9 Ways To Make Yourself At Home!

9 ways to make yourself at home in your new place!

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Moving into a new place can be overwhelming: four blank white walls, a bunch of boxes and not much else. While homeowners have the luxury of painting, installing, and constructing whatever they want, renters are a little more restricted. Thankfully, there are still plenty of ways that you can customize your space, adding aesthetic touches and preparing it for living. Check every item off this list, as you turn your new apartment into a cozy home.

Get Rid of Those Boxes

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This may seem obvious, but it’s easier said than done. With our hectic work schedules and busy personal lives, it’s easy to ignore the giant stack of boxes for weeks. Make your apartment feel homier right away by unpacking everything as soon as possible.

Turn on your favorite tunes

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Get inspired to have an unpacking dance party by putting on your favorite tunes. Music helps reduce stress, so if you’re freaking out about the amount of unpacking you have to do, your favorite playlist will be just what you need.

Unpack the Big Items First

Get all the big things out and set up first, like your lamps, furniture, and anything that needs to be put together. This will help you create a blueprint of your new space, dictating where everything will go and allowing you to make it feel like home right away.

Make Your Bed

Nothing says cozy, comfortable home like a newly made bed—especially if you have new bedding to use. Get your bed set up right away and plop down to relax as you go through your bedroom items.

Prep the Bathroom

You may have a new shower curtain, but most items in your bathroom are likely brought from the last place you lived. You probably use them every day, as well, bringing a sense of comfort when unpacking them.Get your medicine cabinet set up and decide how you want your new sink and vanity area to look. Little tasks like this make all the difference when you want to feel at home in your new apartment.

Open Up the Space

If you’re feeling claustrophobic in your new, small space, there are a few things you can do to open it up. One easy way to do that is to open the windows, but if you’re in a tiny city apartment, that may not do much to help. However, finding soft incandescent bulbs can be a good alternative to replace natural light and open up your space. If you don’t have access to natural light, use lamps with soft incandescent bulbs to replace the light you’re missing (fluorescent lighting can be harsh and unpleasant), according to experts at Empire Siding and Windows.

Unpack a Piece of Home

If you moved from far away, unpack the things that remind you of home right away. Pictures of friends and family, posters you’ve had forever, and that hamper that made it through all four years of college. You’ll love reminiscing as you pull the items out, and will feel better being able to see them as you make your way from room to room.

Do a Security Check

Check all your doors and windows for any potential security issues right when you move in. You’ll feel safer knowing that your window and door locks are safe and secure. If they’re not, call your property manager right away and they can come install a temporary fix or take care of the problem. “Statistics show that more than 30 percent of all apartment burglars gained access through an open door or window,”says David Artman, CEO of The Home Security Super Store.

Host a Dinner or Housewarming Party!

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If you didn’t move far away from home, and still have friends nearby, host a dinner or small housewarming party. You’ll immediately feel at home having all your friends chatting and enjoying themselves in your new space.

Relax

When all’s said and done, curl up on your couch, put on a movie you love and relax. Nothing will help you feel better than a good movie night and some much-needed shut-eye.

How to plan a Housewarming Party on a budget!

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You want your family and friends to enjoy your new home as much as you do—and a housewarming party is a great way to accomplish that. However, parties can be expensive after counting up the costs of invites, food, drinks, games, cleaning supplies and more.

The good news is your party doesn’t have to be lavish or expensive to be memorable. Instead of going the traditional route, which can be costly, save money using these simple ideas. In the end, you’ll throw a house warming party to remember without stretching your budget.

Use E-Invites or Facebook

To keep your party classy, you’ll want to send formal invites. But doing paper invites is expensive and time-consuming. Save both time and money by doing e-invites instead. There are a wide variety of websites that allow you to create custom invitations for little to no cost. Be sure to add photos of your new place along with whatever games, food, and drink that will be there.

If you don’t want to be that formal, create an event on Facebook. Nearly everyone is on Facebook and it will take less than 10 minutes to do. For anyone not on Facebook, be sure to send the event via email, which you can do right within the Facebook interface.

For a potluck style party, this is a better option than a traditional invite anyway because everyone can share what they’re bringing on the event page’s wall. Not to mention it’s easy for guests to RSVP.

