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  • 9 Tips for Smoother Office Moves

    Posted on March 18, 2016 by Todd

     

    When it comes to planning to relocate your office and your employees, you can never be too prepared. This will make a difference between a hectic move and a seamless transition. If you are planning to move your office these tips and tricks can help you move on time, within your budget and with less stress.

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    1. Start planning your move as soon as possible. For large commercial moves, start planning 6 months ahead of time. Some large relocations take a year of planning!
    2.Hire an experienced location specialist, mover and box rental company. Make sure they all have proper insurance and resources to accommodate your move.
    3. For office relations, move over the weekend. This is least impactful to the daily workflow of all the employees.
    4. Plan the move with your employees, keep them informed.
    5. Make sure you check with state laws about the amount of time you need to notify your employees about your move.
    6. Don’t forget to order new business cards and change your address in you're mail signature!
    7. You may need assistance with packing. Hire a professional packer!
    8. Make sure you move your IT equipment first so you can get up and running quicker in your new space.
    9. Make sure you count all of your employees and rent enough moving boxes for everyone.
    10. Make sure you forward all of your mail.


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  • 10 New Year's resolutions you can actually keep!

    Posted on January 4, 2016 by Todd

    Now that you can kiss 2015 goodbye, can you name one resolution you kept? I didn't think so. Here are 10 resolutions that you can actually keep!

    The first step to being successful at your New Year's Resolutions is be being realistic about yourself. We are all lazy by nature but that doesn't mean we can't be more productive and form good habits.

    1. TAKE A WALK AT LUNCH
    After staring at your computer for hours get up from out of your cubical and put your feet to the pavement. Free yourself from your computer! Get some fresh air, clear your mind and recharge!

    2. NO PHONES DURING DINNER
    Make this year about quality time. PUT THE CELL PHONES DOWN AT DINNER and actually have conversations with your family. Who would have thought?! We get so caught up in our phones, it's refreshing to take a break from it.

    3. SKIP THE COFFEE, AND CALL YOUR MOM INSTEAD
    After your done taking your walk, see resolution #1, call you mom and say hi! Keep those positive endorphins flowing.

    4. TRAIN YOURSELF TO WAKE UP WITHOUT AN ALARM CLOCK
    Yes, you can really do this. No longer will you be a slave to your dreaded alarm clock. Your body wants to wake up naturally, trust your body.

    5. READ MORE
    Whether it's an online article, magazine, self-help book, read more!

    6. EMBRACE PROCRASTINATION—BECAUSE IT MIGHT MAKE YOU MORE PRODUCTIVE
    For years and years you've thought procrastination was ruining your work.

    Guess what? With a new year comes a new outlook! According to Buffer's Belle Beth Cooper, procrastination, when accepted as a critical part of our productivity process, can be extremely helpful. (Read more)

    7. FINALLY, FINALLY FREE YOUR INBOX FROM CLUTTER
    Hate seeing the red bubble with the number of unread emails you have, me too. Go through them and clear them out! You'll feel much better.

    8. BEAT DISTRACTION BY GETTING UP BEFORE IT RISES
    Fast Company contributor Paul Dejoe just couldn't find peace. By 8 a.m. he was overwhelmed by the pressure and expectations of the day. Emails to respond to, meetings to attend, projects to plan.

    His answer? Wake up before the competition.

    9. PLAN YOUR WEEKENDS SO YOU CAN RELAX AND REVITALIZE
    It's Sunday night. You're miserable. You haven't done anything this weekend!

    If this is a familiar feeling, you're not alone. Bottom line: a good weekend needs a plan.

    10. EMBRACE SOCIAL MEDIA ALREADY
    You've been anti Instagram and Twitter. Get. Over. It.


    This post was posted in Cardboard moving boxes, Moving Boxes, Orange County and was tagged with orange county, moving, boxes, resolution, new years

