You planned, you organized, you packed, you loaded, you unloaded, you loaded again and unloaded again and now you’re lying exhausted on the staircase in your new home surrounded by hundreds of unopened boxes. As you look around you at this distorted mess, you wonder how you thought this would be ever become your dream home. Everyone talks about how hard it is to pack up and move, but not very many people address the topic of unpacking.
You and your family are dog-tired and don’t know where to begin. Well, not to fear, here are some tips of what you can do in the course of a month to make this place your new home sweet home.
1st Day : Focus on the Essentials
- Check to make sure that all your utilities are turned on including: internet, cable, water, gas and power.
- Do inventory to make sure that you have all of your furniture, boxes and other belongings inside and that nothing has been damaged or lost. Report anything that has been lost or damaged during the move to your professional movers. That is if you had them help you.
- Unpack your refrigerated food items first so that none of it spoils or goes bad. This will also make it so that your hard working family has something to eat for dinner that night.
- Next unpack bathroom necessities such as toilet paper, soap and at least one towel. You’ll be thankful that you did this.
- If you have time to setup the beds in the house, that’s awesome. If not, at least put the mattresses in the bedrooms and put on the sheets, blankets and pillows so that everyone has a comfortable place to sleep that night.
- Get out a few clothes for the next few days, a few towels, soap and shampoo for showers, and any other items that are mandatory for daily use.
- If you still have time after unpacking all of the essentials and you’re not too tired, THEN you can go ahead and start unpacking the rest of your boxes. Do not feel pressure to do this, though, you still got time to unpack later.
1st Week: Organize Everything
- Before you break out all of your packed items, take out the cleaning supplies and just do a quick look over to make sure all your rooms are really clean. Don’t assume that the person who lived there before you got everything spic and span (even though they should have).
- Plan out and even draw out where you want everything to go so that you are not constantly moving heavy furniture from one spot to another and throwing somebody’s back out in the process.
- Pace yourself and don’t try to get everything done at once. Unpacking can take up to a month to completely finish.
- As you unpack have an organizing system as well as a throw away system. Meaning, file any paperwork and throw away any junk you might come across as you go. This way you won’t accumulate any clutter at the end of your unpacking.
1st Month: Get ‘er Done
- Even though you shouldn’t over-exhaust yourself with unpacking, you should still try to get as much done as you possibly can. You don’t want to still be unpacking boxes 2 years later. Set obtainable unpacking goals for yourself and try to reach them at the end of each day.
- Make settling into your new home fun by decorating and theme-ing your rooms however you want to.
- Plan a housewarming party where you can invite friends, family and new neighbors to come see your new home. Schedule this party within two months of moving in so that you have some sort of deadline for yourself to work towards.
Unpacking is a process. It doesn’t have to be finished right away, but it shouldn’t be put off, either. If you are working day by day and week by week, you should feel right at home in about a month after move-in day. Some days you might have to push yourself a little harder because you are so sick of the process. Other times you might have to slow down so that you don’t feel overworked. But in the end, it is worth it to have such a beautiful, organized place where you, your family and your friends can make life-long memories.