quite a challenge! It can feel like you need a puzzle master just to make sure everything fits. Even before it’s time to load the truck, you’ll have a room half full of packed boxes and half full of furniture. You need your things boxed up in something that allows for easy stacking. The heavy weight and awkward shape of plastic storage bins makes them a poor choice when stacking is needed.

They take up a lot more room

We’ve all been there: shuffling through a half packed house, wondering how boxes can take up so much room! If you’ve ever been frustrated with the amount of room boxes take, you’ll be disappointed to see how much more room is used when your belongings are placed in plastic storage bins. Stick with the easier, lighter alternative for a more organized move.

It’s difficult to label plastic bins

The one tip that makes unpacking much easier is labeling every box you pack. You can simply write down the room each box will go in, or you can write a brief list on each box of what can be found inside it. This is much more complicated with plastic bins because you can’t write directly on them. You’ll have to get labels or masking tape, a special marker, and will have to be careful about where you place the stickers. With regular cardboard boxes you simply write on them with any marker.

Less Flexibility

It might be understandable that people would put up with the negative aspects of plastic bins if they were more convenient. But they’re not! In fact, most companies that rent out these plastic storage bins for moving do so on a weekly basis, so you may end up paying to have the bins around longer than you actually need them for! You’ll also have to coordinate the pick-up and drop off of these bins with the rental company, with everything else involved with a move, who wants to add more responsibility to an already long task list? What’s more, if you aren’t fully unpacked by your bin pick-up date, you may be faced with another week’s rental fee.

Tender Touch has all the moving supplies you need, including boxes of all sizes, mattress bags, fragile stickers, packing paper, tape, tape dispensers, and much more! Give us a call today or fill out this packing and supply estimate form to find out exactly how affordable packing supplies can be!

Choosing Packing Paper for Moving

packing paper for movingPacking for a move is a big job even if you don’t own a lot of stuff.  One of your top concerns is always protecting your belongings from damage.  Having the right moving supplies will make the whole process much easier.  Using packing paper for moving is a popular option.  It’s budget friendly, eco-friendly, and versatile.  There are different types of packing paper for moving and knowing the difference will ensure you get what you need to do the job right!

Do I really need packing paper for moving?

Do you have breakables?  Then the answer is YES.  Packing paper is used for cushioning and filling in space in boxes, but is most commonly used to wrap things that can break.  You most likely have plates, bowls, and glasses in your kitchen that should be protected.

Many people just decide to use the Sunday newspaper, but that really isn’t a great idea.  Newspapers have ink on them, which rubs off on whatever you wrapped in it.  At best you would need to immediately wash everything to remove the ink (and who wants that?).  At worst you could damage the item permanently with stains or discoloration.

Most packing paper for moving is also acid-free, and printed newspapers are not. This will prevent any discoloration or damage caused by chemical reactions between the materials or finish of the item and the paper. This is especially important if you have antiques, fragile items or collectibles.

In many places, newspapers are no longer published daily and many smaller cities don’t have them at all. If you’re moving on short notice, it is possible you wouldn’t have any newspaper available without having to raid a recycling dumpster.  EEWW!  Packing paper for moving is clean, inexpensive and readily available at a variety of stores and online retailers.  It’s easy to pick some up while doing your regular shopping.

What are the different kinds of packing paper?

There are actually a few different kinds of packing paper for moving and here’s what you need to know to get the right one for your packing job:

  • Tissue paper –Tissue paper is thin and lightweight.  It is good for protecting the finish on delicate items – and to use under bubble wrap to prevent sticking!  It is available acid-free.  Sheets vary in size.
  • Newsprint – Lightweight unprinted newspaper is used to wrap breakable items and keep them clean.  It comes in sheets and rolls but the larger sheets are best for moving.   It is acid free.  It can also be used for cushioning or filler for lightweight items only.
  • Kraft paper – Kraft paper is brown, usually comes on a roll, and is available in different weights that are all heavier than regular packing paper.  This is the type of paper used for paper bags and to wrap mailing boxes.  Since it is heavy, it would be a better option for filler or cushioning.
  • Corrugated paper – Corrugated paper is between paper and cardboard in heaviness.   It has one flat side and one ridged side.  It is flexible and can bend around items such as glassware.  It comes in rolls and sheets of different thicknesses and is good for padding between layers or between items such as dishes.  It provides more shock resistance than regular paper.

If you have unusually shaped, fragile, extra-large items, or just don’t want the hassle of doing it yourself, it’s time to call the professionals!  Tender Touch Movers offers packing services and we have the experience to make everything go smoothly.  Contact us today for a quote on your local or long distance move.

How to Pack Dishes for Moving

Moving involves a lot of, well, moving pieces.  You need to relocate every piece of your life, from your shoes to your silverware, and you need to make sure that it gets there safe and sound.  Are you looking at your kitchen and wondering how to pack dishes for moving day?  Don’t worry!  You’re not alone!

Follow these tips, and you will learn how to pack dishes for moving day without breaking a sweat (or a dish)!

  • Think Small.  When you’re getting ready to relocate, you’re probably in the mindset of just “getting it done”.  While this works for most aspects of your home, it’s contrary to optimal ideas regarding how to pack dishes for moving.

Clothing, bedding, and random trinkets can be stacked and packed to your heart’s content.  Dishes, however, are a whole different story.  Besides the fact that you paid good money for these precious pieces of tableware, which makes their breakable profile a potential problem when moving, dishes also get very heavy very quickly.  If you load too many dishes into a single box, the delicate cardboard may not be able to handle the weight of your wares, and this isn’t something you want to find out the hard way.  Before the box breaks, and the dishes fall out and shatter all around you, take care to compile only as many dishes as your box can take.

  • Wrap Right in White.  Tempted to use the newspaper you have lying around to keep your dishes safe during the long haul?  You might want to think again.  Many people have asked us how to pack dishes for moving day, and this question always comes up.

If you are prepared to wash every one of your items when you get to your new home, newspaper is an acceptable substitute.  If you are looking for something that is more user-friendly and will allow you to get to dining right away, chose white packing paper so you will not have ink and stains all over your kitchen items.  Bubble wrap is another option, but it can get costly if you use it in bulk, be choosy with the pieces that need that extra protection.

  • Plan Replacements.  In the haste of getting everything ready to go, don’t forget that you’re still going to need to eat!  People often start with the room they frequent the most (the kitchen) without thinking about all of the items they’ll still need during the rest of their time at that location.

As you are packing up your dishes, make sure you have an alternative surface from which to eat.  If you have paper or plastic plates, that’s great!  If you don’t, set aside a plate or two and keep a bowl on hand, too.  It’s never a pleasant experience to make dinner and realize you have nothing to eat it on.

  • Tack on the Tape.  Don’t be stingy with the sticky stuff!  Tape will help to reinforce those heavy boxes so your articles stays safe in transit.  You will want to tape all flaps together, of course, but make sure you pay particular attention to the bottom and any questionable sides that could decide to explode during transit.  Tape can be replaced much more easily than your dishes, so be generous with your offerings of this tacky helper.  Your dishes will love you for your efforts.

Still confused about how to pack dishes for moving day?  If so, don’t risk it!  Check out our Packing Services, and let our Tender Touch Moving & Storage do the work for you!