Fascinating Facts About Labor Day to Impress Your Friends and Family

 

Today, Labor Day is a magical 3-day-weekend when we get to take a day off work, watch sports, travel to a new town, and barbecue with family and friends. But what do we really know about the history of Labor Day?

Most of us do not have to work on Labor Day and we are not supposed to wear white after Labor Day (especially on the East Coast). However, anyone living in Florida or California might heartily disagree with the latter.

As it turns out, there is a lot more to Labor Day in September other than marking the unofficial end of summer. While the holiday evolved over a period of years to simply become a “day off work” for some, the first Labor Day was celebrated on September 5, 1882, in New York City at the height of the industrial revolution.

Labor Day is a national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

 

What’s the deal with not wearing white after Labor Day?

woman wearing white after labor day

The no-white-after-Labor-Day-thing is said to come from when the well to do who wore white to stay cooler while at their vacation homes. When it was time to go back to work or school, and put away their summer clothes and dusted off their heavier darker clothes. 

However, this particular rule was always met with resistance from high-fashion quarters. Today, more people than ever are breaking the rule. Perhaps thanks to Emily Post’s manners bible that gives the go ahead to wear white after Labor Day.

 

 

Some parents lovingly refer to Labor Day as a “back-to-school” kick off

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But did you know In Virginia it’s illegal for the school year to begin before Labor Day? In 1986, Virginia passed the King’s Dominion law, so families could spend the last moments of summer going to the Kings Dominion amusement park. And if you’re wondering, yes, the amusement park lobby gave free tickets to lawmakers to get this law passed.

Even so, more than 75 school districts in Virginia already have waivers to hold classes before Labor Day. The reasoning is due to a history of having to close schools during winter storms or floods.

 

When was the first Labor Day Celebrated?

Illustration of Labor Day Parade in New York City 1882Image Source: Wikimedia, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

The first observed Labor Day was actually not a Monday, but a Tuesday, September 5, 1882. On that day 10,000 workers paraded through the streets to exhibit “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community of New York and ended up at Wendel’s Elm Park in NYC. They had food, organized speeches, and a concert. The national holiday was formally established by Congress in 1894.

 

 

Labor Day is good for your health and happiness

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It’s true. Some studies say those who work fewer than 40 hours per week are happier and in better health. So you see, it’s important to take time and relax during this 3-day weekend!

 

 

Labor Day is one of the busiest travel days of the year

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According to TripAdvisor, 34% of Americans are expected to travel to take advantage of having Monday off. That’s ⅓ of the population! But where are they going?

  • 27% are going to the beach.
  • 25% are traveling to or within a city.
  • 11% are visiting a park or national park.
  • 10% are going to a lake.
  • 8% are relaxing at a resort.

 

 

Don’t forget backyard barbecues and beach volleyball

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Labor Day is the third most popular barbecuing holiday behind Memorial Day and the 4th of July. In fact, 65% of Americans plan to fire up the grill. What will they cook? Hamburgers are by far the most grilled food on Labor Day.

 

So how did Labor Day get started?

There is some controversy on who is the actual father of Labor Day. It might be Peter J. McGuire, organizer of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, or maybe it’s Mathew Maguire, a machinist from the Knights of Labor.

Either way, the reason it exists is to celebrate the social and economic achievements of American workers. The holiday continues to be a national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

So grab some hot dogs, call up the family and get ready for a day off, while we remember the importance of this national holiday: to honor the accomplishments, achievements and hard work of our national workforce.

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The Ultimate Guide to Moving with Kids

 

Moving with kids can be a big challenge. On the one hand, you need to focus on getting everything done for the move. Tackling a seemingly endless to-do list of things to organize and pack may seem overwhelming. However, at the same time, you need to think about your kids and their emotions as they work through the change.

To help you strike a balance between moving and parenting, read through this guide and note anything that’s important for your situation.

Prepare your kids in advance of your move

mom reading little girl a story about moving with kids on living room rug

A move can come with a lot of unknowns. What will moving day be like? How long will it take to travel to the new place? What will the new house, neighborhood, and school be like? What will your kids do for fun?

