Monday, February 10, 2014

Problems With Blogger

Blogger is problem after problem, so we are no longer using it. All of the blogger information has been transferred to our facebook page at You can also still reach us at or 702-433-6683 - Thank You

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Some Customers Are The Best!

"Thank you for your help making our move easier and your great customer service. I've been telling everyone!" ~Nikki Akers

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Boys New Toys

Welcome back to Reni's Cafe! Last Monday I got to go to Phoenix with Shaggy and Mike The Mover to go "shopping". What I thought would be a fun trip quickly turned out looooooong and booooooring! I got the pleasure of watching these two buy a new truck.  I have to admit, they were having fun. We went from dealer to dealer... truck lot to truck lot and I watched them pick apart every truck they looked at (if it had something wrong, they found it). I listened carefully as they rattled off about different parts and some trucking terminology... that I didn't understand. They even asked my opinion about one of the trucks (like I had a clue). They looked at over a dozen + trucks at four different lots before we stopped at Arizona Commercial Truck Sales. They quickly discounted 3 out of the 4 trucks that they had to offer, but then became stuck on one particular truck.... Then they made the deal... The truck had some issues, and the dealer fixed it (a dash light was on that they wanted off). Mike secured payment, and we were done... THANK GOD! A special thanks goes to Sales Consultant, Jeff Hefel for putting up with these two guys, and getting them the perfect truck. They bought a 2006 International 4300 with a 26' box. Its GVW is 26000lbs (whatever that means) and has 121K miles on it... The guys love there new toy! Remind me not to go shopping with them again!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Giving Back Feels So Good ! ! !

Welcome back to Reni's Cafe! Today we gave back to the community that gives us so much. As most of you know, one of the charities we love the most is the All Fur Love Animal Society. Founder, Darci  Pfeiffer, does so much to save hundreds of cats every year, and when we found out that  IMV Nevada was donating 5 pallets  of cat litter, we had to donate a truck and driver to go get them. Sounds simple, but each bag weighed 2000 pounds... each… that’s 10,000 pounds of cat litter… The bags weighed so much; we had to get a crane to pick them up to get them off the truck… big job! Special thanks to our very own, Albert Claxton, for 12 hours of hard work to help support Darci and her cats... It's a GREAT charity. If you would like to help too, make a donation, or adopt a loving cat, contact Darci at All Fur Love Animal Society.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Lots of work to do this year...

Welcome back to Reni's Cafe! Someone once told me "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise". I don't know about all that, but I do know that the guys get up early to do allot of very hard work at Clark High School. The project has created a few new positions and kept the rest of us employed, so today we would like to send out a special thanks to Clark High School's Project Manager, Don Dyer, Project Superintendent Steve Perry, and Senior Project Scheduler Michael Neher - all from McCarthy Construction. We would also like to extend our thanks to CCSD, Clark High's Vice Principle Dr. Smith, the Head Custodian Cesar, and the rest of the staff at Clark... From all of us at Interstate Contracted Movers to all of you... Thanks for everything.
We would also like to say thanks to some of our other contracts... IronCo Enterprises, Micatrotto Restaurant Group, and Cane's Chicken are our newest, and we are still working with Zappos, Cirque du Soleil, and Lennar Homes. Other contracts... CDS Publications, Allegiant Air, Greystone Nevada, The Doyle Firm, Chicago Title Insurance Company, Tutor-Saliba Corporation, and Statec Con Ser Inc have all been completed and we are looking forward to working with them on there next jobs. Thank you to everyone!!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Hand-Held Cell Phone Usage Banned

US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a final rule on November 23, 2011 specifically prohibiting interstate truck and bus drivers from using hand-held cell phones while operating their vehicles. The joint rule from the FMCSA and the Pipeline and Hazardous  materials Safety administration (PHMSA) is the latest action by the US Department of Transportation to end distracted driving.

Nearly 5474 people died and half a million were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2009. Distracted-related fatalities represented 16 percent of overall traffic fatalities in 2009, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) research.

The final rule prohibits commercial drivers from using a hand-held mobile telephone while operating a commercial truck or bus. Drivers who violate the restriction will face federal civil penal-ties of up to $2750.00 for each offense and disqualification from operating a commercial motor vehicle for multiple offenses. Additionally, states will suspend a driver’s commercial drivers license (CDL) after two or more serious traffic violations. Commercial truck and bus companies that allow their drivers to us hand-held cell phones while driving will face a maximum penalty of $11,000.00. Approximately four million commercial drivers would be affected by this final rule, which went into effect on January 3, 2012.

