What supplies do you need for a successful move?

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Moving Boxes

According to the US Census Bureau, the average American moves to a new home more than 11 times throughout their life…that’s a lot of wear and tear for your belongings to go through! During every move, most people experience some sort of damage to their furniture, such as a scrape or dent, the loss of screws and other hardware needed to re-assemble furniture pieces, something fragile breaking inside a box, or some other unfortunate accident. The best way to avoid these common mishaps is to collect some basic moving supplies before you get started with your packing and moving process.

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Standard Size Storage Boxes

Proper boxes and packing materials

With the exception of your furniture and maybe some larger, awkwardly shaped items, most of your belongings will be packed into boxes before your move. Boxes are handy because they can serve as sturdy surfaces for stacking more boxes on top. However, not all boxes are created equal!

When you select boxes for your move, it’s best to avoid rounding up free, used boxes from liquor marts, grocery stores, and big box stores. For one thing, all of these boxes will have different shapes and sizes, so they won’t stack as efficiently in the back of the truck. When spaces appear between stacked boxes, these allow items to shift during the drive, and that’s when your items inside are most likely to break. More importantly, however, boxes that have been used previously for shipping merchandise (and especially food items) have already been through a lot of movement during transport, and often contain moisture from shifting climates or contents inside. These factors cause the cardboard to be weakened, which can lead to boxes tearing open at the seams during your move or being crushed by the weight of other belongings stacked on top of them. These merchandise boxes can also contain bugs or other pests, especially if they carried fresh produce to a grocery story. We recommend purchasing your boxes in a few standard sizes from your moving and storage company.

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Last minute moving and packing

When packing up your cookware and dishes, we recommend using dish packs (sometimes called dish barrels) because these boxes are double-walled to keep fragile items cushioned. Dish packs also contain adjustable inserts that fit snuggly around your plates, bowls, glasses, pitchers, and other serving dishes.

You can also ask your moving and storage company if they offer mirror or art boxes to keep your fragile wall hangings safe. These boxes come broken apart in four separate pieces so you can adjust them to fit snugly around the glass or art you own.

Divine Moving and Storage even offers TV boxes to keep your big-screen television sets safe. These boxes are great alternatives to the box your television originally came in, with cardboard corners that fit around your TV similarly to the foam inserts from the original box. These special corners hold the TV steady inside its box and serve as shock absorbers in case your moving truck has to drive over a bumpy road or come to a sudden stop on the way to your new home.

In addition to purchasing new boxes, you should also be sure to have plenty of packing paper on hand. It’s best to use standard packing paper as opposed to newspaper because the print may come off in places where you don’t want to read the headlines, such as on your white dishes or fabric items. If you have small knick knacks to wrap up that could become lost or accidentally thrown away during the unpacking process, consider using brightly colored tissue paper (like you would use in gift bags).

Finally, be sure to invest in some colored Sharpies for labeling and lots of moving tape. Assign a separate color for each room in your new home so your movers can not only see the name of the room, but associate it quickly with a color to expedite things on Moving Day. When it comes to tape, we suggest buying more than you think you’ll need. One of the most frustrating realizations that can come up on Moving Day is that you’ve run out of tape for the last few boxes.

Packing ahead of time
Packing tips for your upcoming move.

Supplies for moving day

Most of of your moving day supplies should be provided by your Divine Moving and Storage professionals! Every truck we own is fully stocked with dollies, floor protection, fore-arm forklifts, straps, and moving blankets to ensure we keep your belongings and home as safe as possible on Moving Day. However, there are some other supplies you’ll want for your own convenience when the big day arrives.

First, be sure you have some Ziplock bags and extra tape handy. When it comes time to disassemble your bed frame or dining table, you can store the screws and other hardware inside a plastic bag and tape it to the main piece of furniture so it won’t get lost.

