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Taking the Stress Out of Your Move

When my husband found a new job several provinces away, I knew that we needed to move as soon as possible. I rushed to find boxes, tape, and a moving truck that I could rent myself. In the excitement and rushed state of the move, I ended up breaking a computer, several antique dishes, three vases, and a recliner. The move ended up costing me several hundred extra dollars on replacement items. When my small family needed to move again, I did my research. I found out how to pack correctly and I also learned how to use pods, storage spaces, and professional movers to my advantage. Not only was this move less stressful, but it was far cheaper. Learn from my research to make sure your move is stress free. You will find tips on my blog whether you are moving a household or relocating to a dorm room.

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Five Tips For Moving Your Plants In The Winter

by Deann Wade

Moving in the winter creates special challenges, but it can be especially hazardous for your leafy friends. Moving your beloved plants in the winter isn't always easy, but if you follow the right tips you can keep your plants protected through the move. Here are five tips for moving your plants in the winter:

1. Pack for warmth

To protect your plants from the elements and to allow them to be safely transported, you need to pack them. If they are in clay pots that may become stressed by the cold or broken by the move, transfer them to plastic containers. Then, place the plants in large moving boxes.

Put some packaging material around the boxes to keep the plants steady, cover them with paper bags to protect their branches, and then add sheets to the top for extra warmth.

2. Transport the plants in a temperature-controlled environment

If you are moving more than an hour or two away, you do not want to put your plants into the back of a potentially cold moving truck. Instead, put your plants in your car with you. That way, you can control the temperature and keep on eye on them as you travel.

3. Remember to water the plants

A lot of movers advise not watering plants during the move, but if you are moving in the winter, you may need to avoid this advice. The dry air of winter can dry out the soil under your plants. Bring some water in your car so that you can water the plants as needed.

4. Don't leave the plants outside

If you are doing a cross country move that requires you to stay in a hotel, do not leave your plants in your car. Make sure to bring them into the hotel with you so they do not freeze. Similarly, make sure you have the heat on and ready at your new home, and when moving your stuff in, your plants should be one of the first things you carry into your new, warm home.

5. Give away plants and only move clippings

If you cannot move your plants because you don't have enough room in your car and you are worried they will die in the back of  moving truck, consider giving your plants up for adoption to good homes and moving a few cuttings instead. If you take clippings from your favorite plants, you can transport them in a bit of wet moss.

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