Cheat Sheet: How Many Moving Boxes Will I Need?

Cheat Sheet: How Many Moving Boxes Will I Need?

One of the most common moving questions is: “How many boxes will I need?” Once you know the answer, it helps “move” along the packing process.So, how do you know how many boxes to buy? We have found a handy graph to give you an estimate of how many boxes you’ll need based on the size of your home.

How To Pack a Home Entertainment System

How To Pack a Home Entertainment System

With these tips your entire stereo and home theater system will fit into boxes properly. You can put an end to the scary visions of endless tangled wires and the confusion of not knowing where to plug each cord. Simply color-code your wires and use your cell phone camera to document the process. Here is how to tame your electronics when packing for a move.

NorthStar Moving Rescues 15,000+ lbs of Food/ Drinks for California Food Banks

NorthStar Moving Rescues 15,000+ lbs of Food/ Drinks for California Food Banks

Before relinquishing control of every prized possession, take the time to choose your movers carefully. Depending on the length of the move, your belongings may be in movers’ care for days, if not weeks. It’s important to ask key questions before signing contracts or letting strangers pick up everything you own and drive away with it.To determine the right checklist, we spoke to Laura McHolm, an organizational, moving and storage expert, and co-founder of NorthStar Moving Company. “Experience counts and a track record shows a moving company’s ability to deliver each and every time,” she said.

The 8 Most Important Questions to Ask Before Hiring Any Moving Company

The 8 Most Important Questions to Ask Before Hiring Any Moving Company

Before relinquishing control of every prized possession, take the time to choose your movers carefully. Depending on the length of the move, your belongings may be in movers’ care for days, if not weeks. It’s important to ask key questions before signing contracts or letting strangers pick up everything you own and drive away with it.To determine the right checklist, we spoke to Laura McHolm, an organizational, moving and storage expert, and co-founder of NorthStar Moving Company. 

A Well Cared For Move

A Well Cared For Move

No one likes to move. Luxury services are changing that. In recent years, high-end service providers have extended their white gloves to include the moving process, caring for homeowners at this critical juncture in their lives. From professional organizers, packers, estate managers to even sleep experts, luxury service providers are addressing the overloaded moving to-do list.Our 24 years in the luxury moving business has taught us: the key to a well cared for move is to attend to every aspect of a families’ move.

12 best storage solutions and containers to organize your home

12 best storage solutions and containers to organize your home

In an effort to figure out what really are the most essential home organization products to “Marie Kondo” a living space, some professional organizers shared the tools of the trade 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,” said McHolm.

10 Easy Ways to Find More Space in Your Home

10 Easy Ways to Find More Space in Your Home

Many believe that to lead a more organized and inspired life, the clutter around you must be cleared. It’s simple: if your home is organized, your mindset will be too.A clean and balanced home is actually a launching pad for many other goals and resolutions. So if you’re already starting to fail at some of your other 2019 resolutions, try this home resolution instead: find more space in your home by clearing out the clutter! Follow these ten tips and I promise you it will inspire you to complete your other resolutions and lead you to a more organized and happier year!

How to Swap Rooms to Make Your Old Home Feel New in 2019!

How to Swap Rooms to Make Your Old Home Feel New in 2019!

Most of us move homes every 5-10 years but many stay put for decades. If you haven’t moved in a while, switching rooms is a great way to declutter & freshen things up!Want to work out more in 2019? Transform your guest room into a work out space. Does your child need better study habits? Have them swap rooms with a sibling for a new fresh space with a new desk to inspire focus. Create rooms in your home that match your current interests, style and your kids’ ages.

More Love, Less Clutter: A Guide to Moving in Together

More Love, Less Clutter: A Guide to Moving in Together

While cohabitation is an exciting step forward in any relationship, merging two homes, decor styles and closets can be a challenge. Moving in with your significant other is more than just moving in with a roommate, it’s about finding a balance and creating a home together.So, how do you reduce the landmines scattered through the experience of moving in together? Like most things moving related, it’s all about the planning. Tackling difficult decisions before the moving trucks arrive will prevent your shared space from turning into a war zone on moving day. Here are eight tips for making moving in with your partner more about the love and less about the stuff.

