How to De-Stress After a Big Move

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After you’ve gone through a big move, you still might experience stress. After all, moving is a huge task, and you’ve devoted months to the process. Rather than lying around surrounded by boxes, use your time after a move to refresh your mind. You can de-stress from home or other places. Follow this guide and you’ll surely find something you’re up for.

Write & Talk:

These are two of the easiest ways to get rid of stress. You can either write down exactly what you’re feeling, or try to get more creative; write about family, past experiences, music, and more. Writing is good for the mind – and something you might want to continue doing for weeks or months after a move. If you’re the type that likes to get your feelings out, talk to someone who lowers your stress level. Sharing feelings with the person who’s causing the stress will only stress you out more.

Meditate:

If you’re new to meditation (including yoga) it’s going to feel weird at first. But don’t write it off just yet. It’s an extremely popular way to get rid of stress. When you meditate, you’re mixing concentration, relaxation, and peacefulness – a great recipe. You’re resting your mind. Meditation will help improve your focus and make you look at stressful situations differently. And the best part is that you don’t need anybody or anything to do it. Just yourself!

Exercise:

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Exercising is good for you any day, any time. It’s especially useful if you’re stressed. Try running a trail or going for a hike to get some fresh air. Go for a swim, a bike ride, or even a simple walk. You don’t need to go all out – just enough to get some anger out. As a personal tip – it may not be wise to try a sport you’ve never tried before. You don’t want to get more frustrated than you already are.

Go to the Movies:

Yes – that means spending the dreaded $10 on a ticket. If you’re the type that usually likes to rent from home, try going back to the theater. We all know the big screen and great sound makes any movie much more enjoyable. After all, the goal here is to escape stressful environment. Still not interested? The total will be less money than eating out.

Go to YouTube:

YouTube is the land of the stress free. Usually, YouTube will have funny videos posted right on their home page, and you can jump around from there. You’ll be taking your mind off the stress and laughing at the same time. Easy and free. What’s better?

Eat Right:

It’s easy to get caught up in fast food after a big move because it’s a simple fix. It’s understandable – you’re starting with a completely new kitchen you don’t want to stock. The problem – you’re losing money, and although fast food tastes good when you’re eating it, it hurts your body in the long run. Make sure to eat healthy – it’ll make you feel a lot better. And if you need that junk food fix, have a bar of chocolate. That won’t hurt once in awhile!

Eric is the owner of J&L Moving Supplies. You can find him on , Facebook or Twitter, so be sure to connect with him!

Tips for Ultimate Spring Cleaning

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With the spring season typically comes an overwhelming desire to clean for most people – whether that means gutting and cleaning the house, organizing and sanitizing an office space or working through clutter in any other space where you spend a significant amount of time. Maybe it’s the fresh beginnings that the spring signifies that causes people to feel the need for clean, or maybe it’s just that it’s habit in some families to clear out as the snow melts away.

Whatever your reason is for tackling spring cleaning, we here at J&L Moving Supplies have a few tips for you to make sure you don’t miss a single speck or spot in your springtime cleaning binge!

cleaningOrganize Your Supplies

Before you begin any major spring cleaning project, it’s important to know what you have to work with and know what you need. So start by going through your cleaning cabinet and organize the supplies that are already there, and make a list of things you know you need but don’t currently have.

For example, are you planning to clean the inside and outside of windows? You’ll need a glass cleaner. If you’re looking to sanitize a space, you’ll need some sort of bleach spray or product with anti-bacterial ingredients to kill all the harmful germs you’re looking to rid your space of. Tackling the carpets? Make sure you have a good carpet cleaner on hand, of course! It’s easier to assess what you have and what you need when everything is laid out and organized in front of you, so get to sorting and making your list of needed supplies first.

fanStart at the Top

The best, most effective approach to spring cleaning is to start at the top of a room and gradually work your way down. Work room by room of whatever space it is that you’re cleaning, and start at the top with things like ceiling fans, overhead light fixtures and on top of the curtain rods. Dust thoroughly and move down to windows, then check wall and baseboard cleanliness and finally move on to carpet cleaning.

By working in this manner, you’ll be sure to hit every inch of dirty space that seems to be overlooked throughout the rest of the year.

mattressTackle Mattresses and Linens

Believe it or not, your mattress can build up a ton of dust and skin cells that can cause allergens and an overall “heavy” mattress, making the air in a bedroom feel thicker and less fresh. These tiny particles spend an entire year piling up on an overlooked mattress until finally you have a chance to clean them during your spring cleaning routine. Take a powerful vacuum cleaner and get into all the little nooks and crannies of your mattress to rid yourself of these dangerous allergens. You’ll be breathing fresher air in your bedrooms in no time.
The same holds true for the linens in any given room – the tops of curtains and things like pillow shams and covers have a tendency to collect large amounts of dust over time. By ridding your space of all of these dust particles, you’ll be able to start breathing fresher, lighter air than ever, so make sure things like this don’t get overlooked.

lightsDon’t Forget the Details

In the midst of all of the cleaning madness, make sure you’re not surpassing all of the details of the space you’re working with. It’s really the clean details that will set your clean space apart from others – light bulbs should be dusted, lighting fixtures should be dusted and polished, furniture should be pulled out of corners and vacuumed behind, blinds should be dusted and cleaned between each prong, etc. The more little details you can find to clean, the cleaner your space will be overall!

And while you’re at it, replace all of the batteries across your home or office. Put new batteries in things like wall mounted or desktop clocks, remote controls of any sort, appliances and anything else that requires battery power. Replacing them all at once, at least once every year, will ensure that everything is always working for you!

Don’t Be Afraid to Make a Change

One of the greatest things to experience is that awesome feeling after your spring cleaning is complete and your home or work space feels lighter, cleaner and somehow cheerier just because it’s spotless. Maximize on this great feeling of having made a noticeable difference in your space by making other changes that will cheer you up, too!

Purchase a new piece of furniture for your home and enjoy arranging it in your favorite room, or pick up some new office decor and enjoy placing it in your work space. Making a small, or even a large, change can make that awesome feeling of a fresh space feel even that much better!

Find some products that can help you in your next spring cleaning adventure on J&LMovingSupplies.com!

Eric is the owner of J&L Moving Supplies. You can find him on , Facebook or Twitter, so be sure to connect with him!