1-Q: What is the effective date of the Mobile Telephone rule? A: The effective date of the rule is January 3, 2012.

2-Q: Are wired or wireless earpieces allowed? A: Yes. Hands-free use of a mobile telephone is allowed using either a wired or wireless earpiece, or the speakerphone function of the mobile telephone. Wireless connection of the mobile telephone to the vehicle for hands-free operation of the telephone, which would allow the use of single-button controls on the steering wheel or dashboard, would also be allowed.

3-Q: Are commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers allowed to use push-to-talk mobile communications equipment while driving? A: Yes, provided the driver does not reach for, dial, or hold the actual mobile telephone in his/her hand while driving and the driver is able to touch the button needed to operate the push-to-talk feature from the normal seated position with the safety belt fastened. Generally, the use of this type of communications equipment does not require drivers to take their eyes off of the forward roadway because the button used to enable the driver to communicate can be operated from the normal seated position with the safety belt fastened. For example, if the mobile phone is mounted in a cradle or similar device near the driver, or there is a remote push-to-talk button near the vehicle controls to allow the driver to communicate without reaching for, dialing, or holding the actual mobile telephone in his/her hands while driving, the equipment may be used.

4-Q: Are holders of a commercial driver’s license (CDL) subject to the regulation only when driving a CMV, as defined in 49 CFR 383.5, or any vehicle? A: CDL holders are subject to the Federal rule only when driving a CMV

5-Q: What drivers are covered by the Federal rule: intrastate or interstate? CDL holders? All CMVs? A: This Federal rule covers both, drivers of CMVs in interstate commerce, and also any drivers who operate a vehicle transporting a quantity of hazardous materials requiring placarding under 49 CFR Part 172 or any quantity of a material listed as a select agent or toxin in 42 CFR part 73.

If a CMV driver is employed by a State or a political subdivision of a State (e.g. county, city, township, etc.), FMCSA safety regulations do not apply, even if the driver is engaged in interstate transportation. But if a CMV driver employed by a State or a political subdivision of a State is operating a vehicle that requires a CDL, the applicable State traffic laws would govern (e.g., Maryland’s prohibition on the use of hand-held phones). The States have 3 years to implement by State law the disqualification provision.

6-Q: What is required of the employer in terms of company policy or training? A: The rule does not require motor carriers to establish written policies in terms of company policy or training programs for their drivers. However, employers are prohibited from allowing or requiring their drivers to use hand-held mobile phones. A motor carrier may establish policies or practices that make it clear that the employer does not require or allow hand-held mobile telephone use while driving a CMV in interstate commerce. The carrier is responsible for its drivers’ conduct.
7-Q: Is dialing a phone number allowed under this rule? A: No. Dialing a mobile telephone while operating a CMV in interstate commerce is prohibited by the rule. A driver can initiate, answer, or terminate a call by touching a single button on a mobile telephone, earpiece, steering wheel, or instrument

Friday, January 20, 2012

I caught up with Mike The Mover

Welcome back to Reni's Cafe! Today I caught up with Mike The Mover and asked him to discuss his dream. I was interested in where he saw the company going. Walking away rather quickly, he said he would email be something. Not what I expected, but this is what he sent: " MLK had his dream... This is mine... I see a world where it makes no difference whether you're from the poorest barrio of Los Angeles or the largest penthouse of Manhattan; the rolling cornfields of Iowa or the bustling streets of Chicago. It doesn't matter if you grew up watching polo matches on the manicured lawns of Palm Beach or hauling lobster pots from the chilly waters of Maine. You may be a soldier in Seattle or a trucker in Texas; a coal miner in Kentucky or a scientist in San Diego. These things don't matter in the America of my Dream. I'll tell you what else doesn't matter: Where your parents were born, the color of your skin, what God you worship or don't, what gender you are, or what sexual preference you hold. The size of your bank account and the make of your car hold no sway. The only thing that will matter when this majestic land of ours fulfills my Dream will be a person's character, how hard he works, how honest she is, and what contribution an individual makes to our society. A great president, John F. Kennedy, once said, "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country." I take that a step further and beseech you to also ask what you can do for your countrymen. And the answer is this: Drop your prejudices. Drop your hatred. Drop your greed. Drop your fear of those who are different. This is a call to action for every American to move forward as one nation, one community, one brotherhood... Think you can do that?"