Live in a tight space? Try these tips to maximize spatial efficiency

Live in a tight space? Try these tips to maximize spatial efficiency

Between hectic work and social life demands, life can often be a tight squeeze. But your home shouldn’t feel like one — even if you inhabit a smaller domicile. The trick to airing out a compact space, say the pros, is to get organized and utilize every square inch efficiently.“It’s important to maximize your space so that you can effectively house and use the things you own,” says Robyn Reynolds, certified professional organizer and owner of Organize2Harmonize in Sherman Oaks, Calif.“Purchase bed risers, which will give you more space for your shoe collection and storage containers,” notes Laura McHolm, a home organization expert and co-founder of NorthStar Moving Company in Los Angeles. “Look into an ottoman, bench or couch with storage space inside

NorthStar Moving Announces Partnership with Leading Sleep Expert

NorthStar Moving Announces Partnership with Leading Sleep Expert

NorthStar Moving announced a new partnership with Sleep Like A Boss to provide clients with expert guidance on how to create bedrooms for optimal sleep when moving into their new home. Sleep Like A Boss Founder and Certified Sleep Science Coach Christine Hansen uses a holistic and sustainable approach to guide clients to a better night’s rest. An Amazon best-selling author, she has helped CEOs and executives in the biggest international companies, including Deloitte and Accenture, overcome their sleepless nights.This new package can be requested individually or combined with any of NorthStar Moving’s other luxury services.

DIY Divorce and the Post Move Checklist

DIY Divorce and the Post Move Checklist

The moving checklist guided you day by day, but now that the moving storm has subsided, how do you complete the settling in process while juggling the divorce process?Ready for the best news ever!? Unlike your two-month long moving-in checklist, there is a short list of tasks that will not only ensure you don’t miss the next New York Times, but will also help Mother Earth and others in need. Too good to be true? You can thank me later. Follow these six steps and you will forget you ever moved.

3 No-Cost Ways to Stage a Property

3 No-Cost Ways to Stage a Property

You may not have the extra funds to stage a property, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways you can still spruce it up., including:1. Remove any extra storage.“Eliminate any plastic storage bins, over-the-door storage, above-cabinet storage, and extra racks in rooms.”

The Best (and Totally Free) Ways to Store Christmas Lights

The Best (and Totally Free) Ways to Store Christmas Lights

Decorating for the holidays is a blast, but what’s the best way to store Christmas lights after the festivities are over? The post-holiday cleanup can be a total drag, but it’s especially important to handle Christmas lightswith a certain degree of care, so as not to cause a tangled mess that you’ll have to deal with next year.We’re happy to report that the most practical ways to pack up those twinkling strands are also laughably inexpensive. In fact, everything you need is probably sitting in your house right now! Our experts reveal their hacks for organizing Christmas lights below.

A Mindful Move: Home is Where the Om Is

A Mindful Move: Home is Where the Om Is

We all strive to be mindful: aware of emotions, present in the moment, attentive to the needs of others, conscious of our planet and calm. But, in our mindful practice, we tend to let the stressful moments of life knock us off course. And, we all know that one of the most stressful times is moving. Even during your move, you can be mindful which will actually help you relieve the stress.The goal is to stay present, aware and to not allow the outside turmoil of all your added to-dos for your move dictate your mood. Here’s a proven trick: Flip your mindset from reacting to the moving and packing to-dos, to how your move can impact you and others. 

Give to Charity and Declutter Your Home this Holiday Season

Give to Charity and Declutter Your Home this Holiday Season

‘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 and clutter you don’t need around your home. Perhaps, you have clothing, furniture, kitchen items, or even food you have been meaning to clear out? The jolly news is charitable organizations open their doors this time of year and make it even easier for you to donate your household items to assist those in need. You can make a difference, so everyone can have a joyful holiday. And, you get to rediscover the holiday joy you experienced as a child.

Eight Weeks to Moving Day: A Weekly Check List

Eight Weeks to Moving Day: A Weekly Check List

So you’re moving to a new apartment, really, it’s not a reason to panic! Unlike the popular perception, it doesn’t need to be a stressful and overwhelming process. A bit of planning ahead, a moving checklist and the to-dos of moving are very manageable.It is important to stay in the know and know what is ahead. If possible, give yourself eight weeks to handle the moving to-dos in an orderly, low-stress manner. This expert two-month moving calendar, brought to you by our friends at NorthStar Moving Company, will keep you organized and clear-headed.Simply follow these steps and check them off one-by-one.