Unpacking After a Move: How Not to Become a Hoarder

Posted by Homes 4 Sale Calgary on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 at 10:45am.

If you've just bought a home and moved in, chances are your new place is pretty messy. I'll go out on a limb and say there are boxes, cushions, blankets, coat hangers, and all other manner of household knick-knacks piled on your sofa, which has pictures and mirrors leaning on it. Maybe the hammock from your summertime deck is in the middle of the living room floor, next to mismatched shoes and the box of high school memorabilia your mum forced you to remove from her basement three years ago, but which you still have not dealt with. We've all been there. For many, unpacking is the worst part of moving, but with a little persistence, it's not all that bad.

boxhead_350Prioritize your rooms. Set up your bed first thing, then start with the kitchen, moving to the bathroom, bedroom, and living room. Allot an hour every day to one room until it's put away. Have someone change your wifi password (or don't have your cable and internet installed until you're unpacked!) so you don't have any distractions. Put on some energetic music and get on with it. Remember, the sooner you're unpacked, the sooner you can really enjoy your new pad. Do stick to finishing one room at a time; you'll really start to feel like you're making headway once you get the first room finished.

Live with what you have now. Don't start buying and adding new furniture before you have everything put away, otherwise it'll be even harder to get unpacked. You'll also be better able to figure out what you need, and how much space you have for it, once you have your furniture and belongings in a more-or-less permanent position.

The number one golden rule that never fails: don't put whatever is in your hand down until it's in its rightful place. If you've dedicated time to unpacking and organizing your home, you'll have time to decide what should go where. If there is simply no place for something, you'll need to assess whether or not you really need the item. Otherwise, make a point of buying a piece of storage furniture, or altering your existing storage space to fit your homeless item. This tip is not only useful when you're unpacking, but also when you're cleaning in general. Try it; it won't fail you!

Unpacking and finding spots in your house for all your things can seem like an insurmountable project. Procrastination is a common problem for just-moved people. However, it's awful to come home after a long day only to face the prospect of wading through all your belongings that still need a home. Remember how great it was when your house was organized and you could find everything? Use that nostalgia as your motivation and your new home will be ship-shape in no time flat!

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