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Resources for When a Natural Disaster Hits

Resources for When a Natural Disaster Hits

In times of trouble, it’s important to know what resources are available to you. When “trouble” comes in the form of a natural disaster, that’s a much harder challenge; even experts may be displaced and depending on how serious the damage to an area is, there may be few people around who can answer questions. Here are some basic resources to use when a natural disaster strikes.

 

Fire-specific Resources

Unfortunately, the people of California are not strangers to the hazards presented by wildfires—especially this year. Fortunately, there are resources available to help you plan, prepare, and stay ahead of the blaze. Ready.gov explains what to do before, during, and after a wildfire, and exactly what you should do if you get a fire watch alert from the National Weather Service. The California Wildfire Resources Services page of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services provides important emergency numbers county by county. And WildfireRecovery.org provides the most up to date wildfire recovery resources, statewide.

 

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA‘s mission is to support citizens and first responders when natural disasters and other emergencies happen. If you need to apply for help from FEMA, go to this link. At the time you apply you will need your social security number, the address where the damage happened, your address and telephone now, your insurance and income information, your banking numbers so FEMA can send you money, and a description of what happened. You can apply for help getting shelter, repairing your home, and covering other needs, but you can’t duplicate help you’re getting from insurance.

 

Short-term Housing

Seek short-term housing in your area online. In the case of the Northern California fires, offices like the Office of Short-term Rentals in San Francisco are making an effort to help people coordinate these kinds of arrangements. Airbnb is also offering free accommodations to fire refugees.

 

Furniture Rental

In recent days we have gotten a slew of inquiries about furniture rental from people setting up temporary residences because of the fires. Remember, even if the worst happens, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars buying all new furniture along with everything else you’re already coping with. Furniture rental is an ideal option when a natural disaster hits, and you can have the new set up ordered, delivered, set up, and ready to go in 24 hours—one big item checked off an exhausting list.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC provides a guide and resource list for natural disasters and extreme weather. It includes information on preparing for disasters, getting safe food and water after disasters from a variety of sources, sanitation and hygiene, and water-related diseases and illnesses.

 

Financial Planning

Financial planning may be the furthest thing from your mind after a disaster hits, but although you should avoid making major financial decisions when you’re still in shock, soon after the disaster unfolds is an important time to make sure you’re on top of important matters. You’ll need to assess your situation to evaluate how much cash or assistance you might need, file claims quickly, apply for available relief, keep track of financial losses as best you can, replace important documents, and apply for disability benefits if you can’t work.

 

TimeBanks

Look for TimeBanks in your community (here is a California directory). During normal times, time banking, also called community currency, allows members of the community to donate time to each other to maximize resources and skills. In times of natural disasters, TimeBankers rise to the occasion, donating their time and resources to help those in need. If you’re willing to donate your own time and skills back later, this is a great solution when you need help. Here’s how it works:

 

During normal times, TimeBanking networks of people join together to volunteer their time to help each other. This builds a strong social network for their community. In exchange for their time, they get “currency” or credits for hours in a time bank that they can trade or exchange at local farmers markets, mom-and-pop stores, or can use to barter services. For example, say I volunteer to help you move and paint your new home. I get credit for 20 hours of time in our local timebank that we both belong to. I can exchange some of those credits at the corner store in our neighborhood, or I can trade them for a haircut at the local beauty salon, or with anyone else who belongs.

 

Any of these timebanking activities increase social cohesiveness and the kind of resilience that you see mentioned in the news when experts talk about why communities bounce back from disasters. Research shows that community currency gets people involved in their community, and builds trust. And during times of crisis, people who are more closely bonded are more likely to help each other—and to know that the favor will later be returned.

 

Other Resources

There are lots of other resources available during natural disasters. Disaster-relief.org lists many resources and describes what they do, and Benefits.gov lists types of government assistance like business physical disaster loans and how to apply for each kind.

 

Good Luck Out There

Here’s to all of our friends and neighbors staying safe and well out there, and getting through these days. We hope these basic resources to use when a natural disaster strikes were useful to you—but we hope even more that you never need them.

