As you may remember, my husband and I bought a house a couple of weeks ago. While waiting for closing, we are organizing ourselves so our move goes smoothly. A key to making this happen is to measure, measure, measure.
- We initially measured the rooms so we could determine what would fit in our new house. With those measurements at hand, we have been able to mentally place our furniture in each room. We didn't have to do it this time, but in the past, we have made floor plans on graph paper and scale models of furniture on graph paper. It's a lot easier to move graph-paper furniture than the real stuff! And sometimes you come up with configurations you would never have discovered otherwise.
- We measured windows to see if our current curtains and window treatments will work.
- We measured the garage.
- There are 18 inches between the garage door and the wall - just enough room to put in shelves to store some of our seasonal items.
- There are 4 feet between the door from the garage into the house and the door to the water heater closet. We hope to find a bench to house shoes and to sit on while taking off and putting on shoes.
- To complete our little mud room area, there are 19 inches from the other side of the door to the house and the garage wall where we hope to put up hooks to hang coats.
- On the other side of the water heater closet, there are 5 feet, where we hope to put in a workbench for my husband's tools.
- We measured under the sinks so we can improve storage there.
By measuring, we can plan ahead and purchase now some of the items we will need - like those shelves for the garage and pantry. When we get the keys to our house, we'll be able to put several things into place to streamline our move. Can't wait!
More on organizing for a move:
Ruthless Closet Purging - Getting Organized for a Move ... Or Not
Organized Home Buying - Know What You Want
Getting Organized for a Move - Clearing Out Your Kids' Stuff