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Moving – The Atlantic

In this first volume of Remember the Internet, a series that tells a complete history of the Internet, one book at a time, journalist Ana Valens introduces us to the erotic gifs, hashtag fetish fan art, and sex worker resource blogs that combined to transform Tumblr into the vanguard of a user-generated sexual revolution. As she tells the story of her own online sexual and political awakening, Valens investigates how Tumblr’s technical architecture made it a convenient laboratory for social justice and sexual freedom, one that would ultimately clash with the government’s crackdown on sexuality online. 2021.

In the second Volume, Not just anyone can join the most elite Tori Amos tape trading webring of 1998. In a world before “search” and “social media,” teenage Megan Milks has what it takes, negotiating two-to-one trades of rare concert audio with some of the most intense “ears with feet” in the Toriverse, using their living room computer to navigate fandom friendships haunted with nascent queer meaning. In this new volume of Remember the Internet, Milks leads us through a world of bootleg concert recording on DATs and USEnet meetups, a world still inventing the rules for being with one another online: bring references, bring blanks.

Available September 21, 2021

In the third volume, Google Glass was supposed to replace phones and PCs, becoming the peripheral that turned the internet itself into a bodily function, making the instant overlay of real-time information into a new organic language. Where did everything go wrong? Was it the unchecked hubris of Big Tech, which had become addicted to solving problems that didn’t exist using grandiose solutions with prohibitive price tags? Was it a tone deaf marketing campaign that failed to take into account the secret loathing of Silicon Valley’s haughty elites? Or was it simply too early, a product before its time like the Palm Pilot or disco? Journalist Quinn Myers gets the inventors, users, developers, detractors, lovers, haters, models, and members all on the record in this slim new entry in the Remember the Internet series. NOT AVAILABLE FOR GOOGLE GLASS.

Available November 16, 2021

In the fourth volume, On Myspace, Noor al-Sibai is a scene queen: artfully curated and presented to rise to the top of the top 8. Off of it, she’s a teenager: dealing with trauma both personal and political, bad relationships, and understanding the ways in which the new world of social media is changing her relationship to each of these. In this new installment of Remember the Internet, Noor al-Sibai tells the story of growing up on Myspace as part of the first generation to come of age online.

Available Spring 2022

Useful Things to Think About When Moving to a New Home

Moving can be a stressful experience, especially if you are doing it for the first time. Fortunately, there are plenty of steps that you can take to make the process less daunting and more manageable. This article aims to highlight a handful of these steps so that you can enjoy the process of moving to a new home.

Planning Your Move

Easily one of the most important things you can do when it comes to moving is to make a solid and comprehensive moving plan. This helps to keep you on track and guide you through the process of moving. Plus, it can show you how to delegate the tasks that need doing, so that your family can help you too.

Create a Timeline. The first thing you should be doing when making your moving plan is to create an overall timeline for your moving process. By knowing when you need each major step of your move to happen, you can start planning around these events. Plus, it’ll allow you to delegate between your most and least important tasks for the moving process.

Set Yourself Deadlines. One of the best ways to make sure you stay on track for your move is to set yourself deadlines for the various jobs and tasks that you need to keep on top of. For example, saying you will fully pack the garage in two weeks’ time allows you to focus on getting the garage sorted, meaning you aren’t trying to focus on everything that needs doing all at once.

Moving Service or Move Yourself? You should decide early on whether you want to hire the services of a moving company or move yourself. Either is a viable option but knowing ahead of time allows you to make preparations for whatever possibility you decide on.

What Are You Packing?

Once your moving plan is in place, the next most important thing to think about is what you are packing for the move and how you are doing it. After all, packing your belongings is how you get everything from point A to point B. One thing to remember, though, is that packing will always take longer than you expect.

Declutter as You Pack. One of the best things you can do to help make your packing process easier is to declutter as you pack. There is no sense in moving items you don’t want, so by decluttering as you go, you can reduce how much you have to move overall.

