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Stress-free Moving Tips For Families

Many people believe that moving is a tough job to do. First, before you are ready to move, you are supposed to find a man and van services, like Shift, that you can trust. It would be best if you also made sure that your items are ready before the actual moving date. Here are stress-free moving tips that you can use to make the activity less stressful.

1. Create Your To-Do-List

At first, you will find that there is way too much to recall. But with an accurately formulated to-do-list, there is nothing to worry about. In your list, you are supposed to include everything that you need to do before it is too late. Even if you have had your offer accepted and there are still months left until completion, that does not imply that you shouldn't be ready ahead of time.

Each day, after you are sure that you will have to move, you need to check your to-do-list. That way, you will recall everything you might have forgotten to take care of or add to your existing list. If you like, sign up for some email reminders so that you are informed at the right time when a certain task is due.

2. Do Not Overspend on Bubble Wraps and Boxes

When moving to a new house, the boxes and bubble wraps might cost way too much. But you can reduce these expenses when you know the right place to look for them. For instance, you can be sure to find moving boxes in grocery stores, book stores, and from persons that just moved into your neighborhood.

Those who moved on might just be looking for ways to get rid of their moving boxes. Therefore, if you ask them, they won't hesitate to give them to you. Also, in place of bubble wraps, you can make use of old clothes and socks. To get rid of clutter after moving into your new space, you can give those boxes to someone looking to move.

3. Dedicate Time to Pack

The best way to reduce the stress involved with moving is to stop everything and just focus on packing your valuables. Each day, you need to do some packing so that you reduce the amount of tasks left. If you have kids that need your attention, consider asking a friend or loved one to take care of them on your behalf.

If you are on a fixed schedule, consider asking for time off work, or just focus on this single task over the weekend. By doing this work several hours in a single day, you will make huge progress. To be orderly, you want to pack all your items in one room and then move to the next one.

4. Find a Moving Company

Once you are sure of the moving date, you need to start looking for a moving company you can trust. Begin by searching on the internet for movers in your location. If this is going to be your first time moving, ask for recommendations from friends and loved ones. They will share information about some of the best moving companies in the neighborhood.

You can also search for movers based on their services' price and the terms and conditions on which they operate. The moving company of your choice should be one that is insured and licensed so that your items are safe in case an accident happens.

5. Take Time to Clean

Before moving to your new space, you want to make sure that it is clean and ready for you. Therefore, go there and do some thorough cleaning. While doing that, check and ascertain that everything is in order. This should include the floor, kitchen, roofing, ceiling, etc.

Report to the seller if you realize any problem that might cost you money to fix. Before you commence the cleaning, you can ask an experienced agent to inspect the new house for any imperfections that need to be fixed before you move in.

The Bottom Line

Many homeowners believe that moving is an undulating activity. While they might be right, using the shared tips, you can make the process flow smoothly. Start by creating a list of activities you need to complete and look for a moving company that you can trust with your valuables. You can seek assistance from a friend or family member who had moved before.

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Black Wall Street: The Story of One Black American Superhero

Like so many millions across the globe, I deeply mourn the loss of one of our greatest real-life superheroes, Chadwick Boseman. To pay tribute and homage to him, my family rewatched his amazing performance in Black Panther. T'Challa was one of Boseman's most important roles both on and off the screen, as his portrayal of the heroic warrior and leader of the people of Wakanda inspired viewers of all ages.

Re-visiting the futuristic city of Wakanda on screen caused me to reflect on how Blacks in America once had our own version of Wakanda: Black Wall Street. Black Wall Street was the name given to the wealthy, thriving, Tulsa, Oklahoma neighborhood of Greenwood in the early 1900s. The nearly 40 square-block neighborhood had more than 300 businesses and over 1,000 homes, including several stately mansions. Like Wakanda, Black people in Greenwood built their own hospitals, schools, theaters, newspapers, churches, and everything needed for their community to flourish.

Tragically, he lost everything he built, as did the entire district of Greenwood, in the largest, government-sanctioned race massacre in U.S. history.

