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Tips On Taking the Stress Out of Moving House

Tips On Taking the Stress Out of Moving House

Moving house can be a stressful time, but it does not have to be. If you are looking for ways to take the stress out of moving, here are some tips to help make your next move a simple one.

Avoid the Rush

You can reduce the level of stress attributed to your move significantly by simply giving yourself a reasonable amount of time to prepare. Not only will you need to organise your belongings for the house removal, you may also need to pack everything yourself or coordinate the packing process and pickup with a home removal service, which must be done in advance.

In order to avoid the mistakes that may result from being rushed, consider giving yourself eight weeks to complete all of the required steps, especially if you need to schedule any services prior to your move.

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Dispose of the Clutter

Now is a perfect time to review what you own, and decide whether or not you truly want to keep it. Not only can removal services charge based on the total weight of your belongings, it is also unwise to bring anything along that you are not interested in keeping for the long-term.

As you begin to organise items to be packed, set aside any items that do not have a permanent home in your new house. If the items are rubbish, feel free to toss them in the bin. If they may still have some value, consider donating the items to charity, or sell them to help pay for your moving expenses.

Gather Supplies

You may be surprised by how many boxes it can take to move all of your belongings. If you are not having a removal service provide all of the supplies, begin gathering packing material as soon as you know you are moving. Given enough time, you may be able to acquire some boxes for free from local shops that may otherwise throw them away, which can save a large sum of money in comparison to purchasing everything you need.

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Don’t Take On the Entire Process Alone

Everyone knows that moving is difficult, so it is not frowned upon to ask for help. If you are moving far from your current area, having friends and family help can give you all the opportunity to spend time together before you go, and allows you to have a final goodbye. Even if you hire a removal company, it can help to have some extra people around the house to help keep an eye on the activity and keep you company.

Be Kind to Yourself

It is easy to get so wrapped up in your move that you forget to take care of yourself. During stressful times, making sure you are properly managing your health and stress is even more important. Make sure you allow yourself enough time to rest between tasks, and that you are able to get a sufficient amount of sleep at night. Take breaks to eat and to spend time relaxing or socialising.

Also, stay hydrated by simply drinking water this will help you with a clear mind and make you more active. The easiest way to make sure you get the amount you need is to keep a water bottle with you throughout the process of organising your move. Instead of using disposable water bottles, which can be expensive and harmful to the environment, consider getting a reusable on, like the SIGG Water Bottle. Not only is it more environmentally friendly, it is also incredibly convenient.

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If you are moving your family, make sure that any children do not feel neglected as things progress. Going to a new home can be especially stressful for children as they may have fears about making new friends as well as keeping the friends they have. Take time to reassure them that everything will be okay, even if it feels scary right now.

Contingency Planning

While you may not need to have a complete back-up plan for every possible challenge, make sure that you have ideas on how to cover key areas should the situation change suddenly. For example, make sure you have a back-up removal service to call should your first choice not be available. It is also wise to make sure that you have a few days of wiggle room for the moving process in case things take longer to complete than originally expected.

Be Prepared for Uneasy Feelings

Even if your move goes smoothly, it can be uncomfortable learning to adjust to a new home. Understand that these feelings are normal and that they will pass. Give yourself and your family time to adjust, and try to forgive small outbursts and frustrations that may arise simply due to the discomfort being experienced.

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Last Updated on June 13, 2019

How to Quit Your Boring Life and Start Living an Interesting One

How to Quit Your Boring Life and Start Living an Interesting One

Think you have a boring life?

The definition of boring is dull or not interesting. Maybe you’ve been doing the same thing and living the same life for too long, or maybe your daily routine is limiting your growth and happiness. Whatever your reason is, the following list of 20 things can definitely make any day more interesting. Some of them are silly, while some are more meaningful, so hopefully just reading the list makes your life less boring and sparks your creativity.

Let’s dive in the list to quit your boring life and start living an interesting (and meaning) one!

1. Channel Your 7-Year-Old Self

What would he or she want to do right now? Color? Paint? Run around outside? Play dress up? Eat with your hands? Play that instrument hiding in the back of your closet that you haven’t touched in years?

