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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 September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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