Holiday Clean Up

After the flurry of the holidays has dissipated, it’s nice to spend some time putting the house back in order. If a move is on the horizon before the next time you plan to pull out your Christmas tree, being mindful of how much you store is important. We’ve got helpful tips on what to do with all those holiday items once the season comes to a close.

 

Holiday Lighting

When it’s time to take the lights down and get back to reality, keeping the strands separated for the next time you use them makes decorating the house a lot simpler. Purchase a hose holder to use as a large spool. Wrapping your lights will make winding, carrying, and storing light strings simple and will prevent tangles.

 

If you’re a do it yourself type, you can make your own no-tangle reel with a piece of cardboard and some scissors.

 

Leftover Wrapping Supplies

Have lots of extra paper, ribbons, and gift bags? Use a garment bag or hanging closet organizer to store items like tablecloths, seasonal linens, wrapping supplies and more. This keeps them off the ground and in one place once next year rolls around.

 

Wreaths

If you’d like to keep your wreath in pristine condition for next year, use a crush-proof wreath case to safely store and extend its life and prevent breakage. For a do-it-yourself approach, try hanging wreaths in an out of the way location on removable closet rods. Don’t forget to store wreaths in plastic bags before hanging to prevent dust from accumulating on the decorations.

 

Tree Ornaments

If you’re missing ornament boxes, try using egg crates to safely store small ornaments (Styrofoam egg cartons are best for this purpose).

 

Make Space

Consider installing an overhead storage system in the garage to store things that you don’t need regular access to (such as holiday decorations). If you know you’ll be moving before the next holiday season, make sure to clearly label the contents so the boxes will be ready to transport without sorting again prior to the big day.

 

To prep for next year, make sure to check out our How to Reduce Waste During the Holidays blog. For more helpful homeowner information, read our AMJ Campbell blog.

Comment emballer vos articles précieux

« Manipuler avec soin », c’est plus vite dit que fait quand on se dépêche de tout emballer avant le jour du déménagement. Et quand il s’agit de préparer des articles fragiles pour le transport, comme des souvenirs de famille, l’expérience peut être stressante en raison de la valeur sentimentale qui leur est rattachée. Heureusement, les spécialistes d’AMJ Campbell peuvent vous donner des conseils pour que vos objets fragiles soient déménagés sans subir de dommages.

 

  1. Porcelaine et articles de cuisine fragiles

Emballez individuellement la porcelaine ainsi que les verres et la vaisselle fragiles avec du papier journal ou des serviettes de papier non imprimés. Vérifiez auprès de votre journal local ou d’un imprimeur s’ils ont des fins de rouleaux ou du papier journal propre à vendre.

Garnissez le fond de la boîte d’emballage de papier journal chiffonné ou de papier bulle. Enveloppez les assiettes de même dimension séparément ou deux par deux. Emballez séparément les grandes assiettes dans du papier bulle en plaçant les bulles vers l’intérieur pour une protection maximale.

 

N’oubliez pas de bien inscrire la mention « fragile » sur tous les côtés des boîtes, pour que les déménageurs puissent la voir.

 

  1. Œuvres d’art et pièces murales

Pour emballer correctement les œuvres d’art (peintures, décoration murale, etc.), il faut éviter de toucher la surface de la peinture à mains nues. Pour cela, il suffit de porter des gants de coton blanc ou de placer des serviettes de papier non acide entre l’œuvre et vos doigts quand vous la manipulez.

 

Collez le ruban adhésif uniquement au papier dans lequel l’œuvre d’art est emballée. Découpez des morceaux de cartons pour protéger les coins. Pour les pièces plus fragiles, utilisez au moins deux épaisseurs de papier bulle.

 

  1. Meubles et accessoires

Enlevez toutes les pièces amovibles des antiquités ou des meubles de famille avant de les emballer. N’oubliez pas de fixer au meuble toutes les vis et autres pièces de quincaillerie dans un sac Ziploc. Enveloppez les pieds des chaises, des divans, des tables ainsi que les parties saillantes des meubles avec du papier bulle.

 

Recouvrez les tissus des meubles avec des couvertures pour éviter qu’ils soient tachés ou déchirés. Ceci est particulièrement important si vous déménagez en hiver, ou dans un endroit où les précipitations sont fréquentes.

 

  1. Manipulez les antiquités avec précaution

Avant de commencer à emballer vos objets de famille et vos antiquités, prenez le temps d’en dresser l’inventaire. En commençant par vos objets les plus gros, prenez des photos de chacun pour vos dossiers, et mesurez les articles pour lesquels vous devez commander une caisse spéciale. Pour les antiquités de plus petite dimension comme des bijoux, de l’argenterie et des objets de collection, prenez une photo de chaque article et notez les imperfections s’il y a lieu.

