Tips to Make An Environment-friendly Move

Tips to Make An Environment-friendly Move

You may be forced to take a job in a new town because of company layoffs or staff reorganizations, or you may move due to incidents like death or divorce. People have to face a lot of inconveniences due to moving. A move entails below mentioned things, whether it is local or international.

  1. Sorting through the stuff stored in attics and garage since long.
  2. Packing all the belongings and moving to an altogether new place.
  3. Look for a reliable removal company for relocation
  4. Saying goodbye to old friends and seeking new friends in the new place.
  5. Unpacking and setting up home in the new place.

Despite so many inconveniences, people do move for better life prospects, better incomes, and lifestyle. There are innumerable reasons to move and a few are listed below:

  • Personal reasons

‘Moving on’ means not being stuck or letting go. There are a lot of personal reasons behind our reasons to leave a familiar surrounding and moving to an altogether new destination. Incidents like death and divorce are some of the primary reasons for leaving a place. Familiar locales and surroundings do remind us of people who are no longer with us. So, in order to give a new beginning to your life you must move to a new place. Another reason to move to a new city is health concern of somebody who is close to you. Your grandmother may fall sick, and you cannot leave her unattended. Sometimes people outgrow their homes. Their family size increases and now they want a bigger home.

Most of the times, family-inspired moves are for the betterment of family members. People want to raise their children in places where they have an access to good schools and colleges. For some individuals a change of place and home is an amazing experience.

  • Professional reasons

Some companies transfer their employees in the same city or overseas to work in other branch. The cost of commuting and moving is covered by the company itself. Some employees have to commute very long to reach office on a daily basis. Usually they would like to shift to a place which is closer to their office. Some people move to find a new job at a new place, for financial reasons.Business expansions and foreclosures are other reasons to move to a new place. Business grows and a growing business needs a bigger space.

Moving is inevitable. None of us will stay at one place throughout our lives. We move for different reasons, but the impact of our moves on the Mother Nature is the same. Environment is deteriorating day by day, leading to a rise in global temperature. Thanks to the superior species on this planet earth, as we have contributed the most to the damage.  We hardly think of doing environmentally friendly things when moving.

You can make your move “green” by mere reducing the waste. Removing clutter at the time of your relocation is the first step towards an environment friendly move. Clutter in any form will keep you bogged down. People won’t stop relocating, though, they are all well aware of the impact the moving industry has on the environment.

  • Effects of moving on environment

Moving trucks contribute to a very small percentage of trucks out on the road today. Most of the packing supplies which can be recycled are thrown away or disposed in nearby landfills. Reuse is better than recycling. But people’s preference for new moving boxes has also contributed a lot in harming the nature. A lot of trees are chopped off to prepare those cardboard boxes, which are used in abundance while moving.

  • Small environmental friendly gestures

Most of the moving companies leave behind a carbon footprint after executing the move. An ideal move should produce no garbage. You can use towels for wrapping breakables. This way, you need not buy packing supplies. You may ask local businesses if they have boxes that they throw away regularly, but make sure you ask them in well advance. After completing your relocation process, just give these boxes to friends and family for further usage. Use a box cutter while unpacking, so that the boxes are in a good condition for other person to re-use.

  • Environmental friendly packing

While packing, you can use pillows, sheets, and old clothes instead of Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap, which are not safe environment wise. You will be able to save money by using the very things that you have already move

Organize a garage sale for disposing the extra stuff you have. Donate the things that you do not use anymore. There is no dearth of companies which promise environmental friendly moving. Check out whether it is only a publicity stunt or are they really contributing to a pollution-free move. Avoid hiring a giant van if you are moving locally and have less things to carry. Use natural cleaning products to clean your new home and eco-friendly paints to get your new walls painted.

This is the least we can do to make this earth a better place to live in!

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Posted by on March 2, 2012 in Relocation


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Getting Ready For A Long Distance Move

Moving within a state and moving to another country are two altogether different experiences. Though, in both the cases, you would have to leave your home, to which you are emotionally attached. But you need to invest a lot of quality time while planning for a long distance move. It is very important that you find a long distance moving company, who shoulders the responsibility of your move well.

