Spring time in Boston might be the best time of the year. As the temperatures rise, you can expect to see the city come out of it’s cold winter thaw; sailboats soaking up the sun on the Charles, Landsdowne Street coming alive when our World Champion Boston Red Sox are in town, patio decks Read […]
We spent our Thanksgiving moving heavy furniture up and down our stairs. We had planned on using our futon when we moved and getting rid of the dual recliner La-Z-Boy loveseat that we have been using. The futon is much lighter than the loveseat and would have been much easier to move. We decided that […]
One of the more pleasant ways of moving an entire household is with the assistance of a professional moving company. Whenhiring a moving company to help you with your next big move, it is beneficial to know in advance what you should be able to expect from them. Before signing a binding contract, you should be well informed as to the total amount you will be charged and the services that will be rendered throughout the move. Keep in mind that most companies offer the same basic services. It’s the extra services that a moving company provides that can make the experience more enjoyable for you.
Professional, Respectful, and Courteous Movers
As part of your experience with a moving company, you will have professional movers who take care of loading your furniture and boxes into a moving truck and unloading it at your new home. Depending on the services you select, the movers may even pack everything for you. With the responsibility of handling your personal belongings, moving companies are careful to hire movers who will treat you and your possessions with the utmost respect and care. They will be able to make sure everything is loaded onto the truck correctly and that the contents will arrive and be unloaded safely. Choosing a reputable moving company is important, since these movers will be in such intimate contact with your belongings.
Moving Truck, Equipment, and Transportation Expenses
Part of hiring a moving company is having a truck to haul your possessions in a safe manner to your new home. Professional moving companies make sure their trucks are in top shape, and the movers are proficient in making the most of every bit of space available to get all of your belongings into the truck. Blankets, dollies, and basic moving equipment are all included as well as transportation expenses like gas, mileage, tolls, and similar expenses.
Be sure to work with a moving company that has a current Certificate of Insurance (COI). If you live in a building that requires you to hire moving companies that have a COI, the company should be happy to send that to the building management in a timely fashion. It is also very reassuring to work with a company that will insure your items since they are in the care of the movers. This may be an option limited to the full-service option when the movers pack everything for you. Either way, ask the moving company if your items will be insured.
Protective Packing Materials for Your Items
The moving company will provide packing materials to help keep your belongings safe and intact during the move. Included items consist of blankets, cushions, and anything else that will make sure your antique mirror from your great-great aunt doesn’t get shattered in the move. The materials will also protect corners and surfaces of your furniture to keep them clean and safe.
Depending on the Professional moving company you choose, there may be some additional services available to you. Ask the moving company if they offer:
Packing and unpacking your belongings
Special crating and packaging for fragile items
Dismantling and installation of electronics and certain items
Providing a consultation in your home
Additional pick-ups or drop-offs as needed
Extra insurance options
Knowing what to expect from a moving company can help you to find a company that will provide the best experience for you. Enjoy the stress-relief of having a moving company assist you with your move!
It was almost two years ago when I arrived to my freshman dorm only to be horrified by how old it was (60s people, it hadn’t been renovated since the 60s.) I soon found out there was no air conditioning, same sex halls and how small the rooms were. Not to mention I did random roommate, and once I got to our room I was only given about 1/3 of the already tiny space for my belongings: I knew I had a problem.
I, like other girls, hoped my room would be big, to become besties with my roomies and live in a mixed hall next door to my future boyfriend. But man, was I wrong.
One thing I did learn was how much you’re not told about your dorm rooms, and the key to the game is making as much space as possible out of what little you have. I was not a library person freshman year, so I slept and studied in my room, and I needed space to get up and walk around a bit to clear my head. So I’ve compiled a list of 15 things freshman need in their room to survive their first year living in a dorm.
