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 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 Little Rock does have methods that work the best. You can certainly simplify the unpacking piece of the moving process with a little organization upfront.

Unpacking in an organized fashon can help you cut through a lot of the turmoil and disjointedness that could likely happen after you move into your new house. If you can't find items that you need to live, it makes it very tough to feel like you're back to normal.

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 wandering around your new house searching for the carton with the forks in it. Is it labeled? Great!
  • Pack an overnight bag. A small backpack or duffel 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 some items that you won't want to get rid of, but if there are items that you do not want, think about giving them to someone who can use them.

Moving - Unpacking BoxesAfter the moving company has unloaded the boxes at your new abode, how you unpack can also mitigate chaos. Here are a few of our popular tips:

  • Assemble your bed first. There's nothing 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 can do this step 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. Before delving into the nitty gritty, plan for what you would like to have in place in the next couple days. Begin there.
  • Box your boxes. Often, rooms become messy with empty boxes and packing paper during 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 see 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 inevitably need to go to the store to get toilet paper, a shower curtain, 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 buy everything in one trip. You will save time and money, not to mention cut down on your hassle.
  • Don't settle on furniture layout too quickly. Too many people find themselves stuck on 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 sofa that you adored at your old house may look unsuited in your new abode. That's okay. Allow yourself some time to settle in and you will get a better idea whether you can make it work. This point also involves waiting to hang any art on the walls. It is your home! There's no need to hurry.
  • Establish Which Areas Are Most Critical. The most common mistake that is made during the unpacking process is a refusal to complete 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 critical. The rooms that you usually spend the most time in are the rooms that should be given priority.
  • Set Feasible Goals. In most instances, you aren’t going to be able to tackle all of the unpacking in one attempt. Do not push yourself too hard on the first day or two. There is going to be plenty to do and none of the chores 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 difficult to wrangle everyone working together. Each family member is going to have their own agendas and getting everyone to work toward a common goal can be quite exhausting. Establishing a reward for reaching a predetermined deadline is a good way around this debacle. By selecting an incentive, 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 lots of 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.