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6 Steps to a Headache-Free Move

6 Steps to a Headache-Free Move

Once you’ve decided that it is time to move, there are many steps between you and setting up at your final destination. Whether you are moving for work or fun, taking the time to properly plan can save you a number of headaches along the way. Before you let time pass you by, follow these steps to help make sure your move goes as smoothly as possible.

1. Choose a Move Date

Whether the date of your move is in your control or is dictated by other circumstances, it is important to understand precisely when you will have access to your new home, as well as when you must vacate your current one. Failing to properly time your move can lead to unforeseen consequences, some of which can be quite costly. Make sure you leave yourself a properly sized window of time to accommodate any unexpected shifts or delays.

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2. Decide How to Move

The decision as to whether you will move yourself or go with a man with a van (and hire a professional removal service) is a big one. While moving yourself may seem less expensive, it can be more complicated depending on the availability of proper transportation.

If you do decide to move yourself, understand how many trips it may take with the available vehicles to move your entire household, and make sure your largest items will be able to be relocated successfully. If you prefer the ease of using a removal service, you will need to estimate the volume of your belongings.

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3. Make Transportation Arrangements

For those who choose to work with a removal service, it is important to get those services scheduled as soon as possible, especially if you are moving during a peak season. Not only can the availability of choice movers be limited, your preferred service may not be available at all. You need time to be able to receive any required quotes, make a decision, and confirm your reservation.

If you are enlisting the assistance of friends and family for the move, it is also wise to get the timing details figured out early. This will help make sure they have the time available to help, and makes it less likely that they will accept another obligation once they have promised their attendance.

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4. Organize and Review Your Belongings

Since you do not want to move anything you do not intend to keep, it makes sense to organize your belongings now and get rid of items you no longer need.  Consider every item in your space, and separate the rubbish from everything else. If certain items are in good repair but aren’t things you will need in your new home, consider options for donating or selling the items.

For items, you are keeping, begin to divide them into logical groups to ease the packing and unpacking of items. This can include packing items based on the room in which they are used, or grouping delicate items together for more careful packing.

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5. Begin Packing

While those who are working with a removal service who will complete the packing duties for you can skip this section, everyone else will want to start packing as soon as possible. This allows the process to be broken into stages, making it feel less overwhelming.

You can begin the process in a number of ways. Some prefer to start in one room and have that completed before moving to the next. Others prefer to pack based on the likelihood of needing that item immediately before or after the move is complete. Any process can work as long as it is an organized one.

6. Move

Once everything is packed, and the date of your move arrives, you have nothing left to do but complete your move. Make sure everything is handled with care and try to keep packed items organized. You will be enjoying your new home before you know it.

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Last Updated on December 10, 2019

5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

Here’s the truth: your effectiveness at life is not what it could be. You’re missing out.

Each day passes by and you have nothing to prove that it even happened. Did you achieve something? Go on a date? Have an emotional breakthrough? Who knows?

But what you do know is that you don’t want to make the same mistakes that you’ve made in the past.

Our lives are full of hidden gems of knowledge and insight, and the most recent events in our lives contain the most useful gems of all. Do you know why? It’s simple, those hidden lessons are the most up to date, meaning they have the largest impact on what we’re doing right now.

But the question is, how do you get those lessons? There’s a simple way to do it, and it doesn’t involve time machines:

Journal writing.

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Improved mental clarity, the ability to see our lives in the big picture, as well as serving as a piece of evidence cataloguing every success we’ve ever had; we are provided all of the above and more by doing some journal writing.

Journal writing is a useful and flexible tool to help shed light on achieving your goals.

Here’s 5 smart reasons why you should do journal writing:

1. Journals Help You Have a Better Connection with Your Values, Emotions, and Goals

By journaling about what you believe in, why you believe it, how you feel, and what your goals are, you understand your relationships with these things better. This is because you must sort through the mental clutter and provide details on why you do what you do and feel what you feel.

Consider this:

Perhaps you’ve spent the last year or so working at a job you don’t like. It would be easy to just suck it up and keep working with your head down, going on as if it’s supposed to be normal to not like your job. Nobody else is complaining, so why should you, right?

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But a little journal writing will set things straight for you. You don’t like your job. You feel like it’s robbing you of happiness and satisfaction, and you don’t see yourself better there in the future.

The other workers? Maybe they don’t know, maybe they don’t care. But you do, you know and care enough to do something about it. And you’re capable of fixing this problem because your journal writing allows you to finally be honest with yourself about it.

2. Journals Improve Mental Clarity and Help Improve Your Focus

If there’s one thing journal writing is good for, it’s clearing the mental clutter.

How does it work? Simply, whenever you have a problem and write about it in a journal, you transfer the problem from your head to the paper. This empties the mind, allowing allocation of precious resources to problem-solving rather than problem-storing.

Let’s say you’ve been juggling several tasks at work. You’ve got data entry, testing, e-mails, problems with the boss, and so on—enough to overwhelm you—but as you start journal writing, things become clearer and easier to understand: Data entry can actually wait till Thursday; Bill kindly offered earlier to do my testing; For e-mails, I can check them now; the boss is just upset because Becky called in sick, etc.

You become better able to focus and reason your tasks out, and this is an indispensable and useful skill to have.

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3. Journals Improve Insight and Understanding

As a positive consequence of improving your mental clarity, you become more open to insights you may have missed before. As you write your notes out, you’re essentially having a dialogue with yourself. This draws out insights that you would have missed otherwise; it’s almost as if two people are working together to better understand each other. This kind of insight is only available to the person who has taken the time to connect with and understand themselves in the form of writing.

Once you’ve gotten a few entries written down, new insights can be gleaned from reading over them. What themes do you see in your life? Do you keep switching goals halfway through? Are you constantly dating the same type of people who aren’t good for you? Have you slowly but surely pushed people out of your life for fear of being hurt?

All of these questions can be answered by simply self-reflecting, but you can only discover the answers if you’ve captured them in writing. These questions are going to be tough to answer without a journal of your actions and experiences.

4. Journals Track Your Overall Development

Life happens, and it can happen fast. Sometimes we don’t take the time to stop and look around at what’s happening to us at each moment. We don’t get to see the step-by-step progress that we’re making in our own lives. So what happens? One day it’s the future, and you have no idea how you’ve gotten there.

Journal writing allows you to see how you’ve changed over time, so you can see where you did things right, and you can see where you took a misstep and fell.

The great thing about journals is that you’ll know what that misstep was, and you can make sure it doesn’t happen again—all because you made sure to log it, allowing yourself to learn from your mistakes.

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5. Journals Facilitate Personal Growth

The best thing about journal writing is that no matter what you end up writing about, it’s hard to not grow from it. You can’t just look at a past entry in which you acted shamefully and say “that was dumb, anyway!” No, we say “I will never make a dumb choice like that again!”

It’s impossible not to grow when it comes to journal writing. That’s what makes journal writing such a powerful tool, whether it’s about achieving goals, becoming a better person, or just general personal-development. No matter what you use it for, you’ll eventually see yourself growing as a person.

Kickstart Journaling

How can journaling best be of use to you? To vent your emotions? To help achieve your goals? To help clear your mind? What do you think makes journaling such a useful life skill?

Know the answer? Then it’s about time you reap the benefits of journal writing and start putting pen to paper.

Here’s what you can do to start journaling:

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