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Bekins Van Lines Celebrates the Careers of Four Loyal Employees

Bekins Van Lines celebrated the careers of Diane Schueller, Sam Napier, Dave Rhodes and Gary Reynolds during a luncheon at the corporate office today.

All four of the retirees brought something different to the table and will be missed greatly throughout the organization.

Diane Schueller, Staff Accountant – Diane has worked with the company since 1991 when she moved from Dallas, Texas. She is known as the number cruncher extraordinaire and is precise and detail-oriented with a wealth of industry knowledge.

Famous Quote “It’s six of one, half a dozen of another.”

Sam Napier, Warehouseman –  Sam has been a warehouseman for Crown Moving & Storage for 32 years. He is known for always smiling and his calm demeanor. Sam is dependable and always a go-to for advice.

Famous Quote “You trying to kill me?”

Dave Rhodes, Equipment coordinator – Has been with the company since 2000. He has had varied background in the moving industry that stems for over 50 years. He watches over the fleet and the needs of drivers with great precision and detail. When you see a Bekins trailer on the road, Dave is the reason it looks so good.

Famous Quote “It is what it is!”

Gary Reynolds, VP of Operations and Safety – Gary has been with the company for 13 years. The operations department has “hummed along like a well-oiled machine” under his leadership. He is known for his wicked sense of humor. He has worn many hats in the industry, but we are grateful his last one was with Bekins.

Famous Quote “No good deed goes unpunished.”

Diane, Sam, Dave and Gary will all be greatly missed. Thank you for many years of service, loyalty and dedication.

 

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The Secret of Moving to the Suburbs Without Losing the Perks of City Life

When you first moved to the city for college and stayed to build your career, you may have resolved never to leave. But now you’ve established yourself in your career and settled down to raise a family. At this stage in life, you’re not alone if you no longer view city life through rose-colored glasses. Gradually, you realize you’re tired of facing the realities of city life like:

  • Finding parking spots
  • Carrying groceries through streets and up flights of stairs
  • Dealing with noisy neighbors
  • Wrangling toddlers in small apartments with no yard space

Still, the city hasn’t entirely lost its allure. You hate to sacrifice what you love about the city just to overcome a few annoyances. Lucky for you, many suburban communities offer perks similar to city-dwelling but without the stuff that bothers you. If it’s time to consider a move to the suburbs, here’s how to do it without giving up what you love about city life.

Experience the Ambiance

The move from the city to the suburbs often causes people to wax nostalgic about the unique aspects of city dwelling. They don’t want to say goodbye to all-night take-out places, one-of-a-kind clothing boutiques, and well-maintained city parks. But, many suburban centers have similar perks. Plus, these sites are usually less crowded outside of city limits.

Make a list of your must-haves or nice-to-haves for a suburban community. Think rec centers, local theaters, concert venues, bars, nightclubs, or whatever else you typically do in the city. Then drive around and look for those options every time you go house hunting. Park the car and take a walk downtown. Go into the shopping mall. You might be surprised at the array of stores it offers. In short, be on the lookout for places that can become your new favorites.

However, be cautious about clinging too much to any one suburban downtown area. It’s only one factor in what creates a community’s atmosphere. Interact with the people you pass on the street. Many suburbs have replaced the isolated, city-life mindset with more neighborly patterns of interaction. Strike up a conversation with someone at the local coffee shop and ask about the area. Watch for friendly interactions among store clerks and customers to get a sense of the community atmosphere.

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In the city, a top school frequently means an expensive private school. But your kids can obtain a quality education at a public school in the suburbs. No wonder almost every family moving to the suburbs has “top-rated school system” at the top of their must-have list-even families without kids yet. As you evaluate area schools, examine these factors:

  1. Look beyond test scores. Kids are more than their test scores, and so are schools. Test scores are only an end way of measuring a school’s performance. Class size is a better indicator of how much personal attention your child will receive from teachers-smaller is better.
  1. Examine all grade levels. You might be making the move to the suburbs when your children are barely in preschool, but you could live in your new house until they head off for college. With that in mind, visit schools for all grade levels in the area. Make sure the middle school and high school options meet your education standards, too.
  1. Make sure your favorite extracurricular activities have community support. You can’t predict which hobbies your kids will adopt as they get older, but you can make a few good guesses. If you take your kids to the theater frequently, make sure the school district has a strong history of supporting the arts. If you attend sporting events, look for a school with an established sports program. You want your kids to have options when they start developing their non-academic skills.