With only 42 years separating the moment Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves and Greenwood's founding, the amazing feat of Blacks building Black Wall Street is something that required supernatural acts of real-life superheroes the likes of which we see onscreen in Black Panther.

One of these real-life superheroes and leaders of Black Wall Street was my great-grandfather A.J. Smitherman, owner and editor of the Tulsa Star. The Tulsa Star was the first daily Black newspaper with national distribution and was a source for Black people to stay informed about issues affecting them throughout the US. A member of the first generation of Blacks born free in the late 1800s, Smitherman attended La Salle and Northwestern Universities. After receiving his law degree, A.J. began his career in community activism, politics, and the newspaper business.

A fearless leader in the Black community not just in Tulsa but throughout the nation, he dedicated his life to empowering his race in all categories of life in every way: morally, economically, physically, and politically. A.J. fiercely and courageously used his newspaper and the power of the press to end a myriad of corrupt operations and develop his community. As one of the most influential founding fathers of Black Wall Street, his contribution and investment in Greenwood was and is immeasurable. Tragically, he lost everything he built, as did the entire district of Greenwood, in the largest, government-sanctioned race massacre in U.S. history.

Unlike Wakanda—the fictional land hidden in the mountains of Africa, mostly invisible to the outside world and protected from foreign threats—Greenwood was exposed. Greenwood was not only visible, but the 11,000 residents and their luxurious lifestyle were a constant reminder to their poor white neighbors across the tracks that Black people had surpassed them in economic empowerment and success. Eventually, the jealousy, greed and contempt for the growing Black economic and political power ignited a horrendously evil act of domestic terrorism by white Tulsans.

A.J. fiercely and courageously used his newspaper and the power of the press to end a myriad of corrupt operations and develop his community.

On May 31st, 1921, thousands systematically looted and burned down Greenwood in a 36 hour-long massacre resulting in the murdering of over 300 Blacks. Thousands more were detained in concentration camps where they remained for months through the freezing Oklahoman winter.

In a recent interview, I was asked what goes through my head when I see the racial unrest taking place today and compare it to what was happening 100 years ago leading up to the Tulsa Massacre. The short answer is that I am incredibly sad. I'm sad for so many reasons. One of the things I am saddest about is knowing that my great-grandfather and great-grandmother sacrificed everything for the betterment and empowerment of their race. And after all of these years, the struggle continues.

I believe that now, more than ever, it is so important to maintain not only our hope but our faith.

A.J. Smitherman's writings in both the Tulsa Star, and thereafter in the Empire Star, a paper he founded later in New York, reveal a man full of hope and ambition to make a difference and contribute to his race and his country as part of the first generation of Blacks born free. He worked tirelessly to this end until the day he died in 1961. Tragically, A.J. died still a fugitive of the state of Oklahoma, having been unjustly indicted by a grand jury for inciting the massacre. This is another point of tremendous pain and grief for me and my family. It is a travesty that he never saw justice in his lifetime, and he furthermore never saw his dream of racial equality.

But perhaps what saddens me most is the fact that I truly believe that in his heart, he still had hope that America was on a path to find its way out of its dark past and into the light of a new dawn. He hoped that the nation would one day become a country where his descendants would no longer be subject to racial hatred, discrimination, and economic disenfranchisement. And I'm certain that he believed the days that Black people would fear being lynched would be long gone by now.

One of the things I am saddest about is knowing that my great-grandfather and great-grandmother sacrificed everything for the betterment and empowerment of their race. And after all of these years, the struggle continues.

I can feel A.J.'s blood in my veins, and I feel a responsibility to carry the torch of the light of hope. I believe that now, more than ever, it is so important to maintain not only our hope but our faith. I'm very grateful for the attention being brought to the legacy of Black Wall Street and A.J. Smitherman. Knowing their story of success and triumph and how it tragically turned to massacre and destruction is vital to insuring history doesn't continue to repeat itself 100 years later.

One thing I know for certain is that building a brighter future will require all of us to summon our own inner superhero, like A.J. Smitherman and Chadwick Boseman before us, and work together to continue to fight for our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.