Tip #97: Don’t do everything at once.
One more note on unpacking. And the hardest one for me to remember:
Try to avoid making too many big changes in the first few weeks in a new place.
Light fixtures can be swapped next week, new rugs can be purchased a month from now, radiator covers ordered once your baby is born.
As long as you empty your boxes and get the stuff of the move unpacked and sorted, you can figure out the “final decision” details later. (And change your mind again after that.)
Even when it comes to smaller investments, it’s nice to give yourself time to get to know your new place first. Living in it for a few weeks will help you to know where a lamp might be useful or whether a shelf might make all the difference.
I can rush through this period because I’m so eager to have things feeling settled. But if you think you might want to hang a set of hooks, you might as well shop around a bit before rushing to the local hardware store to buy whatever it is they happen to have in stock.
But like everything else, a little moderation goes a long way. No need to obsess about everything. Two hooks from the hardware store on the inside of your closet might be just the solution you need. And right away.
Tiny apartment survival tips #1-96, here.