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16 Brilliant Moving Hacks

Moving is never easy, but it's just one of those things in life that has to be done sometimes. With these simple tricks though you can at least make the process as painless as possible.

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Get Good Boxes

Wine and liquor stores are great place to find boxes that have dividers for glasses and you can often get free boxes on Craigslist from other people who just moved. If you can't find good ones for free though, just head to Home Depot or Lowes where you can buy packs of clean, sturdy boxes for barely anything -it's a lot better than dealing with soiled boxes that are ready to rip at any second.

When you're done moving, don't forget to store your boxes away for your next move or put them on Craigslist to help other people about to move.

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Stop Grocery Shopping

The less food you have when you move, the less you'll have to transport or toss. So make your last shopping trip two weeks before you move and make an effort to eat everything you can from your freezer and fridge before cleaning and defrosting it the day before the big move.

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Change Your Address Early

Assuming you can start receiving mail before you move, change your address at least two weeks prior to the big day. A lot of places require processing time, not to mention that it will give you time to get mail from places you would have otherwise forgot about.

Use Your Existing Suitcases, Baskets, Etc. as Boxes

You're already going to be taking them with you, so why not make them useful. Rolling suitcases are particularly handy for heavy items like books.

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Get Rid of Stuff

Both while packing and unpacking, keep an eye out for stuff you don't use, don't need and don't want. Offer it up to friends or donate it to thrift store -just get it out of your house.

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Use Your Clothing, Towels and Sheets as Padding

Your tees, sheets, towels and sweaters can make great padding in boxes with fragile items. You might need to use some bubble wrap and paper to pad things, but these make great padding and you have to pack them either way. Socks even make great padding for glasses.

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Protect Makeup With a Cotton Ball

No one wants their foundation or eye shadows to crack during a move, but it's all too common during a move. A cotton ball or pad in the packaging will stop things from breaking when they get banged around.

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Plastic Wrap Dresser Drawers

Light dresser drawers can be taped or plastic wrapped in place so you don't need to unpack them. Heavier drawers can be pulled out, wrapped up with the contents inside and then moved without an extra box.

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Slide Your Clothes On Hangers Right Into Garbage Bags

It not only saves you a box, but also makes unpacking as easy as hanging them back up and pulling off the bag.

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Store Your Screws and Bolts in Plastic Bags

When you take apart furniture for the move, store the bolts, screws and other parts in a sandwich bag and then tape them to the pieces of furniture. You may also want to label the bags with a felt pen, just in case they are separated.

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Prep Your Bathroom Ahead of Time

If it hasn't been cleaned in advance, clean it before you move in because you're hardly going to want to scrub toilets after carrying a bunch of boxes in. Additionally, make sure you have a shower curtain, towels, soap and toilet paper ready because you'll want to be able to take a shower and use the toilet when you move in -not have to search around to find these things after you move.

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Pack an Overnight Bag for Your First Night

Put together a bag with a few days worth of clothes, toiletries, medications, cell phone chargers, laptops and paper towels so you don't need to search through all of your boxes to find what you'll need for your first few nights. Also, make a file folder with your insurance documents, birth certificates and other important documents and bring that with you just in case you run into trouble.

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Keep Your Valuables Safe

If you're moving a long distance or hiring movers, protect your smaller valuables like jewelry by packing them separately (maybe even in a lockbox) so you know they're safe. Be sure to keep this box in the car with you.

Take Photos If You Rent

Shoot images of your new place before you move in and your old place after you move out. It's important to document the condition of your rental in case there are any issues while dealing with your deposit.

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Throw A Housewarming Party ASAP

Even if you aren't big on housewarming parties, it's a great way to force you to move in, unpack and clean up quickly. Otherwise you may find yourself still unpacking boxes months later.

Need a little help cleaning up before or after a move? Then don't miss these 16 wonderful cleaning tricks.


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10 Crazy Cool Clock Designs

There's never a bad time for cool clock designs and these are some off the most impressive time-telling tools we could find.

Eyeclock

This whimsical clock by Mike Mak looks in the direction of the time -the hour on the left and the minutes on the right.

Melting Clock

Whether you're into the concept that time is fluid and relative to the observer or just like the look of Dali's melting clocks, there's a lot to love about this awesome surreal clock sold at ThinkGeek.

Recycled Goodies

Etsy seller Pixelthis has a particular set of skills -making ordinary objects into funky wall clocks. A few of our personal favorites include this iBook, turntable, Kodak Brownie and magnetic tape.

Moon Clock

We love a full moon and now you can have one in your room every night with this cool moon clock that glows in the dark. This clock is great for perfectionists as it actually is a composite image of real photographs of the moon, making it a highly accurate replica of the Earth's favorite nightlight.

Bike Parts Sunburst

For a classic sunburst wall clock with a twist, you could do a lot worse than this gorgeous design by DreamGreatDreams that's made from recycled bicycle spokes and a chain.

Word Clock

It's strange how we describe the time compared to how it is displayed. Cold hard numbers leave no room for our verbal flourishments like "o'clock" or "half past." This fun word clock takes full advantage of our verbal quirks to make a unique and attractive display piece.