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Create a DIY Photo Booth

Everyone loves a photo booth, and you can make one in your home without spending a lot of money. All you need is:

Backdrop (sheet, hanging streamers or decorative shower curtain)

Props (buy wholesale online for minimal cost)

Table for the props

Framed sign with hashtag suggestion

Find a corner in your backyard or home and set up your DIY photo booth for everyone to use. Instead of providing them with a camera, have everyone take photos their cell phone. They’ll share on social using your hashtag, so you can look back on everyone’s fun photo booth photos the next day.

Provide Something Other Than Food and Drink

According to the 2017 Ultimate Summer Party Guide, Americans spend most on food (60 percent) and drink (22 percent) when hosting a summer party. Your housewarming party is no different—and to save money, you may need to consider going potluck style and asking guests to contribute food and drink.

To show your appreciation for their contributions, provide guests with some other fun “party favors” instead. If your home has a pool, buy trendy pool floats—get some ideas from Sugar and Cloth’s 2017 list, which includes champagne, unicorn and flamingo floats. Don’t forget to provide lawn games, which you may already have, or can buy for cheap online or at a second hand store.

Make BYOB Meaningful

Instead of simply having people bring their own alcohol, turn your housewarming party into a Stock The Bar party, where everyone contributes something to your “bar” or alcohol cabinet. This is a fun way for friends and family to share their favorite liquor, wine or bar accessories with you as a housewarming gift that you’ll enjoy for months to come. Remind everyone to be creative, choosing cool or unique bar accessories and alcohols.

To make it more exciting, host a tasting during your party and wholesale order custom cups or glasses (you can get them for less than $100) as a keepsake for guests.

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Make it Feel Trendy—Without The Costs

If you want to throw a trendy party, don’t worry about glass champagne flutes or luxurious lighting. Instead, make it feel classy without spending the money on traditional items. For example, instead of buying red solo cups opt for gold, which look and feel fancy without costing any extra money.

Other fun, trendy ideas include:

  • Statement balloons: Letter balloons that say Party or other custom phrases.
  • Drink station: Buy a few decanters or jugs from a second hand store.
  • Wildflowers centerpieces: Buy or pick a handful of wildflowers and dust off those old vases under your sink.
  • White holiday lights: You can buy them for less than $10 on Amazon at any time of year—white lights with a white chord always look classy.

There are so many ways to make your house warming party fun, trendy and memorable without spending a lot of money. Use these ideas to show your guests a great time. You’ll enjoy your party even more knowing you didn’t go over budget.

 

Happy Homecoming,

Cheap Movers Los Angeles

Packing books for moving…

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Packing books for moving

Most of the people who are getting ready to move out of their homes don’t always stick a High Priority label to the job of packing books. Such an obvious underestimation may be the direct result of 1) people having too many things on their minds to worry about packing and moving their books, 2) people thinking that packing books for a move is the easiest move-related task in their calendars, and 3) people owning too few books to really be intimidated by the book packing job ahead of them.

While it’s true that to pack books when moving house is relatively easier than to pack kitchen plates and glasses for a move, you still need to know the basic book packing principles and safety rules to prevent any damage to your favorite reads and prolong the shelf life.

Moving house is a notoriously chaotic period in life when even seemingly simple tasks can go terribly wrong. The next 10 simple steps will show you the best way to pack books for moving.

Step 1. Optimize your book collection

Books cannot be broken easily like kitchen plates or glass vases, so what’s all the fuss about packing and moving books? Well, when packed together in a box, books become super heavy and that weight alone can cause a number of problems for you on moving day.

A single book page is almost weightless, one book is not really heavy, get 5 books together and things are starting to feel differently. Cram 10 books in one tight place and you’ll understand why moving books could prove to be harder than you expected. And since the final moving price will be based primarily on the move distance and the total shipment weight, you should seriously consider lowering that overall weight any way you can.

Do you really need to take all the books you own? First and foremost, go through your book collection one by one and select only the copies you must have with you at all costs – prized collections, favorite books and gifts from dear friends will surely make it to your new home.

