David MDavid M (92)

I can't quite count any more how many times I have moved. For the sake of round numbers let us say 15 times, including a couple of international moves. That doesn't even count the many times that I have been recruited by family and friends to help them move. Those moves have been as small as a couple of suitcases up to the three 26' trucks it takes to move my parents. My one moving piece of advice is to have a good attitude, and breaks for pizza and beer can really help in that regard.

Lynnie NLynnie N (82)

As makers, doers and avid participators of this change, we are always adjusting, re-adjusting, transforming and adapting. In other words, we’re all learning and shaping ourselves around these inevitable changes. One of the most common examples is moving. My advice to movers out there is to just have fun with it! I find that making a day of it is the way to go! Plan fun snack breaks in between, blast the music and just keep yourself in high spirits. On a personal note, I am always on-the-go.. You’ll see me sprinting from point A to B with my phone in one hand and coffee in the other. I am an avid social media user and an eager foodie who never wants to miss a thing!

Emily SEmily S (77)

Moving can be an adventure sometimes. When I relocated for college, my mom and I packed up all my things and did a road trip, stopping at hotels along the way and making the most of it. I love exploring new places, singing along to music in the car, and finding new places to eat - road trips have therefore become an addiction of mine ever since.

Guest BloggerGuest Blogger (65)

Guest bloggers are community experts that are passionate about all things moving and storage. Check back often for more posts from your favorite guest bloggers.

Jennifer WJennifer W (60)

I’ve lived in five different states and moved a total of 17 times in my life (including two cross-country trips). If it’s done right, moving doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. With a little preparation and the right resources, your move can be a breeze. Personally, I’m slightly obsessed with technology, Internet trends and my dog. I firmly believe in the depths of my soul that baked beans and cantaloupe are awful. In my free time, I like to knit and crochet, read and put a dent in my couch. I hope this blog entertains you while providing useful advice for a stress-free move.

Paige EPaige E (53)

My only state crossing move was over ten years ago when my family left our Southern California roots for a new adventure in Arizona. In more recent years, local moves within the Valley haven't left me a stranger to moving. Whether it was moving into college dorms or into various new apartments, I have luckily always had the support of my friends and family to help with my moves. Away from work, you can find me blogging, traveling, enjoying time with family, and heading out to local events and checking out local bands with friends.

Jennifer B.Jennifer B. (50)

I believe that planning and a to-do list go a long way when preparing for any event. Leading up to the day of your move, you should have gone through plenty of lists and tips meant to make the day go by smoothly. But remember you can't control it all, so if you run into a hiccup, don't dwell. Moving signifies a new beginning, start yours on the right foot.

On a more personal note, I'm a digital darling and a lover of cities. I cook to relax, but I hate baking.

Crystal H.Crystal H. (45)

I have had plenty of moving experience, especially during college! As much as I believe in putting down roots, I also believe in shaking things up and sharing in new experiences. My advice when it comes to moving is plan ahead and get as much done as possible before the actual moving day. This is not just because I am a planner in general, but also because I believe in enjoying the experience and celebrating the move once it is done. Both of these become difficult if you are stressing about the last minute details or trying to catch up on a month's worth of work!

Mahriah SMahriah S (41)

As a Native Arizonan, I’ve never lived out of state before. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t had my fair share of moves. For me, the key to a successful move is organization! Lists are my best friend and I always have “Keep”, “Donate”, and “Trash” piles. Moving doesn’t have to be all business, though. Good music and helpful friends can help ease some of the stress that relocating seems to cause. When I’m not moving or working, I love to spend time with my husband and three children. I love to write and am obsessed with taking pictures of anything that inspires me. I am obsessed with Disney and am a huge football fan. I’m a huge fan of social media and a T.V. junkie.

TimothyTimothy (35)

I have moved three times in the past two years, so I'm no stranger to packing and driving trucks! The biggest move was from sunny Los Angeles to the even sunnier city of Phoenix, Arizona. Moving has it's up's and down's and hassles, but along with that comes the excitement of a new beginning, which makes it totally worth it! When I'm not blogging for Moving Insider or at work I enjoy playing and writing music, woodworking, watching YouTube, drinking way too much coffee, and playing with my Pomeranian named Aria. Oh, and naps. I love naps.

