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Proper preparation is the key to having a smooth, stress-free removal. By planning ahead and getting organized, you are sure to have fewer worries to deal with on your moving day.

But with plenty of things to do, you might not know where to start. So international removalists in Australia are sharing this guide to help you go through the removal process in an organized manner.

Step 1: Sort Your Things

Before you begin packing, you must sort all your things so you only move the essentials. This will save you both time and money in packing, unpacking, and moving your items, whether you are moving to another city, state or country.

Create a list and take inventory

Go through each room and write down the things that you need to keep and those that you have to let go.

An inventory is a more detailed task than just creating a list of items you need to bring. This is a great way to figure out how many things you will be moving and their potential cost.

Take out all the items from the space

When sorting out a closet, remove everything from it. When sorting out rooms, make sure you take everything out of storage containers and boxes. Placing all the items at the center of the room when possible is also a great idea. Taking out everything from the space will give you an idea of the number of things you currently have.

Keep. Donate. Sell.

Decide which of your things will be kept and tossed. For things that are still in great condition, you can either donate or sell them.

Go through your “keep” pile

To make sure that all the items you put on the “keep” box are essential, take time to go through them again. If you are hesitant about certain items, you should add them to either the sell or donate boxes.

Step 2: Acquire Packing Supplies

To guarantee that your items are packed securely, start with buying the right packing supplies. In addition to ordering enough moving boxes, also make sure that you don’t run out of packing tapes. Ideally, you need to purchase more tape than you expect, just in case. You must also grab packing paper, plastic wrap, bubble wrap, furniture covers, frame protectors, a pair of scissors, and markers.

Step 3: Start Packing

Once you have determined what items to move and bought the right packing supplies, start packing your items! Here are some smart packing tips to ensure the safety of your items.

Use the appropriate boxes

Heavy items must be placed in small boxes while the lighter items go in bigger ones. Take note that huge, heavy boxes are harder to move and have an increased chance of breaking.

Always put heavy items at the bottom

Heavier items must be placed at the bottom of the boxes while the lighter things should go on top. This ensures that the lighter items won’t be crushed by the heavy ones.

Fill all the empty spaces inside the box

If you see any empty spaces in the box, fill them with packing paper, towels or clothing. This minimizes the possibility of movement, which can lead to damage.

Have an essentials box

Every family member must prepare an essentials box. This is a box or bag of items that you will use for the last few nights before your move and/or the first couple of days in your new house. Ideally, this contains sets of clothes, beddings, and hygiene essentials.

Label everything

Labeling all the boxes is one of the most neglected (but also one of the most important) tasks related to packing. This is essential because this will inform you which box contains which items. Labels indicate which box goes in each room, making unpacking a lot easier.

The label should contain all the items in the box. Also, label all the sides of the box so you don’t have to reposition it whenever you need to check its contents. Keeping an inventory list is also a great way to monitor what you have packed and make sure that everything is moved to your new house.

Step 4: Hire a Removalist

Professional removalists will help you throughout the removal process – from start to finish. After sorting out your items, you can hire their services. With their packing and unpacking services, you don’t have to purchase packing supplies or even lift a finger to pack your items. You can let them pack all your items so you will have enough time to do more important tasks or spend quality time with your loved ones.

However, if you choose to pack some of your items, they can provide you with high-quality packing materials and tips to ensure the safety and security of your belongings. All you have to do is be finished packing by your agreed removal date.

Still, letting the experts pack and move everything is a sure-fire way of ensuring that all your items will arrive at your new home safely and on time. They can unpack everything as well if you want to. Most importantly, they can help transport your pet and/or vehicle if you need those services.

As you can see, moving starts even before you pack your things. You must first make sure that you have acquired all the necessary packing supplies for the things you must pack. Getting help from pros is a huge help as well. With their knowledge and expertise when it comes to packing and moving, they are your best partner in ensuring a safe, successful relocation.

 

With moving professionals helping with your relocation, you can have time to look for a reputable plumber and other service providers you will need in your new location, as well as settle into your new home faster.

AUTHOR BIO

Craig Jones is the Managing Director at Aussiemove, Australia’s largest independent moving alliance. Craig is a respected member of the removalist network in Australia, having served in senior positions, including the President of the removal industries governing body, the Australian Furniture Removals Association (AFRA). With 23 years of experience at Aussiemove, he has the skills and the highly trained team to move families safely and reliably, in Adelaide, across Australia, and around the world.