A long distance move is a move from one state to another, or a move of over 100 miles within the same state. The cost of moving depends upon the distance to be covered as well as the weight of the goods. The other cost determining factors can be: whether the moving company helps you in packing things, or the movers have to move the furniture using stairs or elevators. If you want to use storage services before the things are actually delivered at your destination, you would have to pay an additional fee.

Here are a few tips for planning to move long distance.

Look for a reliable moving company
Locate a reliable international moving company if you are moving cross border. Such professional moving companies are familiar with the pros and cons of moving, thus making the move way less stressful for you. Talk to the people and learn as much information as you can about the company and their reputation. Read the testimonials on their websites for feedback.

Inform your current utility and service providers
Call your current utility providers to intimate them about the move. Cancel your service at your existing residence, to avoid any inconvenience later. Disconnect your existing services, but make sure you give ample notice, so that all the services are disconnected at the time when you want them to.

Get rid of extra stuff
Dispose of unnecessary and unused items! Remember the moving charges depend upon the weight of the shipment that you want to be delivered at your new home or office. So it is always better to move light. Fewer items you carry, less volume you’ll have to pay for. You can hold a garage sale a month before your moving date, or you can donate surplus items.

Intimate your friends about the move
It is really important that you intimate your friends and colleagues well ahead in time. Moreover, you must provide them with your contact details. You can send an e-mail to inform your near and dear about change in your address and phone number.

Instituting these tips in your moving plan will help your move go more smoothly. With the help of a good moving company and a little planning you can make it  a success!

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Posted by on March 2, 2012 in Relocation


How to make the most of your life?

How to make the most of your life?

Abraham Lincoln said, “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

In the present world, most of the people are stuck in the 9 to 5 grind, yearning for the weekend to do something that they love to do. Now there are two view points. The first viewpoint says that we should try to change the circumstances and make them favorable according to our preferences. The second one states that if we can’t change anything we must try to except and adapt accordingly. People who can not change their lifestyle as per their choice they must try to find pleasure in the ordinary experiences they have every day.

There are a lot of crazy things one would like to do before dying. There is an old dictum- Time and tide wait for none. Time flies and we have to make the most of this fleeting  moment. We can not keep sand in our fist for long. Similarly we all have to quit this stage after having played our roles well ( Shakespeare says- All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances…

Graham Greene once said, “We are all of us resigned to death: it’s life we aren’t resigned to”. So we all must live life to the fullest. The list of what most of the people would like to do before they die varies from person to person. You would find thousands of books in the libraries across the globe with titles like places to see before you die, paintings you want to see before you die etc. A Hollywood movie, ‘The Bucket List’ is a story about two terminally ill men who escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip do all the things they have ever wanted to do, before they die. We all must live our live to the fullest and enjoy the last drops of this holy grail.

Only a few people die saying that they had made the most of their life. So how to do it? Ask yourself..

Am I doing what I love to do?
The lyrics of Bon Jovi’s famous song- I just want to live while I am alive, also indicate that we all must follow our passion and interests. Some people love whatever they do and some do only what they love to do. The latter perform better to the former. Loving what you do will give you a mental satisfaction. Figure out, what have you always wanted to do and also the fears that stopping you from doing it.

Do you take a break?
Do not rush headlong into routine tasks without taking break. Being busy all the time is a great way to stop all the possibilities of a breakthrough. Haste makes waste. It ceases creativity. You must try to step outside your comfort zone and you will see the transformation. Take a break from your routine life and book a furnished apartment at a beautiful hill station or beach. Put on your finally dance shoes and join some aerobics or dance camp, for a while. It will relax your mind and rejuvenate your soul.

Make sure you do not live a dull and sluggish life. Stagnation kills. Try to channelize your energy into something you’re passionate about. If you are doing it, pat your back and if you are not start doing it. You will be happy to see the transformation.

Stop existing and start living!


Posted by on March 2, 2012 in Ideal Life


How To Prepare Yourself for a Hiking Trip?

