How to Organize Your New Home After You Move In
by Ryan Franklin
(Austin, Texas, USA)
Moving can throw you off a bit in terms of organization.
At your old house or apartment, you probably had an established place for each of your belongings. Whenever you weren’t using something, it was in its proper place.
When you move to a new home that’s completely different in terms of layout and storage space, you have to take the time to assign all of your belongings a proper place. This can be tough. If you want to get off to a good start in terms of organizing your new home, here are some of the things you can do:
1. Clean – Before you unpack anything, clean your new home. Dust, scrub, and wash every surface, nook, and cranny. The home or apartment you’re moving into might not have been lived in in a while. It was probably cleaned by the realty or leasing company, but how they cleaned it may not be up to your standards. So, get everything spic and span before you start unloading and organizing your belongings.
2. Don’t wait to unpack – You don’t necessarily have to unpack everything as soon as you arrive to your new home. Moving is exhausting, and you don’t want to tire yourself out. However, you should make an effort to have everything unpacked within a week of your official move-in date. This gives you plenty of time to get everything organized and for you to find a proper home for all of your belongings. If you haven’t unpacked everything within a week of your move-in date, you’ll be setting yourself up for disorganization as you settle into your home.
3. Create more storage space, if necessary – As you’re unpacking, you may notice that you don’t have as much storage space as you would like. Your closets may be smaller than you realized, and shelves, hooks, and racks may be few and far between. If this is the case, put your tool belt on and add some shelves on the walls throughout your new home (or invest in some shelved furniture, if you’re in an apartment you can’t alter). Additionally, you can put up some hooks and buy some racks to help you store things more efficiently. When it comes to staying organized, it’s not about how much space you have but how you use it.
Adjusting to a new home and getting organized in a new home isn’t always easy. Give the ideas above a try, and enjoy your new surroundings!Author’s Bio: Ryan Franklin is a guest blogger on the subjects of home improvement, home organization, and moving with the help of cross country movers.