The Five Stages of Moving as a 20-Something (as explained by a 20-something who has moved 19 times)

Who’s Taylor? Where’s Paul?
  Stage 1: Denial This is no problem.  I moved as a kid, and it was fine.  I’ll just throw my clothes in some trash bags and call up some friends.  Who was that guy in Poli Sci?  With the pick up truck?  I think I have his name somewhere… Stage 2: Anger Why do people have to make this so complicated? Do I seriously need to hire a carpet cleaner?  How am I going to have time for cleaning if I need to be out the day that I need to move into the new place?  I better get my deposit back! Stage 3: Bargaining Heeeeeey… Paul? It’s me!  From Poli Sci! You know, sophomore year of college? Do you still have a pickup truck?  Do you want some pizza for, say, a measly 6 hours of manual labor?  … What do you mean your name is Taylor? Stage 4: Depression That’s it.  There’s no way I’m packing, moving, and not having a brain aneurysm at the same time.  There’s way too much to do and I can’t even get myself to start. You know what…I’m going to go take a nap.  Take a nap and think about all the life choices that pointed me to this terrible moment.    Stage 5: Acceptance This is too much for me to handle while work/school/Overwatch/all seven seasons of Golden Girls also exist. I’ve got a little extra cash to spare and I’d rather spend my time looking forward to my new place instead of crying while trying to google how to pack dishes. Time to get an estimate. Start planning your move today with Bookstore Movers Free Estimate Form and spare yourself some grief!

A Catalog of Terms

dictionary-1619740   Here at Bookstore Movers, we love words. In fact, we’re soi-disant lexicon aficionados. Words move us, so to say. And we’d like to move you. Thus, here is a catalog of terms to describe what your move would be like with Bookstore Movers. Efficacious: Successful in producing a desired or intended result. It may not be the most poetic or romantic way to describe it, but a move with Bookstore Movers is, in fact, very effective. If possible, your possessions will be physically moved, absolutely guaranteed. It’s kinda what we do. Intrepid: Having no fear, very brave or bold.  It may be an exaggeration to say that we have no fear, but I’d definitely say that we are brave and bold.  We have a healthy amount of fear, and we do have our limits (I’m looking at you, grand pianos!) but as we grow as a company and experience more, we only get bolder. More importantly, when you use our services, you should be 100% fear free because we’ve got your back. Perspicacious: Having a ready insight into and understanding of things.  We’ve got years of experience and we know just how to help you. Our movers are well-trained, prepped, and ready to help. Our operations team has seen just about everything (Feel free to take that as a challenge!).  We didn’t get voted Best Movers 7 years in a row for nothing! Sagacious: Having or showing keen mental discernment and good judgment.  Our admin team, those lovely folks you kind of think may be at least partly robotic, are crazy-good at estimates. In fact, they tend to be right while estimating times more often than our actual movers–just don’t ask them to move anything larger than their laptops. Fulgurant: Flashing like lightning; brilliant. Maybe this is a stretch, but we do take pride in how fast we respond to emails.  We see it, we respond, and FLASH: you’ve got mail. Puissant: Mighty, or having great power or influence. Our movers lift for a living, so they have both the strength and the know-how.  They actually complete roughly 10 to 12 Herculean labors during training, ranging from loading a storage pod to slaying the nine-headed hydra. Celeripedean: Swift-footed.  Our movers are fast and efficient, like a mix between wing-sandaled Hermes and super-buff Hercules. And maybe, like, some Helios since he pulled the sun across the sky.  He was pretty much a mythical mover with a much stranger truck. Doughty: Brave and persistent.  Yes, this word applies to our movers, always facing new challenges and working through them.  Also, our operations and admin teams, working side by side to offer the best customer service we can.  But also it apply to me, personally, right now, trying desperately to sell this move to you.  C’mon. Do it. Sempiternal: Eternal and unchanging.  Now, we here at Bookstore Movers are always in flux.  We’re constantly changing–growing as a company, adding more trucks, hiring more amazing people. But some things never change.  We will always strive to provide amazing service. We have a commitment to excellence and a reputation to back it up.  We are here to make things easier on you, and that will never, ever change. So what’s the epimyth here? We here at BSM are here to help, whether it be with a move (hopefully!) or with learning a few new words that I myself may have had to google to double-check the meanings.  You may also learned that we are often a sesquipedal people prone to long and goofy tangents, but that’s just another sempiternal fact of Bookstore Movers.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Best Books to Hold Up Furniture With

