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Apex Moving Executives holding awards

Apex Moving President, Dean Savage (second from left), accepting awards for company achievements of the last year as presented by executives of Stevens Worldwide Van Lines at its recent convention in Ft. Lauderdale on October 27, 2014.

Many of us throw away a lot of our belongings during a move. Maybe some of this stuff has no place in your new home, or maybe it has no real value to you and your family anymore. Other times, items such as food, can be valuable to someone in need. By setting aside your non-perishable food items while packing for your move, you can help families in need.

Hunger is not only an issue in third-world countries. 50 million Americans struggle to find their next meal; 17 million of them are children. Apex Moving & Storage is doing something about this.

It’s easy for you to help us make a difference. When you are packing your last minute belongings, simply set aside any non-perishable food items you’d like to donate. Our dedicated movers volunteer their time to help pack up this food and deliver it to the Puyallup Food Bank. The donated food is then sorted and delivered to Puyallup area families in need.

Apex Moving & Storage is dedicated to fighting hunger. When you book your move, be sure to let your move coordinator know that you’d like to help.

With such a beautiful, hot summer, we could have a warmer, wetter fall and winter. You could be faced with a “slippery slope” if it’s raining when it’s time to move. Here are a few great tips to keep your stuff dry:   Clear out your driveway. The closer the moving truck is to your front door or garage, the better. The shorter the distance, the smaller the opening for pesky raindrops to cascade upon your precious – and previously dry – belongings.   Fill the garage first. If you have a garage, it can save you lots of very wet tears. If you move your furniture and other cloth items to your garage before the movers arrive, they can usually get the truck incredibly close to your garage door (maybe even inside, if you have a “monster-truck” garage).   Order up some gravel. If you have mud puddles, troughs, or holes, fill them with gravel to help protect your expensive investments. It’s not that expensive and it might save the lives of your movers or at least the lives of your sofa, your basketball hoop, and your 210 inch 1080p HDTV.   So, if your moving day is cloudy, remember to watch for falling drops (rain as well as your heavy furniture). Follow these fantastic tips and you can look forward to your winter move and still enjoy the rest of this gorgeous summer!   Moving this winter? Move with Apex! We follow a set of core values, have an excellent reputation with the BBB, and are a part of Stevens Van Lines. We also provide a free moving estimate.
Moving? New address? (Clearly, if you’re moving, you’ll have a new address.) So, if you’re moving, check the invisible and hypothetical “Yes” box. If you mentally checked “Yes”, then you, wisely, want your mail to arrive at your new home. For that purpose, the US Postal Service has a handy-dandy form that you can fill out online. They charge a small fee of $1.05 to verify your identity and will then redirect all of your mail to the new address.  In addition to updating your mailing address, here are a number of services you will want to update with your new address: Banks
  • Loans
  • Savings
Healthcare
  • Dentist
  • Doctor
  • Pharmacy
Insurance
  • Auto
  • Home
  • Life
Subscriptions
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
Utilities
  • Electricity
  • Garbage
  • Internet
  • Satellite or Cable
  • Telephone
  • Water
Accounts
  • Amazon.com, etc.
This is also your opportunity to NOT update your address with annoying services, junk mail purveyors, nosy neighbors, and/or the IRS. (Disclaimer: I don’t recommend tax evasion. They will find you!) While this is list is not exhaustive, it should be a great starting point for you to add to, on your own. After it’s all said and done, you can think of every letter and package that arrives at your new home as a birthday present to yourself! (If it’s your birthday, it’ll actually be true!)    Moving? New house, new address? Move with Apex! We follow a set of core values, have an excellent reputation with the BBB, and are a part of Stevens Van Lines. We also provide a free moving estimate.  
Inbound are a few fantastic lifting “strats” or strategies to help you lift heavy objects with style and stay healthy.   If you don’t know it, check the weight. Now, this doesn’t mean you should start off by launching the object onto your bathroom scale with a pair of kitchen tongs and a spatula. If it’s too heavy, you’ll hurt yourself, and you’ll probably hurt the scale in the process. To test the weight, lightly push the object with your hands to see if it moves easily. (No back injury required!)   If it’s too heavy, ask for help. This concept is one of the most effective and overlooked strategies to prevent injury to yourself and others. Try it. Go ahead, actually ask for help. Seriously, I think you’ll fall in love with the results. If you don’t love the results, I promise you a one-hundred percent money-back guarantee for all of the money you paid to read this. (If you actually did pay to read this, please let me know so I can get a percentage.)   If it’s still too heavy, use the right tool. A handtruck or lifting straps can literally save your life, especially if you’re moving a stainless steel fridge-monstrosity on a tightrope, over a molten lake of lava. If you want to become (easily) a lot smarter than most people, you can use these tools for smaller items as well. (It’s super effective!)   Possible side effects of poor lifting strategies include: Headaches, nausea, back pain, hemorrhoids, plastic surgery, and possibly even death (as illustrated above).   So, whenever you lift something, stand close to it, keep your back straight, and lift slowly and steadily with your legs. If you follow these general and specific lifting strats, heck, you might even have some fun!   Need help moving your heavy stuff? Move with Apex! We follow a set of core values, have an excellent reputation with the BBB, and are a part of Stevens Van Lines. We also provide a free moving estimate.

