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 most efficient ways to pack up a residence, but what about the flip side? As with anything in life, unpacking from a move to Little Rock does have methods that work the best. You can certainly simplify the unpacking portion of the moving process by planning ahead.

Unpacking in an organized fashon can help you cut through some of the turmoil and disjointedness that might happen after you move into your new residence. If you can't find what you're looking for, it makes it very tough to feel like you're living normally.

Part of a seamless unpacking process involves organizing for it as you are packing. A few things to remember as you pack include the following:

  • Label boxes. This is super simple advice, but you will never be more glad about following this advice as when you are walking around your new residence looking for the carton with the forks in it. Is it labeled? Great!
  • Pack an overnight bag. A small suitcase or bag can contain your toothbrush, a clean outfit, and other things that you are sure you will definitely need fairly soon in the new place.
  • Give away items you don't use. The fewer belongings you move, the faster it will be to unpack. There are a few items that you won't want to get rid of, but if there are things that you do not want, consider giving them to someone who can use them.

Moving - Unpacking BoxesAfter the moving company has unloaded the boxes at your new home, how you unpack can also lessen chaos. Here are several of our preferred tips:

  • Put together your bed first. There are few things better after a tiring day of moving and unpacking than to sink into a cozy bed. If you assemble your bed and put on sheets first, you'll thank yourself later. This goes for every member of the house. If you hired professional movers, they should do this chore for you.
  • Begin with the necessities. Items like coffee mugs, plates and drinkware and spoons and forks, and your computer station are some of the important areas you will need as you begin life in your new residence. Prior to delving into the nuts and bolts, think about what you need to have in place in the next couple days. Begin there.
  • Box your boxes. Often, rooms become messy 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 supplies. Keep one box intact and fill it with other empty boxes that you've broken down. That way, you can view 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 planned, you will most likely need to go to the store to get cleaning supplies, more bags, light bulbs, or other new items. In lieu of making a trip every time you need an item, start a running list of needed supplies so that you can purchase everything in one trip. You will save time and money, not to mention cut down on your anxiety.
  • Don't settle on furniture set up too quickly. Too many people find themselves locked into room layouts the day they move into a new home. Give yourself some leeway—not everything has to be set in stone right away. Old couch that you loved at your old house may feel awkward in your new abode. That's okay. Grant yourself some time to settle in and you will get a better idea whether you can make it work. This also goes for pictures on the walls. It is your home! There's no need to hurry.
  • Establish Which Areas Are Most Vital. The most common mistake that is made during the unpacking process is a refusal to handle the task step by step. Instead, we try to unpack the whole house at once. Once all of the items have arrived at the home, take a minute to figure out 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 handle all of the unpacking in one attempt. Do not push yourself too hard on the first day or two. There is going to be lots to do and none of the jobs are going anywhere. Set realistic goals and stick with them. Choose the area that needs to be taken care of first and finish it prior to moving onto the next chore.
  • Pick a Reward for Meeting the Deadline. For those who are moving with a whole family, it can be a challenge to wrangle everyone working together. 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 meeting a predetermined deadline is a wonderful way around this conundrum. By picking a reward, you are doing your part to keep the members of the family working together. No one will want to be lax. Selecting a deadline will also keep you from the annoyances of having to deal with various things that have not been put away yet after you have already moved to Little Rock 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 today so that we can help you pack, move and unpack in Little Rock.