Dec 11, 2021

7 tips to get you organized after a move


A woman unpacking after a move

While it’s true that organizing and executing a move is by far the most stressful part of the process, it’s still not time to relax once you get to your new home. After all, there are still many things to do before you’re properly settled in. To help you get through all the tasks, we have compiled a list of 7 tips to get you organized after a move. We hope you find it helpful.

  1. Before the move

One of the best tips to get you organized after a move is quite simple: declutter before you move. The idea is - the fewer things you bring, the less you have to move and unpack. So, take the time to purge everything you don’t need before you even start packing. Go room by room and apply the one-year rule. If you haven’t used it in over a year, it likely isn’t needed. Of course, if you have to handle a last-minute movethis isn’t quite as easy. But if you have the time to spare, taking this extra step at the beginning will save you a lot of time in the long run.

A woman and child packing things
Decluttering will save you a lot of time and effort when unpacking.

  1. Place down rugs and furniture first

Before you even begin unpacking, consider placing down all of your rugs and furniture first. Moving small things around will be much easier once the bigger things are out of the way. Put down your area rugs first. Then your tables, chairs, beds, and other such larger pieces of furniture. If this furniture has some storage space in it, even better. You can put things directly in their place while unpacking. This way, once all of the heavy stuff is in place, unpacking the rest will be much easier. 

  1. Unpack room by room

Labeling your boxes by room when packing is a great way to stay organized after a move. If your boxes are labeled, you can unpack room by room quickly. This way, you can easily tell which items go where. And by going room by room, you can stay organized throughout the entire process and stay on schedule. However, keep in mind that the experts from Spyder Moving recommend prioritizing the more important rooms first. For example, if you end up moving later in the day, you will likely be tired. So, unpack the bedroom first so you can rest at any time.

Open cardboard boxes on a table
Unpacking room by room is a great way to stay organized and avoid getting overwhelmed

  1. Unpack your essentials first

Anyone who has ever moved would recommend packing boxes of essentials separately and keeping track of them at all times. Realistically, the first thing you should unpack in your new home are these boxes of essentials. Moreover, you should also prepare a “first week” box containing everything you need to get properly settled into your new home. Unpacking these boxes first is an excellent idea because they can easily get lost in the mess of unpacking. And you really don’t want to lose your essentials.

  1. Deep clean the new home

An empty house is easy to clean. So, before you unpack your belongings, consider giving your home a deep clean. While the furniture is still on the way to your new place, take the time to mop the floors. Then, wipe down the shelves and countertops. Besides being hygienic, working in a clean environment is much more pleasant than working in a dirty one. So, take the time to clean and disinfect everything post-moving and the whole process will be much more bearable. 

A mop on a brown wooden floor
Having a clean home to work with when unpacking can be very helpful.

  1. Make a schedule

As far as ways to stay organized after a move go, it doesn't get much easier than setting a schedule.  Set a date by which you want to be fully unpacked. Plan for a couple of hours or more every day, the general rule of thumb is to expect 10 minutes per box of larger items and 30 minutes per box of smaller items. Whether you want to be done in a week or a month, it's important is to have a set timeline and stick with it.

  1. Consider a storage unit

If you have a lot of things that you don't want to get rid of, renting a storage unit is a good call. Whether it's stuff you don't have space for at the moment or items you want to keep out of the way, putting them into a storage unit while you get organized in your new home is an excellent idea. There are very affordable options when it comes to storage units, and self-storage can improve your life in many ways.

Bonus: Stay in the mindset

After all of the cleaning, unpacking, and organizing, it's completely understandable if you don't want to do it anymore. However, cleanliness is a mindset, and it's a good one to stick with. So, don't let clutter pile up - clean things up as you go. Put things away immediately after using them. Build a habit of keeping your home clean and organized.

Closing thoughts

Good organizing can take a while. With so many "first things to do" after moving in, it's easy to get overwhelmed and distracted. However, it is pretty easy to stay organized while settling into your new home with the right plan and preparations. We hope you found our tips to get you organized after a move helpful, and wish you luck with your relocation.

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