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How To Paint Your House Perfectly For Best Results http://unboundnorthwest.com/paint-your-house-perfectly/ http://unboundnorthwest.com/paint-your-house-perfectly/#respond Tue, 05 Feb 2019 15:38:05 +0000 http://unboundnorthwest.com/?p=1555 If you are planning to give your luxury home in District Onea facelift, the quickest option you have is to go for a fresh coat of paint. All you will have to do is to choose the right colors and products and your home’s aura will be lifted manifolds. It will become more visually appealing […]

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If you are planning to give your luxury home in District Onea facelift, the quickest option you have is to go for a fresh coat of paint. All you will have to do is to choose the right colors and products and your home’s aura will be lifted manifolds. It will become more visually appealing and will surely look as new as ever. Remember that you won’t need professionals to do it all the time and can even do it all on your own too. All it takes is a bit of confidence and passion towards home improvement chores. Even if you haven’t tried it ever before, it will be one great experience that you’re going to have. Furthermore, it is quite cost-effective and will not only beautify your home but will also protect the walls.

Now that you have got excited, here are a few things that you need to take care of for completing a perfect house painting job in District One.

Avoid Painting In Rainy Season

Even though it’s not always rainy in Dubai, you should still be very careful about it. When you’ll try to paint your home in humid atmosphere, it will cause the paint to drip down rather than sticking right there and drying out quickly. It will affect the quality of the painting job and it will not last for too long either. So, it is advised that you wait for those sunny and dry days for painting your home.

Buy the Best Accessories

Before you start out on your home painting job, it is really important that you plan things properly and know exactly what you’d need for painting the walls to perfection. Buy best accessories available in the market because when you’re using quality products, you’ll be able to get quality results. So, make sure that you opt for quality rollers, painter’s tape, and paint brushes so that there are no scattered paint strokes and everything looks just perfect once you are done painting.

Get A Quantity Estimate

In case, if you skip the ground work and don’t have any estimates in mind about how much paint you’d need for the job, you may end up in a weird situation. For example, you can initially buy less paint than required only to find out that you need more of it but the same color is not on the market anymore. So, it would be ideal that before buying the paint you should get an expert to provide you with an estimate on how much of it you will need for your entire home. Also, make sure that paint is used intelligently and you use just one container for mixing all paint boxes so that the job becomes easier.

Choose the Right Colors

How beautiful your ‘District One’ home is going to look will depend primarily on your color choice. So, always go for appealing shades that work fine with the overall theme of your rooms. For small spaces, it would be a great idea to choose brighter shades that produce an illusion of space and openness. You can play with the darker tones for big and open spaces.

Use Primer and Shiner For An Extravagant Look

It is always advised that you should use top quality primer for giving the walls a nice protective coat before you paint them with the actual color. Use primer before painting and apply a shiner afterwards to get a perfect finish. It will also help ensure that the paint lasts longer. Before painting on the primed walls, however, ensure that you let the primer to dry out. Fix the roller with extension pole to make the job easier and paint in top-to-bottom strokes. If needed, go for a second coat after the first one is completely dried out.

So, follow these simple tips to get a perfect painting job done. Your home will surely get a whole new look inside out if you are able to do it all right.

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Four Handy Tips To Get Rid Of Bedbugs http://unboundnorthwest.com/getting-rid-of-bed-bugs/ http://unboundnorthwest.com/getting-rid-of-bed-bugs/#respond Mon, 04 Feb 2019 15:00:02 +0000 http://unboundnorthwest.com/?p=1552 Bed bugs are pest very good at hiding so well, that is why they are one of the challenging pests to get rid of. Bed bugs are small insects, oval, brownish that live on the blood of human or animals. The female bugs may lay eggs, which are about the size of a speck of […]

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Bed bugs are pest very good at hiding so well, that is why they are one of the challenging pests to get rid of. Bed bugs are small insects, oval, brownish that live on the blood of human or animals. The female bugs may lay eggs, which are about the size of a speck of dust in her lifetime. The adult bed bugs have the size of an apple seed and a flat body. After feeding on their host, their body gets swell and reddish.

Some people think bed bugs fly, but they do not fly; however, they can move very fast over walls, floors, and ceilings. These bugs enter your home through used beds, luggage, clothing, and other items.

Bed bug usually hide were they have access to people so they can bite at night, their significant hiding places are in mattresses, bed frames, box spring and sometimes headboards. These pests can make sleeping very uncomfortable for you.  So, here are tips to help you get rid of bed bugs in your home.