7 Inch Power Bed Riser
Bed risers What’s the name of the game? Have as much space as possible! Don’t freak out if you get to your dorm and see how low the beds are. The best purchase you can make is bed risers, that way you’ll have space for under the bed storage. Oh, these bed risers have outlets which you will definitely need in your room. Can’t get enough of those power outlets for all of your electronics! 7-Inch Power Bed Riser
My Little Steamer Go Mini Hand Steamer
Steamer You have no idea how wrinkly your clothes get in college. I mean, it’s not like those washers and dryers are state-of-the-art, know what I’m saying? Also, people get very lazy in college and don’t feel the need to fold their clothes, which usually end up in the back of a drawer wrinkled to the max. A steamer is a fantastic tool to have, but a portable steamer will change your life. (Mine has made it to and from multiple sorority formals!) You won’t look like a bum when hitting the bars/frats, like most girls will. My Little Steamer Go Mini Hand Steamer($19.99)
Mesh Clip On Shelf
Clip-on shelf You may be on a top bunk, your bed might not even be near a table, but you do need something to put your phone/water/chapstick on when you sleep. Trust me when I say you don’t want to sleep with your phone on that tiny bed, it does fall off and your iPhone screen will break (true story.) Purchase one of these and your life will be complete, and your iPhone will be safe. Mesh Clip-On Shelf ($12.99)
Red Cup String Lights
String lights If you want an awesome room, you need to decorate it. I swear my room looked like a jail cell when I first got there, but I made a point to deck my room out with pictures and decorations. One thing girls love to do is hang lights around their rooms, so why not one up them with something so college-y like red Solo cups? You’re bound to get a ton of compliments on them. Red Cup String Lights ($20)
Double Hang Commercial Grade Closet Rod
Extra closet rod I’m telling you right now: your closet will not have enough space in it. And like I said before, everything gets wrinkled so you might as well hang up what you can. Getting this extra bar space for your closet will not only give you more room for your clothes, but organize them by tops/dresses on the top and skirts/shorts on the bottom. You can even hang your heels over them. Double Hang Commercial Grade Closet Rod ($14.99)
Compact Clothes Drying Rack
Drying rack After using the dryers once, you’ll realize you won’t want to use them again, especially with your delicates and undies. A drying rack will be your best friend, plus this one folds up and can be put away under your bed or in your closet. Drying Rack ($19.99)
Brita Water Filtration Pitcher
Brita pitcher Drink your water now, because once you get to college it’s all water fountains, tap water or expensive water bottles you need to buy every day. That’s why you’ll definitely want a Brita water filtration pitcher in your mini fridge. Fresh water for days! Brita Water Filtration Pitcher ($24.99)
Illuminated LED Mirror
Mirror When I got to my dorm room, there were no mirrors. None. I had completely forgotten how important mirrors are/why didn’t they tell us we needed one on the move-in guide? Thank you, Bed, Bath & Beyond for saving the day. I suggest getting two mirrors: one long one so you can look at your entire outfit, and then a small one just for make up. Oh, and for the small one definitely get one that has lighting around it. Dorm rooms are not the brightest.Illuminated LED Mirror ($19.99)
Skinny Can Waste Basket
Plastic trash can Thank my mom for this one: do NOT get a wire trash can. Just think of those nights when you’ve taking one too many shots with that cute frat guy and you come home and puke in your garbage can. A plastic waste basket is easy to clean, a wire one not so much.Skinny Can Waste Basket ($6.99)
Easy Fold Step Stool
Step stool If you’re short like me, this step stool will do you wonders. It’s easy to use when you need to reach for high up items in your closet or shelves, and if your bed is tall it can be used to get in and out of it. This step stool folds up so you can put it away when you don’t need it. Yay, everyone wins! Easy Fold Step Stool($12.99)
Under The Bed Shoe Organizer
Shoe organizer The last thing on your mind when moving into a dorm will be your shoes, but I promise they will be your biggest problem. If you don’t have a way to keep your shoes in order you’ll probably have a treasure hunt around your room to find one shoe. This organizer will save your life and won’t take up any room since it’ll be under your bed. Under the Bed Shoe Organizer ($16.99)
Vornado Air Circulator