Consider the Commute

For many people making the switch from city to suburb, the extended commute becomes a primary consideration. After all, what’s the point of finding a larger, quieter living space if you’re hardly home to enjoy it? For any community you consider moving into, think about these factors that will affect your commute:

  1. Public transportation. Does the thought of fighting rush hour twice a workday send your blood pressure through the roof? If so, look for a suburb with public transportation options built for commuters. Don’t just locate the local train station on the map. Actually visit it. You need to know about parking availability and overall convenience. You could even take a test train ride into the city to time the trip and gauge the crowds.
  1. Carpool lanes and toll roads. If you don’t mind driving, you’ll probably still want options to speed up your commute. When you make the hull out to the suburbs to house hunt, pay attention to the highway and calculate the cost of paying for less-crowded toll roads. Look out for carpool lanes. If you see any, ask around at the office if any co-workers would share the ride with you.
  1. Working from home. Increasing numbers of suburban dwellers have cut their commute down to the time it takes them to walk from the bedroom to the office-they telecommute. That might not be an option every day, but your supervisor might be willing to let you work from home a few days a week.

Finally, estimate how often you envision yourself heading into the city for reasons other than work. If you think you’ll visit it more than once or twice a month, look for suburbs just outside the main hub to cut down on your travel time. That way your favorite city spots won’t be too far away.

Your trek to the suburbs can yield many of the amenities that city life does. Use these tips to find the perfect community and home for you. Once you’ve found it, call a moving company to arrange moving your belongings. Get ready to make new memories that will last a lifetime in a space that won’t feel cramped as your family grows.

If you want to make the move from the city to the suburbs, a local agent  in your area will be able to assist you with all of your moving needs.

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10 Ways to Pack for Your Next Move on the Cheap

When planning a move on a tight budget, the last thing you want is to spend money on expensive packing materials. To help you pinch your pennies, this list will spark your creative problem-solving skills and save you money while packing for your next move.

1. Never Buy Boxes You Can Have for Free

Before you buy boxes for your move, look around your community for used boxes that people no longer want. Many businesses receive weekly inventory shipments, so they have an overabundance of cardboard boxes. These boxes may be yours, if you only ask.

Here are a few places you can ask for boxes in your area:

  • Online Classified Ads - Many people that have recently moved want to give away their moving boxes.
  • Home Appliance Retailers - Big stores like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy often have large boxes for items like fridges, washers, and electronics.
  • Grocery Stores - Grocery stores often have plenty of spare boxes. If you find old produce boxes, make sure they are dry and sturdy before you bring them home.

2. Pack Heavy Objects in Liquor Boxes

Wooden liquor boxes are designed to carry heavy glass bottles and cans, which makes perfect boxes for moving your heavier belongings. These crate-style boxes often come with handles, which also makes them easy to carry.

Ask the staff at your local liquor store if they would be willing to give you their used boxes, or at least sell them to you at a discounted price.

3. Use Clothing to Pack Breakables

Instead of buying bubble wrap, cover fragile or easily-scratched items with clothing. Delicate items could include silverware, plates, picture frames, and ceramics.

Line your boxes with your sweaters, pajamas, and other soft clothing before you pack your breakable items into boxes. This method not only saves you on packing material, but it also saves you packing space. You won’t have to pack your clothing in separate boxes, and you won’t have to throw away countless piles of bubble wrap after your move.

4. Pack Your Glasses and Stemware in Clean Socks

While sweaters and pajamas work well for larger, yet delicate, items, they don’t do as well for glasses and stemware. Fortunately, clean socks make perfect impromptu covers for packing glassware. Just slip each of your glasses into a sock and pack them snuggly into packing boxes. The socks will act as a buffer to keep them from clinking together during the move.

5. Use Dollar Store Balloons as Packing Materials

Instead of using expensive air-pillow packing materials, buy a few packs of balloons from the dollar store. Partially inflate the balloons and use them to fill open space in your boxes. Balloons absorb impact without popping as long as you don’t over inflate them. You can buy various balloon shapes to fill up different sized gaps in your boxes so your items stay secure.

