How to Unpack Your Home After Your Move

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving - Unpacking Boxes

We have all heard about the most productive methods to pack up a home, but what about after you get to your new place? As with anything in life, unpacking from a move to Wichita Falls does have methods that work the best. You can certainly simplify your unpacking part of the moving process by planning ahead.

Unpacking mindfully can help you reduce some of the confusion and disorganization that could likely happen after you arrive at your new house. If you cannot locate belongings that you need to live, it makes it pretty difficult to feel like you are living normally.

Part of a seamless unpacking process involves organizing for it as you're packing. A few tasks to not forget as you pack include the following:

  • Label boxes. This is not rocket science, but you will never be more pleased about listening to this advice as when you are wandering around your new residence searching for the carton with the spoons in it. Is it labeled? Yay!
  • Pack an overnight bag. A small suitcase or rucksack can hold your dental floss, some pajamas, and other items that you know you'll absolutely need quickly in the new home.
  • Donate items you don't use. The fewer things you move, the easier it will be to unpack. There are some things that you won't want to get rid of, but if there are possessions that you do not need, ponder donating them to someone who can use them.

Moving - Unpacking BoxesAfter the moving company has unloaded the cartons at your new home, the way you unpack can also diminish disarray. Here are several of our popular tips:

  • Set up your bed first. There are few things better after a tiring day of moving and unpacking than to sink into a cozy bed. If you put together your bed and put on sheets first, you'll be thankful later. This goes for every member of the house. If you hired professional movers, they should do this job for you.
  • Begin with the necessities. Things like coffee mugs, plates and glasses and spoons and forks, and your computer equipment are some of the first things you'll need as you begin life in your new residence. Ahead of diving into the nitty gritty, think about what you want to have in place in the next couple days. Begin there.
  • Box your boxes. Frequently, rooms become piled with empty boxes and bubble wrap halfway through the unpacking process. You cannot keep under control what you have left if it's impeded with discarded packing materials. Keep one box complete and fill it with other empty cartons that you have broken down. That way, you can observe how much you still have to unpack. Your box of boxes can be disposed of or, preferably, recycled.
  • Group your shopping trips. No matter how well you've planned, you will more often than not need to go to the store to buy cleaning supplies, curtain rods, light bulbs, or other new things. In lieu of making a run every time you need an item, create a running list of needed materials so that you can purchase everything in one trip. You will save time and money, and also cut down on your stress.
  • Do not settle on furniture layout too soon. Too many people get obsessed with room layouts the day they move into a new home. Give yourself some space—not everything has to be set in stone immediately. The sofa that you liked at your old home may seem unsuited in your new residence. That is okay. Give yourself some time to settle in and you will get a better idea whether you can make it work. This also goes for art on the walls. It is your home! There is no need to hurry.
  • Decide Which Areas Are Most Vital. The most common error that is made during the unpacking process is a refusal to perform the chore step by step. Rather, we attempt to unpack the whole house at once. Once all of the items have arrived at the residence, take the time to look around and decide which areas are most important. The rooms that you usually spend the most time in are the ones that should be receiving top priority.
  • Set Feasible Goals. In most cases, you are not going to be able to tackle all of the unpacking in one fell swoop. Don't push yourself too hard in the first couple days. There is going to be lots to accomplish 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 before moving onto the subsequent job.
  • Pick a Reward for Achieving the Deadline. For those who are moving with an entire family, it might be difficult to get everyone on the same page. Everyone could have their own agendas and getting everyone to work toward a common goal can be quite arduous. Setting up a reward for meeting a predetermined deadline is a great way around this debacle. By selecting a reward, you are doing your part to keep every single member of the family working together. No one will want to be lax. Setting a deadline will also keep you from the annoyances of tripping over lots of belongings that have not 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 belongings safely and securely. Contact us today so that we can help you pack, move and unpack in Wichita Falls.