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8 Quick Tips To Make A Stress-Free Move For The Family

8 Quick Tips To Make A Stress-Free Move For The Family

According to surveys by the U.S. Census Bureau, only 12% of the total population move each year for the past years. These numbers are not so surprising. There aren’t too many people who are open to the idea of moving. Simply because it can be a daunting task.

Moving can be overwhelming, especially for the kids. If you are in a rush, relocation may bring negative impact to your child’s emotional and mental aspects. This is the very reason why, as parents, you have to make relocation and transition as smooth and stress-free as possible. Here are the 8 quick tips you can do to make a stress-free move for the whole family.

1. Be Specific With Your Checklist

Moving checklist

    Just like any other task, making a checklist is essential in relocating. However, unlike the usual, you need to be very specific with your checklist. If you are doing the packing on you own, creating a timeline checklist would be ideal to avoid mistakes or missing out important details. Take, for example, this checklist. You can follow this checklist or you can create your own similar to this so you will never get lost on what to do next.

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    2. Allow your Kids To Get Involved In Moving

    Work-related subjects are one of the most common reasons why most families move. But as stressful as it is for you, it can be more stressful for the kids. According to some studies, frequent moving can cause anxiety and inflexibility to kids. Kids can also miss the chance to build friendships and bond among others his age.

    You have to give them time to prepare emotionally and mentally. Explain to them why you have to move and what they have to expect during your first weeks in the new place.  It also helps if you take them to trip to your new home few weeks before moving. Take them to their new school and let them know where are some of the places they can hang out, play, make new friends and build their self-esteem.

    Riley In Inside Out

      As parents, they need your support to have a stress-free move, overcome this stage and make a fast transition. Remember Riley from the animated film “Inside Out”? Don’t let them experience the same thing. Let them participate. It would also help them if you would allow them to pack their own things and design their new rooms. Do not rush them to adjust immediately because it can be more stressful to them than you think.

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      3. First In, Last Out

      Most of the time, our essentials and necessities are the last one to get packed and the first one to be unpacked. Do this in all your stuff. Determine the things you seldom use and packed them first. Often times, people tend to forget packing stuff of less importance. Packing them first helps you avoid such situations. These items are also the last ones to be unpacked.

      4. Don’t Spend Too Much On Boxes And Bubble Wraps

      Those bubble wraps and boxes could really cost a lot when relocating. But you can cut down the expenses on these items when you know where to ask for them. The good bets for boxes would be bookstores, grocery stores and people who just moved into your neighborhood. They are also looking for ways to dispose of their boxes so might as well ask from them. Also, unused clothing like socks and shirts would be a great substitute for bubble wraps.

      Quick Tip: When you are done unpacking, you can also give away those boxes to whom you know are preparing to move.

      5. Make Some Money On Garage Sale

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      Garage Sale

        While you are packing, you’ll be surprised to know that you have a lot of stuff you no longer need and use. Having a garage sale on these items will alleviate your expenses and give you less stress in packing. You can save packing space and plus you will earn some money for other things you need to do or buy, thus, you can have a stress-free move.

        6. Inform Those Who Needs To Be Informed

        One thing that most people forgot when moving is to inform people that need to know. This is an important matter especially if you are moving your business with you. Your clients need to know where you are relocating and you need to keep your relationship with them. Your relatives also need to know you are going to move so they may know where to look for you.

        7. Prep Your New House Before Your Move

        Before you move, make sure to inform your service providers about your plan. Utilities such as phone, electricity, internet connection and others should be cut off and/or transferred to your new home. Your new home should be ready when you moved in. If you have a business and you need to continue your operation immediately, you need your landline, electricity and internet connection running as soon as you move in. Also, it is a must that you change your address and update your postal service so you can still receive mail and other government benefits.

        8. Have Some Time To Say Goodbye

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        say goodbye to people

          Moving can be emotionally draining especially if you have built tight relationships with friends, relatives and colleagues. To help you move forward, host a party before you relocate. Invite you closest friends, people in your neighborhood and officemates.

          Quick Tip: Remember the garage sale? You can use the money you earned for a moving-away party.

          Last Words

          Let’s face it, as much as possible most people want to avoid moving.  But when situations ask you to and you feel that your family will have a better life in a new place, would you let the opportunity to pass? True, it can be exhausting at first so allow yourself and your family to settle in and adjust. Give it time and when you have finally felt like it is your home, it can be fun and rewarding.

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          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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