Four Tips To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs In Your Home

  1. Regularly wash and heat- clean curtains, clothing, lines, and bedding in hot water and dry them on the highest dryer setting. This reduces the number of bed bugs and their eggs hidden in laundry baskets. Remember to clean them when you do the laundry. To be on a safer side, dry clean all your clothes. Wrap items that cannot be washed in a transparent plastic bag and place the bag outside where the temperature can reach 120F.
  2. Thorough vacuum– vacuuming can get rid of some of the bed bugs. Use a stiff brush to scrub mattress seems to remove bed bugs before vacuuming. Carefully vacuum floor, rugs, furniture, bed frames, under the bed, all cracks and crevices around the room. After cleaning, immediately remove the vacuum cleaner bag into a plastic bag and place in the garbage can outside or better still, burn it.
  3. Clear out cluttered areas– reduce the number of hiding places, with less clutter bed bugs have fewer places to hide and reproduce. Bed bugs are really attracted to pile of clothes in your home; cluttered home provides more places for bed bugs to hide and makes treating them harder for you.
  4. Get a professional Pest Control Operator– this method is suitable for people who are busy a lot and do not have the time to get rid of bedbugs from their property. Contact the best pest control agent near you. Hiring an experienced, responsible pest control professional can increase your chance of success in getting rid of bed bugs. Be sure to call a reputable pest control company.

 Bonus tip

  • Encase mattress and box spring with a tightly woven, zippered cover to keep bed bugs from entering or escaping, because bed bugs can go without eating for one year. So keep the lid for at least one year.

In conclusion, bedbugs are annoying bloodsuckers that are ready to sneak up to you and your loved ones while you sleep. They are tricky to get rid of; just one wrong move may spread them to other parts of the house. If you are not sure of what you are doing, it is essential to call the professionals for help.

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Restorative Yoga—Supported Child’s Pose http://unboundnorthwest.com/restorative-yoga-supported-childs-pose/ http://unboundnorthwest.com/restorative-yoga-supported-childs-pose/#respond Fri, 01 Feb 2019 15:57:14 +0000 http://unboundnorthwest.com/?p=1539 “The most important purpose of Yoga is to bring about a deep transformation of the individual—an awakening of intelligence that is free of dependencies and romantic beliefs and ready to meet the accelerating challenges of the 21st century.” —Ganga White Restorative yoga is a beautiful style of yoga that’s both powerful and gentle. Restorative yoga […]

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“The most important purpose of Yoga is to bring about a deep transformation of the individual—an awakening of intelligence that is free of dependencies and romantic beliefs and ready to meet the accelerating challenges of the 21st century.” —Ganga White

Restorative yoga is a beautiful style of yoga that’s both powerful and gentle. Restorative yoga is a term for postures done with the full support of bolsters, straps, blankets, or blocks—allowing the practitioner to comfortably sink into a pose that’s held for between five and ten minutes so they can be completely relaxed, absorbed, and present.

Our body is the physical package we reside in during life’s sojourn. If we were told at birth that we’d have one vehicle—one vehicle only—to last our entire our lifetime, you can be sure that we’d take extra good care of it. Just like a vehicle, our body’s reliability and value are extended with care and preventive maintenance.

One of the best preventive and curative methods of self-care—body, mind, and spirit—is yoga. Yoga is not a religion or a replacement for your current spiritual path, yoga supplements whatever path you’re on. It teaches us to listen to our breath, which inherently leads us to listen with our heart.

In a world that places tremendous value on busy-ness,you might wonder how being still could be beneficial? First of all, the “active stillness” of restorative yoga is a challenge, and who doesn’t love a good challenge? But more importantly, consistent yoga practice has transformative effects:

  • Strengthens the physical body
  • Focuses the mind
  • Boosts serotonin levels
  • Decreases anxiety, depression, and fear
  • Enhances sleep
  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Balances blood sugar levels
  • Releases muscle tension
  • Staves off illness
  • Slows the aging process

Supported Child’s Pose is like a refuge from life’s storms—a personal sanctuary that soothes frazzled nerves. Protective in nature, this forward-bending posture shields the vital energy centers of the body, providing us with the confidence to release and let go, even from a place of overwhelm.

HERE’S HOW IT’S DONE

  • Slowly, lower yourself so that both knees are on your yoga mat a little wider than your hips. If you need more padding, place a folded blanket beneath your knees. Your shins should be flat on the mat with your feet behind you, soles facing the ceiling.
  • Sit on your heels.
  • Place a bolster (pillow, couch cushion, or rolled blanket) lengthwise between your thighs. Exhale and lay forward onto the bolster, turning your head sideways, and let the bolster support the full weight of your head.
  • Allow your arms to relax to the ground, reaching forward a bit.
  • Close your eyes and focus on your breath. As humans, we breathe approximately 22,000 times each day. Allow this posture to help you find a deep connection with each breath.
  • Halfway through the pose, turn your head the other way so that your neck receives an even stretch.

