Unpacking is the last thing you’ll likely be thinking about after a day of moving into a new home. Unloading takes as much patience, determination, and systematic planning as packing. These are a few suggestions for how to unpack efficiently after your move.
Pack With Unpacking in Mind
Creating an efficient system while you’re packing is your first step. Follow these few rules while you’re packing to make unpacking a breeze.
- Keep an inventory of what’s in each box. Assign each box a number, then snap a picture before closing the box
- Color-code or label the boxes. It will make life easier for you and any help you’ve hired for your moving day.
- Keep the boxes room-specific. Stay away from loading boxes with items from different rooms.
- Keep everything you need to put your bed together in a single box. Pillows, sheets, and blankets should all share the same box.
- Pack an open first-night box. This box will contain everything you’ll need on your first night in your new home—for example, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, pajamas, or a fresh set of clothes.
Place Boxes in Their Rooms
If you created an efficient system while packing, this point should be a breeze. The color-coding and labeling enable everyone to know where to place each box. Then, while you’re unpacking, you’ll know that each box is where it should be. It will also prevent you from having to run around looking for the right box.
Start With the Bathrooms
Bathrooms are the first priority when you begin unpacking. Start with essentials like toilet paper, your toothbrush, a hand towel, and soap. Then, when you go to use the restroom, you’re not trying to find these items.
Your Bedroom Is Next
Once you have the bathroom livable, move on to your relaxation area. Arrange the furniture, make your bed, and then move on to all the other items in your bedroom. Unpack the essentials in your room just as you did with the bathroom. Then, at the end of a long day unpacking, you won’t have to worry about putting your bed together before you can get some sleep.
Take It Room by Room
After you unpack the basics for the bathroom and your room, unload each room one by one. Leave decorating for last.
There isn’t much fun about moving, even moving into your first home, but following these guidelines for unpacking efficiently after you move will help ease the stress.