Fall Bucket List When Moving to a New City

If you’ve just landed in a new city this fall, you may be looking for a good list of things to do in your area. Here are some ideas that will not only help you get into the fall spirit, but also help you get settled and acclimated into your new area.

  • Find a pumpkin patch
  • Drink a pumpkin spiced latte at a new park
  • Make pumpkin bread and deliver some to your new neighbors
  • Host a Halloween or Thanksgiving themed house-warming party
  • Decorate your new porch for trick-or-treaters
  • Meet 2-3 new people by being home on Halloween
  • Make some apple-spiced sangria
  • Go to a local football game and get to know the teams
  • Go pick apples
  • Go on a hayride
  • Make a pot of chili and invite over a few new neighbors
  • Meet 2-3 new people by being home on Halloween
  • Create a caramel apple bar
  • Carve pumpkins
  • Build a bon fire and eat s’mores
  • Go to a local festival
  • Listen to a local band outside
  • Try a new restaurant and eat your dinner al fresco
  • Take a walking tour of your new city
  • Visit your local mall and buy a new scarf and boots
  • Have a glass of wine on your front porch and say hi to your new neighbors
  • Visit Trip Advisor and start visiting all of the top rated destinations
  • Visit a local park to check out the fall leaves
  • Find a new crock-pot recipe on pinterest
  • Try a local dish
  • Make apple crisp and share with your new neighbors
  • Host Thanksgiving at your new house

If you’ve completed any of these bucket list items, tell us which one was your favorite. We’d love to hear how you’ve made your new city feel more like home this fall.

Amazing Kids Costumes Made Out of Boxes

And, it’s that time of year again – time to figure out what your kid is going to wear for Halloween. Well, as your favorite moving company – we love checking out the best box costumes gracing Internet – so here it goes – this year’s best of the best.

What Kid Doesn’t Love a Mail Box?

This is such an adorable idea and can even be used as a kid’s activity past Halloween. We love this one!

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Photo Credit: http://www.redbookmag.com/fashion/advice/g827/diy-halloween-costumes-for-kids/?src=spr_PINTEREST&spr_id=1441_249268549

Family of Legos

Get the whole family involved and create a set of Legos out of boxes, cups and paint.

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For the Over-Achiever

So, apparently you can make Optimus Prime out of cereal boxes. This might be one you will need to look into before showing to your kids. My gut is telling me it’s not a simple crafting job.

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Credit: http://gizmodo.com/5665716/make-an-optimus-prime-costume-from-cereal-boxes

Simple Thomas The Train

OK, I think the general population might be able to tackle this one. It looks like you will need some paper plates, a box, some string and paint. This website actual will allow you to download some free printables to help you make this costume.

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Credit: http://www.hellowonderful.co/post/THOMAS-AND-FRIENDS-COSTUMES—5-PRINTABLE-FACES

Barbie and Ken Photo Perfect

Oh, now this is funny! I’m not sure how you’d get door-to-door (maybe do leg cut outs) – but this would be adorable for a birthday or Halloween party. Definitely great photo op with this box costume!

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Credit: http://www.thetomkatstudio.com/2013/06/bellas-barbie-fifh-birthday-featured-party

The Vending Machine

We just love this one. Lots of work, but it paid off!

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Credit: http://lifeasmama.com/10-creatively-cute-handmade-halloween-costumes/9/

The Juice Box

Turn you kid into their favorite drink with this adorable juice box idea. We’ve seen a few variations, but love the straw in this one.

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Credit: http://mermagblog.com/make-a-juice-box-costume-from-a-cardboard-box/?crlt.pid=camp.rRQacc4cdrmB

What are some of your favorite costumes you’ve seen this year? We love the creativity this year and hope you all enjoy a safe and happy Halloween with your family.

Fall Pins Trending on Pinterest Now

Fall is in the air and leaves are starting to fall on the ground. So, why not curl up with a pumpkin spiced-something and check out what’s trending on Pinterest this season.

The Art of the Perfect Pumpkin Seed

There is a way to make a pumpkin seed taste delicious. It just doesn’t feel like fall if we don’t try out one of these recipes. This one has over 6K re-pins, which we’re hoping means someone has tried it and it’s good. Let us know if you do.

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Carmel Apple Sangria Takes 5 Minutes to Prep and Serves 10-11

Now, this is shaping up to become a party. Add some sangria to your pumpkin seeds and you’ll have a small cocktail hour waiting to happen. This sangria recipe has been re-pinned by over 271K times. This looks too delicious to pass up.

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22 Hearty Slow Cooker Recipes

Looks like when the weather turns a little chilly, people on Pinterest are in the mood to eat! From pumpkin-spiced-everything to apple crisps and crock-pot meals, there are a lot of food related items trending right now. Here was one of our favorites. You can use this Country Living list as an easy go-to if you’re in the middle of moving or have a packed schedule this fall.