  • Tis the season to give

    Posted on November 6, 2015 by Todd

    Tis the season for giving! At PiggyBoxes we are always looking for ways to give back to the community. This Thanksgiving season we chose The Second Harvest Food Bank in Orange County. Every order that we deliver to in the month of November, we are tying an orange ribbon to 1 box. We are asking our clients to get together canned goods or personal items. All items will go directly to The Second Harvest Food Bank. Second_Harvest_FoodBank_OrangeCounty.ashx
    If you don’t know about this awesome non-profit in Orange County, here is the 411 on Second Harvest.
    Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, you take a powerful stand in the fight against hunger. They serve of 200,000 hungry people every month. Most of the food is donated by local restaurants, grocery stores and food manufacturers. Second Harvest thrives off of the generous of volunteers. Last year alone they had over 18,000 volunteers to help sort, pass out food and planting new food in the Incredible Edible Park.
    It is currently estimated that 11.4% of Orange County residents, or nearly 350,000 people, struggle with hunger in Orange County. Children and seniors make up 50% of those in need of food assistance.
    If you have time this year or food to donate please keep Second Harvest in mind!!


    This post was posted in Cardboard moving boxes, City of Irvine, Giving Back, Moving Boxes, Orange County and was tagged with Irvine, orange county, Newport Beach, moving, los angeles

  • Moving with a toddler

    Posted on October 16, 2015 by Todd

    Whats makes moving even worse than it already is? Moving with toddlers. Moving with toddlers is so much more than getting their stuff from point A to point B. You need to make sure your little one stays safe during the chaos.
    There are no rules for child proofing your move but a little common sense can go a long way! Maybe one of these tips could save you a trip to urgent care.
    First things first-keep track of dangerous items. Kitchen knives, scissors, poisonous chemicals, don't forget about medications cleaning supplies.
    Cleaning supplies is one many forget about. Keep those far out of reach from your little ones. Those are often times poisonous and potentially toxic. You should be using chemical free cleaners anyway!!
    Next-outlets, staircases, toilets and bookshelves. Consider keeping the baby gate around and blocking off areas that may be potentially harmful.
    Regardless, it’s better to be safe than sorry!


    This post was posted in Green Things, Moving Checklist, Orange County, Plastic moving boxes and was tagged with Irvine, orange county, Newport Beach, moving, boxes, toddlers

  • Getting water wise!

    Posted on September 16, 2015 by Todd

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    Newsflash! California is in a serious drought. They are so many ways that we can all ban together to conserve this precious resource, especially here in California. Some of these tips even require minimal effort.

    Here are 15 way in which you can make a difference to conserve water around your home.

    1 Avoid putting water down the drain when you can. It can be used another way like watering a plant or garden, or cleaning.

    2 Check your home for any unnecessary leaks. Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.

    3 Repair dripping faucets! If your faucet is dripping at the rate of one drop per second, you can expect to waste 2,700 gallons per year which will add to the cost of water.

    4 Check for toilet tank leaks too! You can add food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear within 30 minutes. Check the toilet for worn out, corroded or bent parts. Most replacement parts are inexpensive, readily available and easily installed. Make sure you flush as soon as your done, it can stain your tank.

    5 Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other such waste in the trash rather than the toilet.

    6 Take shorter showers and change out your shower head to a low flow version.

    7 Try to avoid letting water run while you are washing your face or shaving.

    8 Retrofit all wasteful household faucets by installing aerators with flow restrictors.

    9 Operate automatic dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are fully loaded or properly set the water level for the size of load you are using.

    10 When washing dishes by hand, fill one sink with soapy water and quickly rinse under a slow-moving stream from the faucet.

    11 Store drinking water in the refrigerator rather than letting the tap run every time you want a cool glass of water.

    12 Do not use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or by using the defrost setting on your microwave.

    13 Kitchen sink disposals require lots of water to operate properly. Start a compost pile as an alternate method of disposing food waste instead of using a garbage disposal. Garbage disposals also can add 50% to the volume of solids in a septic tank which can lead to malfunctions and maintenance problems.

    14 Consider installing an instant water heater on your kitchen sink so you don't have to let the water run while it heats up. This will reduce heating costs for your household.

    15 Insulate your water pipes. You'll get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.

    If we all contribute we can make a difference!


    This post was posted in CA, Cardboard moving boxes, Green Things, Moving Boxes, Orange County and was tagged with orange county, moving, cardboard, california, drought, rent boxes

  • Tips for a greener move

    Posted on August 28, 2015 by Todd

    So, your moving. You’ve picked out your new place and you’re ready to go! You’ve picked the date the move is going to take place and you’ve hired movers. The last thing on your mind is being eco-conscious. I get it! But let me tell you, there are so many ways you can help out your planet without going out of your way or by spending a lot of extra money or even worse, slowing down what you already have in motion.

