5 Ways to Avoid Procrastinating Your Moving Tasks

Preparing for a residential move can be challenging, especially when completing everything takes weeks or months. It can be easy to put it off until closer to moving day.

Of course, procrastination can be a problem. For example, you can’t postpone your move date because you aren’t ready.

Here are five ways to minimize procrastination for your moving tasks.

1. Set Reasonable Goals

Many people procrastinate because they feel overwhelmed. For example, if your goals are too ambitious, you might notice that you procrastinate because you feel like you can’t reach them.

Set goals that you can achieve. Assume that you will have occasional setbacks. Revisit your moving schedule, and make changes if your original plan isn’t sustainable.

2. Make a Choice

Sometimes, decision paralysis is the first step to procrastination. However, creating a set of simple choices could be an easy way out.

Pick two moving tasks that you need to accomplish. Give yourself the option to do one first and the other later. If you dread a particular task, consider breaking it up into pieces.

When you select options, ensure each is similar in complication or time. That way, you’re not setting yourself up to fail a particular task.

3. Plan an Incentive

Most people feel accomplished when they finish a task. It’s even better to give yourself a little incentive to keep going.

Build in a few prizes for making good progress. They don’t have to be expensive or time-consuming.

For example, reward a solid week of packing with a day off to do something you enjoy. Aim for incentives that help to refresh you for the work you still need to do.

4. Prepare For Delays

When making a moving checklist, you might not anticipate delays. At the beginning of the process, the excitement of moving may make it seem like nothing could go wrong. But, of course, things can and will go wrong.

It’s better to build in time for delays. For example, you might run out of boxes and need a day or two to get more. Or, packing a particular room could take longer than you expect.

Set reasonable benchmarks for progress, and leave a cushion if you can. You’ll find it easier to catch up that way.

5. Start Fresh

You will have days when your procrastination wins, and you don’t get as much done as you plan. The next day, it’s better to start fresh.

Avoid rehashing everything that you did wrong. Focusing on mistakes can create a negative feedback loop, making it even harder to motivate yourself.

Instead, treat each day as a new opportunity to complete items on your list. Give yourself the space you need to begin with optimism.

Get Moving Help

Moving is a complicated set of tasks, and procrastinating is easy. These tips can help. Contact us for more information about scheduling your upcoming move. We can help take care of things and reduce your anxiety.

Hit the Slopes at These New Hampshire Ski Resorts

Are you considering moving to New Hampshire? For anyone who loves snow activities, New Hampshire is the perfect place! After all, New Hampshire’s White Mountains are the tallest peaks in the Eastern United States — and that means you’ve got plenty of choices when it comes to skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and other snow sports.

As a bonus, New Hampshire’s dozen or so ski resorts are just a short distance from one another, so you’ll have plenty of options within convenient driving distance. Here are a few favorite places to hit the slopes and explore in New Hampshire.

Pats Peak

Founded in 1963, family-owned and operated Pats Peak offers affordable pricing and runs for all ability levels. Located 25 miles from Concord, NH, Pats Peak has nine glade areas with 11 lifts providing access to almost 30 trails and slopes. With a vertical drop of 770 feet, there’s something for everyone here, with about half the mountain appropriate for beginners and the rest a mix of intermediate, advanced, and expert. Pats Peak also has an advanced snowmaking system to guarantee great snow all winter long. And, unlike many other resorts, 100 percent of the mountain is lit for night skiing, making it easy to hit the slopes after work. The resort also hosts off-season summer weddings and receptions. Wedding options include ceremonies and receptions at the base of the mountain and a Summit Ceremony Skyride Package to wed on the summit of Pats Peak.

Gunstock Mountain Resort

Boasting a 1,340-foot vertical drop and 55 trails, Gunstock Mountain Resort, less than an hour from Concord, NH, is one of the larger resorts in the region. Head to the top for stunning views of Lake Winnipesaukee from 2,200 feet. Gunstock Mountain offers separate areas for novice skiers and a highly reviewed learning program. Most of the mountain suits intermediate and advanced skiers, with a few black-diamond runs in the mix. Throw in 22 acres of freestyle terrain, a large Nordic park, and a tubing hill, and it’s easy to see why this resort is so popular with locals. Some off-season resort activities include camping, zip lines, and hiking.

