How to Unpack Your Home After Your Move

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving - Unpacking Boxes

We've all read about the best methods to pack up a residence, but what about the opposite? As with many things in life, unpacking from a move to Austin does have methods that work the best. You can certainly simplify the unpacking piece of the moving process by planning ahead.

Unpacking mindfully can help you reduce lots of the turmoil and disorganization that could likely happen after you arrive at your new house. If you cannot locate what you need to live, it makes it pretty tough to feel like you are settled in.

Part of a smooth unpacking process involves organizing for it as you're packing. Some tasks to remember as you pack include the following:

  • Label boxes. This is super simple advice, but you'll never be happier about heeding this advice as when you are wandering around your new house looking for the carton with the spoons in it. Is it labeled? Yay!
  • Pack a day bag. A small backpack or duffel bag can hold your toothbrush, a change of clothes, and other items that you are sure you will definitely need fairly soon in the new place.
  • Donate items you don't need. The fewer belongings you move, the faster it will be to unpack. There are some items that you won't want to give away, but if there are things that you do not need, think about giving them to someone who can use them.

Moving - Unpacking BoxesAfter the moving company has unloaded the boxes at your new digs, the order and organization you use during unpacking can also ease confusion. Here are several of our preferred tips:

  • Assemble your bed first. There are few things better after a long day of moving and unpacking than to crawl into a soft bed. If you set up your bed and put on sheets first, you'll be thankful later. This goes for each member of the house. If you hired professional movers, they can do this task for you.
  • Start with the necessities. Things like coffee mugs, plates and glasses and eating utensils, and your computer equipment are some of the important items you'll need as you commence life in your new house. Before getting into the nuts and bolts, plan for what you need to have in place today and tomorrow. Begin there.
  • Box your boxes. Frequently, rooms become messy with empty boxes and packing paper during the unpacking process. You cannot keep track of what you have left if it's impeded with discarded packing materials. Keep one box intact and pack 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 trashed or, preferably, recycled.
  • Group your shopping trips. Even if you have everything organized, you will more often than not need to run to the store to get toilet paper, more bags, light bulbs, or other new things. Instead of making a run each time you need something, keep a running list of needed materials so that you can buy everything in one trip. You'll save time and money, and also cut down on your stress.
  • Do not settle on furniture set up too quickly. Too many people get stuck on room layouts the day they move into a new house. Give yourself some leeway—not everything must be unchangeable immediately. Old couch that you liked at your old home may look out of place in your new home. That is alright. Grant yourself some time to get settled and you will figure out if you can make it work. This point also involves waiting to hang any artwork on the walls. It's your home! There's no need to hurry.
  • Determine Which Areas Are Most Important. The most common error that is made during the unpacking process is a refusal to handle the task step by step. Instead, we try to unpack the complete house at once. Once all of your belongings have arrived at the house, take the time to look around and decide which areas are most critical. The rooms that you usually spend the most time in are the rooms that should be unpacked first.
  • Set Feasible Goals. In most situations, you aren’t going to be able to tackle all of the unpacking in one fell swoop. Do not push yourself too much on the first day or two. There is going to be plenty to do and none of the jobs are going anywhere. Set attainable goals and stick to them. Pick the room that needs to be focused on first and finish it before moving onto the subsequent task.
  • Select a Reward for Meeting the Deadline. For those who are moving with an entire family, it could be a challenge to get everyone going in the same direction. Everyone will have their own agendas and the process of making sure that everyone is pulling in the same direction can be quite grueling. Coming up with a reward for meeting a goal is a great way around this conundrum. By selecting a reward, you are doing your part to keep the members of the family happy and motivated. No one will want to slack off. Creating a deadline will also keep you from the annoyances of stepping over various things that haven’t been put away yet after you have already moved to Austin and gotten somewhat settled.

Since 1974, A-1 Freeman Moving Group helped 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 Austin.