How to Unpack After Moving

Congratulations you moved!

Now that you’ve successfully completed moving day, it’s time to begin the unpacking process. Most likely, you start to unpack, but find yourself getting overwhelmed and your house getting cluttered. But don’t worry! Even if you have been putting off those boxes for months, it’s not too late to have the house you’ve always dreamed of.

Hopefully, you read our article on How to Move and therefore labeled all of your boxes, but if not, fear not, there is still hope. Just follow this step by step guide on how to unpack after a move.

house front door with keySTEP 1: ENVISION YOUR GOAL.

Make a list of all the rooms in your house, and write down all the large furniture items that will be stored in that room. It is essential that you designate a purpose for each room. Obviously, you should know where you want everything to go, before you unpack it. In order to do that, really quickly before you get started, take a minute to envision the house and the life you want. 

note pad deskSTEP 2: UNPACK THE ESSENTIALS FIRST.

Keep a checklist of essential items. The first night of unpacking at a new house can be so exciting that you can easily forget about some essential things you’ll need.  Do everyone a favor and make sure you have these things once it comes time to start unpacking.

  • Bathroom necessities: toilet paper, hand and body soap, and towels
  • Kitchen essentials: paper towels, cups, dishwashing supplies (in case you notice a spot on something when you’re unpacking)
  • Many Waste Baskets, one per room and bathroom

sofa w cat on it.jpgSTEP 3: START WITH THE BIG THINGS.

Bring in large household items like beds, tables, dressers, couches, and electronics as soon as they’re unloaded from the truck.  We recommend starting with these expensive items so you can give them the extra care and attention they need.

kitchenSTEP 4: GO ROOM BY ROOM.

In order to avoid becoming stressed out, and for time sake,completely unpack one room at a time. After all the big things have been situated in the right spot, it’s time for the smaller stuff. Most people lose focus when switching room to room, so try to finish one room before you start another.

Need help picking a room? We recommend you start in the kitchen, however, it is possibly the most complicated room in the house. As for what you should unpack last, we say the garage and other storage places!

 

under bed storageSTEP 5: CREATE STORAGE OPTIONS

Don’t let the space under your bed go to waste, attach casters to a wooden box or wine crate and make your own Closet on Wheels.

Mounting a magnetic strip on the wall is a technique you can use in almost any area of the house. Let it hold your knives in the kitchen, or accessories in the bathroom, or art supplies in the craft area.

 

 

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How to Pack for a Move

Before you start packing to move, you’ll want to get organized. Moving houses can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! Follow these professional tips for packing your next move.

#1 What you’ll need:

A notebook to stay organized and keep track of the contents of your moving boxes. Keep it with you at all times.

Boxes in a variety of sizes and a clear plastic bin.

#2  All About that Box:

– label each box with a number, and write down the contents of the box in your notebook. This will seriously help when it’s time to unpack.

– Put heavier items in small boxes (you want to be able to lift the box so don’t go over 30 pounds)

– Put heavier items on the bottom of boxes and lighter items on top. Load heavier items into moving truck first.

– Fill empty spaces with clothing, towels, linens, and other soft materials.

#3 Hey! Be Careful With That!

– Wrap your fragle items in packing paper or bubble wrap (or in clothes to save money)

#4 Tape Everything:

– Securely tape boxes with extra protection around the box’s top and bottom edges

#5 Think Ahead:

– Disassemble large furniture

– Bring an overnight bag with the essentials: toiletries and a change of clothes

– Pack things you’ll need right away in the plastic tub like: paper towels, toilet paper, cords, chargers, snacks, eating utensils, towels, pet food, and tools