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30 of the Best Home Organization Tips

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Organizing your home is a task that people tend to put off. A lot of the time, people who procrastinate getting organized just don’t know where to start. The good news is: it doesn’t have to be so complicated. You don’t have to turn your house upside down to get it organized! Just a few simple changes here and there can make all the difference.

Once all the home organization is over and done with, you’ll find that the results can be incredibly rewarding. Is there really anything more satisfying than an ultra-tidy closet or pantry? Or finding out you had more space in your home than you thought you did? If that visual doesn’t inspire you to jump-start your home organization process, then not to worry—we’ve got just the thing.

Whether you’re into the Marie Kondo craze or just need some easy mess-clearing solutions for your home, here are 30 of our best home organization tips:

1. Organize your drawers with old dishes, jars, or glasses

Tame all the junk in your various home drawers by organizing items with old dishes or glasses. No need to buy expensive drawer organizers when you can make use of what’s at home! Make sure to place a non-slip mat at the bottom to keep items from shifting when you open and close the drawer.

2. Learn how to “file fold”

“File folding” is folding your items upright so that it allows you to see everything in the drawer from a single glance, rather than taking items in and out to see what’s there. You can do this with practically anything: socks, underwear, clothes, towels, and more! The best part about file folding is that you can color code your items, creating extra efficiency.

3. Color code your file folders

If you have a bunch of Manila file folders lying around stuffed with various documents, replace them with a color-coded set of folders! Arranging your papers via color category won’t require you to take out each individual folder to read the label. Just glance towards the right color and find exactly what you need.

4. Hang pots and pans

Instead of letting pots and pans take up valuable cabinet space in your kitchen, use hooks to hang them on the kitchen wall. For easy access, you can try hanging them above the stove. This tip doubles as an easy kitchen decor tip, especially if you have colorful pots and pans!

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5. Use clear jars for your pantry

Do you have a crowded kitchen counter? If your food jars and pantry items are visible, consider investing in clear jars to hold pantry items like rice, pasta, grains, and others. Choose containers that are visually pleasing and easy open to maximize the visual aesthetic without sacrificing efficiency.

6. Store shoes heel to toe

Need help speeding up your morning dressing routine? Store your shoes heel to toe. Storing shoes in this manner not only maximizes the space in your closet but it also makes room for more shoes! With this setup, while getting dressed, you can glance at your shoe closet and immediately see your shoes’ color, toe style, and heel height.

7. Store pet food in a giant canister

If you’re a pet owner, then you’ll know just how often the giant floppy bag of kibble spills over, especially when you’re groggily scooping kibble out of the bag before work. Minimize spillage by transferring pet food into a sturdy, wide-mouthed canister. Drop in a large scoop spoon and you’re good to go!

8. Conceal appliance cords with adhesive hooks

Nothing ruins the look of your room more than a bunch of cords tangled together on the floor. Attach tiny adhesive hooks to the back of your furniture and hang the cords there to help camouflage them and keep everything tidy.

9. Store food by standing ziplock bags in the freezer rather than flat using containers

Freeze food in large, labeled zip-seal bags. Label them by food name and date, and then “file” them by standing them in the freezer side by side. Compared to storing food in flat, square containers, this method maximizes space and allows you to see what leftovers you have with a quick glance.

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10. Organize makeup with a magnet board

Is your vanity table cluttered with makeup? Glue magnets to the back of your palettes and stick them on a magnetic board instead. This’ll keep your countertop clear and have your makeup within easy reach.

11. Tidy up your collection of plastic bags

We’re all trying to save the environment in any way we can, and one of those small ways is by reusing plastic bags. However, plastic bags can easily take over your entire cabinet space if you’re not careful. To ensure tidiness, stuff plastic bags into empty tissue boxes for space-saving easy access.

12. Store spices in small jars

Spice jars from the grocery store often collect dirt and grime over time. Transfer your spices to small jars instead to extend their shelf life and give your kitchen a tidier look. Not to mention, you’ll save a significant amount of cash if you stop buying spices in the jar and start buying the cheaper, plastic-packed spices in the grocery. You can use any small jar to store them, from a small mason jar to a tic-tac box if you want!