It looks like we have quite a bit of Summer heat inbound. Hopefully you already cooled down a bit with your free “July 11th” Slurpee from your local 7/11 convenience store. If you missed the cutoff time or the day entirely, don’t feel too bad, the frozen beverages, though free, were incredibly small, plus they aren’t that good for you anyway. (Full disclosure: I got one anyway.)

A couple of weeks ago we gave you some personal tips on how to Stay Frosty, Ice-Cream Cone. I’m here to provide you with three team-oriented tips on how to cool down your house and help your whole family chill, without an air conditioner:

1) Close your windows, shades and curtains.

It may seem like blowing air through an open window is a good plan, but only if the air outside is cooler than what’s inside. Keeping your doors, windows and blinds closed, traps the cooler air inside. This will make your house a bit darker, but it will dramatically reduce the temperature in your home. Window glass converts solar energy to heat and open curtains pour that heat directly into your house, while closed curtains block most of it. The darkness inside your house will probably make little difference to you because you’ll likely be outside or at work during the day. What vampire wants to sit inside the house on a sunny day? (Answer: Every vampire. All of them.)

2) Blow some air around.

Moving air definitely helps you feel cooler. Unfortunately, once your house gets hot inside, just blowing hot air around is not enough to make sleeping comfortable. And most of us don’t have a clue on how to effectively blow hot air out of our houses. Here’s what I’ve learned: The first key is to have fans (plural, at least 2). The second key is fan placement, which leads to Tip 3.

3) Use fans strategically to blow the hot air completely out.

First, you can’t just conjure cold air from nowhere. It must exist already, and second, you must find a way to release the hot air as well as invite the pale frozen winds inside. (Why pale? It, sounds… colder, right?)

Knowing what you know now, wait until nightfall to begin your devious plan. Once night falls, open your windows. Place fans in the upper windows facing out (if you have multiple stories). This will blow the hot air out and bring the cold air in from outside. If you have a single story home, blow the air across your house. Remember, the cold air has to come from outside, so at least a couple of the windows should not have fans in them, or those fans should point inward.

If you follow these steps, your house should cool down and stay a lot cooler, unless of course, the air outside stays hot during the night. If so, good luck with that. Otherwise, enjoy chilling in your cool, yet un-airconditioned home.

Now your house is cool. Like, totally rad, dude (or dudette).

Moving in the Summer heat? Move with Apex!

We follow a set of core values, have an excellent reputation with the BBB, and are a part of Stevens Van Lines. We also provide a free moving estimate.

 

The Mind Map. Awesome. You might have heard of it. You might not. But I am about to tell you about something that saved me from going insane, off my rocker, completely and utterly bonkers, last year.

People are busy. I’m busy, you’re busy, we’re all busy. Whether it’s work, birthday’s, weddings, or everyday responsibilities, it can be tough to keep track of all that information.

I understand completely. Last year I struggled with keeping track of what needed to get done. It was incredibly frustrating. I wasn’t a very nice person because I was stressed out.

Then I remembered a concept my dad taught me: The Mind Map.

What is a Mind Map?

