Unpacking and finding the perfect place for your belongings in the new home can be quite exciting. The thrill of a new beginning will bust your energy level and help you outrun the challenge. Here are some simple steps to unpack after the move and are helpful when you don’t have a lot of time.
Once at your new place you must start unpacking and since you have a lot of work ahead, you want to do it as efficiently as possible. If you can have the rooms cleaned before the boxes arrive, unpacking will be a more pleasant experience. While cleaning and preparing the new place you should make small mental notes or even draw a sketch of what to put and where. It is useful to know exactly where each piece of furniture goes, because if you make a plan first, you only have move it once.
1. Check the list to see if all the boxes are in the right rooms. After the moving company brings all the boxes, you must make sure everything is placed as labeled (kitchen, bathroom, kid’s room, etc.).
2. Unpack your “essential box”. This box must include all the necessary items such as medicine or clean clothes that will get you trough the first few nights.
3. Unpack the bedroom items and put the beds together. It is likely that later in the evening you will feel much to tired to do this and a clean fresh bed just waiting for you will seem a blessing.
4. Next unpack the kitchen. If you’ve properly labeled the boxes, you should be able to locate what you need pretty easy. If you don’t have much time, unpack only what you need, including pots and pans, plug in the major and small appliances like the fridge and coffee pot.
5. In the bathroom you should unpack the necessary things first. Everything that will make the first days easier: shower products, fresh towels, toothpaste and so on.
6. Arrange the furniture in the living room. Large pieces that need assembling should be completed once you know where furniture will be placed.
7. Organize the closets, book shelves, cupboards and drawers.
8. The patio, the garage or the garden are the last in the unpack list. Since most items that go here aren’t of vital use, try to organize the space and plan how to keep it functional. This may include some mending, extra shelving, storage boxes, etc…
9. Fold and store the packing materials. It is actually a good idea to keep as much boxes as possible. They are easy to store just by folding (in the attic or garage) and will come in handy at you future move.
10. Take some time to review everything. See you’ve got covered all the things in the home inventory list created for the move. All done!