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You Just Moved: Tips for Efficient Unpacking

September 7, 2016

 Unpacking can be frustrating and stressful and for some people, it’s the worst part of the whole moving experience. Looking for some ways on how to make unpacking more quick and efficient? Here are some helpful tips.

Tip #1: Get the essentials unpacked first.
If you don’t have basic household items in the house, you’ll likely feel unsettled and a little bit like a guest in your own home. So, when you’re packing, be sure to label the essential boxes clearly so you can find them quickly when you get into the new home. These boxes should contain the basics of what you’ll need for the first few nights in your home. Some examples of things that should be in the essentials boxes include toiletries, some basic cooking utensils, and clothes that you’ll need right off the bat. 

Tip #2: It’s kitchen time.
Unpacking your kitchen is important! If you can get the basics set up in the kitchen first, you can cook meals at home and save money by not eating out at every meal. Make sure you have your pots, pans, plates, and silverware marked clearly so you don’t have to dig through box after box to find essential kitchen items.

Tip #3: Take a little bit at a time.
It’s normal to feel overwhelmed if you have boxes stacked up in every corner of your house. It’s tempting to just open them all at once and start unloading, but it’s usually easier if you can just tackle little portions at a time. Work a few hours at a time every day and take breaks regularly. In addition, while you’re unpacking, organize as you go. It might seem like it’s faster to just toss stuff into closets and drawers, but it’s really not because you’ll have to go back through everything later and redo it and sort it in a way that you want.

Once you have the majority of the basics set up, the fun part of arranging and decorating your new space can happen. You will be able to put your own touch on the home by hanging up your favorite art pieces, photos, and other collectibles that will make the house feel cozy and familiar.
Unpacking is a tiring task, no doubt! But try to be patient, be thankful that you have a new space to call home, and have fun with it!