May is National Moving Month! We’re so excited to have a month that’s all about us! Just kidding! We know this month is all about the people who keep us in business – people who need to move.
Though it may have only just started to feel like spring in some places in Canada (we’re looking at you Alberta), the season is technically in full swing. That means it’s time to get started on everyone’s favourite task (*wink*): spring cleaning.
The most common reason people give for deciding against hiring a moving company is “they cost too much.” But, what most people don’t realize is that doing your move yourself, or with the help of friends and family, instead of hiring professionals can actually be much more costly than they think.
Many organizations, and even communities, are dependent on volunteers. These are people who give up their time for a cause they believe in while expecting nothing in return. Without volunteers, there would be far fewer charities and far fewer people who need help would get it. That’s why we believe it’s so important to recognize the contributions of volunteers in our communities on April 20- Volunteer Recognition Day.
A lot of people hire a moving company because they understand it will be too difficult for them to move all of their furniture and belongings on their own. Moving companies have the experience, training, and equipment necessary to move everything. But, there are some items that are difficult even for a professional moving company.
When you’re in the processes of planning a move, there are a lot of moving parts all happening at once. You’re most likely dealing with real estate issues, preparing to pack and packing, sorting out work and/or school arrangements, informing family and friends, and much more. The last thing you want is to forget an important detail, but with so much going on sometimes the “little things” can be neglected.
If you’re planning a move in the near future, chances are you’re also planning to downsize, even if you don’t know it yet. Most people, when it comes time to start packing for a move, realize that they have a lot more stuff than they thought they did. In addition to this, they realize they have a lot of stuff they don’t use, need, or want anymore.
Minimalism: you’ve probably heard the term being used a lot these days, but do you really know what it means, and could you ever do it?
There are a variety of reasons why more and more people are moving towards a minimalistic lifestyle. It can have to do with sustainability and environmentalism, budgets and housing prices, eschewing materialism, or even just a want to have (a lot) less clutter. Whatever the reason, minimalism is a popular choice for many.
Everyone has trouble adjusting after a move to a new city. Even adults can have difficulty feeling like they’re a true part of their new community or workplace. For children, fitting in at school can be a difficult task even when it’s the same school they have attended their whole lives, never mind a brand new school.
Not every move is 100% happy. Whether it’s due to leaving behind friends/family, having a quit a beloved job, or leaving a house full of memories, most moves have some element of sadness attached to them. Even for adults, these aspects of moving to a new city are often scary and stressful. For children, the process can be even more taxing.