Your kids need time and clarity to process these questions and more. You can help them adjust to the change simply by providing as much information as possible. These details can help remove part of the fear and anxiety that comes from the unknown.

Think carefully about how you will tell your kids about the move. Make sure there’s plenty of time for open questions and honest conversations, both after you break the news and in the following weeks. Depending on whether or not you are moving with a baby and the age of your children, consider getting books from the library about moving with kids, or write a book together about the move. Include photos of your current home and life, as well as pictures of the place you’re heading.

These kinds of activities can help your kids feel less apprehensive because they help them to understand what’s happening.

Focus on the important things that will stay the same

family eating dinner letting the kids know important traditions won't change when they move

When you talk about the move, be sure to highlight the key parts of your kids’ life that won’t change. For example, you can mention that your child’s toys, furniture, and clothes will be coming along. You can even pack your kid’s favorite things in a special bag that stays accessible through the move. Then, you can always bring out these items as sources of comfort.

As much as possible, try to keep the same routines, too, especially if your children are young. Bedtime routines, family rituals, and daily/weekly habits can all bring reassurance during the instability of a move. For instance, if you normally go to the library or make a special breakfast once a week, try to maintain that habit through the move.

Keeping up important relationships can also make a big difference for your child. A move doesn’t have to mark the end of a close friendship, especially with resources like Skype, Facebook, email, and phone calls, as well as old-fashioned letters and packages. Support your child’s long-distance friendships; these connections are essential to your child’s emotional well-being as they navigate into a new social world.

Make the move as stress-free as possible for your children

When you’re moving by yourself, you can get frustrated and upset without affecting many people. However, when you’re moving with kids, your stress levels can impact their emotions and experience. The more stressed-out you are, the more they suffer.

For this reason, try to prioritize reducing your own stress during the move. For example, stay organized by following a checklist and color coding your boxes with duct tape. Then, when you start moving into your new home, you can rent a self storage unit to minimize clutter and chaos. This peace of mind isn’t just good for your own health; it also helps your child feel more at ease with the move.

Find ways to have fun when you’re moving with kids

little boy posing with homemade cardboard rocket made out of moving boxes

 

It’s hard to stay positive about a move if you’re always focused on the chores and hassles of moving. Instead, make the move into an adventure by including fun moments and activities in the day. For example, you can take an ice cream break while packing or visit fun places while traveling to your new home.

Think of ways your kids can have fun while you’re busy, too. Stock up on games, books, and toys, so they won’t get bored. One excellent new game or book can make the move into a good memory for your kid, rather than a nightmare.

Other ways to take time out and have some fun during a move, is to turn your moving boxes into toys, forts, and games.

Make new connections and friends

new friends sharing meal after moving with kids

One of the hardest parts of moving is finding where you belong in your new community. You can help your kids with this challenge by getting to know your neighbors and finding activities your kids could get involved in. For example, you can check out local clubs, sports teams, and kid-centered events at the library. Support your child’s involvement, and let them try out a range of activities. It may take a while before they find something that clicks.

However, be aware that your children may need time to adjust before diving into a new social life. Although your kids may adapt quickly, it’s not unusual for children to feel out of place for several months.

Likewise, expect some regression as your kids acclimatize to their new environment, especially younger children. A move can cause a child to sleep worse, eat less, and backslide on potty training. Remember that these setbacks are temporary.

With your support and understanding, things will eventually get back to normal again. Moving with kids can be difficult, but in the end, your children will adapt to the change and flourish once again.

 

 

 

 

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Moving Tips to Reduce Pet Stress

 

Looking for ways to reduce pet stress during your next move? It turns out humans aren’t the only animals to thrive on healthy routines. Fido and Fifi do too.

Anyone who has moved knows that it requires planning, preparation, and a tremendous amount of hard work. Moreover, it disrupts our familiar daily routines, which is precisely what behavioral health scientists believe creates stress in both humans and pets in the first place.
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How to Survive a Kitchen Remodel with Toddlers

 

Any home renovation project can be challenging, but a kitchen remodel can be especially difficult when you have toddlers. However, it is possible to survive a kitchen remodel with children of all ages. In fact, with enough planning, it may actually lead to good memories and adventures with your kids.