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Fall Bucket List

And, you can’t kick off the fall season without a proper bucket list. This list will ensure you have lots of fun over the next few months and that you don’t miss a single fall activity. From going on a hayride to making pumpkin bread this fall may be the best yet.

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For more Fall trending pins visit Pinterest. What are you most looking forward to this season?

How to Throw an Adorable Fall-Themed House Warming Party

If you’ve just moved into your new place, a house warming party may be something on the calendar. If you’ve just moved – the fall is the perfect time to host a party. With so many cozy entertaining options – we will show you some of our favorites from around Pinterest. Take a look at this list and be inspired to make this a party your guests will never forget.

Makeshift Outdoor Seating + Ambiance

If your outdoor area isn’t completely guest-ready – have no fear…a few bails of hay, blankets and a portable fire pit can transform any backyard into an autumn oasis. We love how guests can circle up past dark in this inviting seating area. You could also set-up a gourmet s’mores bar for a late night treat.

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Image Credit: BuzzFeed.com

Set a Casual Tone

We love this idea — a lumber jack party where guests wear plaid will set the tone that guests shouldn’t dress up. You will relax knowing that you’re house doesn’t have to be perfect – because that’s next to impossible when you’ve first moved. By dressing-down, you can make décor minimal and more fun – versus trying to bring out the fine china.

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Image Credit: blog.hwtm.com

Make Décor Simple

Here’s a very simple idea that can translate inside or outside. Grab some tin cups, fabric and string to make up these cute tea light holders. You don’t have to over complicate your décor. Be easy on yourself and buy some mini white and orange pumpkins to compliment something like this.

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Do a Food Bar

A chili, potato or soup bar – will keep the food portion of your party easy and manageable. You can have friends bring toppings, snacks or desserts. The food bars also look cute and can be portable to host outside or inside – depending on where you want people to hang out.

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Photo Credit: CelebrationsatHomeBlog.com

Lastly, stay low maintenance – don’t worry about everything being perfect. I was recently invited to a house warming party where it was BYOC (bring-your-own-chair) and it totally worked! People are a lot more forgiving than you may think – everyone is just excited to celebrate your new home with you.

At Beltmann we love helping you moving, plus everything after and in between. If you need a quote for your upcoming move, please give us a call.

Most Beautiful & Simple Ways to Dress up Your Door for the Fall

Sometimes it feels like the seasons come and go so quickly, it’s hard to keep up with them. We know you’re busy – and you’re super busy if you’re tackling a move this fall, so here are some simple and beautiful days to dress up your door for the fall season.

Old Dog, New Tricks

One of the easies and most effective way to switch out your door for any season, is to buy a plain brown twig wreath and purchase seasonal décor to change up the look. It’s a more minimalistic look, but takes little to no effort or even creativity.

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Change out The Bow

Do you have a summer wreath that you’re crushing on? Buy it and then just change out the bow for the fall. You can just use burlap or an earth-toned colored ribbon and add it to a summer bouquet for a seasonal change.

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Image credit: http://diy.allwomenstalk.com/awesome-wreaths-to-adorn-your-front-door/24

Keep it Monotone

Use dried or silk green hydrangeas and add them to the bottom of your wreath. Hang the wreath with burlap ribbon. Use white pumpkins as accents.

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Go Unconventional

If you want to do something less conventional, here’s an option that doesn’t involve a wreath. You’ll need a few pinecones, a metal ring, paint, hot glue and ribbon. It’s a fairly easy craft job that will transform your door into an adorable fall display.

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At Beltmann, we love helping you move onto your next adventure in life. If you’re looking for a new place to call home and you’re ready to call a trusted mover, we hope we will be the first people you’ll call.

Easy & Brilliantly Spooky Halloween Décor Hacks

If you’re throwing a party or just want your place to be trick-or-treat ready, here are some of our favorite Halloween décor hacks from Pinterest.

Glow-in-the Dark Eyes

Oh, we love this one. It’s so easy that your kids can help. Take a paper towel roll and cut out eyes, place a glow stick into the middle and tuck them away into your front bushes. Those trick-or-treaters may be running the other way when they catch sight of the suspicious eyes.

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Source credit: http://cutediyprojects.com/halloween/45-breathtaking-and-effortless-diy-halloween-decorations/

Free Printables

If you have a printer, some black ink and picture frames – this one is easy. Take some of your pictures and temporarily replace them with some of these free downloads. It’s a cheap and easy way to update your home for the season.

printables

Download here: http://www.Littlegoldpixel.com

DIY Ghosts

This craft requires a bit of prep, but the finished product is so adorable and totally worth the effort. You can make small and large ones for your mantel or to use out or inside.