Quite simply, a mind map is a map of your mind. Or, more accurately, of your current thoughts, ideas, or tasks. It allows you to pour all of the info rattling around in your brain onto a sheet of paper. It could look something like this:

mind map exampleNow whenever I feel confused or overwhelmed, I just write out a quick mind map (It only takes around 60 seconds) of everything I need to do. Almost immediately my mind is free to think of other things, instead of shutting down, just trying to hang on to my thoughts, which are now (quite conveniently) on paper. I could finally relax.

The best part of The Mind Map, is that it works for anything and for everyone. Designing a video game? Mind-map it. Writing a book or a news story? Mind-map it. Planning a wedding? Mind-map it.

I think you’ll love the results. I did. And I still do.

Planning a move? Mind-map it, and move with Apex!

We follow a set of core values, have an excellent reputation with the BBB, and are a part of Stevens Van Lines. We also provide a free moving estimate.

“What happened to my patio furniture? Oh, yeah, I remember. I wrapped it in duct-tape and buried it in my backyard for the Winter. Now where was that hole?” Before winter begins, we wrap up our patio furniture to avoid the rust, mold, and dirt that comes with the rain and sometimes the snow. (Snow is awesome, just saying.) But the process is inverted when Summer comes back around. Stop. Summer Time. (Like Hammer Time, get it? No? Go back to sleep.)   Inbound are three simple steps to set up your patio furniture for Summer: Step One: Unwrap Unwrap the water proof covers and get out the cushy cushions.   Step Two: Wipe off Wipe down the hard surfaces for a heavenly shine.   Step Three: Dust Dust off the soft surfaces and remove any food stains that remain from the previous season. (Yes, it’s usually a good plan to get rid of those chocolate stains on the patio chairs before anyone sits down, for obvious reasons.) “Found the patio furniture! It was under the dog kennels!”   Looking for a new home for your patio furniture? Move with Apex! We follow a set of core values, have an excellent reputation with the BBB, and are a part of Stevens Van Lines. We also provide a free moving estimate.  
Some people are pack rats. Well, we aren’t literally pack rats, but we ACT like pack rats. Back-pedaling again, MANY people act like pack rats. They store, save, keep, carry, hide, and protect their “special” stuff from being thrown out. I know, I’m one of them. But it’s time to start throwing!   Over time we build up so much not-so-special-junk, that it becomes a horrible nightmare when we finally start tossing out the pointless knick-knacks. Knick-knacks, like the solid-as-a-rock exotic gum from Australia, the dragon(ish) stuffed animals you got in Japan, and the ten-foot, 6-inch piece of steel that looks like it came from that famous crashed jet’s left turbine. Sometimes, this stuff may be disguised as potentially useful things that you just haven’t used in a long time. For example, the massive exercise ball in your basement (that, realistically, you probably won’t ever use) or that lawn mower in your garage that’s only missing a few spare parts. Unfortunately, the random, the bizarre, and (even a lot of the) fascinating items lying around, are frequently not worth the space they’re wasting. Do you have a Goodwill nearby? If so, take the time to figure out what needs to be thrown away and what should be donated.   At first, you might feel a bit sad. But ultimately, I think you’ll be quite impressed with the results.   Making a “clean” getaway? Move with Apex! We follow a set of core values, have an excellent reputation with the BBB, and are a part of Stevens Van Lines. We also provide a free moving estimate.

Summer is inbound. And it’s time to get ready. So, ladies and gentlemen, start your metaphorical engines! In the next three weeks we are going to talk about three things (Three and three, what a concept, right?):

  • Clothes

  • Donations

  • Furniture

First of all, it’s time to put away those winter clothes and bring out the shorts and tank-tops. I have been wearing jeans and overcoats for what seems like a century (and it’s only been 9 months)! Storing all that winter gear provides a lot more room and will generally reduce clutter.

Secondly, make sure to wash your winter clothes before you put them away. This is a no-brainer for most people. (But, I swear, some people have no brain.) Clean clothes don’t attract moths or other pests nearly as much as unwashed ones.

Finally, store the clothes in a dark, cool, and dry location (preferably a vampire-bat cave, if you have one nearby). Thus avoiding sun damage, mold, and generally keeping them fresh and ready for you when winter rolls back around.

Making a sunny summertime move? Move with Apex!

We follow a set of core values, have an excellent reputation with the BBB, and are a part of Stevens Van Lines. We also provide a free moving estimate.