How to get rid of moving boxes in New Orleans

You’ve moved to New Orleans and now you have a bunch of cardboard boxes. Oh, what to do.

We had plenty of empty boxes after moving to New Orleans. (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)

We had plenty of empty boxes after moving to New Orleans. (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)

Option 1: You could break them down and put them by the curb. But, why spend the time and alert everyone you are brand new?

Option 2:  You should break them down and recycle them. Better option for the environment, but you still have to spend the time breaking them down and hauling them out to the recycle bin.

Option 3: Have a bonfire. Fun during the winter, but who really has the space for this?

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Park properly in NOLA or get a ticket

I got my first parking ticket in New Orleans yesterday and I’m not even a full-time resident yet. Arg.

I found this little guy flapping on my windshield yesterday :-( (via @newinNOLA on Instagram)

I found this little guy flapping on my windshield yesterday 😦 (via @newinNOLA on Instagram)

Stupid lesson to learn the hard way. My ticket was for improper parking. I parked in the grass in front of our apartment. It’s a two-way street, and I parked in the opposite direction of traffic. And that, my friends, will cost me $20.

The fine doubles for every violation and for every 30 days past due.

Well, now I know. Police are everywhere in New Orleans. Obey the parking laws.

Our big move to New Orleans

It’s been a busy week for us. Movers from Williams Transfer in Tupelo came Thursday and loaded our stuff in Tupelo. BTW, it was snowing while they were loading. Brrrrr.

No need to let a little snow get in the way of moving day! (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)

No need to let a little snow get in the way of moving day! (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)

The guys then made the trip to New Orleans and met us at the apartment at 8 a.m. Friday. Friday, it was nothing but blue skies and sunshine in New Orleans. Nice change.

Word of advice to fellow newcomers: Make sure your moving truck has directions on roads that will accommodate a big truck. Our truck had to detour because of construction and the top of the truck pulled down a cable hanging overhead. Ruh roh.

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How to find a church in New Orleans

Helpful tool from NewOrleansOnline.com:

http://www.neworleansonline.com/tools/churches.php

image via docsouth.unc.edu

image via docsouth.unc.edu

You enter the domination and/or the neighborhood and the app will find the results. You can’t select multiple denominations.

The listed results include addresses, phone numbers and websites for the churches.

We selected “Uptown/Garden District” neighborhood to see what happened and got 61 results.

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This house is in the Irish Channel. (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells, New in NOLA)

How to find an apartment in New Orleans

Hunting for an apartment in New Orleans was harder than we thought. We’ve lived in aggressive apartment cities like New York, and we found NOLA in December 2012 to be on par with our NYC search experience.

image via harmony1.com

image via harmony1.com

More renters than affordable apartments = frantic rush for a place to live.

Be prepared to make a decision the day you see the apartment. If you wait, you may lose out. Do your research in advance so you’ll be able to make up your mind on the spot.

Every story is different, but this is how we found our New Orleans apartment:

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NOLA.com’s advice to newcomers

Advice from Brett Will Taylor, who wrote this piece (full story) for The Times-Picayune in November 2011:

Photo by Jason Kruppa (via NOLA.com)

Photo by Jason Kruppa (via NOLA.com)

As we cavorted and mayhemed and frolicked into the wee hours of All Saints’ Day, I shared with my friend the top ten things I’ve learned my first year in New Orleans, the kinds of things that come in handy when you look around, dazed and confused, and wonder where y’at.

Here they are:

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We’re new to NOLA

Laissez les bon temps rouler! It’s official – we’re moving to New Orleans. My husband got a job in the Big Easy and we’re relocating from Tupelo, Miss. We’re swapping our Elvis glasses and fried pickles for Mardi Gras beads and raw oysters.

We took this picture during our first house-hunting trip to New Orleans – before we got lost driving all over the city, thus the smiles.

We took this picture during our first house-hunting trip to New Orleans – before we got lost driving all over the city, thus the smiles.

It’s been a whirlwind this past month as we started the process of moving. Friends, families and strangers offered their input about where we should live, eat, shop and exercise. We also have been scouring the interwebs for knowledge.

We started this blog as a way to help remember all the goodies and info during the process – good service companies, good doctors, liquor store hours, neighborhood restaurants, farmers markets, etc. You’ll also hear from New Orleans natives and other newcomers.

We’re learning as we go, so please leave a comment if you have thoughts or suggestions for us.