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Get the full tutorial here: http://diyready.com/24-diy-halloween-party-hacks/

Hilarious Paint Pumpkins

If you just want to give everyone a good laugh, steal some of these sayings. Grab a pumpkin, some paint and paint pens to DIY your own.

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Easy Moving Box Guide: What to Pack in Each Box Size

beltmann-09-2If you’ve opted out of packing services, you might be a little lost as far as boxes go. At first glance, it looks easy – oh, I’ll go pick up a few boxes. Then once you get to the store, you may realize you can quickly get in over your head. How many do I need of each? Should I get more large than small? What things should I pack in each?

First of all, our team is always here to help. So, if you’re a customer – please don’t feel like you’re navigating this alone. Our move coordinators would be happy to help get you an estimate of boxes, based on your items, purchase, bundle and send them your way.

If you’re more of a do-it-yourselfer – this guide might be helpful as you stand in the aisle of Home Depot in a daze.

Small Box: 1.5 – 3.1 Cubic Feet

The great thing about these boxes is that they won’t get too heavy. They’re good for books and everything in your junk drawer. Here’s a good run down of options for these types of boxes.

  • Fragile items that need to be wrapped
  • Toys
  • Tools
  • Kitchenware
  • Small electronics
  • DVDs
  • Video games
  • Cords

Medium Box: 4.0 – 5.0 Cubic Feet

If you have things that are oddly shaped or somewhat heavy – you should be able to use these boxes. Just be careful not to over pack if you are packing things that are heavy.

  • Pots and pans
  • Electronics
  • Appliances
  • Computers
  • Clothing
  • Small household items

Large Box: 6.0 Cubic Feet

Try to pack larger lighter items in this box, as it runs the risk of becoming too heavy. This size is great for a major of things in your home, so you make want to get extra – return them if you don’t need them.

  • Blankets
  • Sheets
  • Towels
  • Garage items
  • Larger appliances
  • Lamps
  • Items that come in parts that are collapsible

Dish Pack

People typically need to buy quite a few of these because they will hold a lot of your kitchen items.

  • China
  • Bowls/Plates
  • Glasses
  • Porcelain items
  • Keepsakes

Mirror Carton

These mirror cartons can help protect more than mirrors.

  • Paintings
  • Pictures
  • Mirrors
  • Frames

There are also wardrobe boxes and flat screen boxes – each of which will be handy if you need to move a large amount of clothes or a fragile TV. If you’d like us to help you estimate the number boxes you need, please contact the Beltmann Group team and we would be happy to assist you.

AMAZING QUOTES TO HOLD CLOSE TO YOUR HEART WHEN MOVING

Moving can be a mental mind game – there are transitions, upon transitions that can affect all aspect of your life. That’s why it’s so important to stay positive and keep a good perspective. One of the best ways to do this is to adopt a few quotes as mantras. You can hang them in your office, home, car, put them in your wallet, tattoo them on your wrist (if that’s your kind of thing) or just memorize them.

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If this resonates with you, think about the fact that you might be too focused on the rearview mirror, consider that fact that the pains of change might be moving you onto something better than what you have. When your mind starts to wonder to what you’ll be losing, refocus your thoughts on your new life and what you’ll be gaining. If you need to, create a list that can serve as a visual reminder for why you’re going through the transition and the hope that’s on the other side.

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If you’re a worrier, you might be creating crazy scenarios in your head that include something like – what if we hate the city? Or kids don’t adjust to their new schools? We don’t make any friends or I hate my new job? It’s OK to have some of these thoughts, but ground yourself by focusing on what could go right and create a dialogue around that story. Be even overly-optimistic if you feel the worry and anxieties creep into your thoughts.

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Oh, don’t we all hate this one – but it’s so true. Those things that sneak into your mind as fears are really the things we need to be brave enough to tackle or they might hold us captive.

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Moving can often times present our families with more opportunities. Look for these as you get settled into your new home, they will be everywhere.

And, as always, we are happy to work with you to ensure your upcoming state-to-state move is as easy and relaxing as possible, if you ever have any questions about the process or moving timeline, please give us a call at (866) 251-8588.

Step-by-Step Guide to Decluttering Your Life

Decluttering Your Life

It makes total sense to declutter your life before you move – and even more important before you start getting estimates from moving companies. The more stuff you have, the more expensive your move will be – so it’s a good idea (if you have the time) to schedule a time to go through the below items.

READING MATERIALS

Go to your shelves and baskets – disregard old magazines and books that you aren’t planning on reading again. You can even think about gifting some of your favorites to friends that you think might enjoy the read.

