Unpacking and Home Organisation Strategies: A Guide by Ois Removals


Welcome to the ultimate guide on unpacking and home organisation,

brought to you by the experts at Ois Removals. Whether you’re moving across town or the country, the transition to a new home offers a unique opportunity to start afresh, creating a space that reflects the best version of you. In this guide, we’ll walk you through each step of the unpacking process, offering practical tips and innovative strategies to make your house a home in no time.

Before You Begin: Pre-Move Organisation

Decluttering Before Packing

Let’s face it; we all have a bit too much stuff. As you prepare to pack, take a moment to sift through your belongings. Ask yourself, “Do I need this? Have I used it in the last year?” If the answer is no, it might be time to say goodbye. Decluttering before you move not only reduces the load but also sets the stage for a clutter-free home.

Inventory Creation and Labelling

Imagine trying to find your kettle amidst a sea of boxes on moving day. Nightmare, right? Avoid this by creating a detailed inventory of your belongings and labelling each box with its contents and the room it belongs in. This small step can save you a world of hassle, making unpacking an orderly and straightforward process. We normally advise on packing the kettle last and placing it in your car or at the rear of the removal vehicle so it’s the 1st thing unpacked.

The Unpacking Process: Where to Start

Setting Up Essential Services

First things first, ensure that your new home’s essential services are up and running. From broadband to gas, getting these services sorted before you move in can make your first few days much more comfortable. There’s nothing worse than spending your first night in your new home without heating or internet!

Unpacking Priority Boxes

Begin with boxes labelled “Essential.” These should contain everything you need for the first few days, such as toiletries, a few dishes, bedding, and a change of clothes. Having these essentials easily accessible will allow you to take your time unpacking the rest of your belongings without digging through boxes for a toothbrush.

Room-by-Room Organisation Strategies

Kitchen: Organising Cupboards and Pantries

The kitchen often becomes the heart of the home, a place not just for cooking but for gathering. Start by deciding on the layout of your kitchen items, keeping frequently used items within easy reach. Utilise drawer organisers for utensils and consider shelf risers to maximise cupboard space. A well-organised kitchen can make meal preparation a breeze and encourage family time.

Bedroom: Wardrobe Organisation

A calm and restful bedroom starts with an organised wardrobe. This is the perfect opportunity to organise your clothes by season, colour, or occasion. Invest in space-saving solutions like vacuum bags for out-of-season clothing and utilise boxes or dividers for smaller items like socks and accessories. An organised wardrobe can streamline your morning routine and bring a sense of tranquillity to your bedroom.

Living Room: Efficient Storage Solutions

Your living room should be a sanctuary for relaxation and entertainment. To achieve this, focus on efficient storage solutions that minimise clutter while maximising space. Consider multifunctional furniture, like ottomans with storage or bookcases that double as room dividers. Remember, an organised living space promotes relaxation and welcomes guests.

Storage Solutions and Organisation Tips

Innovative Storage Ideas

In the quest for a clutter-free home, innovative storage solutions are your best friend. Think vertical: utilise wall space for shelves or hanging storage to free up floor space. Hidden storage furniture, like beds with drawers, can also be a game-changer for keeping your home organised and spacious.

Keeping Your Home Organised

The key to maintaining an organised home is establishing simple routines. Dedicate a few minutes each day to tidying up, encourage all household members to return items to their designated places, and regularly reassess your storage needs. Remember, organisation isn’t a one-time task but a lifestyle.

Seasonal and Long-term Storage Strategies

Seasonal Items

As the seasons change, so do our home and wardrobe needs. Storing away out-of-season items not only frees up valuable space but also helps protect these items from damage. Consider using clear, plastic bins for seasonal decorations, sporting gear, and clothing, and label them accordingly. Store these bins in an attic, garage, or under beds, and rotate them as needed. This approach keeps your home clutter-free and ensures that you’re always ready for the changing seasons.

Sentimental and Rarely Used Items

We all have those cherished items that we can’t bear to part with, yet they don’t necessarily have a place in our daily lives. Whether it’s family heirlooms, old photo albums, or keepsakes from travels, it’s important to find a way to store these items that both preserves and respects their value. Consider dedicating a specific area in your home for these treasures, such as a chest, a special shelf, or a decorative box. For items you seldom use but require easy access to, like seasonal tableware or guest bedding, look into attractive storage options that can double as decor.

Technology to Aid Home Organisation

Apps and Online Tools

In today’s digital age, there’s an app for almost everything, including home organisation. From inventory management apps that help you keep track of your belongings, to digital floor planners that assist in visualising furniture layout, technology can be a powerful ally in keeping your home organised. Explore apps that allow you to categorise items by room, create digital labels for boxes, or even share the inventory with household members for a collaborative approach to organisation.

Maintaining Your Newly Organised Space

Daily Routines

The secret to a perpetually organised home lies in the daily routines you establish. Allocate a few minutes each morning or evening to do a quick tidy-up, ensuring everything is in its place. Implement a ‘one in, one out’ rule to prevent clutter from accumulating, especially with items like toys, clothes, and kitchen gadgets. Encourage family members to adopt these habits too, making home organisation a shared responsibility.

Regular Decluttering Sessions

Despite our best efforts, homes have a way of accumulating clutter over time. Schedule regular decluttering sessions, perhaps at the change of each season, to reassess what you own. This not only helps keep your home tidy and organised but also provides an opportunity to donate items you no longer need, keeping your space fresh and functional.

Embarking on the journey of unpacking and organising your home can initially seem daunting. However, with the right strategies and a bit of effort, it’s not only achievable but can also be quite rewarding. An organised home is more than just aesthetically pleasing; it’s a space that functions efficiently, reduces stress, and offers a sanctuary from the outside world.

As you settle into your newly organised home, remember that organisation is not a destination but a journey. It requires ongoing attention and adaptation, but the payoff is immense. Your home becomes a reflection of your best self – organised, harmonious, and ready to welcome whatever comes next.

At Ois Removals, we’re not just about moving your belongings; we’re about helping you transition to a new phase of life. With these strategies and tips, we hope to make that transition as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Welcome home.