You’ve made the big move. All the packing, all the lifting, all the arranging and timing is over. And now you find yourself with a mountain of boxes and a new home with a lot of potential. It can be overwhelming. Where do you start? Will you ever reach the end?
Yes. You will reach the end and it won’t even seem like that big of a deal. Okay, maybe we can’t promise that second part, but we can give you some tips to make it a little easier. Some simple organization will give you a headstart. And soon, you’ll find yourself sitting back in your fully unpacked home.
One Room at a Time
One of the biggest things you can do to help your unpacking process actually begins back at the last house. Be sure to label all of your boxes so you know where they go once you get to the new place. You can list the items that are inside if you want to go the extra mile, but at the very least label the room in which the items will eventually go.
This allows you to have the moving company place the boxes in the general area of their eventual resting place. This will save you a lot of time. It might not seem like much to have to move a box from the living room to the bedroom, but it will seem like a bigger deal after you do it thirty times.
And once everything is situated, you can begin. The best method is to move through your rooms one at a time, unpacking as you go. Don’t move to the next room until the first is finished.
But before you get to the rooms, you should get all of your necessities in order. This includes anything you could foreseeably need throughout the day. Set out some food. Easy meals and grab-and-go items will probably be best since cooking will be difficult for a little while.
You should also have your toiletries handy. Toilet paper is essential for obvious reasons. But you are also going to want to have your toothbrush and hand soap easily available.
A few changes of clothes, a towel, and a pillow are also going to be handy to have around. Depending on when you get started, you are going to need to sleep before the whole job is done. Being prepared for these basic human needs will be a great help.
And once all of this is ready, it’s time to tackle the rooms.
A house isn’t more than a collection of rooms without a functional kitchen. Unpack all of your kitchen boxes to get you to a place where you can fix yourself simple meals. It probably won’t be essential to completely unload all of your glassware, but at the very least plug in your refrigerator, unpack you plates and silverware, and give yourself the ability to eat something beyond take-out or delivery.
Your bathroom is your command center. This is where your days start. This is where your days end. So do yourself the favor of quickly getting it in working order. You’re going to want to take a shower as soon as the moving company picks up and leaves. Unpack all of your toiletries. Put out some towels. Give yourself the ability to set yourself up for success by having a fully-stocked, fully-functional bathroom.
The bedrooms are going to take some work. Assembling the beds can take a while. There are going to be a lot of clothes to hang and put away. And any decorations need to be considered and placed. But this is a big accomplishment once it’s done. Your bedroom is the part of the house that feels most comfortable. Your pillows, blankets, and bed are where you sleep every night. Getting your bedroom in order is going to feel great.
Get your furniture put together and place it where you like. Set the TV on the stand or hang it on the wall. You don’t necessarily need to put everything on every shelf, but you should at least have an area where you can sit down and relax. Moving is a lot of work, even with the help of a moving company. You need to be able to take a seat and zone out for a little while before finishing everything off.
These areas are great for putting off until everything else is done. Place any random or seasonal items in these areas and get to them when you feel like it. Don’t put it off forever though — the job isn’t fully done until all of the boxes are put away. But you can use these areas for some tactical procrastination.
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