So you’ve arrived at your new home with all your belongings safe and sound, thanks to your Austin movers! Now what? Well, before you can get settled into your new place, you need to unpack. And since you’re probably going to need a glass of water or a snack within hours of moving in, the kitchen should be one of the first rooms you begin with. If you’re having trouble figuring out how to get started, check out these tips on unpacking after a move–and getting your kitchen on the way to looking organized.
WHEN IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT
Ideally, you already got rid of everything you no longer use before you moved, making it easier to pack. But if you didn’t get around to it, don’t sweat it. It’s never too late to purge your kitchen of items you don’t need! Now–while you’re unpacking after a move–is a great time to do it before you start organizing your kitchen.
As you unpack, make a pile of kitchen gadgets you don’t use anymore. You’ll find that some items just don’t suit your lifestyle. For example, if you started eating low-carb years ago, you probably don’t need your pasta maker anymore. If you rarely make cookies and don’t have young children in the house these days, maybe you can toss that collection of cookie cutters!
Additionally, make it a point to only have matching items in your new kitchen. If your theme is ducks, that hand towel with a painting of wine country would probably look out of place, so feel free to retire it to another room. And you know all those pieces of Tupperware you tossed in a box before the move? If you’re like everyone else, you have some tubs without matching lids, and lids without matching tubs. Now is the time to rid yourself of this distressing problem and throw out any unmatched items! You can always start fresh with new Tupperware as you get settled.
STAYING ORGANIZED WHILE UNPACKING AFTER A MOVE
The next step of organizing your kitchen depends on how big the space is. If you’re lucky enough to have a big kitchen and not enough to fill it, just open boxes and put things in cupboards. But if your kitchen is on the smaller side, it’s best to make a staging area, because you’ll be shifting items around as you unpack.
Organizing your kitchen after a move is easier when you grab post-it notes and a sharpie. Use them to label all the groups of items you have, such as drinking glasses, pots and pans, and coffee cups. Then stick the labels on the cabinets where you want the items to go.
This will help you mentally arrange things, and it makes it easier to solicit help from family–like your spouse or kids. Now they don’t have the excuse that they don’t know where you want kitchen items to go! And of course, if you hire Austin movers for help unpacking after a move, the post-it notes will ensure everything goes into the correct cupboards. Granted, we’ve found that most people keep kitchen items in roughly the same spot as everyone else, so our Austin movers can figure it out even without notes!
BE STRATEGIC ABOUT WHERE YOU PUT THINGS
Place your kitchen items in proximity to the corresponding kitchen appliances. For example, dishes should be by the dishwasher, and coffee cups should be by the coffee maker to reduce the fumbling around you’ll do each morning just to start your day with some much-needed caffeine.
Also, while organizing your kitchen, think about how often you use items. If you make muffins weekly, keep the muffin pans easy to reach. But if you make them annually, you can store the pans up high or down low–leaving lots of room at eye level for the items you use often.
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