7 Essential Unpacking Tips for a Smooth Move
Published on: 7 May, 2020
Reading Time: 7 minutes
Unpacking boxes and bags when you’re moving to a new house can cause a bit of stress. Follow these tips and make the whole process is smooth as can be!
Ah! You’ve just moved in. You can finally sit back, put your feet up, and sip a nice cocktail by the fireside.
Wrong! Well, you can of course. Any rest is hard-earned after the stress of moving. But first, you’ll have to even be able to find a chair in the labyrinth of boxes that is your new place.
Then, your sigh of relief will signal exhaustion just as much as it will satisfaction. And as you look around the apocalyptic landscape of your new living room, it might turn to desperation.
Still so much to do!
Unpacking can prove just as tiresome and tedious as packing for a move. On the bright side, you can take as much time as you want as you aren’t on a schedule anymore.
However, it can be tempting to procrastinate unpacking as you go back to your busy routine. You end up living in the middle of boxes for way too long. Unpacking’s important because you’re gonna need your things of course. But it’ll also help you feel at home right away.Thankfully, nothing says it has to be a nightmare.
This article will share with you 7 essential tips for unpacking that’ll make your move a piece of cake, so read on.
- Plan Ahead
This step starts before you move.
It might seem obvious, but you want to pack your belongings in a way that makes sense. Classify them according to what they’re used for, who they belong to, or what room they go to.
Don’t forget to label all your boxes. Otherwise, when the time to move comes, you or your movers won’t know where to put them.
If everything is clearly labeled, all the boxes can go to the right room straight away. It’ll save you time on unpacking.
You might also want to create an inventory list. It’s meant to help you keep track of all your stuff in case anything gets lost or broken during the move.
In addition, it’ll be useful to you as you unpack. This list is a great visual aid to sum up your belongings. Use it to help you prioritize what you want to unpack.
- Unpack What You Need First
Hopefully, you have some boxes with your essentials. They are the basic things you need to get up and running right away in your new home.
During the move, those boxes should be placed so that they’re easy to find and access. Read: not hidden in a dark corner of the garage under 10 other boxes.
If you’ve organized your boxes differently, don’t panic. Retrieve the boxes that contain what you’re gonna need immediately. Then unpack enough to manage things for the first couple nights at least.
These necessities will generally consist of basic food and cooking items, toiletries, important paperwork or information needed right away, and medications.
- Move On to the Kitchen
Okay, now it’s time to unpack your kitchen boxes and put everything in order.
If you’re in a hurry, you should simply unpack the basics of what you need for cooking first. Take a couple of pots and pans out, plug in your main appliances. Don’t forget the coffee machine of course.
If you have time, feel free to fill the cupboards and get things organized. It’ll make your life easier and you can savor a nice meal as you enjoy the novelty of your new place.
But if you don’t, getting the most important appliances out will at least sustain you to start with.
Then you can take the time to properly put everything away in the kitchen later.
- Time to Unpack the Bedrooms
Naturally, you’ll need a place to sleep after all that hard work. And what better reward than getting a good night’s sleep on fresh linens?
If you’re well prepared, you’ll have put aside a clean set of linens for every bed in the house to facilitate your moving in. If not, simply retrieve the linens you need and fix the beds.Then, think about how you’re going to organize your room, and especially your closets and furniture, before unpacking your personal boxes.
Having a clear idea of what you want in mind always makes things easier. Otherwise, you’re going to unpack and then have to reorganize things when you realize it’s not what you wanted. You’ll spend twice the effort for the same result.
- Unpack the Bathrooms
Hopefully, the water’s turned on and all the fixtures already work fine. Again, depending on how much of a rush you’re in, you might want to start by unpacking the basics first. In that case, start with towels, shower items, toiletries, and anything that you can’t go without.
But you’ll probably want to arrange your bathrooms with all your items soon enough anyway, so get it done right away if you can.
- Set Up the Furniture
If you’re already quite familiar with the layout of your new place and you know where you want everything, then you shouldn’t have too much trouble arranging your furniture.
In case you need to move furniture around, make sure you plan ahead. You don’t want to have to carry heavy furniture back and forth until you find the right spot.
As for the pieces of furniture that need assembling, you should only start putting them together once you know where they’ll be in the house.
Again, you want to work smarter, not harder. That means limiting how much you’ll have to carry, and anticipating any difficulties such as fitting big furniture through door frames.
- Take Care of the Rest
Once you got everything needed taken care of, you can deal with less pressing areas, such as basement and garage.Since the boxes going there tend to be less essential, you can take your time to think about how you’re going to get organized before unpacking.Make sure to keep any tools that you might need for the house at hand of course.
Unpacking Made Easy
With these 7 essential tips, you now have a good idea of what proper unpacking looks like. It’s mostly a matter of getting organized and knowing what to prioritize. Feel free to contact us for all your moving needs.