Before you move, you’ve probably done a lot of decluttering. Ironically, even though you’re moving less stuff, as soon as you’re in your new home, it feels like you’re living in a mess and once again tripping over all of your stuff.
We hear you, so take a deep breath, read through these decluttering tips & ideas, and see if anything works for you!
Boxes take up a lot of room, especially during the unpacking stage. They are holding your belongings inside them so when you take these items out of their prospective boxes, you’re now taking up twice the space all of the sudden, which can stop you from freely moving around a room, making unpacking seem like an endless annoying chore. Post moving, the first thing you need to do as you move is empty the box in the right room, flatten the box, move the boxes into one area of your home or garage. That way, you can properly unpack without having to dodge or climb over boxes.
Take the time to get your home organization infrastructure in place before you throw things into a closet. Think of this as a golden opportunity to assess your actual available space and what will go where. You can than buy the right hangers, hooks, shelves, etc., so that that things are set up properly. Yes, it’s more upfront work for you, but you will be grateful later on when you're feeling the benefits of a organized home!
Don’t Rush to Buy New Furniture
If you’re moving into a new home, the first thing you want to do is decorate it and make it feel like a “home” and reflect your personality. But too often, people go to the store, overbuy, and then grow tired of things. We suggest focusing first on moving your current belongings into your new home and living in the space for a bit to see what you really need or want. This will be easier on your wallet, and your mind.
Buy a Labeler
Labelers are inexpensive and they save you time. They are also commonly an organizers secret hack. If you know what’s inside a container or drawer, or what’s supposed to be inside a container or drawer, you’re more likely to keep things organized and separate. You can also more easily and quickly find what you are looking for without having to tear through things. It will also stop you from overbuying things, because you’ll be able to look at what you already have, and realize, you have 20 bowls, you really do not need one more.
Start a Storage Area
Unless you are a true minimalist, you will have things that need to be stored because they are seasonal, keepsakes, special collections, or items you are saving for later or future use. Upon moving in, designate a place to be your storage area. This will be the space where you immediately move all boxes you have designated for storage, and this will help instantly free up some room in your main rooms. As you continue to unpack, try and think about other specific things (especially seasonal items) that you will not being use soon and pack them up in a box (don’t forget to label it), and move it to your storage area. You may likely come across some items that may have ended up in a wrong box as you unpack, which gives you the opportunity to easily move it into the right box or bin in your storage area.
Now not everyone has room at home or in their garage for a separate storage area or a large enough space for all their storage needs, so they rent a self-storage unit. Self-storage units are a simple solution to get more space affordably and instantly. They truly are perfect for seasonal items, especially Christmas décor which are not in use 9-10 months a year but can take up a lot of room. You can virtually tour our Milton self storage and Woodstock self storage facilities online and see firsthand the many different sizes of storage units we have for rent.
Just as it is important to keep your home storage area organized, it’s also true for your self- storage unit. A tip we give customers is to take a picture of their self storage unit from time to time. This is not just for insurance purposes, either. It helps you stay organized and also to remember where you put something, which can quickly put your mind at ease late at night as you’re searching for that specific item or box and cannot find it. We take pictures and save to our favourites so we can easily find them.
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Goodluck in your new home and happy unpacking!
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