5 Easy Tips for Organising Your Kitchen after Moving In

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A kitchen is an important place for the family where all your foods are made to share with your family. It is good to take time and effort to clean the kitchen after making a lot of mess. However, we have the tendency to just keep the equipment into random drawers and cupboards only to struggle in finding the same equipment or hurting ourselves while finding it.

It is best to keep our kitchen tidy by using these 5 simple tips to help keep your kitchen safe and make more room so that you will be able to store more kitchen equipment.

Tip 1.  Keep your kitchen utensils and tools in a drawer divider. 🍴

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Have you ever seen a messy utensil placement in your kitchen drawers before? We sometimes have the tendency to just place our utensil inside the kitchen drawer without keeping it organized and tidy. It is dangerous as sharp objects are poking out like fork and cutting knife, that would have easily hurt or injured yourself.

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To keep the risk of hurting yourself to a minimum, you can get utensil trays/dividers to arrange your utensils in order like:
- Table Spoon
- Teaspoon and dessert spoon
- Forks
- Chopsticks.

Cutting knives are sharp, and its blades are better to be placed away from you and the handle towards you. That way, you will be able to take the knife out with ease. For kitchen knives, you can get a knife holder to keep the knife's sharp blades inside the holder.

This will help to save a lot of space, and you will be able to keep your utensils after cooking or washing with ease.

Tip 2. Keep your kitchen equipment in areas where you can reach. 🥄

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Keeping your cooking equipment in areas that you can reach will help you to stay organised too. You can use the wall to your advantage and attaching the rod onto the wall, filled with S-shaped hooks or taped on hooks on the wall where you can hang cooking equipment such as:
- labels
- spatulas
- big wooden spoons.

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You can hang other equipment like:
- wet towels
- whisk
- pastry brush
- spider (long-handled spoon with a
fine-mesh basket)
- grater
and many more kitchen equipment that allows you to hang onto the hooks.

Using this method, you can take your cooking utensils with ease while cooking and it will be at the eye-level, which means you will be able to see what cooking equipment you need and no more bending down to find it.

Tip 3. Arrange your tableware. 🍽

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Plates and bowls are fragile as most of them are made of glass with beautiful designs. You can arrange your tableware such as:

  • Stacking: Plates and Bowls can be stack on top of one another. You can stack the plates and bowls individually, or you can stack by placing the plates at the bottom while the bowl can be on top of the plates.

  • Positioning: You can place the stacked plates and stacked bowls side by side, or top to bottom. That way, you can take both plates and bowls out with ease.

With this, you will have more space to place your lunch boxes, other containers, cups, or pots together with the tableware section. 

Tip 4. Arrange your cups by types.

Cups are fragile too as most of them are made of glass covered with designs or patterns depending on one's taste and liking. There are others made of plastic for child friendly.

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There are many methods to keep our cups, and they are:

  • Arrange in types: We have many kinds of cups and mugs, like wine glasses, drinking glass (tumbler), cups and coffee cups. We can arrange them into types of cups so that it is simpler to know what cups you have and where you kept it.

  • Keeping mugs and cups that are in use: They can be placed at areas at your eye-level because cups and mugs are often used for drinking water, making coffee or use it for other drinks. 

  • Keeping additional mugs and cups that are not in use: you can put it at the cupboard which a rack so that you can place many cups and mugs in one area.

That way, you will know where to find those cups whenever you need them. You can put the extra cups beside the space where you keep your plates and bowls for easier space-saving and remembering where you put your tableware and cups at too.

Tip 5. Arrange your pots and pans in sizes. 🍳

Pots and pans come in different sizes and different types, such as:

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There are many ways to keep your pots and pans neatly and tidy in the kitchen.

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For the pots, you can keep them at the bottom of the kitchen drawer, which is called "Deep Drawers". In every kitchen, there is a Deep Drawer at the bottom of kitchen drawers and it works excellent for storing cookware which gives enough space to set pots and pans in one layer so that it will be easier to pull out and retrieve large pots.

Another way to keep your pots and pans is by stacking them on top from each other. At the bottom of the stack, it will be the big size of pots or pans and stack all the way to the smallest. You can use the pot’s lid to support the base of the pot that is going to be stack on top of the bottom pot.

That way, you can save a lot of space in packing more equipment in the kitchen and creates less mess as you can take out the pots and pans needed for cooking.

Keep your kitchen tidy.✨

Using these 5 easy tips will be rewarding as you will be able to know where you keep your kitchen equipment when cooking or baking. Not only that, but you will also be able to see how much space you have so that you can have much more equipment inside.

It could be challenging to organise your kitchen well after unpacking all your boxes, by following our tips and some effort. These easy organisation tips will last your long time to come.

Who is TheLorry?

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TheLorry is well-known for its fast and easy lorry rental and van booking platform, as they provide services such as lorry transport, professional house moving and office moving. They partnered with reputable and experienced drivers who will transport the goods safely and securely to your destination. Find out how TheLorry provides that your move is fast and easy.