PAPER

Things like receipts, bills, paperwork, that you do not need to keep for tax purposes, can be shredded. Many of us have pounds of paper filed away, that doesn’t need to be transported. It’s smart to keep tax documents for at least 5-10 years, but if they’re older than that you might consider shredding them up.

CLOTHES

This might be an obvious one, but be sure to be throughout and realistic. If you haven’t worn it in two years, if it no longer fits, is worn out or is out of style – put it in a donation pile. Be sure to check storage area for seasonal stashes as well.

MEDICINE CABINET

Sift through your medicine and throw away bottles that have expired. You will be surprised how much you’ll be able to throw away.

MAKEUP & TOILETRIES

Go through your bathroom cabinets, closets and storage areas for makeup, lotions, soap, gifts or shampoo items that you haven’t used. If it’s still good, keep it in a small tote, otherwise donate things that are used or throw it away things that have been used.

JEWELRY

Jewelry can be a tricky thing to declutter, because some might have sentimental value or might be worth something – so you aren’t sure if you can get rid of it. A good rule, if you don’t wear it and/or can’t will it to someone in your family, decide if it has value. If it’s pure gold, has stones – you might be able to visit a local jewelry store to see if they’ll buy the gold or stones. You can always try selling online or at pawnshops.

FOOD

As you get closer to move day, you’ll want to par down your food supply. Start creating a plan for either incorporating the food into your menus or donating to a local organization. Some moving companies are a part of “Move for Hunger” and will help pick up donated non-perishable food items and distribute them to local food banks. Beltmann is affiliated with this organization, so we make it easy for our customers to donate – ask your moving rep for details.

OLD CARDS, GIFTS, MEMORABILIA

This might be a tough thing for you to do, but consider being very cautious about what you keep in the “memories” sector of your life. Some people become unrealistically attached to keep things to remember people, moments or stages of life. And, that’s completely fine – just be realistic with how much you really need to keep and if you really think it’s something someone else would want to inherit once you’re gone.

ELECTRONICS

This is a big one – now that electronics are created to become obsolete in just a few years, if we aren’t careful we could all have mountains of chords, gadgets, warranties, accessories and cases hogging up a drawer or storage space. It’s hard to throw these things away because of their value. Before you take them to a recycling facility, do a quick Amazon or eBay search to see if any have sold recently, if you feel like it – you might be able to get some money for your extra items.  Check out websites like Gazelle.com to see if your items qualify for their program – it’s an easy way to get some quick cash for your old electronics.

DRAWERS

We all have that drawer – you know the one, the catchall that has a random assortment of everything you didn’t know what to do with. Well, it’s time tackle the beast and throw away all of those old sticks of gum and pens that only work when you shake them. This would is probably the easiest, if you get a drawer organizer and stay very strict with what goes in each section.

GARAGE

Oh, this one sounds intimidating doesn’t it? Well, start with one area – maybe the toolbox or cabinet and then move your way to the walls and storage boxes. If you plan to have a garage sale, there’s good news, you can keep the items you plan to donate in the garage in a separate pile.

If you go through these items, you will be one your way to a minimalistic lifestyle, if you notice you aren’t throwing away much – you may have to enlist a trusted friend to help you get over the initial shock and offer some tough-love. As always, we look forwarding to making your upcoming move a smooth and easy one, if you have any questions for your favorite global moving company, please give us a call at (866) 251-8588.

3 Things Most People Forget When They Move

beltmann-7-6As you hustle and bustle around the house preparing for your move, there are a few things that many people tend to forget on moving day. Being involved with moving day-in-day-out we wanted to prepare you for a few things you may not have thought of – that way you’re prepared for the day ahead.

Storage

When your mover comes to give you an in-home estimate, be sure to show them your storage areas. Remember: attics, sheds, walk-in closets, basements, hall closets and large storage bins – everything adds up! If you do not account for these things, you could be in a bind on moving day when you have way more items than estimated.

The Awkward Items

Especially if you’re moving across town and are planning on hauling some things in your car, remember that the bulky and awkward items have to be packed too. Don’t leave all of those until last, be sure to have a plan for where they will be stowed or – better yet – realize that it will be worth the time and headache to go ahead and buy the packing services. You won’t believe how many people wish they had on moving day!

Leave Important Things Out

It’s a really good idea to keep important papers like birth certificates, social security cards, checks, bank information, wills and important contracts with you (vs. packed into the moving truck). Also, high valued items or things that are collector’s items, you may want to keep with you as well. Things like jewelry and sentimental items, you may want put in your car. It’s a good practice to buy a few extra totes that will serve as a way to transport these important items.

If you have any questions about your upcoming move, someone on our team would be happy to assist you in thinking through move day details.