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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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