    The first green thing you can look into are the boxes your using. Did you know that cardboard fills up over half of our landfills? Try looking into rent re-useable moving boxes like Piggyboxes. Companies like ours exist all over the country! And when you can get the boxes for cheaper than cardboard and get them delivered, well you are on your way to an easier more eco-friendly move already!

    Another great tip: purge! Less stuff to move means less boxes and less for your movers to haul and less weight for them to carry. Often times, movers charge on weight so de-cluttering saves you money.You might even make some cash if you have a garage sell!

    Lastly, look into the moving company you’ve hired. Nowadays, moving companies are going green too! They are using biodiesel fuel which is much nicer to mother nature.

     


    This post was posted in Cardboard moving boxes, City of Irvine, Eco Friendly Moving Supplies, Moving Boxes, Plastic moving boxes and was tagged with Eco Friendly, movers, orange county, moving, boxes, cardboard, los angeles

  • Living life in Orange County!

    Posted on August 19, 2015 by Todd

     

    It’s no secret that we love living in Orange County. Considering Todd and I both grew up in the Inland Empire, OC’s sweeping views and cool temperatures make for a nice home. I could give you a thousand reasons why I love living in Orange County but I’ll just give you my top 5.

    1. The beaches. Nothing feels better then putting my toes in the sand with the ocean breeze blowing in my face. I mean, people travel here to go on vacation! It also makes it really convenient when Todd wants to go surfing. If you have never been, be sure to check out The Strand in Dana Point, Corona Del Mar and Balboa Island. When I pull my beach chair out on the sand and close my eyes, it feels like I’m on vacation!

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    2. Orange County is dog friendly! There are so many restaurants, shopping areas and beaches that welcome your beloved pooch. We recently we to What A Dish in Dana Point and they brought Frankie his own bowl of fresh water and dog treats while we were eating. For us dog lovers, it doesn't get better than that! If your in OC and wanting a place to take your dog, check out the app called Bring Fido. It gives you all of the places where dogs are welcomed.

    3. Great shopping! Every store you could imagine is somewhere in Orange County. You have one of the biggest shopping meccas in Santa Ana called South Coast Plaza. There is Fashion Island in Newport Beach which is my personal favorite. Not only does every store allow your dog but you can see the ocean while your shopping! Also check out the Irvine Spectrum in Irvine. A fun, kid friendly place with a huge ferris wheel and great restaurants.

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    4. It’s safe and well kept. Irvine has been voted one of the safest cities for years now. But it’s not only Irvine, many of the cites in Orange County are safe for your children and families and kept

    clean. People take pride to live here so they keep it nice. I guess that’s why there is a premium to live in Orange County.

    5. Lastly, the weather. When it’s 70 degrees all the time, who can complain? It rains maybe 10 days a year and breaks 75 a few days during the summer. Other than that, it’s sunshine all day long!
    Regardless if you’re a resident of OC or just visiting, there really is something special about Orange County.

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    This post was posted in City of Irvine, Eco Friendly Moving Supplies, Green Things, Moving Boxes, Moving Checklist, Orange County, Plastic moving boxes and was tagged with Eco Friendly, Irvine, orange county, Newport Beach, moving, boxes, travel, summer

  • How to chose a mover

    Posted on August 17, 2015 by Todd

    Choosing a reliable mover can be just as stressful as the entire moving process itself. You can end up with a huge bill, damaged furniture, lost goods or even worse, your belongings are held hostage. Consumers can avoid these fatal missteps by doing their do diligence.
    This is how us at PiggyBoxes tells all of our clients how to chose a mover.

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    1. You pay for what you get. If a moving company is quoting you a price that sounds too good to be true. It probably is. Chances are, they aren't a reliable, insured moving company. You don't want them touching your belongings or even stepping foot in your home.

    2. Go on Yelp! Yelp is a reliable source for reading past clients reviews. On Yelp, you’ll find the good, the bad and the ugly about any company. Make sure you chose a mover with minimally 4 stars.

    3. Good movers will offer to come to your home and give you a professional quote. No legitimate mover will give you a quote over the phone. How can they even see how much stuff is in your home over the phone?

