General, Home Improvement, Self-Care

What to Know When Moving to a New City

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Moving to a new city is both exciting and refreshing. In 2009, the UN estimated that 3 million people around the world were moving to new cities every week. A greater professional landscape and the possibility to meet people from diverse backgrounds offer many an opportunity they simply aren’t willing to miss. If you have recently thought of relocating and cannot wait to wave your family and friends goodbye for the promise of a better life, there are a few things you should know before booking that train or plane ticket.

With moving being one of life’s most stressful events, this is what you need to consider before taking the leap and embarking on what could be your life’s biggest changing journey.

The move itself

Packing all those boxes, and getting rid of unwanted items that no longer serve a purpose in your life, form a huge part of moving. Selecting what to take with you and decluttering your home will be one of the most stressful events you experience. It is good to know that there are a number of great moving companies out there whose services you can make use of to help you in this somewhat disruptive experience. Focus on downsizing while the professionals do the heavy lifting and packing!

Making friends

Landing in a new place and being surrounded by an exotic setting constitutes a great adventure for many. While it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the newness of it all, it is advisable that you start integrating into your surroundings as early as possible. This will ensure you start building a close-knit circle of friends and people you can rely on in the initial stages of your adventure. Starting a life somewhere new can feel lonely and this will only be minimized if you put some effort into building solid relationships right from the start. If approaching someone in a coffee shop or restaurant doesn’t seem too appealing, why not try online portals like Not4Dating? This is a site similar to a dating website, but solely for friendship!

Spending time alone

Having said all of this, nothing will ensure you get to know a place better like spending time alone. While being a newcomer in a city might make you a bit clingy and be over-reliant on the friends you make in the days immediately after you get there, it is important to keep to the routine you had before you made the move. If this involves going for your morning run, then make sure you don’t stop this for the sake of socializing. If you like exploring the city center and seeing what it has to offer, grab your camera and do so. Making new connections is important but so is spending time by yourself. Embark on these activities to make the start of your trip worthwhile!

While it won’t always be easy to feel comfortable in your new destination without your friends and family around, relocating to a new city will help you discover loads about yourself. Get out, explore and meet new people! If you feel lonely, the wonders of the internet will help you stay connected with your circle back at home.

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Say Goodbye to Your Floordrobe

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Even if you’re unfamiliar with the term “floordrobe”, chances are that you’ve encountered one in your very home at some point or another. A floordrobe is a hybrid of a floor and a wardrobe. It’s what happens when you don’t bother hanging or folding your clothes and placing them in their proper place. Sure, it may be tempting to fling your clothes on the floor after a long day or a night out. But there’s no excuse for leaving the items there for an extended period of time.

After all, it doesn’t take all that much effort to store your clothes properly. What’s more? You’ll actually save yourself time when it comes to washing clothes again or ironing. If you store things properly in the first place, these extra chores won’t be necessary! So, to help you along the way, here are a few different clothing storage options that will ensure everything you own has its own designated spot.


General Clothing

For general items of clothing, it’s best that you have your own individual system of organization in place. This way, you will always know where everything is when you need it. Avoid hanging everything in your wardrobe with neither reason nor rhyme. Choose a theme and stick with it! Perhaps you’d like to ensure everything is color coordinated, hanging items in groups of similar colors. Perhaps you’d prefer similar items to be located together, for example, a section of tees, a section of trousers, a section of skirts, and a section of dresses. Whatever your code, stick with it!

Shoe Storage

Shoes tend to take up a lot more space than any other item of clothing. Why? Well, their shape can’t generally be altered. They can’t be folded and are generally bulky. So where should you keep them? Well, luckily there are various storage solutions out there. If you have a divan bed with under bed storage, why not keep them there? If you have space under your bed, you could opt for roll-out racks with wheels for easy access. Alternatively, there are shoe racks for sale which can be hung in your wardrobe alongside your general items of clothing or on the inside of your wardrobe or cupboard doors.

Casual Clothing

You don’t have to worry about hanging up casual clothing, such as pajamas or loungewear. Why? Well, it doesn’t matter all too much if there are small creases in the fabric. Instead, you can save significant amounts of space by folding these types of clothing and storing them in drawers. Try to find a set that has a few different drawers with available space. This will help you to organize thing. As an example, you could have one drawer for underwear, one drawer for socks and tights, and another for pajamas. If you have space, you could also use an extra drawer for gym wear!

Having these different types of storage available at all times will make organizing your clothing much more simple. So, it’s time to say goodbye to your floordrobe!