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How To Pack & Prepare Your Kitchen For Moving Day

When  it comes to packing up your home, there are some rooms that you will find much easier to pack than others — and your kitchen will not be one of those easy rooms, trust us.  In order to be fully prepared for the movers to arrive, it’s important to tackle your kitchen as early as possible after you’ve set a moving date. Below are a few tips on how to pack and prepare your kitchen.

How To Pack Your Kitchen

  1. Before you even go out to purchase packing materials, first sort through all of your kitchen items to determine what will be going to your new home. Create a donation, keep, and toss pile and make sure those items destined for the garbage or a local donation organization are moved out of your house as soon as possible.
  2. Next, head out and purchase some moving boxes and other packing materials and start with the items you know you won’t be using between now and the time you move. These could include seasonal items such as cookie cutters or other holiday-themed serving platters and wine glasses, as well as rarely-used small appliances such as a crock pot or rice cooker.
  3. As moving day approaches, it’s time to pack an “essentials” box. This box might include a few cups and dishes as well as a pot and frying pan that you can use the last night in your existing home or the first night in your new home. Don’t forget to include the dish soap, a dish towel and the coffee maker!
  4. The night before your more, pack up the rest of the kitchen and be sure to label all of your boxes. Don’t forget that the bigger the box, the more items you are likely to put in it, which in turn means a heavier box to lift. Try to put heavier items in smaller boxes so that they are easier to transport. We also recommend putting similar items together, such as pots and pans in the same box, cutlery and tableware in the same box, pantry items in the same box… etc.
  5. Finally, on moving day, it’s time to tackle the large kitchen appliances. If no one is moving into your existing home right away, then it’s important that you properly turn off all kitchen appliances to prevent accidents and to avoid utility bills in the future. You should also have a couple coolers at the ready and a bag of ice in order to transport all of your refrigerated items.

A Few Things To Consider

After you’ve set a moving date, it’s time to contact a professional moving company. Don’t forget that you can also opt for packing and unpacking services to make your moving process much easier. At Mastodon Moving, we’re here to tackle that kitchen so you don’t have to! Request a moving estimate online or give us a call at 774-421-9004.

young couple moving in together

Moving In Together: How To Fit Your Stuff & Theirs Under One Roof

We applaud those who have decided to take a leap of faith and take their relationship to the next level by moving in together. Moving into an apartment, condo, or single family home in the greater Boston area with your significant other is a fun experience, but it can be a real challenge to try and figure out what to do with both of your belongings.

Getting Rid of Duplicates

The first step before hiring a moving company or before you even start packing is to determine what goes to the new place and what goes to the curb or donation pile. For couples who have lived separately, chances are you have a few duplicate items, such as beds, dressers, kitchen supplies, couches and tables. Make a list of whose furniture you will keep and whose you will toss. You can also opt to get rid of both sets of furniture (don’t forget to request junk removal services) for pieces that better suit your new space. Don’t forget to donate or toss duplicate kitchen items such as silverware sets, toaster ovens and pots and pans — especially if your new property is limited on space.

Opt For Temporary Storage

Sometimes moving in with your significant other is a last-minute decision and there isn’t time to sort through all the belongings. If this is the case, don’t sweat it and know that you can always opt for short-term storage solutions. At Mastodon Moving, we provide our clients with temperature-controlled and highly secured storage solutions that are perfect for furniture, high value items, and even personal items such as clothes and collectibles. This is a great solution to ensuring that your new space isn’t cluttered from the beginning, and you now have the time to go through your stuff at our storage unit after you’re settled into the new space.

Decorating A Home For Two

After your furniture and belongings are moved into your new home, it’s time to head to the store and purchase some new items that fit both your style and your apartment. This is a great chance to get to know your significant other and what their tastes are when it comes to interior decorating. Don’t forget to discuss the type of color theme you both want for communal spaces, as well as budget. If you end up ordering furniture online that comes pre-assembled, don’t hesitate to call an in-home moving company such as Mastodon Moving who can help you properly place your new furniture around your home.

While you’re in the process of planning to move in together, don’t forget that this is a time to be excited and happy — not stressed or resentful. We highly recommend hiring professional movers to help relieve some of that added stress that comes from packing, unpacking and moving. Mastodon Moving is here to provide local or long distance home and apartment moving for couples in the greater Boston area. Contact us today for an accurate moving estimate.

disassembling a pool table

How To Successfully Pack & Move A Pool Table

Packing up your everyday household belongings is a huge challenge in and of itself, but when high value items come into the equation, this is when things can get tricky. If you have a pool table that has been sitting in your basement or bonus room since you originally moved into your current residence, then chances are you don’t exactly remember how to move it.

Our professional movers have packed and moved more than our fare share of pool tables and we’re here to tell you that it can be tricky and does involve multiple steps. Below is a rundown of how to disassemble, pack, and move your pool table.

How To Pack A Pool Table

  1. Remove All Pockets. Before anything else, make sure to remove all 6 pockets from the pool table. This will require a few simple hand-held tools such as a philips head screwdriver.
  2. Remove The Rails. The rails are the (usually) wooden frame that surrounds the felt. You will need a wrench to unscrew the bolts in the rails. Be sure to carefully wrap each rail in bubble wrap so that they do not dent or scratch during the move.
  3. Remove The Felt. This is the tricky part as some felt is glued instead of stapled. If the felt is stapled, then a staple remover will get this job done. If the felt is glued, then we recommend detaching the entire board from the table and wrapping it in packing materials such as bubble wrap and placing it in a properly sized moving box or custom wood crate.
  4. Remove The Base. Using hand-held tools or light power tools, loosen and unscrew the bolts that hold base of the table together. At this point you may want someone to help you lift the base and set it aside as this section is quite heavy and normally made of wood.
  5. Remove The Legs. After removing the base, you will see that there is an underlying frame to which is attached the legs of the pool table. To detach the legs from the frame, you will again need handheld tools to loosen any screws.
  6. Pack Each Part. At this point your pool table should be in separate pieces: the pockets, rails, felt, base, frame, and legs. Make sure you stop and take inventory first to ensure you have each part. Next, grab bubble wrap and boxes and start packing. Try and find boxes that have similar shapes as the object that is to go in them.
  7. Pack Accessories. You’ve focused all of your attention on the pool table itself, but now it’s time to pack up all of the accessories. If you have saved any of the original boxes that the accessories came in, then be sure to place the items in their rightful box. If not, you will need to wrap each pool ball and stick in bubble wrap. Don’t forget to put the chalk in a plastic bag to prevent it from ruining your other items.

Now that you’re all packed up, the next step is to secure the pool table in the moving van. Be sure to use moving pads to protect the boxes or pieces of the table that didn’t fit inside the boxes. We recommend using any ties that the moving van has within to secure each item. If you can, do not stack the pieces and do not place other items on top of the pool table pieces. Once the van is packed, don’t forget to drive carefully to your new home and unpack the pool table items first and foremost.

Having trouble disassembling your pool table or do you need the proper packing materials? Contact Mastodon Moving today for a free moving estimate.