How to Unpack Your Home After Your Move
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
We have all heard about the most productive approaches to pack up a house, but what about after you get to your new place? As with many things in life, unpacking from a move to Tulsa does have some approaches that work better than others. You can certainly simplify your unpacking piece of the moving process by planning ahead.
Unpacking in an organized fashon can help you cut through some of the confusion and disjointedness that might ensue after you move into your new house. If you cannot locate what 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 couple items to not forget as you pack include the following:
- Label boxes. This is common knowledge, but you'll never be more pleased about following this advice as when you're wandering around your new house searching for the box with the forks in it. Is it labeled? Yay!
- Pack a day bag. A small satchel or duffel bag can contain your hairbrush, a clean outfit, and anything else you are sure you'll absolutely need quickly in the new place.
- Give away items you do not need. The fewer things you move, the quicker it will be to unpack. There are some things that you will not want to donate to charity, but if there are things that you don't use, ponder giving them to someone who can use them.
After the moving company has unloaded the boxes at your new abode, the way you unpack can also mitigate chaos. Here are some of our popular tips:
- Put together your bed first. There's nothing better after a tiring day of moving and unpacking than to crawl into a comfortable bed. If you put together your bed and put on sheets first, you'll be thankful later. This goes for every member of the household. If you hired professional movers, they can do this job for you.
- Start with the necessities. Items like a coffee maker, plates and cups and silverware, and your computer equipment are some of the important items you'll need as you commence life in your new home. Before diving into the little details, contemplate what you want to have in place in the next 48 hours. Begin there.
- Box your boxes. Often, rooms become cluttered with empty boxes and packing paper halfway through the unpacking process. You can't keep track of what you have left if it is obstructed with discarded packing materials. Keep one box intact and stuff it with other empty boxes that you have broken down. That way, you can see 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 everything organized, you will most likely need to go to the store to purchase cleaning supplies, curtain rods, light bulbs, or other new items. In lieu of making a run each time you need something, create a running list of required materials so that you can purchase everything in a single trip. You will save time and money, not to mention cut down on your hassle.
- Don't settle on furniture arrangement too soon. Too many people get locked into room layouts the day they move into a new place. Grant yourself some elbow room—not everything has to be set in stone immediately. Old sofa that you liked at your old house may feel out of place in your new home. That's okay. Allow yourself some time to get settled and you will get a better idea whether you can make it work. This point also involves waiting to hang any pictures on the walls. It's your home! There is no need to scramble.
- Establish Which Areas Are Most Critical. The most common error that is made during the unpacking process is a refusal to execute the chore piece by piece. Instead, we attempt to unpack the complete house at once. After all of the items have arrived at the home, take a moment to determine which areas are most crucial. The rooms that you usually spend the most time in are the rooms that should be given priority.
- Set Feasible Goals. In most cases, you aren’t going to be able to get to all of the unpacking in one fell swoop. Do not push yourself too much on the first day or two. There is going to be an abundance to accomplish and none of the jobs are going anywhere. Create realistic goals and stick to them. Choose the room that needs to be taken care of first and finish it before moving onto the subsequent task.
- Establish a Reward for Meeting the Deadline. For those who are moving with the total family, it can be challenging to have everyone on the same page. Everyone will have their own agendas and getting everyone on the same page can be quite arduous. Coming up with a reward for reaching a target is a good way around this fiasco. By picking a reward, you are doing your part to keep all members of the family on task. No one will want to slack off. Creating a deadline will also keep you from the annoyances of tripping over lots of belongings that haven’t been put away yet after you have already moved to Tulsa 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 Tulsa.