  Wobbly table? Chair too short? Buying new furniture can be expensive and stressful, and old furniture often holds sentimental value. If you insist upon keeping furniture, since you don’t yet have money to fix or replace the piece, worry not!  There are options! Do you have an excess of very bad books? (No judgment!) Let’s look at some books that can help you with a furniture emergency! Old Textbooks–Weighty, expensive, and now obsolete. You kept this thinking you’d look at it every now and again and keep the knowledge fresh in your mind.  Now it mocks you from the shelf and you can’t even remember what class it was for. It’s way too late for buyback, so it’s essentially a $200 reminder that school…happened.  These books are great at propping up furniture to make it taller. The Twilight Series/Fifty Shades of Grey–No explanations needed. This is a safe space. These books got big and we all let it happen.  Use these books to stabilize a wonky, wobbly table–just point the book spines towards the wall or something so no one has to know you were part of the problem. That Best-Selling Novel You’ve Been Meaning to Finish But You Never Finished It and Now You Don’t Really Remember the Beginning and You Don’t Want to Start Over Completely– This novel is best for covering dents, holes, or scratched paint! Prominently display the book in front of whatever cosmetic issue your furniture has. Just read the summary on Wikipedia like everyone else on earth does (source: have been in a book club before). How-To Books for Hobbies You Never Got Into– Have a hobby of collecting books for new hobbies and interests, but not interested enough to actually work hard for it? No problem!  Take those Woodworking and How To Weld books and duct-tape them directly to the furniture you meant to fix. There. Don’t you feel so much more accomplished? Hopefully, this will help with any issues you have. For any other major issue, the solution is simple: grab a book, whether it’s good or bad, open it, and place it directly in front of your face so that the issues are obscured! Problem solved.

How to Tell if You’re Moving into a Haunted House

  If you’ve ever been house hunting, you know just what a difficult, stressful time it could be.  There’s so much you have to pay attention to: is this house in a good school zone? How is the water pressure in the shower? Which directions are the windows facing; is there enough light for your plants, and will the sun shine in your eyes in the morning?  The list is endless!  One of the most important questions on said list, of course, is whether or not your new house may be haunted by the restless spirits of the dead. While it is best to ask beforehand, sometimes it may take a little bit of time for hauntings to become clear.  Here are some simple ways to diagnose a spirit infestation, with effective ways to clear up your problem for good! Have you placed something down and then immediately lost it?  Some people will chalk this up to moving stress, but that’s just the stress talking. Clearly this is the work of otherworldly forces. This is one of the first major signs of hauntings. If you want to test if a residence comes pre-haunted by the post-deceased, the best way would be to put something really, really cool on the ground, turn around, and shout “I sure hope no one takes my cool stuff!” The best solution to this problem would be to break out the Ouija board, say hello, and spell out “Don’t touch my things, ghost jerk!”  Usually, writing your name with a permanent marker on all your belongings helps too. Are your books and/or furniture constantly floating with an ominous hum? There are many playful spirits who enjoy making things hover, and significantly more malicious spirits! This is most likely to happen in haunted libraries and living rooms, and the plus side is it looks totally awesome! At this point, you don’t even have to think of a solution because you basically have the coolest floating library ever. If you insist upon having a stationary, less-cool library, if the spirit is repeatedly throwing copies of embarrassing books you tried to hide on the lower shelves of your collections, or if there’s a creepy clown doll anywhere in your house ever, you could try moving to a house not built on a cemetery.* If you hear the horrible beating of a tell-tale heart, you probably should not have killed a man. This one is on you.  For shame. Have you been haunted in multiple locations? Oftentimes, this will start as a benign childhood haunting–odd drawings, whispers at night, and blaming your all-too-real imaginary friend for horrible deeds are common symptoms. This could move on to more violent incidents as a teen, including hovering or thrown objects (see above), paranoia, and sweaty palms. As an adult, you may move into a new home to find pictures of yourself as a child with your name on the back in some unknown handwriting, or your long-lost childhood doll, still wearing it’s ratty Victorian dress but now missing both its eyes. If this is the case, the spirit is likely haunting you instead of any specific location. The good new is the house you’ve bought is not haunted at all!  The bad news is you are condemned to live with what is possibly a demon, and they never do dishes or pay rent. Bummer. Hopefully, your new home is phantom-free! Just be sure to steer clear of hitchhiking ghosts and spirit boards in order to keep your home in pristine condition. If at any point you become aware of any new presence, go through whatever items may have recently been brought in the home.  Are they ancient, and pulsing with power you cannot comprehend or explain? Were they owned by someone who met a terrible, violent end? Are they literally human remains?  All items in these categories should be sent to Goodwill or to lesser-liked relatives. Just play it safe and your home will be happy and haunt free! *Full disclosure, there are dead people everywhere.  There are dead bodies, decomposing, deep under your feet right now.  There is literally no escaping it.  Sleep well.

