Five Smart Unpacking Tips
Moving is time-consuming and often stressful. Once all of the boxes and furniture are unloaded, and the movers have left you alone with your worldly possessions piled, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. You might have visions of yourself in three months, still living out of boxes and eating takeout every night. But worry not — these unpacking tips will help you tackle those boxes and get you settled into your new home in no time.
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Downsize Your Move
Marie Kondo’s Netflix special Tidying Up recently took the world by storm, inspiring its watchers to tackle the mess in their lives and say goodbye to those possessions that no longer spark joy. Even if appreciating your things for their service before you donate them is not your particular brand of life-changing magic, there are plenty of other methods to downsize your move.
Moving is the perfect opportunity to take stock of your possessions and get rid of those things you no longer have a use for. Once you’ve gathered everything you no longer want or need, check out our tips for decluttering your home. Doing this before you even start to think about packing will make for easier unpacking when you finally get to your new home. After all, you don’t want to go through the hassle of packing and unpacking something that you’ll only donate in a month or two.
Organize While You Pack
The first step to smart unpacking is smart packing. If your packing process is haphazard and disorganized, so too will be your unpacking process. Try going room by room as you pack, and label each box with both the room it belongs in and its contents.
Unpack By Room
When you’re first unloading, you might start by dropping all your boxes in the foyer or living room. This is fine, but if you try to unpack like that, it will just create more work. Luckily, if you pack by room, all of your boxes should be easier to unpack. Before you open those boxes, move them into the room in which they belong. Line the boxes along the walls to keep them out of the way while you set up the furniture and larger items, and gather the tools you’ll need to open and break down your boxes, such as box cutters and trash bags.
Start With The Essentials
The hardest part of any move is where to start. Consider what you’ll need for the first night in your new home, and start there. You might want to pack a “priority box” of clothes and items for your first night. After you’ve tackled that box, move on to the bedroom and bathroom, and finally the kitchen. This kind of smart unpacking will save you from feeling like you’re “camping out” those first few nights in your new home.
Take Your Time With The Non-essentials
The final step of moving is also the most fun. It’s time to start placing those little touches that personalize your space and make your new address feel like home. Take your time unpacking and arranging books, artwork, and decorative items. Don’t feel pressured to get their placement just right on the first try. You might move items around a few times before you find the perfect spot. If you have the room, gather all your artwork and decorative items in one spot and try to envision the best placement for them. Take your time and have fun with this!
UF Mover Guys provides both residential moving and commercial moving services, as well as junk removal, storage, and unloading services to make your move all the easier. Whether you need help decluttering, packing, loading, or transporting, count on us!