| Sep 17, 2014
There are hundreds of articles and how-to tips on packing up a home to get ready for a big move, but we tend to forget that there’s a whole other side to the moving process: the unpacking. Because there usually isn’t a deadline in place, unpacking is a more leisurely affair. A few boxes here, a few boxes there, a few boxes that linger in a corner for months…if you’re like most people, there’s much less pressure to get everything done in time.
Of course, that doesn’t mean you aren’t eager to have all the unpacking accomplished and the boxes carried out. As you face a house full of belongings and furniture just waiting to be put away, here are a few tips for making the process go faster.
5 Tips to Starting to Unpack after a Move 1. Start with the Kitchen:
Until you get your kitchen unpacked and stocked, you’re going to be spending a lot of time exploring local takeout companies. It can be difficult for a house to feel like a home when the cupboards are bare and you have to search for every fork, so put the kitchen at the top of your list. You don’t have to put everything away, but make it functional and ensure you have enough counter space to do your cooking. 2. Have a Place to Rest:
After the kitchen is done, make sure you have beds to sleep in and a comfortable place to sit and rest. Food and sleeping—those are your top two priorities right now. Everything else can be delayed or spread out over a longer period of time. 3. Place the Big Pieces:
You might be itching to get inside those boxes and start putting everything away, but make sure all your large pieces of furniture are assembled and placed first. TV stands, beds, couches, pianos, chests of drawers, dining room sets, bookshelves—once these items are in place, you can start tackling the contents of those boxes. 4. One Room at a Time:
Instead of moving through your house in a haphazard whirl, consider taking it one room at a time. Choose a small room to start out with and make it your priority. You can paint it, decorate it, unpack the boxes…make it perfect and then move on to the next room. You’ll appreciate having a nice, quiet, fully unpacked room to turn to when you start to feel overwhelmed. 5. Set Small Goals:
Instead of saying you want to be totally unpacked by next week, set smaller, more attainable goals as you go. Unpack those two boxes before lunch. Get the bathroom fully set up by the end of the week. Move that pile of boxes upstairs before bed. Give yourself credit for each success.
Perhaps most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Moving heavy pieces should always be done with more than one person on hand, and there’s nothing wrong with inviting friends over to have an “unpacking” party. It might take you days, weeks, or even