Top Five Apps for Moving Day

With the ever-growing number of mobile apps out there it can be difficult to know which ones you’ll really use and which ones you’ll never even open. If you’re moving to a new house or apartment soon, we’ve got you covered. These five apps are all you need to use when it comes time to start packing your things.

1. Sortly

There’s no shortage of checklist apps on the market. Most phones come with simple to-do list apps pre-installed that are useful when you need to make a trip to the grocery store. But when it comes to moving, things get more complicated. Sortly is an app designed just for that. It has many uses aside from moving, like doubling as an inventory system for small businesses. It’s great for moving because it allows you to sort, organize, print QR labels for your boxes, take pictures, add notes and more.

2. MoveAdvisor

Another useful multitasking moving app is MoveAdvisor. However, it’s most useful feature for your move will be its detailed timeline. With MoveAdvisor you can schedule out all of the important details weeks or months in advance, all the way up to your moving date. With its reminders you’re sure to stay on track and feel prepared once moving day arrives.

If you’re planning on hiring a moving company, MoveAdvisor will also provide you with lists and reviews of movers in your area and help you calculate moving costs.

3. TaskRabbit

Moving requires lots of help. From simple errands, to cleaning and shopping, TaskRabbit is the app that connects you to people that you can pay per task completed. Jobs done from TaskRabbit workers are insured and workers are highly vetted so you don’t have to worry about the security of your things.

When it comes to your move, you can hire people on TaskRabbit to help you complete a number of moving-related tasks. You can commission a helper to pack and box your things for you, or to lift, move, and assemble furniture. The help doesn’t end there, however… you can also hire someone on TaskRabbit to help you clean up your old home or prepare your new home for you during your move.

4. Google Maps

The most important app for the drive to your new home will be a reliable GPS app. In our experience, the app that gets you where you need to be with the fewest mistakes is Google Maps. You can map out your drive in advance, planning for rest stops to refuel yourself and your moving van. With Google Maps you can also easily share routes with other people who may be in your moving caravan so that everyone’s on the same page.

Moving far away? Google Maps works across country and overseas. Contact hotels right from the app to book in advance and hunt for good reviews. With Google Maps, there’s no reason the commute to your new home shouldn’t go smoothly.

5. BrightNest

So you’ve arrived at your new home, taken all of your boxes out of the moving van, and now it’s time to relax before you start to unpack and decorate. While you take a breather, check out BrightNest. It’s a haven for great ideas on decorating and arranging furniture. It will also give you recipe ideas for your first meal in your new home. Enjoy!

 

 

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Orange Peel Cleaner

There are many ecologically friendly cleaning products available in stores today, however, they can do a number on your wallet. There are great alternatives to these costly store-bought items that you can make in your own kitchen. Orange peels for instance, are an inexpensive and powerful base for an effective all-purpose cleaner.

Here is a recipe for an orange peel cleaner:

Things You Need:

  • 1 dozen oranges
  • Baking soda
  • 24-oz. or larger glass jar
  • 1 pint white vinegar
  • Strainer
  • Pitcher
  • Spray bottle
  • 1. Scrub a dozen oranges with a solution of 1 part baking soda to 3 parts water to remove pesticides and any trace chemicals.

    2. Rinse the oranges thoroughly.

    3. Peel the cleaned oranges.

    3. Put the orange peels in a clean glass jar, and cover them with the white vinegar.

    4. Cap the jar tightly.

    5. Allow the mixture to rest in a cool dark place for at least one month.

    6. Shake the vinegar concoction vigorously, and strain off the liquid into a pitcher or other wide-mouth, easy-to-pour container.

    7. Dilute the mixture with 1/2 cup water; shake or stir again, and strain the cleaner into a spray bottle for convenient use.

    Note: Lemon and lime peels can also be used with the orange peels.