MODIFICATION

If you want more height in the forward bend, use two bolsters—stacked—one between your thighs, the other staggered toward you, so it’s just under your belly (or more blankets and pillows).

If your feet or ankles are uncomfortable or cramp, roll a towel or small blanket and place it under your ankles.

One of my favorite restorative asanas(postures), I love how I feel when I melt into supported child’s pose and mentally affirm, “I draw from my inner strength and light.”

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Achieving Your Content Strategy Goals http://unboundnorthwest.com/achieving-your-content-strategy-goals/ http://unboundnorthwest.com/achieving-your-content-strategy-goals/#respond Wed, 30 Jan 2019 18:16:39 +0000 http://unboundnorthwest.com/?p=1549 What do you want to accomplish with your content? You can rank in Google all day long, and have great, linkable content on your blog. You can even build links with relevant keywords, but unless you are hitting the topics relevant to your niche and your current and future customers, and getting good conversion rates […]

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What do you want to accomplish with your content? You can rank in Google all day long, and have great, linkable content on your blog. You can even build links with relevant keywords, but unless you are hitting the topics relevant to your niche and your current and future customers, and getting good conversion rates from your site, it is useless.

This is a hard thing for many companies to see, but you need to have a content and digital marketing strategy, one that is targeted to specific goals. We have talked before about the need for a pillar approach to SEO and content, but what does that really do for you? How will you achieve your content strategy goals?

Here are some tips for setting and achieving those goals.

Be Realistic

What can you actually do with your website right now? This is an operation of two separate things: time and money. Even if you outsource your content and link building, it will still take you time to inform those contractors what your wants and needs are. If you plan to do much of the work yourself, it will take even longer.

The next question is budget. Typically, good link building and good content is not cheap. Either you need to build an internal team of writers who you need to pay as employees, or you need to outsource to freelancers to do the work for you. Either way, it is an investment you need to make.

The thing is, you don’t always see immediate returns on your money. It takes time for link building to affect rankings and for good content to earn organic links. So this is a slow investment. You won’t earn your money back for at least 90 days depending on how aggressive your campaigns are, and probably not until six months in, when you see a real rise in organic traffic.

Know what to expect, and act accordingly.

Develop a Plan

Here is the kicker. Once you know what you can realistically afford for time and money, you need to have a plan. What are your specific goals, and how will your content help you achieve those goals? If you don’t know, neither can the people you hire to do some of the work for you.

This means that certain things are vital for you to do from the start.

  • Competitor research: What is your competition doing, and can you either duplicate that or do it better than they are?
  • Find your keywords: You will want to know what your target keywords are. You want ones that are relevant to your business in search, but hopefully not too competitive.
  • Understand the work: SEO and content strategy is a complex, multi-pronged process. Be sure you understand what you need to do and take the right steps in the right order.
  • Make goals ambitious, but achievable: Goals that are too easy will not challenge you, but make sure they are realistic (see above) so you can actually reach them and see yourself making progress.

This plan is the crucial part of the process. You need targets that you can work toward, and you need to know how you are working toward them.

Measure Results

How do you know if you are getting where you are going? Are your efforts working, helping, hurting? The only way to tell is to regularly measure things that will make a difference to your website. Subscribe to services and use Google tools that let you do just that.

  • Organic Traffic: This should be a constantly rising curve.
  • Bounce Rates: These should be low, and this can be helped by using internal linking effectively.
  • Conversion Rates: This is how many people do what you want them to on your site, and you can set these goals in your Google analytics. This lets you know how effective your website really is.

There are other third-party factors like Domain Authority (Moz) and Trust and Citation Flow (SEM Rush) that can let you know in general terms how your site is doing. These companies also offer tools that make improving your efforts through keyword analysis and competitor analysis easier.

Achieving your content strategy goals means that you will have to make some significant effort and investment. You will need realistic goals, a plan, and a strategy to measure your progress. With those things, you can make your content strategy effective.

Need help with strategy or just with creating content? Contact us at info@unboundnorthwest.comfor answers and a free 30 minute consultation.

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7 Myths You Have to Bust as a Freelance Writer http://unboundnorthwest.com/7-myths-you-have-to-bust-as-a-freelance-writer/ http://unboundnorthwest.com/7-myths-you-have-to-bust-as-a-freelance-writer/#respond Tue, 29 Jan 2019 21:53:36 +0000 http://unboundnorthwest.com/?p=1546 Hey there freelancer! How is the start of your year going? Sometimes when things get off to a slow start or you just aren’t getting the clients you expected, it can get a little discouraging. In fact, the first part of this year, I have had more writers than ever contact me about needing work. […]

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Hey there freelancer! How is the start of your year going? Sometimes when things get off to a slow start or you just aren’t getting the clients you expected, it can get a little discouraging. In fact, the first part of this year, I have had more writers than ever contact me about needing work.