Zofia SZofia S (30)

Over the years I've moved from mom and dad's to the dorms at college, moved back home afterwards, and a few places on my own since then. I like to think of moving as a fresh start. It's a great chance to find things you've forgotten about and toss the things you wish you never remembered! Throw on your sneakers, grab some friends and family and get to it! Remember: Attitude is everything. Have fun!

On a personal note: I love the beach and good art. I believe music can cure anything. I'm a lover of traveling, good food and conversation. Also, I recently got married to my best friend and the love of my life!

Carly HansonCarly Hanson (27)

Though I have lived in Arizona my entire life, I am no stranger to moving. I have lived in many parts of this state, so packing up at the drop of a hat is something I've done several times. U-Haul is a company my family has utilized on many occasions, so my experience with them precedes the days of my employment. When I am not writing, you can find me with friends and family, making the most out of my college years!

Emily LierleEmily Lierle (27)

Born and raised in the same Arizona house my entire life, I haven't had a lot of experience with a major moving process. But during my time studying journalism and French at Arizona State University, I've moved in and out of my dorms 10 times and have done a lot of traveling--so I feel like an expert at packing! A loyal Elvis fan, I've tried my hand at farming, archaeology and writing, so I'm always up for new adventures and old music!

Alison AAlison A (27)

Moving, of course may not be everyone's favorite thing to do but in the midst of things, it can be a great time to reflect where you've started from, where you're at, and where you're going. Embrace change, get out of your comfort zone and look forward to your future! Completing a few moves of my own, I plan to help give tips to make your next move as easy and simple as possible.
On a personal note, I enjoy traveling, capturing nature's beautiful sunsets on Instagram, helping others and of course catching live music shows.

Moving ExpertMoving Expert (23)

I've spent my entire life preparing to be recognized as an expert in moving and storage. This is what I was made for! I have more moves behind me then I can even count. I've spent hours upon hours with moving equipment of all shapes and sizes. You can ask me any moving question you'd like, and I likely have an answer. If not, I will find one! E-mail your moving and storage questions to info@movinginsider.com to be featured in my weekly 'Ask the Expert' post.

Ken SKen S (19)

I have become the Tetris moving guru over the years, providing assistance and consultation on how to pack a truck to many friends and family. I also learned a few things about moving (and life in general) with my dozen or so moves under my belt - 1. Never own a truck unless you enjoy helping people move. 2. Never serve beer during your move - always wait till you are done for the reward. 3. Always have one person in charge for the moving day - and lastly - try to laugh and have fun!

Roberto LRoberto L (19)

Moving has been a big part of my life. As a kid my family moved all over the southwest. After graduating from High school I continued that pattern living in New Mexico, Arizona, Southern California and Northern California. Why so many relocation’s? I guess I just like the adventure of exploring new places and meeting new people. Though I do enjoy moving and can offer some great advice to make a move more fun, I understand not everyone shares my passion for living in new places so I can offer them a great deal of advice for making a move easier and less stressful. When I'm not planning my next moving, I’m playing music, surfing, playing disc golf and riding my bike.

Ashleigh WAshleigh W (18)

As a native Phoenician who has lived in the same general area all of my life, I can honestly say that just the thought of moving used to terrify me. With only three official moves in my past, I certainly wish I knew back then what I know now. For years now, my job has provided me knowledge, tips and “tricks of the trade” to help organize, plan, prep and pack in order to make moving easier. I also know now that moving is nothing to be afraid of, and I look forward to sharing some helpful information with you. So, whether it’s a new chapter in your life or just a change in scenery…embrace the opportunity with a positive outlook and look forward to a positive outcome. On a personal note: I love a good glass of wine and a good reunion with friends. I have a very soft spot in my heart for animals and probably have more than you do.

Scott StarkelScott Starkel (12)

Everyone can think of something better to do on their day off than packing everything up and moving—sitting on the couch watching TV comes to mind, maybe with a few cold beverages. But moving is a fact of life, and we all have to do it at one point or another, some more often than others. I’ve moved enough to know that it's not a relaxing weekend, but there are many ways to make it easier and less stressful. And cold beverages serve as a nice reward when you’re done.

