8 Unusual Things to do with Cardboard Moving Boxes

There are more than 101 things to do with cardboard boxes, and besides building an actual skyscraper or luxury ocean liner, almost anything can be made out of a moving box. From napkin rings and picture frames to castles, airplanes, and rocket ships, it would appear that when it comes to cardboard, inventions range from the sublimely simple to museum-worthy art pieces.

The Imagination Foundation’s Cardboard Challenge invites the world to play with cardboard and build anything they can dream up. With 46 participating countries and almost 500 events in the United States alone, thousands of children around the world have the opportunity to bring their ideas to life with their cardboard creations. Here are a few humble ideas for a day of play with your moving boxes that will offer a welcome respite from the stress of moving. Continue reading “8 Unusual Things to do with Cardboard Moving Boxes”

Moving to Philadelphia Suburbs & Delaware Valley

10 Fun Facts You Should Know

When it comes to deciding what to do and see in Philadelphia, there is no shortage of options. Take the stress out of your move to the Philadelphia Suburbs and have fun in Delaware Valley. It’s the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States. With a rich heritage and culture, great entertainment, and a thriving population it’s no wonder people love to move here.

 

There are wonderful communities to live and raise a family, excellent schools, and a variety of employment opportunities. Once you’re moved in and unpacked, be sure to check out all the places to see and incredible Philly foods.
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How to Pack a Moving Truck | Use Your Head, Save Your Back!

 

Moving day is not only stressful, but it’s also downright physically demanding. Especially if you’ve signed up for a DIY move that requires you do all the heavy lifting. Bending over to pick up and lift moving boxes for hours at a time is not your back’s idea of a good time (and probably not yours either).

But alas, moving day is all about picking up moving boxes, furniture, and other household items and loading them onto the moving truck. Then, of course, unloading everything once you arrive at your new home.

If you aren’t practicing proper lifting techniques, you might end up with a back injury and a pile of medical bills. These will soon cancel out all the money you planned to save in the first place by managing your move on your own.

Do what you have to do to get your friends to help on moving day; beer, pizza, and cupcakes come to mind. Here are some pointers to share with the group before you pack your moving truck.

Essential moving equipment

Let’s start with the basics. If you’re moving on a budget, or in a big hurry, it might be tempting to take shortcuts when it comes to packing. But don’t skimp on moving boxes and try to pack your pots and pans in a “grocery store” box or plastic tote.

Instead, save some greenbacks by finding the cheapest moving truck rental in your town, and then splurge a bit for moving-grade boxes to pack heavy stuff including kitchenware and books. Place books in small boxes because they’re heavy, and create a much weightier box than you might imagine.

Moving dolly or hand truck?

Pay a little extra and rent a dolly or a hand truck unless you already own one of these must-haves on moving day. Piling boxes on a dolly and wheeling them onto the moving truck is a lot easier than carrying them one by one.

If you’re bringing your appliances too, rent an appliance dolly; it will serve two purposes by helping you transport the heavier boxes. Not only will a hand truck or dolly save you a lot of time, but they will also save your back.

The safe lifting zone

The most recommended way to lift heavy items like moving boxes is to keep them between the knees and shoulders. If you’re placing a box or item above your shoulders, use a stool or ladder and be very conscious of our posture as you lift. If your shoulders start to scrunch up underneath your ears, then it’s a clear sign that the box is too heavy and you need to get help.

Lift with your legs!

When picking something up off the ground remember to lift with your legs. Plant your feet firmly to get a stable base and tighten your abdominal muscles to support your spine. Think navel to spine as you scrunch-in your abs. Keep the load close to your body and your back in its natural posture as much as possible.

Moving trailer or moving truck?

A moving truck is more expensive to rent than a trailer, but it has distinct advantages. For starters, you can wheel your items onto the truck using the moving truck ramp instead of lifting things into the truck.

The door heights for moving trucks range from approximately 5’7” high to 6’10” high. If you’re 6’2” rent a truck with a door opening that will accommodate your height so you don’t have to bend over every time you enter and exit your truck rental.

Whether or not you rent a trailer depends on the type of vehicle you have. Does your car or truck have a trailer hitch? If so, trailer rental companies will require that your vehicle be equipped with adequate hitch and lighting connections.

You’ll also need to consider the age of your vehicle, its towing limit, and how many miles you’ll be driving on moving day.

