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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 September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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