Just moved? Congratulations! While moving into a new space can feel like a fresh start, hold off on unpacking your dishes and kitchen tools until you’ve taken care of a few things. After all, you might not get a chance to see it so clean and empty for a long time.
Clean and paint. Keep your stuff in boxes until you have wiped down the shelves and cleaned out the cabinets and appliances. If you’re lucky, a conscientious seller will have taken care of this already, but either way, it’s nice to start fresh. Plus, it’s infinitely easier to clean all the nooks and crannies when there are no canned goods or small appliances in the way. If you’re painting, laying wallpaper or tiling backsplash, this is the time to do that too. If not, you’ll just have to move everything at a later date.
Line drawers and shelves. If you’re planning to use shelf paper, which helps your shelves stay clean and dry, it’s best to do that before you stock your cupboards. It’s not only easier, but when your cabinets are clean, the adhesive will stick much better.
Adjust or add storage. Sometimes moving into a new house calls for adjusting shelves, adding new ones or enhancing your kitchen storage with new towel rails or hooks. These tasks are better done in an empty kitchen, so get them out of the way before you put everything away.