6. Line the Sides of Your Boxes with Egg Cartons

Egg cartons are strong and lightweight. Take advantage of their design by using egg cartons to buffer the insides of your boxes. Egg cartons can take a beating, so they add a layer of protection for your belongings during the move.

7. Use Shredded Paper Instead of Packing Peanuts

Give your paper shredder another purpose in life. Use your shredded documents as filling for your boxes instead of packing peanuts. Shredded paper is good packing filler that would otherwise go to waste.

8. Put All Your Containers to Good Use

Gather your baskets, hampers, and luggage and pack them full of your things. This will cut down the number of boxes you will need for your move. You can also pack heavier items in your wheeled luggage to make it easier to move. Watch the weight, though! You don’t want to break your wheels by rolling around a shelf’s worth of books.

9. Sell Bulky, Unwanted Items on the Internet

You can cut packing and moving costs by selling some of your big, unwanted items before you move. If you have old items you can easily replace, don’t waste money moving them. Instead list them on a local classified site and pocket the proceeds. The fewer things you have to move, the less you will pay to pack them.

10. Donate Your Other Unwanted Things

Collect remaining items in good condition but that you aren’t able to sell. Bring the items to a local charity or give them to your friends. If you donate them, you may be able to write off the value on your taxes.

Follow these 10 simple tips to save money while packing for your move. The money you save may help you stay within your moving budget. And since these tips encourage re-purposing household items and reusing boxes, you can also help the environment by relying less on new materials.

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Save on your Upcoming Move with Bekins

Black Friday is all about saving money for the upcoming holiday, but how do you save for an upcoming move? We can help! Take advantage of Bekins Van Lines “This is Moving™ Relocation Program” promotion that goes from now to May.

What you get:
$150 off the price of your move
• Timespan delivery guarantee – We’ll deliver within the agreed upon window or pay you $250 per day
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$25 per day claims guarantee if the claims resolution letter isn’ t received within 30 days.

To receive these benefits, your move:
• Must be an interstate move in the contiguous United States weighing 5,000 lbs. or greater
• Commence between September 15, 2014 and May 1, 2015
• To receive 15% off Replacement Value Protection, you must purchase Replacement Value Protection
• Dates must be consistent with Bekins’ Transit Time Guide

Learn more about this special promotion by talking to your local agent.

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How to Take the Stress Out of Your Moving Process

You might be really excited about your new home, new job, or other changes happening in your life. But you have to admit: you don’t love the idea of packing up all your items and hauling them into a moving van.

On top of all the time and effort you’ll spend, you risk injury by transporting furniture and other heavy objects.

You can make your household moving process easier by hiring a moving professional or using the following tips to help make a plan and to safely lift heavy objects.

How to Get Started

Even if you are in a rush, think ahead before you start grabbing boxes. Wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes and clothing you can flex in. Decide what path you will take to move each object and make sure there are no obstacles in your way.

Consider the weight of each object before you lift it. Professional movers estimate that a piece of furniture weighs about 7 pounds for every cubic foot (up to 10 pounds for sturdier materials). You increase your chance of injury by lifting items over 50 pounds, so you may want to leave those extra heavy objects to the professionals.

Depending on your size and strength, you will most likely need help from another person or moving equipment for some large pieces of furniture. You can use the following equipment to help lift heavy objects:

A stair roller. This metal device attaches to a single step and features a rolling bar in which heavy objects can glide over,allowing you to quickly slide heavy items down the stairs. Stair rollers are used most often for IMG_8260moving pianos.

Moving blankets or pads. With a moving blanket, you barely have to lift the heavy object. Slide the blanket underneath your furniture or appliance and pull. Use the moving blankets to cushion your products in the moving truck afterward.

Furniture sliders. These tools have a plastic base and foam pad that conform to the shape of your furniture. They work like moving blankets; you put one slider under each leg and push the item across your floor.

A dolly. Dollies come in two types: one that stands upright with two wheels and one with a flat base supported by four wheels. Either type can help you move multiple items at a time.