    4. Make sure they are fully bonded and licensed. For out of state moves go to Motor Carrier Safety Administration (you can double-check a mover’s license at www.protectyourmove.gov). You can also search for interstate movers and complaints from the Better Business Bureau.

    5. Look at their trucks and website. If it seems like they threw their site together it 5 minutes and don’t have a professional vehicle with some type of branding or a wrap. I would steer clear!

    6. Ask questions like do they have a minimum? How many movers will be present on moving day? What types of payments do they accept (never pay a mover in cash)? Ask about all the fees upfront like is there a stair fee or do they charge you for the supplies they used?

    7. Get multiple bids and get all the quotes in writing!

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    The final bit of advice, use your judgement. If it doesn't feel right, then find another mover who you are 100% comfortable with.

    For a list of our recommended movers check out our partners page!


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  • Recycle, Reuse, Reduce!

    Posted on August 11, 2015 by Todd

    It’s no secret that cardboard consumes our landfills. But did you know how much of it sits in our landfills, 41 percent! That’s close to half of the garbage generated in the Unites States! With Piggyboxes, our totes can be used hundreds of times before we need to get rid of them. Can you imagine all of the trees we would save if everyone used PiggyBoxes for their move?

    So why is recycling so important?

    -Cardboard is everywhere you look. If it isn’t cardboard boxes, walk into your pantry and look at all snacks put into cardboard packaging. Nearly 90 percent of all products sold are packaged in cardboard.
    -There is a large concern about the number and locations of landfills in the U.S. Rain creates runoff which goes through the landfills right into communities. With a reduction of cardboard comes a reduction of toxins.

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    -It takes a whole lotta energy to make cardboard. Thats less emissions for everyone and reduces greenhouse gases that are harming the environment.
    -We need to save the trees!! The tree population is depleting rapidly due to our lack recycling. Recycling will help keep the trees and fresh carbon dioxide that they produce.

    Remember - Recycle, reuse, reduce!


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  • Why is moving so difficult?

    Posted on August 7, 2015 by Todd

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    We all know moving is one of lifes most stressful events. But what really makes it so hard? It’s important to understand what makes moving so difficult so you can make your move as easy as possible.

    Time:
    Moving takes a lot of time. From deciding what materials you will need, organizing, choosing a reliable mover. Not to mention to purchase of your new home. The list goes on. Can you imagine doing all of this while your working a full time job or watching your children? One way to really cut down time is hire a reliable mover. Go to Yelp, Angie’s list or ask a friend for a reliable mover. Make sure you get all the fees up front so there are on surprises when they are done unpacking your belongings. Typically, free quotes are provided!

    Another way to save time is use Piggyboxes. Rather than going to Home Depot or Lowes for moving boxes or packing tape, we deliver our boxes directly to your door and then pick them up when you’re done. No need to find a friend or dumpster to relocate the boxes to. And no more packing tape!!
    We also have wardrobe boxes that can make moving your clothes a breeze!

    Children and pets:
    Moving can really cause stress upon your children and pets too. Adapting to a new home is no easy feat. Your children will need to find new friends and adapt to a new environment. If you know you are moving try to prepare your kids in advance and get them as excited for the move as you can. Making it something to look forward to not something that they are going to dread.

    For pets, make sure the backyard is properly fenced in before you let them go. Bring along all of their favorite toys and beds to they have something that isn't new. Often times, pets go into hiding. It will just take a few days for them to adapt. Time heals all wounds!

    Be organized:
    Make your move as organized as possible. If you know you have a lot of things you don’t need, donate them to a local non-profit organization. This will save you the time of having to move and unpack things you will never use. Make sure you label your moving boxes clearly so they can be unloaded in the correct room. Prepare in advance. Don’t wait last minute to hire a moving or start packing. Start doing this weeks in advance. Half of the stress people bring upon themselves is leaving things last minute.

    Moving is never going to be easy but with these little tips hopefully you can reduce the stress of your move!


    This post was posted in Cardboard moving boxes, City of Irvine, Eco Friendly Moving Supplies, Giving Back, Moving Boxes, Orange County and was tagged with Eco Friendly, Irvine, orange county, Newport Beach, moving, cardboard boxes, boxes, mover

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