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Quick Tips for an Organized Garage

As life progresses we acquire items of all shapes and sizes. Often, when these items outlast their usefulness, they up in the garage. A messy garage can create frustration and potential hazards.

Now is the perfect time to clear the clutter in preparation of warmer weather and summer fun – a time when surfboards, swim gear and camping equipment are put to use! Organizing a garage can be done in stages, but first things first: Make a plan!

1. Divide the garage into zones: storage, charity, garage sale and trash. To help streamline the process and keep items safe during the process, call PODS® to deliver a PODS® container right to your garage door.

2. Loading the PODS® container at ground level is easy, so work at your own pace. The garage didn’t become cluttered in one day so don’t expect reorganization to take place in one day, either.

3. Consider using garage organization systems to organize tools, sporting equipment, lawn and gardening tools.

4. Once the garage is organized, set ground rules for ongoing maintenance such as keeping the parking area clear and putting tools and sporting equipment back in assigned places after use.

A garage free from clutter offers a setting for weekend or school projects with the kids and an opportunity to bond with family and friends.

For more information, visit PODS.com.

The Moving Diva

February 10, 2011 Posted by | Moving | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Help at Hand: Packing and Loading your PODS® Container

Moving and storing with PODS®  is more convenient and less stressful than other alternatives. Some of our customers prefer to pack, load and unload their own belongings, but you don’t need to do everything yourself. So, if you choose to utilize packing and loading services, you can contact Moving Staffers or United Mayflower Labor Services to get quotes and additional information, or you can select your own packing and loading provider.

PODS wants your moving and storage experience to be the very best. Whether you want to pack and load the easy stuff, and let the professionals do the rest, is entirely up to you. The choice is yours. Once your things are properly packed and ready for pick up, you lock the PODS® container and keep the only key.

We also sell moving kits and supplies in a variety of packages. PODS can deliver these items with your PODS® container or send to you in advance. Contact us to place your order. It’s that simple!

Deliver. Pack. Store. Move!

We deliver an empty PODS® container at your convenience. You fill the container your way, at your pace, and call us when you’re ready for pick-up. We then can store your PODS® container in one of our secure Storage Centers for as long as needed or transport your PODS® container across town, or across country to your new destination.

PODS, The Best Moving & Storage Idea EVER!

Visit PODS.com today for more information.

BY, TINA VERVOORN

Tina Vervoorn is an accredited journalist with more than 10 years of editorial and industry experience. She currently serves as public relations manager and chief blog correspondent at Consortium Media Services. To contact the author, visit www.consortium-media.com.

February 4, 2011 Posted by | Moving | , , , | Leave a comment

Tips for Moving with Young Children

Moving is stressful for families. In some cases the home you are leaving is the only existence your child has ever known. It can be daunting, especially to little people, to say the least.

Tell your child(ren) as soon as you know you’re moving; don’t spring it on them at the last-minute. Give them time to adjust and expect tears and fears. Explain why you’re moving in terms they can understand for their age. Do you need more room? Are you relocating because of a new job?

If moving to a new city or state, go to websites that offer visual photos of the new community. You also can write to the local chamber of commerce or government offices and request printed materials to read with your kids ahead of time. Share photos and floor plans of your new home if possible and plan for the future as a family. Remain positive, even if you have fears yourself.

Be sure and pack lots of games, books or DVDs to keep children occupied if you are in for a long drive. Buy a new backpack or tote and put their favorite things inside. This way, they won’t have to look far to find items that bring comfort when you get to your new home.

PODS understands moving is stressful and offers flexible pick-up and delivery of its PODS containers when it is most convenient for families. Once your PODS container is delivered, keep it as long as needed to pack at leisure. When you’re done, simply call and schedule pickup and your belongings will be delivered to your new home on the day you specify.

PODS, The Best Moving & Storage Idea EVER! Visit PODS.com today for more information.

By: Tina Vervoorn

January 27, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Determining the cost of your move

There are many factors that will affect the cost of your move. Be sure to carefully consider these, and be prepared to find more along the way:

  • Size: The overall weight of your move can affect the price with some companies. Generally portable storage is not weight based, however with professional movers, often the heavier the move, the more it’s going to cost.
  • Distance: The number of miles you’re traveling can influence its cost greatly, as can your final destination. Keep in mind that some moving companies only serve a certain region.
  • Time: The time of year you need to move will also have an effect on your bottom line. Moving during peak times, such as the summer or holidays, often means that you’ll pay more. If you have the luxury of time, try to plan at less busy times. Look for specials during unpopular periods.
  • Level of service: Hiring a moving company to complete a “full-service” move – one where they not only transport your household items, but also pack and unpack them – will be significantly more expensive than a “self-service” move. Make sure you’re aware of the varying level of service available for your move and what works best for you.  Many times, people forget that self-moving has several levels of service available to meet your budget as well.
  • Insurance: Be sure to consider insuring your move against mishaps or even disasters. Keep in mind that moves you do yourself are usually limited to $25,000 insurance, and cover only damage caused by disasters such as auto accidents or fires.
  • Storage: Make sure to calculate if your new residence will be able to accommodate all of your belongings.  Many times, the couch you’ve had since college won’t fit in your new living room (or relationship) but hasn’t used enough duct tape to be sent to the trash bin.  Having the ability to store your extra belongings, even in the short term as you decide how to layout your new interior, is often overlooked when moving.

