Here Are the Best & Worst Ways to Pack Ahead for a Move

Trying to pack for a move ahead of time can be overwhelming.

Depending on how many things you own, you may feel tempted to procrastinate. 

But, packing all your stuff definitely isn’t something you want to do the day before you move—especially if you don’t know what to do. 

If you’re wondering where to start read this guide for advice on right and wrong ways to pack before a move. You can also check out Episode 1 of our new video series, Master Your Move

As the first interview guest, Norma, one of our Moving Experts has a unique (and extremely useful) background in claims. She’s passionate about helping people simplify their moves and keep them claim-free by knowing what to expect and what to do. 

You guessed it—her insight is super valuable for helping you understand what and how to pack before your movers arrive.

After all, who wants to deal with replacing broken furniture or mishaps?


Packing Do’s: Best Ways to Properly Pack for a Move 

No matter how you plan on moving, if you’re not hiring packers, it’s a great idea to do some packing yourself. It’s equally important to pack correctly. This will reduce the chance that any accidents or injuries occur during your move. 

Here are the best tips for getting packing out of the way before move day—and doing it correctly so you don’t waste time or damage your items. 

Fold or Vaccum-Seal Clothes in Luggage

Movers will move practically anything (that’s not a liability or illegal). Yes, that means luggage and suitcases, too! Instead of fretting about what you’re going to do with your wardrobe, break out your travel gear and put clean clothes inside

This is extra important if you have any thin, beaded, fringed, expensive or delicate fabrics to protect on your move as a suitcase is much safer than a box. 

If you have a vacuum-sealer bag system, you can get even more clothing into your suitcase. Remember to remove any luggage tags or attachments that could get snagged during your move. 

Towels Will Perfectly Wrap Dishes for Moving

If you’re pondering how to move bowls and dishes, simply stacking them in a box is not a good idea. Newspapers can often be too thin to keep dishware from rattling in a box and chipping or breaking. Norma recommends wrapping dishes in bath towels and marking the box as much as possible: 

“Definitely mark the box as much as possible. Usually, the top and the side of the box are best to mark… Again, the movers are going to move very quickly. They’re used to [our] packers labeling the box all the way around, right. So they just look at it and see what’s fragile…It’s good to make it very legible: easy to read, quick to read.”


Color-Code Your Boxes & Number New Rooms 

Whether it’s a bright permanent marker, colorful tape, or your kid’s school paint, color-coding your boxes can speed up your move. Crews find it helpful to know where boxes go based on their color labels, which helps them move faster (example: red for fragile items, blue for baby toys, etc.) 

Take it a step up a notch to also write numbers on boxes based on the rooms you want them in at your new destination. Then, use a sticky note or wall-safe tape to mark the corresponding rooms with the matching box numbers.

How to Pack Plants for Moving

Legally, movers aren’t allowed to move any potted plants in the back of the truck.

“It’s under the Texas Department of Transportation Rules and Regulations,” Norma explains, “We do help customers move them, but we just put them into their vehicles so they can safely get them moved.”  

Are you planning on moving a plant? Invest in a good floor tarp for your backseat and click here to check out our how-to guide. 

Disassemble Lamps & Child Equipment

Lamps might not seem like a big deal until you’re paying movers by the hour and they have to stop and break them down. 

For more complicated items like lamps with removable parts, your move will go much faster if you break it down and wrap any pieces before movers arrive. 

Prepare Child and Pet Equipment 

Kiddie equipment is simply to move if it’s foldable, and disassembling child furniture before move day will make it easier for movers to stow it to the truck. 

However, there are some things no reputable, professional crew will move, (like cribs or playgrounds).

Items like these are too high-risk to disassemble and reassemble, mostly because they vary so widely in their manufacturing, parts, etc. Improperly reassembled cribs or play equipment can seriously injure children, so it’s not a good idea to let anyone but a representative for the child equipment company put these back together

Pet supplies—like kennels, doghouses, scratch posts, litterboxes, etc— should be clean and disassembled or folded if possible. The cleaning part is especially important, in case any moving crew members happen to be allergic to dander from certain pets. 

Clear a Walking Path For Your Movers

So you already packed and have everything ready to go except the larger stuff? Great! The last thing to do before your movers arrive to clear a path so they can get to work. Besides being a safety hazard, having boxes in the way won’t make your move as efficient.