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Reni’s Café: Don't let this happen to you

Reni’s Café: Don't let this happen to you
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New Hours of Service Laws

FMCSA Releases New Final Rule

The long wait is over! On December 22nd the U.S. Department of Transportation released a final rule that revises the interstate hours-of-service regulations. The new rule contains five substantive changes that are of consequence to our readers. The mandatory  compliance dates are February 27, 2012 for some of the provisions and July 1, 2013 for the others. Carriers and drivers may voluntarily comply with the new rule now (it was published in the Federal Register on December 27, 2011) and in some cases it may be beneficial to do so.

What Did Not Change?

v      The maximum driving time remains at 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty

v      The 14 consecutive hour window remains unchanged

v      The 60 hours in 7 days and 70 hours in 8 days rules remain

v      The 34 hour restart provision remains…with newly imposed limitations

 What Did Change?

Rest Breaks – Although the 11 hour driving rule was retained, the new rule does not permit a driver to drive 11 hours straight. The new rule adds the following language to 49CFR 395.1, “After June 30, 2013, however, driving is permitted only if 8 hours or fewer have passed since the end of the driver’s last off-duty break or sleeper-berth period of at least 30 minutes”. So there’s the first major change. A required 30 minute break somewhere between the 3rd and the 8th hour after coming on-duty and then a driver may drive the remainder of their 11 hours.

Limitations on 34 Hour Restarts – The 34 hour restart provision (to reset a driver’s 60 hours in 7 days or 70 hours in 8 days) remains unchanged through June 30, 2013. Beginning July 1, 2013 the following limitations are added.

v      The minimum 34 hours off-duty must include two periods between 1 AM and 5 AM

v      The 34 hour restart may only be used once per week (168 consecutive hours from the beginning of the previous restart)

Definition of On-Duty Time – The current hours-of-service rule requires that all time spent in or upon a commercial motor vehicle be recorded as on-duty. The new rule excludes two specific activities from that definition.

v      Time spent resting in or on a parked vehicle

v      Up to 2 hours riding in the passenger seat of a property-carrying vehicle moving on the highway immediately before or after a period of at least 8 consecutive hours in the sleeper berth

 The first of these changes (time spent resting in or on a parked vehicle) means that a driver may spend off-duty time in the truck (sometimes the most comfortable place to be) without being confined to the sleeper berth. The second change (up to 2 hours riding in the passenger seat) allows a team driver to climb out of the sleeper after 8 hours and still remain off-duty for an additional 2 hours.

 Penalties – The new rule amends Part 386 by defining an Egregious Violation of Driving Time Limits and allowing for the imposition of maximum penalties for those violations. A driver who exceeds and a motor carrier that requires or permits a driver to exceed the driving time limits by more than 3 hours are deemed to have committed an egregious violation. The maximum penalties are $2,750 for each offense for a driver and $11,000 for each offense for a motor carrier. The compliance date is February 27, 2012.

Oilfield Exemption – The current regulations state that specially trained drivers of commercial motor vehicles which are specially constructed to service oil wells need not include waiting time at natural gas or oil well sites as on-duty time and that all such time shall be accounted for in records maintained by the motor carrier. The new rule requires that “Waiting Time” be shown on the driver’s log (or electronic equivalent) as off-duty and identified by annotations in “Remarks” or a separate line added to the grid. The compliance date is February 27, 2012.

The Bottom Line

The hours-of-service regulations have been challenged in federal district court three times since 2003. Safety advocacy groups, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, trucking associations, motor carriers and individual drivers have all objected to the rule for their own reasons.

 We, at Right Lane Consulting, understand your frustration with the constantly changing regulations. We can’t know, with any degree of certainty, what the future will bring. We do know that commercial vehicle/driver inspections are still being performed and carrier and driver safety data is being collected on a daily basis. Staying current on regulatory changes may require a bit more time and effort right now but it’s the best way to protect your bottom line.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Employee Lunch with Mike The Mover

Welcome back to Reni's Cafe! Food Fight... Today we would like to send out a special thanks to Area Manager of Cane's Chicken and his wife Jason & Elizbeth Zwerin, and everyone at Micatrotto Restaurant Group. After we relocated them from Las Vegas to Phoenix, Jason & Elizbeth supplied us with enough food to feed our small army. The food was GREAT!!!... The sauce was the boss, the toast was the most, and the chicken was kicken... Thanks for everything. (the fight was over who got the last piece of chicken)