13. Utilize the dead space over doorways

You can have a shelf installed in one of the dead spaces above the doorway. This space is especially useful for storing items you don’t need that often, such as extra towels or toiletries.

14. Hide shoes under the bed

If your bedroom is lacking space (or if you have one too many shoes!) you can store your shoes under your bed by putting them on a thin slide drawer and placing it below your bed frame. Just slide the drawer back out when you need to put on a pair of shoes! This is also great for if you need to store out-of-season shoes that you just don’t want to throw or give away yet.

15. Sort earrings in an ice cube tray

An age-old trick, this tip is practically a timeless classic. Organize earrings and other small jewelry items in your drawer by placing them in an ice tray! This tip isn’t just for earrings, of course. You can store a variety of small items in ice trays or muffin tins to keep everything in place.

16. Hang up measuring cups and spoons

Just like with the pans tip, we want to maximize as much counter and cabinet space in the kitchen as possible. By hanging up measuring cups and spoons, you’ll be making life easier by having these frequently-accessed tools always in reach.

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17. Make your nightstand double as a dresser

Need a clutter-free bedroom? If your nightstand has a lot of drawers and is particularly spacious, why not allow it to double as a dresser? Think about all the clutter we keep in our nightstands that never really get used: papers we don’t need, books we haven’t read, miscellaneous small items. Clear out the junk and store clothes in your nightstand instead, specifically pajamas and comfy lounge wear. You can leave the top drawer for the essentials, such as a flashlight, tissues, medicine, and other must-haves.

18. Get rid of the exercise equipment you don’t use

A lot of people like the false sense of security owning fitness equipment brings. “I’m going to get fit this year because I bought this exercise bike!” But if you have a giant exercise bike in the middle of the room that you don’t really use, then what’s the point? If you don’t use it almost every day, then sell or donate it. You can get a gym membership instead and save yourself the house space!

19. Keep the clothes you wear the most near the front of your closet

Store what you wear the most often up front. This is usually a favorite pair of jeans, your comfiest shirts, and easy-to-wear items like dresses. By utilizing the “prime real estate” of your closet, you’ll make sure that the things you use most frequently are the easiest to reach.

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20. Use matching hangers

If you’ve just been collecting hangers from the dry cleaners over the years, then chances are your closet looks like a mess from all the mismatched hangers. Even if your closet is tidy and well-organized, mismatched hangers can be an eyesore. Invest in a quality set of matching hangers and see the impact it has on the visual aesthetic of your closet!

21. Store a donation box or basket inside your closet

Put a donation box or basket in the corner of your closet. Clothes that go into it should be clothes that you no longer enjoy or no longer fit you. Once a month—or every quarter, even—take the contents down to a local donation center. While some people find it difficult to part with old clothing, this tip helps with slowly editing your closet until the only pieces left are the ones you truly, truly enjoy.

22. Use your bedroom closet door to hang your OOTD

Choosing your outfit the night before is one of the best ways to help you save time in the morning. This keeps you from rushing, and saves you a considerable amount of stress. However, laying out your clothes over a chair or a table isn’t exactly the nicest look, and can eventually lead to clutter in your bedroom if you realize the clothes don’t match and you pick another outfit anyway. Instead, install hooks on the inside of your closet door for hanging your clothes, accessories, and shoes for the next day. This’ll help save space and keep everything in one area for a quick grab-and-go.

23. Color-code your closet

Storing your clothing by color will make it much easier to find what you’re looking for while getting dressed. Whether you’re hanging your clothes or stacking them, color-coding should not only make dressing in the mornings easier, but should make your closet look much, much tidier too.

24. Use a leaning ladder to store throw blankets or magazines

A sleek, sturdy ladder is the perfect way to store throw blankets and keep your living room from looking like a mess. You can also store magazines on the ladder—a stylish way to display them for guests without sacrificing floor space.