We also suggest purchasing some clear plastic bins that you can use to store everything you’ll need as soon as you get to your new home, such as your charging cords, medications, and toiletry items. This way, you can tell the movers to only move the cardboard boxes so you can keep the plastic bins within easy reach in your personal vehicle. The clear plastic will also be useful when you arrive at the new place, because you can easily see what’s inside the box without having to read every single label on the outside of your cardboard boxes to find what you need.

You may want to set aside some cleaning supplies that you pack into the car last so you can do some last-minute cleaning in your old home before you leave, especially if you’re moving out of an apartment where you want to avoid cleaning fees before the next tenant moves in. In this “don’t pack until last” pile, consider including any paperwork you need for the day for the moving team or your new residence, your wallet, and your keys.

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Packing, moving, storage and relocation services

Do you have any other questions about what you’ll need for your big move? Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 212-244-4011

Everything But The Move – Philip Shaw Home Set-Up

For many people unpacking and setting up their home after a move or relocation is a daunting task.
A new home or a newly redone home with different storage solutions can intimidate even the most organized people. So when you’re moving, renovating, or are ready for a face lift for you home, you need an expert to set-up, organize, and stage your home beautifully.
And Philip Shaw’s Everything But The Move is the way to take your home and living spaces to the next level.
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Before and After Images of a NYC Townhouse
For 15 years, Divine Moving & Storage and Philip Shaw’s Everything But The Move have been working together to make your living spaces feel like the home you’re proud of and want to show off. Whether you need to turn the spare office into a nursery for your new baby or want a better space to entertain guests, Philip Shaw has the magic touch when it comes to upgrading your home or office to impress.


With Everything But The Move, Philip has been the go-to for organizing, staging, and decorating homes in New York and all around NYC and beyond–from Palm Beach to Greenwich, Connecticut and Philadelphia, he’s so popular he even gets brought down to Puerto Rico for clients who just can’t do without his finishing touches. He knows just where to place items so rooms look done and not cluttered. Everything But The Move even tackles less glamorous and neglected spaces by giving attics, garages, basements, and outdoor spaces beautiful makeovers.


With an immaculate eye for design and with full service offerings, Everything But the Move takes care of everything before and after your move–and Divine will take care of everything in between.

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Wood Floors Swap


Whether you need help packing and unpacking, reorganizing, redecorating, picking out and shopping for furniture, color coding your closet, staging for your realtor (and removing all personal items so that strangers aren’t going through your personal possessions), Everything But The Move takes care of it all. Clients are always amazed with how amazingly a room can look updated, complete, and refreshed with the right art and furniture placement. Organizing and staging is a skill and Everything But The Move are the best in the industry!


And he’ll even arrange for your laundry and dry cleaning to be done, stock your fridge with healthy and gourmet snacks (or fine wine!), water your plants, and take care of your home even after you move (or when you go on vacation). Everything But The Move is like the in-home private concierge you never knew you always needed! They’re here night and day to assist you and take care of anything you may need.


Need to baby-proof the living room, stairs, and kitchen?

Philip can take care of that!

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Before and After Living Room Pictures


Philip’s hands-on approach allows you to be as involved or uninvolved as you want. If you have ideas or a vision for your space, he’ll work with you to design the perfect space for you, your family, or your business. Or if you just want everything taken care of for you, Everything But The Move is there to do all the legwork so you don’t have to.


Even after you’re moved in and unpacked, Everything But The Move can perform regular maintenance on your house. And if you’re going on a vacation–whether for a weekend or a month–they’ll even water the plants, feed the cats, and stock your fridge so that when you return you can get right back to your life without having to worry about tedious errands.


Like a house manager or on demand concierge, Philip Shaw is the guy who takes care of it all.

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Reorganizing, Staging and Decluttering Services


With Everything But The Move he anticipates your needs before you can even think of them, and customizes your space to your needs and taste. And his favorite form of gratitude? When clients simply say “Thank You” with the glint of divine pleasure in gleaming from their eyes. Philip is only happy when you are, and he won’t stop until you’re ecstatic and completely at home in your house.
So when you’re ready to give your home or office an overhaul, reorganization, or a little sprucing up, Everything But The Move’s Philip Shaw is the man to call! Make sure you tell him Divine Moving & Storage sent you so you can get an exclusive discount.
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Full White Glove Packing and Unpacking Services


You can reach Philip at Philip@everythingbutthemove.com 

What Not To Move
Rules and Regulations of Packing

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Stamp of approval for safe moving and packing boxes


It is very important that you review and understand which
items you cannot ship.