Ragged Mountain Resort

Just outside Danbury, and less than an hour from Concord, NH, Ragged Mountain Resort boasts 250 skiable acres and 57 trails. It’s also got one of the area’s only six-person, high-speed chairlifts. With a 1,250-foot vertical drop, there are trails for all levels at Ragged Mountain; difficulty levels range from novice to advanced. Beginners will particularly appreciate the two courses at the top of the mountain, a rare feature at most ski resorts that place beginner trails lower. In addition, the resort offers slope-side lodging for those who want to take a snowy staycation. Ragged Mountain Resort also boasts several venues for summertime weddings and celebrations.

Crotched Mountain Resort

New Hampshire’s southernmost resort, Crotched Mountain Resort, is an excellent destination for intermediate and advanced skiers. The resort’s 1,000-foot vertical drop excites those who want challenging trails. There’s also a separate area for novice and beginning skiers and snowboarders. Crotched Mountain offers all-mountain night skiing, with 100 percent of the courses lit up. The resort also boasts three freestyle terrain parks with varying levels of difficulty. Just outside of Bennington, New Hampshire, this popular resort offers a restaurant and lodge and state-of-the-art snowmaking equipment to ensure lots of the white stuff.

Move to New Hampshire

If you love snow sports, New Hampshire is a dream destination in the winter. And if you’re planning on moving to New Hampshire, you’ll love choosing from more than a dozen ski areas within easy driving distance. 

Contact us to find out how we can help plan your move so that you can enjoy New Hampshire and the outdoors in no time.

Friluftsliv and Hygge: How to Get Through the Long Winter Ahead

As anyone living in a four-season climate knows, winters are chillingly long, cold and grey. People run from building to car to house as quickly and efficiently as possible. Everyone is less apt to look up as they are to hurry to get someplace warm. It’s insular on a good day so it’s important to build in ways to both get outdoors and cozy up the indoors. 

Friluftsliv Revels in the Outdoors 

There’s no better place to seek inspiration than the Nordic region. No stranger to snow and short, dark days, Norwegians embrace the concept of friluftsliv (pronounced free-loofts-liv), which roughly translates to “outdoor living,” whatever the weather. Popularized in the 1850s by Norwegian playwright and poet, Henrik Ibsen, the term was used to describe the value of nature as it relates to one’s spiritual and physical health.  

Deeply ingrained in the country’s heritage, this all-season celebration of the outdoors is adopted from remote corners of the Arctic to bustling, urban Oslo. Sure, friluftsliv can include outdoorsy activities like snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, but it’s also a lifestyle that champions leisurely walks, winter picnics and utepils (a.k.a. sipping a beer outdoors). No cell phones or other technology — just time to observe and appreciate the beauty around you and the time you’re sharing with others in an open-air setting.  

Clearly, the common Norwegian refrain, “There’s no bad weather, only bad clothing,” rings true. 

Proof of concept can be found in the UN’s 2020 World Happiness Report, which ranked Norway at number five. Meanwhile, Bergen and Oslo were listed among the top 10 world’s happiest cities

This regional phenomenon extends to Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Denmark as well. In Sweden alone, there are 25 non-profit associations that revolve around friluftsliv. Among the country’s population of 10 million people, 1.7 million memberships span 9,000 local and regional clubs.  

Granted it’s not new news that being outdoors is good for one’s mental health and well-being. Scientific Reports notes that spending just 120 minutes per week outside can significantly boost your mood and well-being — both in the long and short term. 

Besides, studies show nature brings comfort. Military veterans who suffer from PTSD and other combat-related mental health issues have turned to the therapeutic benefits of nature for some time, be it gardening or rafting. Certain bereavement therapies also look to the natural world for relief. Why? Because it’s healing.  