25. Organize a coffee table top with a tray

Nothing interrupts the serenity of a living room than an unruly coffee table top. An easy solution? Store everything in a tray! You’ll find that books, remotes, vases, and other knick knacks look more like decor and less like clutter once placed neatly on a tray. The other great thing about trays? They double as an organizing tool and as home decor. Make sure to choose a tray that complements your furniture to maximize the visual effects. 

26. Floating shelf storage

For any room, bulky dressers and drawers are usually the first storage solution that comes to mind. These are great for hiding items but aren’t necessarily the most pleasing to look at, and can make a space feel cramped and small. Instead, try installing floating shelf storage. It’ll force you to keep the items on the shelf tidy, and will make rooms seem airy and more open.

27. Use a magnetic strip bar to hold tools

While most people use a magnetic strip to store knives, they’re actually multipurpose and can be used in any room! Use them in the garage to hold your screwdrivers and other tools, or place them in the bathroom to hold tweezers, nail cutters, and the like. They’re also great to put on a vanity table to make sure bobby pins never get lost!

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28. Repurpose old glass jars to store desk and dresser items

Instead of throwing out glass jars, save them and use them as storage containers! These are especially useful for desks or dressers, as they can be used to hold pens, make-up brushes, and a multitude of other accessories. Before repurposing them, make sure to clean the jars out thoroughly and remove any labels. You can customize the jars by adding your own labels or spray-painting them in a color of your choice, but leaving them clear works well too!

29. Buy matching storage containers

Do you want your home to scream, “I’m organized!!!!”? Whether it’s a clear plastic box, a basket, metal canisters, or cloth cubbies, matching storage containers are much more visually appealing than mismatched ones. While this isn’t the best solution for storing items of different sizes, it’s still a great tip to employ for home organization, and can be used at least in some areas of the household, like in a laundry room or guest bathroom.

30. Place a key catch-all in the entryway of your home

Are you the type to always forget your keys? Or your wallet? Or other small, but incredibly necessary daily items? Try putting a catchall basket on a table near your entryway. That way, everything is in one place, and you’re less likely to forget to bring them with you on your way out.

Keeping a Tidy Home

Focusing on home organization has a ton of benefits for both you, your home’s occupants, and any potential guests you might have. A tidy home should help you focus more, lower your stress levels, and bring up your energy and enthusiasm for the day. For guests, a tidy home makes them feel more comfortable and at ease. Not to mention, you won’t need to scramble around the house to tidy up every time someone comes over for a visit! Through home organization, you can save yourself a ton of time, money, and effort, leaving your day-to-day life stress and hassle free.

Our final—and best!—tip for home organization? Save yourself the trouble and hire a professional moving company to assist you when purchasing items for your home. At TheLorry, we have an entire network of professional movers at your disposal. Our team of experts are there to help you transform your house into the home that you deserve. Call us now and we’ll deliver any home needs swiftly and safely to your doorstep!

12 Things to Do Before Moving Into a New House

New Home Checklist: Pre-Moving Essentials

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While moving is an inevitable life experience, not many would describe moving into a new house as a “fun” activity. Moving can take a whole weekend of your time—sometimes even more!—and this doesn’t even include the time it takes to unpack and get settled into your new home. While moving out is the biggest hurdle, the moving in is a challenge in itself, usually forgotten until you get there and realize your furniture doesn’t fit, or that you have less space for your things than you thought you would, or that you’ve forgotten to label the moving boxes and have no idea where anything is! After all the effort of moving out of an old house, the last thing you need is more stress when you get to your new home.

With all the planning, packing, moving, and cleaning, the whole process from start to finish can take a long time. But while moving into a new house can seem like a tiresome task, there is some good news: moving doesn’t have to be awful! Making proper preparations should make moving into a new house less stressful and considerably less time-consuming.

If you’re in the process of moving into a new house, take a look at our checklist below to figure out what tasks you can do to ensure your move is as hassle-free as can be.

