I am so excited to be hosting week 4 of the House to Home Haven weekly meet-up! Let me back up really quickly and give you a little background on what this weekly meet up is all about. A few months ago I attended my first Haven conference and met so many talented and fun people! A group of us with similar interests – husband and wife duos in real estate/home renovation – put together this weekly link up where we all share content on our favorite topics for our readers. Each month we choose a a topic to focus on and this month is all about organization! The best part of these link-up parties is that you can participate too!
To get in on the action, all you have to do is drop your link to any blog posts, photos, or videos at the end of this post. Then everyone who stops by can see all the things you do too!
Here are the Party House to Home Haven Rules:
- Link to a relevant topic
- Link to a specific post, not a homepage
- Share the love!
Meet the House to Haven Hosts
We’d like to introduce you to a few husband and wife friends. Meet Danielle and Michael from Clark and Aldine, Sarah and Nick from Nestrs, Morgan and Jamie from Construction 2 Style and Katelynn and Uriah from The Inspiring Investment.
Join the fun over on IG too #housetohomehaven.
Want to play catch up on the first three weeks of our link-up party?
In the last 10 years, Chris and I have moved 6 times and consider ourselves experts with the ouse moving process. We have learned lots of tips and tricks to streamline the process and are sharing our top 5 organization tips for making your new house feel like a home.
Check out episode 33 of From the Nest Podcast to hear more about our thoughts on this topic.
5 Tips to get Your New Home Organized Fast:
Color Code Your Boxes
As you pack up your belongings, color code each of the boxes by room. On moving day, the movers will know exactly what room each box should go in. This helps you avoid moving boxes twice and opening up every box to try and find something that you need. We placed small colored stickers on each box and were easily able to direct the movers where each box should go.
Focus on Bedrooms & Bathrooms
Once your boxes are moved in, focus on the bedrooms and bathrooms. You will be exhausted after moving and want your bed to be made up for a good night sleep. I find that it helps our children adjust better if we get their rooms in order before our first night in the new house. Second, clean the bathrooms! Once you have clean bathrooms and have added the hand soap and towels, you will feel more at home.
Prep Your Garage
With any new house, you are going to need some maintenance or tools to get it all set up properly. If your garage is an empty shell, buy some shelves and a work bench (if you are really ambitious). When we moved into our house, the garage was SO unorganized and we could not find anything! Of course, we ended up buy duplicates of tools and painting materials because we couldn’t find anything in the mess. Plan ahead for organizing your garage because you will be in there a lot!
Prioritize Your Spaces
If you are moving into a fixer upper, the best advice I can give you is to focus on organizing/designing designated spaces! It can be so easy to get overwhelmed by the long list of projects, but if you focus on one space at a time, you will see progress and begin transforming your home. Think about the areas that you use the most. In our new home, I really wanted to get Chris’s office organized and set up. It is a space that he is in every day and it is important to have that space inspire you and not stress you out! We are also focusing heavily on the kitchen and family room – two of the most used rooms in the house.
Purge & Donate
In an ideal world, the purging and donating should be done while you are packing up your old house. In a realistic world, that probably happened in the beginning and as you got towards the end of packing you just tossed it all in boxes! As you go to set up your rooms, don’t put anything in the room that doesn’t fit, just because you own it. If a furniture item no longer works in your home, send that baby off to goodwill!
I like to work with what I have when I move in, and then as update each room, I slowly start buying furniture that fits with the space. I also think it is great to just sit with what you have for a while. When we moved into our house, we put our sectional in the family room and it seemed WAY too big for the space. We moved it to the other room and after a few days, I realized that it actually would work in the space and we moved it back! Moving is stressful and we have to give ourselves a little grace to take some time to find the right setup for each space so that it fits best with that season of life.
Interested in more organization tips? Check out my 5 tips for organizing your kids playroom!