Posts Tagged ‘moving’

Making a moving checklist

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

At Nichol’s Moving in Slidell, LA, we know how overwhelming it can be to plan a huge move, whether you’re moving from one side of Slidell to another or across the country. We do our best to ease the process for our customers, yet, since all moves are different, there are always a number of potential issues that can arise.

One of the most important ways to make your move smoother is to prepare well ahead of time. While movers can help you make many decisions about how to best move furniture, they can’t help you decide what needs to be moved. Here are some tips for how you can prepare to make your moving process as smooth as possible.

What’s worth moving and what’s worth trashing.

If you’re like most of us, your house or apartment has been accumulating furnishings for years. One of the difficult parts of moving is deciding what’s worth keeping and what’s not. Start by junking the things you know you don’t want, like broken VCRs, camping gear you’ll never use, kitchen knives that are rusted and the exercise bike you purchased ten years ago and have never used. Then, focus on larger items to figure out if they’re really worth the hassle of transporting, like that foosball table that’s a relic from your college days.

What items are the most fragile?

There are things that are fragile, and there are items that would make your grandmother turn over in her grave if they were broken. If you have extremely valuable items and they aren’t too big, it’s best to move them before the movers arrive. If they’re too large to carry, make sure you communicate explicitly to the moving staff that they have sentimental value and need extra attention.

Set a budget

Moving shouldn’t break the bank, but it can be expensive if you don’t set a budget and stick to it. Decide on what you want to spend, before you start the process. If you don’t think you can afford the total price of a move, consider moving smaller items by yourself and only using professional movers for the big stuff.

The Best Slidell Movers

Friday, December 10th, 2010

If there ever was any doubt that we are the very best Slidell movers, let us now erase it. I’ve looked long and hard and I can not find a single mover that gets the job done as reliably, as quickly and with as few complications as we do. That’s not just blowing smoke; no other mover in Slidell has the number of positive reviews we do, and the complete lack of negative reviews. I dare you even to try to find one.

I thought it wouldn’t be hard to find another good Slidell mover but boy was I wrong. I hate to talk trash but I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised. This industry just seems to attract people with no sense of professionalism. Two guys, a van, complete contempt for others’ property and a willingness to ignore traffic laws are all it seems to take to get a moving company off the ground. I sometimes wonder if we didn’t exist if there would be one professional Slidell mover left!

Nichols: We Move You

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Louisiana is an emotional state. All puns intended. We feel joy when our Saints make an interception. We feel rage when we think of BP. We’re sorrowful when we think of how the Mississippi will inevitably change course as it has been trying to do for the last 100 years. And then there’s the emotion that can only be described in Louisiana terms: a combination of laissez le bon temps rouller, mango chutney, black pepper, moldering swamp and barking gators. Of tooth pain and jazz. Of BBQ and potholes.

Regardless of what you’re feeling, when you have to move, Nichols wants to move you. All puns intended. From our secret Slidell lair we strive to make your moving experience so stress free, so smooth and sweet that you may actually tear up. I’m not saying that’s happened often, but what does consistently occur is that our customers think they’ll have to deal with a stressful move and end up kicking back and relaxing with time to spare and all their valuables exactly where they wanted them. All with a smile on our faces.

We’re Nichols Moving, and we move you.

Moving To Louisiana? Info You Need.

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

There are some subtle differences between Louisiana, especially the Slidell, New Orleans and Covington area, and the rest of the country. Here are just a few.

1. Driving – People in Louisiana tend to be very friendly and very polite, and this carries over into driving culture. It’s not uncommon to be let into a lane or encouraged to go first through a turn, and honking is considered the epitome of rudeness unless it’s truly needed. Those of you ‘damn yankees’ coming from the northeast, as the author of this post once did, don’t be shocked if you honk your horn and are given a really dirty look. Also don’t be surprised when you get cut off. And cut off again. And again. It’s not rude – they’re not really cutting you off, they’re just not using their blinker. For one reason or another, turn signals are not used by the majority of drivers here. Sorry, them’s the breaks.