Fan If you’re going to a college where you have seasons, I guarantee some of the dorms won’t have air conditioning. Mine, unfortunately, didn’t. And during the hot Indiana summer I survived off of the two fans that I bought. I would definitely find out if you have air conditioning ASAP because if not, you’ll want fans. Vornado Tower Air Circulator ($79.99)
Jessica Simpson Shower Wrap
Robe Chances are your bathroom won’t be in your room, which means you’ll have to walk down the hall to shower. At first I thought a robe was a silly idea, but I soon regretted not getting one once I had to start walking up and down the hall in a towel. You’ll want a robe.Shower Wrap ($12.99)
Keurig Okay I know Keurigs are usually banned from dorms, but honestly when do the RAs come searching for a coffee machine that practically saves your life? If you’re a coffee person, you know how expensive it can get if you keep buying Skinny Vanilla Lattes from Starbucks every morning (guilty.) For you non-coffee lovers, you will come to love the power of caffeine (guilty as well.) Buying a Keurig will save you money and keep you caffeinated during those long hours of studying. Plus, they come in cute colors that will match with your room color scheme! Mini Keurig Plus Brewing System ($99.99)
Deluxe Pop Open Hamper
Hamper If you’re lucky, your laundry room will be down the hall from you. But that’s very rare, so be prepared to carry (more like drag) your laundry down the stairs to the basement where it will be. I first tried using the backpack laundry bag…turns out it can’t handle a lot of laundry because it broke easily. I suggest getting a pop-up bag: durable and easy to drag.Deluxe Pop Open Hamper ($14.99)
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This one is going to be a long one. Not long in words but with big long picture lists so I apologize if the page takes a while to load. I was going to cover everything in a few separate posts but figured it would be tedious for you to have to flip to different posts to find everything that is pertaining to this topic.
After I finally figured out my capsule wardrobe for spring/summer (through that long tedious process) I began to wonder how well it would translate into packing for trips. I am not a huge, get super-fancy dressed up type of person and my wardrobe reflects that. I wanted to be able to come up with a packing list that gives me easy day options to-night options. Or as I like to think of it day/casual with the ability to dress it up and take it to-night time if the need arises. I chose a 10 day list because 7 seemed too short to test my wardrobe’s versatility, but 10 seemed to be long enough come up with 10 different day outfits that could easily be changed to-night by swapping shoes and/or accessories, a purse, and fancier hair-do.
This ten-day packing list that I came up with basically gives you 20 outfits with the ability to make more if needed and it is all completed with 20 pieces in the carry-on plus what you wear on the plane. I planned it out so the bulkier, heavier items are to be worn on the plane to make sure it all fits in the carry-on. The plane outfit consists of jeans, tank, pullover, jacket, hat, necklace, boots, watch, sunglasses, and a purse. In the carry- on are 4 tops, cardigan, blazer, 2 dresses, 2 pants, scarf, 3 necklaces, a hat, a dressier purse, and 4 pairs of shoes. Make sure to have at least one pair of dressy shoes for night wear, and if you decided to pack a hat make sure that it is one that will survive being placed in a suitcase. I learned the hard way that straw hats do not pack well.
Ugh. I was having some major issues with my paths on Photoshop. They weren’t transferring through in jpg format, so I had to go back in and try to get them in there. One ended up with thick lines and one with thin somewhat broken ones. This is why I need a Photoshop course. Big Time. Oh well, I am learning as I go I guess and they turned out somewhat okay.
Links to all the items (or similar since they come out of my closet) are listed below the lists.
The Packing List
You will also need at least 2 sets of pyjamas, and underwear, bras, socks, and whatever other underthings you need to have with you.
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With over 6 million residents, Dallas-Fort Worth is a buzzing place with plenty of possibilities. DFW is constantly viewed as one vast area, but it’s important to know that Dallas and Fort Worth are two separate cities with two separate histories. Fort Worth can often be overlooked in Dallas’ shadow, but the Panther City is full of things to do and places to live. Fort Worth may have started as a Cow Town in the mid-19th century, but it has quickly grown into a bustling city filled with job opportunities, state-of-the-art museums, and a thriving downtown area.