A small 4 x 8 cargo trailer from U-Haul weighs 850 pounds empty and has a maximum 1,650 pounds weight limit when fully loaded. Imagine bending over to load and unload 800 pounds of stuff into 3’1” x 3’5” door opening. Hmmm… maybe it’s time to hire a professional moving company.

 

And remember the moving day motto, if you need help, just ask!

Moving to West Chicago, IL: 7 Things You Need to Know

Located 30 miles due west of downtown Chicago in DuPage County, the City of West Chicago has a rich history. It was created when three railroads came together in the area. Manufacturing jobs, eating houses, and hotels for travelers soon sprang up because so many trains met at this juncture. Most of the residents were chiefly farmers and railroad employees.

 

Today, West Chicago is a popular commuter town (due to its more affordable rents) to nearby Chicago. Additionally, you can leave your car behind and take public transportation (the Metra) to downtown Chicago.
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6 Tips for Choosing a Moving Company

Did you know that the average American will move approximately 12 times during his or her lifetime? No matter the amount of stress and hassle moving to a new home creates, people are willing to do it. Usually, it’s because we need more space, got a new job, or are downsizing.

 

Whatever the reason for your move take comfort knowing you’re not alone. Millions of other Americans are taking on the challenge of moving this summer too.
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Moving to Tampa, Florida? 5 Neighborhoods You Should Know

 

Whether you love festivals, are a foodie at heart, or enjoy the surf and sun at the beach, moving to Tampa will prove there is no lack of things to do in Florida, especially in and around Tampa. It’s the third-largest city in Florida and features miles of beachfront living.

We’ve gathered 5 neighborhoods we think you should know more about. This once rural area now boasts the largest city neighborhood with new master planned residential communities and a growing population.

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3 Simple Home Staging Tips to Help Sell Your House

According to top Realtors across the country, home staging is the key to selling a home. Moving season is here again; maybe it’s the warmer weather and the fact that the future looks brighter now that the sun isn’t hiding behind gray clouds.

One of the most important things you can do to sell your home quickly and for the highest possible price is to understand the value of staging. Getting a full-price offer within a reasonable amount of time is every homeowner’s dream.
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7 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to North Side Chicago

 

When it comes to deciding what to do and see in North Side Chicago, there are so many choices in the Windy City that Fodor’s Travel published an article titled “10 Things Not To Do In Chicago.” While this might be helpful for tourists who are on a tight schedule, for anyone moving to Chicago the first question on your mind probably is something like: “Where are the best neighborhoods in Chicago?”

We’ve narrowed the playing field for you by identifying two very fine communities on Chicago’s North Side, and info on Chicago culture and trivia so you’ll feel right at home when you arrive.
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Moving to Minneapolis Suburbs? 4 of the Best ‘Burbs in Minnesota

 

Minneapolis is ranked as one of the best cities to live in America, and several Twin Cities suburbs consistently rank high for the quality of life and affordability.

Last year, Maple Grove, Minnesota got a shout out from Money magazine and was listed 2nd on their list of the best suburbs’ in America, but it doesn’t stop there. Edina, Bloomington, Eden Prairie, and Mound have all been featured in well-respected publications including CNN, Outside Magazine, and Bloomberg.

There must be something truly wonderful about Minnesota if people are willing to stick around in the winter when temperatures routinely drop into the single digits. So, if you plan on moving to the Minneapolis suburbs, these are some of the best suburbs for families, young professionals, and retirees.

Bloomington, Minnesota – Best Shopping Mall of America in Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington

Bloomington is located on the north bank of Minnesota River and boasts the largest enclosed shopping center in the country, Mall of America, which also happens to be the largest employer in town.

When you’ve had enough of indoor shopping and need an outdoor fix, as a resident you’ll live in a city that offers numerous parks. Hyland Lake Park Reserve, which includes a ski area and Nordic ski jumps, and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, which is one of only four urban wildlife refuges in the United States, are both located in Bloomington.

Residents also enjoy close proximity to the Twin Cities, Minneapolis, and Saint Paul, considered by Minnesotans to be the cultural capital of the state.

 

Eden Prairie, Minnesota – Best Family FriendlyMoving to Eden Prairie, Minnesota

A suburb of Minneapolis, Eden Prairie benefits from being a family-friendly town with excellent schools, a low crime rate, and, for professionals, it’s a decent commute to the Twin Cities.

However, Eden Prairie isn’t just a great place to live … it’s also a great place to work! As a result, it’s often ranked as one of the best suburbs in American.The median home price in this idyllic town is a bit higher than the Minneapolis-St Paul Metro average.

