28 Apr Unpacking After a Move Made Easy
It’s estimated that more than 6.8 million Americans will buy homes this year. As exciting as it is to buy a new home, few people look forward to the moving process — packing up all the stuff at your existing home, safely transporting it to your new home, then unpacking all those boxes and finding a place for everything. The work involved can be overwhelming and exhausting. However, with a little planning and some good organizational tools, you can make unpacking after a move less stressful
Start With an Unpacking Plan
Hopefully, when you (or your movers) packed up your old house, you packed items by room and labeled all your boxes accordingly. This will make unpacking after a move much easier. Whenever possible, place boxes in the rooms where they should be unpacked. Resist the urge to start unpacking random boxes, or you’ll end up with odds and ends spread all over the house. Plan to unpack room by room, beginning with the most important rooms first like the kitchen and your bedroom/bathroom. Before you take out a single item, it’s good to have a general idea of where you want to start and having the boxes in the right place to unpack will help the process move along more quickly.
Begin Unpacking After a Move in the Kitchen
Unless you plan on eating out every meal, it’s important to get your kitchen basics set up and functional right away. Plug in any essential small appliances, like the coffee maker and toaster. If you want to put shelf liner in your cabinets, now is the time — before you unpack. Take a few minutes to think about how you’ll be moving around this new kitchen and figure out what the most logical place is for your pots and pans, dishes, glasses, etc. Where will your dry and canned goods go? If your new home doesn’t have adequate storage space, this is the perfect time to have a custom pantry installed. A well-organized pantry lets you easily see what you have and what you need, which, in turn, makes both grocery shopping and mealtime less stressful.
Move On to the Bedrooms
More than likely you’re going to be ready for a good night’s sleep unpacking after a move, so start by assembling and making up your bed. Decide where you want other bedroom furniture to go before you start unpacking any boxes. This is also the time to determine how you want to arrange your closet. It’s much easier to install a closet organization system before you begin piling clothes and shoes in there. Whether you have a walk-in or a reach-in closet, the perfect configuration of shelving, shoe racks, and hanging bars can make organizing your clothes so much easier.
Set Up Your Home Office
If you’re one of the many people working from home these days, you’ll need to get your office operational as soon as possible. A new home provides a blank slate for you to create an ideal space that can make your workday less chaotic. With a custom desk, cabinets, and wall shelving, your home office will be comfortable and organized.
Save the Garage for Last
Since most of the stuff we store in the garage isn’t essential, it’s best to get the rest of the house unpacked first. Plus, there’s a good chance that as you unpack in other rooms, you’ll find more things you want to put in the garage. Of course, you’ll want to unpack your toolbox, so it’s handy when you’re ready to hang pictures or install a shower rod, but otherwise, the garage can wait. However, when it’s finally time to start unpacking after a move and organize in the garage, be sure you make the most of the space by installing garage cabinets and a wall organizing system. These added features can help you get rid of clutter and make it easier to find the things you’re looking for when you need them.
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