Moving crews tend to load the heaviest items into their trucks first, so it’s essential for them to have access to these and to the exits. Transfer packed boxes off to the side or against the walls of a bare area. 

The clock is ticking! So if movers have to remove obstacles that are in the way of your larger furniture, it will take longer and cost more. 


Packing Don’ts: These Mistakes May Cost You Time, Money (or both)

Packing the wrong way can end up causing your move to move slower than average. Improper packing can also result in damages during the move that would be prevented with good planning, materials, or techniques. 

Keeping Boxes Open 

Having open boxes is a big no-no. Why? Movers are coming into your home to work quickly. 

If you haven’t reserved packing services (which would be done before movers arrive), it will take longer to seal and stack open boxes. Professional movers don’t stow open boxes in their trucks where items could fall out and get lost, become damaged, or cause damages. Movers also may think you’re not finished and will be storing these items in your personal vehicle, which can lead to issues with how they load the truck. 

Either way, having unsealed or open boxes lying around will only slow down your move.

Try to disassemble anything that is oddly shaped and won’t fit in a box. If you need help disassembling or wrapping an item, ask your movers!

Clothing-Cluttered Drawers 

This is a huge ‘don’t’, which many people, unfortunately, do a lot. Avoid leaving clothing or other items in drawers. Norma sums up the problem nicely:

“When the movers are tilting the dollies back and maneuvering this item, to where they have to turn it on its side. All the weight of it falls to the bottom or toward the tilt, and it causes a high risk for damages—not just to walls and the floors that we’re traveling through, but also to the actual items that are in the drawers. They could fall to the back, and depending on how delicate it is, it could break, jewelry could tangle and bust in the rails of the drawers… Clothing could tangle and damage as well.” 


You might think it’s easier than taking them all out and putting them back later… but that’s only true if your clothes or furniture aren’t damaged in the moving process. 

Not Securing Jewelry or Fragile Items

At 3 Men Movers, our policy is that movers don’t touch things like jewelry which can easily be moved by a client. It’s very easy for jewelry to shift, tangle, or get damaged when moving, so it doesn’t belong in the back of a truck with other heavier items. 

So we recommend that you move jewelry on your own and as delicately as possible. 

Movers will certainly tote jewelry cabinets, though. Cabinets or chests should be emptied to avoid any damage to the jewelry inside. Make sure jewelry or watches are cleared out and put in a lined or wrapped box that has a hard outer shell. 

It’s important that jewelry is packed tightly but gently, and that box is sturdy enough to hold up if it gets banged around in your backseat or trunk from driving over a pothole or braking abruptly.

Using Shrinkwrap or Bubble Wrap For Everything

Shrinkwrap and bubble wrap might be fun to play with, but they’re important supplies for packing your items. 

Norma advises that shrinkwrap should be reserved for:

  1. Movers to tighten their grip on smooth items like furniture and appliances. 
  2. It’s also good for keeping items protected from dust that often builds up in storage.

Bubble wrap should be for ornaments, figurines, thin glass items, or anything prone to chipping, shattering, or breaking. 

Packing With Boxes That Are Cheap, Flimsy or Missing Lids

Packing materials that are harder for movers to work with will slow down your move. If you’re packing yourself, make sure you have the right type of boxes

Grocery store boxes might be fine for food, but they won’t stand up to the tough job of moving heavier items. Flimsy boxes shouldn’t be used for the big stuff! Most of the time, the items will end up falling out of the bottom when the box is lifted.

Your moving job will also take longer if movers have to wrap weak boxes or boxes without proper lids. 

Using Bags For Packing Instead of Boxes

Substituting bags for moving boxes will not protect your items when being transported. Putting pillows in bags is an exception, but anything that can go in a bag should go in a box

Bags also can’t be stacked like moving boxes. Stacking boxes properly is a best loading practice for movers, partly because it ensures items don’t bump or fall around in the back of a truck. 

Think your cool compartment bag is an easy fix to transport your wine bottles?

Let’s just say, you don’t want to bump over a pothole and find out what happens to that Pinot. 

Pack Ahead of Time for an Easy, Fast Move 

Packing before your move can save tons of time and headache, but only if you do it right! 

Follow these tips and you’ll have the smoothest move ever (not to mention your movers will adore you).

Why pack yourself when you can hire someone to do it for you? 

Our professional packers are skilled at not only packing and wrapping everything you need, they’ll even throw in free organizing at your new spot.  

