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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 December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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