After many military moves, my family and I have gotten pretty efficient at getting up and running after moving in to a new place. You too can feel at home more quickly after a move, and there are simple things you can do that will help you in your decorating efforts later. While moving, burnout can be a real problem, but you can avoid it! Here are ten ways to make your moving efforts easier & more efficient:
1. The absolute, very first thing I do when we move to a new house is put together all the beds and make them up with sheets and blankets before we spend the first night. There is nothing like sleeping in your bed again after being displaced!
2. Put all storage furniture together & place it in the room where it will stay – especially in the children’s rooms (if you have them)
3. If you have them, let your children put their own clothes and toys away. Allow them to set their rooms up themselves. It will save you time, and they’ll have ownership of their space. Plus, this will keep them busy while you’re working on the next few tasks.
4. Next, you’ll need to work on the kitchen. Unpack the kitchen boxes first, and set this room up completely. Pay attention to workflow and put things where you’ll use them most. Work quickly and aim to spend half a day doing this room. You can always go back later and tweak your organization. Having the coffee pot set up is a number one priority!
5. After the kitchen is done, work on the bathrooms next. Find all the towels and toiletries, and put them away. As with the kitchen, you’re simply trying to put everything away – you can always go back in another week or two and reorganize.
6. Put all your clothes & shoes away quickly. Put coats in a coat closet, hang your hanging items and fold/put away the rest!
7. By this point, your children are getting restless, so let them ride their bikes & meet the other neighborhood kids. While they are doing this, you can set up the garage and outside areas. Again, you’re aiming to simply put things away. Don’t get too picky about the setup because you can piddle with these individual areas later as time allows.
8. Schedule phone, Internet and cable services to be hooked up the day you move in. Hook your televisions and computers up while the technician is there to help you. This will allow you to avoid any configuration problems later. This will not only entertain the children for a short time if they get bored, but can connect you to the outside world more quickly!
9. Have a staging area for all your decorative items like art, home décor & accessories. A guest bedroom or basement is great for this (out of the way, but easy to get to). These are the very last things I find a place for after I’ve organized my house and set my furniture placement. As I finish each room, my decorative items are all in one convenient place ready for me to pick from. It’s like having my own decorating store in my house!
10. Unpack everything and aim to get all the cardboard boxes out of the house within a week. Have the moving company then come back to retrieve the boxes or take them yourself to be recycled. (This is also a great time to make forts.) Cardboard boxes give you an unsettled feeling and can breed insects.
A move shouldn’t impede your daily routine for too long. If you follow these simple tips, you’re new place will start to feel like home in no time. You’ll be able to start enjoying your life again while making new connections in your new place! These tips will also make it easier to decorate & design the look of your room in the weeks after a move, as well. Follow us on Facebook at PaperCanvasEtc - Happy Designing!