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If you’re dreading packing up your living room, we get it. It can be overwhelming. Living rooms usually hold a lot different objects varying in size and shape. Like other high traffic areas such as the kitchen and bathroom, you’ll likely be using your living right up until the very last minute. Start packing early and begin with the small items you don’t use on a daily basis. Then work your way up to larger pieces. We’ve provided a guide to how to pack your living room and tackling everyday items like books, lamps, and electronics.

Start with the books

If you’re downsizing, this is a good time to sort and donate books you don’t want to keep. Second-hand stores, school libraries, and used book retailers are all great places to leave the books you no longer want.

Try and find boxes that are sturdy and if you can, it’s better if they’re new. Or if you’re going to utilize used boxes, just make sure they aren’t damp as the moisture can damage your books. Be sure to use strong packing tape and secure all sides to avoid the boxes from falling apart. 

While it’s tempting to pack all of your books into a single box, try spreading them out to redistribute the weight. You might think that having the least amount of boxes will speed up the process, oftentimes it doesn’t. If they’re too heavy, they might require two people to carry them or they might need to be repacked into several lighter boxes, which will definitely take more time.

 If you have movers, they will likely assess the contents of your home and pack the truck accordingly. But if you’re doing this yourself, be sure to pack any book boxes on the floor of the truck. The books can be heavy and in order to avoid them from toppling over, it’s best to pack them at the bottom so they don’t cause damage to the furniture.  

Wrap Your Pictures Carefully

Moving framed art works and pictures can be a bit daunting. If you aren’t comfortable, feel free to leave this to the professionals. But if you want to handle this portion of the move, here are some tips.

First, find the most appropriate box. If the pictures are small, you can probably pack a few of them together. What if your pictures are large? It’s best to pack them separately. Specialty boxes do exist but they may be more expensive or harder to find. Regular medium and large sized boxes should work.

If the picture has a glass cover, tape an ‘x’ on the front. This will help keep the majority of the glass together if it does shatter or break. 

Then wrap the whole piece in cheap packing or butcher paper to protect the frame from any scratches or nicks. After that, wrap the frame in bubble wrap for extra protection and padding. 

Place the picture in the box and use more packing paper to secure the frame in place. This will keep it from moving on the journey. Tape the box thoroughly, mark as fragile, and describe its contents so that you and the movers know what it is. 

Protect Your Lamps, Vases, & Delicate Objects

While lamps may seem easy to pack, they’re actually quite delicate and fragile. Make sure they are broken down and the lightbulb is removed. Then pack each individual piece separately.

Find a box that will give you enough room to wrap each lamp with bubble wrap or towel and fill in any gaps with packing paper so it doesn’t move around in the box. Be sure to label the box as fragile and the room it belongs to for easy unpacking. 

Take that same care and apply it to your vases, decorative objects, and oddly shaped pieces. Be sure to use plenty of bubble wrap or paper to secure them into the box and fill in any empty spaces.

Organize the Electronics

While this might be your least favorite part, you’ll thank yourself when you get to the unpacking. We recommend wrapping up your cord neatly and labeling what device they belong to. If it helps, take pictures of how the cords are connected to their device. It will be a helpful guide and speed up the reassembly later on. 

Electronics are sensitive to extreme weather. If you’re moving in the sweltering heat of summer or in the cold of winter, we recommend taking them with you instead of leaving them for the movers to move. They’ll likely be sitting in the truck while everything else is being loaded as well. 

After you’ve packed your electronics and cords, label the boxes as “pack last” so your movers know to literally leave them as the last items packed into the truck. This ensures they don’t spend that much time in the truck and aren’t crushed by other boxes and items. 

Always Protect the Furniture

If you’re unsure how to pack your living room furniture, here’s how. But if you’ve hired movers, most ( 606 Movers included!) will have complimentary moving blankets for any of the wood, glass, and metal furniture. They’ll secure them to your furniture to avoid any damage. 

If you’re moving sofas and accent chairs, we recommend always opting for a plastic cover. Most movers will have shrink wrap or plastic wrap for purchase to keep them clean and safe. If you’re renting and expect to move again in the near future, we recommend investing in reusable covers. It’s both the green and cheaper option. 

We hope these tips help you pack your living room and happy moving!

Bathrooms are small but deceptive. While they lack the square footage, they are the perfect place to collect items well after their expiration dates and tuck them away in cabinets and on shelves. If you’re moving, then this is the perfect time to sort out your bathroom and toss out what you don’t need or want. Here are some tips to help you pack and move a bathroom like an expert.

