How to Unpack Your Home After Your Move

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving - Unpacking Boxes

We've all heard about the best methods to pack up a residence, but what about the opposite? As with anything in life, unpacking from a move to Killeen does have some best practices. You can streamline your unpacking piece of the moving process by planning ahead.

Unpacking in an organized fashon can help you minimize lots of the disarray and disjointedness that may occur after you arrive at your new house. If you cannot find items that you need to live, it makes it pretty tough to feel like you are settled in.

Part of a flawless unpacking process involves preparing for it as you are packing. Some items to remember as you pack include the following:

  • Label boxes. This is super simple advice, but you'll never be more pleased about heeding this advice as when you're running around your new home looking for the box with the coffee mugs in it. Is it labeled? Excellent!
  • Pack an overnight bag. A small suitcase or rucksack can accommodate your toothbrush, a change of clothes, and anything else you are sure you will definitely need quickly in the new home.
  • Give away items you don't use. The fewer items you move, the quicker it will be to unpack. There are a few things that you won't want to get rid of, but if there are things that you do not want, consider donating them to someone who can use them.

Moving - Unpacking BoxesOnce the moving company has unloaded the boxes at your new abode, how you unpack can also lessen confusion. 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 soft bed. If you put together your bed and put on sheets first, you will thank yourself later. This goes for each member of the house. If you hired professional movers, they will do this job for you.
  • Start with the necessities. Items like coffee mugs, plates and cups and spoons and forks, and your computer equipment are some of the important areas you'll need as you commence life in your new house. Before diving into the little details, contemplate what you would like to have in place today and tomorrow. Begin there.
  • Box your boxes. Many times, rooms become messy with empty boxes and packing materials during the unpacking process. You can't keep track of what you have left if it's obstructed with discarded packing supplies. Keep one box complete and fill it with other empty cartons that you've broken down. That way, you can see 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 most likely need to go to the store to buy a new trash can, curtain rods, light bulbs, or other new things. Rather than making a trip every time you need something, create a running list of required supplies so that you can buy everything in one trip. You'll save time and money, not to mention cut down on your anxiety.
  • Do not settle on furniture layout too hurriedly. Too many people get locked into room layouts the day they move into a new home. Give yourself some elbow room—not everything must be unchangeable immediately. Old sofa that you loved at your old house may feel out of place in your new residence. That's okay. Grant yourself some time to settle in and you will figure out whether you can make it work. This point also involves waiting to hang any pictures on the walls. It is your home! There is no need to rush.
  • Decide Which Areas Are Most Important. The most common mistake that is made during the unpacking process is a refusal to complete the task a little at a time. Instead, we attempt to unpack the entire house at once. Once all of your belongings have arrived at the home, take the time to determine which areas are most critical. The rooms that you are going to be spending the most time in are the rooms that should be unpacked first.
  • Set Feasible Goals. In most cases, you aren’t going to be able to tackle all of the unpacking in one sitting. Do not push yourself too hard on the first day or two. There is going to be plenty to do and none of the tasks are going anywhere. Set attainable goals and stick to them. Choose the room that needs to be addressed first and finish it prior to moving onto the subsequent chore.
  • Pick a Reward for Achieving the Deadline. For those who are moving with a whole family, it could be challenging to wrangle everyone working together. Everyone is going to have their own agendas and getting everyone on the same page can be quite exhausting. Establishing a reward for reaching a target is a wonderful way around this conundrum. By selecting a reward, you are doing your part to keep every single member of the family working together. No one will want to slack off. Creating a deadline will also keep you from the annoyances of tripping over lots of things that haven’t been put away yet after you have already moved to Killeen and gotten somewhat settled.

Since 1974, A-1 Freeman Moving Group has worked with individuals and families to move their household goods safely and securely. Contact us now so that we can help you pack, move and unpack in Killeen.