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5 Tips for Stress Free Packing and Moving

5 Tips for Stress Free Packing and Moving

Moving can be a very exciting time in your life. But it can also be extremely stressful. Most of the time that stress comes from having to do so many things that you just don’t feel like you get any rest. Fortunately, there are some ways you can avoid that by being well-prepared and doing a few things differently than you have with moves in the past.

While there are a lot of suggestions for how to reduce your stress levels when you move, here are the five best tips you’ll want to consider so your moving day (and the days of getting organized in your new place) can be as stress free and easy as possible.

1. Simplify your life, get rid of stuff you don’t need or use

You probably have too much stuff. Most people do, and when they go through and get rid of things they don’t want or need, it can leave them feeling a lot lighter and better about things. You’ll also find that you don’t need as many boxes, things aren’t as heavy, and you can pack up and get out the door faster and easier than you expected.

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These are all great things to realize when you’re trying to get through a move and reduce your stress levels as much as possible. Think carefully about everything you come across, and only take it with you if you really do need and use it.

2. Acquire a moving supplier in advance

Don’t wait until the last minute to get a supplier for moving supplies and help. Even if you’re renting a U-Haul and doing the move yourself, you still need packing materials and the truck to load your things into.

With that in mind, make contact with the company you’re using early on in the process. Get the truck reserved, and purchase your packing supplies. Then you can start getting things ready before you actually move, and you don’t have to pack things up and try to find supplies all at the last minute.

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3. Plan your packing

It will keep you sane during the move.

Pack up everything you can in advance. If it’s sentimental, seasonal, or there’s another good reason to keep it but you aren’t going to use it right away, put it in a box, and make sure you fill boxes all the way up. That way you’ll have fewer boxes to load up, and fewer to unpack once you get to your new place.

Also tape your boxes well, don’t make them too heavy, and clearly mark them with what’s inside. The more you know about your boxes, the lower the chance you’ll have to reopen them and dig through looking for something that got packed by mistake.

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4. Pack a suitcase with all your, your partner’s, and your children’s essentials

You will need it for the first days of the move.

Don’t get everything on the truck, only to realize something you really need is at the very front. That can be especially problematic on cross-country moves, where you won’t have access to those things for several days. Set aside the things you’re going to need for the first few days, or even a couple of weeks.

Put these things in a suitcase or two, and put those suitcases somewhere where they won’t be grabbed up and put on the truck. If you’re driving another car in addition to the moving truck, putting them in the trunk of the car can make it easy to get to them later.

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5. Rent a storage unit near your new home.

Keep your essentials at home, store the rest for later.

Unpacking in a new place takes time, and you don’t want to have to navigate a sea of boxes for weeks or months. By renting a self-storage unit near your new place, all of your things can go there.

Then you can get and go through a few boxes at a time, so your home stays neat and doesn’t get too cluttered. It’s a great way to reduce your level of stress when you’re trying to get settled into a new place, and can make moving a much better experience overall.

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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