Pretty soon, you start telling yourself some lies or believing some myths about what it means to be a freelance writer. Well here are seven of them you need to bust before you get any further into the year.

Your Time is Not as Valuable As Everyone Else’s

All right, stop. Just stop. This myth is one of the most common ones that writer’s buy into. They price their work and their time too low because for some reason they don’t think their time is worth as much as everyone else’s. Here is the truth: It is probably worth more.

Why? Skilled writers are hard to find. Often companies are looking for freelancers to help fulfill their needs because their own staff is not good at writing, at all. Or they don’t have time for it. Most of the time, the reasons are a combination of both.

Yet over and over I see freelancers who work another job because they can’t make a living writing. This myth is often the reason. Resolve to value your time from this point forward.

Your Writing is not Worth What You Charge for It

The sad thing is that you will have clients tell you this. Your writing is not worth what you charge for it. First of all, see myth number one. Your writing takes time to research, create, and revise. You deserve to get paid for that time.

Secondly, these are the same people looking to hire you because they cannot find or hire writers in house. And if you are freelancing you not only have to pay for your groceries and rent, but you need to save to pay your own taxes, your own medical insurance, and even your own benefits if you want to give yourself some.

Your writing is valuable and worth every penny you charge for it. How do I know? Because it is far more likely you are charging too little for your work rather than too much.

You’re Not as Good as You Think

Writers have the largest and most fragile egos out there. One ounce of criticism after twenty ounces of praise can still leave them devastated. So how do you build your confidence? There are a few key ways to remind yourself of how good you are.

  • Look back on your accomplishments.
  • Write something good just for you.
  • Take on a new, challenging project.
  • Read something on the internet.

Look., you might be the one writing some of those articles on the internet, but every time you think you are not good enough at what you do, go to almost any site, even some of the larger ones, and look at the articles there. Chances are, you are a better writer than most of those who are creating that content. Acknowledge and embrace your abilities.

It’s Okay to Work for Exposure

Wrong answer. Always. Yes, there is value in PR writing if you are selling one of your books, bringing visitors to your website, or promoting something else that makes you money. But writing just to have your name on an article for exposure and to gain reputation rarely works.

Think about this for just a second. You are a writer. How often do you look at the byline of the author on a news site or frankly any other website? Rarely? Think about how less frequent it is for those who are not writers.

Writing for exposure rarely works in your favor, and until grocery stores and utility companies start accepting exposure to pay your bills or buy food, leave those gigs to someone else.

Lower Rates are Okay Until Things Get Better

It may be tempting, but please don’t do this. Why? Because it devalues writing for all of us. If a client can get you to write something for a cheaper rate, it is likely they will try to offer that cheaper rate to the next writer, and the next one. Then the pay for everyone goes down.

You are not only affecting your bottom line, and again saying that your time is not worth as much as someone else’s, but you are dragging others down too and making their freelance business less lucrative. Please, please, please, other than introductory rates to lure a client (and be careful even with these) don’t offer low rates as a stop gap until things get better. If you do, it is likely they never will.

You Are Stuck in Your Niche

This is yet another common myth. You are a writer, widely read, and more importantly you have learned in your career, no matter how long it has been, to do research and learn a new topic or niche. So the answer is that you are never stuck in your niche, you can always branch out, and it is vital that you do so.

This may mean saying yes to clients when you don’t really know what you are doing yet, and learning as you go. Do it. Your career will be stronger for it.

It’s Going to be a Tough Year for Freelance Writers

Somebody says this every year, at least once and year, and then the gig economy and the need for good writing and writers continues to grow. Pay continues to go up for those who produce real, quality work, and for those that don’t? They will eventually fail.

It’s not going to be a tough year for freelancers. It is going to be a great one, and often your attitude will be the one thing that will make a difference.

You are a freelance writer. You have a valuable skill, and your time and effort is worth money. Get paid what you are worth, don’t be discouraged, and stay positive. The gig economy just keeps getting better, and we can’t afford to let any of these myths spread. Bust them now, before any one of them can break your spirit.

