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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 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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