Canoe at Auburn Bay: Moving In

So you’ve made it through the process of packing up your old space to move in to your new home. So many boxes, so many items…where do you start?

Moving can be a stressful time for some, but it doesn’t have to be if you take the time to plan it properly. One of the best things you can do to make this process better is to LABEL, LABEL, LABEL. This will help as you can put each labeled box in the correct place where it belongs. You should also group things together. If you have a drawer full of stuff, put all that stuff in the same box and label it Tupperware, pots and pans, cleaning supplies etc.

So everything is in the new space… now which room do you start in?

The kitchen is recommended to be the first place to unload things. For a few reasons…one being that when it’s time for that break, you have access to essentials like cutlery and that much needed cup of caffeine. Don’t worry about the items that you aren’t sure about where to put yet, just focus on the everyday stuff.
A helpful tip is to keep things grouped together and think about flow. For your glasses/cups, you typically want to place those along with the plates/bowls etc. next to the fridge. Items you don’t use as much you would put in the cupboards that aren’t as easy to access for everyday items. This is a good time to unload any freezer and fridge items so you don’t waste any food!

Next place would be the bathroom. Again, you don’t necessarily need to worry about little items, but things such items for the shower and toilet paper can be unpacked and put away. For organization in your vanity, baskets are a great choice or a portable drawer system. You can find these at places like Walmart and Canadian Tire.

Next, your bedroom. Depending how you packed it, it should be easy to grab any items that were on hangers and simply transfer them to the closet. Same as your drawers. A great way to organize your dresser as well is to use baskets. Have one for socks, one for underwear, one for t-shirts etc. Using a basket for your t-shirts is a great way to fold them and put them away lined up so you can see each shirt, rather then stacked.

Next place to tackle is the dining and living room. For these rooms, it’s really just a matter of figuring out the placement of your large items and then where to put any decorative items.

At this point, if you still have energy, you can start working on those miscellaneous items for the rest of the home or unpack your bedding and call it a night and get back at it the next day.

When you get in to a new place, sometimes you realize there are items you just don’t need. Make an area for donated or disposable items. A new place is a great time to unload on clutter.

Here are some links for some great organizational and unpacking tips.

52 Ideas to Organize Your Home

How to Unpack Quickly

The Container Store

Don’t worry, you will get through the unpacking in no time and then you will sit down and let out a breath of air and smile.

Enjoy your new home, new space, new lifestyle!

Amanda @ Canoe

Photo cred to:

Nicolas Huk (boxes in room)

Rubbermaid Products (closet storage)

Pieter Pieterse (containers in cupboard)

TheMuuj (yellow truck with boxes in the rear)