Moving Into a New House: 12 Important Tasks to Do Beforehand

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1. Choose a moving date

 

While most people prefer to move on weekends or on a holiday, you can save money on moving truck rentals if you move mid-week and mid-month—aka when the demand is lowest. Holidays are peak seasons, so the rates are typically higher. If you can plan in advance, choose a move date sometime in the months between October and April, when demand will be lowest, and plan your work leaves in advance. Another bonus? The roads are less congested mid-week, making for a faster move for less expense.

 

2. Pick a legitimate moving company

If you’re hiring a moving company, don’t overlook company reviews! Be sure to do your homework and choose a mover that’s licensed and insured, with professional movers on staff. Handling your home items takes care and a certain level of expertise—hiring a less-than-ideal moving company may result in the damage of your furniture and other personal items.

Once you’ve chosen the right company, call immediately to schedule your move date with them and find out their list of non-allowables. Non-allowables typically include aerosol cans, paints, pesticides, propane tanks, fire extinguishers, and more, depending on the moving company. Get this information ready before packing up your home so you have time to set the non-allowable items aside.

 

3. Do some research on your new neighborhood

Be sure to research your new neighborhood before the big move. You’ll save yourself time by exploring the area in person before the big move date, rather than wandering aimlessly around the neighborhood after you’ve moved in. Especially important to note is where the nearest grocery and supply stores are, as you’ll be frequenting them the most while you’re settling into your new home. If you have school-age children, you might want to check out the nearest schools as well.

 

4. Send out a moving announcement

You don’t have to send a moving announcement to the whole neighbourhood, but it would be beneficial to let trusted friends and family members know when your big move date is. Your announcement could also double as an open invitation for the recipients to come over and help with the moving process. It may also be best to tell your employers as well, so that they’ll know not to contact you for anything work-related while you’re moving into a new house.

 

5. Change your billing address

In the midst of the moving-out chaos, it can be all too easy to forget to change your billing and subscription addresses. Unless you want your credit cards declined, it would be prudent to change your address as soon as possible.

This is also important for transferring utilities. Make sure to contact your utility service providers to let them know about the move, and schedule disconnect and connect dates for things such as cable and internet. While updating your billing address before the move date may seem like a dull chore, you’ll be thankful to have the errand done in advance rather than when you’re knee-deep into the moving process.

 

6. Purchase the proper supplies

 

When moving, you’ll need several rolls of packing tape, markers and labels, and the proper type of moving boxes. It’s important that you don’t use damaged boxes when moving! Filling them up with heavy items will make the box break when you pick it up, making whatever you’ve packed inside fall to the floor. Certain items, such as your television, mirrors, and artwork may even require a different kind of box altogether, such as a telescope box. Do some research beforehand to ensure that you have all the right supplies for packing up your former home.

 

7. Organize items to be moved

 Organizing your items into three piles before packing them up. Pile #1 should be the items you’re bringing to the new house, Pile #2 should be things to be sold or donated, and Pile #3 should be the things you intend to put into a storage unit. If Pile #2 is particularly large, try hosting a garage sale before the move. Having less stuff to move will only make your relocation less stressful and less expensive.

 If you aren’t labeling the boxes, you’re making a giant mistake! The boxes will inevitably get mixed up on the way to your new home, and you’ll be left opening every single box to check for where you put your toiletries and pajamas.

 When organizing the items to be moved, label the boxes according to their corresponding rooms, such as “kitchen,” “bathroom,” “closet,” etc. Also, all fragile items should be labeled as such to avoid damage en route.

 

8. Pack a moving-day survival kit

After moving into a new house, you don’t want to have to sift through hundreds of boxes just to find your clothes and your toothbrush. Instead, pack a moving-day survival kit with a few changes of clothes, pajamas, toiletries, medicine, and whatever items you’ll want to have on-hand when moving into a new house.

