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Meditative Moving NYC

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Moving can be a taxing transition. Not only are you responsible for the safe packing, transportation, and unpacking off all your belongings – you also have to psychologically and spiritually say goodbye to your previous home or business location. Moving is best accomplished with a deep pool of stamina – the physical endurance of it requires it. This stamina, isn’t only best served by lifting boxes, but by making sure that you are mindfully grounded throughout the entire moving process. In this blog, I’ll provide some personal tips to help you ensure that your move will be as calm and zen as possible.

Lists and Labels

The most important step you can take to ensure a stress-free move is to prepare in advance for the logistics of the packing process. Make an organized list of the various items/furniture that you will be bringing with you – organized by room. By packing your items room by room, you will make sure you are as efficient with unpacking as possible – simply bring the box labelled “kitchen” into the kitchen, and unpack as you go. Transparent boxes are very handy as well in terms of being aware of what exactly you’re packing, so you know the best order to pack according to the first items you’ll want to unpack.


Stock up on Supplies

Sit down and make a list of all the supplies you’ll need prior to moving. Make sure you have enough boxes, bubble wrap, and packing tape well in advance. You can never have enough boxes, and if there’s any left over, you can always donate them to someone else who’s moving.


Comfort and Self-Care

Make the most of the repetitive motions of packing and moving, and pamper yourself. Put on some great music or a favorite movie; light some candles, or enjoy a glass of wine. Remember to drink lots of water, and be comfortable with the idea of taking breaks. If you’re trying to undertake the entire project at once, make sure that you have rewards to give yourself at certain checkpoints to make the work go more quickly. This could be anything from getting a massage, eating a favorite food, or taking a bath.


Create Scrapbooks or a Memory Box

When you’re sorting through all your old items, deciding what to keep and discard, remember that the decision doesn’t have to be too difficult. By setting aside a contained book or box for objects that evoke special memories, you can help honor the emotional process of moving while keeping the process organized.


Make it a Moving Party

Why pack all by yourself? Get some chips, some guacamole, or some drinks and invite friends and family over to assist you. You can enjoy conversation and company while getting work done – and the work will go much faster with the extra hands.

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Essential Checklist for Moving

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Packing is always much easier with an organized list when moving. If you have a ballpark idea of the essentials you will need, it makes prioritizing the order which you pack your stuff with a much simpler process. Imperial Moving and Storage compiled a list of essential items most people will need in their new location, as a starter inventory that you can work with, to make the entire packing experience more organized.


Living Room

  •  Couches
  • Table / Floor Lamps
  • Small TV Cabinet
  • Coasters
  • Wall Decor



  •  Bed
  • Chest of Drawers
  • Full Length Mirror
  • Lamp
  • Hamper
  • Clothes
  • Clothes-Hangers



  •  Shower Curtain, liner, and Rings
  • Bath Mat
  • Scale
  • Plunger
  • Toiletries



  •  Silverware / Cutlery / Plates
  • Can / Bottle Opener
  • Oven mitt
  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • Wooden spoon, spatula, and safety tongs
  • Toaster / Microwave


Storage Closet

  •  Rubber Gloves
  • All-purpose Cleaner
  • Stove Cleaner
  • Mop & Bucket
  • Broom & Dustpan
  • Toilet Brush and bowl Cleaner


Household Needs

  • Laundry Detergent
  • Laundry Baskets
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Bleach
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Tool Sets (hammer, screwdrivers [Phillips and Flathead], nails, hooks, fasteners, etc..)
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Duct Tape (the essential godsend tool)



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Last Minute Packing

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If you’ve left your essential packing to the last minute when moving to new home, don’t fret and throw all your belongings in a duffel bag. By remaining calm, and systematically packing room-by-room, you might be surprised how quickly you can get your entire house sorted, packed, and ready for your move.

Packing Heavy Items

First off, breathe. Slowly assemble a list of your belongings based on the rooms they will go in. Start with large, bulky, heavy items like couches, closets, beds, tables. These are the items you may need assistance lifting or disassembling for travel. (Get them ready for loading into the truck – but don’t load them yet. Practically speaking, those are the first items you want to unpack, in order to get the hardest part done first, so you may want to load them in the most accessible area of the truck.)

Packing Smaller Items

Once the large furniture is disassembled, make a list of smaller items – these may include kitchen appliances and silverware, clothing, storage containers, electronic equipment, small furniture, and decorative items. It helps to have transparent storage containers, so you can easily see which room of your new location your boxes belong in. Pack these small items into boxes based on their intended room positions. It helps to pack small items in boxes together – and large items by themselves, to maximize ease of carrying. Additionally, it can help you to consolidate space by using any available items you will be packing as containers themselves. A great tip for packing clothes is to leave them on the hangars – there’s no need to unfold them, simply secure them together with a couple strong belts, so that when you arrive you can hang them all together again with no unfolding necessary.