Holidays are about having fun and spending time doing the things you love to do. We all keep postponing anything we like to do onto our vacations. I am not talking about children here. They can always find time to carry out their hobbies and interests in free time. I am talking about the youngsters and married couples, who are always busy with one work or another thing. Holidays work as a great stress-buster for such busy-bees.

We all must lead an active lifestyle but in reality we are leading a sedentary one. People who sit for nine hours at their workplace on an everyday basis, must plan a holiday that involves physical exercise. You don’t know how bad can sitting at the office or in a car or truck all day really be. This continuous sitting is deteriorating our physical health. You would love to go camping with your family, or a hiking trip would be great, if you are going with my friends.

Now the question arises how to make preparations for a hiking trip. Just like any other trip, hiking and backpacking requires a lot of planning. And do not confine your planning to deciding things like hiking routes, camping site, food and destination.

Hiking preparations
Hiking preparations totally depend upon the kid of hiking plans you have. If you want to go on an 8-hour hike in the nearby woods, that won’t require a lot of preparations. But you would need to make a lot of preparations if you are planning to go on a four-day hiking trip or more. A hiking/ backpacking trip can be the best vacation you ever had.

Get into shape
Hiking or backpacking is full of challenges which puts your physical vigor and strength to test. You must increase your overall fitness level by following a routine exercise. Prepare yourself physically and mentally for the challenges that lie ahead. If you are looking forward to a multi-day hiking adventure, you must train yourself slowly but steadily. Set measurable walking goals and try to achieve them.

Acclimatize to high altitudes
Each of us have different physical stamina and endurance capacity. The need to acclimatize to higher altitudes would vary from person to person. Try walking on lower altitudes and then gradually proceed to the higher ones. This will help your body to get used to the outer climate and adverse situations.

Hiking is a refreshing experience and proper arrangements and planning will make it more memorable. Hiking offers you that much needed “me time”, that you fail to get in your routine life. Enjoy a safe hiking trip!

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Posted by on March 2, 2012 in Traveling


Clutter is an Eyesore-Clear it!

Clutter is an Eyesore-Clear it!

Clutter is anything that is disorderly, jumbled or messed. This outer clutter effects people from within. You would notice that the clutter is clogging up your home, but you would not realize that it is also cluttering up your mind. This might seem a strange fact, but it is true. You would feel low, depressed, stuck or tired in rooms which are full of mess. You would try to avoid the areas of your own home which are not tidy, for instance you would never feel like going in your basement, attic or garage for the fear of facing disarray of things.

Now the question arises- why do we accumulate clutter? You would do it for the following reasons:
You may posses some gifts that you neither feel like using nor throwing away, as you do not want to upset the people who give them to you. Such useless gifts  can create clutter in your cupboard.
You can be a fashion freak and would want to replace your wardrobe completely with trendy clothes at least twice a year.
You may not find time to discard or donate the less used items, as you are busy with your careers. The deferring of cleaning your home on a monthly basis will lead to an accumulated clutter by the end of the year.

De-cluttering is not only good for your home, it is good for your emotional and psychological well-being. We can not just go on spending money unnecessarily. In today’s world we must know how to re-use, re-sell or donate things that we do not use very frequently. And believe me, you are not alone. Just type “de-cluttering” in any of the search engines that you use and you will get a list of a companies that help in organizing your life. These websites help you clear the clutter by reselling obsolete things. If you do not want to go through the hassle of selling, you can call in for a charitable society to donate the items that are not in use. People in the west did face recession in the gone years and since then it is trendy to be frugal and a savvy shopper.

Benefits of clearing clutter
Clearing the clutter from the bedroom and living area will give a positive aura to these areas where you spend most of your time when you are at home. A messy room will always remind of you about the things that need to be done and you can’t enjoy a sound sleep with a chaos in your mind.
Clearing or discarding anything which is beyond repair will give you a mental satisfaction . Getting rid of a useless item will remove a burden from your head.

By clearing the clutter, you not only please your family but your mind as well. De-cluttering should be a part of your daily cleaning schedule. These baby steps for clearing unnecessary accumulations would give an eternal beauty to your home.

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Posted by on March 1, 2012 in Cleaning and Organizing