Tips for Heavy Lifting

After you have a plan 7- heavy boxand all the equipment you need, all that’s left to do is to start lifting. Be kind to your body, and use the following proper lifting techniques:

  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Keep one foot slightly ahead of the other for balance.
  • Don’t bend your back; instead bend with your hips and knees. Keep your shoulders back, your back straight, and your head up.
  • Straighten your hips and knees to lift the object.
  • Hold the load close to your waist, around your belly button. This method works better than just gripping the object with your hands. Never lift an item above shoulder level.
  • Don’t twist or lean when lifting an object. Move your feet to turn.
  • Squat once more with your hips and knees to set down your load, then position your load after you have put it down.

By following this method or by hiring a professional mover, you won’t put as much stress on your back and spine, and you can avoid injury.

Thanksgiving Recipes of Bekins Van Lines Employees

Need some Thanksgiving menu inspiration? Bekins Van Lines can help! Last Wednesday, the Bekins Van Lines corporate office held its annual Thanksgiving luncheon with MCL Bakery providing the turkey, ham and mashed potatoes. The Bekins staff provided the side dishes and desserts, proving they are not only experts in moving, but can cook too! Here are some of the favorite recipes from the luncheon to help with your Thanksgiving menu:

Appetizers

Rhonda’s “Pumpkin” Deviled Eggs 

6 eggs
2 tablespoons of thick coconut milk, cold (not low fat) or mayonnaise 2 Teaspoons of Thai IMG_8684Curry Paste
1 teaspoon ketchup
1/2 teaspoon paprika plus more to sprinkle
1/2 teaspoon spicy mustard
1/4 Siracha or other red chilli sauce
Salt to taste
1 spring green onion

1) Boil eggs, peel and slice length wise removing the yolks
2) Place yolks and Thai curry paste, ketchup, paprika, spicy mustard and Siracha in a small bowl and mash until smooth
3) Mound the yolk mixture in the egg whites and smooth the surface 4) Use a toothpick to draw lines for the pumpkin look
5) Sprinkle with paprika, if desired
6) Cut the green part of the onion to make the pumpkin look

Sides

Shari’s Husband’s Haluski Recipe

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Whole head of cabbage
Kielbasa (optional)
1 stick of butter, margarine or olive oil
Chopped onions
Salt
Pepper
Garlic Powder

1)  Cook any brand of egg noodles per package instructions and drain before adding to cooked cabbage. You can use a 1/2 bag of noodles depending on whether you enjoy more cabbage than noodles.
2) Cut head of cabbage in half and remove stem core. Cut into 3 pieces and then cut those pieces into 3 pieces to give you a nice bite-size piece. Repeat on second half of head.
3) Sauté some chopped onions (you can add a little butter to these)
3) Melt 1 stick of butter, margarine or olive oil (your preference) to non-stick dutch oven or pot. Add the sautéed onions to the dutch oven or pot.
4) Add cut cabbage. Generously add salt, black pepper, and garlic powder to taste.  Cover with lid, cook on medium heat. The cabbage will cook down releasing its moisture. Stir occasionally until it becomes soft. A little brownish tint isn’t a bad thing.  During this stage you can also add cut-up kielbasa sausage.
5) Drain noodles. Add to pan.  Lightly mix in to the cabbage. Cover and cook on low heat for about 10 minutes to enable all ingredients to meld with the noodles.
6) Serve and enjoy.

Flo’s Green Beans

3 cans of green beans, Drained
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of ketchup of tomato sauce
Small onion
6 slices of bacon uncooked

1) Preheat oven at 250
2) Put all of the ingredients into a 9×13 pan and cook for 3 hours
3) Serve and enjoy!

Olivia’s Sweet Potato Casserole

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8-10 peeled and boiled sweet potatoes
1 cup of brown sugar
1 stick of salted butter
Bag of mini marshmallows
Chopped pecans

1) Preheat oven 350 degrees
2) Mix sweet potatoes, brown sugar and salted butter with a mixer until it is whipped and smooth
3) Top with mini marshmallows and chopped pecans
4) Bake for 30 minutes or until the marshmallows are slightly browned and melted

Stephanie’s Pumpkin Bars

1 (18 oz) box of yellow cake mix
1/2 cup of butter, melted
13 ounces pumpkin butter (specifically 1 13-oz jar of pumpkin pecan butter from Williams & Sonoma)
3 eggs
1 tablespoon of flour
1/4 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of butter, softened
3 tablespoons of milk
1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1) Preheat oven to 350
2) Reserve 1 cup of cake mix and set aside
3) Mix remaining cake with a 1/2 cup of melted butter and 1 egg. Press mixture lightly into the bottom of a 13×9 baking dish
4) Mix one jar of pumpkin pecan butter with remaining two eggs and milk and pour over cake mixture in pan
5) Mix remaining 1 cup cake mix with flour, sugar, remaining 1/4 cup butter, and cinnamon, and crumble of the top of the pumpkin layer
6) Bake 35-40 minutes, or until golden
7) Cool to room temperature and serve.

