Remember life pre-pandemic lock down before your dining room morphed into your zoom room, office, workstation and study hall.? Thanks to your new work-at-home lifestyle, files and papers found a permanent home on your dining room table. You probably haven’t had a meal on that table, besides a quick sandwich and many lattes, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.Now the holidays are here, and while we won’t be hosting big gatherings this year, it would be nice to have a holiday meal with a few close family and friends in your safe bubble. It’s time to reclaim and tame the dining room table! A little organizational magic and presto you can alleviate the room identity crisis and turn it into a beautiful two-in-one space. An office by day and a dining room by night!
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Every year, for the past eight years, NorthStar Moving has hosted a community food drive called Let’s Send Hunger Packing. Our 2020 Let’s Send Hunger Packing Food Drive just came to a close and I am proud to share our team and community truly stepped up. We raised the most donations in our eight years of conducting the food drive! We raised $47,046 for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, providing 188,184 meals to feed hungry children in Los Angeles County. We are so grateful to everyone dedicated to making a difference in the lives of hungry children throughout the LA region. This is something all of us can do to make a difference in a hungry child’s life: donate to your local food bank, it’s as easy as a click of a button.
As a part of our series about strong women leaders, I had the pleasure of interviewing LauraLaura McHolm. One of the few women at the helm of a moving company, Laura McHolm had a unique entrance into the world of entrepreneurship.Through Laura’s out of the box marketing tactics, she has single-handedly crushed the dim view consumers once held about the moving industry. She coined the phrase “eco-luxury moving services” and is changing the way we move by selling the eco-conscious red carpet treatment. Laura and her team are setting out on their next big move — franchising.
“The LA Regional Food Bank has truly risen to meet the incredible need in our community,” said NorthStar Moving Co-Founder & Chief of Organized Living Laura McHolm. “Their parking lot looks like a busy day at LAX. When you see how enormous the need is and what the Food Bank is doing on a daily basis, the least we can all do is to donate funds so they can keep food on LA families’ tables. I am so impressed with how people are stepping up to meet the challenge; we really are stronger together. Together, we will send hunger packing.”
“Let’s Send Hunger Packing!” Food Drive surpasses goal, raising over $47,000 to help feed the rapidly growing number of hungry children in LA County due to COVID-19 pandemic Los Angeles CA, Sept. 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NorthStar Moving® Company, the leading eco-luxury mover in California, announced that their eighth annual “Let’s Send Hunger Packing” food drive raised $47,046 for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, providing 188,184 meals to feed hungry children in Los Angeles County. “I want to thank Groundwork Coffee and Compass Real Estate for being outstanding partners in this year’s food drive as well as our entire community,” said NorthStar Moving Co-Founder Laura McHolm. “In a year when the need is at its greatest, our team and community truly stepped up, raising the most donations in our eight years of conducting the Let’s Send Hunger Packing Food Drive. We are so grateful to everyone … Continued
You know the drawer: It’s to the left of your sink, or the right of your stove, and it is full. You might have resigned yourself to the idea that’s it’s a magnet for old receipts, expired gift cards, gum, or leftover takeout ketchup packets—but it doesn’t have to be! In fact, your junk drawer can actually be useful, but for it to get there, you need to make sure it’s stocked with things you’ll actually use.
The pandemic and its economic ripple effects are being felt throughout LA County. The support from NorthStar Moving will help the LA Food Bank reach our neighbors in need,” said Los Angeles Regional Food Bank President & CEO Michael Flood. “We are grateful for NorthStar Moving’s loyalty as they’ve donated over 22,000 pounds of food from 2014 through 2019. During the pandemic, their continued support allows the Food Bank to provide uninterrupted, nutritious food amidst the unprecedented demand within LA County.
We’ve adapted to the new normal: the daily zoom meetings; the wallet-phone-keys-mask-hand sanitizer check-list before we walk out the door; learned new terms like PPE, SIP and IFR; and have read all about antibodies and vaccine development. We’ve counted our blessings when our families and loved ones remain uninfected. We’ve learned new diversions: In the midst of this crisis, the LA Food Bank is doing its best to help families and children facing hunger, but the needs they are trying to fill have never been as broad or as urgent. They are working with local school districts and with hundreds of their partner agencies in neighborhoods across the county to safely get badly needed healthy food to children and their families, but COVID-19 means more need and more unforeseen expenses. The pandemic and its economic ripple effects are being felt throughout … Continued
My father, who also was an entrepreneur, told me if you build your business focused on being of serviceto people, the sky is the limit. Don’t think about sales, think about solving people’s problems. My partnerand I follow his words of wisdom and have built our company, NorthStar Moving, on the principles ofkindness. We make it our mission to go beyond lifting boxes, to lifting up those in need.Over the years, we discovered that “being nice” is contagious. It starts with practicing kindness with your employees; or, as we prefer to call those helpful handed folks “team members.” And, the result is our team members are happy.We are honored to be awarded one of the Best Places to Work Award for ten consecutive years. Our happy team members then practice kindness with our clients. We want to get our clients … Continued
The eighth annual Let’s Send Hunger Packing Food Drive will be completely online to meet the critical safety and financial needs of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Donations are urgently needed and can be made here.“THIS summer, kids and their families need our support more than ever,” said NorthStar Moving Co-Founder Laura McHolm. “We’ve held our Let’s Send Hunger Packing Food Drive for eight years now and, normally, we find we must raise awareness about the shocking truth that we have hunger in our own community. This year, I think we are all now acutely aware of the hunger crisis and how it is exacerbated by the pandemic. The LA Food Bank is making extraordinary efforts with its Summer Hunger Program to fill the need during this pandemic summer.
