Conquering the Last Minute Move

There are a million reasons why you could be moving last minute but the simple truth is, we don’t need to talk about why you’re moving, just how you are going to move. Packing is usually done over the course of a few weeks but in this situation you just don’t have that time. Here are a few tips to help you take on a last minute move. 


Essentials Bag- Before packing by room, make sure to have your essentials bag packed and ready. It should contain the items that you will need your first few nights like toiletries, medication and important documents. Doing this first means that you can have whomever is helping you start packing without asking you if you need that item in your essentials bag.  


Pack by Room, not by Item type- One way to quickly pack is to go through each room in your house and just pack up the items in each room together. Label it in bold lettering and make sure to keep track of how many boxes you have for each room. Try to donate or dump whatever you possibly can since a last minute move means you want to likely have as little as possible. For cushioning, use linens, towels, and even T-Shirts to wrap delicate items. Padding + Packing = a job well done. 


Don’t unpack the dresser- If you are moving with this item of furniture or any item that has drawers, don’t unwrap the drawers, just wrap them in movers’ wrap. The drawers won’t move and you will not have to worry about unpacking each drawer individually. 


Hire Professionals- More hands means that your packing gets done faster. Having a professional step in means that your items will be treated with the utmost care and be able to be packed onto your moving truck directly. 


When it comes to moving quickly, make sure you call the right team.  At Russell’s Moving & Storage, we are among the best moving companies in Los Angeles. Our Beverly Hills moving and storage team would be happy to help you with your next move. 

3 Tips for Moving Musical Instruments

There are lots of items in your house that you may end up replacing when you move but musical instruments are certainly not one of them. Whether it was the piano you got when you turned 21 or the violin you have been playing since the 8th grade, music plays a large part in many of our lives. Moving, no matter the size of the instrument, can cause worry. To help ease this, we have compiled 3 excellent tips for when you are moving your instruments. 

Bubble Wrap- This is absolutely not time to skimp on the bubble wrap. This essential layer of protection could be the difference between a dent or a smooth surface. Moving companies should have trained and continue to train employees on moving large instruments like pianos, organs, and drum sets. These pieces all need to be padded a specific way to reduce the likelihood of damage during transport. For example, for a piano, the keyboard lid should be locked if possible, any removable parts should be packed separately and the legs and pedals should receive extra attention. 

Hard case- Woodwinds, brass, and stringed instruments should all be packed in hard cases. Instruments should be broken down into their individual parts, reeds should be taken out, and for string instruments, it is a good idea to loosen the strings before packing. Tuning keys should be turned parallel to the headstock. You may even want to wrap the exterior of the case in bubble wrap to protect it even further, especially if you have a long distance to travel. 

Labeling- For hard cases, securely tape a piece of paper on the outside of the bubble wrap and label what is inside, making sure to add the world fragile. Since items can look distorted with the bubble rap, this is a great way to label each item. If your movers remove the legs of your piano, make sure to label each legs package in the same manner that we did before and label the bottom of the piano as well with the coordinating number. This way, assembly is easy when you reach your new home. 

Your instruments are a part of your daily life and they should not be moved carelessly. Make sure to schedule tunings for your instruments once you arrive at your new home and let them adjust to the new climate for a few days. Our Calabasas moving and storage company has the experience you need for a successful move. Whether you find yourself going across the country or are looking for storage in Agoura Hills our team is ready to assist you. 

4 Ways to have a Greener Move

We are always looking for ways to reduce our impact on the environment. Moving does not have a reputation for being eco friendly but with these tips we hope that you will see how easy it is to have a greener move. 


Donate and Recycle- Try this handy little tip, mark off 3 squares of decreasing size on your floor. The largest one will be your donation square, the next your recycle and the smallest square is your trash. As you go through items, try to put as many in their correct square as possible. Once the square is full, you know you can take those items to the appropriate location. This is a great way to encourage kids to also participate in the packing process. 


Pack in bins you already have- After going through your items, you are likely to have different storage containers that are empty or filled with little items that can all be put together. Fill any available space with items that are moving on with you to your new home. This decreases the number of boxes you will need to get and since those storage containers were going to come with you anyway, now you are giving them a purpose other than taking up valuable space. 


