How to Unpack and Organize When You Move to a New Home

by Editor on June 18, 2013

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If you thought packing was stressful, you haven’t experienced un-packing yet. While packing can be a liberating purge of things you don’t use anymore and sorting through those you definitely need, un-packing is quite daunting. Unpacking is better compared to an anti-climactic gift opening. Except you know what’s in the box–and it’s toilet paper, pans and old sneakers. Using these tips will help make un-packing a less stressful and more manageable task, allowing you to enjoy your new home quickly and avoid unnecessary unpacking anxiety!

Set time aside. If you just do a little here and a little there, it is unlikely your unpacking will get done any time soon. Give yourself a regular, set time to unpack without distractions. Make sure you can dedicate this time to unpacking alone. Setting a schedule will hold you accountable. Make sure this set time is during a period when you absolutely have free time available such as a weekend, day off, or half day at work. During the week, set an amount of time after work that you can handle for unpacking purposes. Be realistic! Don’t exhaust yourself. This unpacking time may last an hour or just 15 minutes, depending on how stressful your workdays typically are.

Unpack one room at a time. Compartmentalizing works. It’s better to have one room complete and livable, instead of three rooms that are half unpacked and still in disarray. If you have kids, make them responsible for their own rooms when possible. This will allow them to decorate and set up the way they like without you having to worry about an extra room. When bringing in boxes, try to put the boxes in the designated room to save time going back and forth or searching for certain items. If you hired a short or long distance moving company to move your things, ask them to be conscious of labels so that they can be placed where you need them. To make it easier on them, boxes should be labeled clearly ahead of time to make organization of boxes easier later on.

Use essential boxes. Each member of your family should pack an essential box when packing before moving. This box will be filled with anything each person will need access to on a regular basis. This should include things like toilet paper, soap, snacks, shampoo and other items you will need immediately. Packing an essential box will reduce the amount of time scrambling and rummaging through boxes searching for one item.

Usually, it is best to unpack the kitchen first. While you should definitely assemble beds in bedrooms, the kitchen will be the most critical area of the house. The kitchen is the center point of a functional family, and it is the ideal place for families to spend time. Usually the kitchen is easier to unpack because of cabinet space. There usually isn’t much set up required, just putting things away such as dishes, pots and pans. Plus, it’s important to be able to cook meals and get into a normal routine instead of overspending on take-out every night.

Handle the details now. If you think you’ll get around to organizing the closets or adding a new shelving unit, you should probably get it out of the way now while there is nothing in the way. Make sure you have everything in place to store the things you bring into each room. Try to get small projects done while you can instead of putting them off for later.

While unpacking is undoubtedly stressful, utilize these tips to help make it manageable. Approach your unpacking one room at a time with boxes labeled clearly for both short or long distance moving company workers, use essential boxes for each family member, start with the kitchen, schedule unpacking time, and try to take care of projects now. Having a strategy and a schedule will make the moving process much more smooth and efficient so that you can finally relax and enjoy your new home!

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