How to Unpack After You’ve Moved!
I’ve moved about 9 times and have learned something with each move. Having your house on the market and selling it are stressful enough, however, it doesn’t stop there.
Now comes the fun part! It’s time to unpack and settle into your new home.
The key to making unpacking easy is to start before you even move!
Whether you are packing and moving yourself or you’re having professional movers, you can follow these tips.
Before you move...
1 As you pack, keep all of the items in a room together, just as they will be in your new house.
If you have professional packers, they will pack what they see. Their job is to get it packed quickly! If it’s in a room, it gets packed!
On one of my moves, I was working from home and couldn’t supervise closely. That was a big mistake. The packers would take items from my family room into the dining room. They used the table as a work table. (they had a pad placed over it). The problem was that when they finished wrapping the items, they all were labeled Dining Room.
2.Clearly label each box and don’t be too general.
Label the sides as well as the top so you will be able to read which room it goes in.
Know exactly what’s in each box. If you’re really on top of things, make a detailed list with what’s in each box.
3.Tips for drawers.
This is how professional packers handle your kitchen. They do not pack each thing individually. For example, take the flatware organizer, lift it out of the drawer and wrap the whole thing. It’s so easy when you unpack.. all you do is remove the paper and place the organizer in the drawer.
If you are moving yourself, you can do this with all of your drawers and loose items.
Wrap like with like!
4.Have a Last on-First off box that includes items you will need/want right away such as: toilet paper, scissors, a hammer and nails, tape, paper towels, glass cleaner, trash bags, bedding, toiletries, paper cups and plates, light bulbs, your coffee maker, coffee or whatever you need. Don’t forget your pets, medications, and other personal items you need.
5.Plan before you go, where you will place your furniture. It’s a lot easier to ask the moving people (whether they’re the buddies you’ve bribed or professional movers )to move something once, than to ask them to hold up placing furniture while you make up your mind where it should go.
6.If given the opportunity, clean and prep your new home. If you plan on lining your shelves, it’s a lot easier to unpack if the shelves have already been wiped and lined.
7.Make use of clear plastic bags.
Have bed linens for each room in a labeled plastic bag so that you can set up each bedroom without having to rummage through your boxes.
8.Keep your important and sensitive papers, computers, and jewelry with you. If you are having professional movers, do not put them on the moving van. (yes, you’d think that this was a no-brainer, but no, people still do this)
9.Gather numbers and information you will need.
You'll want the nearest take-out or delivery service. Who wants to cook the day you move in!
If you can, find out the days of your trash pick up. Now with Yelp and GrubHub it’s easy to locate services that will deliver.
If you’re like most of us, you have wires coming out of televisions, computers, and who knows what else. My suggestion is to get colored tags and label where everything goes as you unplug/unhook them. Watch this video on how to label your wires.
1.Have on hand and with you a pocketknife to open the boxes
2.Have a bag for trash and wrapping paper.
3.Have cleaning supplies gathered in one place.
4.Unpack the rooms you will need now! This usually means the kitchen and your bedroom and bath. If you have children, then of course their bedrooms will need to be unpacked.
5. As you empty a box, break it up and move it out of the way. You can sell the boxes and special moving paper on Craigslist!
6. Don’t wait to hang pictures! This will help to make your new house feel like your home.
How to unpack after you move? It’s easy… just start at the beginning!