If you are doing your own packing, be sure to read this section before you begin. There are rules and regulations that govern all movers to ensure safety.

  • Drain oil and fuel from lawn mower and other machinery. Discard any partially used cans of paint, thinner, oil or other substances that might leak.
  • All refillable tanks must be purged and sealed by a local propane gas dealer. Discard of non-refillable tanks.
  • Avoid refinishing your furniture before your move. Some products may soften the wood, making it vulnerable to imprinting from furniture pads. Obtain a written appraisal of antiques to verify the value.
  • Think twice before dismantling your outside satellite dish; a new one may cost less than moving the present one.
  • Not all movers move items such as hot tubs, large screen TV’s and some exercise equipment you. Consult with the moving company agent about all items you plan on moving

Follow the list below for information on items not to be shipped prior to packing and loading dates:

Dispose of all flammable, corrosive or explosive items:

Acid / Gasoline Poisons / Charcoal / Lighter Fluid
Fertilizer / Paints / Car Batteries / Matches
Nail Polish & Remover / Ammunition / Liquid Bleach / Stern
Aerosols / Kerosene / Pool Chemicals / Chemistry Sets
Fireworks / Pesticides / Motor Oil / Paint Thinner
Batteries / Loaded Weapons / Weed Killer / Ammonia
Lamp Oil / Propane Tanks / Cleaning Fluid

Dispose of perishables – Food, plants or living things that may die or spoil in transit:

Frozen Food / Plants
Open Food / Produce

Please note that you should empty your refrigerator and freezers for at least 24 hours before loading. Keep the appliance doors open so the appliance will dry out and prevent the growth of mold and odor.

The moving company agent may agree to transport perishables if they are properly packed and require no servicing in transit and the shipment delivery is less than 150 miles and within 24 hours.

Some articles are not accepted for transportation.

The moving company’s agent assumes no responsibility should these items come into his/her possession without his/her knowledge. Although these articles do not create a physical threat it can create problems if your shipment is delayed or items lost. This can be avoided if all irreplaceable, sentimental items are carried with you.

For example:

Address Books / Files / Personal Video Tapes
Air Line Tickets / Financial Statements / Photos and Albums
Car Keys / Furs / Research Projects
Bonds IRAs / Deeds / Tax Records / School Records
Check Books / Jewelry / Sterling Silver
Coins / Letters / Stocks / Stamp Collection
Computer Software / Disks / Medicine

We are standing by to hear from you! please don’t hesitate to call us anytime with packing questions! 866-668-7666

When you move, it often seems like the thing you pay the least attention to is your stuff.  Between worrying about your new life, your new expenses, or your new apartment, making sure to delicately transport your armoire seems fairly trivial.  Moving is stressful, but that doesn’t mean that your things should be susceptible to damage in the craziness of it all.  Professional movers know how to protect your things so you don’t have to and have the experience, tips, and tricks to make your move as seamless as possible. 

Navigating New York

Moving in New York is tricky.  With apartment building hallways barely wide enough to fit a shopping cart, items like couches and dressers can seem absolutely impossible to get out of the door.  However, if you’re moving items out of your home, it means that they somehow got in to begin with.  As experienced New York City movers, Divine Moving knows how to not only get through tight hallways without bumping and breaking your things, but how to navigate the streets as well.  With so many people and so many cars, driving a moving truck through the city can be difficult.  Quick starts and stops can jostle your things, causing irreversible damage.  We’ve weaved in and out of just about every neighborhood in the city, meaning we’ve got the experience to give your breakables their best possible chance at survival.