#MovingFail – Biggest Moving Mistakes #5

In this installment of the biggest moving mistakes, we bring you: WATCH OUT FOR THAT HOUSE!  Not a bit of advice that we usually think we need to give, and yet people seem to have such affinity for driving moving trucks into houses.   Not mobile homes – there at least you could claim it just came out of nowhere at least – but full huge stationary family houses.  We really hope nobody was hurt in any of these photos – a moving mistake that ends up in the hospital is just awful.  If you think any of this might happen to you… please, hire a moving professional! #Movingfail - Biggest Moving Mistakes #Movingfail - Biggest Moving Mistakes

Moving Waste

What can you do with moving waste after your move?

We hate waste!  It’s something that we think makes us a better moving company.  We don’t waste your time, we don’t waste your money, we don’t waste your moving supplies. But inevitably, moving creates trash.  If you move a 4-bedroom house once every ten years, you’re going to have a lot of moving boxes and moving supplies left over afterwards that are just not very useful.  So, what can you do with them?  Here are some more moving tips – we’ve seen some pretty great ideas over the years, these are some of our favorites… Cardboard furniture: Wondering what to do with your moving boxes?  If you have the double-layer corrugated boxes that are stronger and that you may have used for moving heavier items, and you have a flair for design (and a whole lot of creativity), one of the best ways to get rid of moving waste is turning moving boxes into cardboard furniture.  Here are some of our favorites:

turn moving waste into cardboard furniture

turn moving waste into cardboard furniture

Cardboard Gardens: If your new house includes a garden, you can use moving boxes as mulch for your plants.  The boxes make a barrier against new weeds coming up, and with enough water and soil they decompose over time and add fertility to your garden.  Just be sure to take off any tape and glue before you plant them, you don’t want that stuff in your soil:

turn moving waste into cardboard mulch Bubble Wrap Painting:

Moving waste can be more than just moving boxes – there is always the beloved bubble wrap.  We confess, when we have a pile of bubble wrap lying around, we’re more likely to spend hours popping it than to turn it into bubble wrap art.  But that’s a shame really, because there are some amazing works of moving waste art out there made with bubble wrap. Bubble Wrap Dishes: We’d give it about five minutes into the meal before our wine is dripping all over the table because we couldn’t stop popping our glass…

turn moving waste into Bubble wrap dishes Recycling and selling old moving supplies:

And if you don’t have a garden and you don’t have tons of time on your hands, and you’re not a creative type, you can always just recycle or re-sell your old moving supplies.  Boxcycle is a company that connects people selling boxes to people buying boxes.  And with a quick Google search with the name of your new county and the words “recycle cardboard” you’ll come up with the local recycling guidelines and regulations. Having the right moving supplies is what makes for a safe, successful move.  Disposing of them the right way afterwards is the best way to keep your home orderly, to take care of the planet, and sometimes even to create something beautiful!

