I am finally ready to share my moving process and photos of new home. Moving to a new home gives me fresh feeling but it is exhausting job, though because it requires labor and ideas for organizing the home system. People usually disregard home system but home is the place that could provide peace and comfort not only for physical stuff but also brain function, so home is not simply home itself.
I had lived alone in a different place for several years before I moved into a new home. I liked my previous home and managed my home in an organized and neat way upon my own system to make things function for me.
Now I live with my mom in a new nest after thinking of pros and cons what could be the better way for both, but I decided to live with my mom. Since I was used to living myself for a long time upon my organized system, so it was another concern how to harmonize with my mom’s habit in this new home. She is not organized like me and somewhat hoarder whereas I am organized by category and live in a simple, necessary amount of stuff with me. So it was some kind of project how to harmonize with her life style and habit. Now I am already used to her life style and habit.
Long story short, I would like to share what I prepared prior to moving to a new place not to miss or make a fuss during moving process.
1. Floor Plan for New Rooms
I made a floor plan for each room not to be confused how to arrange furniture on the moving day. I can tell this floor plan was really helpful on the moving day. By the way, I used the 3D sketch-up program because I didn’t have to convert the measurement, and it was easy to use (I use millimeter unit for the floor plan) The PowerPoint is the good substitute for it, too. I didn’t make it as 3D because my purpose was all about to get my vision on how to arrange my furniture to fit in the each room in advance. I didn’t purchase any furniture at all. I brought all of used furniture and items from my previous home.
When I visited a new home a month before moving in, I already took pictures of each room and space including built- in closets and electric outlets on walls, even I measured drawers and shelves, too. Pictures and measurements were quite helpful for me to decide how to organize and arrange my furniture.
My Bedroom Floor Plan
My Craft Room Floor Plan
2. Ideas and Sketch for Customized Furniture
I always thought my mom needed a dress room to display her wardrobe since she had a lot of clothes. My mom is a type of person who shoves clothes in drawers and closets to hide and rummage through to find clothes. But I found out this kind of system was not really functional for my mom in many ways. So I thought an open closet was best for her. Also, my mom has arthritis so I had to consider about what was the better way for her to pick up clothes easily. The dress room for my mom is very small room, not fancy or capacious place, but we were happy to be able to utilize this small room as a dress room.
I sketched the dress room using 3D sketch-up program with consideration of my mom’s preference and function to help my vision. Then, I showed to a furniture designer to help his ideas upon my concept and preference. Of course, a furniture designer has a long period experience and knows what is best for customers upon their preference, so he exactly pointed out what I missed out such as an electric outlet on wall and where to place a big item such as a steam iron and a dresser location. In result, my mom is satisfied at how it turns out and feels comfortable to pick up clothes. I organized her wardrobe by category, too.
Images of sectional plan view below how I designed for my mom's dress room with 3D sketch-up program. But since I was not a designer, I realized I missed several points by a furniture designer.
3. Purge and Organize Items in Advance
I purged and checked each one of places in the previous home before moving out, so I could reorganize easily following by my previous organized system and I didn’t have to hang a neck on useless items at a new home. Only problem was; my new rooms are much smaller than the previous rooms so I had to come up with ideas how to put my items differently in a limited space prior to moving in. I always try to follow my principle that I keep simple & necessary amount of items with me not to make my life overwhelming with overflowing materialistic items. Nevertheless, I was surprised with so many boxes on the moving day.
*pack my items by category – desk products / craft products / bathroom products/ household / kitchen…
*labeling each one of boxes – it was easy to know where each one of boxes belong to
5. Research Right Moving Company
I researched moving companies and compared prices to fit my budget. Whereas my mom had a lot of households so she chose a big moving company to provide whole service from packing to displaying items in a new home including installing machine such as a laundry machine and refrigerators.
In case of me, I took pictures of furniture and sent it to moving companies to get an estimate and compared price in advance. But in Korea, if there are a lot of furniture and items, a staff working from a moving company visits home in person to give a right estimate to customers. In addition, most moving companies provide big boxes for clothes so customers put long dresses and coats stuff on hangers in the box. I realized I didn’t have to put my clothes in boxes myself after I saw actual clothing boxes a moving company provided on the moving day. Literally, I took out each one of dress from hangers and folded them in boxes in advance. Oh my god! It took so long time to hang clothes back in each one of hanger and put it in the closet.
6. Change Address before Moving Out
I changed my address to a new one a week before moving out. When I lived in the previous home, I had received so many mails including registered mail and personal mail sent to a previous tenant all years because she didn’t change her address; sometimes it was bugging me. So I am so sensitive to make sure to change my address prior to moving out.
In Korea, financial banks provide service for address change online, also post offices provide service for 3months to transfer any mails to a new address for customers, so customers have enough time to change their address during this service time. I used this service for my mom, too.
New Home Interior
I would like to share some of photos of a new home interior including my rooms, my bathroom, living room and kitchen table area. Since it is my family home, I don't want to share photos of whole house interior because I would like to respect their privacy.
My Craft Room
I personally don't like to damage walls to hang things, so I prefer to hang my stuff using gallery rail. Actually, this new home already has the gallery rail system everywhere so we didn't have to install the gallery rail. I know the white wall underneath a wood canopy looks boring so I have a plan to attach a graphic wall decal.
Family Living Room
I appreciate my mother likes my dolls. She allows me to display some of my dolls I created in the living room.
My mother likes Lladro angelic figurines porcelain. So we have some of them in the living room.
Family Dining Table Area