Is There Enough Room? An important question to ask yourself when you are packing is whether you are going to have enough space in your new home for everything you are packing. If the answer to that question is no, then you might need to consider hiring a storage unit, like the kind you find at storagearea.com. This allows you to keep all of your belongings while still not overloading your new home.

Make Your Move

Finally, all that is left for you to do now is to make your move. Whatever your plan is, you can follow it through now. Relax, enjoy the process, and get excited to move into your new home! After all, it’s not every day that you move into a new place.

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Making Sure You Move to a Safe New Home

Moving is a very big deal for most people, and a lot of movers become very stressed when they are heading to a new home and area. Naturally, you want to ensure the home and the area you move to are going to be safe and secure for you and your loved ones, so it is important to do some research before you make any commitments or decisions. Fortunately, there are plenty of online tools and services that can help you to do this, and this includes address lookup tools among other things.

If you want to make use of tools such as this, you can click here to find address lookup sites. These sites can make it much easier for you to try to find out information about a specific property and those living there, and it means that you can conduct more thorough research when it comes to the area you are moving to. In this article, we will provide some tips on how to move to a safe new home.

What You Should Do

If you want to reduce stress levels and increase the chances of moving to a safe and suitable new home and area, there are a few steps you can take. Some of these are:

Check Crime Stats Online

One of the things you should do to determine the safety of the home and area you are moving to is to look at crime statistics for the area. You can do this easily and quickly online, and it will give you a far better idea of the crime levels in the area. This can then help you to find out more about how safe and suitable the area will be for you and your loved ones. It can also provide you with increased peace of mind.

Do a Check on Other Addresses

Using the lookup tools mentioned earlier, you can also do a search on addresses that are nearby such as your next-door neighbors and others living in your street. This will enable you to try to learn more about the people who live directly by your new home, which then makes it easier to determine safety. For instance, you may be able to see whether your neighbor has any criminal past, and you can do the same with others on your street. This is something that can prove invaluable to those who want to ensure they move to the right sort of area.

Search Your Own Address

One additional thing you can do by using these tools is to search the address of the property you are moving to. This could provide you with a range of information, including the details of past owners of the property. This then gives you an idea of whether there was anyone with a serious criminal history living at the property, which could also have an impact on safety.

These are some of the ways in which you can use address lookup and other tools to move to a safe area.

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THE HAPPY FITS – WHAT COULD BE BETTER

 The Happy Fits Release Tenth and Final Video What Could Be Better for Entire Album Series

 Fresh and snappy pop…” – NPR

Unforgettable pop…” – Popmatters

“Bright…catchy and clean…” – Alternative Press

Energetic and upbeat with an anthemic vibe…” – DuJour

“In a time where positivity is hard to come by, The Happy Fits are here with their transformative, sunny second album…” – The Talkhouse

The Happy Fits have released the video for the title track of their sophomore record, What Could Be Better. The new video tells the next chapter of the band’s previous visual for “Get a Job” which saw the band — Calvin Langman, Ross Monteith, and Luke Davis — enter Calvin in an area pickleball tournament and ultimately win a one-million-dollar prize. In this episode Ross and Luke revisit the tournament using a time machine they create and put things right by sabotaging the championship match after Calvin’s new wealth goes to his head.

This is the 10th and final video of the What Could Be Better video series, a project which saw The Happy Fits release a video for each track on the album, garnering over 1.4 million views.

Shortly after the release of their album What Could Be Better in 2020, The Happy Fits found themselves at a crossroads with their national tour canceled. Instead of accepting defeat, they returned to New Jersey and built a “command center” in their basement, creating an ambitious plan of attack with ten homebrewed videos. The success of these videos mirrors the band’s growth over the past year including their first Billboard charting with focus track, “Hold Me Down,” landing at #30 on the Alternative Airwaves chart and their monthly listeners jumping to over 775,000 on Spotify as they approach 50 million global streams.