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Essential Items for Your New Home

Essential Items for Your New Home

When you’ve made the move into your first home or apartment, and you’re ready to get comfortable and nest a little, you’ll probably remember to get the major items like a bed or a sofa. But where do you start with the rest of it? There are so many little things that might not come to mind immediately. This checklist of essential items for your new home will get you started and settled easily.

 

Keys and Locks

First thing’s first: change or re-key your locks. Family, friends, neighbors, and who knows who else probably had copies of the keys thanks to the previous owners, so change them right away. Deadbolts cost more but are undeniably safer.

 

Kitchen

The kitchen is typically the nerve center of the house, so don’t neglect it. You’ll need a table and chairs, dishes, cutlery, glasses, and cups. Cookware and other tools including saucepans, a frying pan, a baking dish, potholders, a spatula, a ladle, a colander, serving bowls, a cutting board, a set of knives, a vegetable peeler, and salt and pepper shakers. Assuming the larger appliances are already in place, you may still need a blender, a toaster, and a microwave oven. And don’t forget the garbage can, sponges, dish towels, dish soap, cleaning supplies, and a fire extinguisher. If you need to get your hands on a complete set of housewares fast, you can rent them in sets.

 

Bedroom

The bedroom is probably the room you’ll want to set up first. There you’ll need a bed and pillows, and linens including sheets, pillowcases, blankets, and a comforter or bedspread. You’ll also want a nightstand, a lamp, and possibly a mirror. For your clothes, you’ll need hangers, a hamper, and a chest of drawers. Remember to keep your bedroom private with blinds or curtains.

 

Bathrooms

Most of the key elements of your bathroom will already be there, but you’ll still need to bring a shower curtain and rings, a bath mat, a rug for the floor, a waste basket, plenty of towels and a rack for hanging them. Don’t forget to purchase cleaning supplies, and possibly first aid supplies (they need to go somewhere, and the bathroom is the logical choice in most homes).

 

Living Room

In the main gathering area your first priority is ample seating for everyone, so you’ll need a sofa, chairs, love seats, and coffee and side tables to go with them. You’ll also need lighting, possibly stands for a television or other electronics, and blinds or curtains for the windows. Finish the room with throw rugs, decorative pillows and wall hangings.

 

Laundry and Utility Room

Hopefully, your home already has a washer and dryer, but if not, your laundry room won’t be functional without them. Other essentials include a hamper, detergent, fabric softener, bleach, an ironing board, and any other laundry supplies you need. This room is also a good place to keep basic tools and supplies including a hammer, nails, hooks and other hardware, flat head and Phillips screwdrivers, pliers, a tape measure, a broom and dustpan, extra light bulbs, duct tape, batteries, a flashlight, and candles.

 

Outdoors

Outside you’ll need at least one garden hose, and possibly sprinklers or sprayer head attachments. Depending on what your yard is like, you may also need a lawnmower, a weed-whacker, a rake, a hoe, a watering can, a trowel, a push broom, a wheelbarrow, and a shovel for working on projects and cleaning up. If you plan on entertaining in your outdoor space, you’ll also want lawn chairs, a barbecue grill (even just a small charcoal grill is a great place to start), and patio furniture with an umbrella.

 

Keeping it Together

The simple act of moving is itself very stressful. No wonder it’s so easy to forget about so many different details! Fortunately, there are ways to make the process easier. It’s possible to rent a complete home package that’s both stylish and thoroughly planned, down to the last detail. Contact Fashion Furniture for more information about making your transition into your new home easier and less stressful.

Eco-Friendly Moving Tips

Eco-Friendly Moving Tips

By making a few basic changes and planning ahead, you can make your upcoming move green and eco-friendly.

Eco-Friendly Moving Tips

Recycle

Before you pack, recycle, sell, donate, or throw away everything you don’t need. You’ll use less packing material and save money on your move.

