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5 Tips for Making the Move Across Town

5 Tips for Making the Move Across Town

Summer is upon us and that means moving season has started. Many individuals take advantage of the summer when making the move to another apartment or house. While there are many details that go into packing up your belongings and relocating, even when it is just across town, it doesn’t have to be stressful. Take a few minutes prior to the move to plan your steps and ensure success!

No matter what your plan is or how many belongings you are moving, here are some tips to keep in mind to ensure your relocation is a success.

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1. Separate the times before moving into your new space and out of your old space.

If you are able to get the keys to your new house or apartment prior to the time you need to be out of your old apartment, try to secure this. Having a few extra days where you can make trips back and forth between the two spaces will take some of the pressure off the move. This will also allow you to set up your space before moving big-ticket items such as a bed or couch in to your new apartment or home.

2. Purge any items that you have not used in over a year.

This includes clothing, accessories, dishes, and house décor. Purging items that are not needed will save time during the packing and moving process. Chances are, when you move into your new establishment you will want to organize everything and get it set up, and what is the point of doing this with items you no longer need or use? Taking care of cleaning beforehand will save you both time and energy. Share these items with family, friends, or local organizations that accept donations.

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3. Condense items in their current packaging.

For example, if you have your shoes hanging in a shoe rack, roll up the rack and take this on the go instead of emptying all of your shoes from the rack, packing them, and then reorganizing them when arriving at your new establishment. The same rule applies to items such as clothing. Keep all of your clothing on hangers or in dresser drawers and place bags over them for the moving process. This will ensure that your clothing stays clean. When arriving at your new house or apartment, simply unpack the items and put them in their proper place. This rule can also be applied to jewelry boxes and other organizers containing accessories.

4. Call the professionals!

Moving large items such as beds and couches can be time consuming and physically demanding. In addition to this, it can also be difficult to secure the help of family and friends when making a move. Consider contacting a moving company to help make the movie easier. They will be able to help you situate your belongings in your new house and will ensure that all of your belongings arrive safe and sound.

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5. Pay attention to the rules of your new neighborhood.

When moving somewhere new, even if it is just across town, chances are that some of the rules will have changed. For example, there may be new parking regulations for street parking or an assigned parking lot for your complex. In addition to this, there may be other changes to your living arrangements such the assigned days to put your trash and recycling out. Checking with your landlord about any potential changes to be aware of will help to ease the transition.

Congratulations on finishing your move. Now it is time to unpack and organize all of your belongings and set up your new home!

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Featured photo credit: Photo by: Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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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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