Check your Medicine

Begin by looking through your medicine cabinet. Like most people, you’ll probably have medicine or pill bottles that you’ve forgotten about. Go through each item and if they’re past their expiration date, missing a label, or have changed color and consistency then you know you can toss them right away. It’s generally recommended that you don’t toss them down the drain or down the toilet as they might cause environmental damage. Talk to your pharmacist and they should be able to let you know how to dispose of them properly.

After you’ve cleared the excess and determined which ones you intend to keep, this is the perfect time to set up your essentials box. The essentials box should contain everything you need for the first few days after moving into your new home. The last thing you want to do is have to search every box for medications or a first-aid-kit you need right away.

Toiletries

Take the same energy you brought to your medicine cabinet to your toiletries. Toss what you don’t use, especially if it’s old or empty. Keep only what you need, use regularly, and love. Make sure the lids of anything you are taking are closed and secured properly. Then be sure to pack them in sealable plastic bags to prevent any leaks during the move.

Donate Unused Items

Do you have items that are unused but don’t need or want? Donating them to charities is a great option. Duplicate appliances, unopened shampoos, conditioners, and lotions are all necessary items. Be sure to do some research as to what your local charities do and don’t accept. It’s worth the time and effort to reduce needless waste.

Packing Essentials

Linens and towels make really good packing materials. They’ll cushion glass bottles, handheld bathroom appliances like hairdryers, and any glass or porcelain accessories. For smaller items, packing paper and bubble wrap might work better.

For packing bathrooms, small and medium boxes should do the trick. Just make sure to label them as fragile and indicate the designated room so your movers know where they go.

We hope these tips help you pack and move your bathroom with ease!

Bedrooms are sanctuaries, now more than ever in the age of COVID-19. But if you’re like me, they are filled to the brim with clothes and things that I can’t ever seem to throw away. If you’re moving or downsizing, then this is a perfect time to rethink your bedroom. Clear out your closets, donate or sell what you don’t use, and start fresh. Here are some tips to help you sort, pack, and move a bedroom (or multiple). 

Take Your Time and Sort It

Before you start the packing process, sort your bedroom. Don’t be afraid of the mess. Get everything out of bins, closets, and drawers. Lay it all out so you can evaluate it clearly. It will be messy before it can get organized. Take your time so you don’t move things that you don’t really need or items you’ve never really used. This will save you time when it comes to the packing and unpacking. This is also a great tip for saving money. The less items you have to move, the less packing materials you’ll need and the overall move will go a lot faster. 

If You Have Kids, Let Them Help

Moving with kids will always be challenging. If they’re a little older, they’ll be hesitant to leave their schools and friends behind. Get them involved in the moving process. It will help them feel included and involved. Have them pack their bedrooms and take initiative. It will give them a project to do and give them a sense of control so they can transition as easily as possible. 

Cover the Mattresses

Always cover your mattresses! Whether you’re renting a truck or being moved by a moving  company, they may or may not have cleaned the truck. Don’t take your chances, especially with upholstered items. Most reputable movers (606 Movers included!)  will have some sort of plastic wrap to cover them. If you move regularly, it may be a good idea to invest in a reusable mattress cover or bag. It’s not only the green option but you can use it again and again. 

Protect Your Lamps

While lamps may seem easy to pack, they’re actually quite delicate and fragile. Make sure they are broken down and the lightbulb is removed. Then pack each individual piece separately. Find a box that will give you enough room to wrap each lamp with bubble wrap or towel and fill in any gaps with packing paper so it doesn’t move around in the box. Be sure to mark the box as fragile and the room it belongs to for easy unpacking. 

Wrap Your Pictures Carefully

Moving framed art works and pictures can be a bit daunting. If you aren’t comfortable, feel free to leave this to the professionals. But if you want to handle this portion of the move, here are some tips.

First, find the most appropriate box. If the pictures are small, you can probably pack a few of them together. If they’re larger, it’s best to pack them separately. Specialty boxes do exist but they may be more expensive or harder to find. Regular medium and large sized boxes should work.

If the picture has a glass cover, tape an ‘x’ on the front. This will help keep the majority of the glass together if it does shatter or break. 

Then wrap the whole piece in cheap packing or butcher paper to protect the frame from any scratches or nicks. Then wrap the frame in bubble wrap for extra protection and padding. 