Step 2. Sort and group your books

Time can kill the value of books – either literally or figuratively speaking, or maybe even both. You may find out that some of your books have been seriously damaged with time, especially if they have not been properly stored. Other copies may have lost the original worth they had when you first bought them. Either way, it’s time to sort out your books into two large piles: TAKE and LEAVE BEHIND.

Below, we’ll give you great tips for packing books when moving house (the TAKEpile) but let’s first say a few words about what you should do with the LEAVE BEHIND stack.

  • Gift to friends or donate to charities any books you won’t ever need again but are still worthy of being read by other people. Where to donate used books? Check whether local libraries, hospitals, schools, nursing homes or charity shops will be willing to take the books you’re not taking with you.
  • Consider recycling any paper copies that are too worn out, damaged or worthless to be enjoyed by anyone but your local recycling center.

Don’t forget to group the books you’re moving by size so that they can fit nicely into the boxes.

Step 3. Get proper supplies for packing

Even though packing books for a move may not the toughest job in your packing calendar, you’re still going to need the right packing materials to keep harmful damage away from your favorite reads. To finish your task quickly and to avoid time-wasting interruptions, get your hands on:

  • Book boxes. These cardboard boxes are not any special type of moving containers – rather, they just happen to meet 3 major requirements: 1) they are strong because they are made of thick cardboard, 2) they are small boxes with usual dimensions of 20’’ x 11’’ x 11’’ (medium-sized boxes should also do fine), and 3) they are perfectly clean, dry and free of any signs of pre-existing damage.
  • Packing paper. You’ll need clean and soft packing paper in order to pack valuable books, as well as to use as effective separators between rows of books already arranged in boxes.
  • Newspapers. Newsprint is the ideal filling material – abundant and free of charge.
  • Packing tape. Get at least 2 rolls of high-quality packing tape as it will be used for additional reinforcement for book boxes as well.
  • A marker pen. Label your packed boxes properly to make things easier for you upon arrival in your new home.

Step 4. Prepare book boxes for increased efficiency

Before you can begin placing the already sorted and grouped books into cardboard boxes of the right size, let’s list the steps you need to take to make sure the moving containers are 100% ready for use. The main things to consider when preparing the cardboard boxes you’ll use to transport your books are:

  • Take a closer look at the boxes you plan to use for transporting your books – inspect each book box carefully and make sure none of them is damp or has holes, tears or other signs of excessive wear. Remember that books are too heavy to be moved in largely unreliable packing boxes.
  • Apply an extra layer of packing tape to the bottom of each book box to ensure that no moving container will break under the considerable weight. Also, use tape to reinforce all side seams of the cardboard boxes too.
  • Place a couple of clean sheets of packing paper on the bottom of each container to serve as an initial insulating layer.

Step 5. Learn how to pack books for moving

The next easy steps will teach you how to pack books in moving boxes so that you won’t have any accidents during the move itself. Ultimately, you will want to open up the boxes after arriving in your new house or apartment and find the books exactly the way you have packed them.

  • How to pack books quickly and efficientlyFirst of all, valuable books should be wrapped individually in soft packing paper. If you happen to own a few books of great sentimental value, you must keep them with you during the entire move.
  • The good news is that you can choose among 3 different ways to arrange your books in the boxes: upright, flat and spine down.
    • Upright. Arrange the books standing upright so that their open parts are facing the box sides. This is the way you would usually see books neatly arranged on bookshelves. Do not pack books with their open sides facing the inside of the book box.
    • Flat. This is a very safe way of packing books in moving boxes – you just stack them along the box sides. Don’t forget to place the heavier copies first and then arrange the lighter ones on top of them.
    • Spines down. This is the least recommended way to pack books in a box but if you decide to use it for some reason, always arrange the books with their spines facing the bottom of the moving container. Don’t do it the other way round as you risk damaging the bindings of your books forever.
  • Select the book packing method that seems the quickest and easiest for you, and then stick to it until the end.
  • Avoid arranging books too tightly one next to the other as that could cause you to damage a copy while you’re trying to take it out upon arrival.
  • The moment you finish packing one row, place a couple of sheets over the books and start a second row of books if the box allows it. The main idea is to always try and keep the pages of different books from touching in a direct way.
  • When you’re done packing books for shipping, fill any large gaps inside the box with crumpled pieces of newspaper to ensure no printed works move inside the container during the trip.
  • Place one final sheet of clean packing paper on the very top, then close the lids of the book box and tape it securely.
  • Use your black marker to label the boxes you’ve already packed – write BOOKS and the destination room.