In other news, D-Mac has been working hard to round up food for the Stray Cats MC 3rd annual Food drive benefitting Three Square Food Bank. Three Square is Southern Nevada’s only food bank providing food assistance to the residents of Lincoln, Nye, Esmeralda and Clark Counties. If you would like to help, they are located at 4190 N. Pecos Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89115. Moving on to Clark High School and McCarthy Construction. With the successful move-in on phase II and the successful move-out on phase III, construction is again underway at the school. ICM management would like to extend a big thanks to all the guys that helped make this project a success... completed on time and without incident. Thanks for all the hard work. Phase III/IV should begin over spring break and this summer.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

ICM employee of the year - Congratulations

Welcome back to Reni's Cafe! It is time again for us to close out the old year and open a new one... Good bye 2011... Hello 2012!!! One of my biggest trills is getting to post the employee of the year award before anyone knows who got it. So, can I get a drum roll please....  In every company there is one employee that visibly sticks out head and shoulders above the rest, and our company is no different. This is the employee that shows up on his days off, stays late to complete projects, and goes way out of his way to deliver the best customer service possible. He even volunteers to work holidays. A BIG congratulations to Mr. Daniel Leggett for this achievement! Daniel is a full time employee and full time college student who learns quickly and excels at everything he dose. From all of management, we would like to send out a special thank you for all your dedication and hard work. We are very proud to employ employees of your caliber, and hope to have another great year with you.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Rounding up 2011

Welcome back to Reni's Cafe. As we are rounding up 2011 and getting ready for 2012 there is allot to be done. Mike The Mover and Howard have been very busy getting "the books" done. Apparently allot of new data will be tracked in 2012. Cowboy and Shaggy have been working hard on the trucks and doing their part with the Christmas Toy Drive, and Thanksgiving at Aunt Carol's with all the trimmings was the best. The next big job is for HR to nominate 2 employees per location to find the employee of the year. I bet going through every employee file can be a task.  I can't wait to see who wins it! With Christmas just weeks away, the moving industry is starting to slow down, but it is good to see everyone in the seasonal cheer... Hope you too are having a safe and warm holiday season.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Halloween in Vegas

Roaming the Strip and Fremont for Halloween is like being at the world's largest adult costume party.  This year I went with D-Mac and dressed as a biker, which wasn't hard to do seeing we always look like that. Taking pictures of all the best customs, dancing to the many live bands, and drinking just a little too much was all part of the fun. We saw god walking with the devil, a transformer dancing, a group of smurfs, and many things that we just didn't understand (like a man wearing a cardboard box for pants, no shirt, and a diaper on his head). Every where we went was different, and every place had contest for the best outfit. In total I think I took about 600 pictures filling my memory card. After carefully reviewing them, J-Lo insisted that this was the best costume. All of the top picks will be posted on Facebook  is you can pick your best.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Moving Tips: 101 Best Moving Tips

Getting Organized

  1. Start early- Almost everyone has more stuff than they think they do, and almost no one leaves enough time to pack it.
  2. Room Lists- Start by forming two room lists, one for your current place and one for your future place. This will help you manage what has to go where.
  3. Room Inventory- Go to each room and write down the types of things that need to be packed: furniture items, length of shelving, closets, etc.
  4. Time Allotment- Make sure to leave enough time. The most common timeframe reported by people moving is that it takes a month to pack. One study reported that it takes 4-5 hours to pack an average dorm room, so that should give you an idea of what’s involved.
  5. Calendar- Pull out a calendar and plan by day when each room will be completed.
  6. Delegation- If you’re moving with family members, agree with them exactly while tasks they will be doing and the date they will be finished.
  7. Track your progress- at least once per week track where you are against the date on the calendar. Revise your plan if you’re falling behind.

Finding Great Movers

  1. Only hire the best- If you choose to hire professional movers, do your research and hire good ones. Poor quality movers really can be worse than none at all.
  2. Referrals- Get referrals from local real estate agents and friends who have moved recently.
  3. Licensing- Only consider movers that are licensed, bonded and insured.
  4. Research- Investigate your potential movers through the U.S. Department of Transportation, MovingScam-dot-com and the Better Business Bureau.
  5. In-home estimates- Evaluate a minimum of 3 movers based on in-home estimates of goods to be moved.
  6. Price- Price isn't the only factor- extremely low bids indicate a desperate mover.
  7. "Binding Not-To-Exceed"- Ask for a written "Binding Price", estimates always change but a binding price does not.
  8. Avoid "rogue movers"- if you feel uncomfortable, trust your instincts! Never agree to move your possessions with anyone you don’t trust.