Eco-friendly packing materials-. Traditional methods of bubble wrap and plastic peanuts have a high environmental impact. Instead, opt for using items you already have on hand. This includes sheets, towels, and kitchen towels. They can all be put into boxes to fill any available space or be used to wrap delicate items. 


Boxes- When you run out of bins, don’t go buy more plastic. Any of the boxes you have gotten from your online shopping purchases can also be repurposed. Start saving them in advance to have a neat pile for when you start packing. Another route is to ask around to see if anyone has any boxes left from their move that they can give you. Make sure these boxes are in good condition because you want them to hold up. The larger the box, the lighter the item should be that goes in it. 


We hope that you take into action some of these options for a greener move. As you begin to think about moving consider using a storage and delivery service in Los Angeles to help with the larger ticket items. We are also a Pasadena moving and storage company and look forward to helping you in the future. 

Bathroom Packing Tips

The bathroom can seem like it would be a relatively easy space to pack but the truth is that the bathroom has a lot of specialty items that you may not have considered when it comes time to move. Here we are going to go over a few packing tips to help you get ready for the move. 

Sort and Organize- Under the counter, on the sink, and hanging out in the bathtub area, there are bound to be a lot of items that are at home in the bathroom. The best way to start is by taking everything out and organizing it. Starting with simple piles like hair tools, bottles, and your skincare. This will help you see not only how many items you have accumulated but also how much you could be getting rid of. Trust us, you do not need that mini hotel shampoo bottle that has a drop left. Clean it out, move on. 

Packing Bottles- Shampoo, conditioner, and body wash are just a few of the bottles you are likely to have on hand. Anything that has a lid and a liquid or cream inside should be packaged carefully. Using a piece of plastic wrap, open the lid and put the plastic wrap between the lid and the opening to create another barrier. Screw the lid on as you normally would and now you have an extra layer of protection.

Specialty Packing tips- Cords from your hair dryer or straightener should be wrapped together with their item. Using a piece of painters tape to keep your cords in order before you put them in the box. Use towels to wrap breakable items like make-up pallets. Any medication you have should be carefully gone through. Safely dispose of anything that is expired and always keep your medicine with you in your own bag. You do not want to be looking for it when you are unpacking. 

Unopened items- Any items that are unopened need to be put aside separate from your open bottles. . If your move is relatively close by, consider taking those items with you in your own car in a box that has been layered with towels in case something spills. If you are traveling a distance where it isn’t worth bringing them with you, call your local shelter and see if they accept any of the items you have. Toothpaste, shampoo, soap, and feminine hygiene products are almost always welcome. 

As you are packing, make sure to set aside the most essential items you will need during the weekend of your move so you have them on hand. Future you will thank you for not having to run out and buy shampoo at 11 o’clock at night. If you are looking for a full service moving company in Los Angeles or a Westlake Village storage company, we hope that you will visit us online.

Storing and Preserving Old Photographs

It is the task that everyone dreads. Opening up and emptying the junk closet that has just been collecting items for years. Of course, a lot of those items can either be thrown away or donated, but when you come across the box of old photographs that your grandma had printed for you, there is no way you are going to part with them. Make sure to protect these photographs by following these simple steps. 

Your best friend along this journey is going to be acid-free paper. The ink that is used to print photographs is insanely delicate and needs to be treated with care. Buy paper that says it is acid free and then double check again. This paper protects the ink and prevents the photos from going yellow and deteriorating. You can cut the paper into pieces that are just a tad larger than the photo to make sure they are large enough to be able to cover the entire surface and then place a paper in between each of the photos. You will have a million things to do when you move in and you might not get the chance to properly place them in, once again, acid free photo books until a few months later. Do yourself a favor and protect them now. 

When you are putting them in a line, resist the urge to fix the bent corner or crinkled edge. You will likely do more damage than there was to start with. Work with a professional to do any photo fixing later. It will be hard to not reminisce as you look over the photos that will likely bring up memories that you had perhaps forgotten. There is no time to reflect on every photo, you are moving. Now, if you happen to find a double photo and need a gift for mom, stick it in a frame and call it done. One less thing to move! 

When you are packing your photos, all neatly in between sheets of acid free paper, make sure to store them flat and in a dark container. Plastic bins are not your friend. Find a box that will not let any light in. Then you can put that box in a different moving box if you need to and label the outside. When it gets moved into your new home, make sure to not put that box of photos in the shove all closet. 

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