Place the picture in the box and use more packing paper to secure the frame in place. This will make sure it doesn’t move on the journey. Tape the box thoroughly, mark as fragile, and describe its contents so that you and the movers know what it is. 

Not Sure What to do with Your Furniture?

Congrats, you’ve finished packing your bedroom! If you’re using movers, then the hard part is over. Feel free to leave all the furniture as is. If needed, most movers will disassemble and wrap the furniture in moving blankets. 

If you’re moving on your own, anything movers do would apply here. Make sure you measure any doorways and hallways. This is ideal when trying to figure out if beds and dressers will fit or if they need to be broken down. Get the right tools to disassemble any legs or furniture pieces. But always make sure the parts don’t get lost. Plastic zip-loc bags are great for organizing screws and small pieces. Wrap all the large items in moving blankets and secure them with tape. While each move is different, one way to load a truck is to pack the larger items first and then the smaller items and boxes last. 

Moving is not easy. It can be stressful and daunting, especially when organizing spaces like our bedrooms. We hope these tips come in handy when you have to sort and pack for your upcoming move. You can and will get through this!

Summer is the moving season, and we’re right in the middle of it. While it’s certainly not the summer any of us planned, it’s the one we have. We hope you’re staying safe and making the most of it. While many things have changed or come to a halt, moves are still happening. If you are moving this time around, you are certainly not alone. Here are some tips to help you get through it. 

Everyone Will be Moving, Plan Accordingly

Summer is peak moving season. While COVID-19 has impacted all of our lives, people still have to move. So we recommend you start early and plan ahead. If you’re renting, start talking to your building as soon as possible. Figure out elevator times and move requirements. The more details you have, the better prepared you’ll be when you reach out to moving companies for estimates. Keep in mind, the ends and beginnings of the month will start to book up 3 to 4 weeks in advance. Reach out to companies early and start gathering quotes so you can choose the right company for you.  

Start Your Move Early

Morning spots are often limited but ideal. If you have the option, always move early in the day. You’ll not only beat most of the heat but you also don’t have to worry about any moves scheduled before you. If you’re lucky enough to get that spot, you’ll likely experience less traffic over all as well. 

Turn On the AC

Once you have your movers started at your move out location, head over to your new home and turn on the AC. You definitely don’t want to get there when it’s unbearably hot and your crew will appreciate it. It will help them move efficiently and get less fatigued if the new location is cool and comfortable to work in. 

Avoid the Holiday Weekends

While you may think a 3 day weekend would be the ideal time to move, it’s best to avoid it. Some movers might close those days. And those who are open will likely be booked up before you know it. It’s often more expensive to move on those days as well. Keep in mind traffic will also increase as many leave and enter the city to enjoy the holiday weekends. While this summer is coming to a close, remember Labor Day is still coming up. 

Keep the Electronics Cool

While it’s easy to get distracted on move day, don’t forget about your electronics. If possible, move any TVs and laptops yourself. If that’s not an option, make sure they are packed safely. Have them loaded into the truck last and unloaded at the delivery location first, if at all possible. This way they won’t overheat or get damaged sitting in a hot truck all day. 

While this summer is unlike any we’ve ever experienced, people still have to move. Be prepared and start planning early so moving is the least of your worries this year. 

Move day can and will likely be hectic. It’s easy to forget things, especially if you’re trying to coordinate with movers and secure your next home. While you might be tempted to skip the small stuff, we’re here to help you reconsider. There are helpful techniques that will ensure you have peace of mind on the big day. Avoid these mistakes and get through move day (hopefully!) without any problems.

Don’t Leave Appliances for the Last Minute

If you’re taking your appliances with you, be sure to prep them ahead of time. For insurance purposes, most movers are not allowed to disconnect or reconnect appliances to gas lines. Be sure to secure an electrician for both the move out and move in locations. As for refrigerator or freezers, defrost and dry them out. Any moisture in the van can ruin furniture and create mold. Start a week before and begin defrosting them.

Don’t Forget Your Valuables

While the majority of movers are trustworthy (606 Movers very much included in this category!), we suggest packing and moving any valuables yourself. This can include jewelry with sentimental or monetary value and important paperwork like passports. The last thing you want to stress about is your valuables on move day, wondering what box they’re in or if they were tossed out. Do yourself a favor and take these items with you. You do not need any more stress on move day. 

Don’t Skip the Final Walk Through

You are finally moved out! While this is an exciting achievement, don’t forget the final walk through. Check every room and closet one more time. If you live in an apartment, make sure you get one last look at the elevators and loading docks. At 606 Movers, we never want to forget or risk losing anything, but we’re only human. Another set of eyes and a final walk through ensures small items aren’t left behind. 