General Packing Tips

  1. Pack a suitcase- For each member of the family moving, pack a suitcase as if you’re all going on a 3-day vacation, including changes of clothes, medications, eyeglasses, toiletries, etc. Keep the suitcases separated from all the other items to be moved, such as in your car, at your new workplace, etc. so you’ll have everything you need for the first few days without searching through boxes.
  2. Create “Open Me First” boxes- Pick one or two boxes per room as "Open Me First" boxes. Put in them the things you'll need first at your new location. Then mark the sides of the boxes so you'll know which ones are which.
  3. One at a time- Wherever possible, work on packing just one room at a time (instead of several all at once) to keep things focused and organized.
  4. Less is more- Use packing as a way to clean out belongings for donations, a yard sale, and/or the recycling center. Aim to eliminate 1/3 of your belongings. You'll save time and expense.
  5. Off the floor- Instead of the floor, use a completely cleared-off table top or counter in each room for packing boxes. You'll find you get much more accomplished.
  6. Tracking small parts- When taking apart items to be moved, such as tables, securely tape screws and other small parts securely to the underside of the item. You'll always know where to look and save time putting things back together.
  7. Save space- Use towels, pillows and t-shirts you’re packing as extra padding around fragile items. It will save room in your boxes.
  8. Criss-cross tape- Tape boxes along the seams where the flaps meet together. Then tape perpendicularly at the center of the first tape, forming a cross.
  9. Stacking- Stack boxes with the heaviest on the bottom, lightest on top to prevent crushing.
  10. The 30-pound rule- Keep each box below 50 pounds absolute maximum and below 30 pounds wherever possible. Heavier boxes lead to injuries, are much more likely to burst their tape or seams and tend to get dropped.
  11. Scale- Keep a bathroom scale in the room you're packing so you can keep the boxes below the weight limits.

Packing Electronics

  1. A picture is worth 1000 words- Use a digital or cell phone camera to take pictures of how complicated wiring (computer cords, speaker wires) is hooked up. Be sure to use plenty of light and careful focus so the pictures will be clear. Print each picture and put it in the top of the box holding the item. This will make hooking up the items in your new place much easier.
  2. Original is best- Always use the original packaging when available. (I realize that most of us don’t have the original packaging for much of anything, but I thought I would bring it up anyway).
  3. Double boxing- For especially fragile electronics, pack them first in a box with an excessive amount of biodegradable packing peanuts. Then pack that box in a larger box filled with biodegradable packing peanuts. This two-box system seems like a pain but seems to do a better job isolating items from jarring impacts.
  4. No loose ends- Wrap each cord carefully with cable organizers, heavy twist ties or heavy rubber bands. Never throw unwrapped cords into boxes- they get tangled and caught on other items.
  5. Cord labels- Consider getting a label maker and labeling the end of each. Then you'll know exactly which cord you're seeing and where each end connects when you put things back together.
  6. The two-inch rule- Use at least 2" of biodegradable packing peanuts around each side of fragile items.

Box Inventory and Labeling

  1. “Fat” is in- Use the thickest, darkest marker you can find for labeling boxes. Pencils, pens, tin or light markers are almost impossible to see even just a few feet away.
  2. Two sides- Label each box on the two broadest sides, opposite one another. That way if a box gets turned, you can still identify its contents.
  3. Abbreviate room names- Start box labels with the abbreviated name of the room followed by a box number, such as “BTH2-6” for "second bathroom, 6th box." You can then track each box to make sure everything arrived safely.
  4. Label "Open Me First" on boxes where it applies.
  5. Mark "Fragile" where appropriate.
  6. Identify contents- Identify the major contents and where they came from, such as "Medicine Cabinet" or "Linen Closet- Towels and Wash Cloths."
  7. Box Inventory- Keep a clipboard and write down each box's room, box number and contents (graph paper is great for keeping things recorded neatly).
  8. Verifying delivery- When unloading, check off each box as it gets unloaded at your new place. Then you'll know everything arrived safely.
  9. Labels out- Ask movers to stack boxes in your new place with the labels facing out so that you can easily spot a specific box.

Letting People Know

  1. Post Office- File your change of address with the Post Office at least 30 days prior to the date of the move.
  2. Referrals- Ask everyone you notify for a referral in your new area.
  3. Records- Get copies of your existing records (transcripts from schools, medical records from doctors, etc.) while you’re notifying the changes of address.

