Seven-step checklist for setting up your new home
Unpack like a pro with our handy seven-step guide to setting up a new home.
You’ve signed on the dotted line for your dream home, the boxes are in and the delivery trucks have driven away. Now what?
Before you start randomly unpacking boxes, we’re here to help you learn the art of setting up your new place with purpose.
From creating a plan to maximise your floor space to tips that will have you unpacking like a pro, here are seven steps to tick off to set up your new space for success.
High five to you if your home is in pristine condition. If not, set aside time to give it a once-over before you begin putting away your belongings. Complete the usual tasks as well as the often-neglected jobs, such as cleaning the heating and cooling filters. (More: A guide to vacuum cleaners)
Sure, it’s likely the last thing you’ll feel like doing, but you’ll feel better when you start settling into your new home from a clean slate. (Plus: How to make your own cleaning products)
Lock in the layout
Pressing pause to plan can help you consider how to best use the space in your home. You want to maximise your floor space. Start by placing big items like furniture where they make sense, but leave the smaller decorative items in one dedicated box in each room until you’re ready to style.
Be sure to make your high-traffic areas functional. In the kitchen, for example, lay out where you’re going to store your crockery and appliances so they’re easily on-hand to complement your cooking.
Focusing on one room at a time helps beat overwhelm and keeps you on track.
Begin with the bedroom, because you’ll be needing some serious shut-eye in this sanctuary. Position your bed, set it up with clean linen and avoid piling stuff on top that you’ll have to clean off later. Next, move on to the bathroom, kitchen and living room. (More: A guide to sustainable bed linens)
Divide and conquer with your family, housemates or the very kind friends you’ve roped in to help.
Tick off the little things
The physical exhaustion can get real during a move. Switch up your time wisely by tackling the smaller tasks in between the more manual labour.
Connect your internet, set up a binder where you can organise your home’s paperwork and receipts, and put away your toiletries in the bathroom.
Set the tone to make it fun. Open the windows, put on an upbeat playlist and make sure you break often for a breather.