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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 July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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