Good organization and forethought are key for making your kitchen remodel as fun and safe as possible. Here are a few tips to consider as you prepare for your renovation with toddlers.

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Home Renovation Survival Guide

 

Home renovations are notorious for being stressful. Whether you’re taking on a large project like a historic house or “just” remodeling your kitchen, home renovations can challenge your relationships, budget, and sense of sanity.

However, it is possible to cut down on the stress and conflict of a home renovation. Here are some tips to help you manage a renovation with fewer headaches and more joy.

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Tips for Moving with a Newborn Baby

 

There is no denying, moving is stressful. When children are involved, multiply that stress exponentially, and if you are moving with children and pets, then organizing will become your best friend.

But what about moving with a newborn baby? The majority of the pregnancy advice you get will probably be to move before the baby arrives. However, here at Metro Self Storage, we understand that life happens.

Moving with a newborn baby is possible. Whether you are actively looking for a new home to buy or decided to move out of your rental because of a leaky roof. Especially, if you can plan ahead and extend the time it takes to unpack everything in your new home.

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Tips to Teach your Kids Bedroom Organization

Are you frustrated by how quickly your child’s bedroom organization? Does it turn chaotic after tidying up? You’re not alone. For many parents, a messy kid’s bedroom is a source of conflict and annoyance, both for them and their child. The child doesn’t like being nagged, while the parents despair about their child’s disorganization and uncleanliness.
However, keeping a child’s bedroom tidy doesn’t have to be a never-ending fight. With the right strategies, you can teach your kid how to organize their bedroom without much effort. The following guidelines can help them learn to tackle the mess to keep their bedroom clean and organized.
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Home Remodel | How To Keep Cat Safety in Mind

There’s no denying, moving is stressful. It is stressful for people, and it causes stress in cats. Moving is so stressful that many homeowners decide to stay put and renovate. Keeping cat safety in mind during a home remodel will be at the top of your list whether your remodeling plans include creating a cat-friendly home, replacing drafty windows, or something more extensive.

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Thankful Thanksgiving Storage Tips + Free Printable

 

While Halloween kicks off the winter holiday season, Thanksgiving offers an opportunity for some serious celebrating. Will it be last-minute planning and chaos? Or, will you keep calm and Thanksgiving on? There is no time like the present to get ready to entertainlearn how to organize holiday helpers and keep leftovers safe with our thankful Thanksgiving storage tips. 

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5 Tips for Moving with Your Cat

Cats generally don’t like change. They’re sensitive animals, so a major life event like moving can come as a shock. That’s why moving with a cat requires special care and thoughtfulness. If you approach the move like any other normal event, you could end up with an overly anxious cat and a particularly stressful move.

Preparing for and adapting to your cat’s anxiety during a move can prevent a lot of difficulty. Easing your cat into the move takes more effort and planning, but in the end, you’ll have a happier and more well-adjusted cat. Here are 5 tips to make your next move go as smoothly as possible for you and your cat. Continue reading “5 Tips for Moving with Your Cat”

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This Father’s Day Give Dad Extra Storage Space

Whether you have a techie dad, an early adapter dad, or an outdoorsy dad, all fathers have one thing in common: they cherish their kids. One of the best gifts you can give dad is your time. The second best gift is a self storage unit because what dad wouldn’t like to have a little more space to better enjoy his favorite hobbies? Continue reading “This Father’s Day Give Dad Extra Storage Space”

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Home Organizing Tips for the Holidays

If you Google “Home Organizing Tips for the Holidays,” in exactly 0.37 seconds you will get 101,000 results. Two questions immediately come to mind: Where does one possibly begin, and aren’t the holidays already stressful enough? There are probably at least 50 organizing tips for every room in your house, and at that rate you might be organized in time for next Christmas.

If you are super-organized, say, like Martha Stewart, the real queen of home organization, then kudos to you. The other 99% is green with envy, especially if you have a team of minions at your beck and call as Martha does. However, for most of us getting ready for the holidays is simply a way of ensuring that our loved ones will not have to deal with an overly-emotional, stressed-out version of ourselves.

