How to Unpack Your Home After Your Move

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving - Unpacking Boxes

We have all read about the most productive approaches to pack up a home, but what about the flip side? As with many things in life, unpacking from a move to Colorado Springs does have some best practices. You can streamline the unpacking part of the moving process by thinking ahead.

Unpacking mindfully can help you minimize a lot of the disarray and disjointedness that might occur after you move into your new house. If you cannot locate items that you're looking for, it makes it very difficult to feel like you are back to normal.

Part of a flawless unpacking process involves preparing for it as you are packing. A few tasks to not forget as you pack include the following:

  • Label boxes. This is common knowledge, but you'll never be more pleased about following this advice as when you are walking around your new residence searching for the box with the coffee mugs in it. Is it labeled? Yay!
  • Pack an overnight bag. A small suitcase or duffel bag can contain your toothbrush, a clean outfit, and other items that you know you will definitely need fairly soon in the new place.
  • Donate items you don't need. The fewer things you move, the quicker it will be to unpack. There are definitely some items that you will not want to donate to charity, but if there are things that you don't need, consider donating them to someone who can use them.

Moving - Unpacking BoxesOnce the moving company has unloaded the boxes at your new abode, the order and organization you use during unpacking can also mitigate confusion. Here are some of our preferred tips:

  • Assemble your bed first. There is nothing better after a long day of moving and unpacking than to crawl into a comfortable bed. If you assemble your bed and put on sheets first, you'll thank yourself later. This goes for each member of the household. If you hired professional movers, they should do this step for you.
  • Begin with the necessities. Things like coffee mugs, plates and drinkware and silverware, and your computer equipment are some of the important items you will need as you start life in your new house. Ahead of diving into the little details, think about what you would like to have in place in the next 48 hours. Begin there.
  • Box your boxes. Often, rooms become piled with empty boxes and packing materials halfway through the unpacking process. You cannot keep under control what you have left if it is obstructed with discarded packing supplies. Keep one box complete and stuff it with other empty boxes that you've broken down. That way, you can observe how much you still have to unpack. Your box of boxes can be disposed of or, preferably, recycled.
  • Group your shopping trips. No matter how well you've planned, you will more often than not need to run to the store to get cleaning supplies, curtain rods, light bulbs, or other new things. Rather than making a run every time you need something, create a running list of necessary materials so that you can buy everything in one trip. You'll save time and money, not to mention reduce your anxiety.
  • Do not settle on furniture set up too quickly. Too many people get stuck on room layouts the day they move into a new place. Give yourself some leeway—not everything must be unchangeable immediately. Old furniture that you adored at your old house may seem out of place in your new home. That's okay. Grant yourself some time to get settled and you will know whether you can make it work. This also goes for pictures on the walls. It's your home! There is no need to rush.
  • Establish Which Areas Are Most Important. The most common error that is made during the unpacking process is a refusal to handle the task piece by piece. Rather, we find ourselves trying to unpack the whole house at once. After everything has arrived at the house, take a minute to figure out which areas are most crucial. The rooms that you usually spend the most time in are the rooms that should be receiving top priority.
  • Set Feasible Goals. In most instances, you are not going to be able to get to all of the unpacking in one fell swoop. Do not push yourself too hard in the first couple days. There will be lots to accomplish and none of the jobs are going anywhere. Create feasible goals and stick with them. Select the area that needs to be focused on first and finish it prior to moving onto the following chore.
  • Pick a Reward for Achieving the Deadline. For those who are moving with a whole family, it can be difficult to get everyone going in the same direction. Everyone could have their own agendas and getting everyone on the same page can be quite grueling. Coming up with a reward for achieving a goal is a good way around this conundrum. By creating a prize, you are doing your part to keep the members of the family happy and motivated. No one will want to go astray. Setting a deadline will also keep you from the annoyances of tripping over lots of things that have not been put away yet after you have already moved to Colorado Springs and gotten somewhat settled.

Since 1974, A-1 Freeman Moving Group helped individuals and families to move their belongings safely and securely. Contact us now so that we can help you pack, move and unpack in Colorado Springs.