About Moving Insider
Welcome to the Moving Insider. A blog created to stop telling you moving is stressful and start showing you moving can be easier. You will gain access to information and resources no one else can provide.
If you have a unique experience, insight, or tip to lend to DIY movers, and are interested in sharing them with our readers, we’d like to hear from you. Please read our guest blogging guidelines for more information (downloadable here):
It’s our goal to provide the most useful, fresh and relevant information for our do-it-yourself moving readers. If you have experience with moving, storage, home organization and improvements, any related area and would like to share a great tip, trick or experience, we’d love to hear from you. But first, please read through our guidelines and standards to ensure that we are all on the same page.
- Relevant– your post should be appropriate, and serve the needs of DIY movers. Great examples of this include:
- How To’s: Unique approaches to solve the challenges that DIY movers face.
- Personal tips: Individual accounts of your own strategies or approaches to moving, storage or organization have been successful.
- Recommendations: If you feel passionately about a solution or thought process that has helped you in the moving process, that’s great. Please note: Our purpose is to inform and assist, not sell. WE WILL NOT POST SELF-PROMOTING MATERIAL, OR BLATANT PROMOTIONS OF YOUR OWN GOOD/SERVICE.
- Useful– your post should be valuable to DIY movers, and any recommendations should be feasible for do-it-yourselfers.
- Helpful– your post should aim to offer a solution for the reader; give them a reason to read, and make them more knowledgeable for having done so.
- Understandable– While we don’t expect literary excellence (we have an editing team for that), we do expect that your writing will have a clear tone, appealing flow, and ultimately, a concise idea.
- Content must be original to our site- written by you, and not published anywhere else.
- Keep your posts between 300-500 words.
- Include a short bio about yourself and your experience, 100 words or less. You can include a link to your own blog or website here.
- Credit all outside sources appropriately, including links to said information.
- All submissions must be attached to an email, and in .doc or .docx format
- Your post submission should include an image. Please use a high-quality photo, the rights to which you own (link to a Gravatar is acceptable). We reserve the right to make any adjustments to the photo, including but not limited to sizing and cropping. If you do not provide an image, we will select a generic, local business image.
- You may include up to 3 links to your own website or blog within the body of your blog post.
To submit your original post for review, please send the post plus at least two photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Should we decide that your content fits our needs, we will notify you via e-mail at the address you’ve provided.
Who are the Contributors?
We are a group of individuals that have made our careers in the DIY moving and storage industry. Each of us brings expertise in different parts of the moving and storage experience. If it happens on a move, we know about it.
Jennifer W. – I’ve lived in 5 different states and moved a total of 12 times in my life (including 2 cross-country trips). I would love to say that moving is fun – it’s not. However, if it’s done right, moving doesn’t have to be a horrible experience. With a little preparation and the right resources, your move can be a breeze. I hope this blog entertains you while providing useful advice for a stress-free move.
On a personal note, I’m slightly obsessed with technology, social media, office supplies and my dog. I firmly believe in the depths of my soul that baked beans are awful. Cantaloupe is a close runner up. My hobbies include knitting (no, I’m not your grandma), yoga, photography and putting a dent in my couch.
Scott S. – 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 doesn’t make for 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.
Toni J. – Even with over 15 moves under my belt, I learn something new each time! Rather than complaining about the hassle, I like to say that moving is an opportunity to make memories and “Move On”. My advice: when moving make sure you take time to snap photos, laugh, and congratulate yourself and your team when you’re done.
On a personal note, I’m obsessed with shoes and painting my nails. I’ll admit to watching way too much reality TV, but I can’t help that Snooki makes me laugh, and the Biggest Loser makes me cry. I am a natural organizer, an avid baker, cook and poodle lover!
David M. – I can’t quite count any more how many times I have moved. For the sake of round numbers let us say it was 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.
And the parts of my life that don’t involve moving? They mostly take place on the Internet. I am an Internet and technology junky that knows way too much trivia. I also enjoy camping when someone is able to pry my laptop out of my hands. I wouldn’t say that I am naturally organized like some of our other authors, but I would say that I try harder because of that.