 

9. Reserve a storage unit

 Especially important if you’re downsizing, a storage unit will be helpful if you’re not ready to sell or donate any of your items. It’s recommended to reserve a unit well before your move, though make sure the unit you choose is in a well-maintained facility with  good security features.

 

10. Paint the walls or closets of your new place

 Whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring professional painters, it’s best to do the painting of your new home several days to a couple of weeks before you move. Why? The empty rooms will be much easier to paint, as there will be no need to move furniture, take down draperies, clear out closets, or take artwork and other decor off the walls. Plus, moving all your items into a freshly-painted room will feel that much more comfortable and rewarding.

 

11. Have the mechanical equipment cleaned and serviced

 As soon as you’re set to move, check the heating and cooling systems in your new home and make sure they’re clean and well-maintained. This is especially important because if the cooling system breaks down at the peak of summer, you’ll not only be quite uncomfortable, but you’ll also have to pay extra to have a technician come over and service the machine. By having the equipment serviced in advance, you’ll guarantee the longevity of the units while saving money by preventing repair costs.

 

12. Clean up your old home

 Don’t be rude to whoever moves into your former home! Before moving into a new house, don’t forget to do one last sweep of your former home. After making sure everything is packed up and extra items are sold or donated, do a deep clean of your old place by vacuuming the floors and wiping down surfaces.

Ready for the big move?

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If you’re finding moving into a new house a bit more difficult than you thought, save yourself the struggle and book with TheLorry! Our network of expert movers will make sure your things are swiftly delivered to your new place. Rest assured, your items will be in good hands. Happy moving!

6 Chinese Customs When Moving Into Your New Home

Chinese Rituals Followed When Moving Houses

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In Chinese culture, there are tons of customs to perform for various occasions. But one of the most important occasions to practice these rituals is when you’ve just moved into a new home.

Moving into a new house is an important occasion, one that signals new beginnings, providing homeowners an opportunity to invite wealth and good luck into their lives.

While most people celebrate a new home with a housewarming party or with a quiet dinner with family in the new neighborhood, Chinese rituals for moving into a new house requires some very unique and specific practices. Superstitious? Yes. Fun? Definitely!

If you’ve just bought a new house, would you really pass up an opportunity to bring in greater prosperity? Check out these 10 Chinese rituals for moving into a new house:

10 Chinese Rituals for Moving Into a New House

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1. Leave the lights on for 3 days straight

3 days prior to the day you move in, every light in the house should be turned on and left on until the day you arrive. This is so that your new place can fill up with “yang” energy, as walking into a new house filled with “yin” energy could spell bad luck.

If you feel like this is a little too obsessive or wasteful, then you can go with the cheaper and more cost-effective alternative of switching on the lights just a day before you arrive, and leaving them on the entire day of your move-in date.

 2. Roll a pineapple around the house

Yes, you read that right. From the moment you open the main front door, you have to literally roll a pineapple around your home. Keep in mind that you should be rolling the fruit with your hands, and not kicking it around with your feet.

Also, to add to the ridiculousness, you’ll need to roll the pineapple around while saying casual celebratory phrases of good fortune and prosperity. Traditionally, these phrases should be in Mandarin and can be searched online, but if you can’t speak Mandarin, you can also just call out phrases in English like, “more money!” or “good health!” as you roll the pineapple on the floor. As far as Chinese rituals for moving into a new house goes, this one is bound to get a few chuckles out of even your most superstitious relative.

 

3. Carry something auspicious inside

While you’re rolling the pineapple to attract wealth, family members should help you out and attract even more wealth by carrying something auspicious inside the house. By “auspicious” this usually means—yes, you guessed it—more fruits. The usual items to bring are fresh fruits that symbolize different blessings, such as:

  • Oranges = symbolizes prosperity

  • Pomegranates = symbolizes opportunities

  • Peaches = symbolizes good health

  • Apples = symbolizes safety

If for some reason you’re sick of fruits, you can also carry in feng shui coins, or even a handbag with lots of money inside. The emphasis of this ritual is that no one’s hands should be empty as they enter the room. And yes, playing a game on your phone counts as having your hands empty.

