Instant gratification. After all the months of looking, planning, prepping, making floor plan and design feature choices, the first feeling the brand-new homeowner deserves to feel is the immediate joy intrinsic to new beginnings.
One step toward that joy is a seamless unpacking process. But the best way to ensure smooth, seamless unpacking at your new home is to plan and organize before packing up the old home.
Think of the job as the proverbial whole-arm swipe across a messy table to free up space for creativity and expression. Only in this case, you’re going to do the swipe in every space of your existing home.
Unload the old, worn and unloved
If it doesn’t look good now, it will look even worse in your sparkling new home. Anything that you haven’t used or that has collected as many eye rolls as it has dust particles over the years should immediately go in the giveaway or trash bag.
Some people may prefer then to advance to the next step of preparation within each room, fully preparing each room before moving to the next. Others may get more gratification from unloading the transfer-station or donation-worthy items from every room of the home before moving to the next step. Either way, mentally prepare to part with the unloved.
Tempt yourself with a time capsule
Next, find a single large box or group of smaller boxes and label them for yourself: “Don’t unpack until 2 months after move in!” Place items in each box from throughout the house that you’re not certain you love enough to display or use in your new home.
If you remember and miss anything from the “Don’t unpack” box(es) before moving, you’ll know it’s worth saving. If you forget about the box(es) and the attic of your new home until mid-2030, you’ll have another answer, along with a time capsule.
Color-code by room
Take it from serial movers. Anyone who has lived in more than five residences as an adult (there are plenty of us), can explain the value of color-coding.
This process removes the guesswork from packing and unpacking, especially if you’re hiring professional movers or relying on other outside help.
Start by ordering packages of large (at least 1-by-3 inches) rectangular, colored stickers from an office supply source. One color will represent each room of your soon-to-be brand-new house, so you may require 10 or more colors in primary and fluorescent hues.
Chart it: Designate a color for each room of your new house. Next, create at least four separate sheets of the same chart. On each, place the colored stickers from top to bottom on the left side of each page. To the right of each color, write its corresponding room. Next, make at least four separate sheets of the same chart.
You can start this process long before moving. Even if you haven’t yet chosen your new house, you can form the chart by leaving room names blank or penciling in dream room names (game room, exercise room, in-law suite, spa, etc.).
Stick to the code
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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment