Let’s face it. Moving and unpacking a new house is about as fun as walking the dog in the rain.
Of course, it always starts out like a scene out of HGTV…
House hunting. Visions of starting fresh in a new home. The excitement, the possibilities.
But then reality hits.
Boxes everywhere. “Honey, where is my (insert important item you never anticipated needing but now need more than ever)”.
Crappy movers. Seems to be no way around this one. Damaged valuables. Missed timelines. Broken dreams.
A few weeks pass, and the boxes still aren’t gone. Nothing is where it’s supposed to be. This doesn’t feel like home.
It’s enough stress to make a Zen Master lose her cool!
So who’s to blame you if this whole moving and unpacking thing is starting to feel like a nightmare that will never end.
I hear these stories on a weekly basis from people who call my Home Organizing business desperate for help. Heck, I’ve even been there myself.
Since not everyone can hire professionals to help, I wanted to unravel the priorities our organizers focus on when unpacking a home for clients. So, without further ado, here are 5 Professional Organizing Secrets to Getting Settled In Your New Home
Wait, you already decluttered before you moved, right? Most likely. But to be effective, you need to do this in phases.
Look back through everything you brought with you on your move. Identify the stuff you haven’t used in the last 6 months, and can’t realistically see yourself using in the next 6 months. Clothes and kitchenware are a great place to start. The more effort you put into this, the easier the rest of the process will be, I promise :)
#2: Everything needs a home
One of the biggest unpacking faux pas is taking items out of boxes and just putting it “somewhere, for now”. You’ll be tempted to do this, but resist. Trust me. Where you put items now is where they’ll be for a while. Remember that before filling up drawers and cupboards with no rhyme or reason.
Instead, focus on one room at a time and do it properly. When choosing a home, think about the location and frequency of use for that item or set of items. For example, you want your cooking oils easily accessible from the stove.
#3: All spaces aren’t created equal
What spaces do you use all the time? For most people, it’s the kitchen, the master closet and bedroom, bathrooms, possibly a home office. These are the highest leverage areas that will really make a difference once you have them organized.
Prioritize the spaces that will make you the happiest and most at peace if they’re fully unpacked and organized. Work down that list, and stay focused. Then, and only then, should you start thinking about the 3rd guest room or linen closet :)
#4: Set goals and timelines
The last thing you want is an open-ended project. You need to give yourself a target to reach. That’ll help you focus your energy effectively so that you can accomplish the most in a given time.
When you’re trying to unpack an entire house, it’s easy to lose focus. The sheer size of the task can be overwhelming. Rome wasn’t built in day. And no one’s house looks magazine-ready right after a move. So set ambitious goals, but remember to be positive and encouraging to yourself no matter what happens!
It takes a village to get settled into a new home. For some, that means calling in a favor from friends and family.
But if you have the budget, bringing in a professional organizer to help you through the process will make your life a whole lot easier. The right organizer unpacks houses all the time, and knows the shortcuts and best practices to get you settled and loving your new home in as little as 1-2 days.
If you could use help getting settled and getting organized in your home, we’re happy to set up a Free Project Assessment with you to discuss your goals for your new space.
Please call us at 843-284-6866 or send an email to Jen@TheNeatBoutique.com to schedule a time to chat!
To your peaceful, organized space!