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6 Tips for Making Your Next Move as Smooth as Possible

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6 Tips for Making Your Next Move as Smooth as Possible

Moving can be an exciting time for everyone. It can mean a new town, new state, or maybe even a new country. Although moving may seem daunting and overwhelming at first, it really doesn’t have to be. There are so many resources and tips out there to help you make your move a breeze. Here are just a few pieces of advice to help you get started.

1. Make lists.

Making lists is one of the best things that you can do to help prepare yourself and your family for your impending move. It is a good idea to take time to write down how many boxes you have, as well as what is in those boxes. That way, you can prevent not noticing something missing after the move. It is also a good idea to have a check list of everything you need to get done before moving day. That can really help prevent you from forgetting anything in the stress of the move.

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2. Hire professional moving help.

When it comes to hiring professional movers, you want to make sure that you are getting the best of the best!  It is completely worth the time to look online and compare at least four different companies. You will want to compare things like price, availability, and timeliness. By taking time to do your research, you can be sure that you are getting the best possible help for you. Quite honestly, hiring moving people is the best thing you can do because you will not have to worry as much about everything that is going on. Professional movers can really help take a lot of stress out of your move.

3. Be kind to your family.

Moving can definitely be a stressful time; however, it is essential to make sure that you don’t take out that stress on the people you love. Instead try to show them as much love as you can and even seek their help in needed areas. Be sure to remember that this may be a hard time for them as well and really understand their point of view. Make sure that you are always willing to provide a helping hand.

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4. Leave some things behind.

Make sure that you don’t forget that it is okay to leave some things behind. You may even want to go through all of your stuff before you start packing and determine what can get thrown away or sent to charity. That way you can get rid of a lot of clutter and make the move easier by lightening the load. If you think about it early enough you may even want to have a yard sale.

5. Be ahead of your schedule.

Take the time to ensure everything is going according to schedule. Be proactive and stay ahead of things to come. If people need to come to the house for cancellations, be sure that everything is set up and no one is wasting any time.

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6. Enjoy the experience.

Ensure that the moving experience is positive for everyone involved. This is a big event for one person, let alone an entire family. Keep everyone involved and ready for the next events. Be sure to talk about how exciting your new home will be and how everyone can make new friends. Moving definitely doesn’t just have to be a time of sorrow.

Overall, moving doesn’t have to be something that is frustrating and stressful. It can actually be a really enjoyable experience. All you have to do is make sure that you are taking the time to plan everything in advance and take things one day at a time.

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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