Carry-on Bags, and Unloading

Make sure to prepare a carry-on bag, with all the essentials you will need at immediate hand during the moving journey – leave all these items aside, so you don’t accidentally pack them somewhere hard to retrieve. Also make sure to hold onto your packing list, so you can unpack as efficiently and practically as possible.


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Hiring Professional Movers

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When selecting a moving company in NYC you don’t have to risk ending up with extra fees on your bill that you never signed up for. By paying attention to the company you choose and the contract that you have with it, you can have a moving experience that will cause you neither problems nor stress. Here are few tip on hiring professional movers in NYC.

1. Do Your Research

With internet access you can look into which moving companies behave professionally. There are even sites available now where you can see reviews that will tell you who is trustworthy and who to avoid at all costs. You might also consider asking friends and family or co-workers about their experiences with moving companies.

2. Ask for Estimates

Charges are often levied depending on the weight of what you are moving, as well as the distance and whether you use the company’s packing service. Choose a few top companies that you’re considering and get estimates from each of them a few months ahead of your move date. Some companies will send someone to your home to take a look and give you a more accurate estimate.

3. Insuring Your Move

Homeowner’s or renter’s insurance insure your belongings while they are in your home, but it won’t cover the same items during your move. To be safe, think about obtaining moving insurance. This type of insurance will not only cover loss, but also breakage as long as the moving company does your packing.

4. Read Your Contract

While it might seem like common sense, many people never read their moving contract. Inspect your contract carefully, then keep a copy of it in the event that something goes wrong. If it doesn’t say precisely what you were told by the movers, or if something sounds fishy, stop and ask questions until you’re satisfied. There are moving company scams out there, and a simple reading of your contract can help you avoid them.

5. Consider the Timing of Your Move

Depending on the time of year, your move might end up more expensive. Winter moves tend not to be as pricy, since companies aren’t generally as busy during this time. Ask about a company’s slowest periods of the year, and if you can move during those months, it will be easier on not only your pocketbook but the stress level of everyone involved.

6. Maintain Your Schedule

After your belongings have been loaded up, make sure to stick to the date you’re supposed to move into your new home. If the date is delayed, you could end up with extra fees or be forced to put your items into storage – both will cost you quite a bit of money.

7. Check for Damage and Loss

As your belongings are being delivered, check them off the inventory sheet. Open boxes containing items that can be broken or damaged and verify that they are still in the condition you packed them away in. The moving company is responsible for any lost or damaged belongings, so make sure that you hold them to it.

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What to Do first after you have moved

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You may think that once the movers have come and gone from your new place the hard work is over, unless you hire a full service moving company that will do the unpacking. But that’s not the case for many people that move. There are many things you still have to do, but certain things need to be done first.

Check your space before unpacking

The very first thing you need to do once you are moved into your new place is to check the space to make sure it is in the same condition as the last time you saw it. Hopefully, you took pictures during your final walk through, and you should compare them to what you see in your space now. If you see anything that seems different, such as damage that wasn’t there before or missing fixtures, you should document the changes and let your landlord or real estate agent know right away.

Unpack your boxes

After a long day of moving, you might be tempted to just leave everything as is and tackle it after a good night’s sleep. That’s not a good idea. You need to immediately unpack everything to be sure all of your possessions are there and that they have not been damaged. If you were smart, you labeled your boxes so you know where everything is.

Set up utilities and make sure they work

If you didn’t get all your utilities set up before you moved in, you will want to do that as soon as possible, especially essentials such as electricity and gas. Assuming your utilities are already set up, you want to check as soon as possible to make sure they work. Make sure all light switches work and plug electronics into outlets to make sure those work as well. You also want to plug devices into cable and phone outlets to make sure your cables, phone and Internet services work.

Buy essentials

Once you’ve unpacked and checked that your utilities work, it’s time to hit the store to buy any essentials you didn’t bring with you. Though you can hit a fast food restaurant for dinner, it makes sense to go to a grocery store to get essential food and toiletry items that you will need in your first couple of days in your new place.

Scope out your neighborhood

Another important thing to do shortly after you move into your new place in NY is to investigate the surrounding neighborhood. You should try to meet your neighbors and introduce yourself. Also walk a few blocks in all directions to see what the neighborhood is like and what amenities such as parks are nearby. Additional things you want to look for are access to public transportation and whether you are within walking distance to gyms, restaurants, a post office and other services.

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