Expert-Approved Tips For Moving Into A New Home

These must-dos will make moving a piece of cake

Original Article: Katherine Lopez Photography: Vincent Coscolluela and (Main Photo)

Transferring to a new place? While it is exciting, it can also be overwhelming, what with all the furniture and personal belongings you need to sort, unpack, and pack once you've moved in. To help you in your journey, interior designer Carlo Martin Mecate shares tips on how to deal with this daunting task.

Enumerate all the items you have.

Before moving into your new home, make sure to make an inventory of all the things you own to keep track of them. This can also help you easily check if anything got lost in the move. “Enumerate mo lahat ng items na gusto mo i-retain. Lahat yun, pi-nlan namin. Kinuha namin lahat ng dimensions ng lahat ng items para ma-incorporate namin sa new house. Before pa sila mag-move, naka-allocate na saan mapupunta lahat ng items para hind magulo pag nag-move in, ” the designer shares.

Plan everything and create moodboards as guide.

“Color schemes, lahat naka-moodboard sila. Per room ako nag-moodboard," adds Carlo. Bring Pinterest to life and create sketches and pegs for your new home. This will help you visualize how you want it to look like without the hassle of continuously moving things around. 

Draw the layout.

Pag naka-layout ka na, madali na lang sundan yun when you move in. Inuna namin yung mga big pieces para alam mo na yung location, saka mo i-add yung mga small details. Yung mga focal points muna—three-seater, dining table—tapos from there, pag naayos mo na sila lahat,doon namin makikita kung may space pa na bare.”

Edit as you go.

You don't have to keep everything you brought in your new home. If you think something doesn't fit anymore, feel free to give it to someone who can enjoy the decor pieces more. “Trial and error talaga siya. Ako minsan, may one day, may kine-carry lang ako isang item. Hindi ko alam kung saan ilalagay. Talagang ita-try mo per area kung magwo-work siya, tapos pag hindi, gagawan mo ng paraan, ” Carlo says. 

Read the original article ("Blissful Living") in the November 2015 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

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