2. Passing through New Orleans’ downtown? Want to see the quarter? You’ll see a whole lot of it. The quarter is about 20 blocks square, and they’re the longest 20 blocks you’l ever drive through. Tourists, pedestrians, slow mule carriages, hordes of bicyclists and literally no two-way streets means that if you don’t go into the quarter with an exist strategy you can be there hours and hours just trying to get out. Park the car on the border and walk in the quarter. That rhymes for a reason – say it to yourself and keep saying it. Don’t worry, when you move to Slidell you’ll remember it.

3. Watch your mouth. And by that I mean what you put into it. You do not move to Slidell – or anywhere near New Orleans – to lose weight. New Orleans is known primarily for four things: Partying, drinking, music and food. And it should be reverse order. Long after you’re done partying, drinking and dancing you’re still going to have to eat and you aren’t going to find anything that isn’t fantastic and delicious and made with ingredients you know you shouldn’t have. Go on a diet now, then move. Then pinch your nose shut whenever you pass any restaurant to avoid the aromas that could tempt a monk from a vow of silence to place a to go order.

4. Haggle. Haggle like a son of a gun. Never take the first price quoted on anything unless you’re at the grocery store. It’s almost like being at an arab bazaar – the first price you’re given is often two or three times what you need to pay. You find that out when you move into town and make friends with vendors and they start being generous with you. The ethic ’round here is that they don’t want to make money off you, they just want to keep in business. Well, that’s the ethic with neighbors. WIth out of towners, it’s get out the fleecing sheers, so deal with people like us at Nichols Moving – and get a fair price.

5. Friendliness: it’s not only contagious it’s a way of life. Say hi to people you’ve met. You’ve got time. Or you make time. Don’t pass by someone you know on the street and expect them to be happy with you next time they see you – courtesy is the name of the game, and it’ll behoove anyone moving to Slidell to get good at remembering names.

Thanks for reading and have a good move. If you use Nichols, you will.

Professional Slidell Moving – Our Customers Are Great.

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

We’ll be updating our website soon with testimonials from our satisfied customers. The first part of this effort was collecting our favorite response slips and typing them up into a word document so that just in case someone should google, “best movers in New Orleans,” or, “perfect gentlemen movers in Slidell,” they’ll find us. Because that’s what our customers have had to say – “The movers were perfect gentlemen, the best in New Orleans,” and, “… what amazing stamina and professionalism!” Really, we’re blessed to be rewarded for our good work with satisfied, outspoken customers.

In the next week we’ll have a new section for each city (Slidell, Covington, Mandeville, New Orleans) dedicated to detailing moves to and from those locations. On these pages we’ll place the testimonials. The only hard part is choosing which happy moving clients to feature – they were all so positive it’s hard to pick the right ones!

Happy Halloween from Nichols Moving

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Happy Halloween, Louisiana! We have a very, very important moving tip for you this evening of the day of the dead: Don’t try to move on a holiday.

It’s common sense: big crowds and fun-seeker’s traffic does not for a smooth move make. Unfortunately, for many in Slidell or Covington, the lure of an extra day off is too much to resist and out come the boxes and rubber bands.

Listen: this is a bad idea. Don’t go packing up your apartment or home and move anywhere near New Orleans, not to or from Slidell or Mandeville, anywhere near a holiday, especially Halloween. Not only will you travel no faster than ten miles an hour until you’re far from any city, you’ll be dodging kids, drunks and over-alert police the entire way.

If it’s too late and you’re trying to move right now, I’m sorry. Pull over, get out, call Nichols and go trick or treating. You’ll be happy you did.

Professional Slidell Movers Help You Get Your Security Deposit Back

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

One thing every lease (Slidell or otherwise) has in common is that it’s a pain in the butt to move out. The biggest pain is getting your security deposit back. Most leases in Louisiana or Otherwise make some prevision for a security deposit and its return. The problem is that those provisions more often than not exist just to protect the landlord.

Tenant law is different in every state but in most places, unless specified otherwise in your lease, you are required to give your landlord 30 days notice and he or she is required to deduct money only for serious damage (e.g. holes in the wall, fire, etc.) and not for normal wear and tear like worn carpet, faded paint or the like. Money can also be deducted for time the apartment spends unoccupied while you were supposed to be paying rent. If you are owed a security deposit the thing to do is go to your state’s legal assistance office (usually free, always low cost) and get a form called a deposit refund request. The legal workers can explain all the details, but the upshot is that if you are owed your security deposit, you will get it if you follow the legal process and move to or from Slidell the right way.

