Relocating is a long, tedious, and messy process. Without a little organization and planning, your home may end up being in disarray for weeks, or even months. Using these tips and tricks, both your old home and your new home will be in tip-top shape, allowing you less time for stress and more time for enjoying the new space with friends and family.
The first step to moving is always purging the old to make room for the new. If you’re going from a smaller space to a larger space, you may be tempted to bring everything along and sort it out later, but you’re also going to want to make room for new purchases as you go through the interior design process. Host a yard sale or make a few trips to a local donation center to drop off any clothes, shoes, or furniture you no longer need.
The next step is to set aside a pile of items you’ll need during the transition between homes. A few dishes you’ll pack at the end, some clothes to wear, and one or two pairs of shoes. That way, you can pack everything else up and not have to rush to unpack, doing it in a disorganized way and making things even harder on yourself.
As you start packing up your old home, try to separate the process by room. I like to empty a room completely into well-organized boxes (labeled by room), scrub the room until it’s spotless, then shut the door. It can be a daunting task, but compartmentalizing it by room can feel a little more manageable. Whether you’re putting your Calgary home for sale or leaving an apartment and would like to get your deposit back, you want to make sure the place is clean for the next occupant.
Just because you’re moving into a new home or apartment, doesn’t mean it’s already clean. If you are able to get in and clean before move-in day, that’s a huge bonus. Take that time to scrub down the new space (especially areas that you’ll need immediately, like the kitchen and bathroom). If not, clean as you go. Disinfectant wipes and paper towels will be your best friend in cleaning cabinets and shelves as you place your clean dishes and utensils into their new homes.
Be sure to pack these cleaning products in a separate, easy to access spot in your car or moving truck so you’ll have them the second you arrive. And, don’t forget to pack the toilet paper! You’ll need that on day one, as well.
Now, you’ll begin bringing in your boxes and furniture. The one pet peeve I have is coming into a new home with all my dusty old shoes in a box that’s been banging around in a dirty truck. It may feel more tedious, but try to clean items like this as you go. Once they’re cleaned off and safely in your closet, you’ll be glad you did.
Working backward, start unboxing items room by room. If you can finish your bedroom or kitchen on day one, you’ll feel more accomplished and become motivated by seeing your progress. Sure, it’s going to be a lot of work, but with a little time and patience, you’ll have your home in great shape to host friends and family in no time.
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