How To Pack An Apartment In One Day

If you’re looking at your schedule and panicking because you only have one day free to pack before your movers arrive we’re here to help by providing you with 5 easy tips to pack up your apartment in one day for those who need to move and are in a hurry!

Buy your supplies the night before

Make sure you purchase your packing supplies the night before you get started. This includes boxes, tape, markers, packing paper, and bubble wrap.

Splurge on wardrobe boxes

Wardrobe boxes are a life saver during a move! One thing that is really going to save on time is utilizing wardrobe boxes. You won’t have to take every item off of each hanger and rehang it when you get to your second location.

Get an early start

A huge factor in whether or not you are able to get all of your packing done is getting an early start. If you start at 11 am there’s a good chance that you’re still going to be packing into the night. If your move is the next day you don’t want to be drained because you were up packing until 4 am.

Tackle one room at a time

Packing room by room helps you keep things organized and it will help prevent you from getting overwhelmed throughout the process.

Label everything

Another huge time saver is going to be labeling your boxes. Labeling your boxes help you to stay organized, prevents you from stacking heavy boxes on top of fragile boxes.

Stack your belongings as you go

When you’re packing an apartment you can easily run out of space as your apartment begins to fill up with packed boxes. One trick is to stack your boxes as you pack them. Just be sure to pay attention to the labels on your boxes so that you don’t damage any fragile items.

In conclusion

Packing up your apartment in one day is definitely a chore but far from impossible. Be sure that as you go through the process you’re taking the time to wrap and protect your items to prevent damages during your move. To ensure that your movers can get right to work on move day check out our guide on what a fully packed home looks like.

Packing Hacks: Paper Tape vs Clear Tape

One fatal flaw in the packing process is choosing the wrong type of tape. Brown paper tape is the way to go when packing. Leave the clear, flimsy tape behind!
Your time is going to be precious as packing a home is no easy feat. Not only will this hack save time it will also save you time and lots of frustration. How? You’re about to find out!

You never lose the end of the roll

Losing sight of the end of the roll is inevitable with plastic tape. With paper tape, the end of the tape is clearly visible. Point number one goes to paper tape!

No other tools necessary

Along with purchasing your clear tape, you’ll also need scissors and most people find that it works best with a tape gun. With paper tape you don’t need any extra supplies, all you have to do is place it and rip!

Holds double the weight

The biggest perk of using brown paper tape is that it is more durable. We found that brown paper tape can support nearly double the amount of weight that plastic tape can support. When you’re filling your boxes with books, heavy dishes, shoes, and seasons worth of clothing you’re going to want tape that doesn’t cause your boxes to rip open.

It’s cost efficient

You can purchase paper packing tape from commercial sellers like Staples and Amazon. You may find cheaper options for tape but you may have to use twice the tape to make them as durable as paper tape and there’s no need for a tape gun which typically costs around $10-15.

In conclusion

Although purchasing a cheaper tape may be tempting, you have to factor in that you are going to have pack up an entire home worth of belongings which takes a lot of time and patience. You don’t want to prolong the process even further by purchasing ineffective supplies.
For more tips on packing your home check out our simple guide on proper packing techniques that save you time and money during your move!

How To Pack Wine Glasses

Picture this: the movers have just left, you find your favorite bottle of wine, and open your box of wine glasses only to find that your glasses have shattered during the process of moving! Dun dun dunnn!!!
On top of being exhausted, you’re now frustrated that your glasses are broken. In order to avoid this series of unfortunate events we’re giving you the insider tips on properly packing your fragile wine glasses so that they arrive in mint condition!

What You’ll Need

  • Packing paper
  • Tape
  • Marker
  • Small boxes (about 16×16)
  • Wine glasses

Step #1 Line the bottom of your box with a few sheets of packing paper

Adding packing paper to the bottom of your box adds a barrier in between helping to keep the glasses intact. In order to provide maximum protection crumple the pieces of paper before adding them to the bottom of the box!

Step #2 Use two sheets of packing paper to roll each wine glass

Using two sheets of paper may seem like overkill but if you’ve invested in wine glasses, using enough paper to properly protect your glasses will be worth it in the long run!

how to properly pack wine glasses

Step #3 Place each fully wrapped glass inside your box upright

The stem is the strongest part of the wine glass. Placing it inside of the box upright will lessen the chance of the glass shattering throughout the process of moving. You should also place the glasses side by side and leave the box with as little empty space as possible to prevent shifting.

