Moving into a new home can have you asking yourself where exactly to begin. You may wonder how to go about organizing your new home. After packing up and moving, you’ll be anxious to be settled into your fresh, new space. Before you begin to unpack, it’s important to have a plan of action. This will help you start things off on the right foot, and fight the overwhelm of a quickly growing to-do list.
We’ve outlined a plan to help you keep the unpacking process as organized and smooth as possible. When it comes time to make your new home your own, you’ll feel more at ease with clear steps to follow.
First, Deep Clean
To start, give yourself a blank slate. Regardless of the condition your home is in when you arrive, give it another walkthrough and make sure everything is up to your standards. This will instantly give you the feeling that your house is officially in your hands, and ensure that the space is ready to be made a home.
Take it piece by piece, and take inventory of all the cleaning supplies you’ll need. Deep cleaning is easiest when you don’t have to work around furniture or boxes, which is why we recommend starting here.
Place Boxes in the Appropriate Rooms
Once cleaned, your home is ready for your belongings. Now is the time to start sorting boxes into the room where the items will go. It’s best to start with the bedrooms, with kids’ bedrooms first on the list. This will be ideal for when it’s time to get your first night’s sleep in the new house.
Depending on when you arrive, you may want to sleep before doing much more of the actual unpacking. You’ll want to prioritize rest to stay energized and efficient. Once you’re ready, finish setting up the bedrooms by unpacking all items that will go in the closets, drawers, and other storage units. It’s great to have a system from the start, rather than going back into these areas later.
Set Up Bathrooms
Next up are the bathrooms. Avoid clutter right away by using drawer dividers or personal caddies for each family member in shared bathrooms. Make the most out of space by hanging hooks for towels and robes. Labeled containers are great for keeping all personal care and toiletry items neatly sorted and easy to find.
Organize the Kitchen
The kitchen comes with a lot of small appliances, utensils, and of course, food items. Rather than rushing to put things away, take the time to make it user-friendly. Start by putting your items into categories. Keep food and nonfood items stored separately. Then, work on setting up your cleaning area. What cleaning supplies will you want easy access to around or under the sink?
Next, it’s time to think about your preferences for cooking. Have a designated prep area and cooking area. With this in mind, you can store pots, pans, and other regularly used appliances nearby. You’ll also want a storage area reserved for countertop appliances (mixers, food processors) when you’re not using them.
Keep the Laundry Room Simple
Laundry can already feel like a chore, so it’s best to keep this room as streamlined as possible. Think about how you’re keeping clothing sorted and your cleaning supplies divided. Shelving is great for making the most out of a small space. Laundry rooms often also serve as storage for brooms, ironing boards, and other cleaning supplies, so carve out a space where you can hang these items.
Create a Storage-Friendly Living Area
Maximize your storage by finding furniture and containers that can work in your existing living space. It’s great to find pieces that have a dual purpose, in order to keep things visually tidy. To do this, think about using ottomans or large decorative baskets for storing things like blankets. This is a great way to elevate the feel of a room. Clear containers are great for storing games, consoles, or movies under the couch while keeping it easy to see what’s inside.
Hire a White Glove Moving Company
Does the thought of organizing your new home sound stressful to you? Why not hand off parts of the moving process to a white glove moving company like Megan’s Moving? We can handle everything from moving your belongings into your new home to setting everything up. Schedule a consultation with one of our moving experts today!