 

Pack in your containers

Before you opt for boxes, pack in your own containers:

  • Suitcases
  • Laundry baskets
  • Keep drawers full

 

Green boxes

  • Buy only as many boxes as you need; plan ahead by taking an inventory of your things.
  • Move in shifts so you can reuse boxes.
  • Look behind retailers, shopping malls, office supply stores, and grocery stores for boxes to reuse.
  • In some cities you can also rent plastic bins instead of using cardboard boxes.
  • Check out https://www.usedcardboardboxes.com/ which takes rejected boxes with slight flaws like errors in logos and sells them for use in moving.

 

Eco-friendly packing materials

There are many ways to ensure your packing materials are more eco-friendly:

  • Recycle used magazines and newspaper instead of buying packing paper
  • Use blankets and towels instead of bubble wrap
  • Use biodegradable packing materials if you need to buy them

 

Green trucks

  • Some moving companies use biodiesel fuel
  • You can often share a truck with another mover to save fuel

 

Green cleaning products

Cleaning is part of moving, so use green, eco-friendly cleaning products:

  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Ammonia

 

Recycle materials after the move

When you’ve unpacked, recycle your boxes or reuse them:

  • You can post an ad on Craigslist offering free moving boxes
  • You can bring your boxes to a recycling center
  • You can donate boxes to charities like Goodwill

 

Rent or buy gently used furniture

Renting furniture or buying it used is the most eco-friendly way to furnish your new home, because it upcycles materials that already exist, creates less waste, and prevents the demand for additional raw materials like wood and foam.

It’s easy to reduce your carbon footprint as you move if you follow these eco-friendly moving tips. Enjoy your greener move!

 

 

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How to Create the Ultimate Study Zone

It’s back to school time once again, and that means it’s time to hit the books and make time for studying. Creating the ultimate study zone will help you reach maximum productivity and stay accountable all year long. You don’t need a huge space to make your optimal study zone work. All you need are some creativity, the right tools, and some inspiration.

 

Dedicate a space

Finding the ideal study spot means knowing what you’re working with and understanding your personal learning style. Whether it’s your dorm, your parents’ house, or your apartment, these two factors will control what works best for you. If you get distracted easily, a common area of the house isn’t a good choice; look for a quiet space without too much coming and going.

 

Minimize distractions

Close Facebook and Snapchat. Give your phone a rest. Think how much fun you’ll have when you meet up again! And don’t try to build your study haven right next to the television or stereo. Use headphones or a white noise generator if you need to, but prepare yourself in advance by eliminating distractions from the start.

 

Get the right furniture

Find a good table or desk, and an ergonomic chair. You’ll be spending a lot of time there, so consider renting nicer models if you can’t afford what you need to be comfortable, yet focused and alert. Your table or desk should rest between your ribcage and waist as you sit at it. You should be able to rest both feet flat on the ground, and both elbows on the work surface, without hunching your back or straining your neck.

 

Create a schedule

At the beginning of the semester, create a study schedule and calendar all of your class times, study sessions, pop quizzes, test dates, and other important dates. Your schedule will help you stay on task and accountable. Make sure your friends, roommates, parents, and everyone else knows that you’re not available during your study hours.

 

Good lighting

If your study area is too dark, it’s too easy to fall asleep, it can hurt your eyes, give you a headache, and otherwise stunt your studying. Avoid harsh lighting, including fluorescent light, and opt for warmer lights instead.

 

 

Gather your supplies

Keep everything you might need right there in your space so you don’t waste time looking for things each time you need to study. Include something to write with, your laptop charger, a USB flash drive, and a highlighter if you’re using a hard copy text—but not your phone.

 

Go digital as needed

Especially if you’re sharing space in a dorm or apartment, it may not always be the ultimate study zone. Don’t worry about it. Take your study session digital, and know where you’ll go in advance by doing reconnaissance. Whether you choose the library or the park, find your spot and head there with a laptop in a bag, a notebook and pen, and headphones.

 

The perfect space

Creating the ultimate study zone will ensure you are ready and able to do the work school throws at you week after week, all semester long. If you’re not sure where to start, check out Fashion Furniture Rental to see what ergonomic, stylish options are out there. From there, all you need to do is nail down your top choice for uninterrupted concentration!

