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Miami Winter Events for Families

Miami Winter Events for Families

Being blessed with sunny winter, Miami boasts many winter events for families, especially for kids and kids at heart. If you are in Miami or are visiting Miami this time of year, here are some Miami winter events for families you and your kids can look forward to.

New World Symphony’s Sounds of the Season

If you and your family enjoy listening to music, especially the orchestra, this event is for you. Happening on December 15 at the New World Center, this concert performed by the renowned New World Symphony will surely fill your hearts with delight. Sit back and relax as you listen to Christmas carols and other songs of this wonderful season. This year, the group will include ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, some selections from The Nutcracker and many more.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

Coming on its 28th holiday season production, Miami City Ballet brings you The Nutcracker. This reinvention of the classic fairy tale is happening from December 15 thru December 24 at the Adrienne Arsht Center of the Performing Arts. Bring your kids and let them experience the beauty and elegance that come with a ballet performance.

Santa’s Enchanted Forest

Around this time, Miami gets to host a new neighborhood: Santa’s Enchanted Forest. One of the largest holiday theme parks in the world, Santa’s Enchanted Forest houses hundreds of rides, shows, games, and other attractions. Fill your nights with bright and shiny lights (more than two miles!) Hop on to some of fun rides, including the largest travelling ferris wheel in the country.

This theme park is located at the heart of Miami at Tropical Park and is open until January 7, 2018 from 5pm to midnight, including holidays (Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day).

A Visit to the Coral Gables Museum

Even if kids are on their winter holiday break, they shouldn’t stop learning. Take your family to the Coral Gables Museum and let them see and experience art.

Every month, on the second Saturday, the museum celebrates Family Day on Aragon from 2 to 5 p.m. This joyful event offers complimentary museum admission. They also have fun arts and crafts activities your kids will surely enjoy.

Strawberry Picking

Fruit picking is always a nice and fun family bonding activity. Especially if you have kids who have not yet done fruit picking, this is the time to do it. Winter season is the time for strawberry picking! In Miami, there are several places to U-Pick. Try Knaus Berry Farm, Sam and Philly’s, Burr’s Berry Farm and U-Pick Kendall.

Santa Mall Visits

Have your kids been naughty, or nice? We sure hope they have been nice because Santa Claus is coming to town! Have your kids’ picture taken with Santa at the following venues:

The Falls                            November 4 – December 24

Aventura Mall                    November 12 – December 24

Shops at Merrick Park      December 4 – December 23

This season is truly the most wonderful here in Miami. If you are planning to move to this city, make it smoother by trusting Joe’s Moving and Storage Inc. Whether you are moving to, from, or inside Miami, we have you covered. Contact us now for your moving and storage needs.

5 Creative Ways to Declutter Your Home

5 creative ways to declutter your home

Decluttering is not as easy as it sounds. Getting rid of things you have spent years keeping is always difficult. Questions like “What if I’ll need it one of these days?” will start creeping in as soon as you start throwing things out. Stop worrying and start getting creative as we give you these ways to declutter your home.

Do the 90-90 Rule

Ryan Nicodemus does the 90-90 rule to live the minimalist life. Basically, if there is something that he has not used for the last 90 days and does not plan on using it on the next 90, he gets rid of it. This rule will help individuals who have problems getting rid of things because they think they might need it in the future. If you haven’t used it for the last 3 months, chances are you won’t be using it anytime soon either.

Give One Item Away Every Day

This one might be a bit challenging to many people. However, decluttering in one go can be quite a challenge too. Especially if the place contains a lot of things, decluttering might take days or even weeks.

If you are busy, take decluttering one at a time. You can apply the 90-90 Rule too in choosing which item to give away. Next, think of a person who will need it the most. Maybe your aunt needs a new spatula at home? Then give that to her. By giving one item away every day, you will be surprised at how much change it can do to your place.

