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In 2010 I made the leap myself and moved to Brooklyn from overseas. Not knowing what to expect, who I would meet, or how the city would treat me, I was utterly terrified! But, over time I came to call this amazing city home. Looking back over the previous 5 years, I've learned a lot... mostly the hard way, from painful mistakes... like not hiring a long distance moving company. This website will chronicle some of the things I learned along the way and hopefully help others that are contemplating a similar move.

Moving to NYC! Making the leap...

There are a few thing that I believe every young-adult moving to a brand new country will experience. First, will I make new friends? Second, will I find a job? And third, how hard is this whole moving thing really? For me, I was terrified about whether or not I would be able to break into a social group and make new friends in New York. I mean, I've seen the TV shows and movies that portray it as a rough individual place where people use other people as a means of getting what they want... not the life-giving friendship of a small-town community. But, when I first connected with others in Brooklyn coffee shops after moving here, it was nothing like that! I mean, the people were so incredibly friendly... it was awesome!

Second question.... what about the JOB!? Well, it took me a couple of months of searching, but I finally found something as a part-time marketing rep that will hopefully turn into something longer term. I'm willing to work hard and I want to make Brooklyn my home.

Now, about that move. How hard was it? Moving is always a huge pain. There's, unfortunately no way around it. To me, it's a whole lot like getting your car washed. You have two options. You can either get out the bucket, rags, and towels and spend thirty-forty minutes doing it yourself. Everything will be done EXACTLY like you want it. Or, you can spend a few extra bucks, pay someone else to do it all for you, and it will look almost the same. Moving is a lot like that car wash.... and it's worth hiring the best companies and letting them handle the move for you. Sure there are plenty of DIYers out there, but I am not one of them. I'll save the moving for the pros.

Life Update...Left the Big Apple for Capitol Hill

Moving to DC

While I've loved the last 6 years as a single girl in NYC, a career opportunity opened up for me that I just couldn't refuse. So two months ago, I packed up my tiny shoebox of an apartment and called the moving company. Side note, I used a company out of DC called Cheap Movers DC (www.cheapmoversdc.com). These guys were AWESOME. They showed up on time and got me settled into my new place quickly, even setting up my bed and putting together some shelving for me. Highly recommend. Back to the main point, the adventure of living in a new city! Living in DC offers many opportunities for career, social, and romantic aspects of your life. The possibilities are endless, and they may seem overwhelming at first, though I found it easy to make new friends quickly. You will likely run into people who are from all over the globe, and that certainly makes living in the DC area an exciting adventure each day. Here's what I've learned about living here so far:

It's Cheaper than NYC, but Still Expensive!

Coming to DC from NYC isn't as much of a shock as you'd think. The cost of living is a bit cheaper than living in Manhattan, but it's still relatively high. It was surprising how difficult it can be to get groceries depending on where you live in the city because most stores are way out in the suburbs.

It's Not Fashion Week

A surprising thing about living in DC is the fashion. It's largely professional and sleek at all times. Even younger crowds make an effort to dress in business professional or formal clothing a lot of the time. The further you get away from the city, the less this becomes true. If you're hanging close to Capitol Hill though, you will be the odd one out if you choose to dress with a fashion-week vibe instead of going with the crowd. You can't go wrong with black and navy, and those colors will definitely become staples in your closet.

Exploring Is Worth It

People come to the city afraid. It happens to most people. It's understandable, but don't let that fear hold you back. DC is a bustling city with a lot to offer. The history here is incredible. Don't let minor fears hold you back from really exploring the various neighborhoods like Columbia Heights. The ritzy neighborhoods like Georgetown are interesting too, but don't limit yourself. You will regret it.

Single Women Are Scientifically Proven To Be Happier In DC

DC is considered one of the best cities for single women according to a study by Glamour magazine. The posh nature of DC lends itself to a sort of refined, feminine approach to living. There's more theater and opera and less focus on sports and Nascar. The city rests between the south and north, and that gives it a unique advantage to create a different kind of atmosphere. Maybe it's because single women move to DC to pursue education and their careers over dating. Either way, you'll have a good time.

Finding a Man Can be Hard

If you're straight, finding a single man might be hard in DC, but Forbes has narrowed down the research to help you find the neighborhood with the most statistically accurate information on what area has the most single people. Forbes claims that the Rosslyn neighborhood is the best for single men and women. The only way to really find out is to hit the bars with some friends and see who you meet.

Washington DC is a playground, and I'm so happy that I moved here. The opportunities are endless for single women looking for a change of pace. Regardless of where you end up living in the city, you're going to meet interesting people from all walks of life and have a good time doing it.

Houston Movers Share Five Moving Industry Secrets

Moving to a new home can be an incredibly exciting experience, but it can also cause no shortage of stress, headaches and hassles. Statistics show that people are moving less frequently than they used to, which means you might be lucky enough that your next move is your last one. However, whether it's your first move or you're an experienced mover who's lived in numerous houses throughout your lifetime, there are a several moving industry secrets shared with us by these Houston movers. You can use these tricks of the trade to make sure your moving day goes smoothly. Furthermore, by following these tips you may also be able to lower the overall costs of your move, which can definitely be a huge help in these times of ever-increasing moving prices.

1. Gather ALL Your Moving Supplies Before Packing

This might seem obvious since you can't very well pack without boxes, bubble wrap, tape, and other moving supplies. Nonetheless, purchasing all your moving supplies before you ever start packing will make things much simpler in the long run. In addition, you can also save a bit of money by buying all your moving supplies in bulk instead of running out to the shop every time you need more boxes or tape.

Most homeowners drastically underestimate the moving supplies they'll need. This is especially problematic when it comes to packing fragile items, as trying to load too many into one box is usually a recipe for disaster.

2. Keep Track of What's in Each Box

One of the reasons that you want to have all your moving supplies on hand before you start packing is that it allows you to pack much more efficiently and to keep things better organized. In this sense, it’s always a good idea to label and number each box and keep an inventory sheet of exactly what is in each box. By doing so, you'll save yourself a ton of time and hassle when it comes time to try to find everything in your new house.

3. Labels Boxes According to When and Where You Need Them

In addition to keeping an inventory of what's inside each box, it's also a great idea to create some sort of organizing system so you know exactly where each box should go in the new house. It's obviously important to keep items separated out by room, i.e. bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, etc. However, you should also consider labeling boxes according to what needs to be unpacked immediately and what can wait.

Making sure to pack in an organized way is the easiest way to ensure you know exactly where everything should go and where everything is. Furthermore, it will prevent you from having to open and unpack half your boxes just to find the corkscrew you need for that celebratory bottle of wine.

4. Make Sure Movers Have Clear, Easy Access

Once the movers finally show up, time is of the essence. Therefore, it is important that you are fully ready when they arrive to prevent wasted time. One easy way to simplify things and ensure the move goes smoothly is to make sure that the movers have clear access to both your old and new homes. Even something as simple as trimming any bushes, branches or other obstructions can go a long way towards speeding up the moving process.

5. Create a Map to Simplify the Move

Labeling your boxes is always important to ensure that the movers know where everything goes. However, you can simplify things even further by making a color-coded map of your new home and then using labels to color code the boxes accordingly. This will help prevent any confusion from arising during the move and should help ensure everything goes smoothly and quickly.

Moving into a new home should be a happy, memorable experience. Luckily, by following these professional moving company tips, you should be able to enjoy the move without all the stress and worry that normally comes with it.