Celebrate Valentine's Day in a Long-Distance Relationship

Trying to keep your love alive across the miles can be trying on both sides and with Valentine's Day around the corner it can be especially tough. If you're in a long-distance relationship here are a few tips to make Valentine's Day special for you and your other half. 

Send a care package

Whether they're across the country temporarily because of college or work a personalized care package is a great way to send them some love for Valentine's Day. Gather a few of their favorite items that remind them of home like candies, a movie you both love, and of course a framed photo of yourself Wink, and package it up with a thoughtful note and send it on it's way. 

Video chat a romantic dinner
Long-distance relationships can be difficult, but in this day and age technology is there to make it easy again. If you're going to be away from your sweetheart on Valentine's Day plan a romantic dinner and video chat the entire date. You'll be able to enjoy dinner "together" from start to finish even across the world. However, if it's across the world someone may be enjoying a romantic breakfast while the other enjoys dinner. 

Plan a surprise trip
If you can afford it, why not make a surprise trip to see your main squeeze? Some airlines offer inexpensive fares for last minute trips if you're lucky you could snag a great deal on a round-trip ticket. Better yet, if they're close enough you could plan a road trip - it would be much less expensive and there could be a lot less hassle since you won't have to worry about airport security. 


Tips to Make Packing Simple

One of the best ways to reduce stress during the moving process is to make things as simple as possible. While packing may seem complicated and intricate, you can use an easy strategy to simplify perhaps the most important stage of your move. To help you get through moving day with as little stress as possible, we've compiled a list of helpful packing tips.

Purchase packing supplies

Depending on how much time you have to pack, you may seek out the most cost-effective options. But if you're pressed for time, you can find decent supplies at a local retailer or online. Get everything that's necessary and get ready to box some stuff up!

Throw away unnecessary items. If you don't use it at your current home, what makes you think you'll use it at your new home? Figure out what's important and what's not, and get rid of anything you don't want or need. You can donate things that may still be useful.

Pack room by room
Packing one room at a time is definitely the most effective method. This will help you stay organized and make the unpacking process easier once you reach your destination. Be sure to label your boxes.

Leave your drawers full
This will save time and effort. Simply remove the fragile items from your bureaus and chests, and then have the drawers taped or wrapped shut. All of the clothes and other items can stay in their rightful places in transit. Then you won't have to unpack them later!

Use linens, clothing and throwaway items to pack other items
For example, linens and old t-shirts can be used for extra padding while packing stemware and ceramic plates. You can also use styrofoam plates to absorb shock in between glass and ceramic.

If you have some extra budget available for your move -- or if you don't have the patience for anything listed above -- we have the greatest packing tip of all: to simplify your move, hire professionals to pack for you.


A Handy Guide to Moving Out of Your Parents’ House

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Moving out of your parents’ home can be an exciting (and scary) undertaking. But let’s be honest, everyone has to fly the coop eventually. Moving out builds character, develops responsibility and helps to create a path to a well-heeled, independent adulthood.

To help guide young adults into the real world, we have gathered some pointers to prepare them for this big adventure.



Start paying bills now

There’s no better time to start paying bills than when you’re still in the comfort of your parents’ house. Paying bills can be tough, especially in the beginning, and drowning in debt is one of the main reasons why millennials who do move out find themselves back in their childhood homes after a couple of years. By learning the important skills of how to set a budget by paying rent (or at least your own car insurance and cell phone bills) and contributing to household needs (you eat food too, so pay for some groceries!), you won’t be as surprised by the impact of bill-paying once you get out in to the real world.

Begin the job hunt
One of the reasons that you may be stuck at your parents’ house is that you don’t currently have a career -- or perhaps you don’t have one that allows you to comfortably move out of the house. In order to get on your feet, take some time to spruce up your resume, or possibly look into some certifications or extra learning opportunities in areas that you’re interested in. Using available time to further your dream-career education will pay off big time when you finally land that job you’ve been eyeing.

Pay off any outstanding debt
If you have any student or credit card debt looming overhead, now’s the time to really take control of your finances and get those debts paid off -- or at least drastically reduced. Starting off your adult life with a relatively clean slate can be very liberating, and also build your confidence knowing that you can handle money matters. Since the rent (or extra bills) you pay your parents is probably not as expensive as it would be on your own, use the difference to put toward debt.

Cut expenses you don’t need
Learn to navigate that very fine line between needs and wants. You should cut some expenses that aren’t necessary. Bring home-brewed coffee to work rather than that daily trip to Starbucks, cook your own meals rather than ordering out, do your own manicures and budget extra spending with your future in mind.

Set a deadline
Deadlines bring goals into focus. Set a deadline (it may be months, or even a year depending on the circumstances and the amount of money you can save) on when you plan to move out. Research apartment prices in areas you’re interested in moving to (and maybe ones that you aren’t -- you might be surprised!), calculate security and pet deposits, utilities, cable, etc. and budget yourself accordingly. Create a savings account primarily for the purpose of moving out and add a percentage of your paycheck to it each month. By having attainable and achievable goals that you commit to, your move will become a reality sooner than you think.

Moving out on your own is scary, but don’t worry, it was scary for your parents too. Talk to them about it. Rest assured they’ve made some financial mistakes themselves and it’s likely they want to help you get on your feet and teach you everything they’ve learned over time. Having that kind of un-biased guidance and advice is priceless. By setting yourself up responsibly now, your future will be that much brighter.

This article was written by Danielle Esposito. Danielle writes for multiple blogs including A-1 First Class Moving and Storage. A-1 First Class has been a reputable and trusted NY moving company since 1941. For more industry insights, see A-1’s blog on all things moving.