Bulky Item Moving Services 📦

TheLorry has three kinds of vehicles that can do bulky moving; they are:

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So, if you are operating an online store in Singapore or Carousel, or when you are giving your family some furniture to their house, you can choose one of these services for:

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VAN:
Are recommended to transport multiple small and bulky items like:
- TV
- Electronic gadgets
- A washing machine
- A queen size mattress
- A large table with four stacked chairs

 The van can also fit many small boxes.

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10FT & 14FT LORRY: 
Are recommended to transport multiple oversized bulky items like:
- fridge
- wardrobe
- cabinet
- queen/king size beds
- tables & chairs

They can also help to carry multiple large boxes into one location for you so that you can save so much time in just making one trip, rather than making multiple back and forth trips.

ADDITIONAL MANPOWER:
You can customize the number of manpower that you need.

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House Moving Services🏠

TheLorry has a unique feature; they provided house moving packages that you can choose. There are four different services, and they are:

SINGLE ROOM MOVING:
This house moving service is suitable for customers who are an expatriate or outside worker who are moving into the rental HDB flat. Not only that, but international students can also use this service if they are moving into a family/friend house or rental HDB flats.

1 BEDROOM HOME MOVING:
This house moving service is suitable for customer who are moving into their HDB flats, married couples who want to start a small family or BTO couples who are getting their new HDB housing.

2/3 BEDROOM HOME MOVING:
This house moving service is suitable for customer who is married couples or parents who are moving into a bigger house as they need a bigger space to grow their family. Not only that, but it could also be customers who are moving into condominium or BTO couples who are getting their new housing that has bigger rooms.

4 BEDROOM AND LARGER MOVING:
This house moving service is suitable for large moving items and for customers who are moving into private housing or a maisonette.

ADDITIONAL MANPOWER: You can customize the number of manpower that you need
INSURANCE: For every moving service that the customer makes, there will be an insurance cover up to $500 if there are damage or lost products when moving.

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Why Choose TheLorry?

With all these services, you can put your trust with us whenever you opted for moving bulky items or moving into a new home as we transport your items safely and professionally. You can enjoy the home moving packages and discounts provided by TheLorry for a more affordable price in your moving. Make a booking on our website and get matched with our driver with just a few clicks. You can call our hotline service
@+65 3138 9164

5 Steps to Organize your Wardrobe

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You have probably organized your wardrobe countless of times over the years, and yet every few months it will still end up having a disorganized wardrobe again. Our step-by-step guide will show you how easy it is to organize your wardrobe for good.

Maintaining an Organized Wardrobe

It continues to be an ongoing process of keeping your wardrobe organized as you may have new clothes to keep or old clothes to throw away or donate them to the Salvation Army. Follow these 5 steps to organize your wardrobe and you can spend less time in constantly rearranging your clothes ever again.

STEP 1:  Clear out your wardrobe

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First, take out everything from your wardrobe and pack your clothes, pants, bags, and accessories in one large surface area, like your bed or the floor. Take out anything that is still lingering inside the wardrobe like air purifier, any cosmetics, or precious items that you hide inside the wardrobe for safekeeping.

Once you check everything is clear, go and give your wardrobe a proper clean from up to down. Dust out all the dust, vacuum the dust inside the wardrobe and wipe the corners, the walls, and the mirrors too.

STEP 2.  Plan out your new wardrobe

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Time to plan out how you want to arrange your stuff in the wardrobe. You can use those vertical storage space, built-in shelves, and multiple hanging rods to your advantage.

For areas that are hard for you to reach, like upper shelves, you can use it to place large bins to store things that you rarely use or your hat accessories like hats or bags. For areas that you can reach, you can place your clothing and accessories so that it is easier for you to reach it whenever you want.

STEP 3.  Organize your clothes

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We all have many outdoor and formal clothes, however, there is an easier way to make it organized. Firstly, you can hang your formal/smart attires (like dresses, formal suit) together, alongside together with different types of shirts, like outdoor attire, sportswear (like polo shirts), and your casual clothing.  

Another way of hanging your different types of shirts is that you can also hang is a different length of sleeves, like from long sleeves to short sleeves, so that you know what you want to wear depending on the weather or you can hang your most frequently used shirt in the middle of the rack and in front of you as this will allow you to get your favorite shirt out easily.

And lastly, you can also hang your scarves or your belt on the hangers too for easy access to your accessories.

STEP 4.  Position your clothes

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Denim jeans and jackets are thick. However, they would not crinkle or lose their shape if you stack them. This will help you to save some space in your wardrobe by folding your denim jeans and jackets. You can position your denim jeans and jacket by putting the jacket all the way to the back or the side, followed by your denim jeans.

Why do we put it in that position? The reason for putting the jacket at the back is that you would rarely use your jacket unless the environment is cold. Putting the denim jeans in front of you will allow you to take the jeans with ease.