Step #4 Fill the rest of the box with paper

Adding paper to the top of the box is a crucial step. If a heavy item is placed on top of the box and there’s no barrier the likelihood that they may shatter is increased.

Step #5 Secure the box with tape and label it

After sealing your box with tape you’ve just got one thing left to do. Label it with the contents of the box and add fragile to all sides of the box to prevent it from being placed underneath heavy items.

In conclusion

Although accidents do happen during a move, taking these steps significantly lessens the chance of your wine glasses being broken during the transition. If your wine are broken due to careless movers, consult our guide on how to file a claim against a moving company.

How To Pack Shoes For A Move

If you’re in the middle of packing for your next move you’ve got a lot to cover. There’s dishes, books, clothes, and of course your shoes. Depending on what your poison is when it comes to fashion, packing your shoes may seem like a daunting task. Luckily, we’ve got a few simple tips that make the process a breeze!”

Purge before you pack

We’ve all got those pairs of shoes that we bought years ago and still haven’t taken out of the closet, it’s time to let them go. If they’ve seen better days toss them, if they’re still in good condition but you haven’t worn them in six months donate them!”

Use the burrito method

Packing your shoes is super easy. All you need is packing paper, tape, and large boxes. Here’s how it works: take one shoe, fold it over one time in packing paper, add the second shoe on top, fold over once more, bring the sides in, continue rolling until there’s no more excess paper, and you’re done! After you’ve made your burritos, pack them tightly in your box to avoid shifting.”

When it comes to boots, get crafty

While your flats, sneakers, and sandals will fit compactly into your boxes, tall shoes like boots are going to take up more space. We recommend placing them at the top or bottom of your boxes to avoid any folding. If you have wardrobe boxes, the space at the bottom of the box is another great place for your boots!”

In conclusion

Packing your shoes will take time but when you’re unpacking, and your shoes are in perfect condition, you’ll be thankful that you took the time to protect them during your move. Last tip! Don’t forget to label your boxes so that your movers know to take them right to your closet!”

Packing Small Fragile Items | Packing Tips For Moving

3 Men Movers shows you how to pack small and fragile items with an easy to watch cinematic video. You will learn how to pack ceramic clocks, ceramic coaster, shot glasses, beer tasting glasses, perfume, and a packing technique you can use for almost every pack.


How to Pack Wine Glasses | Packing Glass

3 Men Mover shows you how to pack the most valuable thing you own! Wine Glasses can be a scary to pack but here is how the professionals do it! Take our packing tips for any future moves you might have. A fun easy video to watch about packing!


The Easiest Way To Pack Your Clothes For A Move

Planning for an upcoming move? Dreading the process of packing your closet? If so, you’re not alone. Packing your clothes for a move usually takes the longest of all your belongings because there are so many individual pieces, especially if you’re sartorially inclined. However, there are a few tips that will make packing your wardrobe quick and painless!

Purge your closet

The very first thing that you should do is get rid of all the clothing that you can. If you haven’t worn it in over a year, take a hint from Frozen and let it go! Donate or sell everything (Buffalo Exchange is a good place to check out) that you aren’t using. This makes a world of difference in the packing and the unpacking process.

Start packing your off season clothing first

What you don’t want to do is start packing only to end up digging through your carefully packed boxes the next day. Start packing your off season clothes about three weeks before your move and work your way up from there. If you pack a little bit at a time it won’t overwhelm you.

Utilize wardrobe boxes

When packing clothes, wardrobe boxes are going to be your best friend. They’re generally more expensive than standard boxes but they’ll keep your clothing wrinkle free and save you a lot of time because there’s zero folding involved. Speaking of folding…

Take the time to fold your clothes neatly

Even though it’s tedious, do yourself a favor and fold your clothes neatly. Throwing all of your clothes into trash bags may seem appealing but you’ll save space, keep your clothing protected through the process of moving, and cut down on wrinkles by taking the time to do things the right way.

Don’t forget about your shoes

You’ve made it to the last “step” of your packing journey (see what we did there)! If you are using wardrobe boxes, stack your shoes in the very bottom of the wardrobe box to make use of all the space. Otherwise, use packing paper to wrap each shoe, secure the paper with tape, then pack the shoes tightly in a box. If you’re packing tall shoes like boots, wrap the entire shoe with paper and stand it up in the box, and pack other shoes around it.