What Could Be Better Music Videos

Go Dumb

No Instructions

Moving

Two of Many

The Garden

Hold Me Down

She Wants Me (To Be Loved)

Sailing

Get a Job

What Could Be Better

Built on the desire to connect with a world that’s sometimes distant, What Could Be Better is a mission statement that’s meant to be shared, channeling youthful malaise into songs like “The Garden,” “Sailing,” “Two of Many,” and “Hold Me Down” that demand to be sung as a celebration of our collective ability to overcoming the obstacles, barriers and hurdles we all maneuver in our effort to level up morally and emotionally.

Alternative Press, DuJour, PopMatters, Atwood Magazine and others have all signed on to champion the band’s unique, guitar-and-cello rock, with NPR asking “What Could Be Better? I honestly don’t know.” Their vividly written songs emphasize growing pains and life-changing realizations, which has helped The Happy Fits cultivate an eager and engaged fanbase who have propelled consumption rates through the roof.

In addition to their music, the band regularly connect with their fans through their Twitch channel or YouTube Gaming channel, where they explore the worlds of Minecraft, Among Us, Stardew Valley and Call of Duty (which they recently played with Ryan Key of Yellowcard). You can catch their weekly live series by adding their linktr.ee to your bookmarks.

Tickets for the What Could Be Better tour are on sale now on The Happy Fits website.

The Happy Fits What Could Be Better Tour Dates

Sept. 19 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Sea.Hear.Now Festival

Oct. 24 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery *

Oct. 25 – State College, PA @ Stage West *

Oct. 26 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Thunderbird Music Hall & Café *

Oct. 28 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups *

Oct. 29 – Indianapolis, IN @ Hoosier Dome *

Oct. 30 – Lakewood, OH @ MaHall’s *

Nov. 02 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground ^

Nov. 03 – New Haven, CT @ The Space ^

Nov. 04 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry (SOLD OUT) ^

Nov. 06 – Boston, MA @ The Middle East – Downstairs ^

Nov. 07 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom (SOLD OUT) ^

Nov. 09 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement (SOLD OUT) ^

Nov. 10 – Ferndale, MI @ Loving Touch ^

Nov. 11 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean ^

Nov. 12 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen (SOLD OUT) ^

Nov. 13 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry (SOLD OUT) ^

Nov. 15 – Des Moines, IA @ xBk ^

Nov. 16 – St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill Duck Room ^

Nov. 18 – Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar ^

Nov. 19 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater ^

Nov. 20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex ^

Nov. 22 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile – Showroom ^

Nov. 23 – Portland, OR @ Holocene ^

Nov. 26 – Berkeley, CA @ Cornerstone ^

Nov. 27 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom ^

Nov. 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge (SOLD OUT) ^

Nov. 30 – San Diego, CA @ Voodoo Room ^

Dec. 01 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar ^

Dec. 03 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada ^

Dec. 04 – Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room ^

Dec. 05 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall ^

Dec. 07 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar ^

Dec. 08 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Respectables ^

Dec. 10 – Orlando, FL @ Soundbar ^

Dec. 11 – Atlanta, GA @ The Loft ^

Dec. 12 – Nashville, TN @ High Watt ^

Dec. 14 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 ^

Dec. 15 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd (SOLD OUT) ^

* phoneboy and MAGS will support

^ snarls and MAGS will support

Filmstrip illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Best Places to Live × Work

The Best Places to Live and Work Abroad in 2021—InternationalLiving.com

While just about every country is willing to provide a tourist visa that lets visitors hang around for a few months, most will not grant permission to live and work within their borders without a job offer from a local employer. Some offer long-term residence visas that let expats legally live in the country, but they don’t typically allow for work. A new report from the editors at International Living highlights four countries where it’s possible to find easy access to a residence visa—and the permits that allow for work as well.

Source: International Living

It’s clear that an increasing number of Americans want a different life and are looking for countries where they can live and work legally. But the options are limited without a local employer willing to provide a job.

Expats able to earn from anywhere do have a few good options, however, according to International Living’s report. While a small collection of countries welcomes outsiders, who can qualify for the necessary visas, four in Latin America and Europe stand out as the best options in terms of cost, ease, and timing.

