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Moving is one of those things that you gotta experience before you can give some advice on it. First-time movers might find it a little exciting and fun, but anyone who’s moved more than once will know that it’s a stressful experience if you aren’t prepared.

But there’s one thing that can make things even harder on you when moving: bad advice. Be it from friends and family members who think they know better, or AI-generated articles on the internet that don’t know what they’re saying, bad moving advice is everywhere.

So we’re going to tell you what that bad advice is and what to do instead if you want a smooth move.

“Decluttering takes too much time, just stuff your things in a box and move it all!”

This is horrible moving advice because most of us don’t realize just how much junk and clutter we’ve saved up over the years. Sure, you might not see it when you’re walking around the house and cleaning up, but spend any amount of time packing things and you’ll realize how much stuff you really have.

Decluttering is an essential part of moving that everyone should do. Not only does it help you downsize, but you can even make a bit of money from it selling stuff that you no longer need. The less you have to move with, the easier your move will be and the less time you’ll spend unpacking things later.

Just think of it this way–do you want to move with all of your junk that you’re just going to keep in a box anyway? If the issue is that you’re busy and don’t have time to declutter, then you should make some time for it. Trust us–it’ll be much easier to move when you’ve spent some time decluttering.

“Just rent a truck and move yourself–you’ll save a lot of money!”

Moving isn’t just about transportation. Moving also involves carrying heavy and often fragile equipment, and you could do with moving expertise and advice from professionals. Don’t think of it as paying people to just move boxes and drive for you–think of all the other benefits such as saving time and effort.

Hiring a moving company comes with loads of advantages that are worth the extra cost. Nobody wants to go through the pain of renting a vehicle, driving it themselves, and then delivering it back later. Skip all of that effort, save time, and just hire a service to help you.

“You don’t need an inventory list, it just takes up time that you could spend packing.”

An inventory list may seem excessive, but it doesn’t need to be long. You can simply label your boxes and then keep track of what boxes are being transported. Write a general description of what’s inside and keep note of important items.

This doesn’t take long and will give you peace of mind in the event you’re ever missing a box because you forgot it, or because the delivery service made a mistake somewhere. At least label your boxes and write down a list of what’s being moved so you can be sure that everything has arrived on time.

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