Do the 12-12-12 Challenge

The 12-12-12 challenge is simple if you follow these steps. First, get yourself 3 boxes and go to a room which needs decluttering. Next, identify 36 items in the room. Then, classify each item whether it is: A) something to throw away, B) something to donate, or C) something to stay. Each category must have 12 items at the end.

You can change your number to a lower one if you think 12 is too hard. However, you can challenge yourself and aim for a higher number to get decluttering done faster.

Ask Yourself Why?

When decluttering a place, start by asking yourself this question: Why do I have this? Many things in our places are there because we bought it for a reason. Maybe we bought those knitting needles because we wanted to start a new hobby. Go back to the time when you bought that item and see if the reason is still relevant now. Did you enjoy knitting? If not, you probably need to get rid of it already.

Do the Four-Box Method

This method is similar to the 12-12-12 method mentioned earlier, but instead of three, you have four categories. Take four boxes with you. One box will be for trash, another one for give away, third box for keep, and the last box for relocate. You need to be disciplined on the task and make sure that all the items placed are properly classified. Aim to have more items in the giveaway box.

Best to Declutter Before Moving

Remember, someone’s trash can become someone else’s treasure. Do not hesitate to give away things that you do not need anymore. Decluttering is the best way to start your preparation to move to a new home.

At Joe’s Moving & Storage Inc., we know how challenging decluttering can be. For the things you don’t want to give away, our company offers warehouses for storage. They’re regularly sanitized and meet the requirements of the Department of Defense to make sure your belongings are safe. For more inquiries about our services, contact us today.

5 Tips for Moving in the Colder Months

5 tips for moving in the winter

Moving during the late fall and winter is not easy. It takes a stressful experience and adds a handful of new and unique challenges to the equation. This is true whether you’re an individual moving from house to house or a business moving locations.

Now, you may think that moving during the winter in Florida is no big deal. This isn’t exactly true. It is certainly less challenging than moving during the winter in, say, Boston. Still, there are factors you need to consider and plan for to ensure a smooth move.

We have put together our top five tips for moving in the colder months. Read on to learn what they are and how you can start implementing them today. Don’t forget to contact us today for a fast and free online quote if you want a little help making the moving process easier!

 

Start Early in the Day

Whether you’re moving in the snow crowded streets of New York or the sunny avenues of Florida, make sure to start early in the day. This will give you more sunlight and safe hours if you’re moving in inclement weather. If you’re moving in Florida, starting early will give you a chance to avoid congested roads and busy areas.

It is important to pack everything the night before in order to start early in the day. Don’t think you can pack during the first few hours of the day and then move. You will end up wasting precious time.

 

Be Prepared for Snow

This tip is more for our northern neighbors than those moving in South Florida. Who knows, though, it may snow once again in Miami.

Being prepared for snow means a few different things. First, make sure to shovel your driveway, sidewalks, and a path from your house to the moving vehicle. Then keep a close eye on these paths to make sure they stay clear of snow. Finally, sprinkle some salt over everything to keep ice from forming.

 

Think About Both Houses

A common mistake that families make when moving is to only prepare the house they’re moving from. They don’t give much thought of planning on how to take care of the house they’re moving to.

In the snow and cold, this means making sure to lay down a protective layer over the floors. In Florida, this means making sure all utilities are turned on at the new house.

 

Rain, Rain, and More Rain

This tip is for our Florida friends only: don’t underestimate the power of the rain. Much like individuals and businesses in the north prepare for snow, we need to prepare for the rain.

This can take many different forms, but a few smart ideas include: waterproofing your boxes, making sure the moving vehicle is parked somewhere dry, and keeping an eye on large puddles forming between either house and the moving vehicle.

 

The Busy Season

This is another tip for Floridians only: plan for your winter move being right in the middle of the busy season. While the streets may be empty around the rest of the country, they’re going to be packed here in South Florida. Remember to start moving early in the day, which will help minimize your time in busy traffic.

Make sure check out these packing tips and remember to call us today for all your moving needs!