Moving In Slidell – Your Energy Choices

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Most people in the New Orleans Metro Area (Slidell, Mandeville, Covington and Metairie included) take for granted that they’ll be getting their electricity and gas from Entergy, but it’s not a forgone conclusion. When you move into your Slidell home you have a choice of at least four energy companies, many of them smaller than Entergy and with more family-friendly policies.

Consider Taylor energy, for example. They’ve been moving electrons to and from Slidell reliably for a good amount of time with a good record of customer service. How good? They’ve got a Facebook page – that ought to tell you they care about what you have to say. A company that wants to hear frorm you is a company that listens, and a company that listens can learn to suit your needs.

At Nichol’s we really appreciate that ethos. We want to hear from you, too. We want to know what you want in a moving and storage company. Are we serving Mandeville, Covington and Slidell the way you want us to? Tell us. Let us know, today, or call with any questions – we’re waiting to talk to you.

Moving To Or From New Orleans? The Hybrid Fruit Theory of Home Sales.

Monday, October 11th, 2010

According to this article on CNBC, it’s not being a sweetheart that helps you sell your home in today’s market. No matter how much of a southern gentleman or lady you are – no matter how many times you’ve moved to or from New Orleans – you can’t count on your manners. You have to count on your elbow grease.

That article says you need to polish your silver, neaten everything up and generally give an impression of value. That makes sense for a lot of reasons. A big purchase like a home is a serious investment. In today’s market people don’t just toss that kind of money around – they’re counting on the home lasting and they want to know you’ve taken care of it. Another reason is one of my favorite pieces of consumer psychology. It’s the Hybrid Fruit Theory.

Imagine you’re buying a used car. It’s either a peach or a lemon. A peach is sweet and a lemon leaves you sour. Only the previous owner knows which it is. Same thing if you’re moving to New Orleans and want to look at a new home. It’s either a peach or a lemon. And the only person who knows is the seller. Therefore the buyer is wary, and if you let your wallpaper peel, for instance, they’ll be wondering what is peeling on the other side of that wall. You’ve got to give them the idea they’re getting a great deal and you can’t count on them to do a whole lot of investigation. Sometimes a book is only as good as the cover.

If you’re moving and selling your New Orleans home, you need to give the impression it’s a peach or you’ll end up having no choice but to sell it at lemon prices, even if it’s the peachiest peach on the market.

The only way to hire a reliable Slidell Mover or Moving Company

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

The only way to make sure you’re hiring a reliable, professional mover in Slidell, Covington or Mandeville Louisiana (or, really, anywhere) is to check their testimonials. That’s why we’ll be updating our website shortly with just a fraction of the love letters, thank-you notes and words of relief that our pleased customers have graced us with.

We love our customers as much as our customers come to love us, and it shows. Every time one of you is pleasantly surprised at our courtesy, efficiency and professionalism we feel we’ve done what we’ve set out to do: provide you with the best moving experience you’ve ever had. Of course, considering the competition, that’s not so hard.

I’d like to say we’re surprised at every new horror story but we can’t be anymore. We’ve become desensitized. We’ve heard it all – we’re not saying every other moving company in Slidell or New Orleans are terrible, we’re just saying that’s the impression we’d get from our customers’ past experiences.

Read our testimonials before you make a decision, then make the right decision: call Nichols before you move to or from Slidell.

Another Reason To Use Professional Slidell Movers

Monday, August 9th, 2010

If you’re considering moving to, from or near Slidell you need to be careful what moving company you choose.  This is not an idle decision.  Choosing a poor mover will leave you with problems far beyond moving day.  Your Slidell mover must provide careful, considerate service.  They must have their own packing supplies, the time and patience to do the job right, respect for your space and belongings and the experience to know how not to nick a door frame with your sofa.  This is why you need professional movers.

We’ve all got family that says they’ll help us move.  They want to show off their physical prowess, their moving expertise or maybe just get brownie points for letting you use their truck or driving the U-Haul.  You don’t want to hurt cousin Bruno’s feelings, but you don’t want to hurt your cabinet’s drawers, either.  Alright, let Bruno help: let him help us. We don’t mind the extra muscle and we’ll make sure you don’t need to call an EMT to help reattach Bruno’s shoulder and pride.