Preferably, the breadwinner of the family should carry a big plate filled with fresh fruits in both hands, but if the breadwinner of the family is busy rolling a pineapple around the floor, the task can be delegated to the next most authoritative person. The person rolling the pineapple and the person carrying the fresh fruits should be the first and second people to enter the house, respectively.

Once inside, all the fruits/items should then be placed on a table, usually the dining table.

4. Open all the doors and windows

After placing the fruits inside, open all the doors and windows of your home.

Chinese rituals for moving into a new house revolve a lot around “yang” energy, and one of the customs that follow after ushering auspicious items into the house is to open all the doors and windows of your new space.

Aside from welcoming in fresh air and sunlight inside, this practice allows “qi” or positive yang energy to renew itself and flow throughout the house.

5. Turn on the stove and all the water taps

Proclaim the functionality of your new home by turning on all the water taps, the gas pipes, and electrical appliances! Leave them on for just 3 minutes lest you burn the whole house down. Doing this ensures that the various sectors of your home are “activated” and have energy flowing through them.

This ritual also allows the house to “introduce” itself to the environment, welcoming even more auspicious chi to come in.

(It’s also a great way to check if everything in your new place is working well.)

6. Cook a meal and eat it with family

Arguably the best custom out of the bunch, the concluding Chinese ritual for moving into a new house is to bond with your family over a delicious home-cooked meal.

The meal should be cooked in your new place, and served with Chinese tea. This practice symbolizes the sharing of wealth among family members, and is a nice way to celebrate your new place with your friends and family.

Welcome to Your New Home!

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Moving into a new house usually sounds stressful, but with interesting customs like these, moving in can actually be incredibly fun—especially when with friends and family.

But if you want to skip the stress of moving in and jump straight into the fun stuff, then don’t hesitate to book with TheLorry! Our network of expert movers will make sure your things are swiftly delivered to your new place, letting you save your moving-in energy for attracting all that auspicious yang energy. Happy moving!

Moving Mistakes Every Singaporean Makes When Relocating

Think moving is easy? Think again! Relocating to a new place can be a stressful and strenuous process. It takes plenty of time and effort to pack your entire life from one house to another, and just the mere art of shoving everything into boxes can take up to several weeks or months.

But if you’re not careful, you could end up spending way more time and money than necessary. So pay attention to these common mistakes that Singaporeans typically make, and vow never to repeat them. 

1. You Didn’t Really Declutter

Maybe you collected a wide variety of souvenirs and decorative items that you thought would look great at home…  but when was the last time they added real value to your house? You probably even forgot you had them! 

We know it’s hard to toss everything out, but you need to start decluttering. 

Think of the move as a rejuvenation process for your soul. New house equals brand new chapter. And if you’re going to start over, don’t clutter your new home with too many knick knacks that only collect dust. You can’t make room for more things if you’ve filled up every inch of space with the same old stuff. So do yourself a favour and start the purging process now. Dedicate an entire weekend to tossing things out. Once you start, it gets a lot easier. For more tips on decluttering, read this.

2. You Trust People A Little Too Easily

Don’t make the mistake of hiring the cheapest movers on the block because you never know if they’re actually professional about their job. Always make sure you have an inventory list and check thoroughly when boxes leave your old house to go to your new one. We’d recommend hiring a trusted moving company, because you can sit back and trust that your items are in the right hands. Nothing gets broken or stolen midway.

3. You Try To Skimp on Moving Supplies

Shopping for new furniture can be costly, so we understand the desire to tighten the budget on moving supplies. But getting old boxes is a bad idea. Why? Because those boxes can be weak, dirty and possibly contain last week’s meat delivery in them. You don’t want your precious furniture stashed in there, right? So purchase new boxes and loads of packing tape and bubble wrap to secure your items. Once you’re done with the move, you can recycle the boxes.

