Moving In Winter: Avoiding Stress & Mess

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Article written by Cindy Aldridge. Photo courtesy of Jill 111 via Pixabay.

 

When moving to Florida from a snowy state, try these moving tips…

 

Moving in the wintertime can be a good decision, in part because moving companies are often wide open where dates are concerned and they may have discounted rates as well.  It’s important to remember that the temperatures and weather will have a major impact on how the move goes.  From packing to making sure your pets are safe and comfortable, starting with a solid plan will help ensure that nothing goes wrong and your move goes as smoothly as possible.
It’s also a good idea to prepare your children and pets for the big day.  Not only will this help ensure their safety, it will give you peace of mind, so you can focus on getting things taken care of.  Plan ahead and keep communication open with your family so everyone is on the same page.  Plan ahead regarding things like turning off the utilities in your old home; this is important, since moving day will likely be pretty cold.

 

Cover your floors

Depending on what type of flooring you have, you’ll want to lay down something to protect it.  For hardwood and tile, you can tape down inexpensive plastic tablecloths to keep snow, ice and rainwater from being tracked in.  For carpeting, put down some old throw rugs in the areas where the most foot traffic will be on moving day.  It might help to move as many items as you can into one room near the door; this way, the movers can just grab them and go.

 

Heat one room

If the utilities will be shut off in your old home on moving day, consider placing a space heater in one room.  This way, you and the movers will have a warm place to go to take a break from the cold.  Just be sure you don’t leave any pets alone in a closed-up room with a space heater, as this can be dangerous.

 

Prepare your pets

Speaking of pets, it’s a good idea to make sure your animals are well prepared before the move. If possible, allow them to visit the new house so they can explore and get used to the new sights and smells.  You might also want to arrange for a pet sitter on moving day; this will not only help keep him out from under your feet, it will ensure that he’s safe and warm during all the commotion.  If you can’t line up a sitter, try keeping him in one closed-off room with his favorite toys, bedding, treats and a water bowl.  This will keep your pet happy and ensure that he doesn’t get loose during the move.

 

Keep an eye on the weather

In many states, winter weather can be highly unpredictable.  Keep an eye on the weather report every day and plan accordingly.  Be sure you keep a snow shovel and salt handy, in case you need to dig out the driveway or keep outdoor steps free of ice.  Ask the moving company about covers for your furniture in case of rain or snow.

 

Moving in the winter can be stressful if you aren’t prepared but, planning your move accordingly will help you stay on top of every aspect.  Keep communication open with your moving company and with any friends or family members who are helping; with good teamwork, you can make sure your move goes smoothly!

 

Budget-Friendly Cleaning Advice for Dog Owners

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Article Written by Cindy Aldridge. Photo courtesy of Pexels

Dog owners have a deep and lasting bond with their pets.  Our dogs become our best friends, our faithful companions.  They remain loyal and provide a lifetime of unconditional love and friendship. With all that love and companionship, there’s also great responsibility.  As a dog owner, you must care for and clean up after your pet each and every day.

Here’s a list of budget-friendly tips that will help you keep your home clean and you and your best friend happy and healthy…

 

Invest in a Good Vacuum

If you have a breed of dog that sheds, you have a few different options for removing dog fur and keeping your home clean.  One option is to keep your dog’s fur trimmed and groomed on a regular basis, if possible.  Another option is to move into a home that has hardwood flooring, which is easier to clean for most dog owners.  If you fall into the category of dog owners who have carpeted homes, you may want to look into a good vacuum cleaner.  Vacuums remove pet dander and fur from your home and they don’t cost a fortune.

However, it’s important to remember that your dog doesn’t understand what a vacuum is or what it does.  All Fido knows is that there’s a strange being in the living room making loud noises, and that can be terrifying to a dog.  Because the sound of your vacuum can excite or scare your dog, it’s important to look for a quiet vacuum cleaner.  Vacuums might cost you some money up front, but they’ll last for years to come, so take your time to compare different models.  Look for a vacuum that’s within your budget and still has the features that work best for your unique needs.

 

Clean the Air

Our dogs have adorable personality quirks — but they also have odors.  The last thing you want is for your home to smell like wet dog.  Air fresheners can go a long way in hiding the smell of dog in your home.  But of course, there are other ways to reduce pet odors.  First, bring nature into your home with some houseplants that are safe for dogs.  Next, consider an essential oil diffuser.  Essential oils are natural, safe, and an inexpensive way to improve the air quality in your home.  In addition to soothing your mind and masking pet odors, essential oils and aromatherapy can help clean the air with their anti-microbial properties.  The best oils for cleaning the air in your home include four thieves: eucalyptus, tea tree, lemon and clove or peppermint oil.

 

Obedience Training and Housebreaking

One of the most proactive ways dog owners can maintain a clean home is to properly train your pet.  This starts with housebreaking your dog and enrolling him or her in some obedience training.  Housebreak your puppy early and use puppy pads or newspaper in the home in case of accidents.  When your puppy is young, you need to take him or her outside more frequently to avoid accidents in the house.

Experts recommend using a piece of dog kibble or other food as a treat to reward the dog for displaying behaviors upon command.  After your puppy starts to learn basic commands, you can move on to more advanced activities.  For instance, once your pet has mastered the “drop it” command, you can begin teaching the dog to play fetch.

 

When All Else Fails

If you find yourself shaking your head in frustration because you’ve tried all these tricks and you’re still dealing with pet odors and accidents from a stubborn dog, don’t give up.  In addition to the tips listed in this article, you can look into common, low-cost sprays that will discourage your dog from marking territory in the house.  If all else fails and nothing seems to be working, take your dog to see a vet or a dog trainer.  It’s possible that your dog might have a medical condition that’s causing the issue.

After resolving any health concerns and spaying or neutering your pet, you might be surprised at how quickly most dogs are housebroken.  This means you’ll invest less stress and money into cleaning up after your dog, freeing you up to enjoy quality time together while bonding with your dog.