Don’t Forget to Set Up Your Utilities

If you are finally moving into your own home, don’t forget to set up your utilities. Alert your utility company and update it with your new location. The last thing you want is to move in and realize there’s no power. It’s an easy thing to miss with all the excitement, but keep this in mind!

While this is not an extensive list, these are some of the most common mistakes we’ve seen on move day. Take your time and start early to avoid forgetting any of these small but important tasks.

Chicago is opening up but we are not out of the clear just yet. If you’re eager to get out of your home but weary about public spaces, a park might be the best option for you. It is important to note that the risk of transmission of COVID-19 is lower outdoors. Just keep in mind that playgrounds are not yet available for use. We’ve included a list of our favorite park destinations to keep in mind if you want to explore the city while also being safe. But please, do wear a mask! 

  • The 606 Trail – 1805 N Ridgeway Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

The 606 is a local favorite and our namesake! It’s a fun elevated trail that gives you a great glimpse of neighborhoods like Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Wicker Park, and Bucktown. 

  • Garfield Park – 300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60624

While the conservatory is closed, the outer park is open and available for exploring. 

  • Humboldt Park – 1400 N Humboldt Dr, Chicago, IL 60622

This historic park is a must for Chicago residents. It features a boathouse and beautifully designed lagoon and river. 

  • Jackson Park – 6401 S Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

Jackson Park is another magnificent historic green space. It was the site of World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and it was designed by famous landscape architects like Frederick Law Olmsted. It’s sprawling and features a Japanese Garden and lagoons. 

  • The Lakefront Trail

The lakefront trail also opened up earlier this week but keep in mind, it will be a popular destination. If you want fewer people, we recommend visiting the other parks listed first. 

Stay safe and enjoy the sun! 

While Chicago is gradually opening up, Covid-19 is still out there. If you are fortunate enough to work from home and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future, it’s important to create a space that is inviting but helps you be productive. We have compiled some tips to help you curate a functional space now that our new normal is likely here to stay for a while. 

Choosing the Space

If you haven’t worked from home before, then this is probably new territory for you. It might be easy to choose a space if you live alone. Consider setting up near a window or clearing out a closet to easily transform into a work area.

If you live with significant others, family, or roommates, it might be tricky but not impossible. Identify a space that isn’t regularly used, like a guest room or dinning area. If you want some privacy, consider using screens to section off the desired area. Whatever you choose, clear communication with whoever you live with is key to ensuring that you have the time and privacy to work.

Create a Work Surface

If you have a desk on hand, great! That’s half the battle. If you don’t, there are plenty of ways to create a work surface in your home. While there are plenty of options online, maybe you’re not in the financial position to spend on a new desk. You can use what you already have, from a console table to a kitchen table.

If these options are already spoken for, consider using two filing cabinets with a board on top. These are great temporary alternatives but if you’re going to be working from home for a while, it might be time to invest in a desk. 

Get the Chair

Do invest in a chair with the right height and proper back support. You may have gotten used to office chairs so it’s important to recreate a comfortable space at home too. Do your research and find a chair that is functional and comfortable. 

Make it Bright

While not often talked about, lighting has an enormous effect on us. Natural light can be a great mood booster. Brighten up your new office by letting the light in. Keep your curtains open or use soft incandescent bulbs when the sun isn’t shining. Instead of intense fluorescent lights, consider floor lamps to create a warmer atmosphere. As opposed to working in an office space where the lighting is dictated by others, take this opportunity to create an environment that is conducive to your wellbeing and productivity.

Keep Work Separate 

This probably goes without saying but it’s a crucial step to working efficiently from home. Unlike working in an office, you might be tempted to work in various places depending on comfort levels. But we recommend you work in one area and one area alone. It’ll help maintain the separation between rest and work so you don’t get distracted or overwhelmed. If you’re planning on working from home for a while, it’s crucial for your mental health to create boundaries even when you’re in the same physical space. 

We hope this helps you create the space you need and want. But always be sure to rest, relax, and rejuvenate when you need to.

We know a lot of our city is staying home and doing their best to limit the spread of Covid-19. It is not the year or summer we imagined but it’s the one we have. While it’s important to keep ourselves entertained at home, it’s equally important to keep kids happy at home too. Chicago is an incredible city for families but there are ways to experience it from home. We’ve created a list of virtual field trips to keep the smiles coming while staying safe.

