Congratulations, you have completed your move! You’re now safely in your new home, with months of preparing, decluttering, file assembling and packing done.
But the work is far from done as you still need to unpack your boxes, a prospect you don’t relish, but desperately need to accomplish. Fortunately, time is on your side — so, keep in mind the following unpacking tips for your new home.
Work on your priority items first. If you packed right the first time, then you’re ready to do what needs to be done first — unpack your priority items. This begins with your “open first” box and then spreads to your bedroom and bathroom items. As long as the beds are in place, you can make them and give everyone a place to sleep. Unpack the bath towels too so everyone can get cleaned up.
Take your time. Once the priority items are unpacked, you can take your time to unpack the rest of your home. And you may need to take your time if your children need to start school right away or you or your spouse have jobs to go to. At this point, you need to unpack the kitchen items and then unpack the rest as time permits. It took you weeks to pack, so if it takes you a week or more to unpack, there is nothing wrong with that.
Unpack the living room. Once the bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen has been unpacked, then turn your attention to the living room. Chances are the living room furniture is in place with stacks of boxes nearby. You can’t wait to take your books out, place your knick knacks where they belong and reassemble a favorite lamp. Once you are done with the living room, you’ll have the bulk of your home done explains the Allied Moving Company.
Unpack the family room. If you have a den or a family room, then you’ll want to unpack items for those rooms too. Boxes upon boxes are filled with items that you want to pull out, display and use. Additional boxes or shipping containers with artwork can be unpacked too. Artwork can take the longest to complete as you carefully remove each piece and decide where these items will be placed or hung.
Unpack the dining room. Homes with a dining room are often a low priority these days. Still, if you have dining room furniture including a china cabinet, you’ll want to put your important places on display before long. The best approach here is doing the job yourself, handling each breakable piece and setting up each cabinet the way you want them to look. You may need to reattach light fixtures, unwrap fragile shelves or otherwise replace handles that may be chipped or broken.
Store what you don’t need. A number of your boxes simply won’t be unpacked. At least not yet. For instance, if you move during the summer, your boxes of Christmas decorations can be placed in the attic or shelved in some out of the way place. The same can be said for much of your other items you don’t use on a regular basis. Just make sure that you have some record of where you place these boxes — it can be difficult to find what you want in a new home when you need it.
Make Unpacking Fun
You may have dreaded packing, but unpacking can be fun. After all, you’ll be unwrapping each of the items you want to use in your new home. Make it a family event too, by having your children unpack their own boxes and your spouse placing tools away in his workroom or basement. When the boxes are emptied, fold and take them to recycling. Or donate them to someone in your new area who is planning a move.