How to Be Creative with your Leftover Moving Supplies

How to Be Creative with Your Leftover Moving Supplies

After moving into your new home, you will feel greatly relieved. However, all of your boxes, packing material, and bubble wrap still remain. You will begin to wonder what to do with all of the supplies that accumulate during the process. Joe’s Moving can help you out. We are an experienced moving company in Miami, and we can show you creative and entertaining activities you can do with your moving supplies.

Cardboard Boxes

Cardboard boxes can be a delight for the little ones. They are a perfect tool for children to explore their imaginations. A cardboard box can be a time machine, a space ship, or a turtle’s shell if the kids want to crawl around on all fours.

If you have some extra tape, you can create own Boxman. Try connecting a few boxes together in the form of a person. You can then make a face for them, and your little ones can have a new cardboard friend.

If you have a green thumb, the side of a cardboard box can come in handy. They are effective in fighting weeds. Place the cardboard down over a place where weeds pop up. Cover the cardboard with a layer of mulch, and leave it alone.

The cardboard prevents weeds from reaching the surface. In addition, the cardboard insulates the ground, which brings the soil to a temperature that kills the seeds right there. If you do this, make sure that you do not use cardboard with a wax coating or ink on it.

Bubble Wrap

Popping bubble wrap is fun in and of itself, if you ask us. Your kids could spend hours just popping all of the bubble wrap that you brought along with you on your move, and even the adults may get something out of it.

We think it is a good idea if you make it into a game. For example, you could see who can pop the most bubbles in two minutes. Color the bubbles a few different colors, and give bonus points to each color for an added challenge.

After you are finished moving, you are going to need to take a trip to the grocery store. Bubble wrap is a good way to protect your fresh fruits and veggies in your bags and in the refrigerator. This will help keep your bananas, apples, and pears from bruising.

If you are sending a gift to someone, bubble wrap may also prevent something fragile from being broken. Items get roughed up in the mail, and if you are sending something valuable bubble wrap may be the only way to protect it.

Packing Paper

Packing paper is incredibly useful in the holiday season. If you have a shredder, you can tear your packing paper into little pieces for your own confetti. This would be absolutely perfect for New Year’s or Christmas.

You can also keep the packing paper whole, and use it as wrapping paper. There is no need to fight the holiday crowds in December, because you will already have a way to make your gifts look nice at home.

If you have questions about moving, we can help. We have been helping people move since 1974. Contact us today. You will be grooving with Joe’s Moving.

9 Valuable Tips for First Time Movers

Valuable Tips for First Time Movers

Moving into a new home can be stressful. Ensuring nothing gets left behind and everything is packed properly is overwhelming. If this is your first time moving, chaos may occur if the moving is not properly planned. For a seamless, easy move, keep reading for our top 9 tips for first time movers.

#1: Shed the excess

Make your move a mentally cleansing process. Shed all excess items that you no longer need and take only what is important. Donate old clothes, furniture and any other household items you do not use. The less you have, the less stuff you will need to transfer over. This will allow for a much easier, more efficient packing process.

#2: Organization is key

The best way to make your moving process easier is through careful organizing. Assign categories to each box and stick to it. This is better than sorting between rooms, as you will have a better idea of all you have. For example, if you organize all your coats into one box, you may realize you have way too many. This can help you with the elimination discussed previously.

#3: Give back

Remember that just because you do not use something anymore does not mean no one will. Help those who are less fortunate by donating gently used goods at your local Goodwill or Salvation Army. Not only will your new home look better, but giving back will make you feel good.

#4: Make some money

 After you are done helping others, help yourself. Make some extra money by selling higher-end or more valuable items. Brand name clothing and accessories or nice furniture are all great options to sell. If you have any valuable antiques or vintage pieces in your closet, those may sell well too. For clothing, check out a local consignment store or Poshmark. Furniture can be sold via Craigslist or AptDeco and specialty items are better off on eBay.

