World Refugee Day 2020 presents unprecedented challenges for this vulnerable population.Miry’s List, a nonprofit organization serving families who have recently resettled in the United State as refugees from countries such as Syria, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq, is pleased to announce a unique 2020 World Refugee Day Awards celebration. The goal of the June 20, 2020 event is to raise $50,000 to help 100 more refugee families that have urgent needs due to COVID-19.“The resettling families we serve, who are often low-income or otherwise part of high-risk populations, are uniquely vulnerable in the current COVID-19 crisis,” said Miry’s List Founder & Executive Director Miry Whitehill.“Our COVID-19 response program is focused on two critical areas: providing supplies such as masks, gloves, bedding and cleaning supplies to families to safely isolate in their homes as well as providing devices for students to access their classrooms remotely,” … Continued
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When you know a move is imminent, there’s a tendency to procrastinate, and this adds to the stress. A good way to stay on track is to follow the rule of twos: Start planning two months before moving day, and start packing two weeks before. “If possible, give yourself eight weeks to handle your moving checklist in an orderly, low-stress manner,” says Laura McHolm, co-founder of NorthStar Moving Co. in Los Angeles. “This will give you time to send change-of-address information, pack up your home, arrange to transfer your child’s school records, etc.”
Perhaps, your work has now swallowed up the dining room table? Or, your kids are taking online classes on their bedroom floor? Is the only quiet place you can find to conduct a Zoom conference call in the bathroom? Yikes! It’s time to take control!Our lifestyle change was abrupt, and with more companies potentially moving to a more permanent work from home policy, we should think about how to configure our space to better serve our new lifestyles.Here are some simple steps to help transform your home space into a comfortable and functional place suited to your new stay-at-home needs:
These are certainly challenging times, especially if you have children who are home because their schools and daycare facilities have been temporarily shut down due to COVID-19. Whether or not you are working from home yourself, many still need to figure out how to keep their kids busy and challenged – without the options of trips to parks, libraries, theaters, museums and other public gathering spaces. Here are some tips on how to keep your kids’ minds moving and motivated throughout however long this takes.
Just a few short weeks ago, “spring cleaning” meant taking advantage of the longer days to dust off your home and make it nice and shiny for the warmer months. Today, we’re living a new reality. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought us all together. We are sharing the collective experience of being at home, doing our utmost to stay healthy and making sure we are doing our part to flatten the curve to keep entire communities safe. Since many of us are at home full-time, it is vital that we ensure our environment is safe and virus-free. Staying home and staying clean & disinfected is how we are going to flatten the curve and keep us all safe.Here are the 5 things you can do to help keep the coronavirus from living in your home:
Since you’re probably spending more time at home than ever before, it’s a great time to get started on your spring cleaning.It’s the time of year where many find themselves cleaning out their closets and streamlining their storage solutions. So, in an effort to figure out what really are the most essential home organization products, we asked a handful of professional organizers who shared the tools of the trade that they use the most in their own lives.Laura McHolm, home organization expert and co-founder of NorthStar Moving Company loves expandable drawer organizers because they give everything a home, keeping drawers neat and tidy.“Don’t just use them for cutlery and makeup: Use them for anything that gets thrown in a drawer. They expand to fit your drawers perfectly and provide more stage space, as some of the products provide layers,” she explained.
NorthStar Moving & Move for Hunger Reduce Food Waste at 2020 LA MarathonNorthStar Moving Moves Unused Food to Food Bank; Need for Food Donations Increases Due to COVID-19Los Angeles, CA, March 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NorthStar Moving® Company, the leading eco-luxury mover in California, partnered with Move for Hunger to ensure leftover food and water at the March 8, 2020 Los Angeles Marathon was not thrown away and wasted. NorthStar Moving gathered 2,313 pounds of leftover food from the marathon and delivered it to a local food bank to help feed our hungry neighbors in the greater Los Angeles community. “Over the past 4 years, NorthStar Moving Company has rescued nearly 17,500 lbs. of food and beverages from the Los Angeles Marathon,” said Adam Lowy, Executive Director/Founder of Move For Hunger. “More than 1.1 million people in Los Angeles County are food insecure, … Continued
Avoid the spring cleaning blues. Put the duster down and actually make a visual reference to your home. Remember that feeling when you just moved in? It’s like a new car smell. Everything had its place, décor was new and you had just what you needed. Find that home again! It’s simply a change of mindset. Look beyond the mop to the tasks that will actually transform your home for the entire season. Follow these spring cleaning hacks to a cleaner, brighter home.
Selecting home paint colors is a daunting task. The color choices feel endless. And, we’ve all been in a room that is just too yellow. Don’t leave it to chance. Did you know choosing colors is actually a science?That’s why NorthStar Moving has partnered with The Science of Color Founder and Color Scientist Gillian Rose. As a color scientist, Gillian integrates science and art to discover an individual’s and couple’s primal response to color, which are in your DNA. Using those responses, Gillian creates a personal color palette for each client that is as individual as a fingerprint. The result is a home with colors that reflect personal inner balance and harmony.
