With your new home comes a new opportunity to create your space just how you want it.
Check out our top tips to plan your move from start to finish to keep your new home neat, tidy and organised.
With keys in hand, the journey to homeownership is not quite finished. There is still one major hurdle to get over before you can settle in and enjoy the spoils of your new home …
Moving is a big job. Moving into your new home is even bigger because you want to ensure you’re getting your new life off on the right foot. It’s important to take a bit of time to plan and consider your move before you actually start filling up the boxes.
To ease the process, these are our top tips on making it easier to organise your packing and unpacking.
Declutter before you go
Finalising the purchase of your new home is a busy and exciting time, so you’ll be forgiven if the last thing on your mind is what should and shouldn’t be moved into your new home.
Decluttering can definitely be done after you move into your new place. In fact, this is when most new homeowners do it. However, getting it out of the way before you move has a few benefits. First and foremost, you will be able to streamline your move, which makes everything go quicker. It will also help you plan where everything will go in your new home.
Get rid of anything you definitely don’t want or need. Think about what goes in the trash, what can be donated and what can go in storage.
A few tips to help you get started include:
- Go through all of your closets, drawers and nightstands
- Purge your health and beauty products
- Sort though books, papers and documents
- Cull all those old toys and knick knacks
- Clear out unneeded chords and cables.
As you start tackling bigger items like furniture, don’t feel bad if you’re not quite sure what should stay or go. Many new homeowners need to see how certain items look in their new space before deciding whether or not it should stay or go. Just make sure it will serve a purpose in your new home, and be prepared to let go if it just doesn’t work.
Plan your new space
It’s always a good idea to think about your new space and how all of your exciting stuff will fit into it. The level of planning you do will depend on your own personal preferences.
If you find comfort in sorting everything out down to the last detail, you can print off a floor plan and draw your items to scale. This will give you a firm idea of how your home will look once you move in, and help you declutter (see above) before you pack.
If your style is a little less structured, skip the print-out and take an inventory. Make a list of everything you have and where you envision it in your new home. This will also give you a good idea of what your new home will look like. It will also help you pack, which brings us to our next tip …
Plan to unpack
When you’re finally breaking out the boxes, it comes as no surprise that you should keep like items together. Take it a step further by thinking about how you will unpack your items in your new home.
Armed with your floor plan or your list (see above), you can pack items together that will sit together or be stored together in your new home. Pack by areas and label your boxes effectively so you can easily sort boxes by room and quickly unpack them with a good idea of where each item needs to go.
You should also think about what you will need to unpack first, and mark your boxes accordingly. This will help make your first days and weeks in your new home much easier.
Consider what you will need on your first night, from kitchen items to bedding. If you have a family or pets, think about what they will need as well. What’s coming up at work or school? Are there any events that you’ll need to plan for?
It’s well worth putting together a moving kit to help you through those first few days.
Set up your utilities in advance
Having power, water, heat/air conditioning and internet from day one will make your move-in much easier. It’s well worth getting all of these services set up in advance to ensure you’re trying to work around these essentials as you’re trying to get settled.
Most companies will allow you to make arrangements in advance. Just make sure you do a bit of research to ensure you’re getting the best service at the right price.
And don’t forget your postal redirect!
Before you start unpacking
Once the movers drop the last box and head out the door, it can be tempting to jump right into unpacking so you can set up your new home. Hit the pause button, though. There are things that are best done when your new home is still relatively empty.
First and foremost, you should clean your new home from top to bottom. This will help you get to know your space more effectively and make it feel more like home. You should also undertake any minor repairs or improvements such as painting.
When your space is ready, take a strategic approach to unpacking. Get the big stuff out of the way first so you have plenty of room. We’re talking about the big furniture pieces and putting together anything substantial. With the big jobs out of the way, you’ll have plenty of space to get into the rest of those boxes.
Keep in mind that moving in is a process. Don’t feel bad about taking your time to get it just right. It’s your chance to set up your home and your life exactly how you want.