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I am rather disorganised so when I was sent this post to share I thought it would be handy for anyone else like me!
Household organisation is something that many of us dream of, but can be incredibly difficult to actually achieve. The reason organisation can be so problematic? It’s usually something that people try to do retroactively. As well as this problem, there’s also the fact that organising when everywhere else is full is incredibly difficult.
What you need to achieve true organisation is a new house. Now, obviously, you’re not going to go and buy a new house just so you can achieve excellent organisation right from the beginning of your occupancy… or you shouldn’t, anyway! However, if you are moving house for the usual reasons, it’s well worth seeing this change as an opportunity for you to achieve optimal organisation once and for all.
Organisation should be universal, and there’s no reason why you can’t ensure your new home is the most organised place you’ve ever lived. Whether you’re buying a new launch property or a quaint 200-year-old cottage, you can apply the following organisational strategies from the moment you move in— and ideally, from before the big moving day itself…
Step One: Thoroughly declutter before you pack your old house
Yes, the first step of organising your new home occurs before you’ve actually moved into the home. You’re going to want to thoroughly declutter your existing house, so that you’re certain that you are only moving items that you know you need in the new house.
You should be ruthless with this decluttering; to help you achieve this, keep the following in mind:
- The heavier a vehicle is, the more it costs to drive due to increased fuel consumption.
- The more boxes you load into the vehicle to drive you to the new house, the heavier the vehicle will be.
- Therefore, the more thoroughly you declutter your existing house, the fewer boxes you’ll have to transport to the new house, and the cheaper the overall move will be!
As you can see, there’s a financial incentive to ensure that you declutter like you have never decluttered before. Set a simple rule that only items you have used in the past six months will move with you to the new house— though, of course, sentimental items should be excluded from this.
Step Two: Walk through your new home and invest in suitable new storage to fit
When the decluttering of your existing house is drawing to a close, you should have a pretty good idea of what items you’re going to be moving. As a result, now is the time to start considering the future, and how everything is going to fit and be organised in your new home.
- Start by measuring the furniture you intend to take from the old house to the new; you’re going to need to see how the dimensions figure out in the new space.
- Next, walk around your new home and mark out the intended placement of your existing furniture, using the dimensions you sourced beforehand.
- You can mark the space for your furniture out using tape or chalk; anything that will accurately represent the space required by each piece of furniture is sufficient.
- You can then evaluate the space you have left available and purchase new storage-friendly furniture to fill the available areas.
Why should you do this from the beginning? Simple: to avoid having to purchase further storage pieces in the future, which you will then have to force to try and fit with your existing layout. By designing the layout to incorporate storage furniture right from the beginning, you’re going to achieve the most seamless integration of storage with your general living space.
Essentially, buy as much storage furniture as you can fit into your new home— while making allowances for any space you wish to leave open for aesthetic or practical purposes, of course.
When you have bought your new storage furniture, assemble it as soon as possible and place it into the new house.
Step Three: Add organisation to your new furniture as soon as possible
Good organisation is all about organisation within organisation; different levels that allow for complete transparency in the way your home is laid out. This is why your next step is to buy (or make) and then install drawer inserts, dividers, and shelf-splitters.
Very rarely will you be able to buy storage furniture that suits the exact dimensions of the items you need to store. As a result, you’ll need to carefully break down the available space in your new furniture with the above dividing items, so you can ensure you have maximum usage of the available space.
Why do this now, when you’re trying to juggle a house move at the same time? As we’ve discussed, one of the main problems people have when trying to organise their home is trying to do it retroactively. Introducing drawer inserts, dividers, and shelf-splitters as soon as possible — before you have even moved in, in fact — is another way you can prevent the need for retroactive organisation in the future.
When you have added in the new dividers for your new furniture, you’re ready to move on to the next step.
Step Four: Move everything in
The first part of this process is to move your furniture from your old house to your new one. As you measured and marked out spaces for this furniture in step two, this should be a fairly simple process.
Next, it’s time to move the non-furniture items. Organising a house move is always a complex operation, but you should find using the labelled box technique the most effective. When packing up your existing house, label each box with the room it is destined for in the new house. When every box is labelled, you can move them into the relevant room in the new house.
You should try to move all furniture and boxes into the new house before you begin to unpack anything but the basic essentials.
When this step is complete, you should have the following setup:
- New storage furniture (complete with dividers) in place throughout the new house
- Numerous boxes inside each room, with the contents of each box corresponding to the room itself
Step Five: Create a manifest
You’re almost ready to unpack and organise your new house, but there’s one final step.
- Create a spreadsheet for each room of your house.
- Remove an item from a box
- Put the item into your new storage furniture
- Note down in the spreadsheet what the item is, and where it’s been stored
- For example: “AA batteries — drawer unit” in the “Family Room” sheet.
- Repeat this process for every item you unpack.
This is time-consuming, but it’s so worth it. By the end of the process, you will know exactly where everything in your house is. Thanks to the prep work of buying adequate storage prior to moving in, and a more careful unpacking process, you’ll never have to search through your house to find something again. You can just pull up the spreadsheet, search for the item you’re trying to find, and you’ll immediately be able to see where it is— perfect!
Organisation can be difficult to achieve on a home you already live in, but with a fresh start, you should be on to a winner. By using the above steps, you should be able to create a home that you will find simple and efficient to maintain— allowing you to finally achieve the organisation perfection you have always dreamt of!
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