#5: Keep a notepad handy

Moving can be stressful and overwhelming. Make the process easier by not letting little details be forgotten. Whether it is on an app on your phone or an old-fashioned yellow notepad, write down anything that needs to be remembered. Whether it is the name of a donation point, where to drop off your cable box or a reminder to pick up extra screws, do not let anything slip your mind.

#6: Stay up to date

Have a calendar nearby and keep track of any upcoming events that are taking place. Remind yourself to call the moving company on Tuesday and buy new sheets on Friday. Writing down important deadlines are a good way to keep organized and make sure nothing is missed.

#7: Change your address

This is something that is often forgotten about until you have been settled into your new home for a few weeks. Change your address a week before you officially move so that you do not have to worry about it later. It will be much more frustrating to have to retrieve mail that went to your old home.

#8: Be creative

 If you have run out of packing paper or bubble wrap, do not fret. Search around your house for other solutions. Items like newspapers, magazines, blankets and old clothes are all viable alternatives to your traditional packaging materials.

#9: Find a trustworthy moving company

The right moving company can transform your moving experience completely. Finding a trustworthy, reliable company can make the process seamless and much easier for all involved. At Joe’s Moving, we know how stressful moving can be for you. Let us help you make it easier by providing you with great workmanship and first-class customer service. Contact us at 800-796-3963.

 

Miami Fall Events for Families

Miami Fall Events for Families (7)

Living in sunny South Florida, we are practically unaware of season changes. However, the fall season has officially arrived and there are events all over the city that you and your entire family can enjoy. Here is a list of fun events happening in Miami this fall:

South Beach Seafood Festival

The annual South Beach Seafood Festival is back this October. This 5-day event runs from October 17th to the 21st and is expected to attract over 13,000 people. Come taste delicious and fresh seafood from Miami’s most iconic seafood restaurants including Lobster Bar Sea Grille, Rusty Pelican, and Cibo Wine Bar. The event will have live music by iHeart Radio DJs, games, and culinary demos by the Whole Foods Market Culinary Showcase. On Friday, do not miss out on the ultimate VIP chef competition where you will be the judge. Tickets range in price depending on the day you attend. For more information check out their site.

Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Carnival

Halloween is just around the corner. A great way to celebrate with the little ones is to attend the Pumpkin Patch Festival in Coconut Grove. Activities at the carnival include pumpkin decorating, cornstalk mazes, shows, and scarecrow dress ups. This event will only run for two days, from October 21st to the 22nd, so it is important not to miss it. For tickets and information visit the Pumpkin Patch site.

Grovetoberfest

To celebrate this year’s Octoberfest with the adults of the family, head over to Peacock Park in Coconut Grove for Grovetoberfest. This event, also known as the Miami Craft Beer Festival, is happening Saturday, October 14th. There will be over 500 beers to choose from, with the largest selection of craft beer in all of South Florida. The event will feature live music and plenty of games and entertainment. Tickets range in price from $44 for general admission to $89 for VIP tickets. For more information, make sure to check out the official page.

ZooBoo

If you are looking for a safe Halloween event to take the kids, look no further. ZooBoo is Miami’s premier Halloween event for kids and families at Zoo Miami. This event will take place on October 28th and 29th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy trick-or-treating for the kids, costume contests and special performances throughout the day. There will be live music and games with prizes. Kids will also have the chance to see the zoo animals get special Halloween treats of their own. For more information about this fun Halloween event, check out the Zoo Boo site.

Downtown Halloween Block Party

On October 29th, you have to see Downtown’s Halloween Block party on Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 1.am on East Flagler Street. There will be activities for kids, including trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, and face painting. Do not forget to come dressed in your Halloween costume to be eligible to participate in the costume contest. For adults, there will be a wide variety of bars participating in the event that will offer special drinks, costume contests, and other activities. At this event, you will also enjoy live music from DJ Laz and other popular Miami DJs throughout the night.

At Joe’s Moving, we are devoted to serving our local community. Joe’s Moving is a family-operated moving company that helps families and companies with their moving needs. If you need professional, local movers, give us a call today.