Knowing How to Pack

This is absolutely crucial to protecting your belongings during a move.  Anyone can surmise that fragile glass items should be covered in bubble wrap, and that you shouldn’t pile breakables on top of one another without a soft layer separating them, but packing tips go far beyond that.  Our moving company knows how to pack and stack your boxes to ensure optimum security, so you can rest easy and not worry about whether or not your dishes will be in a million pieces bye the time you settle in for dinner at your new place.  For more packing tips, you can check under the “Packing Tips” tab on our website.

Strength and Steadiness

The stronger you are, the more you can carry and the easier you can carry it.  When you’re not physically equipped to do heavy lifting, you run the enormous risk of dropping what you’re trying to transport.  Professional moving companies have the muscle to transport your things carefully and quickly, without dropping, shaking, or losing grip on your belongings. 

Moving is stressful enough, so don’t worry about your stuff getting damaged in the process!  Hire a reliable New York City moving company like Divine Moving and know that your items are safe and sound.

When moving in New York City there is no doubt a lack of luggage space at times. That’s why it is so important to pack efficiently and utilize all available space. There are many available methods for packing a suitcase and for assembling a load of boxes to be able to move to a new home or apartment, but one of the most complicated packing items can be

There are two general methods of packing clothes, the most obvious being folding. The next is a little less obvious but is at times far more efficient, and is the rolling of clothes. This is the method used in the military, believe it or not, and is sometimes regarded as the most efficient way to pack clothes when moving.

Methods of Packing


Folding clothes has its own perks, but it is not the most efficient way when the most important thing is saving space. The biggest advantage of this method is that it is far better at keeping clothes from getting wrinkled and keeping them in prime condition. On a business trip, folding up the clothes for the suitcase is most likely a better option. However, when moving in New York City chances are that while folding may be the easier and more comfortable option, there may be better ways to go about assembling the clothes for the move if space is the most important thing.


While this method may be more unfamiliar to some, it has its advantages while moving in New York City, or anywhere else for that matter.  Rolling clothes is more efficient at saving space because when those T-shirts or blue jeans are rolled up, they are compressed and are able take up less volume. That means more of them will fit into a box or suitcase than a mover ever thought possible. For that reason, rolling clothes is considered by many to be a better option for packing for a move.

If this option seems preferable, it is really very simple. Simply fold the article of clothing in half, and if there are sleeves fold them as well. At this point, roll it tightly and until It resembles the shape of a thin tube. Now it’s ready to be stacked I the suitcase or box with the other clothes of its type.

The Choice is the Movers

When getting ready for a move, the important thing is to keep things as stress-free as possible. If that means using less space, it is recommended that the rolling method is used. If space is not an issue and there are plenty of boxes or suitcases, then the more traditional method of folding the clothes can work as well.

For New York movers be sure to get in touch with Divine Movers, the experts at moving in New York City!

Moving can be a stressful occurrence. Believe us we know; the act of finding a suitable location, getting a lease, getting school set up for the kids, finding a new job, and packing
are some of the inconveniences that a first time mover will have to experience.

Sometimes moving is inevitable and can bring upon a fresh start. Instead of looking at it as a negative, try looking at it as something positive and something that was meant to happen. A fresh move can bring upon new friends, better career opportunities, and a new life.

Before a first time mover makes a move to their new location they are going to have to pack and move all of their current belongings. This Packing services for last minute movestask can be really stressful, the act of carrying furniture, boxing up, and organizing the belongings in the truck can be a major annoyance.

Many people opt out of moving themselves and choose a professional to move and package their belongings for them. If this isn’t the case and the person likes to do it themselves, although hard to do, it is still possibly.

Luckily, through ours years of being a premier moving company in the heart of NYC, we here have acquired the knowledge necessary to give first time movers some packaging and moving tips to make their move less miserable!

