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 approaches 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 with a little organization upfront.

Unpacking mindfully can help you cut through some of the chaos 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 back to normal.

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

  • Label boxes. This is not rocket science, but you will never be more pleased about heeding this advice as when you are walking around your new residence searching for the carton with the spoons in it. Is it labeled? Excellent!
  • Pack an overnight bag. A small backpack or rucksack can hold your hairbrush, some pajamas, and other items that you know you'll absolutely need fairly soon in the new home.
  • Donate items you don't use. The fewer things you move, the easier it will be to unpack. There are a few things that you won't want to give away, 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 moving boxes at your new abode, the way you unpack can also diminish confusion. Here are a few of our popular tips:

  • Set up your bed first. There's nothing better after a tiring day of moving and unpacking than to sink into a comfortable bed. If you put together your bed and put on sheets first, you'll be glad later. This goes for every member of the house. If you hired professional movers, they can do this job for you.
  • Begin with the necessities. Things like coffee mugs, plates and cups and silverware, and your computer equipment are some of the first things you'll need as you begin life in your new house. Ahead of diving into the nitty gritty, think about what you want to have in place in the next 48 hours. 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 all in one piece 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 toilet paper, curtain rods, light bulbs, or other new things. In lieu of making a run every time you need an item, keep 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 quickly. Too many people get obsessed with room layouts the day they move into a new house. Give yourself some space—not everything has to be set in stone immediately. The couch that you liked at your old house may seem awkward in your new residence. That is okay. Give yourself some time to settle in and you will know whether you can make it work. This point also involves waiting to hang any art on the walls. It is your home! There is no need to hurry.
  • Decide Which Areas Are Most Critical. The most common error that is made during the unpacking process is a refusal to perform the job step by step. Rather, we try to unpack the whole house at once. Once all of the items have arrived at the house, 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 sitting. 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. Select the room that needs to be focused on first and finish it before moving onto the following task.
  • Select a Reward for Achieving the Deadline. For those who are moving with a whole 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 goal is a great way around this conundrum. By picking a reward, you are doing your part to keep all members of the family working together. No one will want to be lax. Creating a deadline will also keep you from the annoyances of stepping over various 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 household goods safely and securely. Contact us today so that we can help you pack, move and unpack in Wichita Falls.