When you’ve finally moved into your dream home, the last thing you want to do is spend days (or weeks) cleaning up the clutter of move-in day.
Is that even possible? We think it is! While your home may, of course, be in a shuffling state as you try new storage options and get your décor settled, it doesn’t have to feel busy with clutter and a mess to clean up. Take a look at today’s blog to see how to accomplish this!
Start while packing
Moving into a new space offers a fresh start—so don’t bring along old clutter! If there’s an book, toy, outfit, decoration, etc. (whatever it may be) that you’re not completely in love with, toss it with your moving trash or, better yet, donate it if it’s in good condition. You don’t want to arrive at your new home and have unwanted items take up room where you’d rather be showing off the things you are proud of.
Of course, it’s understandable that you might miss a thing or two as you pack up your current space. When you’re unpacking upon arrival, you get a second chance to get things right. As you get ready to fill up your new closet, for example, keep a big plastic bag nearby to wrangle up any unwanted stowaways like old sweaters, hats you no longer need, mismatched halves of a sock pair… you get the idea.
Savor empty drawers, cabinets, etc.
Let’s face it. It can be quite tempting to take full advantage of your new home’s storage, especially if there’s lots of it! Custom cabinets, walk-in closets, and built-in drawers are fun to explore and then fill with everything from coats to household essentials to every piece of kitchen silverware, spices, and tools you can think of.
Our advice? Don’t be in such a rush to get those empty spaces filled. While this may seem counterintuitive (shouldn’t you empty out moving boxes as quickly as possible?), waiting until after you really sort through those bags and boxes can help you make better decisions about how you use your storage. Plus, it will save you the added step of emptying out a drawer and refilling it with something else, should you ever change your mind about your items.
When moving, it’s often better to fully accomplish one thing (i.e., unpacking your kitchen or bedroom) than to make a halfhearted effort at the entire space. The latter will sure keep you busy, but it won’t quite deliver the full, thorough results (and clutter-free space) that you’re looking for.
Instead, try identifying what needs to be done first, then do it completely. If yours is a family that loves to cook, for example, knocking out the kitchen part of the move-in process will 1) give you a clean, functional place to eat and 2) eliminate the need for takeout wrappers later on! You can apply the same idea to your bedroom, laundry room, or other spots that can help you master the rest of your move-in. This way, you’ll always know exactly what step to take next in unpacking and cleaning up your new space (versus, say, being surrounded by half-opened boxes and half-filled closets throughout your entire home).
We hope that today’s blog helps you enjoy an easy, clean move—one that lets you enjoy your new Platinum home even more!