Moving into our Chicago Pad

 (Disclaimer: We have partnered with PODS to bring you this post. All opinions expressed are 100% our own, and are not influenced by PODS.)

As you saw yesterday, we found a place to live! Cue: happy dance.

Empty family room

But you also saw that our new home was very, very empty. That’s because since mid-September our belongings have been safe and sound in our PODS container.  That container has been sitting at a storage center in Bensenville, IL just waiting for us to find a new home.  It was finally time to open that bad boy up!

Locking up our PODS container

Back in St. Louis, I was just able to have the container dropped right off in our building’s back alley. But bigger cities (like New York & Chicago) have laws against containers on city property.  So because of Chicago’s city laws my PODS container could not be dropped off at our new place.

Luckily, PODS has a solution for delivering to these urban areas and they told me all about it when I booked my container. They partner with a local moving company in your new city (in my case, EMS Moving) and they act as a “shuttle” between your container and your new home.

Full moving truck

So I called up EMS Moving, set up my move time, got my container key over to them, and they handled everything.

Wrapped furniture

They emptied our PODS container on-site at the storage center, wrapped up our furniture to protect it (way better than we did by the way…), and loaded it into their moving truck.

EMS Moving

All we had to do was show up the day of the move and tell their team where to put everything.

Moving a mattress

For them…lots of carrying, sweating, and lifting of heavy boxes.

For me…lots of pointing, door holding, and hemming and hawing over what to order for lunch.

Moving truck in Chicago

Dang, they made moving pretty darn easy!

Jan and Chris

They brought 5 helpers (5!!), including our favorite guy, Chris. He was a rockstar and made sure everything went smoothly for us.

Empty moving truck

With all of the help, our truck was empty in no time at all. Now I’m left with a place packed full of stuff.

Messy bedroom
Boxes everywhere

Time to unpack…who’s coming over to help?

DIY Playbook Casey

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  • Elaine

    Wow I really wish I’d known that info about PODS and cities! Sounds like it makes life WAY easier!

    Do you know if they do the same thing if you’re moving out?

    • Elaine, I think it depends what cities you’re moving in and out of. Most smaller ones you can just drop off and pick the PODS container up from anywhere (soo easy and convenient!) But if you’re moving out of a big city (like Chicago or NY) they will hook you up with a local moving team to assist you. Pretty nice!

  • Elaine, I think it depends what cities you’re moving in and out of. Most smaller ones you can just drop off and pick the PODS container up from anywhere (soo easy and convenient!) But if you’re moving out of a big city (like Chicago or NY) they will hook you up with a local moving team to assist you. Pretty nice!

  • Jackie

    I’ve never been happier to be at work than I was that day! You guys have a LOT of stuff! I was very content to stop by post-move and watch you unpack for a bit. 😉

    • hahaha Thanks Jackie! Yes, you were an excellent wine drinker and cheered us on as we unpacked. 🙂

  • Jackie

    I’ve never been happier to be at work than I was that day! You guys have a LOT of stuff! I was very content to stop by post-move and watch you unpack for a bit. 😉

  • hahaha Thanks Jackie! Yes, you were an excellent wine drinker and cheered us on as we unpacked. 🙂

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