Thankfully, there is a wide selection of Eden Prairie townhomes for rent for folks who aren’t ready to buy a house. Eden Prairie is home to Hennepin Technical College and more than 1,000 acres of developed parkland that includes 120 miles of bike and nature trails making it an ideal place to live for anyone who loves the outdoors.

 

Mound, Minnesota – Best Play TimeBoys Fishing in Mound, MN

Located in Hennepin County on the east side of Mound, Minnesota is a small town that offers an abundance of outdoor activities including over 100 dock sites to access lake Minnetonka.

Favorite water sports include boating, kayaking, and fishing on the numerous lakes and bays in and around the city.

Additionally, the city offers plenty of affordable housing options and quality schools. Bloomberg Business Week named it as one of the best cities in Minnesota to raise kids.

Wondering what are some of the favorite outdoor activities in Mound? Bike, blade, run or walk the Dakota Rail Trail.

Fun fact: Mound is the birthplace of the Tonka Truck. Metro Self Storage recently participated in the redevelopment of the original Tonka manufacturing facility and offers full-service self storage facility with climate-controlled storage units, RV parking, and great storage rental prices.

 

Orono, Minnesota – Best Lakeshore BeachesOrono gets top vote for it lakes, boating, and beaches

Located approximately 30 minutes outside of Minneapolis, Orono, also referred to as The Lakeshore City, offers Minnesota lake homes in a big resort-style setting.

Residents who live here can participate in the vibrant city culture of Minneapolis or choose to enjoy the peaceful afternoon on one of the beaches located on Lake Minnetonka’s 100 miles of shoreline.

Wondering what are some of the favorite outdoor activities? Stand-up paddling, sailing, and fishing on Lake Minnetonka or spending the day Wayzata Beach?

Create Moving Box Masterpieces | Fun, Affordable Entertainment For All

 

Just build it, and they will come! Which is exactly what happens if you end up building with a large moving box.

Youth and science organizations have caught on to the universal appeal of playing with cardboard moving boxes, and are engaging kids of all ages to create cardboard masterpieces that include everything from boats and rocket ships to life-size chess pieces and palaces.

 

Get involved with your local arts and science scene

CodeCreate in Chicago inspires young and old alike to craft cardboard box creations throughout the year. As a way to foster a day of global happiness, the Imagination Foundation Global Cardboard Challenge engages kids every year from Rwanda to Florida to use cardboard as a source of inspiration.

Both organizations offer year-round opportunities to get involved with moving box building and activities on the local level.

To date, the Imagination Foundation has 750+ global participants in 77 countries and partners with Google and Disney. The organization’s annual Cardboard Challenge began in 2013, after discovering this video posted on YouTube.

 

Upcycle old moving boxes

If you’ve recently moved, or are planning to move in the near future, give your used cardboard moving boxes a new life by upcycling them into something useful and creative.

Engage the kids to build a boat, fort, or castle for their next birthday party to keep them occupied while you’re busy unpacking and organizing.

After all the hard work, invite your friends and family to spend a weekend afternoon building a cardboard maze or outdoor Scrabble game.

 

Not moving? No problem!

Wondering where to get moving boxes for your next cardboard creation if you aren’t planning a move?

You’ll find a wide variety of small, medium, and large moving boxes for sale at all of our conveniently located Metro Self Storage locations. Whether you’re simply looking for a cheap way to entertain the kids or entering a contest, we’ve got you covered.

Mr. McGroovy’s Box Rivets™ will make constructing, and when the time comes, deconstructing, cardboard structures (think lemonade stands, forts, and castles) a breeze. The box rivets are designed to work with both single- and double-wall cardboard boxes including dish-pack boxes, washer/dryer boxes, wardrobe boxes and more.

 

 

 

RV History | Fun Facts About One of America’s Greatest Icons

 

When it comes to RV history, there was the Hunt Housecar, the Model ‘T’ Telescope Apartment, and the Kozy Kamp Tent Trailer that created America’s fascination for luxury camping.

Decades later, RVs captivated American audiences in big Hollywood films like “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” that brought gut-busting laughter to movie goers around the globe.

While comedic greats helped popularize RV adventures, our fascination with RV history is about jumping into what is essentially a small home on wheels, and piloting our own course through the countryside goes way back.

According to RV historians, 1910 is cited as the birth of the RV industry with the invention of “auto campers” and “camping trailers.” Up until that point, people traveled by train – basically, an RV on a track. But unlike trains, in these precursors to the RV, people could travel and camp anywhere there was a road.