Panama

If your goal is to live and work remotely overseas, but remain close to U.S. borders, Panama is your best bet. Direct flights land in Panama City from at least nine U.S. cities and take between three and seven hours, depending on where you’re coming from.

Beyond proximity, Panama offers what it calls the Panama Friendly Nations Visa, a special program whereby nationals of certain countries (including the U.S. and Canada) can apply for permanent residence, which comes with a Panamanian cédula, the local ID card. That cédula is permanent, allowing holders to come and go as they please, as would a born-and-bred Panamanian. Separately, the program also allows holders to request a work permit through the Ministry of Labor, though that’s part of a different process.

Obtaining a temporary cédula takes about eight days. It will take another two days to obtain a multiple-entry visa that’s necessary so an individual can come and go as they wait out the roughly five-month process for the government to issue a permanent cédula. Once a cédula has been obtained, a person can then apply for a work permit from the Ministry of Labor, which will take about a month.

To start the cédula process, you’ll need basic documents—passport, proof from the FBI that there is no criminal record—and $5,000 in a Panamanian bank account, plus $2,000 for each dependent. And to obtain a work permit, then you’ll need to set up a Panamanian corporation (which can be disbanded after a year).

Uruguay

If speed is more important, then Uruguay is a great choice. Here, expats can land at the airport with the correct collection of documents, and if they already have a pre-scheduled filing date with the immigration office that day, they can file their paperwork and have a temporary cédula that afternoon or the next day. All that’s required is a birth certificate and an apostilled police record (meaning it has been authenticated and is acceptable across international borders). They will also need to show that they have the financial means to support themselves with a provable stream of income from anywhere in the world.

With a temporary cédula, they will also have immediate access to the state healthcare system, or they can immediately buy access with a local, private healthcare plan, which will cost about $70 to $350 a month, depending on the bell and whistles they want.

To manage the process themselves, expect to pay about $600 to $700. But they will also need to have a proficient level of Spanish, as none of the paperwork is in English. Otherwise, hire an attorney. It will be quicker and more efficient and will cost between $1,000 and $2,000.

­Portugal

Portugal has two visas that would apply to someone wanting to live and work on the Iberian Peninsula: D2 and D7. Technically, the D2 is for independent workers and entrepreneurs, while the D7 is for those who are retired or earning passive income. In practical terms, the D7 will make sense for most people, even if they’re not retired, because it’s based on income. The D2 requires proof that an expat can support themselves as a freelancer and can begin issuing Portuguese invoices on which the business will be taxed, though the tax rate is fixed at 20% for 10 years.

With the D7, instead, a person will need only to show that they have €8,000 (about $9,700) per person in a Portuguese bank account and that they have the equivalent of €30,000 ($36,400) in a bank account back in their home country.

To apply for either a D2 or D7 visa, an expat must enroll in the Portuguese tax system and become a tax resident. That requires obtaining a Portuguese tax number before they can even apply for a visa. And for that, they will need a sponsor, which can be a law office, accounting office, or migration office.

For that reason, they’ll need to hire a pro to walk them through the process and be their sponsor for the tax number. All in, that will cost you between €1,000 and €2,500 (about $1,200 to $3,000). The process will require two to four months to complete.

As a freelancer, an expat will also want to apply for Non-Habitual Resident status, or NHR, which is issued to people who’ve never lived in Portugal before and move to the country. With NHR status, income earned outside the country is exempt from taxes. They will have to file a Portuguese tax return and declare the income, though they’ll owe no taxes on it. The other benefit of this is that it shows Uncle Sam they’re a tax resident of another country, which then helps trigger their eligibility for the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion.

A person is eligible to apply for Portuguese citizenship and a passport after five years of residence, though they have to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the Portuguese language.

Czech Republic

It’s a two-step process in Czech Republic. First step: apply to join the živnostensky (zivno) list. This isn’t specifically for foreigners. It’s a trade license for any Czech resident who works independently, be that a plumber, masseuse, artist, or whoever. That will take a week at most. Zivno in hand, they can then apply for a one-year, temporary residence visa.

