How to unpack after moving a house

Moving is never an easy task and as soon as you finish with one  stage a new one appears with all of its stressful complications. We have previously written advices about how to prepare yourself for the actual move, how to save money and even which location to pick. But once everything is over, there is still one thing left to do – all of those things still need to be unpacked. And the adventures begin… If you have taken into consideration advices regarding packing you will probably have less problems now, but still, there will be challenges to overcome. Don’t disregard the importance of this task and pay attention on how to get it right and save yourself the trouble. Here are a few things you should take into consideration when unpacking after you are finished with your move.

  • How much time do I have to unpack my things?

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Time is of the essence when it comes to unpacking

In situations like this time is of the essence. You might have initially planned a lot of time for packing and moving, but you have most likely forgot that the work isn’t over yet. Your decision regarding the unpacking part of the entire move should be based entirely on the amount of time you have to complete this task. If you are in no hurry then take your time, unpack only the necessary items and then create your own agenda based on your priorities and time that you have on hand. But if that is not the case, if you need to finish unpacking as soon as possible, than you have two options. First one is to call your friends and family. This is an all hands on deck situation, and you are going to need all the help you can get. But if you have moved to a new place and you don’t know anyone that this is not an option for you. In that case it’s best to hire the professionals, so they can take care of everything. It is going to cost you, but like everything else with moving, you either invest money or time. Or, in some cases, both. If by any chance you live in NYC check out this amazing story about unpacking. 

  • Who can help with my unpacking?

As we have previously mentioned this very much depends on the time you have on hand as well as other resources, such as money and location. But, what if you don’t have a choice? For example, if you are moving expensive and antique furniture  that will most likely be damaged during transportation or packing and unpacking processes, it is necessary to hire professionals. It is much better to invest in them than to deal with valuable and broken objects. If your friends are helping you, make sure that you have given them clear instructions on how to proceed with the unpacking so you wouldn’t spend the entire time bickering, yelling and worrying. Also, have in mind that a nice dinner is a proper thank you for such help and cooperation. If, by any chance, you are doing the whole unpacking by yourself, try not to stress out too much. Make a plan and stick to it, but if you don’t feel like it, don’t force yourself. Although pretty difficult, the unpacking part should be the most interesting one, so try to make it so. If you need any help, check out this website.

  • How to organize the actual unpacking?

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Best ways to organize your unpacking

Once that you have figured out how much time do you have, and whether or not you will have help, hire professionals or do it yourself, it’s time to get to the unpacking itself. Regardless how you do it, you need to organize in such a way that you spend the least time possible and that it is both efficient and effective. One of the best ways to do it is to organize the whole process according to rooms. If you have paid attention to our previous article, that means that you have labeled all of the boxes and won’t have any problems with stuff being in the wrong rooms. That is most definitely a step in the right direction, especially if you are moving into a house that has more than one floor. And then, when you start deciding which room should you unpack first, you choose the one that has the biggest necessity. What does that mean? Well, for example, you can order food and buy paper plates, but you can not sleep without your sheets. So, it’s best to start from your bedroom and work your way from there. Next room you should direct yourself to is the bathroom which is necessary but at the same time incredibly easy to unpack, as it carries the least amount of stuff. Then you can head on to the kitchen, study, hallway etc. If you are tight with time don’t worry about empty shelves and boxes filled with books, it’s better to focus your attention on something that perhaps might not be so visible but it will definitely be necessary (for example towels).

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Do not forget to make an inventory list

We are hoping that you were thinking ahead and that you made an inventory list that you  can now use to check if anything has gone missing and then contact your moving company. This list can also come in handy while you are planning how to unpack because it will show you which rooms will take up most of your time because they have the most boxes. Make sure that you have found a responsible way to dispose of all of the materials that you won’t need when you unpack your stuff (such as wrapping papers, boxes, cardboards and bubble wrap), and if you are still not sure store them somewhere and then contact the locals about means of disposal/recycling. Try to maintain a positive attitude and enjoy this new stage of your life. Have in mind, when you finish this, everything will be over and you can begin enjoying your new home.

March 2, 2017

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