Taking some time to determine what your move will actually and honestly cost you will save you from a lot of the stress of moving, and will insure that you’ll be that much happier in your destination.

January 14, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Get Organized in 2011

This year 2 words have been made very clear on everyone resolutions “get organized”. It seems the ability to maintain and establish order is an unreachable goal for some Americans. However we hope with some of the tips you will get motivated and want to open your arms to a more organized life and make it a reachable goal.

Time isn’t the only commodity wasted by disorganization. If you think about it how many times have bought the same thing over again because you misplaced it, we probably spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars buying replacement items because of our disorganization.

Furthermore, getting organized will help you stay less frustrated, because we all know when we can’t find something how stressful and irritated we become so not only can this save us time and money but also our health.

Getting organized is just like any other goal you need to tackle it step by step, you need to first have the vision of what you want your home to look and feel like. Once you have the state of mind then you can attack each room at a time. Remember this is a change in life and attitude this will not happen overnight but making it a habit will help relieve constant messes and major cleanups.

PODS is here to help you get organized, the month of January we are dedicating it to get organized to find your local PODS visit our website at www.pods.com

Stay tuned for more upcoming tips on how to stay organized visit our Facebook page and Twitter page as well.

January 7, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Flexibility is Key to Escrow Process

You just bought your new home and the buying process with the Realtor, mortgage company and escrow service are all in motion. Packing is well underway and you have determined what you can live with over the next few weeks rather than packing everything in boxes. You have a closing date and everyone in the family is excited. Everything is a go, or so you think.

The exact date of escrow these days can sometimes shift by a day, a week or even several weeks. Where does that leave you? You have presumably already provided a moving date at the current residence, the utilities have been scheduled for disconnection and switched to your new location, items you use daily are in boxes and the moving company has been prepaid to show up on a predetermined day. Now, the moving date has been delayed a few weeks, the movers can not show up on your new date, you lose your moving deposit, and you find yourself in transition – between homes – needing temporary storage.

The problem? Escrow was delayed with no confirmed date provided, leaving your family in limbo. Solution, call PODS, to store everything until the new home closed, then had the PODS containers delivered to her new address.”

Moving can be stressful on families during this hectic time. If you are not exact on your date, or the date changes, PODS can accommodate moving and storage needs on your timeframe, leaving you in control of the move. PODS offers the following tips to homeowners.

5 tips to remaining flexible during a move:
1. Expect the unexpected. A closing escrow date is never guaranteed until you have signed all documents and are officially presented with keys to your residence.
2. Plan ahead when packing your home. Label each box clearly and keep a list of items in 3. Do not pack items you may need to use on a daily basis. Items to hold out until moving day include personal hygiene, medications, at least one week of clothing, phone books and a folder with all moving records.
4. Stay connected. Leave your home computer connected until the actual moving day to allow for important communication.
5. Let there be light (and heat). Allow for overlapping services with electric, gas and other utilities to avoid shut-off while you are still in residence.

December 29, 2010 Posted by | Tips | , , , | Leave a comment

PODS franchisees join together to donate to Toys for Tots of Boston

PODS Enterprises are coming together to help Toys for Tots in Boston after a terrible incident happened over the weekend, toys were stolen from the container that we suppose to be delivered to the children, see how you can help make sure these children have a Merry Christmas.

(Clearwater, Fla.) – PODS Enterprises, Inc. and its franchise network have come together to provide cash donations to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots in Boston after thieves broke into a container on Dec. 18 that was stored on-site at a Toys for Tots location.

“Any theft is a violation but stealing toys that were intended for underprivileged children is particularly offensive,” said George Spowart, PODS vice president of marketing. “This unfortunate situation has given an opportunity to the Boston community, as they so often do, to rally behind a cause. We are proud that our Boston franchise and other PODS´ franchisees have rallied by donating additional containers as well as money and presents to try to right this wrong.”

This holiday season PODS franchisees and corporate-owned locations across the U.S. have donated more than 150 containers to serve as collection points for the Toys for Tots program. The first wave of donated PODS containers was delivered in early October 2010.

“It´s heartwarming to have so many of our fellow PODS franchisees from across the country pitch in and add to our $1,000 donation to help jump-start the collection process,” said Tim Greene, manager of the PODS franchise in Boston. “Toys for Tots has been a big part of our annual giving back to the community program and we are happy to help out in any way we can.”

“We are terribly disappointed this happened but are thrilled with the response of the Boston community and PODS,” said Bill Grein, USMC Toys for Tots Foundation vice president of marketing and a retired U.S. Marine. “This kind of community involvement is exactly why we developed a relationship with PODS.”

The objectives of the annual Toys for Tots drive are to help children in need experience the joy of Christmas, to nurture the development of children, to unite members of local communities in a common cause and to contribute to the future betterment of communities. In the 63 years since the Toys for Tots program began, the U.S. Marine Corps has distributed more than 419 million toys to more than 195 million underprivileged children.

