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.

Stress-Free Moving with Pets

Stress-Free Moving with Pets

If you are moving you probably already feel the stresses of moving, but have you thought about what your four-legged family member may be feeling? Pets do feel the stresses of a move and often even more stress than their human companions are feeling. Imagine: you can’t read, understand all of the chatter around you and all you see is the chaos of boxes. Your home is in an upheaval plus there are stressed out humans everywhere. Sounds even more stressful, right? That’s why it is vital to take special care of your furry friends during the moving process.

NorthStar Moving Assists Southern California Fire Victims

NorthStar Moving Assists Southern California Fire Victims

NorthStar Moving is offering Southern California residents affected by the Woolsey fire three free months of storage. The company wants to help those that have had their homes 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 in the region for over 24 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.

What is a Storage Vault?

What is a Storage Vault?

You have probably heard of mobile storage and self storage, but if you aren’t familiar with a storage vault you are overlooking a third key option when it comes to deciding what type of storage to use for your belongings. In fact, a storage vault is the greenest storage solution and can save you green: you only pay for the space you need!

How to Find a Qualified Mover

How to Find a Qualified Mover

How to find the most qualified mover for your apartment move?Is Googling “moving company” really the best way of finding a mover for your apartment move?Sure you will find a zillion moving companies, but how do you know if it’s a mover you can trust? One who knows how great you look in those boots and wouldn’t dream of letting anything happen to them? The answer is reputation.Here are some important questions from our friends at NorthStar Moving that you MUST ask before hiring a mover.

Influential Family-Owned Businesses in Los Angeles

Influential Family-Owned Businesses in Los Angeles

Founded in 1994 by wife and husband team Laura McHolm and Ram Katalan, Los Angeles based NorthStar Moving Company has redefined the moving industry. It is the first to offer eco-luxury moving services, elevating basic moving and storage services to a new unparalleled level of customer service, customized care and environmental consciousness. The company has been honored with more awards for service than any other moving company for corporate culture, green practices, community outreach, and growth. 

Four Steps to a Successful Move with Kids

Four Steps to a Successful Move with Kids

Moving is one of the most stressful times in life. It brings a lot of change, to do lists, financial concerns, and for your kids it means making new friends and maybe adjusting to a new school. Long before you break out those card board boxes, use these pointers to help your kids get through the moving process.Here are four steps to a successful move with kids: timing, transition, getting the kids involved, and an adjustment period.

Tricks to Treat Yourself to a Renewed Home

Tricks to Treat Yourself to a Renewed Home

Is your home fulfilling your current lifestyle needs? Has your home been on the market for months and still not sold? If you answer “Yes” to either of these questions, your home may be going through an identity crisis; it is not configured to best meet your current way of living – or to attract potential buyers. Your home needs a jump-start and a newly defined purpose.It is time for “OPERATION: RECONFIGURATION.” Follow these tricks to treat yourself to a renewed home.

Moving Tips For Families: Getting Settled In A New Home

Moving Tips For Families: Getting Settled In A New Home

The first week in a new home typically flies by. Use the adrenaline and excitement to unpack and organize before it’s time to go back to work and school and you’ll be settled in before you know it!Moving is a challenge all by itself, add moving with kids to the experience and you’ve got a whole new set of challenges! After the chaos of moving day has settled, you’ll finally have time to take a breath, think, and start putting your new home together. During that first week, families will want to focus on four general areas: Safety,  Cleaning, Practical Matters, Fun.

Master Moves

Master Moves

A number of companies have recently emerged that preset a “white glove” service-oriented approach to moving. NorthStar Moving Company also offers bespoke moving services. The company has become the first to offer “eco-luxury” moving expertise, elevating basic moving and storage assistance to five-star customer service, customized care and environmental consciousness. The ability to care for every aspect of someone’s move and handle the physical move with precision and pride resonates with everyone.Typical requests include complete setup and organization at the client’s new home, facilitated by NorthStar’s “Photo Perfect Packing” service, where every room’s layout is photographed prior to packing so the movers can arrange everything in the new home to match the previous layout as closely as possible. 

8 Weeks to Moving Day: A Weekly Checklist

8 Weeks to Moving Day: A Weekly Checklist

So you’re moving, 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 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 will keep you organized and clear-headed. Simply follow these steps and check them off one-by-one.