Robots, Jetpacks, and the Future of Moving

You’ve definitely seen them: the high-rise buildings, towering over every other concrete structure in the vicinity. They are dozens of stories, with pools on the roofs and entire walls made of glass. The buildings themselves look like the love-child of a quirky Project Runway designer and the cold, calculating hands of a Swedish architect. Dozens of apartments are packed into each floor and in spite of the number, there’s inexplicably one, maybe two elevators. And, without any surprise, there’s only one service elevator that somehow, in spite of the definitive modernity of the building, looks like it was stolen from a Saw movie set. Well, I may be projecting a bit of my own apartment experience for the last part, but you get the point. Yes, nothing is more annoying to a group of movers and the residents moving in than a slow, singular and small cargo elevator – conveniently located approximately ten miles (or seems to be while carrying a bed, cabinet, stereo system, other heavy things) from your apartment on the floor. It lends itself to cramp corridors, tight fits and most of all, tons of sweaty dudes in an elevator at one point. But, alas, what can be done? I mean, it’s not like we have giant robots that can pick up the heaviest of furniture and gently place it down through your open window or balcony. We do not have jetpacks that allow our movers to leap up boundless stories to safely deliver your pets, utensils, glassware, or whatever other valuables you hold dear directly to your doorstep.   We don’t even have a really sweet truck that can attach the side of the building and then take our mov— Oh, what’s that? People do have that? Oh, that’s pretty sweet. Well, I sit corrected. Some places do have some pretty amazing technology to bypass the horrid inconveniences of small elevators and long hauls (and halls) and there’s a whole lot else out there that is exciting for movers and those moving to see, but until we get our own sweet elevator truck we’ll have to stick to our normal trucks, stairs, elevators, and hallways. Plus, it’s not like our movers don’t enjoy the exercise, and in spite of how cool an elevator on a truck is….it’s still not a giant robot or a jetpack.

#Movingfail – Biggest Moving Mistakes #4

Moving Mistakes Moving Mistakes   Lots of moving mistakes come from moving trucks.  We see and hear about a lot about these moments when the cheap do-it-yourself move goes wrong.  What started off as cheap and easy can quickly become expensive and endless.  Moving yourself is taking a chance – you don’t know the equipment, you’ve maybe never even driven a truck before.  A friend of ours once drove a Uhaul onto the Brooklyn Bridge – only to be stopped by NYPD (no trucks on the Brooklyn Bridge!) and forced to back down the on-ramp.  It makes for a good story – but there’ve got to be other ways to get good stories…

#MovingFail Biggest Moving Mistakes #3

The theme for this #Movingfail Moving Mistakes post is: Keep it in the truck. We know it can be hard to pack things just right; we understand better than most people the temptation to just squeeze a little bit more in when your spouse assures you you can’t fit anything else; we also love the idea of saving a trip by taking as much as possible this time…  But your washer and dryer don’t belong balanced on the top of your trunk, you shouldn’t have a friend hiding in your trunk and holding onto your refrigerator with his hands; a couple bits of string aren’t going to keep that armoire attached to your car….  Please, these are some of the worst moving mistakes…  Just keep it in the truck!   Moving Mistakes moving mistakes   moving mistakes   moving mistakes

#Movingfail – Biggest Moving Mistakes #2

2   Continuing with our series on the biggest moving mistakes, we bring you…  Actually, we’re not sure what to call this one…. “Just Plain Crazy,” maybe? We get requests every so often from people who need to move really large objects that will need to go in through a window.  Pianos, gigantic TV’s, things like that.  Sadly, we have to decline, as we aren’t yet equipped to perform a maneuver such as that safely, and we also don’t particularly want to take on the extra liability that comes with hanging a man-crushingly huge object outside a window.   However, if this is something you need to do on your move, if you email us, we can recommend some other excellent companies with this capacity.  Please just don’t try to do it yourself like in this photo!