By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
We've all read about the most efficient methods to pack up a house, but what about after you get to your new place? As with anything in life, unpacking from a move to Wichita Falls does have some best practices. You can certainly simplify the unpacking piece of the moving process by planning ahead.
Unpacking in an organized fashon can help you reduce lots of the turmoil and disjointedness that could likely ensue after you arrive at your new home. If you cannot find what you need to live, it makes it pretty difficult to feel like you are living normally.
Part of a seamless unpacking process involves preparation for it as you are packing. A couple things to remember as you pack include the following:
- Label boxes. This is super simple advice, but you'll never be more glad about following this advice as when you are running around your new home looking for the box with the forks in it. Is it labeled? Excellent!
- Pack a day bag. A small satchel or duffel bag can accommodate your hairbrush, a change of clothes, and anything else you know you will definitely need right away in the new abode.
- Donate items you don't need. The fewer belongings you move, the faster it will be to unpack. There are definitely some items that you won't want to get rid of, but if there are things that you don't want, ponder donating them to someone who can use them.
After the moving company has unloaded the moving boxes at your new abode, how you unpack can also lessen chaos. Here are a few of our popular tips:
- Put together your bed first. There is nothing better after a demanding day of moving and unpacking than to sink into a soft bed. If you assemble your bed and put on sheets first, you will be glad later. This goes for every member of the house. If you hired professional movers, they can do this task for you.
- Begin with the necessities. Things like coffee mugs, plates and glasses and eating utensils, and your computer station are some of the important items you will need as you commence life in your new home. Prior to getting into the nuts and bolts, think about what you want to have in place today and tomorrow. Begin there.
- Box your boxes. Many times, rooms become piled with empty boxes and bubble wrap during the unpacking process. You can't keep under control what you have left if it's impeded with discarded packing supplies. Keep one box all in one piece and fill it with other empty cartons that you've broken down. That way, you can view how much you still have to unpack. Your box of boxes can be trashed or, preferably, recycled.
- Group your shopping trips. Even if you have planned, you will most likely need to run to the store to get toilet paper, more bags, light bulbs, or other new items. In lieu of making a trip every time you need an item, start a running list of needed materials so that you can buy everything in a single trip. You will save time and money, and also reduce your stress.
- Do not settle on furniture layout too hurriedly. Too many people find themselves locked into room layouts the day they move into a new house. Grant yourself some space—not everything must be unchangeable immediately. Old sofa that you adored at your old place may seem awkward in your new home. That is okay. Give yourself some time to get settled and you will get a better idea if you can make it work. This also goes for art on the walls. It is your home! There's no need to hurry.
- Establish Which Areas Are Most Vital. The most common error that is made during the unpacking process is a refusal to execute the chore piece by piece. Rather, we attempt to unpack the complete house at once. Once all of your belongings have arrived at the house, take a moment to look around and decide which areas are most critical. The rooms that you usually spend the most time in are the ones that should be given priority.
- Set Feasible Goals. In most instances, you are not going to be able to tackle all of the unpacking in one fell swoop. Don't push yourself too much in the first couple days. There is going to be an abundance to do and none of the tasks are going anywhere. Set realistic goals and stick to them. Pick the room that needs to be focused on first and finish it prior to moving onto the next job.
- Pick a Reward for Achieving the Deadline. For those who are moving with the total family, it might be challenging to have everyone going in the same direction. Each family member could have their own agendas and the process of making sure that everyone is pulling in the same direction can be quite grueling. Coming up with a reward for achieving a predetermined deadline is a great way around this fiasco. By creating a reward, you are doing your part to keep every single member of the family working together. No one will want to slack off. Selecting a deadline will also keep you from the annoyances of having to deal with numerous items that haven’t been put away yet after you have already moved to Wichita Falls and gotten somewhat settled.
Since 1974, A-1 Freeman Moving Group assisted individuals and families to move their household goods safely and securely. Contact us now so that we can help you pack, move and unpack in Wichita Falls.