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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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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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7 Reasons Why Hiring a Moving Company Isn’t As Expensive

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You want to move. You need to move. You have to move. Whatever the situation, moving is a reality that you’re tested to face. You’re able to move. You think you know how to pack a box and figure that loading a truck just takes a Sunday afternoon. The baby grand piano? No problem, you have some friends who played football in a group text. It’s all figured out… until, your back goes out, all your friends suddenly caught the “flu” and the Uhaul you rented might cost more than your home by the time you’re done making 75 trips back and forth or cross country. Often times, hiring a moving company is cheaper—substantially cheaper and best of all it doesn’t come with preconceived notions if you select the best company that supplies the best moving solutions for you. We have 7 Reasons Why Hiring a Moving Company Isn’t As Expensive.


1.      Supplies


Moving supplies can be purchased everywhere. Or, if you choose to use old banana boxes from Costa Rica, that’s up to you. But, keep in mind that you may be purchasing either too much of something, an inadequate amount, or an inadequate product. Purchasing too many supplies just adds to the often pricy bill of moving. Using scrap supplies can put your materials at risk: healing a broken vase because you didn’t pack it right is a real bother. We’ve seen it occur before. Save on experts who know how to pack using the right packing tape, boxes and protective materials.


2.  Time


Expert movers, professionals who focus daily, dedicating their time to this profession know a thing or two about moving efficiently. Did you photograph and properly bundle the cords to all your electronics? Did you properly tape bags of screws, tiny washers and ornamentally small and easily misplaced nuts together and safely attach them to the item they belong to? Or donate and dispose unwanted items for you without day-of-hassle? Take a deep breath. Then remember that saving yourself time, is as good as saving yourself money. Quality movers expedite the move and make the process efficient for you. And, they won’t lose anything if they’re good at what they do.


3. Your Effort


Moving takes a lot of effort. During these high-effort circumstances, injurious situations are more likely to occur. If injuries do occur mental and physical exhaustion or hospital bills may be on your horizon. Do it yourself movers might forget how to lift properly or entirely. Protect yourself positive energies and your items by hiring expert movers to do the heavy lifting for you. You will save on the back break.


4.  Insurance Issues


If you own a business or have very valuable items, hiring a mover makes the most sense. That’s not even up for discussion. If your items are damaged — because you damaged them— say bye, bye to business and personal assets. If for some reason an expert mover damages your items you get cash and reimbursement. Insurance makes sense, so does hiring someone who is used to moving your possessions.


5.  Big Delays


Your truck may be loaded and ready to go, but that unforeseeable snow storm just tossed a wrench under your wheel and you’ve not only totaled your vehicle but have lost a few family heirlooms in the wreck. Prevent the costs of pricey automotive accidents and delays. Instead focus on the things you can control, like choosing your travel day or how you travel. Expert movers see around delays and should have all your belongings arrive where they need to, on time. That way you don’t have to bother with staying in a hotel and delaying your move completion any longer than necessary.


6. Unpacking


Professional movers have phenomenal installation and deinstallation minds. When these individuals unpack you, you can have access to your belongings sooner rather than later. Instead of not being able to find your pots and pans (because you forgot to label a box) and eating out for the next three weeks because you’re busy adapting to your busy schedule, hired movers can literally transfer and set up your belongings in less than a day. Don’t call on Domino’s for weekly support. They’ll charge you for a product that’s just not that tasty. No matter what the proclamation. You’ll just get fatter and never make any progress. Don’t be a cheesy potato. Hire movers. They can prevent these types of day-after move expenses.


7.  Children and Pets


We’ve known a few people in our time who can juggle almost anything. But, if you have three kids, two dogs, a gold fish, and a husband that practically wears a diaper, it might be best to hire a mover to take care of the heavy lifting. The emotional expense you have on moving yourself is far greater than when you hire a qualified and esteemed moving company. If you put more control between you, your kids, your pooch and the goldfish, you’re likely to save time and therefore money on your move. Keep those expenses down!

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