Storing Your Winter Clothing

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Recently, I visited my mom’s home for a Fourth of July celebration. During my stay at her lovely farmhouse, she asked me to retrieve something from her bedroom. When I entered her room, I noticed how full her closet was. She had so many clothes in her closet that she was barely able to close it. Now, I can understand why she has difficulty locating her summer wardrobe in this closet packed full of both summer and winter clothes. If you can relate to this bothersome scenario, consider renting a storage unit this summer to put your winter clothing in. On this blog, you will discover how to organize your winter wardrobe in a storage unit or visa-versa.

Moving Overseas? The Meanings Of Common Hand Gestures Around The World

While preparing for an overseas move, it’s always a good idea to research the cultural norms of your destination country. Be sure to include a brush-up on the acceptable hand gestures for your new home, as well, because a friendly gesture here might be considered vulgar in another culture.Review the following examples of acceptable gestures in the U.S. to discover their not-so-acceptable meanings elsewhere in the world. Thumbs-Up In the United States and many other Western countries, the thumbs-up gesture is used to show approval or signify “a job well done.” However, this isn’t the case in Greece, Australia and the Middle East. If you’re moving to one of these regions, innocently making a thumbs-up hand gesture would likely be considered offensive because it basically means, “Up yours!” “Stop” Hand Gesture When you hold up your hand with the palm facing outward, this is a universal signal for “stop” – except in Greece. In Greece, this gesture is called the “moutza” and is considered to be very insulting.  Even worse is the “double moutza” which has one hand in back of the other, while smacking into it.  “OK” Hand Signal The “OK” hand signal, with the thumb and forefinger forming a circle and touching, means something very different in other parts of the world. In Japan, this hand signal generally refers to money, whereas in France, it is often used to mean “zero.” You probably don’t want to use this hand signal in Germany, Brazil and Russia because it is used to signify a woman’s private parts in an offensive way. Pointing Never point at someone with your index...

4 Commonly Overlooked Moving Tips

Moving is one of the most exciting events for any family, but it is also one of the most stressful ones. Knowing a few simple tricks for moving day can help your move go much easier. Here are four commonly overlooked moving tips to help your move be as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. Dress for the Occasion When you are lifting and carrying furniture and other heavy household items, wearing the right clothes can make the difference between a close call and an accident or injury. When you are trying to decide if your outfit will be safe enough for some heavy lifting, start from the bottom up. Steel-toed boots with strong treads are an excellent choice, as they will protect your toes from dropped items and minimize the risk of slipping. Oversized shirts and blouses should be avoided while you are moving. It is much too easy for these types of clothes to become caught on doorknobs and hooks, creating a sticky situation if you are in the middle of carrying a very heavy item. Gloves are also a good idea, as they will protect your hands from being pinched as you squeeze through a doorway and give you a better grip on anything you carry. Color-code Instead of Label Most homeowners know it is a good idea to unload boxes in the room where their items belong. Because of this, it is a common practice to label each box with the name of its destination room. Labeling boxes and reading the labels when it’s time to unpack can be a slow process, and you may find...

5 Ways To Ensure An Easy Move When You Suffer From PMDD

If you suffer from premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), you know that your monthly period symptoms can be debilitating. The last thing you want to do when PMDD symptoms flare up is add a stressful task such as planning for a move, packing, moving, or unpacking. Unfortunately, you cannot always control when you will have to move. The following five tips will help you get through your move if it happens to fall during the worst of your symptoms.  Write Down a Detailed Moving Plan Some symptoms of PMDD, such as feeling out of control or an inability to focus, can make it difficult to get basic moving tasks such as packing, loading, and cleaning, completed. If you tend to experience strong irritability and a feeling of mania before and during menstruation, it may be easy to forget to do things you intended to do before moving. Alternatively, if you experience depression and lethargy, it may be difficult for you to select a task and find the motivation to begin it.  A detailed moving checklist can help keep you focused and give you motivation when you don’t feel your best. It can also be helpful if you ask for help and hand over some of your tasks to friends or professionals.  Pack Early  If you are packing your own belongings, you should pack as early as possible. Packing can often take longer than expected, and is a stressful part of moving. Anything you can pack a week or more in advance will make your actual move less stressful. Also, if you can plan to pack when you do not have...

Several Secrets For Successfully Storing Antiques

Antiques function as display pieces in most homes, but there are nonetheless times in the lives of many homeowners when it’s necessary to put them in storage. Perhaps you’re downsizing to a smaller living space and need a place to keep larger pieces until you develop a game plan for either using them in your new home or selling them. Whatever the reason, it’s important to follow certain guideline to ensure that your antiques will weather the storage experience well. Following are the basics of storing antique wooden furniture, antique rugs, and antique upholstered furniture. Antique Wooden Furniture Before placing wooden desks, tables, and chairs in storage, take the time to apply a good coat of high-grade furniture oil on the pieces. Using a soft microfiber cloth with prevent scratches and lint deposits on the surface of the wood. The oil helps keep the wood moisturized so that it doesn’t crack or warp due to low levels of humidity in the storage unit. This is advised even if you are going to be leaving your antique items in a climate controlled storage facility. Cover furniture with cotton sheets in order to prevent buildup of dust and debris, and never stack other pieces on top of wooden furniture. Dismantling heavy furniture items before placing in storage prevents unnecessary wear and tear. For instance, remove drawers from tall highboys and built in mirrors from vanity tables. Antique Rugs Your antique rugs should be thoroughly washed and dried before putting them into a storage unit. If your antique rugs have significant monetary value, you should consider having them professionally cleaned in order...