Jump forward to 1950, and you’ll begin to recognize our modern-day RV. But many would agree it was Winnebago’s “eyebrow” design in 1970 and the infamous flying W that made America fall in love, everlasting love, with RVing.

 

Today, there is a long list of different types of RVs to choose from:Travel Trailer Storage

  • Class A Motorhome – big on size and luxury
  • Class B Motorhome – camper van
  • Class C Motorhome – smaller version of Class A
  • Fifth Wheel- hitches to truck bed
  • Travel Trailer – #1 selling RV type
  • Pop-Up – folding camper trailer
  • Truck Camper – self-contained RV that slides into the bed of a truck

 

While there is nothing like the feeling of cruising on a long stretch of highway towards your next big adventure, there is the little challenge of where to park your RV when its not in use.  Also, many regions of the country require owners to properly prepare their RVs for winter storage is also part of RV ownership.

Baby boomers helped make RV history by helping the industry grow by leaps and bounds. Today, younger generations are still captivated by the idea of mobile living and use their RVs as mobile offices and homes while driving across the country.

For the times you want to safely store your cherished chariot in between road trips and vacations, Metro Self Storage is here for you. We’ll be ready for your next adventure whenever you are.

How To Combine Two Households Harmoniously

 

You Googled tirelessly searching for romantic Valentine’s Day ideas, and no doubt found a plethora of ways to pop the big question. You might have even come across the wedding opportunity of the century … to get married at the world-famous 86th floor Observatory of the Empire State Building.

However, whether or not you are dreaming of getting hitched on top of a hi rise, a barefoot beach wedding or just making a commitment to move in together, February is a special time of year.

Now is the time to start thinking about how to unite everything you both own under one roof, and what to do with the things that don’t fit.

 

Prepare to Compromise

Whether you are moving into an apartment or a house, when combining households you’ll quickly discover if you’re good at sharing. If either or both of you have pets, ensuring they’re just as compatible as the two of you is equally important as well.

Remember, compromise is to a successful merger, and two heads are better than one. So between your spatial awareness and his organizational skills figure out if you need to hire a moving company, rent a storage unit, move to a bigger abode, or all of the above.

Likely, you both want to keep a lot of your things but won’t have the space, so opt for a self storage solution.

 

Find a Temporary Storage Solution

You can find the perfect space for your belongings at a Metro Self Storage facility conveniently located near you. We’ll help you store everything from family heirlooms to vintage motorcycles.

And, just in case you are one of those lucky couples who get married on the top of the Empire State Building, our NYC Metro Self Storage facilities are ready and waiting to share their space with you.

The Million Dollar Self Storage Question: What Size Do I Need?

It’s a question we’ve all asked experts, even perfect strangers, and ourselves. From carry on suitcases and skis to mountain bikes, moving trucks, and yes, even self storage—What Size Do I Need?—is usually the first question that comes to mind.

Finding the correct answer practically guarantees you’ll save time and money. If you start out with the right size, it means you aren’t overpaying for more than you need. Nor will you waste time on returning or exchanging something because you got the wrong size.

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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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Moving to Largo, Florida? Tips on How to Choose the Best Storage Facility for Your Belongings

There are many reasons to relocate. If your reason to move is a case of location based chronic boredom moving to Largo Florida will surely cure what ails you. Largo is centrally located near the best of what Pinellas County offers, so there is never a shortage of interesting things to do.

No matter what your passion, Largo and the surrounding area offers something for everyone—visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, attend a sporting event at the newly renovated Sid Lickton Complex or enjoy the nearby arts and culture at the Largo Botanical Gardens.

When you need self storage units in Largo, FL choosing one of the best storage facilities doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to pay more. In fact, public storage in Largo, FL is currently amongst the most economical storage in the United States.

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5 Reasons Using Self Storage While Moving Can Save Your Life

Ahh Spring! Finally the long, cold winter is slowly fading away…the days become warmer…the days grow longer…flowers begin to bloom and a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of…moving. Moving? Well, yes moving (amongst other things).

Each year an estimated 43 million Americans relocate, and nearly half of those moves occur in the summer between the beginning of May and Labor Day. About 40% of all moves are work related, 42% are personal moves and 18% are military or government relocations. Also 33% of renters move each year. In fact, the average American moves about 11-12 times in their lifetime.

That’s a lot of people moving! So if you’re average, or even slightly above or below, you’ve probably experienced the wonderful “move” at least once or twice. And although I don’t have any hard facts or statistics, I think we can all agree that at some level, moving sucks.

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