 

Fashion Furniture Rental to be Scouting the Fall High Point Market for the Latest Trends

SAN DIEGO, September 26, 2017 –Fashion Furniture Rental, Inc. has announced that it will be sending CEO Dave Brackett and Design Manager Lisa Van Sickle from its team, as well as Parker Rose Design & Inventory Director of Operations Karianne Scheevel, to the fall 2017 High Point Market tradeshow.

The HP Market tradeshow will take place from Saturday, October 14, to Wednesday, October 18 in High Point, North Carolina with showrooms open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday through Tuesday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
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Home Accessories to Make Your House More Cozy

Home Accessories to Make Your Home More Cozy

This winter, don’t just settle in for a long winter’s nap. Instead, celebrate one of the latest international trends: the Danish concept of hygge. “Hygge,” pronounced “hugga,” is like a hug for your whole body and soul; a movement toward a cozier life. Here are some great home accessories to make your house cozier so you can achieve the ultimate hygge vibe this winter.

 

A nice, shaggy bathmat

If you’re cozying into winter, a hot bath is probably on your agenda. There are few things as comfy and soothing as a shaggy bathmat to keep your feet from getting cold. Make sure to set your favorite pair of slippers close by to keep your feet warm post-shower.

 

The overstuffed chair

Nothing feels quite like sinking into a soft, overstuffed chair with a great book on a cold night. This kind of soft chair can also be imitated with more modern pieces if you’re looking for something with a contemporary look but still super comfortable.

 

Accents in warm tones

How your rooms look makes a tremendous difference in how cozy they feel. Create some visual comfort with accent pieces in warm colors like sunny orange or yellow, or even warm beige. Smaller pieces like pillows, a sofa throw, or a centerpiece can introduce even colors that are more adventurous into more conservative environments and still look “right.”

 

Friendly house plants

If you’re not cursed with a black thumb, try introducing a few houseplants into the mix. These flora friends are calming and soothing. Bonus: try an indoor herb garden and you’ll get beauty and cozy smells like rosemary, basil, oregano, and mint.

 

The soft curtain wall

Hang curtains across a wall to create both a soft, cozy feeling and visual interest. Check out Ikea for curtains with fun designs if you’re on a budget.

Go for upholstered furniture

Cloth upholstery adds softness and invites you to cuddle. With furniture upholstered in soft-feeling cloths, you get the structure provided by the lines of the furniture, but you soften the overall effect. Look for striking pieces to rent if you’re not ready to take a permanent leap in your home’s look, or to save money without skimping on your home space.

 

Create a fireplace-centered space

Make the most of the fireplace if you have one. Choose a coffee table or other surface that you can eat on in front of the fire, and circle chairs or seats around the fire, not just the television.

 

Low light

Nothing says cozy like candles, so make sure you have candle holders you can use in each room. Better yet, opt for glass lanterns or hurricane lamps.

 

Furry friends

If you have dogs or cats, add a pet bed in the cozy living room or near the fire.

 

Gallery Wall

Hang or display your family photos in a central place to create a homey, comfortable look.

 

Tying your hygge together

This can be your coziest winter yet with the right home accessories. From choosing the right colors and fabrics to adding in natural touches like candles and plants, you can achieve a lot of coziness without a huge investment. After you achieve that hygge feeling at home, you may even be a little sorry when spring rolls around again.

5 Ways to Decorate Your Home for Fall

Looking for some autumn inspiration? Check out these 5 ways to decorate your home for fall:

Homey harvest

Dress up an accent table or create a centerpiece for dinner using gourds, squash, pumpkins, and other durable fall produce. You’ll get natural autumnal color and countrified flair.

 

Blanket statements

Adding a cozy blanket or throw to chairs and sofas, or covering a floor with a fuzzy rug, signals cooler days ahead and a warm hearth.

 

Pillow panache

Change the look of a room quickly by swapping out your throw pillows. To hail the return of fall, choose rustic patterns or earthy colors.

