We have been in our new home for a few months now... (Follow our journey from the beginning here). I haven't posted the reveal pics for our new home. I have felt so busy working on other building projects we have going on. I have also been working on decorating our new space (...and finishing the last few building details that make your home functional). It has been so fun, but I haven't felt quite ready to share the pretty final product with you quite yet. I think I am almost there, so stay tuned for the final reveal coming soon...
As I unpacked box after box, I did not even touch my home decor items. It is too overwhelming to think about where to put all that stuff until we had all the furniture pieces in place. It wasn't until my new sofas had arrived, that I started to unpack my pile of decor boxes. Even now I am still switching things around until I feel like its come together. Like my mantle for example (yup, I rhymed... teehee). It took a few tries to get it where I was happy, but I am loving it now! I am sure I will continue to change a few things as we go. There is always something to be updated in our homes don't you feel?
One trick I have when decorating a new space is; rather than feeling overwhelmed to find all the perfect pieces right away, I leave a few undecorated places around the house that can be filled with that one perfect piece when I come across it in my travels. It's always exciting when you find that one perfect piece... don't you agree?
We did purchase a few new furniture items to suit our new space (we sold some of our furniture before we moved). But I do have a few key pieces that I just cannot part with because we love them. We have kept those pieces for each house whether they have suited or not. I will usually recover or paint them to match the new decor then. Do you have any pieces that you have kept just because they mean something to you?
Every home needs a few special decor pieces to give your home character and meaning.
Needless to say, my home is always a work in progress. Much like our faith in Christ. Our faith is always a journey, never complete until the day we go home to be with our Savior. And hopefully growing more beautiful as time goes on.
So we have finally moved again for the second time in a year. Enough said right? I am so... so... so... tired!!! It was so much work to move twice. Many of our friends are doing the same thing this year because of our amazing housing market here on the west coast. House prices are still on the rise here a year later which has made for a crazy housing market! Quite possibly you are in the same boat of shifting your life and moving as well?
Here are some key tips on how to make your move successful... and even fun?;)
3 months before
- Start collecting boxes
- Pack a box or two each day, starting with the stuff you won't need for a few months. Such as games, movies, extra bedding, or extra dishes.
- Label everything by which room it goes in and its contents. It helps the movers or friends to place everything in the right room on moving day
- As you pack; take it one closet or cupboard at a time. Organize and go through what you don't need anymore. Rule of thumb; if you haven't used it in a year, you likely won't use it at again. If you need it again down the road, you can always purchase it again when you're ready. If you have more sheets than you actually need, get rid of some. Give away what you don't need anymore, and throw away anything that needs to get thrown away. Simplify your life by decluttering, even if you're upsizing your home. You will feel freer!
- Make piles as your packing. Pack up what you are keeping. Make a giveaway pile, a garbage pile, and a sell pile. Getting rid of all unnecessary items helps simplify your move by not taking more than you need. It also keeps the unpacking task an easier one as you unload at your new home. You will only need to find a spot for only what you will use on a regular basis.
- Start dreaming. Put together a Houzz or Pinterest board with pics of what you would like your new home to look like. This will help narrow down the look you like. It will help when shopping for new furniture or doing any renovations. Do keep in mind the existing style of your new home. You won't want to create a country cottage if you have a Westcoast styled home. At the same time, you will want to create a space that reflects your personality and what you love. Contact me for an e-consult if you are needing help getting started with your redesign.
- Start scoping out furniture and accessories you may like. Photograph any potential pieces that may work.
- Price out and book your moving company or truck.
1 month before
- Change your mailing address. Make a list of all your mail you need to change to the new address and check it off as you go. Do keep your new address in your phone so you have it on hand when your out and about. You never know when you will need it!
- Start packing up everything possible leaving out only the necessities
- Make a list of any furniture purchases you will need to make. If you are making any purchases ahead of time, make a scaled diagram of your new space with a layout for possible furniture ideas. This will give you an idea of what you need or don't need to purchase. Check out my online services if this is something you need help with.