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Is the Government Shutdown Affecting Your Business? http://unboundnorthwest.com/is-the-government-shutdown-affecting-your-business/ http://unboundnorthwest.com/is-the-government-shutdown-affecting-your-business/#respond Fri, 25 Jan 2019 18:21:40 +0000 http://unboundnorthwest.com/?p=1536 The government shutdown is affecting some businesses in ways that you might not expect. I had a client tell me about one the other day, things I had not even thought of. So is the government shutdown affecting your business in an unusual way? The answer, if your phones are quiet and emails are infrequent […]

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The government shutdown is affecting some businesses in ways that you might not expect. I had a client tell me about one the other day, things I had not even thought of. So is the government shutdown affecting your business in an unusual way? The answer, if your phones are quiet and emails are infrequent at the moment, is probably yes.

At that means it is affecting your content marketing strategy too. When finances are uncertain, one of the first things to go is the marketing budget, and high on the list of things to cut first is content marketing.

Some would tell you this is a mistake, and I would agree in many ways, but I am not here to pressure you. Instead, I just want to let you know the facts about how “non-essential” parts of the government shutdown could be affecting your business.

The Stock Market

Let’s face it, investors at the moment are nervous, and understandably so. We don’t know when the government will reopen and what effect that will have on the economy. So, futures are down, tech stocks and others are down, and consumer confidence is shaken.

That’s because it’s about more than just 800,000 workers who are out of work or working without pay. It is also about the businesses they support, the stores they go to, restaurants where they eat, and bars where they drink. The ripple effect is huge, and it is starting to be felt everywhere.

Loans, Grants, and More

Waiting on an SBA loan to buy a business? Keep waiting. A VA loan to buy a house? You aren’t getting approval anytime soon. Your dream house will likely be snatched up by someone else in the meantime. Government grants for the arts and other non-profits? Not happening right now and have not been for over a month.

Hey, even though it is not your fault it is still impacting you, and the business owner trying to sell, the seller of the house, the museum or organization waiting on funding to start a project. And although the Secretary of Commerce might say differently, it is not as simple as going out and getting another loan, at least for most of those affected.

Taxes

You can still file your taxes, but you won’t get a refund, at least not until the government reopens, and the IRS may be shorthanded in the meantime, so returns may take longer to process.

Not surprisingly, this affects a number of businesses where people tend to make major purchases after they get their tax refund. If the shutdown continues, they will be waiting for their refund rush this year.

What does all this mean? The digital marketing business is slow too—as people wait to see how long the shutdown drags on and how it affects everyone involved. Businesses are tightening their belts and not spending anything they don’t have to.

How is your business doing? How is the shutdown impacting you

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Top Lifestyle Changes You Can Make Today http://unboundnorthwest.com/top-lifestyle-changes-you-can-make-today/ Wed, 16 Jan 2019 18:14:15 +0000 http://unboundnorthwest.com/?p=1530 The way you live and the way you treat your body has a huge impact on your mental health, the way friends perceive you, your ability to produce and your general well-being. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you’re living life to the fullest. All of us have probably experienced once in our […]

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The way you live and the way you treat your body has a huge impact on your mental health, the way friends perceive you, your ability to produce and your general well-being. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you’re living life to the fullest. All of us have probably experienced once in our life that they wished they hadn’t wasted a certain period of their lives when they were stuck in a rut. When people make big lifestyle changes, they will usually tell you that they could never imagine going back to their previous lives. So let’s look at some of the big issues you can change today.

Regular Exercise

It’s really a no-brainer. Ask someone who never exercises and someone who does, and you’ll easily find positive influences from the person who does. Exercise increases your ability to do physical activities but also makes you feel good due to the production of serotonin in your blood. Exercise doesn’t mean you need to go to a Gym, it just means you need to do something physical every day, like a walk in the park for 30 minutes, a run around the block or even play a sport.

Sport is one of the best ways of getting regular exercise because it helps take your mind off the physical aspect and lets you enjoy the competitiveness. Football, Tennis, Swimming and even riding your bike are all sports you can get into. If you’re struggling to find anyone to do them with, use the internet to search for local groups in your area. It’s a great way to socialize and meet new people too.

Healthy Eating

Many people don’t realize that having a healthy diet can improve their mood dramatically. If you’re the type of person who drinks every day and doesn’t mind eating microwave meals every other day, you’re in for a shock. Cooking fresh meals, eating fruit and vegetables, drinking plenty of water, cutting out fatty foods and sweets, all of this can make a huge difference. The healthy food will make you feel less tired and irritable, and improve the way your body feels and looks. Cut Out The T.V.