Here are 14 reasons why Fort Worth is an awesome city to both live in and put on your list of places to see!
1. TRAVEL BACK TO THE WILD WEST.
Step back in time and visit the Fort Worth Stockyards for an authentic look into the American West. You can visit the Western artifacts at the Stockyards Museum, explore Bonnie and Clyde’s hideout at the historic Stockyards Hotel, and drink at a traditional Texas saloon. Channel your inner cowboy and attend a rodeo at the weekly Stockyards Championship Rodeo. With so much to do, don’t forget about the Fort Worth Herd, the world’s only twice daily cattle drive at 11:30 a.m and 4 p.m.
2. BILLY BOB’S: THE BIRTHPLACE OF HONKY TONK.
You can’t go to Fort Worth without two-stepping the night away at Billy Bob’s, located within the Stockyards. Billy Bob’s prides itself as being the world’s largest honky tonk with a 127,000 square feet dance hall, outfitted with over 30 bar stations and the capacity to hold up to 6,000 people. Grab a partner and take line-dancing or two-step dance lessons! Attend a live concert every weekend and see music legends like Willie Nelson or Trace Adkins. Cheer on your favorite rider at the live indoor bull riding every Friday and Saturday night and watch professionals get bucked by one of the 47,500 bulls that have entered the Billy Bob’s arena. Have a honky tonkin’ good time at Billy Bob’s!
3. FORT WORTH IS HOME TO AMERICA’S MONEY.
Did you know that 60 percent of America’s money is printed in Fort Worth? Aside from Washington D.C., Fort Worth is the only other place where money can be printed in the United States. Take a free tour of the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing and watch money be printed all around you as you stroll through the building. View artifacts and visit interactive exhibits that give you an informative history on America’s money and how it has evolved since its early stages.
4. EXPLORE WHERE THE COWBOYS ONCE ROAMED.
Escape the hustle and bustle of Dallas and retreat to the parks and gardens of Fort Worth. Stop and smell the roses at Fort Worth Botanic Garden or visit the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. At 3,621 acres, the Nature Center is one of the largest city-owned nature centers in the United States. With over 20 miles of hiking trails, you will be transported back to the times of what DFW once looked like, full of forests and prairies.
Fort Worth has plenty to do for water-lovers. Backwoods Paddlesports allows you to paddle board, kayak, or canoe at Panther Island, all located in Downtown Fort Worth. Retreat to the water gardens, an architectural marvel designed by Phillip Johnson. Fort Worth even has a cable park for all thrill-seekers and wake boarders!
5. SING YOUR HEART OUT WITH THE FORT WORTH OPERA.
The Fort Worth Opera has become internationally known as one of the most innovative companies in the United States. As one of the longest-running operas in the nation, it has played host to numerous big names, including Placido Domingo and Lily Pons. With performances condensed to three weeks in the spring, the company produces multiple operas each weekend during April and May at the Bass Performance Hall. In 2016, the Opera will be performing JFK, The Barber of Seville, and Buried Alive-Embedded.
6. ENJOY THE BEST DOWNTOWN IN THE UNITED STATES.
In 2014, Livability.com ranked Fort Worth’s downtown the best in the nation. Sundance Square, the heart of downtown, is a 35 square-block entertainment district filled with local restaurants, shops, boutiques, and live music halls that everyone can enjoy. Fort Worth’s downtown is one of the safest and cleanest downtowns in the nation, making it easy for you to access the culture of Fort Worth. With a beautiful mix of historic brick and modernized buildings, Sundance Square is the perfect representation of how Fort Worth balances appreciating the past while reinventing the city’s future.
