While packing up your possessions for a new move may seem positively daunting, unpacking your belongings and making furniture fit into your new space can be just as challenging and time consuming. Chances are your new place will have a different floor plan and square footage—meaning your furniture may not fit as perfectly as it did in your previous home. But moving into a new home is a perfect opportunity to push your creative thinking and embrace a refreshing new change. Here are some tips to get you started:
Start with the big picture
Consider every single room or every single piece of furniture before you start unpacking. While your new living room may not accommodate your end tables, there may be more space for them in a bedroom or recreation room. Just because a certain item may have previously been in your kitchen doesn’t mean it can’t now be used in another room instead. Depending on how organized you like to be, take a picture of each room in your new home or draw out a general blueprint of the floorplan. Compare your new space to your previous home and see which rooms will need to be redesigned.
Split up sets
Just as furniture isn’t limited to its intended room, furniture that went together in your old home or came together as part of a set doesn’t necessarily need to stay that way in your new home. You may want to split up a furniture set to avoid overcrowding one room and leaving another too sparse. This can give your whole home a cohesive feel, as well as making each room eclectic and unique. It’s your personal home style, so don’t be afraid to break the rules.
A common mistake people make is getting rid of a piece of furniture without considering alternative uses. While your dining table may now be too small for your new dining room, could it be used as a desk in the office or as an entryway table by the front door? Now that your new home has a built-in closet, your dresser may work as a TV stand in the family room, or it can help fill your oversized dining room as a buffet. Don’t let the box your furniture came in determine how you will use it in your home.
Save smaller pieces for later
Figuring out new places for small trinkets, hanging pictures, and placing other tchotchkes is often the most difficult step in moving into a new home. To avoid obsessing over finding a space for everything, don’t unpack everything at once. For decorations and accent pieces, start with larger items, like hanging pictures, oversized vases, and table lamps. Find homes for these items first before you unpack smaller items, such as indoor planters, candles, and picture frames. This will help make the unpacking process less overwhelming.
Use wall space to save floor space
Switch up the placement of smaller décor items, like picture frames, as well. If you don’t have as much table or floor space in your new home, consider making room on a bookshelf or hanging wall shelves to make additional floor space for larger items. Get creative with the items that you hang on your walls.
Find a new home for items that don’t fit
While no one likes parting with their favorite piece of furniture, you may not be able to fit everything into your new home. Instead of cluttering cabinets or drawers, pack them back into storage, hold a garage sale, or donate to charity. This helps you keep your new home organized and clean.
By following these tips for repurposing furniture and thoughtfully placing your decor, moving into your new home can be less overwhelming and more of a creative adventure.