As for another reason for putting your jacket at the side, together with your jeans is that, if you do not have a big space in your wardrobe, putting beside each other will help you to remember where you put your clothing and it gives you free access to both the jeans and the jacket.

STEP 5.  Roll up your clothes

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This method of rolling up could be used for clothing that is thin and will mostly not easy to wrinkle. Clothing like cotton shirts, leggings, running tops, FBT shorts and jerseys are the perfect candidates to use this rolling up method.

This method helps to save many spaces in your wardrobe rather than folding and stacking them. You can even use the same method to roll up your undergarments, FBT pants and towels. That way, you can save many spaces for your other clothes. Not only that, when you want to go outing with your friends or going to the beach with your loved ones, you can just take it and go, saving a lot of space for your valuables, portable showering items and many more. Step 5 is inspired by this video.

Maintaining your wardrobe is rewarding

Using these 5 fast and convenient steps in maintaining your wardrobe organized would be very rewarding as you can see how much space is left in your wardrobe to fit in more clothing or to buy more clothing. However, maintaining your wardrobe organized takes a lot of commitment, so do not give up in maintaining your clean and organized wardrobe and you can post it on your social media and share it with your friends on how organized you are. 😊

5 Packing Boxes that make Packing a breeze

Packing stuff could be a mess and tiring. Most people have trouble searching for items after it has been packed neatly. Only to leave a mess after the thorough search has completed. Not only that, when it is time to move, we would want our things to be packed neatly and organized and we do not want to forget which items is under which boxes too. 

Look no further as we have surveyed our drivers and customers and found out that here are some packing boxes that were made to ease our packing and helping us to stay organised as we know where our items are packed in.  


1. DUNDERGUBBE Box

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This strong, sturdy box is indispensable. You can quickly mark what is inside the box after you packed it in. It is also simple to lift and carry it with the help of the two holes at the side and it is easy to fold together so that you can reuse it again for the next move.

📦 Box Size = 50cm x 31cm x 40 cm

💸Price = $2.90 per box

🛍Where to buy: Ikea Alexandra @ 317 Alexandra Rd, Singapore 159965

URL: https://www.ikea.com/sg/en/p/dundergubbe-moving-box-brown-90477050/

2. PAPPIS Box with Lid

This PAPPIS box made from 100% recycled paper. It is designed to store A4 size papers and letters, however, you can also put in small items like small bowls and clothes too. The lid is part of the box, which allows easy fold up when you want to open the box and pack at the same time.

📦 Box Size = 25cm x 34cm x 26 cm

💸Price =  $1.90 per box.

🛍Where to buy: IKEA Alexandra: 317, Alexandra Rd, Singapore 159965 or Tampines: 60 Tampines North Drive 2, Singapore 528764

URL: https://www.ikea.com/sg/en/p/pappis-box-with-lid-brown-30188656/

3. Archive Document Box

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This box is like the PAPPIS box from Ikea however, this box is totally different.

This cardboard archive boxes are easy to use and handle without the use of sealing tape. Unlike the PAPPIS box, this box is bigger in length and width so that you can keep big things like papers and files. Not only that, you can put in plates, big bowls and clothes too. It has a label printed out just for you so that you can specify what is inside this box.

📦 Box Size = 38cm x 30.5cm x 25.5cm

💸Price = $3.20 per box

🛍Where to buy: Carton Box SG @ 5 Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 2A, #07-02 (Office) AMK Tech II, Singapore 567760

URL: https://cartonboxsg.com/products/carton-boxes/

4.Kitchen Pack Carton Box with Partition Board


The Kitchen Pack Carton Box is use to carry wine bottles or wine glasses for you. This box is made of hight quality strong double wall board which helps to make fragile items safe when moving and carrying. As mention, it can carry 9 wine bottles or 18 wine glasses or 18 fragile items. This means you can pack in small glass bowls or glass cups together.

📦Box Size = 36cm x 36cm x 44cm

💸Price = $5.89 per box, 50 boxes = $4.90 per box and 100 and above boxes = $4.50 per box

🛍Where to buy: PACKEVERYTHING @ 1 Ubi View FOCUS ONE #01-05, Singapore 408555

URL: https://www.packeverything.com.sg/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=5925&search=partition

5. Standing Wardrobe Hanger Box

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Is packing clothes hard? Wouldn’t you want to just leave it on to the hangers and carrying it around? Look no further as this standing wardrobe hanger box can help you pack your hanging clothes straight from your closet into this wardrobe box!

It has 20 holes to fit your 20 hangers, so that you do not need to trouble yourself in packing your hanging clothes in.

📦Box Size = 55cm x 54cm x 109cm

💸Price = $18 per box

🛍Where to buy: CARTON BOX SUPPLY @ 53 Ubi Ave 1 #01-38, Paya Ubi Industrial Park, Singapore 408934

URL: https://www.cartonboxsupply.com/sg/standing-wardrobe-hanger-box/

Making Packing Easier

Make your packing life easier will help you to be more organized and focused on what have you packed into which items. Not only that, it also helps to keep your items safe and packed neatly when you arrived to your new location.