PODS interview contacts:

PODS of Boston

Tim Greene, franchise owner-operator

Mike Greene, franchise owner-operator

(407) 948-5390

Tim@PODSorlando.com

Mike@PODSorlando.com

Media content provided by: Consortium Media Services
Pressroom@consortium-media.com

Thank you for taking the time to read this, we will continue to help make sure kids have a Merry Christmas, and wishing all of you a Merry Christmas from PODS.

December 23, 2010 Posted by | Moving | , , | Leave a comment

The Joy Of Moving

The Bottom Line Moving takes a lot of planning, but with being organized & planning, will help in the long run. Make lists, that will really help.

When moving, never just take the first thing that comes along. you will have to be there awhile, so choose wisley.

We have moved enough times and, we kind of have a routine that makes moving a little less painful & stressful. I am a very organized person & a stickler for detail. I start planning the move visually in my mind. I write lists of to-do’s. Here are some of my tips. I hope it is helpful.

Try to collect boxes of different sizes,when you are looking to move. It helps to have them on hand & ready to use.Also make sure to have tape on hand.

Tip #1 Make note of the number of windows you will have. Will you need new curtains & rods, hooks etc.Will you need electrical extension cords? Light Bulbs are a must have. Also you may need rugs,get the right size. Make sure you will have plenty of cleaning supplies,to clean old & new place. Tally up cost of everything you need, before you spend, so you know.

Tip #2 Clean out all junk,give it away, throw it away, but get rid of it. there is nothing worse than packing & moving things you don’t need. It just makes more work.

Tip #3 Go to the Post Office and,get the change of address cards,as soon as possible, make them out & keep them in a safe place till needed.

Tip#4 Call all the utilitie companies, to change your service, also credit cards, Insurance companies, Banks etc.,as soon as possible. You should do this at least 2 weeks in advance. You should also call & have a moving truck reserved if needed, also get all your moving help lined up,for the big day. You don’t want to end up carring everything yourself.

Tip#5 Try to sort and, pack as much as possible to start, then gradually pack what’s not needed as the days go by. The last few days, pack as much that won’t be needed as possible.

Tip#6 I use towels, sheets & blankets to pack breakables, such as:Knick knacks, & dishes. Also by using them , it is less to pack separately & move. Plus I’ve never had anything get broken in a move.

Tip#7 Also if you can move things in gradually before, the big day. This is what I do: I take my pictures & curtains and unpack & hang them up. I always wash my curtains before moving. I also bring what dishes and, closet clothes that I can & put them away as well. Also small pieces of furniture as well. This will help, when you move the rest of the stuff in. You won’t have 10 million boxes in the way and to un-pack.

Tip#8 Try to keep up on housework in the old place. I know it’s hard, but in the long run it will be less work, when you leave, you will be sure to get your deposit back. you also need to make sure the place is in good shape when you leave. There will be the normal wear & tear, don’t let the owner take advantage of you & they do try, they want to keep that extra buck.

THE BIG DAY !

It’s almost over and, you are halfway there. The help has arrived and, you have the truck. We like to take the biggest pieces first, while this is going on, I am packing the last of the things we needed to use.The next trip, all the smaller things & some boxes. Now everything is out, go back after last trip & check to make sure you have’nt missed anything, and place is clean. Notify Landlord you are out. do not give keys back, till you get deposit back.

“Whew” moving is a lot of work. But you are not done yet! You still have to finish un packing ( groan)

One Last Note :) Pizza & wings & beer party, for the people who help you move in.


December 10, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

PODS Englewood Music Festival

The 2nd Annual PODS Englewood Music Festival is a family friendly event. Music alternates between two stages, culminating with a national headliner at sunset. Events include a BBQ Cook-Off held by local restaurants, and other activities including a kids zone play area, beer sampling, wine tasting and more.

Read more: http://events.bradenton.com/englewood-fl/events/show/155598165-pods-englewood-music-festival#ixzz175NB7Kuc

December 3, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The goal of Toys for Kids, Inc. is to continue to make a difference in the children’s lives.

November 9, 2010

Dear Joe,

On behalf of Toys for Kids, Inc., I would like to thank you for your generous gift of the use
of your storage pods. These pods have been invaluable in helping us to store supplies on-site
for the annual Grant BBQ Fest fundraisers and most importantly for the storage of toys for
kids. These storage facilities have allowed us to shop for toys throughout the year, thereby
allowing us to purchase even more toys, and store them for our annual toy giveaway in
December. Your commitment to helping kids in our community is sincerely appreciated.

Each year Toys for Kids, Inc. continues to advance its mission to provide toys and gifts to the
underprivileged children of Brevard County. Last year we were able to provide to toys to
over 4,000 kids. Unfortunately, the need keeps growing.

The goal of Toys for Kids, Inc. is to continue to make a difference in the children’s lives.
The children should not have to suffer for circumstances beyond their control. With the help
of donations from supporters like you, we will continue in our mission to make the day for a
needy child.

Thanks again for generous support of our efforts to provide toys and gifts to the needy
children of Brevard County.

Best wishes,

Juliana Kreul

November 15, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

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