Luann’s Pumpkin Roll

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Powdered sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup Pure Pumpkin
1 cup chopped walnuts, if desired

Filling
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla

1) Heat oven to 375°F.
2) Grease 15x10x1-inch jelly-roll pan; line with parchment or waxed paper. Grease and flour paper; set aside.
3) Use clean thin, cotton kitchen towel on counter; sprinkle with powdered sugar.
4) Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt in small bowl.
3) In a  large bowl, combine eggs and sugar; beat until thickened. Add pumpkin; beat until well mixed. Stir in flour mixture.
4) Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with walnuts, if desired.
5) Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until center springs back when lightly touched. Immediately loosen cake from edges of pan; invert onto prepared towel. Remove pan; carefully peel off paper. Roll up cake in towel while hot,  Cool completely on wire rack.
6) Beat cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, softened butter and vanilla in small bowl until smooth. Carefully unroll cake; remove towel. Spread cream cheese mixture over cake. Reroll cake.
7) Wrap in plastic food wrap; refrigerate at least one hour. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving, if desired.

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What are you favorite Thanksgiving recipes? Post them below!

Pictures from Bekins Van Lines Annual Partnership Conference

This year’s 60th Annual Wheaton World Wide Moving | Bekins Van Lines Partnership Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. was a great success by all accounts. Thank you to the attendees, sponsors and exhibitors. Please enjoy some pictures from the conference below.

 

To view all photos from the conference, please visit: http://DougPritchardPhotography.instaproofs.com/Wheaton-Bekins-60th

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Frequently Asked Questions about Moving Day

What can I expect on moving day?

On moving day, you can relax and leave all of the hard work to the professional movers. When a Bekins driver arrives at your home, he will conduct an initial walk-through of your home. This is a good opportunity to let the driver know what items will be shipped and which items will stay. This also allows the driver to visualize how your belongings will best fit in the truck.

The driver and his crew will then prepare your house by protecting the floors and doorways. Once loading is ready to begin, the driver will use the inventory form to document the items, and their condition, going on the truck. The driver and his crew will wrap furniture pads (specially designed blankets) around your furniture to protect it from scratches and other damage. Overstuffed furniture (couches, etc.) will be wrapped in stretch wrap to help prevent damage. Once an item is properly protected it will be loaded on the truck.

After your belongings are loaded on the truck the driver will ask you to sign some paperwork, including the Bill of Lading, High Value Inventory, and Inventory.

Do you take protect certain areas of the home when moving the furniture?

When moving your household goods, Bekins Van Lines takes precautions throughout the home to make sure no walls get scratched and no mud on the carpets. Before actually moving anything, the crew from Bekins will go through the house and put protection on the carpets, stairs, walls and doorways to ensure nothing gets damaged while moving your belongings to or from the house.

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Do I have to be there the whole time?

It is recommended for you to be present on loading and unloading day to avoid any possible errors in communication. On loading day, you must be there to review and sign the Bill of Lading, which is a receipt for your goods and the contract for their transportation. On the day of unloading, you will need to be available to check and review your inventory as it is coming off of the truck.

When will you be able to let me know about the weight of the shipment?

Most of the time, the driver will be able to let you know within one to two days. The weighing is all dependent on what time the loading is completed and if the driver can get to the weigh station when it is open.

Will I have the same driver/helpers at the destination?

There is a possibility that your driver will be different from loading to the delivery. The crew will be different as they are usually from a local agent in the area that you are moving to or from.

What is a shuttle?
bekins small truck Shuttle service is a smaller vehicle to provide service when the residence is not accessible to the mover’s normal equipment. A Shuttle service at origin involves loading the goods onto a smaller vehicle then transporting and offloading them onto the mover’s normal equipment. The process is reversed at destination. Depending on the weight of the shipment, this could involve several trips with the smaller vehicle. The shuttle charge is based on a rate-per-hundred weight.