Change of Address- Who To Notify

  1. Accountant/tax preparer; Alumni associations; Attorneys
  2. Babysitter/ child care provider; Banks (auto loans, checking accounts, credit cards, home equity, IRA’s, mortgage, safe deposit box, savings account); Broker; Business cards (order new ones if applicable)
  3. Cell phone provider; Child care/ daycare; Chiropractor; Courts, especially for traffic tickets or local disputes; Credit bureaus; Credit card issuers
  4. Dentist; Department of Motor Vehicles; Diaper service; Doctor; Dry cleaning pick-up and delivery
  5. Family members and friends
  6. Health clubs; House cleaning service; House of worship
  7. Insurance providers (auto, health, life, other vehicles); IRS (form 8822)
  8. Lawn care; Luggage tags (replace existing ones)
  9. Magazine subscriptions
  10. New business cards; New employer; Newspaper subscriptions
  11. Old employer; Orthodontist
  12. Parent-teacher association; Passport; Pet sitter/ dog walker/ pet day care; Pharmacy (BONUS: get year-to-date expense summary for taxes); Physical therapist; Physician (BONUS: get referral for new location); Post office; Professional organizations
  13. Retirement plan holders; Return address labels (order new ones)
  14. Schools (BONUS: get copies of transcripts); Snow removal service; Social Security Administration; Swimming pool maintenance (pool cleaning, pool opening or closing); Swimming pool memberships
  15. Veterinarian BONUS get vet records and recommendations
  16. Water delivery service

Moving With Kids

  1. Get a children's book on moving for smaller kids. Consider “The Berenstain Bears’ Moving Day.”
  2. If appropriate, let children pick their room.
  3. If possible, let kids pick a decoration (poster, light switch, name banner, etc.) for their new room.
  4. Pack a kid's sized suitcase and let each child pick out a special toy to keep with them and a special outfit to wear on "new home day."
  5. If the child has a special dish or cup, include it in the kitchen "Open Me First" box so familiar items await them at their new place.
  6. Consider unpacking the kids' rooms first, or at least their "Open Me First" boxes to help them settle in.

Open Me First Box: The Kitchen

  1. Aluminum foil or plastic wrap
  2. Break-proof or disposable flatware, cups, and plates
  3. Coffee maker and coffee (don’t forget the filters!)
  4. Dish detergent
  5. Frying pan and spatula
  6. Pet food and bowels
  7. Scissors
  8. Tea kettle

Open Me First Box: Main Bathroom

  1. Bath mat
  2. Bath towels
  3. First-aid kit (aspirin, band-aids, hydrogen peroxide)
  4. Shampoo
  5. Shower curtain and rings
  6. Soap
  7. Toilet paper
  8. Toothbrushes and toothpaste

Open Me First Box: Tool Room or Drawer

  1. Duct tape
  2. Flashlight
  3. Flat-head screwdriver
  4. Hammer
  5. Level
  6. Phillips-head screwdriver
  7. Picture hangers
  8. Tape measure
  9. Utility knife

Moving Day

  1. Again, start early- You want to have everything as organized as possible prior to the arrival of the movers.
  2. Use sitters- Recruit help in watching your small kids and pets on Moving Day. Your attention will be needed for the nuts and bolts of the move.
  3. Have food ready- Whether you have professional movers or friends and family, having coffee, orange juice, and bagels or donuts available will make it easier for everyone to get started.
  4. Cell phone numbers- Make sure you have the cell phone number of the driver of the truck entered into your cell phone, and that the driver has yours in case you get separated or have a problem.
  5. Proper payment- Almost all professional movers will demand payment in full and in cash before they will unpack a single box. Make sure you have payment ready.
  6. Directions- Have directions and a map ready for anyone will be driving between your old place and your new place.


  1. Unpacking Plan- Just like with packing, have a plan for unpacking. Otherwise you're likely to end up frustrated with a sea of half-opened boxes with your necessities still "missing in action."
  2. Prioritize Rooms- Focus on "Open Me First" boxes in the bathrooms and kitchen first.
  3. Trash and Recyclable Boxes- Keep at least one trash bag (for the real trash) and one large emptied box (to hold used packing paper and biodegradable "peanuts") available in each room BEFORE you start the heavy unpacking.
  4. Time Limits- Set an objective of unpacking a certain number of boxes each day until all the boxes are all unpacked.