5 Packaging and Moving Tips

1. Pack the items you will need as soon as you get to your new location in a clear plastic bin.

The reason for this is so that you are easily able to find what you will need to use first. If you know moving like us, there is usually a horde of brown cardboard boxes. It would be office movinghard to tell which box is which till you look at the sharpie description. Things to include in a clear plastic bin would be a box cutter, paper towels, trash bags, silverware, cookware, power strips, toilet paper, soap, phone chargers, tools, etc.

2. Save on bubble wrap.

You can save on bubble wrap by wrapping your dishes and glasses in clothing. With this method you are killing two birds with one stone, packaging the clothes and kitchenware together.

3. Separate boxes for the appropriate room.

DO this instead of putting all the blankets or books in one designated box. When it comes to unpacking it would be quicker and more efficient to separate the boxes for the assigned room. For example, don’t mix Michael’s belongings with his twin brother Peter’s stuff. This will just create an avoidable headache.

4. Label the SIDES of the boxes.

This is very important to remember! If you label the top of the box you will not be able to identify what the box is when it is stacked. Remembering to label the side of the box can save a lot of much needed time.

5. Moving heavy furniture and glass, it is better to get a professional to do this.

When moving heavy furniture and glass we always recommend getting a professional to
help with this. We have heard many times of someone falling feta1down the steps with a heavy
television or sofa. With what you gain in doing the process yourself, you will lose ten-fold in medical bills. Furthermore, getting a professional is important because they will know how to properly organize the objects in the moving truck to ensure stability. This is important if you have glass or objects such as high end televisions.

We hope a prospective mover enjoyed these tips. These tips will help ensure a smoother
moving process. Once again, for bigger objects we always recommend getting a mover to help with the process. Have a safe and swift move!

Moving is not easy – we are here to help in the NYC area

If you are in the New York City area and need packaging and moving services we are here to help. We are your premier NYC movers. For help with your next move visit our contact page or call us at: +1 212-244-4011 or Toll Free at  +1 866-668-7666.


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Packing services for last minute moves
We are NYC best last minute moving and storage options

New York City is one of the greatest places in the world to live. However, if you are moving to NYC from across the country, it can be a daunting task. Do you sell everything and start over or pack up everything and bring it with you? Most importantly, how do you plan and organize a move of that magnitude?


While moving is never fun, luckily, Divine Moving has a few tips that will help make moving to Manhattan a breeze.

  1. Pack light. Figure out what you need to take and what you can sell. If you are relocating from LA to NYC, you may be better prepared  because the cost of living and living space is comparable in both cities. However, if you are coming from Spokane, WA to NYC, you might be in for a shock at how much, or should we say how little, space your budget gets you in the Big Apple. Knowing exactly what you need will help you downsize to furnish your new home with just the right amount of amenities.
  2. Ship smart. If you have a heap of valuables that you want to take with you, make sure you insure them before you ship. Many companies that provide homeowner’s or renter’s insurance will extend coverage during a move. In cases where your existing policy does not cover a move, you can take out additional coverage for this special event. In either case, start by consulting your insurance company to determine policy coverage and get advice on your best options for shipping valuables cross country.
  3. Carry on. While you might keep your passport in your top dresser drawer ordinarily, it is not a good idea to leave it there during a cross country move. In fact, personal items like business documents, birth certificates and personal financial information should travel on your person for a move like this. Replacing a broken lamp is far easier and less costly than cancelling all your credit cards and monitoring your credit report for suspicious activity because your passport and birth certificate came up missing during the move.
  4. List it. Make an inventory of what it is in each box and label each with the corresponding room. It may seems like an unnecessary task during the packing phase, but when it comes time to unpack, you will have a much simpler time as a result of your foresight.
  5. Plan ahead. That sounds redundant but it is worth repeating, especially for the procrastinators out there. Waiting until the last minute to list your condo as a rental property, sell any items you do not want, or select Manhattan movers is a terrible idea that will lead to unnecessary stress for you and everyone else involved in the move. Take heed: get a realtor and list items for sale on Craigslist as soon as possible. Six months before your move to NYC is a good turnaround time to list your home or condo for rent.To get the best deals for your items for sale, list them online three to four months before the big move.