We hope you enjoy this blog, and we will try our very best to continue writing new contents for you. So, save yourself some trouble and hire a professional moving company that can assist you when moving your stuff from one location to another. At TheLorry, we will help you handle your items with extra care and our team of experts are there to assist you with the loading, moving, and unloading your things to you new location. Call us now and we will help moving your items as swiftly and safely to your new location!


30 of the Best Home Organization Tips

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Organizing your home is a task that people tend to put off. A lot of the time, people who procrastinate getting organized just don’t know where to start. The good news is: it doesn’t have to be so complicated. You don’t have to turn your house upside down to get it organized! Just a few simple changes here and there can make all the difference.

Once all the home organization is over and done with, you’ll find that the results can be incredibly rewarding. Is there really anything more satisfying than an ultra-tidy closet or pantry? Or finding out you had more space in your home than you thought you did? If that visual doesn’t inspire you to jump-start your home organization process, then not to worry—we’ve got just the thing.

Whether you’re into the Marie Kondo craze or just need some easy mess-clearing solutions for your home, here are 30 of our best home organization tips:

1. Organize your drawers with old dishes, jars, or glasses

Tame all the junk in your various home drawers by organizing items with old dishes or glasses. No need to buy expensive drawer organizers when you can make use of what’s at home! Make sure to place a non-slip mat at the bottom to keep items from shifting when you open and close the drawer.

2. Learn how to “file fold”

“File folding” is folding your items upright so that it allows you to see everything in the drawer from a single glance, rather than taking items in and out to see what’s there. You can do this with practically anything: socks, underwear, clothes, towels, and more! The best part about file folding is that you can color code your items, creating extra efficiency.

3. Color code your file folders

If you have a bunch of Manila file folders lying around stuffed with various documents, replace them with a color-coded set of folders! Arranging your papers via color category won’t require you to take out each individual folder to read the label. Just glance towards the right color and find exactly what you need.

4. Hang pots and pans

Instead of letting pots and pans take up valuable cabinet space in your kitchen, use hooks to hang them on the kitchen wall. For easy access, you can try hanging them above the stove. This tip doubles as an easy kitchen decor tip, especially if you have colorful pots and pans!

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5. Use clear jars for your pantry

Do you have a crowded kitchen counter? If your food jars and pantry items are visible, consider investing in clear jars to hold pantry items like rice, pasta, grains, and others. Choose containers that are visually pleasing and easy open to maximize the visual aesthetic without sacrificing efficiency.

6. Store shoes heel to toe

Need help speeding up your morning dressing routine? Store your shoes heel to toe. Storing shoes in this manner not only maximizes the space in your closet but it also makes room for more shoes! With this setup, while getting dressed, you can glance at your shoe closet and immediately see your shoes’ color, toe style, and heel height.

7. Store pet food in a giant canister

If you’re a pet owner, then you’ll know just how often the giant floppy bag of kibble spills over, especially when you’re groggily scooping kibble out of the bag before work. Minimize spillage by transferring pet food into a sturdy, wide-mouthed canister. Drop in a large scoop spoon and you’re good to go!

8. Conceal appliance cords with adhesive hooks

Nothing ruins the look of your room more than a bunch of cords tangled together on the floor. Attach tiny adhesive hooks to the back of your furniture and hang the cords there to help camouflage them and keep everything tidy.

9. Store food by standing ziplock bags in the freezer rather than flat using containers

Freeze food in large, labeled zip-seal bags. Label them by food name and date, and then “file” them by standing them in the freezer side by side. Compared to storing food in flat, square containers, this method maximizes space and allows you to see what leftovers you have with a quick glance.

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10. Organize makeup with a magnet board

Is your vanity table cluttered with makeup? Glue magnets to the back of your palettes and stick them on a magnetic board instead. This’ll keep your countertop clear and have your makeup within easy reach.

11. Tidy up your collection of plastic bags

We’re all trying to save the environment in any way we can, and one of those small ways is by reusing plastic bags. However, plastic bags can easily take over your entire cabinet space if you’re not careful. To ensure tidiness, stuff plastic bags into empty tissue boxes for space-saving easy access.

12. Store spices in small jars

Spice jars from the grocery store often collect dirt and grime over time. Transfer your spices to small jars instead to extend their shelf life and give your kitchen a tidier look. Not to mention, you’ll save a significant amount of cash if you stop buying spices in the jar and start buying the cheaper, plastic-packed spices in the grocery. You can use any small jar to store them, from a small mason jar to a tic-tac box if you want!

13. Utilize the dead space over doorways

You can have a shelf installed in one of the dead spaces above the doorway. This space is especially useful for storing items you don’t need that often, such as extra towels or toiletries.

14. Hide shoes under the bed

If your bedroom is lacking space (or if you have one too many shoes!) you can store your shoes under your bed by putting them on a thin slide drawer and placing it below your bed frame. Just slide the drawer back out when you need to put on a pair of shoes! This is also great for if you need to store out-of-season shoes that you just don’t want to throw or give away yet.