 

Quand vous recouvrez des antiquités d’un emballage protecteur, assurez-vous que la première couche est propre et qu’elle n’endommagera pas l’article. Pour les articles poreux – comme les œuvres d’art, les livres et les tissus anciens – du papier non acide, comme du papier de soie, offre une bonne couche de protection. Pour le verre et le bois, utilisez une pellicule étirable ou de la styromousse pour recouvrir entièrement les articles, en vous assurant de bien couvrir les coins et les bords.

 

Conseils utiles : Servez-vous de vieilles couvertures douces, de styromousse récupérée des colis que vous achetez en ligne, ou encore de papier bulle pour recouvrir les articles plus précieux afin d’atténuer les chocs pendant le transport.

 

Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements sur la façon dont AMJ Campbell peut simplifier votre déménagement, communiquez avec l’un de nos établissements près de chez vous.

How to Reduce Waste During the Holidays

Enjoying the festivities of the season unfortunately comes with a lot of plastic, shredded paper, and empty boxes, too. According to the B.C. Recycling Council, 545,000 tonnes of waste is generated in Canada from gift-wrapping and shopping bags each year. But not all of your excess has to end up in the landfill. Read on to find out ways to limit what you have to toss out.

 

Use Reusable Wrap

Reusable or fabric gift wrap is a stylish, convenient, and sustainable alternative to paper gift wrap. Fabric makes it easy to wrap oddly shaped items. After the gift unwrapping is over, your recipient can reuse it for their next gift giving opportunity. Make sure to recycle any paper wrap you receive in your blue box.

 

Trim a Live Tree

Living Christmas trees offer an environmentally friendly option for people who want to enjoy a live tree but want to limit waste. These potted trees can be replanted in the ground after the holidays. Check in your area if renting a living tree from a local nursery is possible. If living trees aren’t readily available, make sure to recycle your tree when you are done with it.

 

Give One Gift Instead of Several Small Ones

To reduce wrapping paper and packaging, try gifting one meaningful present or grouping presents together in your wrapping technique, as opposed to wrapping several small gifts. Even further though, if adhering to a specific budget, you could consider buying a single item instead of multiple small ones. This isn’t always possible but it can help reduce waste, cut down on trash produced by packaging and wrapping, and eliminates the likelihood of giving unwanted gifts that end up being thrown away or never used—especially if you find you’re buying little gag-gifts that are less likely to be used.

 

Be Smart About your Holiday Lighting

Buy a timer for your outdoor lights so they are scheduled to be turned off during daylight hours. Buy parallel instead of circuit light strands. This way when one light goes out, the whole strand won’t stop working, inevitably needing to be tossed into the trash.

 

Gift Experiences Instead of Items

To reduce the number of products produced and wasted during the holiday season, don’t give any away. Not only are experiences zero-waste, studies show that experiences bring more happiness than possessions. So, take someone on a trip, to a concert, on a hike, on a bike ride, to a movie, to a sporting event, or to a play. People are more likely to remember that gift longer than a material one.

 

Donate Unwanted Gifts to Charity

If you receive an unwanted or duplicate present this holiday season, donate it to charity. Donating puts an otherwise useless product into the hands of someone in need.

Consider Packaging

Purchase items that come with minimal packaging (toys are some of the worst culprits). Choosing gifts in smaller boxes with less packing material saves resources and helps keep your trash barrels from overflowing. If you are creatively inclined, try making handmade presents this year or look for gifts made from new materials that were produced in ways that don’t harm the environment. Shopping local markets is a good strategy—handmade goods producers tend to not use packaging on their products at all.

 

For more helpful homeowner information, read our AMJ Campbell blog.

How to Pack Awkward Objects

Packing is arguably the most time-consuming task when comes time to move your home. The easy items are the square and rectangle boxes, but have you considered how to handle sharp, fragile, or oddly shaped items? Read on for helpful tips on how to tackle those awkward objects.

 

Round Objects

Wrap round items such as car tires and wheels, footballs, or globes with a flexible internal packaging material such as Kraft paper, bubble wrap, or polyethylene foam sheeting before placing it inside a strong plastic container or cardboard box. Ensure the item fits properly without bulging out at the sides. Fill the extra space with cushioning material to prevent the item from sliding or moving around inside the box during transit.