In Conclusion

Packing your clothes for a move doesn’t need to be the cause of stress and heartache. Just be sure to purge your closet before you begin packing, start the process three weeks out with your off-season clothes, make use of wardrobe boxes, and make sure to pack your clothes neatly and carefully!

What You Need For The First Night In Your Home

What You Need For The First Night In Your Home

Moving into a new home is hectic, tiring, and exciting. While there’s definitely a lot of work involved, the day doesn’t have to overwhelm you. One thing that we have learned is that you need be prepared for the first night that you spend in your new home.

Many of us spend so much time getting prepped to move that we forget about what our needs will be after the move. When move day finally comes to a close we realize that our essentials are buried in boxes around the house and garage. Sound familiar? If so, we’ve got packing solutions that will make the first night in your new home stress-free!

How to make the night after moving into your new home easy

The solution to making the first night in your home easy is simple, pack a first-night essentials box. Separate the things that you will need immediately. After packing your first-night essentials box, label the box using duct tape and a marker.
Tell your movers where you want them to put the box after they bring it into the house, you don’t want all of your prep work to go to waste. If you are hiring professional packers, give them a list of items to pack inside of your first-night essentials box.

Items you should consider putting in your essentials box:

  • Electronics (phone, laptop, tablet, Fitbit, etc.)
  • Chargers (your phone’s no good if it’s dead)
  • Toiletries (enough for at least two days)
  • Pajamas
  • Bedding
  • Coffee pot, coffee, mug, and filters
  • Clothes for the next day
  • In Conclusion

    The last thing that you’re going to want to do after a long day of moving and last minute errands, is to dig through dozens of boxes to find your phone charger and pajamas. Do yourself a favor and put together a box of your first night must haves! You can even download and print our list of essentials here!

How To Properly Pack Before Your Move

Every move is different. The size of the home, the logistics of loading, and the amount of belongings that the family or individual has will determine the length of the move. However, one of the the biggest, and most overlooked, factors when determining the time that the move takes is the level of how “packed” or “unpacked” the home is when the movers arrive.

When a home is largely “unpacked”, the move will inevitably take longer and more importantly for the client, cost more. However, when your home is properly packed when the movers arrive, your move will be faster and cheaper. Who doesn’t want that? Keep reading to discover what a packed home looks like and how you can make sure that your home is prepped and ready to roll for your next move!

The difference between a packed and unpacked home

What does an unpacked home look like?

When your home is not properly packed, it is typically full of what we call loose items. Loose items are any belongings that are not boxed. Loose items may include:

  • Groceries in the refrigerator.
  • Unboxed decor, like lamps, artwork, and vases.
  • Clothes on hangers or in drawers.
  • Books and magazines that are lying out on the ground or other surfaces.
  • Televisions and other electronics sitting on the ground or other surfaces.


What does a packed home look like?

When your home is properly packed for a move there will be little to no loose items. Your belongings will be boxed, and more importantly in boxes that protect your items. A list of properly packed belongings may include:

  • All decor including lamps, artwork, vases, and more wrapped and contained in sealed boxes.
  • Clothing folded inside of sealed boxes, or in a wardrobe box on hangers.
  • Televisions and large electronics in their original boxes or specially designed crates.
  • All valuables including money, valuable handbags, passports, jewelry, and important documents in sealed boxes and preferably kept on your person.


Tips for a properly packed home:

Ensuring that your home is properly packed by your move day can be tricky for many of us who have busy schedules and many other responsibilities . However, it is not impossible if you implement the following packing tips.

  • Schedule your move 30 days prior so that you have time to pack.
  • Start packing little by little once you know the date of your move. Make the most of those thirty days and make sure you’re starting to pack within a realistic amount of time. If you wait until three days before, there’s a big chance you won’t be able to get it all done.
  • Consider hiring professional packers.


In Conclusion

Packing is undoubtedly the portion of moving that people dread the most. However, it is one of the most crucial components when ensuring that your move is fast, easy, and within budget. Just make sure you give yourself the appropriate amount of time to get the work down. Or if you just can’t squeeze in the time to pack, hire professionals to get you packed and unpacked.

Decluttering Your Home Made Easy

You never notice how much stuff you have until you are in the midst of spring cleaning or in this case, getting ready for a move; that’s because clutter sneaks up on the best of us. You go shopping for a few decor items, visit a few flea markets and before you know it, you’ve got eighteen cat figurines! Well maybe not, but most of us do have a lot of items in our home that we could do without.