They must apply for a residence visa at a Czech embassy outside of the Czech Republic, show they have housing (a notarized lease agreement) for the full-length of the visa they seek, up to one year. That means they’ll need to visit the Czech Republic to arrange that. Some expats will move to Prague, obtain their housing and zivno, then take the train to nearby embassies in Berlin, Vienna, or Bratislava and complete their application.

They will need a signed letter from their bank stating that they have the equivalent of 125,000 Czech crowns on deposit (about $5,700). That will need to be translated into Czech, which a visa agency can handle. Be sure the account has a debit card, which must be presented at the application meeting at the Czech embassy, because officials will want to see it—it’s proof that a person can access the account.

An FBI criminal background check is required, though as an American an expat can also go to the U.S. embassy in Prague and sign an affidavit attesting to their criminal-free background. Along with a passport and an application form, that’s pretty much all the documents an applicant needs.

To hire a local agency to help with the process, it should cost less than 15,000 crowns (about $685) for everything. The embassy fee is a separate 5,000 crowns (about $230).

Once the temporary visa expires after a year, it can easily be traded in for a renewable, two-year long-term residence visa. After five years as a legal resident, a person is eligible to apply for Czech citizenship and a Czech passport, which like the Portuguese passport, is an EU passport and thus gives them free rein to live and work anywhere in the EU.

The full report on the best places to live and work in 2021, including more information for immigration experts in each of the countries mentioned, can be found at: The Best Places to Live and Work Abroad in 2021.

International Living has launched its new “Work From Anywhere” resource, devoted to coverage of innovative money-making strategies, ways to build a portable income, tips for boosting health and well-being, methods to maximize Social Security, and so much more. More information can be found, here.

Glass of Wine Illustration by Mina Tocalini

Babe Wine

Living with your partner during quarantine seems to go one of two ways. Either you become closer than ever and realize you’re meant to be, or you decide you’re just not that into them (like, why do they eat yogurt during a Zoom meeting?!) and that you need to break up… like, yesterday. 

BABE Wine and Bumble (who just hit 100 million users in July) are teaming up for the first time to cover your moving costs if you’re stuck living with your ex, so you can sip and scroll while they do the heavy lifting – literally. 

From today, Thursday, July 30 through Thursday, August 6, those who are newly single and looking for a fresh start can tag themselves (or a friend who’s newly single) in BABE’s post on @drinkbabe to be entered into the contest. Five winners will be chosen from the comments, and they’ll officially be one step closer to moving on.

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Bed Bath & Beyond has products, services, and solutions to help everyone get ready for on or off-campus living. As seen in 360 MAGAZINE.

Bed Bath & Beyond

By Armon Hayes

Post quarantine, many global citizens are adapting to the New World Order grand opening. College students, in particular, are navigating this semester, presenting new challenges, and subsequently shaping the future. COVID-19 has not only impacted economics across the board, but education as well.

Bed Bath & Beyond has products, services, and solutions to help everyone get ready for on or off-campus living. This is a crucial decision that many students will face, so it’s important that Bed Bath & Beyond makes college shopping easier and more convenient with great services and solutions. Bed Bath & Beyond is here to help with essentials, across the country students share faves and recommendations of what they couldn’t live without at school. Check out recommendations HERE.

No need to lug stuff from home to school. Students can pick out what they love online or at their local store and pick up at a store near campus to build a personalized workspace, whether students are home or away. From bedding to lighting, and décor, find everything needed to make a space cozy, functional, and authentically “you”! Utilize the Dorm & Apartment Checklists: A favorite resource among students and parents. These checklists have all they need for dorm or apartment life. Get it in-store or purchase online.

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Road Safety Tips Every Truck Driver Should Know

Long-distance truck driving can be a great job, but it can also be very dangerous. Every year, there are over 500,000 accidents involving trucks on American roads. More than 10% of all traffic accidents in the US involve a trucking accident. Driving long haul can be very, very physically and mentally and a moment’s lapse in concentration can have fatal consequences. 5,000 trucking accidents each year lead to death so it is so important to take every measure necessary to drive safely. 