Moving can be stressful for all living beings. When it comes to change, plants are especially vulnerable. However, with a little love and some planning you can protect your plants and help them adjust to their new environment. Whether you are worried about your small succulent collection or you are a certified plant parent, be assured these tips from Tim Moore, lead editor of Backyard Boss, will help keep your plants safe and secure throughout the moving process.
Sure, you were thinking you would just Google “moving company”. You will find a zillion moving companies, but are you ready to hand over your baby grand piano or other prized possessions into any stranger’s hands? How do you choose the mover you can trust? Here are some handy tips on what to look for when hiring a mover.Asking key questions not only uncovers a wealth of knowledge about the company and helps prepare you for moving day, but a little extra research can save you from a huge hassle in the long run.
To uncover the luxury of a good night’s rest, the first step is to look at your bedroom design. It’s no surprise your environment impacts your quality of sleep. That’s why we partnered with Sleep Like A Boss Founder and Certified Sleep Science Coach Christine Hansen. An Amazon best-selling author, she has helped CEOs and executives in some of the biggest international companies put their sleepless nights to rest.
Ram Katalan, Cheif Executive and Co-Founder of NorthStar Moving Company, No. 15, in Chatsworth, is still early in the franchising phase of his moving and storage company’s trajectory. NorthStar Moving has three locations in total, including a franchise in Northern California that is run by an accountant who was familiar with mergers and acquisitions. He is looking to convert a company-owned location in Phoenix into a franchise, Katalan Said. In deciding who will open a franchise, Katakan said he prefers go-getter who are willing to put in the hours and effort to manage their moving team.
If you are moving, it is the perfect opportunity to help feed hungry kids. The act of giving while you move will actually make your move easier and potentially help those in need. As you pack up your kitchen, don’t throw away those unexpired canned and dried goods, donate them! Save yourself some heavy lifting and shelf place in the new place. Sounds easy right? It gets better, you don’t even have to take the food down to your local food bank yourself!Visit www.MoveForHunger.org, a non-profit organization that will connect you with a local moving company that will deliver your non-perishable food donations to your local food bank for you. Check out their Find A Mover tool and feel good about working with a moving company that gives back. It’s free and one less thing to pack.
NorthStar Moving Co-Founder Laura McHolm will be a lead speaker at LA Women’s Entrepreneurship Day 2019, hosted by Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Economic Development on November 19th.In recognition of the significant impact women business owners have made on the Los Angeles economy, Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council declared November 19, 2019 to be Women’s Entrepreneurship Day in Los Angeles. The goal of the LA Women’s Entrepreneurship Day celebration is to inspire, empower and catalyze diverse, yet like-minded individuals, agencies and organizations, helping women-owned businesses realize their full potential in Los Angeles and throughout the world.
Tis the season of gratitude, giving, and, of course, decorating, parties, feasts, shopping and more. But before you go down your merry, merry to-do list, think about the needs of your community and all the stuff you don’t need around your home.This is not just another to-do on your holiday list; It’s very simple, and the rewards are immense. It’s the ultimate win-win! You assist others and get a clutter-free home.
NorthStar Moving announced today a new partnership with The Science of Color to provide clients with personal color consults when moving into their new home. The service guides NorthStar Moving’s clients through the psychological and physiological impact of color to create a tailored, personalized home color palette.Interior Designer and Color Scientist Gillian Rose is the founder of The Science of Color. As a color scientist, Gillian integrates science and art to discover an individual’s and couple’s primal response to color. Using those responses, Gillian creates a personal color palette for each client that is as individual as a fingerprint. The result is a home with colors that reflect personal inner balance and harmony.
NAWBO-LA Community Leader Award recipient Laura McHolm ,NorthStar Moving, was recently featured in Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global. The featured article shares Laura’s advice on how to create a fantastic work culture. Laura talks about how the golden rule got lost in the business world and how she spreads kindness throughout her business. Her approach seems to be working as NorthStar Moving was just awarded their tenth consecutive “Best Places to Work” awards from the Los Angeles Business Journal. Read the Thrive Global article here.
Who knew you could find practical advice on being kind to yourself on YouTube?Thanks to a newly released 40-minute documentary, you can.And the good news is, you don’t have to be perfect to live a life you are proud of. There is beauty in your messiness. In fact, what you think are your biggest obstacles may actually be your biggest gifts. So, be kind to yourself.The documentary, Claire, is directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Nick Reed & Ryan Azevedo. The film tells the story of the young activist and Claire’s Place Foundation Founder Claire Wineland through interviews and footage. It spotlights her unique outlook that inspires millions to find purpose and to live proudly. Reed and Azevedo masterfully use their film to allow Claire’s message to resonate with the audience.
NorthStar Moving is offering Southern California residents affected by the fall 2019 Los Angeles County fires three free months of full-service storage. The company wants to help Los Angeles County residents whose homes are impacted by fire or smoke damage and are in need of a safe place to store their belongings.NorthStar Moving has been serving clients and the community for 25 years and wants to use their close proximity and experience to help those affected by the fires. For residents that need a secure location to store their valuables at no charge, NorthStar Moving is opening their doors to help their neighbors.