Once you’ve packed up your belongings and moved them to your new home, the last thing you’re going to want to do is unpack all of them. Most likely you’ll be tired from weeks of prep work, the physical exertion of loading everything into a vehicle, and the strain of unloading everything into its new resting place.
But, in order to enjoy your new space and keep what’s left of your sanity, it’s best to unpack as soon as possible. This will not only make the transition from home to home much easier on you, but on your family as well. Here are a few tips to help you unpack quickly and efficiently:
Pack your home how you would unpack.
When packing up your home, pack it just like you would unpack it. For example, when you’re packing up your kitchen, pack it by drawer or cupboard. This way, as you’re unpacking the boxes everything is already all in place, and you just have to transfer it to your new drawers or cupboards.
The same goes with your clothing, if you’re able to pack it on the hanger, do so. It will save you a ton of time and space. Invest in wardrobe boxes if your budget allows for it, or simply store them in a garbage bag. Just cut a hole large enough for the hangers to fit through, slip it over your gathered bunch of clothes, and tie off the bottom. When it comes time to unpack your clothes, remove the garbage bag and hang them in your closet.
Keep the same system.
To make unpacking easy on everyone, keep the same system you were using in your old home. Place knives and forks in a drawer similar to the one you used at your previous residence, and the same holds with everything else you’re unpacking.
The beginning of your stay in your new home isn’t the time to revamp and redo your system. It’ll just overwhelm you and your family – moving house is already a big enough step. Save any changes for a few weeks down the line, and make everyone aware of what you’re changing and how they should adapt.
Have cleaning supplies at the ready.
Before you begin unpacking, you’re going to want to make sure everything is clean. Unloading dishes into dusty cabinets isn’t ideal, and neither is placing your sofa on unvacuumed carpet. Make sure you pack your cleaning supplies in a clearly labeled box you have easy access to, that way you can clean each area before you unpack.
Bathrooms and bedrooms are priority.
The first area you need to make livable when you’re moving into your new home is the bathroom. You, your family, and any helpers will certainly need to use it while you’re unpacking. Make sure you have a roll of toilet paper, hand soap, and hand towels at the ready. Unpack your usual toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, body wash, etc.) so your family is able to take a nice shower after a long day’s work before bed.
After your bathroom is set up, you’re going to want to move to the bedrooms. If beds need assembled, put them together. Once they’re assembled, make them. You and your family will be happy you’ve already taken care of this task when it’s late, you’re tired, and are ready to get cleaned up and hit the hay.
The kitchen is the next priority.
Once the bathrooms and bedrooms are in working order, the next area to unpack is the kitchen. This is a frequently used area, and having it in ready for use will make life much easier on you when you need to whip up a quick meal to appease hungry mouths. Plus, it’ll save you some cash if you don’t want to resort to meals out the first few nights.
Save storage areas for last.
If you have items that are going into storage (say, Christmas decorations or family photo albums), leave them for last. Just put the boxes in the storage area and worry about organizing them later when you have time. Focus on the important areas of your home and getting them perfected first, then worry about the areas that are out of sight.
If you’re looking for residential movers in Columbus, Ohio, to help you with your big move, consider America’s Best.
At America’s Best Moving Company, we aim to make your move as easy and swift as possible. Whether you’re transitioning across the street, to a new county, or completely across the United States, we’re here to assist you. Give us a call today at 614.571.7398 to see how we can help, or visit us online to request a quote.