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.
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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:
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.