Moving in and organizing your new home can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. If you spend a little time planning how you will use and maximize your space upfront, you’ll be able to create an efficient household where organizing is simple to create and easy to maintain.
Think about your overall home organization before you move in and unpack (maybe even before you pack). Your new house probably has a different flow and structure than your previous home, and possibly even more space. Think about the areas that lack storage or organization in your previous home and how you can implement better solutions in the new house. Do you have a mudroom? What should be stored in your mudroom that used to be in the garage?
Next, think about how you will use the space that you had in your last home, but weren’t maximizing. Think first about how the old space didn’t meet your needs and then about how you can improve that in the new house. Is your personal office space shrinking to incorporate a homework station that you never had? Do you need or want to implement a command center on the wall in a central location for the whole family? Can you take advantage of more hanging space in your new master closet? If you need inspiration, check out some storage and organization boards on Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/). As you go through each room of your new home, make a list of the storage and organization that you brought from your former home and note how you can use it in the new space. If you make a list of what you have, you’ll be able to make a second like of the things you’ll need for your new space. If you’re a more visual person, draw out your ideas.
Once you have an idea of how you want to organize your new home, you can purchase a few storage and organization solutions to help you implement your ideas. Good storage and organization comes at every budget. One of the best ways to stay on budget is to shop with your list. Go shopping with your list and an open mind. You might see one or two neat new items that will work even better than your original plan. You can also draw a picture of any spaces you’re struggling with, too. The store associates at IKEA (http://www.ikea.com/) and The Container Store (http://www.containerstore.com/) will happily help you figure out a solution for a complex project or find the right storage for a space you’re not sure how to optimize.
It’s tempting to just unpack all of your boxes right away without a plan in order to get all of that ‘moving clutter’ out of your new home. Take the time to put the boxes into the correct rooms and purchase organization solutions that you do not already have in place, especially if you’re determined to get out of those boxes as soon as possible.
Enjoy the adventure!