If you haven’t experienced moving before, everyone can attest that it can be an exciting yet stressful, tiring, and time-consuming transition. However, many busy professionals — those who barely have the time to go home or have time for themselves due to their hectic schedule and demanding workload — don’t have the luxury of time.
Whether we like it or not, moving will take up a lot of time and effort. Failing to do so could result in issues which can range from leaving behind or accidentally losing items you need, to pay for unnecessary and avoidable costs. Luckily, with proper planning and knowing all your options, even the busiest professionals can pull off a stress-and-hitch-free move.
That said, let’s take a look at different tips to help busy professionals with the big move:
Slowly But Early
Even if the demands of your job (or business) won’t allow you to take a few days off to prepare, de-clutter, pack up and move you can still take advantage of the few free hours you have at the end of the day or on weekends. If you’re about to move in a month or so, try allocating at least 1-2 hours a day to moving preparations, and whenever you can. As soon as you’re 100% certain about the move, you can start the process. First off, make a plan and schedule, a to-do list of what you should accomplish each day before the move, and reserve the last few weeks for packing. You’d be surprised as to how even just an hour each day of doing moving-related tasks leaves you with little to do when moving day arrives.
Pre-Plan the Sorting (And Disposal)
One of the most time-consuming parts of moving is the sorting — determining which items to bring, and which items you no longer need. At the end of your sorting plan, you’d have a list of all the things you’ll be keeping, and the items that you won’t. Then, you’ll want to make a plan as to how you’re going to dispose of the latter; you can either sell them, gift them to friends and family, donate them, or throw them away. A cool tip is taking a picture of every room in the house at different angles, including your attic, your cabinets, and closets. This way, whenever you have some time to spare at work, you can continue making your sorting and disposal plan.
The Packing Week
On the week before the move (or earlier, if possible), you should start packing up everything that you’ll be bringing along to your new home. Start packing up your clothes and belongings each night, and set aside everything that you need during that workweek (clothes, files, office supplies, food, etc.). The rest should already be packed up and ready to load and transport. This way, when moving day comes, you’ll only have a few items left to pack up.
No Time to Sort Cabinets and Drawers? Then Don’t
If you’re short on time, you can simply opt to just keep all the items inside your dressers and cabinets, then tape them shut. You can always sort the content later on in your new place.
For those who simply can’t afford to allocate time for packing and unpacking, there’s always the option to outsource the job to a professional — and it’s actually not as expensive as it sounds. To ensure that you have the best deal, get quotes from as many removalists as you can — it won’t take an hour to message or call them for quotations. There are even removalists such as Nuss Removals & Storage who literally take care of everything moving-related from packing, transporting, and even unpacking your items in your new place (like placing all your clothes in the bedroom wardrobes and have your plates and kitchenware in the kitchen cabinets).
The Take Away
Basically, the key to preparing for a move despite having a busy schedule is time management. There’s really no going around the fact that moving is a time-consuming activity, but with the proper guidance, you can definitely pull off the big move without any issues.