You can drastically cut down on the amount of items that you have to pack and the amount of unwanted “stuff” you have to haul your new home by decluttering before your move. Of course, there’s more to the story. If getting rid of all the stuff you don’t need was so easy, we’d all have pristine, organized homes.

Home Decluttering Checklist For An Organized Move

Tip #1: Make a detailed list

Write down what rooms need to be cleaned out and the date that you plan on combing through each one. Like we’ve already said, you never really know just how much stuff you have until you start this process so give yourself an entire day to devote to organizing one room at a time. Either print your checklist or write it by hand. After you finish making it, hang it up somewhere in the house that you pass by every day. Seeing it will help you stay accountable.

Tip #2: Measure the dimensions of your new place and map out each room

Not many of us end up buying every piece specific to the home that we’re moving into unless it’s your first time living on our own. However, before you pack up furniture from your previous house, make sure it fits in your new place. Measure each room, before your move, to make sure that you have enough space for all of your large furniture pieces…this exercise will take some pieces off the “must-keep” list.

Tip #3: Have a brutally honest friend or family member help you

Decluttering isn’t a task for the sentimental. Having someone who can crack the whip, and help you make the hard calls during the declutter process will be a big help. Just make sure you don’t ask someone to help you that is equally as sentimental about your things as you are…cough…most mothers.

Tip #4: Prepare yourself to give things away that you want to hold onto

There’s no way to successfully go through the decluttering process without having to sacrifice a few things that you want to hold onto. But you have to prepare yourself for this before you begin if you want to get anywhere. Think about it this way, everything that we purchase or create has a story but passing the item onto someone else or getting rid of it isn’t going to erase that memory. Remember the moment and let it go!

Tip #5: Create a new habit…don’t wait until you’re moving to de-clutter

The easiest way to keep clutter at bay is to not let it accumulate. Go through each room and closet twice a year to organize and clear things out. If you’re a shopper this is crucial for you. If you’re consistently bringing new things into the home and not getting rid of anything you’ll save yourself a lot of time and closet space by clearing things out and donating periodically.

In Conclusion

Getting rid of the things that you don’t need or use can leave you feeling lighter. Even if you do feel anxiety or sadness while clearing your home out, it’ll all be worth it in the end. You’ll feel better and you’ll have a much easier time preparing for your next move.

Feeling inspired to de-clutter but not sure where to donate? Here’s a link to several pick up and drop off donation centers in Houston.

How To Pack Valuables Before Your Move

How To Pack Valuables & What You Shouldn’t Leave To The Movers

How To Pack Valuables Before Your Move

Packing can be difficult when you don’t know what to do with your valuables! Here’s an easy-to-follow guide on what to keep on you or pack for the movers.

We can all agree that Texans have an insurmountable level of state pride. As a home-grown company, 3 Men Movers is no different! That’s why I wanted to take a moment to express the importance of “shopping local.” Now wait – this isn’t a ploy to push our services! Because we’re a local company, we have seen the power of Texans who support, grow, and encourage our community to thrive.

Here are just a few reasons to shop local when possible:

We care. Local companies know that without customers, we wouldn’t have a business. Why be treated like a nameless consumer when you can build a real bond with your neighbors by shopping local? Local companies also spend more on charitable contributions because these are our communities too. If you don’t believe me, take a look at the 3MM Community Service page!

We put our money where our mouth is. Local companies spend within their communities, which means more of your money says in Texas and helps to make your home a better place. A study found that, on average, for every $100 spent at a non-locally owned business, $57 of that leaves the state to be spent on outsourced services and/or products, as opposed to a locally owned business where only $27 dollars are outsourced. Local businesses use other local businesses for services such as accounting or maintenance, which are often outsourced.

We create jobs. Local businesses create more jobs than chain stores do. It has been found that “the arrival of a big-box store decreases the number of retail jobs in a region.” Decreased jobs means decreased spending which leads to economical issues in the long run. We also know that the lack of jobs can create and feed into other societal issues, bringing down the overall quality of a community.

By shopping local as often as possible, you are enabling your neighbors to have jobs, you are helping your local economy thrive, and you are supporting your neighborhood so that it can continue being an amazing place to live. When you shop local, you are not only helping yourself – you’re also making a choice to help others!

Sources: Michigan State University’s Center for Community and Economic Development, The Institute for Local Self-Reliance