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5 Tips for a Stress-Free Move

5 Tips for a Stress-Free Move

We often mark major life events by moving. And like any event that segments our lives into chapters, moving carries a lot of weight (literally and figuratively). With so much on the line, it can be hard to avoid anxiety and fear of the unknown.

However, the good news is that packing up and moving doesn’t have to be a stress-inducing event. If you know what you’re doing, it can actually be relatively effortless.

1. Start Packing Well in Advance

You can’t just start packing the night before. Do this, and you’re guaranteed to be stressed. Packing must start well in advance – five days, a week, or even two weeks prior to your moving date.

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When you give yourself time to pack, it’s much more bearable. Take a room-by-room approach and neatly box up everything that will make the move. If there’s stuff you want to throw out or donate, make a separate pile for it. This methodical approach lets you move at your own pace without worrying about time constraints.

2. Label All Boxes

Every single box, without exception, needs to be clearly labeled for the move. This ensures the moving process goes smoothly, that nothing gets misplaced along the way, and that you can easily find what you need when you arrive at your new home.

Taryn Williford of Apartment Therapy has a three-step labeling plan that she believes is the perfect solution. It involves giving each box a number (so that you can quickly ensure that every box has arrived), a color (to designate the room it goes in), and letters. The letters – “H” for high, “M” for medium, and “L” for low – signify unpacking priority.

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3. Get the Kids Out of the House

If you have kids who aren’t old enough to help carry boxes and unpack, then there’s no reason for them to be part of the moving process. They’ll only make things more stressful and take your attention away from where it should be.

The best option is to send kids to a friend’s house or hire a babysitter to watch them during the move. Either way, you need a plan in place that prevents them from being a distraction. There will be plenty of days for them to get used to the new place – moving day is not one of them.

4. Rent a Storage Unit

Here’s a well-kept moving secret: Renting a storage unit near your new home can be super helpful. There are many circumstances under which having a storage unit is helpful, but it comes in extra handy when you’re moving a lot of stuff on your own or don’t have enough time to complete the move in a single day.

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“If you’re essentially stuck doing your entire move by yourself and can’t afford to hire a moving company, then renting a self-storage unit for a month or two, near your current residence, may be the perfect option,” says Jon Fesmire of StorageFront.com.

5. Have a Toolbox on Hand

One of the most important things to bring with you when moving is a toolbox. Think about all of the furniture that needs to be assembled, boxes that need to be unpacked, and pictures that need to be hung. Having basic items like levels, hammers, screwdrivers, and tape measures on hand will help you avoid unnecessary frustration.

Don’t Let the Little Things Bother You

The most importance piece of advice is to take a few deep breaths. Don’t let the little things bother you. Something will go wrong on moving day, but don’t let this derail you. Moving isn’t always an enjoyable process, but it certainly doesn’t have to be stressful.

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Featured photo credit: Nicolas Huk via flic.kr

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

Why is goal setting important?

1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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What you truly want and need

Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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