Maximizing Moving Boxes to the Max

I couldn’t wait to get started.

From floor to ceiling rose a tower of moving boxes.  To me they were like a siren.  Like Mount Everest.  Some people get an adrenaline rush climbing to the top of a mountain.  I get mine by helping people clean out their garages.  It all started with my friend’s garage.  They lived in a small home, and had a one year old.  She was expecting her second child, and they had very little space.  Their two car garage, however, was absolutely packed.  Moving boxes on moving boxes on moving boxes.  They had all come from her mother’s apartment, who had passed away at least eight years prior.  She had never been able to start the task on her own.  She couldn’t emotionally handle the thought of going through each box, and the fact that it was all her dearly loved mom’s stuff made it that much worse.  She couldn’t trust anyone else to go on the journey with her.  Until I came along, that is.

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So we went on the journey.

One box at a time, we removed from the tower.  We brought the wall down.  I brought each one before her and opened it up.  I took the time to take out each piece, making sure that she could see what it was.  Things went smoothly and quickly for the most part.  We had three stations: keep, get rid of, and donate.  When she realized she could trust me, that I was doing this because I wanted her to be happier, I wanted her to climb this mountain that existed in her garage, she began to open up to the process.

She was ready to move on from it all.  And sometimes she came across some things that made her cry.  “Oh, no, close that,” she would say sharply and quickly, sometimes.  I would do what she told me.  She would be crying, unable to go down that lane of memories for the time being.  “I’m ready now,” she might say later, pointing at the box off to the side.

We had a really successful garage sale, and in the end wound up only needing to donate a fraction of what we had started with.  By the time the job was done a massive section in her garage had been cleared out, and everything that she had wanted to keep was properly labeled and stacked.  She knew what was in every single box.

A couple weeks ago I went over to another friend’s house, and got a peak in her garage.  I began to rub my hands together, and turned to her with a gleam in my eye.  “So, about your garage…”

 

 

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From Mailing Boxes to Mailing Boxes

I myself like to send packages in mailing boxes, and forego mailing bags altogether.  I find that using a bag to mail something never works out favorable.  Something always winds up getting crushed.  I guess if you are talking about sending out some t-shirts that’s a different story.  Bags would be good enough.  I could get a bag in the mail and squish it and go, “Hmm, this is either a shirt or a shirt.”

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I would then open it and hold out a shirt, and the shirt would be covered in a wacky design that my friend had created.  My friend likes to try and create art, but the thing that sucks is that my friend wants to use cheap materials but still expects a coutoure result.  I try to suggest kindly that we could try taking it to the next level, but he thinks that the art should speak through the product, and if people don’t get it than that’s their problem.

Well, he always sends me his new t-shirt designs, even though I don’t ask for them.  What comes along with the t-shirt and the new design is a piece of paper ripped out of a notebook, complete with the torn, fuzzy edge, and handwritten in a dying blue pencil is my bill.  It is always astronomically expensive.  He stills sends them to be because I am the only one that continues to pay for them.  But I feel bad, I guess.

But anyway, that is the only reason I wouldn’t use mailing boxes.  Mailing boxes just offer so much more protection, and we all know that the people in the shipping industry do not necessarily handle with care.  I’m not saying that I wouldn’t do the same, I’m sure it gets kind of mind-numbing after a while, and you simply can’t operate efficiently if you are thinking to yourself, “This might hold someone’s grandmother’s precious heirloom tea set,” or ,”This might hold someone’s collection of legitimate Indiana Jones paraphernalia,” or even, “This might hold some hand-crafted gifts that a family of five are sending to their uncle and aunt and cousins across the continent.”

You’ve got to just block all of that out after a while.  Which is why I always make sure that anything I send out is clearly labelled: This end up, Do not shake, Fragile… And you have to write it more than once, because that would be just too easy to overlook.

How to Avoid SEO Providers That Don’t Have Your Best Interests at Heart

Although not all, there are some SEO providers out there who use shady business techniques in order to make money, but rob you of beneficial information in the process.  Your best interests are not at heart, and because of that your business will ultimately suffer if you rely on them for your Chiropractic SEO.

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Make sure you do not fall into the trap of dealing with a sketchy SEO provider by looking for the following red flags:

  1. Multiplied Content of Poor Quality. If you suspect that the content being provided to you is being used for other chiropractic providers in different cities and states, you can do a quick search into your Google browser to find out!  Copy and paste inside double quotes and you will find exact matches.  There have been businesses that have found up to 42,000 matches for their “unique Chiropractic SEO”
  2. Only Content is Blog Related. Although blog posts are integral and beneficial pieces of Chiropractic SEO, they only make up one slice of the pie.  Far more goes into the actual SEO when it comes to making your website and business a relevant factor in your area.
  3. SEO Services Provided A la carte. Your Chiropractic SEO provider should not provide you an a la carte list of SEO services as if it is your job to pick and choose them like a dinner menu.  After all, they are the supposed experts here, right?  It is one thing to offer various packages, but ultimately they should not let you choose different components in order to create your own package.
  4. Cheap SEO. Cheap Chiropractic SEO is absolutely a red flag.  Someone is actually doing the work here, it is not run by a computer system.  If you are paying less than $750 to $1,000 per month for SEO, you may not be getting actual manual work.
  5. SEO Setup Fees.  If your SEO provider charges you a setup fee, don’t be afraid to ask them what it’s for.  There are people out there who will charge this simply because they can.  Chances are what they do your first month’s service is the same as what they will be doing every month.
  6. No Monthly Reports. It is so important that you receive a monthly report on how your chiropractic SEO is performing. There are providers out there who provide as little as quarterly reports.  In addition to keyword rankings, you should also be able to view lead trends and organic traffic.