If there’s one warning to take away, consider those Slidell moving companies that pretend to be professional but leave you distressed to say the least.  Consider this review of one of our competitors.

Damaged Furniture and NO REPAIR??
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 By brian – Dec 31, 2009
DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY!!! I hired S & S Moving to move a very heavy double vanity upstairs to my master bathroom. They sent three grungy kids to my home who didn’t seem to have a clue how to move a heavy piece of furniture. After about 20 minutes they decided to put my bathroom vanity on a furniture dolly and strapped it in. I had to instruct them to use blankets and/or towels (which I had to provide) to keep the metal dolly from scratching the furniture. They proceeded to move the piece upstairs. I couldn’t supervise the whole process because there was limited room on the stairs. It seemed to be moved successfully and I paid the $175 fee. I then went upstairs to gather the blankets and towels they had used to protect the furniture and discovered that they had been strategically placed over the top to conceal significant damage to one of the corners. Wood trim had been crushed and scratched by the weight of the piece. I called S & S Moving immediately and reported the damage. I was told that a furniture repair expert would be out to repair the damage withing a couple of days. I never heard back. I called again two days later and got a run around. I was told things like “He isn’t in today”, “He’s working from home”, “He’s gone for the day”, etc. It has been over a month and a dozen phone calls and no repair to my damaged furniture. DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY!!!
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We’re Your Slidell Hot Tub Movers

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Moving a hot tub or jacuzzi to or from Slidell?  You need Nichols.  I’m not the bragging sort but you just will not find a better hot tub mover anywhere nearby.

Is your whirlpool bath on the second floor of a garden district colonial?  In a double-shotgun with narrow doors?  Is it being hauled up a spiral staircase, over a balcony or down a long hallway?  Nichols moves your whole house, attic to garage, and if you’re in or near Slidell there’s no one else who can match our customer service, professionalism and expertise.  We can get your hot tub, your piano and your entire kitchen out of your apartment, down the elevator and all the way to your new home without a single dent or scratch.

But don’t take our word for it – our best references are our satisfied customers.  Although, maybe the horror stories from people who tried to move hot tubs themselves, or without a specialized mover, are also good references.

The Single Most Important Moving Tip

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

I didn’t want to say it myself but this article on superpages did, so I feel justified.  The most important choice you can make is whether or not – and which – mover to choose.  In a market as flooded (no pun intended) as New Orleans, Covington, Slidell and Hammond the choice is doubly hard.

But which mover should you choose? These days the marketplace for hired muscle such as this has exploded with new variety, and homeowners are finding their moving and storage choices increasingly confusing. Should you get college kids or seasoned professionals, freelance guys or the kind of people who come with a national brand and a website?

They’re completely right.  There are more movers – should I call them goons? – around than you can shake a very long stick at.  Don’t go shaking sticks when you’re moving, though, you might hit something fragile.  Professional movers never shake sticks.  Seriously though, how do you choose a mover?

Obviously at Nichol’s we’ll say, “Choose Nichol’s!” but on the off chance you’re reading this from outside the New Orleans metro area, I’ll give you some good advice: go with the experienced guys.  Go with the guys with the best references.  Around Slidell, Covington – hell, anywhere in Louisiana, that’s likely us.  Don’t worry about the big names, worry about results and cost.

Think safety.  Think professionalism.  Think Nichol’s.

Professional Movers Don’t Leave You Like This

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Some moving company just have no ethics at all.  When I read this yelp review of U-Haul I literally shuddered. It’s for the Gretna U-Haul but it could apply Slidell or any other one.  There’s a reason U-Haul and other self-movers are the cheap choice. No customer service is right!

What should have been a 20 minute trek turned into a THREE HOUR + fiasco. Once I crossed the GNO bridge I saw that there was in fact a parade going by. I immediately called U-Haul and asked two employees if there was an alternate route to get to my destination. One of the employees told me to take a street that the parade was rolling on!!! Long story short I talked to at minimum 5 employees for an hour and no one, not even the manager, offered me an apology for the misinformation I was given.

I just have to comment on this. There is no way Nichol’s Moving would ever treat a customer this way – it’s unconscionable.  Even on Mardi Gras day, if you call Nichol’s you get top notch customer service.  As a bonus you don’t have to drive your own moving truck through a parade!