We all like to sit down in front of the T.V after a hard day’s work and watch some reality show or binge Netflix. But you might benefit from doing other activities instead. You can improve your relaxation and peace of mind by doing painting, reading or other activities which allow your mind to think and wander. You can do most of these in your homes and everyone knows there’s nothing like a good book and snuggling down for the night that can help make you relax. This is especially true if you struggling with sleeping at night or going to bed at a reasonable hour. You may feel like Work has got all your time sucked up so you want to make the most of your evenings, but what you’re doing is tiring yourself out and making your potential bad mood for the next day a likely outcome.

Improve Socialising With Friends

It’s one of the best ways to get issues off your chest and allow you to feel more included. Socializing with work friends, family or old school friends is one of the best ways to make you feel more at ease. If you find yourself struggling for friends, don’t worry- join a club or look online for social gatherings. You can even go to one of your children’s sports games to try and meet other parents. Don’t forget to remember your Stadium Blanket in case it gets cold!

A church is also a good social activity and can help you meet many friendly people. If you’re into games, join a DnD group (dungeons and dragons). Any kind of social activity will definitely help you.

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Moving Tips: Ways To Beat Unpacking Procrastination http://unboundnorthwest.com/moving-tips-ways-to-beat-unpacking-procrastination/ Fri, 11 Jan 2019 15:14:43 +0000 http://unboundnorthwest.com/?p=1526 Whether you believe it or not, unpacking doesn’t seem to be an easy task. After a stressful move, it’s sometimes exhausting to empty some boxes and get everything done right away. However, you can’t live with stacks of boxes for a long time. If you’re looking for a fresh start in your new home, you […]

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Whether you believe it or not, unpacking doesn’t seem to be an easy task. After a stressful move, it’s sometimes exhausting to empty some boxes and get everything done right away. However, you can’t live with stacks of boxes for a long time. If you’re looking for a fresh start in your new home, you need to get the box cutter and start working.

Here are some ways to beat unpacking procrastination from the very beginning.

Create a timeline.

Decide on a date when you’re going to unpack and stick with it. Give yourself this ample time to organize your unpacking tasks. For instance, scheduling something like a housewarming party can be a great way to get everything unpacked immediately. After all, inviting some of your friends to come over will prevent you from procrastinating. So, beat this not-so-good moving habit by setting a deadline for yourself.

Start with something easy.

After an exhausting move, dealing with your boxes can make you feel paralyzed. If you don’t want it to happen, get started by doing something that doesn’t need careful planning to unpack like books and cables which are easy to plug in. Once you’re done with the easy tasks, prepare your brain in the right mindset to take bigger things later.

Take breaks in between.

Unpacking will go smoothly by working on the easier one to the bigger ones. From there, you may find the activity less daunting because you’re able to break up the work into smaller parts. In addition to splitting up the tasks, taking breaks in between may also be an effective way to keep the drive throughout the transition. For instance, you may opt to empty all your bedroom boxes, then go for a lunch date outside and then go back to unpack the living room boxes.

Do a little every day.

If you feel like unpacking is the laziest thing to do after your move, then it’s better to think of it as something you can do slowly every day. For example, you can spend at least twenty minutes each day to unpack things no matter how little it is. Another way to do it is to take a few items from the box and place them on the shelves. Doing a little at a time can make the whole thing more handy and productive.

Combat unproductive thoughts.

It’s easy to convince yourself why unpacking may not be done right away. However, thinking why something can’t be done doesn’t mean you can’t really do it on time. Besides, you have the option not to facilitate your negative thoughts and get up to take action. So, be proactive in fighting these thoughts by taking advantage of some mindfulness techniques. If you take these steps seriously, you can overcome procrastination not just with unpacking but in other areas of your life as well.

Listen to music.

Unpacking all your stuff isn’t the right time to catch up on the favorite shows you’ve missed when you’re relocating. Even if the whole things seems to be boring, watching TV will only get you distracted while you unpack. That said, playing music instead can help make the work more manageable. Although you may miss what’s going on with your TV series, you can’t do what you have to do if you focus too much on your show. So, keep yourself entertained while unpacking by listening to music than watching TV.

Seek help.

The entire thought of unpacking can be an exciting one if you do it with some help. Ask some assistance from your friends especially in getting your living room and kitchen organized. Enjoy unpacking by turning it into a social activity. For example, you can incorporate some games in between of the process. You can also give a reward to one of your friends who unpacks the fastest. However, if your family and friends are unreachable, you have the option to contact a  perfect packers moving company for assistance.

Don’t forget to reward yourself.

For a positive life moving forward, finding a happy balance between the things you want and don’t want to do through rewards can be ideal. Try giving yourself with rewards after completing something. That way, you encourage yourself to take action and fight against your unproductive thoughts that are fueling your unpacking procrastination. Stick to small, achievable rewards until you’ve seen a considerable amount of progress.

