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Hiring MoversThe decision to hire professional movers could eliminate much of the stress that accompanies moving day. In some cases, however, you might be better served by renting a moving truck and managing the relocation process yourself. The best way to decide the right option for you is to first identify the pros and cons of hiring movers well in advance of your next move. The list below is designed to help you reach that ultimate conclusion.

Pros of Hiring a Moving Company

  1. Minimize stress: Carrying boxes and furniture into and out of your home throughout moving day will take its toll on your body. Almost as soon as you are done with the “heavy lifting”, you will then need to start opening all of those boxes to put everything away in your new home. Investing in a moving service can help you avoid that stress and save valuable energy along the way.
  2. Additional Labor: Nobody can move alone, and it’s not always easy to get your friends and family to volunteer. Hiring a moving company will solve this issue while also ensuring the proper tools, equipment and moving supplies needed for a successful move.
  3. Valuable Experience: Professional movers understand the best way to load and unload a moving truck. They can not only maximize space to avoid the cost of additional trips, but also load the truck in a way that saves time during the unloading process. This will ultimately help the move go as quickly and safely as possible while keeping you organized along the way.

Cons of Hiring a Moving Company

  1. Financial Investment: You just invested significant money in a new home along with new furniture and décor, and you might not have the resources available for hiring a moving company. If you have friends and family willing to help you move, you could save money with a rental truck and doing it yourself.
  2. Personal Touch: Hiring a moving company could sometimes result in damaged items or broken family heirlooms. Movers may be more inclined to rush through their job and break your fragile belongings as a result. By moving yourself, however, you will be more inclined to offer that personal touch to ensure everything will stay in one piece.
  3. Avoid Moving Scams: Unfortunately, not all moving companies have your best interest at heart. If you don’t spend time doing your research and properly vetting the moving company you hire, you can risk the potential of falling into a moving day scam that could cost you time and money.

If you need additional space in your new home or moving supplies to assist with your move, consider ezStorage. The knowledge professionals on the ezStorage team are available to assist with your moving or storage needs. We have 46 self-storage locations featuring state-of-the-art facilities throughout the Baltimore, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. areas so you can find the right local storage near you.

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Decluttering A HomeLearning how to declutter your home is an important aspect of any spring cleaning project, and with any decluttering project, it is important to focus on the “big payoff” items first. If the storage spaces within your home are already packed full, then it is time to place those household belongings in storage. Self-storage is a great place to store seasonal clothing, extra furniture, collections, or anything else that is cluttering up your home you do not plan on donating or selling.

Decluttering Tips: 10 Things to Get Rid of in a Decluttering Project

  1. Mismatched storage containers: Match up lids to bottoms of storage containers throughout your kitchen. If you can’t find a match, recycle them or throw them away.
  2. Old or unused kitchen equipment: Throw out old and unused kitchen equipment. If it’s gathering dust, it’s taking space you could better use for something else.
  3. Outdated bathroom items: Throw away old and outdated cosmetics, medicine and first aid items. Check the expiration date and clear out space for anything past its prime.
  4. Clothes you don’t wear anymore: Go through your bedroom closets and pull out anything you don’t wear anymore. If it’s still in good shape, donate those items, if it’s not throw it away. For seasonal clothing items, self-storage units could be a great solution for additional decluttering.
  5. Throw out old office equipment: Do you still have a fax machine in your home office? Throw out any office equipment you are no longer using to increase storage space around your home; this include old office supplies like pens, pencils, empty tape dispensers, etc.
  6. Stacks of magazines, newspapers and unread books: Maybe you’re holding on to those magazines because there’s a recipe you wanted to try out, or you just haven’t had time to read that paperback. If several months have passed and you still aren’t getting around to reading them, recycle them or consider donating them to a hospital, school or senior center.
  7. Miscellaneous cords, cables or wires: Many people have a box of random cords and cables for electronics they may not use or even own anymore. Before tossing them, just make sure none of them go to anything you’re currently using.
  8. Unused vases: If you have a stash of vases in a cupboard from various floral gifts, box most of them up and take them back to a local florist. Keep only your favorites.
  9. Expired food and spices: Go through your refrigerator or pantry and check expiration dates. If items are about to expire, make sure you use them up in the next week or so. Anything past the use-by date needs to get tossed.
  10. Paperwork and receipts: Unless you need certain documents and receipts at tax time, start shredding those piles of paperwork on your desk, table, counters, etc.

