Tips for Organizing After Moving

Tips for Organizing After Moving

You’ve finally moved all of your stuff into your new home. No small task! But now that the initial battle round is over, you are standing around and looking at mountains of boxes, wondering where to start after moving. If you organized your belongings while you packedand labeled the boxes well, you’re off to a good start. Those boxes should be sorted into the rooms where they will be unpacked. But how exactly do you start unpacking and organizing all of this stuff? Your things will fit differently in your new home, and you may find that you do not need some items that you did in your previous one.

It’s helpful to tackle one area at a time. Which places you unpack first depend on what’s most important to you and your family.

Children’s Bedroom

If you have small children, it’s good to start unpacking their rooms first. The most obvious reason is there are toys and belongings that will help keep your child occupied as you organize the rest of your home. It will also help the child adjust easier if they have their familiar belongings with them from the start. By setting up your child’s bedroom or nursery first, you are creating a safe place for your child to go if things get overwhelming or confusing after moving.

This is also a great time to do another purge of toys and clothes that your child has outgrown or no longer plays with. Start fresh in your new home with only what your child needs and uses. If you want, you can find more tips for moving with small children here.

After the kids’ bedrooms are set up, make sure you also set up your own before it’s time to crash for the evening.

Kitchen

If you do not have a child’s room or nursery to set up, the kitchen should be your first priority. As you start to unpack, get the things put away that you will most likely reach for first, like plates, glasses, utensils, cutlery, and dish towels. These items should be stored in areas that you can easily access.

Your pots and pans should be stored in a cabinet right by the stove so they are easy to access when needed. As you unpack your dinnerware, be sure to place the most used items (plates, cereal bowls, coffee mugs, etc.) on the lowest, most easily accessible shelves.

Think about how you want to organize your countertops. All of those small appliances take up so much space! Check and see if you have an extra cabinet that you can store some of these in while still having easy access. If you are a big coffee drinker, you might want to set up a separate little area in your kitchen as a coffee bar. If you don’t have enough space on the counter, get a rolling or stationary cart just for your caffeine. Hold all things coffee in the designated spot: the coffee pot, French press, creamer, sugar, mugs, and more. This will open up cabinet space for other things, and will help make your mornings go smoother as you grab your coffee and start the day.

As you stock up your pantry, think about using a lazy Susan to hold all of your extra condiments. This takes up less space, and you can just turn and grab for whatever you need. Use baskets for bread and other fast breakfast foods.

If you put these ideas into motion when you first move in, it will make the flow of the kitchen much easier as you settle into your new home.

Electronics

For many people, their electronics are one of the first things that need to be unpacked and set up in a good location. Computers, televisions, tablets, phones, iPods, cords, cables…for many families, the list of crucial gadgets is endless, and if you do not set up a good spot as soon as you can, your home will become a tangled, confusing mess of cords and chargers. Find a drawer or basket in which to store extra cables and cords. You might find it helpful to set up a charging center so all the gadgets are easily located in one spot.

So now your cords are in one area, but they are still a tangled mess. This is a great time to take some toilet paper tubes and place the wrapped cords inside those before you forget about them. This makes them easy to find, plus they are less likely to get all tangled up, and you can label them.

Linen Closet and Medicinal Space

In the crazy days of those first weeks after moving, you will be grateful for the ability to clean up in a shower, sleep in a freshly made bed, and find your medication if you get a headache. (If towels, sheets, and aspirin are not easy to locate, you will for sure get a headache!) As you unpack the towels and sheets, go ahead and wash them before placing them in the closet to remove any dust and debris from moving.

As you go through and put all your medications away in your medicine cabinet, check the expiration dates and throw out anything that is expired. To add more space, consider adding stick-on clear organizers to the inside of the cabinet door. These can hold bandages and other small items, leaving shelf space for other things. If you do not have a medicine cabinet in your bathroom and need to store these items in your linen closet as well, think about using a spice rack, or you can use some plastic bins from the dollar store to keep similar medications organized and together.

Laundry Room

As you are washing up those linens you unpacked, it is a good time to get your laundry area set up. Along with the laundry soap and stain remover, this is a great place to store other cleaning products too. If you are tight on space to store those things, think about setting up a narrow rolling cart to hold all these items and slide it in between or nearby your washer and dryer. By doing this, you will corral all the items you need, and they will always be just a short reach away when you do laundry.

Entryway

A small table with a bowl to toss your keys into along with one or two baskets to corral all the shoes at your front door will help organize your home from the minute you walk in. Add a couple hooks or a coatrack to hold jackets, purses, and backpacks, and you are good to go. It’s also a good idea to set up an area for dirty shoes, especially if people are trudging in and out of the house while moving in wet weather.

Think of these ideas as you unpack and settle in to your new house. They will help you fall into the great habit of keeping an organized home. Setting up the bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, and electronic areas first maximizes the spaces you will spend the most time in, and will help you feel relaxed and ready to tackle all the other boxes sitting in front of you after moving.

If you want more moving tips from Porta-Stor, check out this moving checklist!

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How to Make the Most of a Small Living Space

How to Make the Most of a Small Living Space

Anyone who has lived in a small living space knows the struggle to find enough room for everything. Whether you’re moving into a college dorm or having to share a tiny apartment or house, there are several ways you can make the most of the space you have. Below are some easy tips to help you move in to a small living space. Keep in mind that some dorms or rental spaces don’t appreciate alterations to the walls or doors. Make sure you have permission to do so before making changes.

Use the Closet

When you don’t have much storage space to spare, you might need to use your closet for more than just hanging clothes. There are many ways to do this, and what you do depends on what you need to store. Consider getting dividers to help separate and organize your stuff. Get a small chest of drawers for the ground. Install shelves above or below the clothing bar for easy extra space. Add hooks to the doors or walls. If you are lacking closet space for your clothing but have space outside of it, get a standing rack.

Use a Dresser

A dresser can add a lot of storage space to a room. Before you try to move one into your home, make sure to measure the space and get one that will fit. If you learn to fold your clothes well, you can fit a lot of it into even a small set of drawers. Dressers don’t have to store only clothing; you can use them to keep all kinds of clutter out of the way.

Use the Space Around the Bed

When you were young, you were probably told not to cram your stuff under the bed while cleaning your room. Now that you’re an adult, however, the space under the bed can be a great place for storage. Get flat storage bins to protect the things you put under there, and it’s usually fine to use the space. Also consider utilizing the space above your bed by installing racks, hooks, or shelving. If you have space for a bedside table, get one with roomy drawers or shelves for added storage space.

Use the Space Around the Desk

Especially for a dorm room, the desk is an important part of your living area. You don’t want the top of the desk to be too cluttered, but you can also find ways to use it for storage. Get a desk with lots of drawers or shelving underneath and above the writing space. There are many kinds of organizers available for the top of desks that add more storage. Install shelves on the wall behind the desk. You can also use the desk chair to hold a few jackets if you’re lacking closet space.

Use a Storage Unit

If you’re moving out on your own for the first time into a dorm room or otherwise find yourself needing to cram into a small space, keep portable storage in mind. You can rent a storage unit from Porta-Stor to help with either short-term or long-term storage needs. Keep seasonal or seldom-used clothing out of your closet. Move your collections of books, movies, and other items that take up a lot of space out of the way. Store the furniture that won’t fit in your current space but will be perfect for your next home. All of your stored belongings will be secure and safe from the environment. They will also stay easily accessible to you, so you can add and remove belongings whenever necessary.

If you want to read more moving tips, check out Porta-Stor’s other blogs, such as this one that will help you avoid common moving injuries.