On a personal note, I’m a sports fanatic. I don’t believe that a weekend spent watching sports amounts to “not getting anything done,” despite what my wife might say. On another personal note, my wife is better than yours.

Paul CPaul C (8)

Growing up in a Navy family moving became second nature for us. I decided to take the tricks I learned growing up into my adult life having successfully moved close to 25 times. It has become easy to load my life into the back of a truck and be on my way. When I am not moving I can be found watching an array of television shows or in the park with my 4 dogs.

BradBrad (7)

Moving six times in five years, I have experienced every type of move from cross country to around the corner, and have learned some important tips and tricks along the way. I've lived in the cold and snow, on an island and in the desert, and a common trend I've learned is that a new move should be a fun, positive experience for you as you create a new chapter in your life!

Spencer HSpencer H (7)

I have done my fair share of moving, mostly moving other people who needed a bit of help. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa; I moved to the greater Phoenix area in 2007 where I now work as a Web Analyst at U-Haul International. I have a wife, 8 year old daughter, 6 year old son and a 5 month old baby boy. I do a bit of blogging, SEO, SEM, content strategy and local SEM, feel free to get in touch!

Sperry HSperry H (7)

I grew up in a family of gearheads, driving every kind of car, truck, and RV, and towing every kind of trailer; up the mountains of northern Arizona and Colorado, and down deep into the backwaters of Mexico. Beyond my trailering experience, I've also moved myself more than ten times, and as the owner of multiple pick-up trucks, I'm always the first to get the call when a friend is relocating.
In my free time, I enjoy all kinds of motorsports, building custom cars and motorcycles, hanging out with my dog Offy and cat Noni, and volunteering at the local art museum.

AndreaAndrea (6)

A native of Pennsylvania, I have made moves down south, across the country and in town. I have made these journeys by myself, with my significant other, and with a boxer puppy and kitten. To say I have had my share of moving experiences is an understatement. One thing I have taken away from the moving experience is that it can be a time to reflect on how far you have come and where you will go next. Moving is a life changing experience, enjoy the journey.

EvanEvan (6)

My first move was from Houston, TX to Phoenix, AZ when I was 2 months old. I mostly supervised; however nobody could quite make out what I was saying. Since then I have moved around the Phoenix area where I am a student in marketing, and life in general. For your next move, don't forget to bring a friend, and turn it into an adventure! Check out these tips, tricks, and how-to's to make your next project a breeze.

DeAnna A.DeAnna A. (5)

I really can't put a number on how many times I've moved in my adult life, but it's definitely been a lot. After each move I tell myself that I am going to hire movers and a cleaning crew, but I always end of doing it myself, with help from friends and family. Moving can be a bit overwhelming and stressful, but the key is to make it fun and always reward yourself and your helpers. I love cooking and baking, so I treat my helpers with a special homemade dinner or some baked goodies. If I am not working or in the kitchen, you can usually find me spending time out with my 1-year-old daughter. I am obsessed with TV dramas, Nora Robert's novels and looking up random things on Google.

Dain HDain H (5)

I know trailers and I know moving. For the past 10 years I have been the "Go-To-Guy" for all of my friends when they need to move. My friend John calls me the "Truck and Trailer Loading Master". I once moved my own house 6 times in 8 months, so I realize how tiresome moves can be and I know ways to make them easier. Overall, I am an active person that loves his family and friends.

2 Responses to Authors

  1. Sheila Mitchell says:

    I am a teacher taking art lessons and would like to paint the picture of kids getting on school bus may I have tour permission

    • Scott Starkel says:

      Hi Sheila, I got that photo off a photo-sharing website sxc.hu. Most of the photos on there are OK to share and use, except for certain restrictions. Some photos are more restrictive than others, but this one has what the site calls “standard restrictions,” and I made sure it was OK to use for our purposes. Here’s a link to the photo: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/257926. I’m sure you could use it to paint, but you might want to double check the licensing information for that photo to be sure.

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