How will I know when my shipment is going to be delivered?
Your driver will contact you 48 hours prior to the delivery of your belongings. Confirm with the driver your destination contact information prior to his departure from your origin residence.

Who do I contact if my shipment is delayed beyond my delivery dates?
In the unfortunate situation that your belongings will not be delivered within the delivery spread that is stated on the Bill of Lading, please contact our customer service department at 1-800-932-7799. A customer service representative will be able to answer your questions and provide delivery updates. You should also feel free to contact us electronically if you prefer.

Who do I contact if my household goods were damaged during my move?
In the unfortunate instance that an item was damaged during the move, please contact Bekins claims department at 1-800-992-5202. A claims adjuster will be assigned and he or she will review the claim and contact you, if necessary, with any further instructions. Please take note of the following details on the claims process:

  1. All claims must be filed in writing, within nine months of the date of delivery to residence. If your goods were placed into storage-in-transit, and remain in storage in excess of 180 days, you have nine months from the date of conversion to permanent storage in which to file a claim.
  2. Please do not discard or repair any items without prior authorization from this office, as we reserve the right to inspect all claimed items.
  3. If you are claiming any damaged items which were packed, please indicate whether or not the carton was damaged. Please also save the packing material and carton for our inspection.
  4. Please describe the nature and location of damages for each article claimed, and furnish repair estimates whenever possible to support the claim.
  5. Please provide the manufacturer’s name, the model, and the serial number of any appliances or electronics equipment claimed as missing or damaged.
  6. Copies of original purchase receipts should be submitted with your claim for items requiring replacement.
  7. Please make certain that all items you wish to claim are included on your claim form, and that the claim form does constitute your complete and entire claim.

Learn more about the Claims Process.

Are there any questions about the moving/loading day that we might have missed? Ask below!

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6 Creative Ways to Reuse Your Boxes After You’ve Moved

You’ve finished moving. You can feel the stress slipping from your shoulders and the exhaustion setting in. But now you have a giant pile of used moving boxes in the middle of your floor, and you can’t stand to look at them anymore. You have too many to fit in your dumpster, but you probably wouldn’t throw them in your dumpster anyway. That’s a lot of cardboard that’ll go to the landfill-so it’s best to recycle them somehow instead.

In an earlier blog post, we gave you a couple tips on how to recycle your boxes. However, this blog will go beyond recycling and give you other creative solutions as well. You could simply recycle your cardboard moving boxes at the nearest recycling facility, or you could just keep them in storage. But why not use them to help put your new life together? You can use your cardboard moving boxes for all kinds of tasks all over your home.

To get you started, we’ve given you a few creative ways to reuse your moving boxes below:

1. Storage Organizers
Even if your new home has a lot storage space, you still have to create a working system for organizing your storage. You could spend lots of money constructing a storage system, or you could useDSCF3191 a resource you already have: your moving boxes. They can help you store several different items, including:

  • Food storage
  • Christmas decorations
  • Halloween costumes
  • Winter/summer clothes
  • Important documents and keepsakes
  • Crafts and art projects from your children
  • Any extra dishes, sheets, electronics, etc.

Just remember to sort and label the boxes after you put storage items in them. After you’ve done that, you’ll have a storage system in place-and it won’t cost you a cent to create.

2. Weed Killers
Don’t have time to sit there and pull weeds as you acclimate to the new town? No problem. Your cardboard moving boxes can do it for you. Simply follow these steps, and you’ll have a weed-free yard in no time:

  • Flatten the boxes and tear them into single-layer sections.
  • Place the boxes over particularly weedy areas in your garden.
  • Cover the cardboard with mulch.
  • Wait until the cardboard heats the ground and kills any weeds and weed seeds. This could take a few days or a few weeks.

The cardboard keeps weeds and seeds from getting any sunlight, which prevents them from growing. It also insulates the ground, heating it until it kills any plant life beneath it. Remember that you can’t plant any desirable greenery in these areas while the cardboard does its work. You’ll have to wait until after the weeds have died.

