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 ways to pack up a residence, but what about after you get to your new place? As with anything in life, unpacking from a move to Tulsa does have methods that work the best. You can streamline the unpacking portion of the moving process by thinking ahead.

Unpacking in an organized fashon can help you minimize a lot of the confusion and disorganization that might ensue after you arrive at your new home. If you can't find belongings that you're looking for, it makes it pretty tough to feel like you're settled in.

Part of a seamless unpacking process involves preparing for it as you're packing. A couple tasks to remember as you pack include the following:

  • Label boxes. This is common knowledge, but you'll never be more pleased about heeding this advice as when you are wandering around your new house looking for the box with the spoons in it. Is it labeled? Yay!
  • Pack an overnight bag. A small satchel or bag can hold your hairbrush, a clean outfit, and anything else you are sure you will absolutely need right away in the new home.
  • Give away items you don't need. The fewer things you move, the faster it will be to unpack. There are definitely some things that you will not want to donate to charity, but if there are possessions that you don't need, consider giving them to someone who can use them.

Moving - Unpacking BoxesOnce the moving company has unloaded the cartons at your new home, the order and organization you use during unpacking can also lessen confusion. Here are some of our favorite tips:

  • Put together your bed first. There's nothing better after a tiring day of moving and unpacking than to crawl into a cozy bed. If you assemble your bed and put on sheets first, you will be thankful later. This goes for every member of the household. If you hired professional movers, they can do this chore for you.
  • Start with the necessities. Things like a coffee maker, plates and cups and spoons and forks, and your computer station are some of the important things you'll need as you start life in your new home. Ahead of diving into the little details, contemplate what you want to have in place in the next couple days. Begin there.
  • Box your boxes. Frequently, rooms become cluttered with empty boxes and packing materials halfway through the unpacking process. You can't keep under control what you have left if it is obstructed with discarded packing materials. Keep one box complete and pack it with other empty cartons that you've 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. Even if you have everything organized, you will most likely need to run to the store to purchase a new trash can, a shower curtain, light bulbs, or other new items. In lieu of making a run each time you need an item, start a running list of necessary supplies so that you can purchase everything in one trip. You will save time and money, and also cut down on your hassle.
  • Don't settle on furniture layout too hurriedly. Too many people find themselves obsessed with room layouts the day they move into a new house. Give yourself some space—not everything has to be unchangeable immediately. The furniture that you liked at your old place may seem unsuited in your new abode. That's alright. Allow yourself some time to get settled and you will know whether you can make it work. This point also involves waiting to hang any artwork on the walls. It's your home! There's no need to scramble.
  • Decide Which Areas Are Most Critical. The most common error that is made during the unpacking process is a refusal to perform the job a little at a time. Rather, we try to unpack the complete house at once. Once everything has arrived at the house, take a minute to figure out which areas are most crucial. The rooms that you are going to be spending the most time in are the ones that should be receiving top priority.
  • Set Feasible Goals. In most situations, you are not going to be able to handle all of the unpacking in one fell swoop. Do not push yourself too hard on the first day or two. There will be lots to accomplish and none of the chores are going anywhere. Set attainable goals and stick with them. Pick the area that needs to be focused on first and finish it prior to moving onto the next job.
  • Select a Reward for Reaching the Deadline. For those who are moving with an entire family, it might be a challenge to wrangle everyone on the same page. Each family member will have their own agendas and getting everyone to work toward a common goal can be quite grueling. Establishing a reward for achieving a predetermined deadline is a wonderful way around this debacle. By selecting a prize, you are doing your part to keep the members of the family happy and motivated. No one will want to be lax. Setting a deadline will also keep you from the annoyances of tripping over numerous 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 helped individuals and families to move their homes safely and securely. Contact us today so that we can help you pack, move and unpack in Tulsa.