Step 6. Pack books in a suitcase

Using strong cardboard boxes to pack books for moving is the classic approach that won’t go out of fashion anytime soon – it’s the book packing method that people automatically think of whenever they are forced to transport their book collections to a new address. However, packing books in moving boxes has two major disadvantages: 1) the cardboard containers are still susceptible to damage and 2) the book-filled boxes need to be either carried around in hands or wheeled out by being stacked on a moving dolly which will additionally make things more laborious and time-consuming.

What if you could use a much stronger and bigger moving container equipped with its own wheels? Actually, you can. If you own a travel suitcase with wheels at the bottom, then take full advantage of it by filling it with the heaviest books you can find in your TAKE pile. To pack books in a suitcase is pretty easy and quite straightforward – you don’t even have to label it once you’re ready.

Step 7. Follow the safety rules

What's the easiest way to pack books?Knowing how to pack books when moving house is all about keeping the main safety tips in mind. Remember that books can still be ruined if you fail to follow some basic rules for packing books for a move:

  • Keep the weight of a single book-filled box under 40 pounds. Again, books are heavier than you think.
  • Use small to medium sized boxes for packing books properly.
  • Always double-tape the seams of book boxes as a precaution, even if those containers are brand new.
  • Always place the heaviest books on the bottom of a cardboard box.
  • Use extra care when packing valuable books /antique books or rare books/ – it’s best if you wrap them up in soft packing paper and transport them yourself in a special prized-collection-of-first-editions box.

Despite these great tips for packing books for moving, if you still have doubts that you will manage to pack and move your books on your own, then have professional packers and movers take care of your book collection for you.

Moving this 4th of July?

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Moving this 4th of July?

Moving during a holiday can throw a few more unexpected obstacles into the mix. Since it’s the middle of summer and many people will be getting an extra day off this July 4th weekend there’s sure to be a few families moving around Central Texas. Here’s a look at why the timing may not be as ideal as you thought and how to overcome holiday moving hurdles.

Heavy Load Restrictions

Are you shipping items or a car from one city to another? Got a huge moving truck that’s loaded down? Truck drivers know that there can movement restrictions on holidays, but many home movers will have no idea. Independence Day is one of the holidays in which super heavy loads will be suspended.

People Drinking and Driving

Forbes has found that Independence Day is the second most dangerous holidayfor people that are on the road. The potential for accidents during July 4th is increased for two reasons. 1.) People are drinking both day and night while they celebrate the country’s birthday. 2.) More people are on the road vacationing during the summer break. Moving during this holiday could have added risk, especially if you’re manning a big truck that you’re not familiar with.

If you have to be on the road on the 4th of July, try to plan for an early move before people start celebrating.

Friends and Family Being Too Busy to Help

Cashing in on moving help during a holiday can be a little more difficult compared to other times of the year. Oftentimes friends and family already have plans for celebrating July 4th, which don’t include spending the day moving. If you need a little extra help only ask friends and family for a few hours of their time and consider going the extra mile by having snacks, refreshments and lunch on hand.

Businesses Not Being Open

During Independence Day many stores shut their doors early or don’t open at all. This can be a big hindrance if you need last minute supplies, extra keys, food, etc. Your selection of moving companies in Los Angeles, Santa Clarita, and other Southern California cities may also be limited.

Road Closures

There are lots of events happening during the Fourth of July from parades in the morning to fireworks at night. There’s a good chance at least a few roads will be closed at some point in the day, which could cut off your travel routes. Call the offices of the cities you’ll be driving through or CalTrans well in advance to inquire about any possible road closures so that you don’t run into unexpected delays on moving day.

You Won’t be Able to Join the Fun

July 4th happens on just one day out of the year, and there are lots of fun things going on no matter where you live. Instead of working away on the holiday why not enjoy the celebrations and schedule the move for a day or two later?

If you’re making a move in, out or around Los Angeles, give Cheap Movers Los Angeles a call, and we’ll handle the heavy load for you!