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Moving to a new home, be it across the street or miles away, presents a chance to reorganize your home. Most people focus on the activities that precede the move, such as packing, hiring a moving company, changing utilities, and finding a new home. However, very few organize their activities after the move. Regardless of what occasioned your move, you should find ways of settling quickly and stress-free. Below are insightful organization ideas to ease your transition into the new home.
1) Organizing Starts Even Before the Move
The key to organizing your new home heavily depends on the activities preceding the move, primarily packing. Unfortunately, with one in every four Americans having clutter problems, most people experience challenges organizing their new homes because of the clutter from their previous homes. Purging non-essential items, such as paper files, unused toys, and old kitchenware, makes settling down quite easy.
2) Give Your New Place a Deep Clean
Cleaning an empty house is undoubtedly easy. Therefore, you should begin by cleaning your new home, probably before the moving company arrives with your items. Mop the floors, and clean the drawers, cabinets, shelves, and countertops before your boxes arrive. Consider hiring a professional cleaning company for deep cleaning.
3) Find Boxes with Must-haves
With your new home perfectly clean, you can unload your boxes into the entryway or living room. Depending on client needs, most long-distance moving companies offer loading and unloading services. Your priority when unloading is identifying boxes with important or must-have items for your family members. These are primarily items you need for survival in the first days.
4) Put Boxes in their Respective Rooms and Unpack One Room at a Time
Moving experts recommend that you create an inventory when preparing for the move. If you do so, you’ll have an easy time identifying and separating boxes for different rooms in your home. However, you should decide and allocate rooms to family members and designate usage to different rooms. Identify your home office, guest bedroom, storage space, multipurpose areas, and other important spaces.
5) Start with the Kitchen, Bedrooms, and Bathrooms
While the kitchen is often the last place to pack when preparing for the move, it is the first room to unpack in your new home. Unlike other rooms, you’ll need the kitchen to eat and recharge as you unpack. You should then proceed to the bedroom and bathrooms. The sooner you ready your bedroom, the more comfortable your new home gets, especially if you are moving with kids.
6) Common Rooms Next
With the kitchen, bedrooms, and bathrooms unpacked and organized, you can proceed to other rooms at your pace. Involve your family in unpacking and organizing the living room, family rooms, and other common spaces.
7) Storage Areas Follow
Most people use their garages, basement, and attics as storage units. Most items in storage units remain in their boxes, making them an easy place to organize. However, you should sort and consolidate items in your storage areas before the move. Decluttering non-essential items and purging before the move is important, especially if you are downsizing.
8) Break Old Patterns and Consider New Opportunities
You should approach the move as an opportunity to explore new ideas. Take your new home as a blank canvas and make the most of it. You should use this chance to change how you live, and how you unpack can influence this. You can fall back to your traditional pattern by haphazardly pulling things from your boxes.
If your previous home was cluttered, unpacking boxes and setting items up as they come out of the box can also clutter your new space. Therefore, plan accordingly and use a thoughtful unpacking approach to change your home.
9) Unpack First Before Decorating
Decorations, which include artwork, wall hangings, and framed pictures, should be among the first items to be packed and the last to be unpacked. You should start decorating your new home after unpacking all items. Because homes are different, you may have limited wall space to hang your decorations, making it necessary to prioritize what to display.
10) Declutter as You Unpack
While it is highly recommended to declutter before the move, you can do so while unpacking if you don’t have enough time to work on your items. Most people accumulate a lot of unnecessary items, especially after living in the same house for several years. Unfortunately, you can’t create a perfectly organized space in your new home without decluttering.
Therefore, use this opportunity to eliminate most non-essential items that take up a lot of storage space. You can choose to donate, sell, or discard them depending on their condition.
The Bottom Line
The process of moving is undoubtedly the hardest part of relocating. However, you can pull through seamlessly by preparing adequately. Unpacking might seem unproblematic, but it can prove challenging if you approach it without a plan. Start by unpacking essential or must-haves and proceed according to urgency.