15. Sort earrings in an ice cube tray

An age-old trick, this tip is practically a timeless classic. Organize earrings and other small jewelry items in your drawer by placing them in an ice tray! This tip isn’t just for earrings, of course. You can store a variety of small items in ice trays or muffin tins to keep everything in place.

16. Hang up measuring cups and spoons

Just like with the pans tip, we want to maximize as much counter and cabinet space in the kitchen as possible. By hanging up measuring cups and spoons, you’ll be making life easier by having these frequently-accessed tools always in reach.

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17. Make your nightstand double as a dresser

Need a clutter-free bedroom? If your nightstand has a lot of drawers and is particularly spacious, why not allow it to double as a dresser? Think about all the clutter we keep in our nightstands that never really get used: papers we don’t need, books we haven’t read, miscellaneous small items. Clear out the junk and store clothes in your nightstand instead, specifically pajamas and comfy lounge wear. You can leave the top drawer for the essentials, such as a flashlight, tissues, medicine, and other must-haves.

18. Get rid of the exercise equipment you don’t use

A lot of people like the false sense of security owning fitness equipment brings. “I’m going to get fit this year because I bought this exercise bike!” But if you have a giant exercise bike in the middle of the room that you don’t really use, then what’s the point? If you don’t use it almost every day, then sell or donate it. You can get a gym membership instead and save yourself the house space!

19. Keep the clothes you wear the most near the front of your closet

Store what you wear the most often up front. This is usually a favorite pair of jeans, your comfiest shirts, and easy-to-wear items like dresses. By utilizing the “prime real estate” of your closet, you’ll make sure that the things you use most frequently are the easiest to reach.

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20. Use matching hangers

If you’ve just been collecting hangers from the dry cleaners over the years, then chances are your closet looks like a mess from all the mismatched hangers. Even if your closet is tidy and well-organized, mismatched hangers can be an eyesore. Invest in a quality set of matching hangers and see the impact it has on the visual aesthetic of your closet!

21. Store a donation box or basket inside your closet

Put a donation box or basket in the corner of your closet. Clothes that go into it should be clothes that you no longer enjoy or no longer fit you. Once a month—or every quarter, even—take the contents down to a local donation center. While some people find it difficult to part with old clothing, this tip helps with slowly editing your closet until the only pieces left are the ones you truly, truly enjoy.

22. Use your bedroom closet door to hang your OOTD

Choosing your outfit the night before is one of the best ways to help you save time in the morning. This keeps you from rushing, and saves you a considerable amount of stress. However, laying out your clothes over a chair or a table isn’t exactly the nicest look, and can eventually lead to clutter in your bedroom if you realize the clothes don’t match and you pick another outfit anyway. Instead, install hooks on the inside of your closet door for hanging your clothes, accessories, and shoes for the next day. This’ll help save space and keep everything in one area for a quick grab-and-go.

23. Color-code your closet

Storing your clothing by color will make it much easier to find what you’re looking for while getting dressed. Whether you’re hanging your clothes or stacking them, color-coding should not only make dressing in the mornings easier, but should make your closet look much, much tidier too.

24. Use a leaning ladder to store throw blankets or magazines

A sleek, sturdy ladder is the perfect way to store throw blankets and keep your living room from looking like a mess. You can also store magazines on the ladder—a stylish way to display them for guests without sacrificing floor space.

25. Organize a coffee table top with a tray

Nothing interrupts the serenity of a living room than an unruly coffee table top. An easy solution? Store everything in a tray! You’ll find that books, remotes, vases, and other knick knacks look more like decor and less like clutter once placed neatly on a tray. The other great thing about trays? They double as an organizing tool and as home decor. Make sure to choose a tray that complements your furniture to maximize the visual effects. 

26. Floating shelf storage

For any room, bulky dressers and drawers are usually the first storage solution that comes to mind. These are great for hiding items but aren’t necessarily the most pleasing to look at, and can make a space feel cramped and small. Instead, try installing floating shelf storage. It’ll force you to keep the items on the shelf tidy, and will make rooms seem airy and more open.

27. Use a magnetic strip bar to hold tools

While most people use a magnetic strip to store knives, they’re actually multipurpose and can be used in any room! Use them in the garage to hold your screwdrivers and other tools, or place them in the bathroom to hold tweezers, nail cutters, and the like. They’re also great to put on a vanity table to make sure bobby pins never get lost!

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28. Repurpose old glass jars to store desk and dresser items

Instead of throwing out glass jars, save them and use them as storage containers! These are especially useful for desks or dressers, as they can be used to hold pens, make-up brushes, and a multitude of other accessories. Before repurposing them, make sure to clean the jars out thoroughly and remove any labels. You can customize the jars by adding your own labels or spray-painting them in a color of your choice, but leaving them clear works well too!

