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7 Tips To Keep In Mind While Moving To A New Place

7 Tips To Keep In Mind While Moving To A New Place

Leaving your old house and moving to a new and unfamiliar place is always hectic, not only physically, but mentally too. Moving to a new location has its own excitement, but leaving the familiar place is quite painful. And in this turmoil, many people forget to do the necessary things that are needed to make that move, and they end up in chaos and with so many problems.

If you are planning to leave your current home, don’t wait until the last minute. Remember that moving can be one of the biggest household tasks and it can be extremely overwhelming if you don’t organize your stuff and set a plan. So, to avoid confusion and difficulties on the big day, here are the 7 quick tips that one should keep in mind while moving to the new place:

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Get yourself organized first

Moving to a new place is not easy and it requires a lot of planning. Make a master plan and write it down. Calculate the estimated time needed for all the packing and moving. Make the list of do’s and don’ts. Also, make a list of the things you want to take with you in your new place and the things that you need to sell beforehand so that you don’t end up carrying a whole lot of extra things along with you. Pack all your consumer essentials and discard what you don’t need or use.

Plan accordingly and don’t leave anything to the last minute. Last minute packing can lead to confusion, and you may forget to take something important in a hurry. Make a list with a peaceful mind. This step may feel like time-wasting, but it will help you eradicate a lot of troubles and will save you a lot of time during your day.

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Sell or throw away all unusable furniture

Moving to a new place is the chance to get rid of all of your not-so-necessary furniture. It is the best time to get away from the things that you are no longer using, will never use in the future, as well as furniture that you might have just outgrown. Transporting such things in your move will be a waste of time and money. So the best option is to sell them ahead of time. You could sell your old stuff that is still in a working condition on secondhand sites like Craigslist, but if the furniture is not in good shape and can’t be sold, either donate them or throw them out to be taken away as garbage.

Moving is also the opportunity to buy new furniture. If you want to decorate your new house with new furniture, then try to buy furniture online. Purchasing furniture online is very convenient and is more trustworthy than local vendors in your new location. Many online furniture selling websites have the latest and modern furniture, and they readily accept returns. They provide the pickup and drop facilities too.

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Choose the best moving companies

Moving to a new place requires a lot of movement of things and furniture. If you have a lot of luggage and furniture, then it might be better to hire a professional moving company to make the stressful task of moving easier. You could find various companies online that have a lot more experience in moving than you do and they can help you with moving in a smoother, more efficient way. However, don’t just wait for the mover’s crew to come, you should be sure to have boxes ready and to pack everything beforehand. If you don’t take the proper steps to prepare for the move before the movers get there, you will waste their efforts as well as your time and the overall cost of having professional movers will also increase.

Choose the right moving supplies

Furniture and things that are delicate should be transferred to boxes that are packed and insulated well to provide maximum protection against breakage. Fragile items like glasses, dinner sets, LED bulbs and lamps, etc. should not be wrapped in paper. Try using clothes to wrap them up, which will protect them while helping reduce the use of waste material. Rent some plastic and carton boxes for transferring things to minimize the breakage of furniture. Use free boxes from local stores to pack additional items.

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Pack all the important stuff at one place

Keep all the important things like your birth certificate, proof of identity, house documents, lease information, keys to the new house, etc. in one place. Pack those things last, but also keep them on your person at all times so that you can access them if you ever happen to need them. When you pack, pack with the old and very true saying of, “Last in, first out.” So keep that in mind, especially when packing the important things that you might need immediate use of.

Don’t forget to label all the boxes

Label the packed boxes with words that describe the content inside them. For example, if you packed your favorite novels in a box, label it the box as “Books”. Labeling may look and feel like a time-consuming task but will help you a lot while unpacking. Typically when you move, unpacking takes several days. By labeling boxes ahead of time, you can unpack necessities without having to worry about going through all of your boxes to have the items you need. It will save you a lot of time in the end.

Contact your friends or family in the new city beforehand

If you have any relatives or people you know in the new place, then announce your arrival to them before you arrive. They can assist you in moving and can also help you learn more about the new place. Just remember to reward those friends or people who helped you with moving and, of course, enjoy your new home and location!

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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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