Let’s Get Packing! Nichols can help.

Friday, July 16th, 2010

People who are moving in New Orleans often are amazed to find out how much a shotgun really holds.  (No, not that thing you take hunting.)  Those long, skinny shotgun houses don’t look that big from the front, but they go way back, and you’ve probably got a lot of wardrobes, pictures, and knick-knacks filling that space.  You’ve got your hands full with family and work.  How are you ever going to get it all packed up?

Relax.  You don’t have to do it yourself.

At Nichol’s Moving and Storage, we have packing options to fit anyone’s needs.  Let our moving pros pack your possessions properly.  We can pack up your whole house or just one closet.  Choose Kitchen Packing if you want us to take care of all those breakable glasses and dishes and leave the other rooms to you.  Our movers have the expertise to make sure your mirrors, artwork and china get to your new home intact.  We can even unpack the boxes for you at the other end.

If you’d rather do the packing yourself, we can help you there too.  Use your own materials, or save time and money by choosing one of our packing bundles.  You’ll get enough boxes, tape and paper to finish the job without a bunch of runs to the store.  Just don’t forget to label the boxes so you remember where they go!

From the North Shore to the West Bank, Nichol’s is your New Orleans area moving expert.  Let us make your move easy.

New Orleans Professional Moving Tip #8: Don’t forget about YOU!

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Okay, hotshot, you think you’re ready to move. All your clothes are packed in suitcases.  Your dishes are packed with care, in boxes marked “Kitchen” and “This End Up.”  Your paperwork is in a brightly colored binder, right there on the kitchen counter where you can grab it and go.  You’ve sent out your change of address forms, set up a date for the cable guy, and you’re all ready for the moving company.  But you still feel like you’re forgetting something.

You’re all ready to move your stuff, but are you ready to move yourself?

How are you getting to the new place?  If you’ve got a car, and you’re just going from Harahan to Metairie, you can just drive yourself.  But if you’re moving to Southeast Louisiana from far away, or you don’t have a car, this might take advance planning.  If you’re flying, plan your flights well in advance and leave yourself a little wiggle room for cancelled or delayed flights.  If you don’t have a car, see if you have friends who can drive you, or make room in your budget for taxi rides.

Make sure that you know where you’ll be staying during the move.  If you’ll be staying at your new house, it might take a while to get your bedrooms ready.  Consider bringing an air mattress with sheets and pillows.  Otherwise, find out if you can stay with friends or family, or reserve a hotel room.

It may take a while to get your cooking supplies unpacked, so be prepared for a few days of eating out or calling for takeout.  You can use Yelp or Google Maps to check out restaurant reviews in your new neighborhood, or just ask your new neighbors.  If your new house already has a fridge and a microwave, pick up some TV dinners and plastic forks from the store.

You don’t have to be exhausted from your move.  With a little preparation, and a little help from your friends at Nichol’s Moving and Storage, you can rest easy in your new home.

New Orleans Professional Moving Tip #7: Prepare your Paperwork

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Moving in New Orleans or anywhere else can be a stressful experience, and it can be exciting too.  You’re trying to get everything ready to go, you’re amazed at how much stuff you really have, and you’re imagining how you’ll arrange everything in the new space.  It’s easy to get busy and distracted, but don’t forget to take care of the boring stuff too.

Make sure to take care of all of the relevant utilities: cable TV, electric, phone, water, gas, and Internet.  If you’re moving within the same service area, you may be able to simply transfer your service to the new address.  If not, you will need to arrange to get your deposits back and set up new accounts.  You may need to bring your lease or deed to set up service.

You can file a change of address with the Postal Service online, or just pick up a form at any post office.  You will still need to tell others your new address: your employer, your bank, your friends and family, and any newspapers or magazines you subscribe to.  If you have homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, you will have to change that over as well and you may want to ask about rates on your new home.

If you’re moving to a new town, like from Treme to Thibodaux, return any library books you have checked out.  If your children will be attending a different school, be sure to get their records from the old school and enroll them at the new one.

You may want to keep important documents in a special binder, so you know just where they are instead of digging through a dozen boxes just to set up your electric service.  Don’t let your move get derailed because you left your lease in Luling.