Mhin Clock

Some people just love to see their numbers visualized in graph form. With this cool Mhin Clock by James Tobin, your time is displayed as a bar graph rather than in digits.

Origami Clock

Giftedpapers cleverly markets their paper clocks as perfect first anniversary gifts -which they are, but the impressive origami designs are also great for anyone who loves beautiful crafty creations.

Big Gears

A perfect clock for steampunk, mechanical or bicycling fans alike, this cool clock chugs along the large gear to tell you the time in a kinetic, modernist manor.

3P

This cool clock by Robocut Studio makes it look like you have a 3D cube hanging on your wall -emphasizing the idea that time is merely an illusion itself.

Of course, if you have a great clock, you'll need a nice light to be able to read it, so don't miss some of our lists of great lights.


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8 Amazing Isolated Lodges, Homes and Monasteries

We all need a little time to ourselves, but some people would rather live like a hermit than see anyone enter their home. These lodges, homes and monasteries are sure to guarantee all the alone time you can handle -and some nice scenery along with it.

The House On Ellidaey Island

Technically a hunting lodge and not a home, this structure was constructed by a local hunting club to offer members a place to stay while stalking the puffins that inhabit Iceland's Ellidaey Island. Even so, it did provide shelter and even features a sauna so it's close enough to a house for us. Of course, you probably wouldn't want to move into this amazingly beautiful building yourself as the remote location means that the structure still lacks electricity and indoor plumbing.

It's worth noting that you may occasionally see websites claiming the home belongs to Icelandic singer Bjork, but the pop star happens to live on a completely different island in Iceland also named Ellidaey -hence the confusion.

Solvay Hut

Like the house on Ellidaey Island, the Solvay Hut isn't a home, but it still offers shelter to those traveling this isolated path. The hut is the highest hut on the Matterhorn summit, squeezed onto a ledge over 13,000 feet up and is intended only as an emergency refuge for climbers who need temporary shelter on their way to the peak (though many hikers take a break outside to admire the view). The small space was constructed in only five days back in 1915, though it was rebuilt in 1966, and features ten beds and an emergency telephone.

Wordie House

Constructed as a research base all the way back in 1947, the Wordie House is located on the Argentine Islands just off the west coast of Graham Land, Antarctica. As you might imagine, the station (that features little more than thin wooden walls and an uninsullated roof) is far from comfortable -particularly during the seemingly unending winters of Antarctica.

Even so, multiple groups of brave men and women (in groups of four or five) spent numerous winters in the uncomfortable structure that served as one of the first research stations in the world's least visited continent. The building still stands in place and even serves as a time capsule of the work performed in the research station.

Eremo di San Colombano

Built out of a cliffside cave, construction on this outlandish monastery began all the way back in 753. When the monks discontinued the use of the structure, townspeople took over care of the monastery and in 1996, it was restored and opened to the public. Of course, those visiting still have to brave the 102 steps carved right into the rock leading up to the church.

Xuankong Temple

Built right into the cliffs near China's Mount Heng, the Xuankong Temple sits an impressive 250 above the ground, seemingly supported by little more than thin wooden pillars (though the main structural support actually comes from beams fitted into the cliffs and careful use of cantilevering). Construction on the temple began all the way back in the 6th century, making the end result a marvel of ancient construction techniques.

The temple is the only existing monastery that combines religious worship from the three traditional Chinese religions, Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism. While the facade might seem narrow, the caves inside offer ample space for religious practices, including over forty individual rooms.

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Casa do Penedo

High in the Fafe Mountains of Portugal sits a home that looks like it fell right out of The Flintstones. Constructed between four massive boulders found on the site, the two-story home looks rustic but still has plenty of amenities, including a swimming pool carved from a nearby rocks.

Being this far from civilization comes with a cost though and this impressive home still has no electricity or indoor plumbing. Even worse, making a structure this unique attracts visitors even when it was purposely constructed out in the middle of nowhere. In fact,  owner Vitor Rodrigues had to move to escape the constant flow of visitors.

Just Room Enough Island

Like the owner of Casa do Penedo, the Sizemore family discovered that building an isolated house can backfire if it is unique enough to become a tourist destination. In this case, the family purchased a tiny island in the Thousand Island archipelago and thought the tiny home they constructed on what they named "Just Room Enough Island" would make an excellent vacation house to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Instead, the sight of a home built on an island of almost the exact same size was enough to drive visitors past the home on an ongoing basis.

Katshki Pillar

Sitting 130 feet above the ground near the Georgian town of Chiatura is a natural limestone pillar with the ruins of a small church balanced on it. The church originally was constructed in the 9th or 10th century and remained in use until at least the 13th century. After its abandonment, it remained unvisited until researchers scaled the pillar in 1944, discovering the monastery held a wine cellar, a crypt and more. The church has since been restored, but it remains inaccessible to the public.

While you may not realistically be able to live in any of these places, they're certainly fun to daydream about when you desperately need to get away from it all.


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