3. Mess Guards
Need to check for leaks under your car or in your sink? Need to paint something? Put cardboard down under the area to protect your floors from damage. You should flatten the boxes if you plan to do a paint job, but you should keep them taped and whole if you want to protect your home against leaks. The box will catch any escaping liquid/debris and hold it until you can dump it out.

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4. Toys for Kids or Pets
Cardboard boxes also make great toys for the little critters in your home, be those critters children or pets. If you have children, you can turn your cardboard boxes into a creative project. Some great projects include:

  • Creating a puppet theater out of a larger box
  • Building a backyard fort out of several boxes
  • Making a costume-you can create a robot, knight, or simple “box man” costume out of a few smaller boxes.
  • Creating a temporary sled out of a collapsed box-you can even use these sleds on grass in the summer
  • Building play furniture

If you have pets, you probably won’t have to alter the box much to make it entertaining. Cats love cardboard of all kinds. You can build a miniature house for them, or you can leave the box whole-they’ll still love it. Dogs will also love chewing on or sleeping in the box, especially if they have blankets and toys to accent their new play space.

5. Gift-wrapping Boxes
Sometimes you need to put a gift into a box before you can wrap it. Stuffed animals, clothing, and other soft or abnormally shaped items don’t wrap well by themselves. If you keep your moving boxes around, you can simply place your gift in one of them and easily wrap the entire ensemble.

6. Mountings for Posters
Have posters that you want to frame? You can keep them from drooping inside their frames by giving them a cardboard backing. But even if you don’t want to frame them, a cardboard backing could also keep them from drooping on the wall. Glue the poster to the cardboard and pin or tape it to the wall from there.

Don’t think of that pile of cardboard boxes as a curse. Even though you’ve finished moving, those boxes can still have useful purposes. Use the tips above to reprocess your box pile and take control of your new home today.

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60th Annual Partnership Conference – Exploring Scottsdale, Ariz.

Starting tomorrow, Bekins Van Lines is hosting its 60th Annual Partnership Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch. The Thrive 2014 conference will be packed with plenty of informational sessions, award ceremonies and other fun activities. During downtime, Scottsdale and its surrounding areas have plenty offer. Below are some fun facts and attractions you can find in Scottsdale.

  • Scottsdale averages 330 days of sun and a temperature of 75 degrees. (According to weather.com there will be a 0% chance rain and in the 80’s on Wed-Sat).
  • Popular points of Interest are: Native American and Environmental Learning Center, Hear Mussum, Desert Botanical Garden and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West.
    There are 200 golf courses are located in the city and the surrounding areas.
  • The Sonoran Desert, located in and around Scottsdale, is the hottest desert in North
    Scottsdale Desert

    Sonora Desert

    America.

  • The most popular natural landmarks are Tonto National Forest, McDowell Mountains, Camelback Mountain, Sonoran Desert and Pinnacle Peak Park
  • There are more than 100 art galleries and museums.
  • Scottsdale boasts the highest number of destination spas per capita than any city in the US.
  • The New York Times described downtown Scottsdale as “a desert version of Miami’s South Beach” and as having “plenty of late night partying and a buzzing hotel scene.”
  • Scottsdale is home to many high-end corporate retail outlets and independent boutiques.
  • The Scottsdale Fashion Square is nearly 2 million square feet.
  • The slogan of Scottsdale is “The West’s Most Western Town”.
  • The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa has a 2.5-acre water playground with 10 swimming pools, sand beach, three story water slide, whirlpool spa and two poolside bars. They also have Spa Avania, jogging paths and bicycle trails.

    Hyatt Scottsdale

    Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch

 

With over 600 restaurants, Scottsdale has a wide array of different food options and styles to try. Below are the best restaurants according to both Trip Advisor and Yelp.

1. That’s Amore Gelato
2. Café Monarch
3. Franco’s Italian Caffe
4. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
5. Mastro’s City Hall
6. Takeda Thai by Moulay
7. Citizen Public House
8. Ocean Trail
9. Cornish Pasty Co.
10. New York’s Best Italian Bistro

If you are attending conference, please make sure to tag #Thrive2014 when posting photos on social media.

Even if you are not attending, stay up to date on conference happenings with the Wheaton Facebook and Twitter pages for updates throughout the conference, including the announcements of Agent and Drivers of the Year on Thursday.

 

References: Trip Advisor, Wikipedia, Experience Scottsdale