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The Zombie Apocalypse! Self Storage Can Save Your Life

 

We’ve all seen at least one zombie apocalypse movie about the undead taking over the world. However, unlike aliens, who come from outer space, where zombies originate remains a mystery as does why the zombie’s brain has only one program running: Eat! Eat! Eat!

Are you looking for ways to survive this Halloween’s Zombie apocalypse?

You can learn more about zombie behavior and survival strategies at the Zombie Research Society, we’re not joking, this really exists and it has loads of information to satiate your curiosity.

Here is our simple suggestion for the best way to survive an attack: Take shelter at your local self storage facility; it is the ideal anti-zombie fortress.

Find a storage facility

Before the CDC announces a Zombie Apocalypse find a storage facility near you. It will not only provide a stronghold, but storage units come in a wide variety of sizes to accommodate you and your group of survivors. Look for security features such as 24-hour access, multiple entrances and exits that make getting to safety a breeze, and motion activated lighting so you are never caught off guard.

How long you will survive a zombie invasion is anyone’s guess. However, with a little ingenuity and a secure self storage unit stocked with the essentials like water and food, your chance for survival will dramatically increase.

Secure self storage

From a last minute promotion that requires you to move across the country to an unexpected rent increase that forces an unwanted move, all kinds of emergencies can pop up at any time. Of course, as remote as a zombie apocalypse may be, we believe in the Boy Scout motto: “Be prepared!”

Metro Self Storage facilities offer a wide variety of features and amenities that focus on security features to keep your belongings safe because we think your things are just as important as you are.

Storage security features often include keypad entry access (zombies are dumb and will never figure out your PIN), well-lit facilities, and individually alarmed units. If there is a security fence around your preferred self storage facility, it will be one more barrier between you and a flesh-eating monster looking for a midnight snack.

Quintessential zombie survival vehicle

Unless you happen to have a military vehicle parked in your front yard, your best bet for the optimal anti-zombie vehicle is the cheapest moving truck you can find. Why risk damaging your SUV or truck when you are on the move?

Escaping from zombie warfare is a messy business. Whether you find a U-Haul or Penske moving truck, they will transport you in style and comfort out of harm’s way. Many storage facilities provide moving truck rentals on site. If you are lucky enough to have chosen a storage facility with a free moving truck then get there first. Otherwise, take note on where the storage facility manager keeps the moving truck keys.

Comfortable living during zombie warfare

Comfort and living might sound like an oxymoron during a zombie invasion, but as long as you are living you might as well be comfortable, right? I researched the most popular zombie movies of all time and found very few take place in freezing winters. What a relief for people who live in the Midwest states such as Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois and on the East Coast in New York and Pennsylvania.

Nevertheless, while there is still a debate if zombies freeze in the winter, you won’t if you know the difference between climate-controlled storage vs non-climate-controlled storage units.

If you still haven’t heard news of an invasion by the time Halloween approaches you can always find Zombie Apocalypse Halloween Party ideas on Pinterest. Ideas for a ghoulish party abound from how to make a zombie tutu to Marilyn Monroe zombie costume ideas, and Zombie Apocalypse Party Food. All will leave you hungry for more party ideas this Halloween.

Make a list of must haves then find the best storage facility near you. It is never too early to start preparing for any natural disaster and stocking up your storage unit with the essentials.

In the meantime, have a fun and safe Halloween!

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5 Tips To Survive And Thrive When Your Parents Move In

 

Helping your parents downsize for a move into a nursing home or an assisted living facility requires hours of research and can be fraught with some tough choices.

But what happens if mom and dad are moving in with you? More than likely, you will be faced with the dilemma of what to do with a myriad of possessions accumulated over a lifetime.

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5 Fun Things to do with Moving Boxes After the Move

After all the expenses and hard work of orchestrating a move, are you ready for a little fun? How about something that gives your pocketbook a break? Before getting rid of that pile of moving boxes in the corner of your family room get in touch with your inner child, and give the kids something inexpensive to play with that offers hours of entertainment.

Young yoy with moving box creation car
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