Change Your Environment — and Mindset 

Although embracing winter may seem unthinkable to the summer-lovers among us, it can certainly be done. It starts with having a positive wintertime outlook, according to Stanford University health psychologist Kari Leibowitz. In order to transform your seasonal perspective, try to find things about winter that you enjoy, whether it’s snowball fights or the beauty of fresh-fallen snow. Find wonder in it, let it anchor you, and allow it to establish your sense of place.  

Suit up and take a walk on a windy afternoon. Maybe pour some hot cider to enjoy at a local park. Or break out that portable grill and have an intimate backyard barbecue, complete with winter yard games. Whatever you do, slow down the pace and take notice of the things around you. Breathe deeply, relax and enjoy being “off the grid,” if only for a little while. 

With more people than ever working from home, there’s a new opportunity to strike a work/life balance. In Scandinavia, flexible work hours are the norm, work/life balance and family time are encouraged, and residents are often able to work around their hobbies and passions whenever possible. 

Of course, it doesn’t stop there. Tax breaks are offered to firms in Sweden and Finland that incentivize friluftsliv, be it subsidizing employees’ sporting endeavors or equipment. Meanwhile, some Finnish businesses have begun compensating employees who cycle or walk to work. 

Even if these admittedly awesome perks feel out of reach, opportunities to make the most of your work-from-home situation abound. Early morning strolls and lunch break birdwatching and snow fort-building are just a few of the ways to practice friluftsliv.  

Bringing Hygge Into Your Home 

Denmark, like its neighbors, knows a thing or two about dreary winters. Enter the cultural concept and panacea of hygge(pronounced HYU-gah). There is no direct translation in English, but words like “coziness,” “wellbeing” and “togetherness” are at its core. More mental than physical, hygge is about having flexibility, a positive mood and a holistic outlook on life. This abstract sentiment is also about slowing down, connecting with loved ones and carving out time for what’s most important. In other words, don’t be fooled by hygge’s recent commercialization: as a buzzword, it’s missing the point. 

Hygge’s feeling of contentedness and wellness is like a warm, comforting hug and it’s something you can introduce to your home. Heck, maximize in your life. Sure, you can use fluffy throw blankets, puffy pillows, oversize scarves and furry slippers to set the mood. Likewise candles and mulled wine. But that’s not what it’s about. Practicing hygge might mean enjoying a cup of coffee on a Sunday morning or catching up with friends — even if by Zoom. It’s also about simply relaxing and chilling out. This effortless comfort could mean curling up with a good book or lingering over a lovely meal, with loved ones, in cozy environs. 

We don’t know about you, but it’s something we need right now — and down the line. We’d love to hear how you’re embracing friluftsliv and hygge as winter sets in and the pandemic marches on. 

9 Tips for Moving When it Snows

Winter weather is unpredictable, to say the least, bringing with it another layer of complexity when it comes to a move. That’s especially true when a snowstorm hits on or right before the big day. So, the “show” must go on, as long as driving conditions are okay. 

Wondering how to get through it? And how to make a tough situation more tolerable?  

For one thing, it’s best not to DIY. Trying to organize a self-move when it’s snowing would be a nightmare, so it’s best to plan ahead and secure movers during colder months. Rest assured professional movers have been there and done that before. They’re pros, who know how to handle your belongings with care, whatever the weather. 

Want some tips on how to prepare your yard and home? You’ll find them here. 

Still unsure if you should go the professional route? Residential movers tend to be less expensive in winter, given it’s not the peak moving season. So, that’s a plus. 

Wherever you land, be sure to bundle up and be ready — there are some important things you can do to simplify your move when it snows on moving day. 

Shovel All Surfaces 

Moving heavy objects over slippery surfaces is dangerous so it’s important to clear any snow and ice from any sidewalks, walkways, driveways and stairs that will be used that day. Have a snowblower? This is the perfect time to use it. Otherwise, consider borrowing one from a neighbor or having your plowing and shoveling professionally done — it’ll be one less thing to worry about on an already hectic day. 

