Even the preternaturally calm can get crazy when moving. Settling in and setting up new digs can be equally stressful. Here are nine ways to simplify the complicated process of turning a new house into a home.
1. Clear it out. Silly as it might sound, it’s vitally important to get rid of any bad juju, sordid smells and icky psychic residue left behind by the former occupants. Open the windows and air it out. Burn some sage, light some scented candles. Hire a psychic house cleaner if you have to. Do whatever it takes to make the house feel and smell like it belongs to you.
2. Clean it up. Before moving in, wash the baseboards, clean behind the fridge and wipe down every shelf in the house. It's probably the last time anyone will have the access to these places, unless you have a killer cleaning lady who's willing to move heavy furniture.
3. Get it together. If you don’t organize your stuff as you’re moving in, you’ll probably never do it. Be methodical as you unpack and give everything a place of its own. Use generous numbers of bins and containers to store and stack loose items. And label them! Not only will you find you’ve maximized your square footage, you’ll also be able to find what you need without running around like a chicken with your head cut off looking for that roll of masking tape you know is in a drawer somewhere.4. Light it up. Bad lighting wrecks a room faster than a hungry dog can pull a ham off the kitchen counter. Just say no to overhead fixtures that light up a room like Las Vegas. A large variety of inexpensive lighting options are available at mass retailers such as IKEA. Splurge on a fab chandelier for the dining room (and no, a chandelier does not have to be one of those glittery crystal contraptions).