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Green Moving Tips : How To Be Eco-Conscious on Your Moving Day

Green Moving Tips : How To Be Eco-Conscious on Your Moving Day

Moving is not only stressful, it is also a huge waste of energy and resources. In the US alone, nearly 40 million families move every year, that’s an average of 60 cardboard boxes or half a ton of a tree per family. If you think about it, that’s a huge of waste of good trees. Trees that could have provided shade and warmth. Trees that could have made the air fresher, the water cleaner, and the earth greener.

To help address this problem, a growing number of moving companies are going green to help save the environment. By putting the welfare of the environment into consideration and part of their agenda, they are taking small steps to saving the future generation from the devastating effects of climate change.

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Saving the environment may be the least of your worries now when you’re also busy packing and making the move as less stressful as possible, but if you’re one of the few people who actually care for Mother Earth, these moving tips can prove helpful on your moving day.

Minimize Your Inventory   

Less is always better when it comes to moving. Minimizing your household items is a good way to start an eco-conscious move. Aside from saving a lot of bucks, it can also save space and energy.  Here are ways you can minimize your inventory:

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  1. Give away / Donate – Pre-loved items in good condition that you just can’t bring in your new apartment can be given to family or close friends. You will not only make your friend happy, but you’ll also see your precious items used by people you care about. Examples of items you can give away are: glass plates, dressers, cabinets, mirrors, and clothing.
  1. Garage Sale – Lighten your move by hosting a garage sale. You can rid of stuff you don’t use and also earn some extra cash on the side.  Here are some examples of things you can put in garage sales: toys, sport equipment, kitchen appliances, record tapes, baby items and old CD’s.
  1. Recycle Items – Before investing in new household items, see your old items for things you can recycle and use in your new home. Examples of items that can be recycled are:  jars –containers, old clothes –rags, paint cans – pots, and cartons –packaging.

Use Recyclable Packing Supplies

Most people invest in packing supplies; this is not only additional expense but also a waste of resource. So instead of buying bubble wraps or other costly packaging fills – use old cloths, towels or linens to wrap fragile items.

Boxes are incredibly important when you’re moving. Instead of buying new ones, you can recycle old boxes or ask for free boxes from local business like grocery, electronic, and clothing stores. Don’t be shy to ask for boxes, most owners are often happy to rid these clutters and give you some for free.

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If you’re going to move in July, start collecting boxes a few months before your move. You can ask help from friends to help you find reusable packing boxes or from your neighbors who are happy to lend you a hand.

Find Eco-Friendly Movers

The best way to have a green move is to hire eco-friendly professional movers. These movers often use bio-diesel trucks, recyclable green boxes and biodegradable packing materials for your green move. They can also help you make your move more organized by giving you tips on how to save space, resource and time. There are many moving companies online that can help you find eco-friendly movers for hire in your area.

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Use Biodegradable Products

Part of being eco-friendly is using items that can easily be composted. Minimizing waste will save our environment from harmful chemicals that can have damaging effects on our planet. It will help keep earth clean and free from growing toxic landfills that pollute our air. Today there are many biodegradable products found in the market. Now you can find biodegradable: detergents, soap, trash bags, and eating utensils.

Having an eco-conscious move is a great effort to save our environment. But do not only aim for an eco-friendly move; also adopt these eco-friendly practices when you are in your new home.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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