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.
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!
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:
Now 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!
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?):
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!