The more often that you declutter a home, the easier the task will become. For example, instead of a daunting project once a year, follow these decluttering tips on a monthly basis. Keep a bag or a box nearby for items that you can donate, and once the box or bag is full, take it to the donation center. Then repeat this process regularly.

ezStorage has moving and packing supplies to help in decluttering your home this year. If you need a place to store additional items that no longer fit inside a room after you declutter your home, then renting a self-storage unit is a great home storage solution. ezStorage has a variety of storage unit sizes to fit any storage need, so stop in to any of our 46 locations to find out how we can help!

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Evolution of Earth Day

Earth Day Washington DCEarth Day is celebrated every year on April 22nd. The annual event was created in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson to promote ecology and encourage respect for the Earth by shining a spotlight on soil, water and pollution. Over the last decade, Earth Day has also evolved into a week-long celebration of the green movement. Starting today and continuing throughout next weekend, several fun and educational events are being held in Washington, D.C and Baltimore to celebrate Mother Nature for the whole family to enjoy.

During these Earth Day events in D.C. and Baltimore, you will get simple tips for helping to protect our environment on a daily basis; everything from the opportunity to learn best practices in recycling, how to repurpose and reuse boxes, bottles, and cans along with properly disposing of computers, cell phone batteries and other electronic items. There are games, prizes, music and food as well to help celebrate the beauty of our planet, and a couple events throughout the area are listed below for your reference. For more Earth Day Events in D.C. and Baltimore check out EarthDay.org.

Earth Day Events in Washington D.C.

Earth Day at the National Zoo: Saturday, April 23 10AM-2PM

Earth Day Washington, D.C via Smithsonian National Zoo

“The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is committed to saving species and our planet. Did you know that the Zoo recycles approximately 100 tons of materials and composts 600 tons of waste each year? This Earth Day, make the Zoo your go-to place to participate in green-themed activities. You'll have the chance to get gardening tips from our expert horticulturists, take a tour of the Zoo's green facilities, attend special demonstrations, and more. Don't forget to ride your bike!”

Alexandria Earth Day: Saturday, April 30 10AM-2PM

Earth Day Washington, D.C. via Alexandria.gov

“Mark your calendar for Alexandria Earth Day 2016! This year's celebration will be held at Lenny Harris Memorial Fields at Braddock Park, 1005 Mt. Vernon Ave., on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year's theme is Choose to Reuse - Your Choices Matter. The event will include educational exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages! This year's event will also feature the Upcycling Showcase, where students will showcase their creative interpretation of Earth day through literature, fashion, visual arts and performing arts.”

Earth Day Events in Baltimore

Party for the Planet at Maryland Zoo: Saturday, April 23, 2016 10:00AM-3:00PM

Earth Day Baltimore via MarylandZoo.org

“During Earth Week, our on-grounds Education programming will be themed as a “Party for the Planet.” Come celebrate Earth Day by learning how you can make the world a greener place. All activities are free with Zoo admission.”

Earth Day at Montgomery Parks: Sunday, April 24 12:00PM-4:00PM

Earth Day Baltimore via MontgomeryParks.org

“What better place than Brookside Gardens, M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks, to celebrate Earth Day? Through volunteering, walks and tours, earth friendly activities and browsing our green craft fair, you can learn while having fun. Interactive family-friendly activities and a “green” vendor and craft fair will be offered from 12noon- 4pm. Enjoy wildflower and plant walks starting at 12:30pm. Discover how small changes in your everyday habits can make a big impact on improving our environment.”

ezStorage Supports the Green Movement

ezStorage is a self-storage company that is proud to support Earth Day throughout the year by being part of the “green” and sustainable movement. Our latest Baltimore area ezStorage facilities, Elkridge and Charles Village, are considered “green” facilities having earned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certifications. Our storage facility in Elkridge and our storage facility in Charles Village utilize LED energy efficient lighting, native plants in the landscaping around the buildings, use reflective room membranes and are water, waste and energy efficient. All future ezStorage facilities will be LEED certified.

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