7. THE HORNED FROGS ARE KING OF THE JUNGLE.
Fort Worth is home to Texas Christian University and their mascot, the oddly-intimidating horned frog. A college that takes its athletics almost as seriously as its academics, you’ll quickly learn and appreciate all that TCU has to offer. With more than 200 student organizations, 18 D-1 athletic teams, and campus life full of tradition, TCU keeps Fort Worth young thanks to the 10,000 students enrolled each year.
8. TAKE BACK THE NIGHT ON WEST 7TH STREET.
You don’t have to travel to Dallas for a thriving nightlife. Stay in Fort Worth and head to West 7th Street to enjoy a night out. With dozens of restaurants and bars to choose from, West 7th Street has infused Fort Worth tradition with a modern twist. Find TCU students and young professionals playing games atLandmark, a bar with vintage arcade games and craft drinks. Looking to cool off? Stop by Whiskey Garden and take a dip in their resort-style pool. Foodies and wine enthusiasts are welcome at MAX’s Wine Dive for an eclectic atmosphere and some unique and delicious food prepared by Fort Worth’s top chef, Stefon Rishel! All walks of life are welcomed to walk along West 7th Street.
9. MOVE TO WEST 7TH AND MAKE IT A LIFESTYLE.
You never have to leave West 7th Street, especially if you choose to call it home. Bridging downtown and the Fort Worth Cultural District, West 7th has quickly become one of the most popular places to live in the city. Essentially a modern-day mecca, this five-block area offers high-concept dining, local fashion retailers, unique entertainment venues, open-air gardens, and even an LA Fitness! West 7th makes it easy for you to live, shop, and dine in one convenient location.
10. WATCH MOVIES THE WAY YOUR GRANDPARENTS DID.
In 2013, Coyote Drive-In Theatre had a mission to bring back the drive-in movie experience that younger generations have never been able to enjoy. Located on Panther Island in Downtown Fort Worth, Coyote Drive-In Theatre is the perfect place to come with your friends, family, and pets. Catch a flick in the comfort of your car while enjoying a cold drink and hot popcorn. With new movies being played all of the time, Coyote Drive-In is a unique experience in Fort Worth that you won’t want to miss!
11. FIND THE BEST BURGERS AND STEAKS.
It isn’t called Cow Town for nothing! Considering the city’s role as an important stop for cattle drovers in the United States, it’s no wonder that beef is king in Fort Worth. Skip Dallas and come straight to Cow Town to enjoy a juicy burger or mouth-watering steak. For the best burgers, stop at Kincaid’s, M & O Station Grill, or Rodeo Goat. If you’re seeking a steak, check out Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse,Reata, or Bonnell’s.
12. FORT WORTH HAS ARTFUL MASTERPIECES.
You may not have guessed it, but Fort Worth has some of the best art museums in the United States with an array of different masterpieces. Visit artwork from all over the world at the Kimbell Art Museum or view hundreds of authentic American pieces for free at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The incredible architecture at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will take your breath away. The Modern holds thousands of international modern and contemporary artworks by Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and several more.
13. HIGHTAIL IT TO THE GREAT AMERICAN SPEEDWAY.
Be prepared to rev your engines in Fort Worth! Texas Motor Speedway is the only place in the Lone Star State where fans can catch NASCAR and INDYCAR races on the same track. Nicknamed “The Great American Speedway”, Texas Motor Speedway hosts three major races: the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR in April, Firestone 600 INDY/NASCAR in June, and AAA Texas 500 NASCAR in November. It also features the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, XFINITY Series, Camping World Truck Series, and Verizon IndyCar Series.
14. THE JOBS ARE PLENTIFUL.
Fort Worth is consistently recognized as one of the best cities to find a job in the United States. With an unemployment rate of 3 percent and a growing working-age population, it makes sense for Fort Worth to be such a great city to live in! Businesses like American Airlines, Lockheed Martin, and the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base call Fort Worth home. In 2015, Forbes.com listed Fort Worth as the second best city for job seekers.
What is your favorite thing about Fort Worth? Tell us in the comments!
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