This article lays out four road safety tips that every truck driver should know.

1. Do Not Drive If You are Tired

Long haul driving is extremely extraneous and tiredness is one of the main contributing factors in traffic accidents. If a driver is tired they may momentarily lose concentration or even fall asleep, both of which can lead to a crash. Being overly exhausted and staring for hours at the road can even lead to hallucinations which can cause a driver to make a mistake. Over 70,000 accidents a year come as a result of drowsy driving and these lead to more than 800 deaths. The expert attorneys at http://www.kraftlaw.com/, who represent drivers in all kinds of accidents, told us that it is vital for long-distance truck drivers to ensure that they have plenty of sleep before doing a long drive or an accident can easily occur for which they may be culpable. Whether you are a long-distance truck driver or a parent on the way home for a school run, your legal case will be significantly weakened if you were found to be overly tired when involved in a crash. Many truck drivers consume large quantities of caffeine or other stimulants to stay awake and alert, but these can distort judgment and affect reaction times so being well rested before the trip is a much safer method. 

2. Make Sure Your Truck is Fully Operational

A huge number of traffic accidents are caused by a mechanical failure and so it is vital to make sure that your truck is fully operational and that the brakes, lights, and other important safety features are all working perfectly. It is far better to check your truck before the trip rather than having to stop and find somewhere to make repairs. Not only may you not be able to find a place that can do the necessary repairs, but even if you do, the delay will put you behind schedule. This may cause you to speed which will increase your chance of an accident. Not only should you personally check your truck each time, but all commercial trucks should be regularly serviced by professional mechanics to make sure that they are up to road standards. 

3. Rest Every Few Hours

As well as getting lots of sleep before the journey, take regular rest stops along the way. This gives you a chance to recharge your batteries and to switch off mentally for a little while. Maintaining the concentration levels necessary to do a long drive is incredibly taxing so regular rests are very important to make sure that you don’t lose focus. Plan these stops on your route before you head off to break the journey up into manageable chunks. Budget the stops into your predicted driving time and make the most of each one. Whether you are stopping for a bite to eat, for a cigarette, or a nap, make sure that you are fully refreshed before you set off again. Meal times are a great time for rest stops and if you are driving a route you know well, you probably already have your favorite eateries to stop off at on the journey. Take your time and you will be well-rested and ready to continue.

4. Don’t Exceed the Speed Limit

Make sure you plan the journey well and give yourself enough time so that you can take those important rest stops and don’t have to speed. More than 50% of crashes are caused by speeding or careless driving and it can be so tempting to exceed the speed limit when you are falling behind schedule. When you are planning your route, assume there will be heavy traffic, roadblocks, or other obstacles and take them into account when estimating your journey time.

Long-distance truck driving can be a fantastic way to see the country and to spend some time with your thoughts. To make sure that you finish your journey safely, it is vitally important to follow all appropriate safety measures. Being well-rested, making sure your truck is working properly, and planning your route and time carefully are all key to safe long-distance truck driving. Take these tips into account next time you are planning a long haul journey.

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BALANCING SENTIMENTAL VALUE WITH DECLUTTERING AND ORGANIZING

Now that we are sheltering at home, many of us will start to tackle house related projects, including decluttering and organizing. But, letting go of things isn’t always easy. How much stuff do you have in your house that you keep around for purely sentimental reasons? Like that old t-shirt from a favorite vacation or the set of silverware that belonged to your grandparents?

While we all want to hold on to special memories, the impulse to “hold on to things” can quickly lead to clutter and mess if left unchecked. It’s important to balance the need to save with the need to streamline and get organized.

Admittedly, it can feel hard to have to give up precious family possessions. If you’re struggling with belongings of sentimental value while trying to declutter your home, try these tips:

1. CREATE A KEEPSAKE STRATEGY

If your sentimental belongings are starting to take over rooms in your home, it may be time to create a keepsake strategy and evaluate each item.

For example, if you recently lost a close family member, it can be tempting to want to hold on to so many of their possessions. But the truth is, even if your grandmother was the best knitter in the world, there’s no need for you to hold on to every blanket and sweater she made.

Divide your sentimental items into categories, and make a point to only keep a few from each category. For all your sentimental items, ask yourself:

  • Why is this specific item sentimental? If it’s because of the person you got it from, consider if you can remember the person and the special memory without this particular item.
  • Is this an item you’ll use?
  • Can you give it to someone who would get more use and value out of it?

Hopefully with this keepsake strategy, you’ll hold on to only a manageable number of sentimental belongings.

2. SAVE IT TO THE CLOUD

Rather than keeping large bulky physical items, can you take a photo and save it to the cloud? New research demonstrates that taking and keeping a digital photo can help you both preserve a memory (sometimes even longer than a physical item which may fade or grow moldy) while also decluttering your home.

You may even prefer to take digital photos of old family albums, as the digital photos will last longer without taking up space in your house.

3. KEEP THINGS IN THE FAMILY

While it may feel difficult to have to give up a precious family heirloom, ask yourself if it’s time to pass it on to someone else in the family who can now get better use from it.

 If it feels right, you might even want to give items to close friends, including them in the circle of your “wider family.” It might be the best way to keep family heirlooms and traditions going into the future.

4. DO GOOD

If there’s no one you know who might be able to use your old sentimental items, maybe you can give them away to someone in need.

While it can be hard to part with something you love, the knowledge that someone else can need it and appreciate it even more might help you feel better about your choice to give things away.

5. FOCUS ON THE FUTURE

While you certainly want to never forget where you came from, you also want to make sure you’re not stuck in the past.

It can be soothing and healing to spend some time in nostalgia. But don’t lose sight of your useful future goal to declutter and organize your home. Streamlining your possessions will help everyone in your home live calmly and more efficiently, and that’s definitely a worthwhile reason to declutter.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marty Basher is the design expert with Modular Closets. Marty regularly contributes on topics of home design, organization, improvement and more, helping home owners get the most out of the spaces in their home. Modular Closets are high-quality and easy-to-design closet systems made in the USA you can order, assemble and install yourself, in no time at all. 

Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

3 Important Things to Do After Moving to a New State

After you have moved to a new state, your work is far from done. There are many necessary things to do before settling in your new home. It can be very stressful and time-consuming. People are moving to another state for various reasons, but nevertheless, the process requires a lot of planning, determination, and effort to be able to transition into a new home smoothly. Living there can be beneficial for work, family and learning about a new culture. It can also contribute to your overall happiness.

To help facilitate the process and make it as convenient as possible, we have listed a few important things to do after moving to a new state.

Find a job

Work-related relocation is one of the most common reasons for people to move to another state. Some companies opt for relocating an employee between cities or states to cut costs. If you’re transferring with the company that you already work for, then you are considered very lucky. But if the forthcoming move is not in relation to your job, try to secure work in the new state well before relocating. Research online and look for the professional listings that you are qualified for. Utilize the advice of friends and acquaintances in your new state, as they may be able to supply you with beneficial assistance. Professional pointers and references are always helpful. Update your cover letter, resume and referral letters from your past employers. 

Find a new family Doctor

It is essential to find a good family physician for you and your family. Find a doctor who is a qualified specialist that can help keep you healthy. Primary care doctors can aid you when you need a broad range of medical issues treated. They will also be able to refer you to a specialist with a deeper set of skills who can treat you when you have specific medical care needs. Inquire through your old doctor, through co-workers, new friends, and neighbors for references. If this is not an option try and visit a local hospital near your new home and speak with the nurses and doctors.

Get connected

If you have kids or work from home, set up all the necessary utilities as soon as you arrive at your new home. Many individuals rely on a phone and internet for their business and livelihood. By doing so, it will also help you easily do online searches on needed information about your new state.