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The Ultimate Moving Guide For An Easy Move

The Ultimate Moving Guide For An Easy Move

There are people who love to stay in the same house and people who have to move from place to place rather frequently. Despite the fact kids love moving, us, adults usually hate it. Moving to a new place is wonderful, because you get a new home, new neighbors and new perspectives, but the actual moving part is always a hassle. I mean, we own so much stuff!

Even if you’ve lived in a small New York apartment where you can barely move around, when it’s time to move you have so much stuff! The only way to make moving out a little more comfortable is to plan it carefully and embrace the following tips and hacks.

1. Cook in advance

Before the move you should be preparing some meals in advance, because no one is going to have time to cook while moving, nor while unpacking in the new house. The best way to ensure you won’t be living on fast food for the next weeks is cooking crockpot meals in advance. To do this, just prepare bags with all the ingredients needed for a crockpot meal and freeze them. When you don’t have time to cook, let the crockpot do its job, after tossing everything inside.

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2. Set up the utilities

No one wants to move into a new home without utilities. Unfortunately, many people end up doing just that. Don’t be one of them and call the utilities companies in advance, making the arrangements needed to set up everything in the new house. Also, print a file with all the utilities numbers, in case you will need to contact them during the move.

3. Save money on the move

Don’t settle for the first moving company you find; keep looking and, more important, keep playing with the moving dates. Moving services are expensive, but you can save a lot of money by paying attention to the deals. For example, most companies offer discounts for moving during weekdays. The time of the month is also important: most people move at the end/beginning of the month, so companies offer discounts for middle-month movers.

4. Keep all the receipts

Some moving costs are deductible, so keep all the receipts from the move.

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5. Wear comfortable clothes

The best moving attire is made of sport shoes, loose and stretchy tops and bottoms with lots of pockets and a hair tie for those who have long hair.

6. Set an area for no-pack items

In the hassle of moving out it’s easy to forget that you want to have certain items with you, unpacked. To make sure you won’t be looking for your purse in the moving truck, set a special, no pack area, where you can leave the items you will be taking with you, inside the car, not the moving truck.

7. Protect the furniture with sheets

Sheets and pillowcases can provide protection from scratches during the move, so wrap your tables and other valuable furniture in them.

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8. Protect the mattresses

To make sure your mattresses are going to arrive at the new home clean, cover them in two elastic sheets, one on each side.

9. Conduct a photoshoot in the new home

Before you put anything in the new house, take pictures of all the house. These pictures will allow you to be aware of any existing damages, which might be hard to spot once the furniture is in place.

10. Protect the carpet

Cover the carpet with plastic sheets or another disposable material, to protect it from all the moving in dirt and potential spills.

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11. Have a schedule

It’s easy to become exhausted during a move, so make sure you plan food and water breaks. These breaks will also keep your helpers happy – who can resist pizza? It’s also a good idea to leave the radio on, as music can make the atmosphere more pleasurable.

Speaking of schedule, make sure you give yourself enough time to move when you schedule the moving truck. Especially because most moves take longer than expected.

12. Designate tasks

Instead of having everyone do everything, designate individual tasks. This way each person helping with the move will be able to work more efficient and you will all finish the task sooner. The only people you don’t want on the site are kids, especially small ones. Leave them with a relative or hire a nanny for the moving day.

When everything will be in place, it’s time to celebrate with more pizza and some beer. Cheers!

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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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