It’s official, you’ve successfully moved into your new home! Now it’s time to unpack, organize, and arrange all of your furniture, boxes, and belongings. But where do you begin? As you’re starting off with a blank slate in your new home, this is your opportunity to refresh your lifestyle and organize your home to suit all of your wants and needs. Unpacking your home will take patience, determination, and a well-thought-out system, so this month’s blog will provide you with tips on how to efficiently unpack after your move!
1) Unpack with a System
Before you begin unpacking your boxes, you should have a good idea of what you’re unpacking and where everything will go. Make sure your boxes are correctly placed in their dedicated rooms (ex. all boxes with kitchen supplies, dishes, pots, and pans are placed in the kitchen) to reduce any back and forth when organizing your belongings. If possible, have an inventory list of the items that will be going into each room and create a general layout plan for where your furniture and items will go. That way, when unpacking your boxes and arranging your furniture, you’ll know exactly where to put everything rather than moving things around and trying to figure out where your belongings should go. By having an organized layout for all of your belongings, you’ll be able to unpack more efficiently and ensure your items fit into your spaces before you start emptying out your boxes and moving your furniture around.
2) Start with the Necessities
When it comes time to unpack your boxes, it’s important to start with the necessities. Begin with your essential boxes, which will include the items you need to keep your home and family running in the short term. If you didn’t pack any essential boxes prior to your move, search your boxes for the items that you’ll need to get by for a couple of nights. Essential items typically include basic toiletries, medications, important paperwork, phones, computers, and basic food items. By having these items easily accessible, you’ll be able to get through the first few nights while you take some time to unpack the rest of your home.
3) Focus on the Kitchen
Now that you have arranged your necessities, you can begin unpacking and organizing your new kitchen. With the kitchen being the heart of the home and your kitchen supplies needed to cook and prepare meals for your family, many homeowners like to unpack this space first. Start with the major appliances that are most frequently used and place those items at eye level or lower for easy access. Doing so will ensure that the items you use on a regular basis will be within a reachable distance and will also allow your kitchen to be as functional as possible. Chances are you won’t need glassware and serving dishes & utensils right away, so you can return to unpacking the less-frequently used items later. To make organizing a bit easier, put a labeled sticky note on each cabinet and drawer, so you know which items you want to be dedicated to each space.
4) Unpack the Bedrooms
Following the kitchen, you can move on to the bedrooms. Begin by taking measurements and creating a layout in terms of furniture placement. That way, when arranging your bed, dresser, and other furniture pieces, you won’t have to keep guessing and moving things around to see where they all fit. Also, be sure to install shelving & storage units and determine how you want to organize your closet before you begin unpacking your boxes and wardrobe. Doing so will ensure a productive unpacking process when it comes to putting away your clothes and keeping your spaces organized as you unpack. It may take some time to unpack your entire bedroom, so once again, start with the things you’ll need to get settled for your first few nights in your new home.
5) Do the Bathrooms Next
A comfortable, fully stocked bathroom will make your new house feel like home. Next, move on to your bathroom and unpack the most important items first such as toiletries, towels, and everyday bathroom items. Bathroom shelves and fixtures will likely already be in place, so it’ll just be a matter of arranging your items where you would like them to be.
6) Get Settled in Your Living Room
Create a floor plan for your living room and determine where you want to place your large furniture pieces such as the couches, coffee table, tv, etc. You should set the foundation of your living room by arranging your furniture first and having a floor plan for these pieces will make the arranging process fairly straightforward. Once the large living room furniture is in place, you can then move on to unpacking and organizing the rest of your living room items. Keep functionality in mind, along with what makes sense in terms of the flow and use of your living room space.
7) Save the Basement for Last
The basement often becomes the home’s storage space until homeowners feel that they are in a good position with unpacking the rest of their home. As most basement items are not essential, begin with organizing the items that will keep your basement functional such as shelving units and items that you use frequently but are not required on the main floor. As the basement is often used as a relaxation and entertainment area, have fun with the space. Whether you’re creating a home office, bar area, or home gym, customize your basement to suit your lifestyle wants and needs.
8) Decorate Your New Home
Now comes the fun part! After your spaces are organized and the essentials are in place, you can begin decorating to make your house feel like home. As there is no urgency in decorating your home, you may want to get a true feel of your space before beginning the decorating process. Many homeowners like to wait a few days or even a couple of weeks after settling in before they start decorating. For many homeowners, decorating a home consists of putting up décor, filling up shelves, and adding fun accent pieces into their spaces. Decorating is the exciting part of unpacking your home, so take your time, have fun, and enjoy the process!
9) General Unpacking Tips
Below are some general tips for efficient unpacking:
- Unpack the essential rooms and items first, then take your time unpacking the rest of your home.
- Plan the layout of each room before arranging furniture and unpacking your boxes.
- Set up storage items such as shelving and closet organizations now, when it’s most efficient. Don’t put it off!
- Let each family member unpack their own bedroom, as applicable. Children often want to participate in the unpacking process so let them help organize their bedrooms.
- Once you have unpacked and organized the main spaces within your home, take some time to enjoy the space! You don’t need to get all of the unpacking done right away, so get the essentials done and have some time to take it all in.
- Make the space your own!
10) Hire Deluxe Moving for Efficient Moving Services
Here at Deluxe Moving, we offer a Full Unpacking Service that will ensure a seamless transition into your new home. When arriving at your new home, you may not have the time, strength, or energy to unpack and arrange all of your furniture and belongings, but don’t fret, Deluxe Moving has you covered! Our Full Unpacking Service will do all of the unpacking and arranging for you. Our team has the experience to unpack and organize your space to ensure you walk into your new home with your boxes unpacked and furniture arranged according to your instructions. Contact our team to book our Full Unpacking Service!
We hope this blog provided you with valuable tips on how to efficiently unpack after your move! Although unpacking and arranging your boxes, furniture, and belongings can take a lot of time and energy, these tips will ensure your unpacking process is as smooth and efficient as possible. If you need additional support in unpacking your home, our Full Unpacking Service can take care of your unpacking for you. Head to our service page for more information about our Full Unpack Service or contact our team to get started on successful unpacking in your new home. We look forward to working with you!
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