Category Archives: PODS

Moving into our Chicago Pad

Moving-Truck-001
 (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
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone

Leave a Comment

8 thoughts on “Moving into our Chicago Pad

  1. 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?

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      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!

  2. DIY Playbook

    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!

    Reply
  3. 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. 😉

    Reply
  4. 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. 😉

    Reply
  5. Pingback: Casey's Apartment: One Month in... | DIY Playbook

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

8 thoughts on “Moving into our Chicago Pad

  1. 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?

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      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!

  2. DIY Playbook

    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!

    Reply
  3. 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. 😉

    Reply
  4. 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. 😉

    Reply
  5. Pingback: Casey's Apartment: One Month in... | DIY Playbook

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Moving and Packing Tips & Tricks

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

Last week I left you with an empty PODS container, and a very full loft of our belongings.

PODS container

Well, today I’m here to show you how we fit our 2 bedroom loft into our 16x8x8 container. (Spoiler Alert: It all fit!)

In order to save some cash, we decided to only order the PODS container. That meant that movers and moving supplies (including boxes, tape, dollies, or moving blankets) were not included in our PODS package. We figured we could improvise and find a way to make everything work on our teeny, tiny budget.

Our first inclination was to beg ask all of our friends and family to drive down to St. Louis and help us for the weekend. But then we thought about sleeping arrangements and the long drive…and decided to save our “manpower” for our Chicago move-in instead.

hire helpers

We then turned to hireahelper.com where we found 2 local movers to help us out for 3 hours. It only cost us about $230 and they brought their own dollies and moving equipment. This turned out to be the best decision for our move, and we saved money and time. #winwin

pods container full of stuff

While “the muscle” tackled the heavy furniture pieces, we focused on carting all of our small items down to the moving dock.

mix small stuff in with the big

This was the best system because could tuck small boxes and items right alongside the big furniture. It maximized our space, and kept everything tight and secure in the PODS container.

rugs in container

So our advice for you movers out there…use your space efficiently! Put boxes inside drawers, sneak rugs alongside bookshelves, and safely stack your belongings up to the ceiling. Use every inch of space you’re given wisely. Don’t just shove your stuff into the container, or it won’t fit!

finn filling pods container

I’m very lucky that Finn is very good at spatial organization. He can look at a space and know what can fit, and where it can fit. If it were up to me, I would put a box in the middle of the container and call it a day.  I would have needed 3 PODS containers!

use blankets and cushions

To keep our stuff from jostling around and scratching, we cushioned everything with our own belongings. Blankets, pillows, couch cushions…they were all used to pad the container and keep our stuff secure. We will have a lot of washing to do once we arrive at our new home, but it was worth it to not have to buy moving pads or blankets.

Pods container in the alley

After plenty of trips up and down the elevators, we finally had all of our stuff outside by our PODS container.

Finn climbing into PODS container

It took 5 helpers, 3 hours, and 1 packed PODS container…but we got ‘er done!

Closing our PODS container
Empty loft space
Empty loft and kitchen space

After saying our “goodbyes” to the place we called home for the past 2 years, we locked up our PODS container, and called it a day.

Our container was picked up two days later and taken to a secure storage center in Chicago. We’re now just paying a small fee for it to be stored.

The best part is now we can focus on the next important step…finding our new home! I promise to keep you (our favorite readers) in the loop as we search Chicago high and low for a fab new place.

Casey DIY Playbook
Chicagoans..any neighborhoods you recommend? Anyone have more moving tips and tricks for us? 
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone

Leave a Comment

5 thoughts on “Moving and Packing Tips & Tricks

  1. James Harrison

    Great tips!! If anyone don’t have much budget to move so its a good plan to take a PODs services. Its not only decreases your moving cost but is also help you to keep your goods safely.

    Reply
  2. Pingback: Heading to Haven 2014 | DIY Playbook

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

5 thoughts on “Moving and Packing Tips & Tricks

  1. James Harrison

    Great tips!! If anyone don’t have much budget to move so its a good plan to take a PODs services. Its not only decreases your moving cost but is also help you to keep your goods safely.

    Reply
  2. Pingback: Heading to Haven 2014 | DIY Playbook

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Moving Out of St. Louis with PODS

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


Let me first say that moving is hard. It’s really really hard, and time-consuming, and stressful. 

But moving is also a very real and inevitable part of life. 