29. Buy matching storage containers

Do you want your home to scream, “I’m organized!!!!”? Whether it’s a clear plastic box, a basket, metal canisters, or cloth cubbies, matching storage containers are much more visually appealing than mismatched ones. While this isn’t the best solution for storing items of different sizes, it’s still a great tip to employ for home organization, and can be used at least in some areas of the household, like in a laundry room or guest bathroom.

30. Place a key catch-all in the entryway of your home

Are you the type to always forget your keys? Or your wallet? Or other small, but incredibly necessary daily items? Try putting a catchall basket on a table near your entryway. That way, everything is in one place, and you’re less likely to forget to bring them with you on your way out.

Keeping a Tidy Home

Focusing on home organization has a ton of benefits for both you, your home’s occupants, and any potential guests you might have. A tidy home should help you focus more, lower your stress levels, and bring up your energy and enthusiasm for the day. For guests, a tidy home makes them feel more comfortable and at ease. Not to mention, you won’t need to scramble around the house to tidy up every time someone comes over for a visit! Through home organization, you can save yourself a ton of time, money, and effort, leaving your day-to-day life stress and hassle free.

Our final—and best!—tip for home organization? Save yourself the trouble and hire a professional moving company to assist you when purchasing items for your home. At TheLorry, we have an entire network of professional movers at your disposal. Our team of experts are there to help you transform your house into the home that you deserve. Call us now and we’ll deliver any home needs swiftly and safely to your doorstep!

12 Things to Do Before Moving Into a New House

New Home Checklist: Pre-Moving Essentials

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While moving is an inevitable life experience, not many would describe moving into a new house as a “fun” activity. Moving can take a whole weekend of your time—sometimes even more!—and this doesn’t even include the time it takes to unpack and get settled into your new home. While moving out is the biggest hurdle, the moving in is a challenge in itself, usually forgotten until you get there and realize your furniture doesn’t fit, or that you have less space for your things than you thought you would, or that you’ve forgotten to label the moving boxes and have no idea where anything is! After all the effort of moving out of an old house, the last thing you need is more stress when you get to your new home.

With all the planning, packing, moving, and cleaning, the whole process from start to finish can take a long time. But while moving into a new house can seem like a tiresome task, there is some good news: moving doesn’t have to be awful! Making proper preparations should make moving into a new house less stressful and considerably less time-consuming.

If you’re in the process of moving into a new house, take a look at our checklist below to figure out what tasks you can do to ensure your move is as hassle-free as can be.

Moving Into a New House: 12 Important Tasks to Do Beforehand

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1. Choose a moving date

 

While most people prefer to move on weekends or on a holiday, you can save money on moving truck rentals if you move mid-week and mid-month—aka when the demand is lowest. Holidays are peak seasons, so the rates are typically higher. If you can plan in advance, choose a move date sometime in the months between October and April, when demand will be lowest, and plan your work leaves in advance. Another bonus? The roads are less congested mid-week, making for a faster move for less expense.

 

2. Pick a legitimate moving company

If you’re hiring a moving company, don’t overlook company reviews! Be sure to do your homework and choose a mover that’s licensed and insured, with professional movers on staff. Handling your home items takes care and a certain level of expertise—hiring a less-than-ideal moving company may result in the damage of your furniture and other personal items.

Once you’ve chosen the right company, call immediately to schedule your move date with them and find out their list of non-allowables. Non-allowables typically include aerosol cans, paints, pesticides, propane tanks, fire extinguishers, and more, depending on the moving company. Get this information ready before packing up your home so you have time to set the non-allowable items aside.

 

3. Do some research on your new neighborhood

Be sure to research your new neighborhood before the big move. You’ll save yourself time by exploring the area in person before the big move date, rather than wandering aimlessly around the neighborhood after you’ve moved in. Especially important to note is where the nearest grocery and supply stores are, as you’ll be frequenting them the most while you’re settling into your new home. If you have school-age children, you might want to check out the nearest schools as well.

 

4. Send out a moving announcement

You don’t have to send a moving announcement to the whole neighbourhood, but it would be beneficial to let trusted friends and family members know when your big move date is. Your announcement could also double as an open invitation for the recipients to come over and help with the moving process. It may also be best to tell your employers as well, so that they’ll know not to contact you for anything work-related while you’re moving into a new house.

 

5. Change your billing address

In the midst of the moving-out chaos, it can be all too easy to forget to change your billing and subscription addresses. Unless you want your credit cards declined, it would be prudent to change your address as soon as possible.

This is also important for transferring utilities. Make sure to contact your utility service providers to let them know about the move, and schedule disconnect and connect dates for things such as cable and internet. While updating your billing address before the move date may seem like a dull chore, you’ll be thankful to have the errand done in advance rather than when you’re knee-deep into the moving process.

 

6. Purchase the proper supplies

 

When moving, you’ll need several rolls of packing tape, markers and labels, and the proper type of moving boxes. It’s important that you don’t use damaged boxes when moving! Filling them up with heavy items will make the box break when you pick it up, making whatever you’ve packed inside fall to the floor. Certain items, such as your television, mirrors, and artwork may even require a different kind of box altogether, such as a telescope box. Do some research beforehand to ensure that you have all the right supplies for packing up your former home.