Planning on moving soon? Here are some of our top safety tips for moving during COVID-19 to protect your family and belongings.As you begin researching moving companies online, remember to also ask questions on how they are mitigating the health risks of COVID-19. A few movers can provide virtual estimates, rather than in-home visits. The video estimate feature allows you to get the cost of your move without having an onsite estimator in your home. You can also use this handy moving box calculator to figure out how many moving boxes you will need.
8. Pack your patience and an overnight bagFinish unpacking by disinfecting boxes or simply wait 24 hours. Pack a fresh set of sheets, pajamas, and toiletries in your overnight bag. This will come in handy after a long day of moving.Stay informed while moving during COVID-19Keep in mind, as we all continue to adapt to the changing times, it’s important to stay informed and follow any local or state restrictions. At NorthStar Moving, we want to alleviate the anxiety and stress of moving during the Coronavirus pandemic. Please consider all of the extra safety precautions our team is taking during moves and in our offices. If you are not ready to make the move yet, learn how to transform your home for stay-at-home needs.
NorthStar Moving® Company, the leading eco-luxury mover in California, has teamed with Groundwork Coffee and Compass Real Estate for this year’s Let’s Send Hunger Packing Food Drive in partnership with Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to feed hungry children in Los Angeles County.In the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second largest district in the nation, nearly 80% of children live in poverty and struggle with hunger. Now that it was just announced that LAUSD students will not be returning to classrooms this fall, combined with parents continuing to be unable to work due to COVID-19 closures, many families are in dire situations. Not only are children at home with parents working limited to no hours, but in a typical summer, many low-income children must work to help out their families. Those jobs have also mostly disappeared due to the COVID-19 crisis, making nutrition for kids and … Continued
NorthStar Moving has teamed with Groundwork Coffee and Compass Real Estate for this year’s Let’s Send Hunger Packing Food Drive in partnership with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to feed hungry children in Los Angeles County.In the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second largest district in the nation, nearly 80% of children live in poverty and struggle with hunger. Now that it was just announced that LAUSD students will not be returning to classrooms this fall, combined with parents continuing to be unable to work due to COVID-19 closures, many families are in dire situations. Not only are children at home with parents working limited to no hours, but in a typical summer, many low-income children must work to help out their families. Those jobs have also mostly disappeared due to the COVID-19 crisis, making nutrition for … Continued
Over the past few months, we have all been learning how to adapt to the changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. While many of our social events or travel plans have been put on hold, moving does not have to be. Moving and Storage are actually considered essential businesses, which means they remain open. With a little extra planning and by following the CDC and WHO safety measures, you can safely move during the COVID-19 outbreak. Here are some of our top safety tips for moving during COVID-19 to protect your family and belongings.
For 15 years, Ram Katalan and wife Laura McHolm have run their moving and self-storage business at a leased 380,000-square-foot property shared with another company in Chatsworth.“We were subleasing from them,” Katalan explained.But in the midst of the pandemic, the couple found themselves needing to relocate after the owner-user of their site got acquired by a new parent company. The couple, who reside in Santa Monica, personally supervised the July 1 move to the new location. “We’re literally a couple blocks away (from the previous location),” McHolm said.Katalan and McHolm have other NorthStar locations: One in in San Mateo with 20,000 square feet; and another in Phoenix, which totals just under 10,000 square feet.One unusual service which the Chatsworth location provides is temporarily store furniture and personal effects from houses used as filming locations. The NorthStar team take photos of … Continued
Laura McHolm, co-founder, chief marketing officer and chief of organized living of the Los Angeles, California-based NorthStar Moving Company, doesn’t mind a little “shock and awe”—in fact, she revels in surprising people in good ways by doing the unexpected.Over the years, Laura has helped to set the company apart by introducing innovative, luxury services that provide “the red carpet treatment” to customers. Another thing that sets NorthStar Moving apart is its commitment to making the world a better place, starting with the environment. Most of its trucks are biodiesel, which means they use fuel that increases energy security and improves air quality.
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
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: