A successful move is much more than just getting from A-B. With so much to organise, it’s easy to forget the importance of planning an efficient unpacking process. Here are our quick tips on how to get yourself happy, settled and mess/box free ASAP in your new home.
Break out those lists and labels. Create a floor plan of your new home and decide before you move where each item will go. Keep boxes together that are destined for a particular room. Try to pack so that offloading is done from rear to the front of the house, and movers aren’t tripping over boxes trying to get to the back bedroom.
Say goodbye to the thinks you no longer need
Treat your new space like a clean slate, and a fresh beginning. Sell, donate and discard any items you don’t absolutely need. Keep only the things that bring you joy and will suit your new home.
Take some time off work
Don’t put yourself under pressure. Take the time to ensure you can unpack and set up your new home completely. Moving is stressful and exhausting, you’ll need a chance to rest and unwind before heading back to work.
Motivate your family and friends to help
Many hands make light work. If you’ve properly packed, organised and labelled everything, having an army of helpers will make unpacking a breeze. Order pizzas and have a mini moving party to thank your amazing helpers.
Unpack one room at a time
Complete one whole room before moving on to the next. Right down to the ornaments and pictures on the walls. Just hang them up, get them out of the boxes and off the floor, you can always change those little things at a later date.
Unpack the essentials first
The bookshelf is tempting because it’s easy; but it can wait. You don’t want to be digging through boxes looking for your toothbrush at midnight. Sort out the essentials such as clothing, toiletries and cleaning items first.
Do the kitchen first
The kitchen is the busiest room of the house, and home to the most stuff. It generally takes the most time to unpack efficiently. Get the kitchen out of the way first so you can move on to easier rooms.
Save the best for last
Leave the bedrooms for last. Each family member can retreat to their bedroom space and spend time settling into the room and making it their own. Then you can flop into bed. Congratulations! In the morning you’ll wake to a beautiful, organised new home!