Virtual Field Trips

Beyond Chicago

Moving is stressful under normal circumstances. Factor in a pandemic in addition to our everyday anxiety and it can almost be too much to bear. Moving now will be tough but not impossible. We wanted to gather some tips for navigating this difficult time and make moving a bit more manageable. We’ve also included practical tips to ensure your health and the health of your movers during Covid-19. 

Don’t Minimize Just Yet

While many suggest getting rid of items you don’t need or want prior to a move, don’t feel pressured to do that this time around. During difficult times, our objects tend to comfort and make us feel a bit more secure. If you’re feeling overwhelmed about what to take and what not to take, move it and decide later when you feel ready. Do what you need to get through this.

Ask for Help

If you need help, ask for it. While a lot of us feel like we should be able to handle hardship on our own, this is not a time to go at it alone. It’s important to keep a distance and practice precaution as you move during a pandemic, but there are ways to do it safely. Have people you trust help you pack while wearing masks and gloves, or secure a moving company to do the heavy lifting. Even emotional support can be extremely necessary and welcome during this time. 

Be Kind to Yourself

While moving efficiently benefits from organization and set goals, it’s okay if you don’t meet every single one of them this time around. So what if you didn’t pack up your closets or disassemble your bed when you thought you would. Start the moving process early, take your time, and don’t fixate on the small stuff. Get the rest you need and chip away at the project bit by bit. It’s okay to not to be completely prepared for the moment. Be kind to yourself.

Some Tips for Moving During Covid-19

  • Make sure you are using new moving materials when you prep and pack for your move. Before Covid-19, we would encourage this option. It’s both cost efficient and environmentally friendly to reuse materials. For your safety, we’d definitely advise against it.
  • In addition, ask your movers what precautions they are taking to ensure limited contact during a move. Do they have gloves and masks? Double check the payment method as some aren’t accepting cash at the moment.
  •  Be sure to have hand sanitizer or wipes on hand for the move day and keep a good distance apart from your crew after your walk through. Some people leave their move out location and wait at the delivery.
  •  Opt out of any packing or unpacking services to limit exposure. 
  • Above all, delay your move if you are feeling sick!

These are unusual and distressing times. Move safely, be kind to yourself, and ask for help when you need it.

Covid-19 has upended our routines, there is no denying it. If you’re staying home more often, take advantage of that free time. We wanted to highlight one activity we’re doing while we’re at home. It is not too late in the season to grow an herb garden. You’ll not only have fresh herbs for cooking but it’s an effective stress reliever. Planting will get you away from your phone and focused on something you can care for and watch grow. We’ve created a guide to help get started.

Consider the Container

If you’re renting, consider starting your herb garden in containers and indoors. They’re ideal if you have limited or no garden space. It will not only make it easier to take them with you on your next move but it’ll be easy to transition them indoors when the seasons change.

Clay pots are great and attractive options but they can break easily. Plastic and wood containers are preferred but feel free to work with whatever is best for you. Keep in mind that it’s easier to grow plants in large containers than small ones. Larger containers hold more soil which retains moisture longer. This is particularly ideal during the hot summer months. Whichever pots you go with, just make sure they have drainage holes.

Planning Your Herb Garden

If you’re not sure which herbs to start with, consider the staples. Basil, mint, thyme, and parsley are some of the most resilient and easy to work with. Think about what you cook with on a daily basis and expand from there. You can grow different types of herbs in one container but make sure they have the same sun, water, and soil needs (Most do but definitely double check). 

Plant Needs: Sun, Soil, & Water

Whether you’re working with limited space or creating an herb garden indoors, pick the sunniest spot. Most herbs will need around 6 hours of sunlight per day.

While it may be tempting to just use the soil from your yard, it’s best to use a potting mix. Potting mix is ideal because it’ll retain moisture but will effectively drain excess water.

Just make sure the soil is consistently moist. You won’t need much and you certainly don’t want to drown your plants. If leaves begin to wilt or turn yellow, scale back the amount of water you use.

Harvesting

Harvest a few sprigs at a time and do it regularly. This will encourage new growth. Avoid harvesting too much at once. If you have more than enough herbs, consider drying them for future use or give them away to friends and family. 

Transplanting

Herbs are extremely flexible and can be transplanted when needed. If you notice your plants outgrowing their containers, it’s time to transplant. Herbs can also be started indoors then planted outdoors once they’re ready or you have the space to do so.  

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