After moving into a new house, there are dozens of boxes that need unpacking before you can start adjusting to a new place. Although it sounds like a daunting task, unpacking your belongings can actually be a smooth experience for you and your family.
The key is to begin with the essentials or the most important items to make your new place instantly livable. You wouldn’t want to spend too much time on the bathrooms or living room before setting up the kitchen and bedrooms.
But how should you begin unpacking your essential belongings properly? You have tons of items to manage, after all.
Tips to Unpack Your Essentials Efficiently
1. Label All Containers and Boxes before Moving
No matter how many boxes you have, you should label them accordingly for an efficient approach. It’s easier to know where the food, clothes, bedding, toiletries, cleaning supplies and some other items are when their containers or boxes are all labeled properly.
2. Clean Your New House
It’s good to begin with a clean space before you unbox anything in your new home. After unpacking, you’ll likely have to clean again, but at least half of the job will already be done.
Ideally, you would clean your new home before moving day so you have plenty of energy and nothing is in the way. If you can’t make time for it, hire professional cleaners to do it for you.
3. Put Each Box in their Respective Room
Before you unpack, sort each box into their proper room. This is a simple strategy to avoid clutter and work on unpacking things as you need them.
However, this task is easier to accomplish when all boxes have the right label. You do not want to open them one by one until you find the right box.
4. Put Large Furniture and Appliances in Place
Bringing all large furniture and appliances into your new house before any boxes also makes for a smoother transition. Boxes will only get in the way when you are trying to arrange the furniture, and once it is all in place, you will have a better idea of where to place the smaller items.
5. Time to Pull Out the Essentials
After setting up your furniture and appliances, it’s time to begin unboxing your smaller essentials. Generally, this includes some items that should go to your bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. If it takes too much time to completely unpack one area, rotate them and take out only the most necessary items to be well prepared before the end of your first day. Also, if you have any friends or family willing to help–use them!
On a side note, you may want to bring out some toys, books and gadgets among other items that would keep your kids busy while you work. Prepare some essentials for your pets, too.
It is not easy to unpack your belongings after moving to a new house. But you can certainly make it less stressful when you know how to strategically move forward.