If you’ve just purchased a new home, congratulations! There can be trepidation at the unknown, but also a great sense of excitement as you pack boxes at your old home and take measurements at the new one. Remember, this new home is a chance to start with a clean slate. If you can figure out how to organize your new house from the get go, you’ll be more likely to keep it that way.
Step 1 is purging. While you’re packing up everything consider what you haven’t used in a year. If you haven’t used it in over a year, maybe you don’t need it. If you don’t need it, maybe this is the time to donate it. Why pack it just to unpack it and not use it for another year? Donate furniture to places like Habitat ReStores and clothes and books to Goodwill or a similar thrift / consignment store.
Inventory the organizational pieces you already have. Probably you have dressers or chests of drawers for your bedrooms and closets. You also most likely have nightstands. What about baskets? Storage ottomans? Bins and Tubs for the pantry or garage? Try to see these things in a new way, especially if they aren’t currently being used. Can a canvas storage box turn into a lego bin? Will that tall round basket work for your yoga mats and foam rollers? Consider the possibilities!
The third step in determining how to organize your new house is to get out your drawing paper. Even if you aren’t a great artist, you can measure a room and your furniture and sketch out, either literally, or in your mind, where pieces can go in a room. If you’re left with space under a window in the living room, consider a storage bench. You can purchase one or, if you’re handy, you can make one yourself and top it with throw pillows or cushions.
Here you could position a few wingback chairs and storage ottomans. Those ottomans might hold family games, picture albums, blankets, CDs, any number of things!
Now that you’re moving in, experiment. Try out some baskets or shelves to the side of your couch, or in the kitchen in the breakfast nook. Consider a bench with storage at the end of your bed. Maybe an old dresser used to sit in the garage, but you’ve decided it can be cleaned and added to the guest room. If you decide you don’t like it there, move it! There’s no rule that says once you put something in a place it has to stay there.
If you decide you need custom storage options for your new home, contact us. We’ll be happy to help!