 

Get crafty

You can create beautiful wreaths for the door and accents for anywhere in the house using fall leaves, corn husks, twigs and branches, and dried moss. Place items in baskets, glass milk bottles, or metal watering cans for table top use.

 

Go vintage

Something about vintage accents gives your place that fall look. Place an antique piece in the living room, a gilt-edged mirror in the hall, a washboard on the porch, or a ceramic hand washing bowl on the sofa table.

 

Tying it together

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Tips to Save Money on Moving

So, you’re moving! You found a great new place, and now you’re trying to get from point A to point B—along with everything you own. Moving can be a potential money suck, but it’s a lot less stressful when your budget is low and you’re having no trouble sticking to it. Here are our best tips to save money on moving, so you can stick to worrying about what color to paint the bathroom in your amazing new home instead of your budget.

 

Pack everything yourself

 

  • Find free moving boxes in unusual places, like the grocery store and other retail places and around the office.
  • Use magazines and newspapers instead of bubble wrap and packing peanuts—just watch out for ink!

 

Purge your stuff

 

  • Donate old clothes that don’t fit, excess canned goods to charity, and claim a tax deduction.
  • Have a yard sale and make a few dollars on things you don’t use as much or need anymore.
  • Measure carefully; don’t move anything that won’t fit.

 

Review your utilities

 

  • Make sure you’re getting the best deal in your new place.
  • Buy a digital services bundle.
  • Opt for a peak hour energy plan.

 

Choose the right movers

 

  • Compare moving companies, and select reputable but affordable movers.
  • Rent the truck yourself.
  • Ask for a fixed price.
  • Move during the week, not over a weekend, and during the middle of the month. Look for cancellations if you’re flexible.
  • Watch for hidden fees.
  • Bring your own blankets for packing.
  • Don’t burn the time of the movers waiting for you to uninstall wall fixtures and things like that; be ready or come back and do those things later, if possible.

 

Lower move in costs

 

  • Revise your list of things you need in the new house based on what you truly need, not just things you want.
  • Rent furniture instead of buying to keep that list affordable.
  • Choose your shut-off dates wisely; don’t pay for extra time.
  • Sell boxes after you’re done with them.

 

Evaluate appliances carefully

 

  • Consider the age, color, size, and performance of your appliances before you move them.
  • Calculate the cost of moving them based on your moving rates and their size and weight; make sure it’s worth it.

 

Track your expenses

 

  • Keep a record of any money you spend that might be considered a home improvement expense so you can claim it as a deduction.
  • The same is true of charitable donations.
  • See if your homeowners’ insurance covers any expenses.

 

Insurance

  • Find out what moving perks you might have from your homeowners’ insurance, and make sure it applies to your new location
  • If it doesn’t, make sure your new coverage will be in place in time for seamless coverage.

 

Original packaging

  • If you kept the packaging for your computer equipment, stereo components, speakers, or other electronics, use it to protect your things during the move.
  • Sometimes you can find close proxies for your original packaging behind big box electronics stores.

 

Storage

  • If you need to find storage for some of your things, shop for deals in advance.
  • Look for moving/storage deals and combos.
  • Ask your real estate agent about deals and combos if you have one.
  • Check the paper and online for coupons.

 

Advance prep

  • If possible, get the new house ready before the move.
  • Paint the walls, make small repairs, lay shelf paper, and otherwise be ready before your stuff gets there so movers will waste less time (and money) on moving day.

 

Hit the dollar store

  • Stock up on your cleaning supplies for the move.
  • Look for basic items like sponges, brooms, blankets, and rags you might need in the move.

 

Ask for help

  • If you have friends and family who can help, ask!
  • Friends and family might be able to save you time packing, or watch your kids or pets during the move to save time and money.
  • If someone in your inner circle is handy, you might have a great resource you can tap into for making small repairs in both the new house and the old place instead of hiring a handyman.

 

Final thoughts

We hope some of these tips for saving money on moving are helpful to you. At Fashion, we’ve seen many customers through the moving process over the years, and we love it when we can help make the whole event easier! Reach out anytime with questions about saving money and getting a beautiful new look by renting furniture in your new home.