Just because you’re a grown up doesn’t mean any of this stuff will be less enjoyable than you remember it. Give yourself permission to play.

2. Go Play with Kids

Speaking of little kids, if you have your own or access to any (in a non-creepy way, like they’re your niece or your best friend’s kid, you get the idea) go play with them!

They didn’t create an entire show called Kids Say The Darndest Things because kids aren’t hilarious. They also keep things so simple, and we can really stand to be reminded of this and stop allowing ourselves to get bogged down in boring details.

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3. Order a Hot Dog

While you’re eating it, Google: “What’s in a hot dog?” You decide whether or not you want to finish it.

4. For the Ladies: Wear Your Sexiest Lingerie Under Your Work Clothes

Your “little secret” will leave you feeling anything but boring all day!

5. Play Cell Phone Roulette

You’ll need at least one buddy for this. Scroll through the contacts in your phone, stop on a random one and call the person.

You could spark an incredible catch up session or be incredibly awkward. Neither are boring.

6. Fill out a Pack of Thank-You Cards

Give them to random people who probably don’t get thanked too often for doing what they do ever day.

Ideas: police officers, librarians, servers, baristas, cab drivers, sanitation workers, teachers, people behind any check out counter, receptionists, your friends, the guy at the falafel stand, etc.

7. Sign up for a Class in Something You’ve “Always Wanted to Do”, or Something That Makes You Really Uncomfortable

Ideas: pole dancing, salsa lessons, improv, pottery, cooking, knitting (yup, there are classes for this, too!), karate, boxing, something techy like the workshops they run in Apple stores, get Rosetta Stone and learn that language you’ve always wanted to speak, etc.

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What’s good about joining an interest class is that you will also meet new people!

8. Interview Your Grandparents About Their Lives

You can bet they’ve had some crazy experiences you probably never knew about.

9. Get up on Stage at an Open Mic Night

Whether you’re funny or not, get up on stage and just talk funny. And if you’re not, memorize a few of your favorite jokes and tell those!

10. Do Something for Someone Else That You Wish Someone Would Do for You

We all have a few ideas on this list. I promise you will feel amazing after and anything but bored.

11. Start a DIY Project in Your Home

It doesn’t have to be super complicated. If you need ideas, there’re plenty on Pinterest. Or you can also check out these 30 Awesome DIY Projects that You’ve Never Heard of.

12. Plan a Weekend Trip or an All-Out Vacation

This will give you something to look forward to.

Even if you don’t have the time or money to go on a vacation, plan for a staycation, which is same fun and relaxing!

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13. People Watch

Find a bench in a crowded area (centers of transportation like airports, bus stops and train stations are great for this!) and just observe.

People are infinitely interesting.

14. Eat Something You’ve Never Eaten Before

Bonus points if it’s a random fruit or veggie.

15. Dance

You can get your friends together for a night on the town or just pull up a video on YouTube and bust a move from your own living room.

If you’re feeling extra brave, you can even dance in public and get other people involved.

16. Go to YOUTUBE and Search “Funny Pets” or “Funny Babies”

This is also a great quickie ab workout as you will be laughing hysterically.

17. Pick up a Book and Start Reading

Check out the NY Times Best Sellers lists and grab a new book you can get lost in.

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18. Step Away from the Computer and Go Get Some Time with People You Care About in Real Life

Facebook stalking doesn’t count as real social interaction. You can even share this post with your friends and vote on which one you’d like to do together!

19. Check out a Museum You’ve Never Been to Before

OK, depending on your interests, this one might actually be boring. If you love learning, art or different cultures though, this one is for you!

20. Write a List of Things You Desire and Truly Want

This is a great way to help you figure out the real reason why you’re feeling bored about your life. Maybe you haven’t really done things that you truly enjoy? Maybe what you’ve wanted to do all the time has been left behind?

Think about the list of things you really want to do, and ask yourself why you aren’t doing these things (yet). Then start taking your first step to make what you want happen.

Now go make your life interesting and live your dream life!

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