5 tips for preventing clutter in a new home while unpacking from a move.
I love having a clean, clutter-free, organized home.
There is just something so nice & freeing about a clutter-free space.
But moving into a new home can be such a mess as you try to unpack & find everything.
And believe me, I totally understand the struggle.
We just moved for the 5th time in under 7 years of marriage.
I must admit, although I’m tired of packing & unpacking I have learned a few tricks over the last 7 years.
So I thought I’d share some of my tips & tricks to help you as you unpack & get organized after moving.
And I hope these tips help you prevent clutter in your new home!
If you look close enough you can see another home project in process in the very back of this photo.
Bowl | 6″ x 3″ x 2″ Drawer Organizers | 9″ x 3″ x 2″ Drawer Organizers | 9″ x 6″ x 2″ Drawer Organizers | Dining Room Chairs
1. Make a Plan
The first thing that you will want to do is make a mental plan for where you want everything to go in your new home.
For example, before moving into our new home I walked around our new kitchen deciding where the silverware, cups, plates, pots, pans, etc. would all be stored.
I knew where shoes, coats, & cleaning supplies would be kept.
And I knew where my makeup, hair accessories, bath products, etc. would all be organized.
You may have to adjust your plan when start actually putting things away, but having a mental (or even written) plan ahead of time will help you unpack faster & in an organized fashion.
Bonus tip: If you have someone helping you unpack, & you already know where you want everything to go, you can make the process smoother by putting a sticky note on each door or drawer with what should be unpacked into it.
2. Make Sure Everything Has a Designated Place
The best way to stay organized is to make sure that everything has a place.
Having a drawer set aside for your makeup is great, but it’s just the first step.
A drawer, cabinet, or shelf can easily get disorganized & cluttered in the blink of an eye, which is why having things organized within each space is key to keeping the clutter down.
3. Gather Organizing Materials
You don’t have to spend a lot of money on organizing supplies to have an organized home.
When we first were married back in 2012 we were both in school & money was scarce, but I still wanted to be organized.
So I went to the dollar store & bought school supplies (like pencil organizers) to help organize things like my makeup & the “junk drawer.”
And even though our school years are well behind us, I’m still using dollar store pencil organizers for my extra makeup along with little gift boxes to organize knick-knacks.
It wasn’t until a few months ago when I watched the first episode of Maria Kondra’s Tidying Up on Netflix that I realized that this was an actual thing.
You can also order pretty clear organizing supplies on Amazon, you can see all of the ones I’m using in our home in the pictures above & below.
I’ve also linked all of the items under the pictures so that you can find exactly what I am using.
4. Tackle One Box at a Time
Filling each room with their designated boxes can be overwhelming & too often can lead to opening up a box & dumping its contents into the first drawer you find.
I recommend unpacking things in a less overwhelming way.
When we moved we put all of our boxes in the garage (you could use a spare room also) & are emptying just one box at a time.
This way we don’t become overwhelmed & we can make sure that everything we unpack has a place & purpose in our new home.
If it doesn’t fit, work, or is unneeded in our new home it gets put into one of three piles.
5. Donate, Sell, or Trash
I’ve found that when something doesn’t have a place it often gets shuffled around from one pile to another, one room to another, & from one house to the next.
We have a donate, sell, & trash pile specifically for those items that do not have a place in our home.
So rather than the item getting shuffled around it immediately gets put into one of those three piles to be dealt with once all of the unpacking is completed.
Once everything is unpacked & has a designated place in your new home keeping the clutter down will be so easy!
Putting away laundry, dishes, mail, groceries, etc. becomes a piece of cake because you don’t even need to think about where you are going to put it, it already has a place.
I hope these tips help you as you unpack & organize your home!
If you use these tips to help prevent clutter in your home, be sure to share a picture & tag @DomesticallyBlissful on Instagram so that we can all see your clutter-free home & so that I can share your image on my stories!
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With love, Giusti
But the Lord is faithful,
& He will strengthen you & protect you from the evil one.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 NIV