4. You Failed To Pack A Family Survival Kit

It usually takes a week or more to get the entire house looking clean, tidy and organised. So make sure you pack a family survival kit to ensure that the transition into the new house is easy for everyone. Bring essential things like flashlights, phone chargers, a tool box, medication and things of that sort for the comfort of your whole family.

5. You Assume You Can Do Everything Yourself

If moving really was that simple, there wouldn’t be a need for professional movers. But these professionals are there for a reason. You see, there are too many things to consider when you’re initiating the entire moving process alone. Stress skyrockets, tempers flare, things get lost or broken and the whole transition into the new house is met with sourness.

Originally published as Moving Mistakes Every Singaporean Makes When Relocating by Tashya Viknesh Author at kaodim

Unpacking after moving house: A survival guide

Moving house is among the top five most stressful situations that life holds. So how can we make the idea of relocating a journey to look forward to, not dread?

Why is moving house considered a life event so terrible that it makes this list?

Anyone who’s packed up and moved to an entirely new home knows that, more often than not, things don’t always run smoothly.

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Whether your furniture is damaged in the process, boxes of precious trinkets end up lost, or you suffer an injury while packing (lift with your knees, not your back!), there’s a whole host of things that can go wrong in a move.

We can’t promise that a read of this guide will mean you’ll never encounter a stressful blip in the moving process again, but making things as easy as possible for yourself during every stage can absolutely help.

Here, Jo Carmichael, professional organiser and founder of All Sorted Out, shares her top tips for unpacking post move.

How to start packing up your home

Before embarking on any move, Jo recommends first taking some steps to ensure you’re in good stead to begin the packing process.

After all, a little bit of admin pre-pack will ensure a smooth unpack on the other side.

Here are Jo’s top three tips for packing up your home:

1. Take pictures of set-ups

“Before packing, I like to take photos of how shelves or desks were set up so it can be quickly recreated in the next home.”

2. Declutter before packing

“Every household accumulates so much unnecessary stuff these days. Before packing anything into a box, go through cupboards first and decide what to keep, donate or toss.”

3. Pack room by room and label all boxes

“Write the general category for each room and what’s contained on the tape of the box. This will help you choose where to start when it comes time to unpack.”

Expert tip: Number your boxes and create a list in your phone of all items contained within each numbered box.

A Sharpie will be your best friend throughout a move. Picture: Getty

Put together a moving survival kit

Jo recommends constructing a moving kit of essentials to assist you during the days after a move.

“If you’re selling and settling on the current home – make sure to keep legal, banking, real estate, insurance documents and house keys handy.” 

From there, Jo says it’s a matter of packing practical items that you may need.

“Toilet paper, paper towel, garbage bags, device chargers, snack foods, medications, tea and coffee, a bottle opener, a change of clothes, and a bag of apples are all items you should keep close by,” she says.

If you’ve got kids, keep some form of entertainment close by. Picture: Getty

Jo always likes to include a few extra touches for comfort, too, to make the move a little bit less stressful.

“A candle can help to make the place smell like home, and a charged iPad or the kids’ favourite soft toys will help them feel settled.

“Lastly, a packet of wet wipes for cleaning up spills or wiping over messy shelves before unpacking is always handy, too.”

Expert tip: Keep your survival kit in a recognisable basket or carry bag so it’s not mixed with the packing boxes. Jo recommends keeping it on the kitchen bench.  

Keep the car and house keys in a distinctive place as people often misplace these little necessities in times of stress. Picture: Getty

How to start unpacking after the move

It can be a daunting thought: Deciding where to begin the unpacking process. But Jo says a good place to begin is the kitchen.

“If you brought food from your fridge or freezer with you in an esky, get this unpacked and chilling first up.

“Then it’s a matter of moving from room to room based on your needs in the home.”

Expert tip: “If you have a family member feeling a bit out of sorts because they don’t like moving house, try to unpack their room first. If they’re feeling settled, things will flow easier.”

Originally published as Unpacking after moving house: A survival guide by Katie Skelly. Author at realestate.com.au.