 

7. Organize items to be moved

 Organizing your items into three piles before packing them up. Pile #1 should be the items you’re bringing to the new house, Pile #2 should be things to be sold or donated, and Pile #3 should be the things you intend to put into a storage unit. If Pile #2 is particularly large, try hosting a garage sale before the move. Having less stuff to move will only make your relocation less stressful and less expensive.

 If you aren’t labeling the boxes, you’re making a giant mistake! The boxes will inevitably get mixed up on the way to your new home, and you’ll be left opening every single box to check for where you put your toiletries and pajamas.

 When organizing the items to be moved, label the boxes according to their corresponding rooms, such as “kitchen,” “bathroom,” “closet,” etc. Also, all fragile items should be labeled as such to avoid damage en route.

 

8. Pack a moving-day survival kit

After moving into a new house, you don’t want to have to sift through hundreds of boxes just to find your clothes and your toothbrush. Instead, pack a moving-day survival kit with a few changes of clothes, pajamas, toiletries, medicine, and whatever items you’ll want to have on-hand when moving into a new house.

 

9. Reserve a storage unit

 Especially important if you’re downsizing, a storage unit will be helpful if you’re not ready to sell or donate any of your items. It’s recommended to reserve a unit well before your move, though make sure the unit you choose is in a well-maintained facility with  good security features.

 

10. Paint the walls or closets of your new place

 Whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring professional painters, it’s best to do the painting of your new home several days to a couple of weeks before you move. Why? The empty rooms will be much easier to paint, as there will be no need to move furniture, take down draperies, clear out closets, or take artwork and other decor off the walls. Plus, moving all your items into a freshly-painted room will feel that much more comfortable and rewarding.

 

11. Have the mechanical equipment cleaned and serviced

 As soon as you’re set to move, check the heating and cooling systems in your new home and make sure they’re clean and well-maintained. This is especially important because if the cooling system breaks down at the peak of summer, you’ll not only be quite uncomfortable, but you’ll also have to pay extra to have a technician come over and service the machine. By having the equipment serviced in advance, you’ll guarantee the longevity of the units while saving money by preventing repair costs.

 

12. Clean up your old home

 Don’t be rude to whoever moves into your former home! Before moving into a new house, don’t forget to do one last sweep of your former home. After making sure everything is packed up and extra items are sold or donated, do a deep clean of your old place by vacuuming the floors and wiping down surfaces.

Ready for the big move?

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If you’re finding moving into a new house a bit more difficult than you thought, save yourself the struggle and book with TheLorry! Our network of expert movers will make sure your things are swiftly delivered to your new place. Rest assured, your items will be in good hands. Happy moving!

6 Chinese Customs When Moving Into Your New Home

Chinese Rituals Followed When Moving Houses

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In Chinese culture, there are tons of customs to perform for various occasions. But one of the most important occasions to practice these rituals is when you’ve just moved into a new home.

Moving into a new house is an important occasion, one that signals new beginnings, providing homeowners an opportunity to invite wealth and good luck into their lives.

While most people celebrate a new home with a housewarming party or with a quiet dinner with family in the new neighborhood, Chinese rituals for moving into a new house requires some very unique and specific practices. Superstitious? Yes. Fun? Definitely!

If you’ve just bought a new house, would you really pass up an opportunity to bring in greater prosperity? Check out these 10 Chinese rituals for moving into a new house:

10 Chinese Rituals for Moving Into a New House

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1. Leave the lights on for 3 days straight

3 days prior to the day you move in, every light in the house should be turned on and left on until the day you arrive. This is so that your new place can fill up with “yang” energy, as walking into a new house filled with “yin” energy could spell bad luck.

If you feel like this is a little too obsessive or wasteful, then you can go with the cheaper and more cost-effective alternative of switching on the lights just a day before you arrive, and leaving them on the entire day of your move-in date.

 2. Roll a pineapple around the house

Yes, you read that right. From the moment you open the main front door, you have to literally roll a pineapple around your home. Keep in mind that you should be rolling the fruit with your hands, and not kicking it around with your feet.

Also, to add to the ridiculousness, you’ll need to roll the pineapple around while saying casual celebratory phrases of good fortune and prosperity. Traditionally, these phrases should be in Mandarin and can be searched online, but if you can’t speak Mandarin, you can also just call out phrases in English like, “more money!” or “good health!” as you roll the pineapple on the floor. As far as Chinese rituals for moving into a new house goes, this one is bound to get a few chuckles out of even your most superstitious relative.