So with our move from St. Louis to Chicago looming over our heads, Finn and I brainstormed on how to get all of our crap belongings from point A to point B, without ripping all of our hair out.

The problem was we couldn’t just load up a truck and bring all of our stuff to our new apartment in Chicago, because we didn’t yet have that new apartment in Chicago. Minor detail…

So we considered storage. Then we realized we didn’t want to box up all of our stuff, put it into a truck, unload the truck into a storage unit. And then do that alllll over again once we found a place in the city. #backbreaker

After hemming and hawing about a few options, we finally had the brilliant realization that we should use a portable storage container.

That way we could load up the storage unit one time, transport it to Chicago, and then unload it once we found our new home. Genius! Less time spent moving, more time spent finding a new home.

After researching many companies, we finally decided to go with the company PODS.
PODS container
We liked their flexibility, and how they basically took care of absolutely everything. All we had to do was load up that bad boy, and lock ‘er up.

So let’s get into the nitty gritty of our move OUT of our St. Louis loft. (Yes, tears may have been shed.)

We decided to devote 2 days to report to “move-out duty.” That way we could have our PODS container delivered one day, and then fill ‘er up the next.

Since we live in downtown St. Louis, we were a little worried about where we would actually put the container. It’s not like we’re in a house where we could just plop it on the driveway. But after consulting with our building management, we found out we could put the container in our back alley, as long as it wasn’t blocking the street or the dumpsters. 
pods container right about here

PODS also assured us that it was a-okay with the City of St. Louis. In fact, they handle registering the device with the city.  As long as you have it out there for less than a week…you’re not breaking any laws. 

On a nice Friday afternoon, our PODS container was delivered. Here are some photos of the thing being lifted and moved onto the ground. Pretty crazy technology they have…

PODS truck delivery
PODS container drop off
PODS container being lifted
pods storage unit delivery

In the last few years of living together, Finn and I have acquired a lot of stuff. I mean a lot. Too much stuff if you ask me. Before we saw the container, we were a little unsure about cramming all of our belongings into it. In fact, we thought there was a 0% chance of us getting it all in that bad boy.

But, the moment we saw the PODS container and opened it up…we became a bit more optimistic.

So do you think we can fit all of this…

Moving boxes
boxes in the hallway
loft filled with boxes

…into this??

so much room in pod container

I’ll let you know next week when we chat more about the big move. I’ll also have some packing tips and tricks for ya…

Casey from DIY Playbook
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone

Leave a Comment

8 thoughts on “Moving Out of St. Louis with PODS

  1. Jackie

    I think I’m a bit scared that you are moving in across the street from me!! I’m sure to get roped into the unpacking of that bad boy. Maybe I’ll be “out of town” that weekend? Hmmmm….

    For real though, just have lots of wine handy and H and I will help you move in. Then we can say things like “Howdy Neighbor”. That’ll be fun.

    Reply
  2. Sam G

    That is great!
    Moving pods are becoming more and more popular, especially in the UK where there are a lot of people who know about them. It is amazing how much space you have.

    Reply
  3. Pingback: Moving and Packing Tips & Tricks | DIY Playbook

  4. Pingback: Welcome Home - Free Printable and Gift Idea | DIY Playbook

  5. ThomasMaloney

    Portable self storage these days are just the best thing when it comes to moving. One of these units and you don’t have to worry about a safe and secure place to put your stuff in between moves.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

8 thoughts on “Moving Out of St. Louis with PODS

  1. Jackie

    I think I’m a bit scared that you are moving in across the street from me!! I’m sure to get roped into the unpacking of that bad boy. Maybe I’ll be “out of town” that weekend? Hmmmm….

    For real though, just have lots of wine handy and H and I will help you move in. Then we can say things like “Howdy Neighbor”. That’ll be fun.

    Reply
  2. Sam G

    That is great!
    Moving pods are becoming more and more popular, especially in the UK where there are a lot of people who know about them. It is amazing how much space you have.

    Reply
  3. Pingback: Moving and Packing Tips & Tricks | DIY Playbook

  4. Pingback: Welcome Home - Free Printable and Gift Idea | DIY Playbook

  5. ThomasMaloney

    Portable self storage these days are just the best thing when it comes to moving. One of these units and you don’t have to worry about a safe and secure place to put your stuff in between moves.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.