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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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Tanvir Zafar

The founder of ISU Technologies, passionate in writing about entrepreneurship, work and technology.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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