Conclusion

Typically, procrastinating after the move can be dealt with. You just have to push yourself harder and settle everything on your end as fast as you can by considering these moving tips. Doing so will allow you to spend more time on getting a fresh start in your new place. So, start beating the drive to procrastinate and hire Movers NYCfor help if you’re moving within and from New York City.

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The Bermuda Triangle—Depression, Anxiety, and Stress http://unboundnorthwest.com/the-bermuda-triangle-depression-anxiety-and-stress/ http://unboundnorthwest.com/the-bermuda-triangle-depression-anxiety-and-stress/#comments Tue, 01 Jan 2019 16:48:31 +0000 http://unboundnorthwest.com/?p=1519 The plethora of human emotion enhances our life journey. Emotions can be a source of personal growth. They can even enhance our interaction with others. Some emotions—such as depression, anxiety (worry), and stress—can obstruct our path to happiness. Much like the Bermuda Triangle, we can even get lost in them. Pretend for a moment that […]

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The plethora of human emotion enhances our life journey. Emotions can be a source of personal growth. They can even enhance our interaction with others. Some emotions—such as depression, anxiety (worry), and stress—can obstruct our path to happiness. Much like the Bermuda Triangle, we can even get lost in them.

Pretend for a moment that we’re standing on a giant timeline.

 

DEPRESSION

Depression is behind us on the timeline. It belongs to the past.

It’s usually about something we lost or perceive that we lost. It takes a great deal of energy to dwell in the past. For many, this is a place where anger and resentment reside. What’s more, stressing or worrying about the past won’t change anything that’s already occurred. That’s impossible.

What’s done is done; it is what it is.

Can you think of a moment in your life that brought you pain or sadness? Was it a poor decision? Someone who hurt you? The loss of someone you love? If only that moment hadn’t happened. But it did.

Do you know anyone who lives in the past with such intensity that it drives their very decision-making? Rather than releasing the past, they embrace it. They choose to keep the wound open; some even use it as leverage for manipulation, or as a convenient excuse for their current state of affairs.

When the sweetness of life leaves, it’s time to go within and allow ourselves to relieve the pent-up feelings that we’ve been holding in, to empty our baggage: childhood problems, prejudices, assumptions, interpretations, and projections.

A helpful way of doing this is to make a release statement. You can say these words quietly to yourself, speak them aloud, write them down, or create a mantra. Whatever you choose will be right for you.

“I release and let go of [fill in the blank] with love.”

ANXIETY/WORRY

Anxiety is in front of us on the timeline. It belongs to the future.

It’s about uncertainty, the unknown, the what-ifs. Like the past, it also takes a great deal of energy to dwell in the future. For many, this is a place where fear resides.

There’s not a single person in the history of mankind who has changed a future outcome through worry.

The only way to change a future outcome is if we can make a realistic plan of action and see it through. If it’s something that you can’t create a realistic action plan for, then you don’t own it; it doesn’t belong to you, and you must let it go. You can use a release statement here as well.

“I release and let go of [fill in the blank] with love.”

According to the National Institute of Mental Health:

  • Anxiety disorders affect about forty million American adults ages eighteen years and older. That’s about 18 percent of the population in a given year.
  • Anxiety disorders are the number-one mental health problem in America, surpassing even depression in numbers.
  • Women suffer from anxiety and stress almost twice as much as men.
  • Anxiety is the most common mental health issue facing seniors.
  • Anxiety disorders cost the US workplace $46.6 billion annually; 88 percent of this figure is from lost productivity.

STRESS

Stress occurs where we currently stand on the timeline.

It happens when we focus on the past or the future, instead of the present moment. It’s been estimated that up to 90 percent of all illness is stress related. The effects of stress substantially reduce efficiency and accuracy not only in performing physical tasks, but also in the areas of abstract planning, decision-making, and creativity.

Prolonged stress leads to tiredness and irritability, a weakening of the immune system, and the development of physical illness. Stressing or worrying about what lies ahead is an exercise in futility.

Erma Bombeck said, “Worry is like sitting in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but doesn’t get you anywhere.”

 

Simply put, the past is over, and the future has yet to be written. We have the gift of the present moment in which to live.

You’ve heard the Latin phrase carpe diem, “seize the day.” Now is the time. Now is the day.

We can’t reshape the past, and none of us has a guaranteed future; they’re tenuous places to live. Dwelling in either one of them leads to limited satisfaction, feeds control issues, and fans the flames of discontent.

“Your time is now. Live in the moment.” —Laurie Buchanan

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