- Make a list of any reno's needing to be done right away. Line up the trades necessary to do so. They can better meet your renovation schedule if they are booked ahead of time
- Wipe cabinets and windows as you pack up so its an easy clean when you move out
- Schedule and transfer your utilities to your new home such as cable, heating, and internet. You will want those ready to go for when you move in.
1 -2 weeks before
- Empty and box up every dresser, drawer, and cabinet possible leaving only absolute necessities for everyday life. You can eat more instant meals or drive-thru for the last week before the move, can't you?:)
- Confirm your moving crew and find help! Even with movers, friends help cut moving costs and become invaluable help to keep you from feeling overwhelmed.
- Set up your new mailbox with the post office. You may want to pay the small fee to the mail company for an automatic forwarding service to your new address until all of your address changes have been made.
- Set up a babysitter to watch your kids on moving day if you have young kids. Having them away from the home if at all possible helps everyone assisting if they are not underfoot. It may help them feel less stressed with the big change to come home to a somewhat settled new house. It also gives you room to breathe and get as much done as possible on your busy day. If your kids are older, get them to help!
The day before
- Purchase any snacks or lunch items needed. Food helps keep you and your crew going!
- Make sure all items are packed up and labeled.
- Take apart beds and furniture pieces that need to be disassembled
- Have everything ready to start moving
- Coffee. Did I say coffee? And tea. Pick up some coffee to have ready for you and your friends helping. It may motivate everyone to work harder. Fresh muffins and a fruit tray are nice to have on hand too. Anything easy to eat and energy building to keep everyone going. I have made chili and buns when I am really organized. I also have just ordered pizza or gone through the drive-thru to feed everyone for a meal or two.
- Finalize and organize everything at the old house as much as possible as everyone is loading up. No matter how many times I have moved, there is always a drawer that we miss packing. And it can sure seem endless when you get to loading your garage stuff!
- Move all delicate items yourself such as artwork, electronics, or lamps that you don't want someone else handling. Move this the day before if you have the opportunity.
- Direct your movers as they unload into your new home. There is nothing worse than getting unpacked that first eve only to realize your dressers, beds, and sofas are all in the wrong room and you have to do some heavy lifting that night.
- Unpack your bathroom, linen closet, and kitchen first. This is where the content labels come in handy;). These areas are quick and simple to unpack and will help you function in your new home quicker. Have someone help you with this job. Empty one box at a time.
- Arrange your living room and dining furniture. Even set up a bed or two if you have the energy. This is a good start to feeling like you have a home again!
- Sit down and breathe. You made it!
The day after moving day
- Clean your old house. There may be a few lingering items remaining that need to be moved as well. Depending on possession dates, you may need to clean the same day.
- Keep unpacking one box at a time. Set up your rooms and assemble furniture. Every box unpacked feels like a mini success! Do not unpack the boxes of home decor or pics. It becomes too overwhelming. Set aside the boxes you don't know what to do with yet.
- Unfold your boxes and stack them ready to give away or recycle.
Post moving day
- Slowly unpack as you get a chance. Each box seems like such an accomplishment. Give yourself time and grace. You may find you have more to give away or sell as you get settled in. Don't even touch the decor stuff and artwork until you have everything else set up. The decor will come together as you have time to set it up. Hire someone to help you confirm your new design if needed. There are some great professionals out there to give you direction with a simple consultation.
- Start your renovations or home updates
- Hang artwork and set up decor when everything else has come together
- Rearrange decor, cupboards, and closets. When moving I find it gets put unpacked quickly but once I have settled in a bit, I like to rearrange these items to better suit my needs and put everything away properly.
Now take the time to Honeymoon your home. Just like when you have a new baby and you just want to stop and soak up the moment. It can feel like that when you move into a new home you are excited about. Give yourself time and grace. Try not to get stressed out while moving. Breathe and enjoy the process, taking breaks whenever possible. Eat properly to give your body good energy. Take it one box, one project, and one day at a time. It can take up to 6 months or even longer if you have lots of updates to complete before you start to feel like you are finally home.
Check out this Simplified moving day checklist I put together for you. It may help you make your move a success.
I would love to hear from you! Are there any tricks or tips you have found to make your moving day a success?