When it comes to moving into a new house, everyone is different. The words packers and movers may be overwhelming for a few, while for the others (someone like me), it is just pure bliss. Some people just dread the thought of packing whereas they may be equally excited about unpacking and organizing the household. And the others just hate the drudgery of unpacking once the packers and movers have dumped the furniture and boxes at the new house. Whichever camp you belong to, here are a few tips to help you unpack efficiently and set up your new home.
With Organization comes Empowerment
Nobody ever said they regret organizing their home. Unpack with a system. Do not jump into random boxes and end up unpacking all of them, unclear as to where each of them is to be placed. Follow the inventory provided by the packers and movers or the checklist you created for your reference while packing your belongings. Unbox according to each room and examine the box labels or at least peer each of them before you start emptying them out.
Start with the necessities. One of the very first things to unbox after your move is the “essentials box”. This should be one of the boxes that comes off the truck (that of the packers and movers) first or the one you carry with. This box consists of basic medications, instant foods, a set of tableware and cutlery, paperwork, new house keys, emergency gear. This box or two should be adequate for a couple of days until you set up your house completely.
The kitchen is the heart of the home. Unpack all the kitchen items and arrange them right away. Set up your kitchen like how you would require it for your everyday use. This may take an extra few hour(s) but you need not come back and re-organize it for the second time. Line up your cabinets and cupboards first. Set up the appliances and your groceries as well. Avail the help of professional packers and movers for placing the kitchen items right in their places. This can help you prepare food easily.
Do the bathrooms next
Unpack your toiletries, towels, and other bathroom accessories. Set it up the way you planned to do it right away. This takes less time to set it up considering the functioning and cleanliness. A few organizers in place, towels, shower care products, and post bathing accessories and you’re good to go!
Assemble and arrange your furniture
Ideally, you should have had snaps or floor plan sketches of your new house in advance. This would help in deciding the placing of the furniture well beforehand. Professional packers and movers help you to assemble the furniture and place them in the position you would need. Assembling of furniture such as bookcases and beds is to be done after placing all the other stationery furniture and this should be straight forward. Assembling dismantled furniture and later having to be redone is not advisable.
This can be done simultaneously while setting up the kitchen or can be done at the last. This can be the garage or the other utility rooms. All the unessential items can be packed in the boxes and stored in the garage. Ensure you have an organized storing in there as well. If you are fortunate enough to have a garden, store all the garden accessories in the garage for easier access, and cleaning up the mess is also easier that way.
A few bonus tips:
- Anticipate future needs. Get pictures of your kitchen and closets, in particular, to plan your organizing in advance. Order a few organizers if need be.
- Let each member of the family unpack and organize their rooms as applicable. This will also allow kids to participate and learn.
- Plan each room in advance before you unpack too many boxes.