 

3. Carry something auspicious inside

While you’re rolling the pineapple to attract wealth, family members should help you out and attract even more wealth by carrying something auspicious inside the house. By “auspicious” this usually means—yes, you guessed it—more fruits. The usual items to bring are fresh fruits that symbolize different blessings, such as:

  • Oranges = symbolizes prosperity

  • Pomegranates = symbolizes opportunities

  • Peaches = symbolizes good health

  • Apples = symbolizes safety

If for some reason you’re sick of fruits, you can also carry in feng shui coins, or even a handbag with lots of money inside. The emphasis of this ritual is that no one’s hands should be empty as they enter the room. And yes, playing a game on your phone counts as having your hands empty.

Preferably, the breadwinner of the family should carry a big plate filled with fresh fruits in both hands, but if the breadwinner of the family is busy rolling a pineapple around the floor, the task can be delegated to the next most authoritative person. The person rolling the pineapple and the person carrying the fresh fruits should be the first and second people to enter the house, respectively.

Once inside, all the fruits/items should then be placed on a table, usually the dining table.

4. Open all the doors and windows

After placing the fruits inside, open all the doors and windows of your home.

Chinese rituals for moving into a new house revolve a lot around “yang” energy, and one of the customs that follow after ushering auspicious items into the house is to open all the doors and windows of your new space.

Aside from welcoming in fresh air and sunlight inside, this practice allows “qi” or positive yang energy to renew itself and flow throughout the house.

5. Turn on the stove and all the water taps

Proclaim the functionality of your new home by turning on all the water taps, the gas pipes, and electrical appliances! Leave them on for just 3 minutes lest you burn the whole house down. Doing this ensures that the various sectors of your home are “activated” and have energy flowing through them.

This ritual also allows the house to “introduce” itself to the environment, welcoming even more auspicious chi to come in.

(It’s also a great way to check if everything in your new place is working well.)

6. Cook a meal and eat it with family

Arguably the best custom out of the bunch, the concluding Chinese ritual for moving into a new house is to bond with your family over a delicious home-cooked meal.

The meal should be cooked in your new place, and served with Chinese tea. This practice symbolizes the sharing of wealth among family members, and is a nice way to celebrate your new place with your friends and family.

Welcome to Your New Home!

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Moving into a new house usually sounds stressful, but with interesting customs like these, moving in can actually be incredibly fun—especially when with friends and family.

But if you want to skip the stress of moving in and jump straight into the fun stuff, then don’t hesitate to book with TheLorry! Our network of expert movers will make sure your things are swiftly delivered to your new place, letting you save your moving-in energy for attracting all that auspicious yang energy. Happy moving!

Moving Mistakes Every Singaporean Makes When Relocating

Think moving is easy? Think again! Relocating to a new place can be a stressful and strenuous process. It takes plenty of time and effort to pack your entire life from one house to another, and just the mere art of shoving everything into boxes can take up to several weeks or months.

But if you’re not careful, you could end up spending way more time and money than necessary. So pay attention to these common mistakes that Singaporeans typically make, and vow never to repeat them. 

1. You Didn’t Really Declutter

Maybe you collected a wide variety of souvenirs and decorative items that you thought would look great at home…  but when was the last time they added real value to your house? You probably even forgot you had them! 

We know it’s hard to toss everything out, but you need to start decluttering. 

Think of the move as a rejuvenation process for your soul. New house equals brand new chapter. And if you’re going to start over, don’t clutter your new home with too many knick knacks that only collect dust. You can’t make room for more things if you’ve filled up every inch of space with the same old stuff. So do yourself a favour and start the purging process now. Dedicate an entire weekend to tossing things out. Once you start, it gets a lot easier. For more tips on decluttering, read this.

2. You Trust People A Little Too Easily

Don’t make the mistake of hiring the cheapest movers on the block because you never know if they’re actually professional about their job. Always make sure you have an inventory list and check thoroughly when boxes leave your old house to go to your new one. We’d recommend hiring a trusted moving company, because you can sit back and trust that your items are in the right hands. Nothing gets broken or stolen midway.

3. You Try To Skimp on Moving Supplies

Shopping for new furniture can be costly, so we understand the desire to tighten the budget on moving supplies. But getting old boxes is a bad idea. Why? Because those boxes can be weak, dirty and possibly contain last week’s meat delivery in them. You don’t want your precious furniture stashed in there, right? So purchase new boxes and loads of packing tape and bubble wrap to secure your items. Once you’re done with the move, you can recycle the boxes.

4. You Failed To Pack A Family Survival Kit

It usually takes a week or more to get the entire house looking clean, tidy and organised. So make sure you pack a family survival kit to ensure that the transition into the new house is easy for everyone. Bring essential things like flashlights, phone chargers, a tool box, medication and things of that sort for the comfort of your whole family.

5. You Assume You Can Do Everything Yourself

If moving really was that simple, there wouldn’t be a need for professional movers. But these professionals are there for a reason. You see, there are too many things to consider when you’re initiating the entire moving process alone. Stress skyrockets, tempers flare, things get lost or broken and the whole transition into the new house is met with sourness.

Originally published as Moving Mistakes Every Singaporean Makes When Relocating by Tashya Viknesh Author at kaodim