There’s nothing quite like the feeling of settling into a new home. You’ve had our team professionally pack and unpack all of your belongings so your space is feeling fresh and new. Everything is in the right place, for the most part, and you feel organized. We’re here to explain that it’s actually pretty simple to maintain this organization and clean home feeling. Especially right now with all of us spending a lot more time at home, having a clean and organized space is more important than ever. In today’s blog, we wanted to share some of the ways we adapt our packing and unpacking tips to keep your new home feeling fresh and tidy well past your moving day.
Do the Initial Organization Work
Set yourself up for success by putting in the foundational work right from the beginning. Once you move into your new home, try to decide where you want everything to go including furniture and smaller items. Since you will be following our packing and unpacking tips, each box is already labelled by room so you can start unpacking each item into the appropriate room. Some people are able to have a specific home for each individual item, which makes organizing and cleaning that much easier. If you can reach this level of order than go for it, but we also know that in most families, especially those with kids, this is just not going to happen. Aim to at least know what room you want each item to reside in. You can always reevaluate this system if you need to later down the road for it to make the most sense for your household. Essentially, knowing where everything belongs is the first step to keeping your home tidy.
Clean as You Go
This is a big one: try to put everything away and back in its organized spot after each use. We know this sounds obvious and slightly annoying but failing to put away your things is the main culprit to a messy home. This can be hard to keep up, but you will thank yourself later when you don’t have a whole room or house to tidy. As you leave one room do a quick scan to see if there’s anything you can bring with you to put away. You’ve probably passed by that toy on the floor, the pile of mail on the counter, and the extra blanket on the couch so many times that you become unaware of them. Actively try to spot any mess in your home and clean them as soon as you notice them. This includes shoes near the front door, the outfit you didn’t end up wearing that’s laying on your bed, and those dishes you left in the sink. Ignoring the mess will only allow the mess to grow – deal with it immediately before it accumulates.
Don’t Overwhelm Yourself
This leads to our next tip which is to avoid overwhelming yourself with tons of cleaning work. While doing a few massive deep cleans of your home is often necessary, you shouldn’t be leaving all the work until it gets overwhelming. We know that for those who are generally a bit messy, it can be challenging to adopt a cleaner lifestyle so try to start small with tidy habits and resolutions first. Try to do one room at a time to break up the work throughout the week instead of tackling it all at once. You can also set yourself smaller goals like cleaning the dishes after every meal, changing the bed sheets more often, and organizing your closet to get into the tiding mindset. Gradually, your new habits will lead to more tidying and a cleaner lifestyle overall.
We often recommend that clients declutter their homes before moving because you have fewer unnecessary items to move and stress over. The same can be said for the unpacking and tidying experience. You’ve put in all the effort do declutter your life when you moved so make sure you keep it
up to avoid having to do it all over again. Don’t let clutter take over your life and take up unnecessary space. Try to continually monitor how much stuff you and your family bring into your home to keep it all at bay. If you notice your belongings growing too much, do a declutter session Marie Kondo style to give unwanted items new homes. Do your best to avoid the notorious “piles” of items that need to be put away because those small piles can quickly turn into large clutter messes.
Create a Routine
The best way to keep your home looking magazine ready is to create a schedule and stick to it. You can separate each room into different days of the week to make tidying your home more manageable and realistic. Create a checklist of the different elements that need to be cleaned in each room of your house. For example, you know your bathroom is used every day and needs the countertop and sink cleaned, shower and toilet scrubbed, mirror spots removed, cabinets organized, and floors mopped. Once you have a list of tasks you can decide what day of the week will be bathroom day. On this day, you can go through and tackle this smaller to-do list and feel accomplished checking everything off. We recommend creating a to-do list like this for every room in your house and creating weekly templates that you can reuse each time you tidy. Display your cleaning schedule on your fridge or wall and divide tasks to each family member to keep your household organized. Don’t wait until you have a messy home to start cleaning, put in a small amount of effort every day to keep it as tidy as possible for as long as possible.
We hope these tips help you keep your home looking tidy and clean. Remember to save yourself from all these stress of unpacking by letting Deluxe Moving & Storage get the job done right. Learn more about our moving services that will give you peace of mind when moving. To start your stress-free moving process, give us a call at 519-212-3023, shoot us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out our FREE, no-obligation quote form. We can help make your move easier, leave the work to us!