Moving is often viewed as this high-stress event that can make everyone, including the calmest souls, lose their minds. Despite its relatively negative reputation, moving doesn't have to be a stressful process. In fact, it should be an exciting process and one that allows you to look forward to embarking on a new adventure in your new home, where you'll be making plenty of new and beautiful memories. To help you achieve this, we've compiled 7 useful tips that will make any moving process a breeze!
1. Kick things off by writing up a checklist
As the saying goes, "failing to plan is planning to fail." Failing to come up with a concrete plan for your big move is a recipe for disaster, and one that can make your moving process multiple times more complex and stressful. Once you've settled on an official moving date, start thinking about all the tasks you'll need to complete during this moving process and compile them into a checklist. Having a checklist will allow you to be extremely clear about all the numerous tasks you'll have to tackle before moving, allowing yourself to stay on track so that you can have fewer things to worry about as the actual moving day draws closer.
Everyone's checklist is going to look slightly different but here's one that can help you get started on yours: Pre-Move Checklist: 10 Things To Do Before Moving Into Your New Home.
2. Start early
Failing to allocate sufficient time to pack up your home is a common mistake that many people tend to make when moving. Regardless of whether you're going to be folding all your clothes or simply throwing your items haphazardly into your carton boxes, packing takes time. Small drawers that you initially thought would take only 5 to 10 minutes to pack could easily take closer to half an hour or even an hour instead.
Giving yourself insufficient time to pack, or much worse, packing last minute, is a sure-fire way to make your moving process much more stressful. Thankfully, with proper and realistic planning, you'll certainly be able to avoid this unnecessary stress! A general rule of thumb is to avoid leaving everything to the last minute and to start packing early and whenever you're free (e.g. while you're binge watching that new series on Netflix). Whether you end up packing a small or large amount of items tonight, it's definitely a small step towards a moving experience that's less stressful and more enjoyable.
3. De-clutter and purge your old home
The good thing about moving is that it provides the perfect opportunity to declutter, and purge your home of all the things that you haven't touched in years (or even decades). Apart from helping to reduce the amount of items that you'll have to pack and unpack, it'll also allow you to save some money on moving since your movers will have fewer boxes to move. So before you start throwing everything into your moving boxes, take some time to decide if you really need that item. If it's not something you've touched in the past year or so, you probably won't need it in the future, so pass it along to someone else who might benefit more from it!
4. Make small trips to your new place before the big day
Before the big moving day, it'd also be a good idea to make some small trips to your new place, if that's possible of course! Make use of these trips to do little touch-ups to your new place and to move some of items, like your clothes, pantry items, cleaning supplies, etc. Moving some of your items beforehand and getting them sorted in your new place can help to reduce the number of uncompleted items on your checklist, allowing you to tick everything off in a shorter amount of time!
5. Label, label, label!
We can't stress this enough but always remember to label your boxes. Whether it's a box meant for your bedroom, the kitchen or the living room, it'd be so much easier to figure out where to place your boxes if they're all labelled correctly! Apart from making it much easier to find all the items you need, you'll also be able to avoid having to move your opened boxes from one room to the other, potentially risking a catastrophe — both for your belongings and your body.
6. Set up a playdate for your kids and pets
Moving with young children and pets can be extremely stressful since you'll have to keep them entertained and occupied, on top of coordinating the move. If your kids are currently too young to be able to help out on the moving day or if you're a fur-parent, it might be best for you to set up a playdate for your kids and/or pets to hang out with some friends or family, so that you can divert all your attention on the moving process. This way, you won't have to worry about them getting stressed out, cranky or potentially injured during this process, taking some stress off your shoulders.
7. Employ a reliable moving company
It's probably safe to say that most of us would have heard of some horror moving stories involving certain moving companies, at some point. As much as professional movers are there to help us out and make this process much easier and more convenient, this statement holds true only if you've managed to employ a reliable moving company. Doing proper and extensive research before engaging a moving company might seem like additional work that's unnecessary, but we guarantee that it's certainly worth every second of your time. Apart from helping to save some of your precious time and money, taking the time to do your research will increase the chances that you'll be able to avoid having to deal with a moving catastrophe — the most important factor of all.
For tips on how to choose a moving company in Singapore, click here!