 

Cylindrical Objects

Wrap items such as carpet rolls, posters, and floor vases with a flexible packing material such as cardboard, foam sheeting, or bubble wrap before taping securely. Make sure the ends are sealed to prevent scratching if dragged. To keep moisture out, try adding a final layer of plastic (such as a garbage bag) with moving tape.

 

Long Objects

To reduce the risk of breakage when relocating long objects such as car bumpers, fishing reels, or curtain rods, add support to the weak points (usually the midsection) of the item. Tape or strap thin pieces of Styrofoam or wood dowel along the length of the object to act as a brace. Then, cover the entire piece in a thick layer of bubble wrap, adding an additional layer around fragile points and ends that could get caught or scrape walls during transportation.

 

Furniture

Heavy and irregularly shaped pieces of furniture such as bed frames, tables, sofas, chairs, bookcases, and mattresses should be dismantled as much as possible before the move. Wrap them in moving blankets or old sheets and tape securely before placing them into the moving truck. Online videos are an excellent way to see how other people get creative when packing household furnishings.

 

Pokey Oddball Objects

Don’t be deterred from packing oddly shaped items. From curling irons to shoe racks to patio décor, oddly shaped articles are part of our lives. Group similar objects together to make it easy when unpacking. Save your larger boxes for these belongings, and angle the tallest pieces in the box first. Then, fill the remaining space with related possessions, and fill empty space with newspaper or packing peanuts to prevent shifting.

 

To collect and restrain those pesky hangers, stack them before looping a rubber band around the hooks. Don’t forget to fill the extra spaces in the box between the hangers with small or soft items such as scarves or socks. Reserving soft items for boxes you are filling with fragile items can serve as protection and reduce the need for packing fillers.

 

Wondering how AMJ Campbell can make your move a little more hassle-free? Read our blog to learn five moving tips that will make your life easier and contact a location near you to find out more about our packing services. Keep in mind that professional movers have the experience and knowledge of how best to move the larger, more awkwardly shaped items.

Moving This Season? A Canadian Winter’s Essential Cross-Country Family-Fun Guide

Winter in Canada may feel like the longest season of the year. If your approach to handling cold weather is to hunker down beside the fireplace and avoid socializing for six months, chances are you’ll be itching to get outside at some point. As the old saying goes, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Whether you are new to parts of this country or simply not a fan of the icy cool breezes, we have a roundup of  some of our most cherished Canuck activities to help you embrace this frosty season.

 

Catch Some Air

The sweet spot of Canadian winter is hitting the slopes. Visit one of the country’s iconic ski resorts, which attract thrill-seekers from across the globe on a yearly basis. Blackcomb/Whistler ski resort in British Columbia, Banff & Lake Louise outside of Calgary, Alberta, and Mont-Tremblant north of Montreal in Quebec are the three most famous ski destinations in Canada, among many other hills country-wide that families enjoy.

 

Stay in an Ice Hotel

The enchanting Hôtel de Glace north of Quebec City is a unique hotel built entirely of snow and ice. Every winter it’s completely redesigned and rebuilt, offering an unforgettable experience in the only hotel of its kind in North America. While you’re there, drink a cocktail served in a glass made of ice and then drift off to sleep on a bed built of ice blocks.

 

Take in a Winter Festival

Winterlude in Ottawa, Fredericton Frostival, Ice on Whyte in Edmonton, and Niagara Icewine Festival are some of the most popular festivals held during winter. Music combined with family friendly entertainment make staying up after the season’s early sun downs worthwhile. Many of these festivals offer experiences you won’t find anywhere else—like a hair freezing contest at the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous in Whitehorse or the one-piece snowsuit competition at Igloofest in Montreal.

 

Try a New Activity

Dogsledding, ice fishing, snowshoeing. You name it, we’ve got it. Canada lets you explore areas you might not normally have access to when the ground freezes over. Cross-country ski trails take over land masses that are swamps during warmer months. Ice bridges are formed across winding rivers.

 

Take your favourite summer activities and winterize them. Hiking and birdwatching in the snow offers an alternative experience compared with what you’d see in warmer months. Another hint is to reconnect with the simple winter activities you enjoyed as a child and try them in a new place or with new people. Snowball fight, anyone?

 

Eat Fresh Maple Syrup in the Snow

Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, PEI, and New Brunswick are hubs for maple syrup production in Canada. Each offer experiences from tastings at small farm facilities to festivals celebrating the sweet stuff. You’re not truly Canadian until you’ve savoured warm maple syrup in fresh snow.

 

For more information on how AMJ Campbell can make your move to Canada a little more hassle-free, contact a location near you.