New Orleans Professional Moving Tip #6 – Feed The Vultures

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Don’t feel like throwing things away?  Don’t want to rent a dumpster or U-Haul to move your junk?  One man’s trash is another man’s treasure and you’ll be surprised at all the organizations that will come to your home and get rid of the stuff you don’t want.

Pack up everything you DO want – see previous posts for our philosophy of what that really is – and then call goodwill, habitat for humanity, churches, etc.  There are lots of needy people in and near New Orleans who will be happy to have what you can give.  Tell them to come on buy and take whatever they may need.  Before you know it all you’ll have left will be your packed up boxes and a few things you can probably throw in the trash bin.

Is someone moving in to your old home already, or moving in next door?  Find out who it is and ask them if there’s anything you can leave for them.  You may not feel like keeping that half empty bottle of bathroom sanitizer but they’ll probably be happy to use it to get rid of your germs.  If they’re moving in next door before you’re moving out you might even be able to barter pasta, cleaning supplies or what have you for boxes and packing material as they discard them.  Everyone wins!

New Orleans Professional Moving Tip #5: First Days In Your New Home

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

OK, the moving trucks are empty and your new home is full of boxes.  You’ve traded your old keys for new ones and it’s time to relax!  Right?  Wrong.  You didn’t plan ahead, and now what could have been a stress-free first-night campout in your new home has become a night of toil.

If your going 5 miles, 50 or 500, there are a few things that you need to do to make the first few nights in a new home easy.  You want to make sure you have all the stuff you need for two or three days of camping:

  • Toiletries for everyone
  • Music, preferably battery operated.
  • Easy food: pop-top cans, water bottles, things you like to eat unheated and do not require refrigeration
  • Kitchen utensils and dishes (no use bringing food you can’t eat!)
  • Cleaning supplies of all kinds: Rubber gloves, sprays, soaps, glass cleaner, scrub brushes, johnny mops: you do not know what you’ll find when you start living somewhere, and you do not want to lay your toothbrush in someone else’s bathroom no matter how fastidious they were.
  • Batteries.  Lots of batteries.
  • Clothes.  It should go without saying, but you need to be dressed at some point.  Bring a few changes to last until laundry gets sorted out.  Make sure these are appropriate for where you’re moving to not from.  If you’re moving to New Orleans from the north, pack lighter clothes.
  • Sheets, blankets, pillows, assorted bedding.

And make sure you call ahead to turn on the electricity and gas or oil.  It might take a little longer to activate than you think.

New Orleans Professional Moving Tip #4: Love It Or Leave It

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

You never truly realize how much stuff you’ve accumulated until it’s time to move.  Packing, hauling, unpacking a reorganizing all that stuff can be overwhelming, even if the move is just from Slidell to Houma.  Solution?  Toss the rubbish and keep the rest.

Why waste time and gas on something you don’t really want?  Why waste space in your New Orleans apartment with something you squirreled away a year ago and never use?  Moving anything you don’t love or need is just plain pointless.  Here’s how to solve the problem:

  1. Make three piles in each room:
    1. Keep
    2. Toss
    3. Sell
  2. Separate all the items in that room into those three piles.  For those items it doesn’t make sense to pile up, use color-coded stickers, tape or markers.
  3. Take all the stuff in the ‘toss’ pile and decide whether you’re going to donate it, put it on the curb and place a ‘curb alert’ on craigslist or just junk it.
  4. Proceed with packing that room, then move on to the next one.

It might seem like a lot of extra work when moving is already a lot of work, but just tossing everything in the truck and hauling it to Shreveport will eventually cost you a lot more sweat.  If you don’t feel like taking the time and doing it right, do this: rent a dumpster and go through everything in your home.  Ask yourself, “When was the last time I used this?” “Do I need this? Do I love it?  Will I end up buying a new one, anyway?”  Decide that you’ll commit to throwing away the things you can’t really justify keeping.  You’ll be surprised how addictive it is, and you’ll love how much gas, space and time you end up saving.

Tip 4.2?  Use see-through trash bags.  You don’t want to pack everything up before leaving Metairie and then accidentally throw out the bag with your clothes and keep the bag with your old, rotting produce.  Use transparent, sturdy plastic bags for things you don’t want to box up so you can tell what’s in them at a glance.