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11 Packing and Traveling Tips for Interstate Moving

11 Packing and Traveling Tips for Interstate Moving

Moving interstate can be one of the most stressful times of a person’s life. It can be expensive, as well as overwhelming, to sort, pack, move, and then unpack everything into a brand new home. But it doesn’t have to be this way, not if a person is prepared for the process before a single item is put into the very first box. With the following simple guide, moving interstate still won’t be entirely easy, but perhaps some of the panic can be kept at bay.

1. Plan it Out

To begin, write out a list of things to consider, including how long it will take for certain projects, such as packing, to be completed, whether professional help is required, how many services, such as telephone or cable, will be affected by the move, and anything else that may need attention before a single box is packed.

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2. Start Early

Be sure to begin the moving process a couple of months before the move actually happens. Pack unneeded items first, such as seasonal clothing. Sell or give away things that are no longer wanted. Within a week of the actual move, give out the new address to service providers, financial institutions, and all others who may need it. Pack daily items, like cookware and clothing, last.

3. Organize the New Home

Any renovations, whether a bit of painting, or a whole room upgrade, should be completed before any items are moved in. Also, be sure to clean the entire home before moving, because there is no guarantee the previous owners will have done so.

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4. Organize Packing

Rather than tossing things randomly into boxes, keep items from each room together. Label the boxes according to rooms, what they contain, if they are fragile or heavy, and the owner’s name and new address. Be sure they are properly sealed, to minimize loss.

5. Use What’s Available

Anything can be used to pack with, including suitcases, duffel bags, backpacks, large containers with lids, laundry baskets, or even clean, and empty trash cans. Tie dressers drawers in place with clothing still inside. Clothes on hangers can be wrapped in trash bags for easy moving.

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6. Smart Packing for Fragile Items

Instead of bubble wrap or packing peanuts, use cloths, towels, clothing, or anything else soft to wrap glass and other breakables. Newspaper can also be used when the fabric wrappings are all used up. Put plates beside rather than on top of each other, to prevent breakage.

7. Moving Furniture and Electronics

If possible, disassemble any larger items, such as shelves and desks, to minimize space when moving furniture. Take photos of how plugs connect to any electronics, for easy reassembly. For each piece of equipment, put all cords and accessories together in a plastic bag, and label the item it belongs to, to limit confusion later.

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8. Moving Liquids and Other Questionable Items

For cleaners, shampoos, hairsprays, or other liquids, the best thing to do is to put plastic wrap under the lids, to keep leakage to a minimum. For powders, such as cosmetics, put a cotton ball or two between it and the lid, so it will remain unbroken.

9. Ask for Help

This can mean recruiting friends and family for packing and moving items to the new home. If a professional is needed, research movers in the area to be sure they will be trustworthy, and will protect the items they are responsible for. Cost comparisons and customer references are both equally important when deciding who to hire.

10. Emergency Locksmith

It is also a good idea to keep the contact information of a local emergency locksmith close at hand. If keys are lost or locked in the car, this info can save time and minimize panic, as most can be on site within a half hour. Do not attempt to break windows to get inside the vehicle unless it is an emergency, and there is a child or pet locked inside.

11. Keep Anything Important Nearby

Documents like passports, bank books, or birth certificates should be kept close at all times. The same goes for jewelry, laptops, medication, toiletries, or chargers for any devices, because some of these items are valuable, and others because they may be needed before the move is over.

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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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