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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 December 3, 2019

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

There are so many lessons I wish I had learned while I was young enough to appreciate and apply them. The thing with wisdom, and often with life lessons in general, is that they’re learned in retrospect, long after we needed them. The good news is that other people can benefit from our experiences and the lessons we’ve learned.

Here’re 10 important life lessons you should learn early on:

1. Money Will Never Solve Your Real Problems

Money is a tool; a commodity that buys you necessities and some nice “wants,” but it is not the panacea to your problems.

There are a great many people who are living on very little, yet have wonderfully full and happy lives… and there are sadly a great many people are living on quite a lot, yet have terribly miserable lives.

Money can buy a nice home, a great car, fabulous shoes, even a bit of security and some creature comforts, but it cannot fix a broken relationship, or cure loneliness, and the “happiness” it brings is only fleeting and not the kind that really and truly matters. Happiness is not for sale. If you’re expecting the “stuff” you can buy to “make it better,” you will never be happy.

2. Pace Yourself

Often when we’re young, just beginning our adult journey we feel as though we have to do everything at once. We need to decide everything, plan out our lives, experience everything, get to the top, find true love, figure out our life’s purpose, and do it all at the same time.

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Slow down—don’t rush into things. Let your life unfold. Wait a bit to see where it takes you, and take time to weigh your options. Enjoy every bite of food, take time to look around you, let the other person finish their side of the conversation. Allow yourself time to think, to mull a bit.

Taking action is critical. Working towards your goals and making plans for the future is commendable and often very useful, but rushing full-speed ahead towards anything is a one-way ticket to burnout and a good way to miss your life as it passes you by.

3. You Can’t Please Everyone

“I don’t know the secret to success, but the secret to failure is trying to please everyone” – Bill Cosby.

You don’t need everyone to agree with you or even like you. It’s human nature to want to belong, to be liked, respected and valued, but not at the expense of your integrity and happiness. Other people cannot give you the validation you seek. That has to come from inside.

Speak up, stick to your guns, assert yourself when you need to, demand respect, stay true to your values.

4. Your Health Is Your Most Valuable Asset

Health is an invaluable treasure—always appreciate, nurture, and protect it. Good health is often wasted on the young before they have a chance to appreciate it for what it’s worth.

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We tend to take our good health for granted, because it’s just there. We don’t have to worry about it, so we don’t really pay attention to it… until we have to.

Heart disease, bone density, stroke, many cancers—the list of many largely preventable diseases is long, so take care of your health now, or you’ll regret it later on.

5. You Don’t Always Get What You Want

“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

No matter how carefully you plan and how hard you work, sometimes things just don’t work out the way you want them to… and that’s okay.

We have all of these expectations; predetermined visions of what our “ideal” life will look like, but all too often, that’s not the reality of the life we end up with. Sometimes our dreams fail and sometimes we just change our minds mid-course. Sometimes we have to flop to find the right course and sometimes we just have to try a few things before we find the right direction.

6. It’s Not All About You

You are not the epicenter of the universe. It’s very difficult to view the world from a perspective outside of your own, since we are always so focused on what’s happening in our own lives. What do I have to do today? What will this mean for me, for my career, for my life? What do I want?

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It’s normal to be intensely aware of everything that’s going on in your own life, but you need to pay as much attention to what’s happening around you, and how things affect other people in the world as you do to your own life. It helps to keep things in perspective.

7. There’s No Shame in Not Knowing

No one has it all figured out. Nobody has all the answers. There’s no shame in saying “I don’t know.” Pretending to be perfect doesn’t make you perfect. It just makes you neurotic to keep up the pretense of manufactured perfection.

We have this idea that there is some kind of stigma or shame in admitting our limitations or uncertainly, but we can’t possibly know everything. We all make mistakes and mess up occasionally. We learn as we go, that’s life.

Besides—nobody likes a know-it-all. A little vulnerability makes you human and oh so much more relatable.

8. Love Is More Than a Feeling; It’s a Choice

That burst of initial exhilaration, pulse quickening love and passion does not last long. But that doesn’t mean long-lasting love is not possible.

Love is not just a feeling; it’s a choice that you make every day. We have to choose to let annoyances pass, to forgive, to be kind, to respect, to support, to be faithful.

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Relationships take work. Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s incredibly hard. It is up to us to choose how we want to act, think and speak in a relationship.

9. Perspective Is a Beautiful Thing

Typically, when we’re worried or upset, it’s because we’ve lost perspective. Everything that is happening in our lives seems so big, so important, so do or die, but in the grand picture, this single hiccup often means next to nothing.

The fight we’re having, the job we didn’t get, the real or imagined slight, the unexpected need to shift course, the thing we wanted, but didn’t get. Most of it won’t matter 20, 30, 40 years from now. It’s hard to see long term when all you know is short term, but unless it’s life-threatening, let it go, and move on.

10. Don’t Take Anything for Granted

We often don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone: that includes your health, your family and friends, your job, the money you have or think you will have tomorrow.

When you’re young, it seems that your parents will always be there, but they won’t. You think you have plenty of time to get back in touch with your old friends or spend time with new ones, but you don’t. You have the money to spend, or you think you’ll have it next month, but you might not.

Nothing in your life is not guaranteed to be there tomorrow, including those you love.

This is a hard life lesson to learn, but it may be the most important of all: Life can change in an instant. Make sure you appreciate what you have, while you still have it.

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