As we all learn to accommodate a new normal, those who are moving during this time face new challenges. While cleaning was always an expected part of moving preparation, the kind required today is a bit different. It may seem overwhelming, but moving during a pandemic is possible and can be made as safe as possible for you and your family. If you are getting ready to move, here are some tips to stress a little less and be prepared!
Get New Boxes
Normally, it is easy to find someone in your neighborhood who recently moved who has spare boxes laying around. For now, it is recommended that you purchase new boxes as cardboard can be difficult to sanitize.
Wear Personal Protection
Make sure you don’t pack your masks, gloves, and sanitizer. Your focus might not be on protection from germs and viruses in the chaos of a move, so it is important to have your protection ready for when you are loading and unloading your moving vehicle.
Disinfect + Sanitize
Before you move your items into your new home, take the time to do a sanitizing sweep through the home. Wipe down all door knobs, counter tops, and frequently touched areas like appliance handles.
Wash Your Hands
This one might be obvious, but the best way to protect yourself is to make sure you are frequently washing your hands during a move. You can try your best to avoid touching surfaces others have touched, but your best bet is to just make sure you are keeping your own hands clean and off of your face.
Donate Your Food
Now more than ever, food banks are in dire need of donations. If you are going to be traveling a long distance or just don’t want to worry about food storage in your new home quite yet, your local food bank would likely be quite thankful for your donation.
Tucson’s Craft Beer scene is growing and is producing quality beers! In honor of #NationalBeerLoversDay, here’s a list of Tucson’s best pub crawls!
It’s Summertime and that means longer days and later nights, and usually more traffic in your home. With play dates, game nights, and bonfires, there are likely to be more guests in and out of your home than usual. While fun is the priority, safety should be as well. To keep the little ones, children and pets included, safe in your home, follow these steps so you can enjoy a safe summer (as well as all the other seasons):
1. Protect your belongings
This has two benefits. If you have items that are important to you and could easily break, it is best to store them away so they don’t get damaged and no one gets hurt from the broken item in the process.
2. Make off-limit areas
If you want to prevent children and pets from going places you don’t want them, consider installing safety gates. Placing gates in front of staircases and rooms with more breakable items can prevent both children and pets from falling or accessing those items you don’t want to injure crawling little ones.
3. Secure furniture
Sometimes when we get new furniture, we don’t think those extra safety screws included to attach the furniture to the wall are necessary. Sadly, accidents involving falling furniture occur much too often because safety anchors are not installed. If you have any furniture that could be pulled down by a child, pick up anchors at your local hardware store. Dressers, televisions, and bookshelves are all items that can easily be pulled down from a child trying to climb onto them.
4. Use child-proof locks
Kitchens are filled with items that can become dangerous for both children and pets in an instant. Knives, spices, and cleaners can all stay safely out of the hands (and paws) of children and pets by installing child-proof locks on all the cabinets that need to stay off-limits.
5. Don’t buy poisonous plants
The first step in avoiding poisonous plants is finding out which ones can be toxic to children and pets. While most plants are kid-friendly, many can be dangerous to pets, even those you wouldn’t think could be, such as the Aloe plant.
6. Protect outlets and cords
While our lifestyles continue to become more wireless by the day, children and pets are still at risk in homes where items are plugged in. Ensure that your outlets are guarded and wires are hidden or blocked off. Not only can you prevent risk of shock, but you can also protect the items you have plugged in – like that television that you don’t want to come crashing onto the floor!
Temperatures are rising which means that your utility bills are likely on the rise too. With the average American spending around $200 a month on energy, most are looking for a way to decrease those prices in any way they can. Just not using air conditioning is an unrealistic option, so there are other updates and changes you can make to save money and still stay cool this summer.
FIND AN ENERGY-EFFICIENT HOME
If you are on the hunt for a new home this summer, think ahead and make energy efficiency a priority in your home search. Keep square footage to the minimum you think you will need – the more unnecessary space, the more space you’ll be cooling (or heating this winter). Certain home features, like sun rooms and high ceilings, also contribute to unnecessary space or space that heats quicker than normal.
CHECK YOUR APPLIANCES
While newer appliances are easily labeled with their estimated yearly cost by Energy Guide, older appliances aren’t as easy to determine. Using the Department of Energy’s online appliance energy calculator, you can decide if investing in newer appliances with a lower operating cost could save you money in the long run. You can also have an HVAC professional check your equipment to ensure it is the appropriate size for your home. Having a system that is too large or too small can create unnecessary costs.
Replacing appliances and equipment can be a large up-front cost, so if you’re looking to start saving now, even small amounts, quick fixes are your best choice. Some options include using cold water for laundry, changing the direction of your ceiling fan, and using energy-efficient light bulbs. Check your doors for sealing issues and replace weather stripping if necessary to prevent drafts.
FIND AN EXPERT
If you want more guidance on how to save energy, you can contact your local utility company. Many provide free energy audits and can offer professional advice on ways to lower your energy use and save you money.
If there is one thing that Tucson does right, it’s Mexican food. In honor of Cinco De Mayo, here are 15 of the best places to get tacos in Tucson.
Street Taco and Beer Co. 58 W Congress St, Tucson, AZ & Park Place Mall 5870 E Broadway Blvd Tucson, Arizona 85711 https://www.facebook.com/Streetoncongress/
Penca 50 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ http://www.pencarestaurante.com/
BK’s Carne Asada & Hot Dogs 2680 N 1st Ave, Tucson, AZ & 5118 S. 12 Ave. Tucson, AZ http://bktacos.com/
Boca Taco Y Tequila 533 N 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ https://bocatacos.com/
Rosa’s Mexican Food Restaurant 1750 E Fort Lowell Rd, Tucson, AZ https://www.tucsonmexicanrestaurant.com/
Rollies Mexican Patio
El Guero Canelo 2480 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ & 5802 E 22nd St, Tucson, AZ or 5201 S 12th Ave, Tucson, AZ https://www.elguerocanelo.com/
Seis Kitchen 130 S Avenida del Convento #100 (Congress), Tucson, AZ & 1765 E. River Road #131 Tucson, AZ https://www.seiskitchen.com/
Tania’s Flour Tortillas 2856 W Drexel Rd, Tucson, AZ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tanias-Flour-Tortillas-Mexican-Food/116464395045085
Pacos Mexican Food 5563 E Grant Rd, Tucson, AZ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pacos/276960369049292
La Botana Tacos 3200 N 1st Ave, Tucson, AZ & 5526 E Grant Rd, Tucson, AZ http://labotanatacos.com/