Use Salt, Sand or Something Else 

Although there are some long-term drawbacks to treating your sidewalks when it snows, it’s necessary at a time like this. The most common solution is to salt responsibly. Just be mindful that salt — or sodium chloride — is harmful to both plants and concrete, not to mention very corrosive to metal. In short, only use it where it’s critical.  

Rather than use salt alone, it’s a good idea to sand as well. While salt melts ice, sand aids with traction.  

When you do scatter salt and sand on pavement, leave plenty of space between granules. According to Minnesota Water, a 12-ounce coffee cup of salt is sufficient to cover 10 sidewalk squares or a driveway that’s 20 feet long. 

However, it’s important to note that salt doesn’t melt ice if pavement is below 15° F degrees. Here are some alternative melting agents, along with things you should know prior to using them: 

Urea: Slow-acting and pet-safe, it melts as low as 20° F but promotes algae growth in waterways and over-application proves harmful to plants 

Magnesium Chloride: Harmful to plants and corrosive to metal, it’s also pricey but works when it’s as cold as -10° F 

Calcium Chloride: Corrosive to metal, it also leaves a slimy residue; on the flipside, it’s less harmful to concrete and can tackle the task when it’s as cold as -20° F 

Potassium Acetate: Biodegradable and melts down to -15° F, it’s expensive, can cause surface slickness and lowers oxygen levels in waterways 

Ensure the Parking Area is Cleared 

Whether it’s on the street or in your driveway, the moving truck requires a clean surface and clear path for movers. Have some shovels — along with extra salt and sand — on hand to address pileups as you go. The last thing you want is for the moving truck to get stuck while trying to pull away. 

Watch for Snowplows 

Even if you carefully planned every last detail of your move, there are some things you can’t predict. If there’s a mushy, dirty pile of snow from a plow, it can quickly turn into a hazardous condition. Make sure your parking area is not in the route of the snowplows or ensure it’s clear of snow, ice and sludge, leaving a clear path to the house if that’s not possible. 

Cover Your Floors 

Typically, professional movers arrive ready to protect highly trafficked areas in your home. Still, it’s important to do your part. Be sure floor mats are placed at the entrance of all outside doors. Additionally, plastic tarps should be laid over wood floors and sheets of cardboard sheets should be placed on carpeted areas and secured with small tacks. 

Keep Pets and Kids at Bay 

For their safety, pets and children should stay away from walkways on any moving day. Having a clear, uninterrupted pathway is equally — if not more — important when it snows since there are extra challenges at play. 

Dress Warmly 

Just like movers will be exposed to the elements, you will, too. Open doors mean cold and wind will permeate your home so be sure to bundle up. Thick, warm gloves are a must — especially since there’ no sense in having the heat on at the house on move-out day. Consider putting a space heater in a room that won’t be used, such as the bathroom or spare bedroom, so you have a place to warm up. 

Also, make sure your utilities are up and running at your new address before moving day. (Our partners Utilities USA and National Broadband can help with that.) 

Check Your Car 

Make sure your own car is in working order and all fluids have been topped off. If you end up having to drive to your new address when it’s snowing, it’s crucial you can use your windshield wipers — and clean your windshield — as needed. Additionally, check your tires and brakes and have the following items in/with your vehicle: a spare tire, tow rope, bag of sand, flashlight, roadside emergency kit, collapsible snow shovel, warm blankets and winter clothes, as well as extra food and water. 

Hand Out Hot Drinks 

Whether it’s cocoa, coffee or tea, it helps to warm up from the inside out. Preparing hot drinks for everyone — your movers included — is a thoughtful touch that can help make a cold-weather move more manageable. 

To be certain, no one likes a sloppy, snowy moving day, but it happens. With these measures in place, your move will go more smoothly and be more efficient. Plus, your movers will greatly appreciate your help and consideration so they can do their best work.