How to Unpack Your Home After Your Move

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving - Unpacking Boxes

We've all read about the best ways to pack up a home, but what about after you get to your new place? As with most things in life, unpacking from a move to Little Rock does have methods that work the best. You can streamline your unpacking part of the moving process by planning ahead.

Unpacking in an organized fashon can help you minimize lots of the chaos and disjointedness that may happen after you move into your new residence. If you can't locate what you need to live, it makes it very difficult to feel like you're living normally.

Part of a smooth unpacking process involves organizing for it as you are packing. Some tasks to not forget as you pack include the following:

  • Label boxes. This is common knowledge, but you'll never be happier about heeding this advice as when you're wandering around your new residence looking for the carton with the spoons in it. Is it labeled? Excellent!
  • Pack an overnight bag. A small backpack or rucksack can hold your toothbrush, a change of clothes, and other things that you know you will absolutely need fairly soon in the new place.
  • Give away items you do not need. The fewer belongings you move, the quicker it will be to unpack. There are a few things that you will not want to give away, but if there are items that you do not want, think about giving them to someone who can use them.

Moving - Unpacking BoxesAfter the moving company has unloaded the moving boxes at your new digs, how you unpack can also mitigate chaos. Here are a few of our popular tips:

  • Set up your bed first. There is nothing better after a exhausting day of moving and unpacking than to fall into a comfortable bed. If you assemble your bed and put on sheets first, you will be thankful later. This goes for each member of the household. If you hired professional movers, they can do this step for you.
  • Begin with the necessities. Things like a coffee maker, plates and drinkware and spoons and forks, and your computer equipment are some of the first items you'll need as you commence life in your new residence. Prior to getting into the little details, plan for what you need to have in place in the next couple days. Begin there.
  • Box your boxes. Frequently, rooms become cluttered with empty boxes and packing materials halfway through the unpacking process. You cannot keep under control what you have left if it's hindered with discarded packing supplies. Keep one box complete and pack it with other empty cartons that you have broken down. That way, you can see how much you still have to unpack. Your box of boxes can be trashed or, preferably, recycled.
  • Group your shopping trips. Even if you have planned, you will more often than not need to run to the store to get a new trash can, curtain rods, light bulbs, or other new items. Instead of making a run every time you need an item, create a running list of needed materials so that you can buy everything in one trip. You will save time and money, not to mention lessen your hassle.
  • Do not settle on furniture layout too quickly. Too many people get locked into room layouts the day they move into a new home. Allow yourself some leeway—not everything must be set in stone immediately. Old sofa that you loved at your old house may seem unsuited in your new residence. That is alright. Allow yourself some time to settle in and you will figure out if you can make it work. This point also involves waiting to hang any art on the walls. It is your home! There's no need to scramble.
  • Decide Which Areas Are Most Important. The most common error that is made during the unpacking process is a refusal to complete the job a little at a time. Instead, we try to unpack the entire house at once. Once all of the items have arrived at the residence, take the time to figure out which areas are most crucial. The rooms that you usually spend the most time in are the ones that should be given priority.
  • Set Feasible Goals. In most cases, you aren’t going to be able to tackle all of the unpacking in one fell swoop. Don't push yourself too much on the first day or two. There is going to be an abundance to do and none of the chores are going anywhere. Set realistic goals and stick with them. Choose the area that needs to be addressed first and finish it prior to moving onto the following task.
  • Select a Reward for Accomplishing the Deadline. For those who are moving with an entire family, it could be challenging to get everyone working together. Each family member will have their own agendas and getting everyone on the same page can be quite grueling. Setting up a reward for reaching a target is a good way around this conundrum. By picking a prize, you are doing your part to keep the members of the family happy and motivated. No one will want to slack off. Creating a deadline will also keep you from the annoyances of stepping over numerous belongings that have not been put away yet after you have already moved to Little Rock and gotten somewhat settled.

Since 1974, A-1 Freeman Moving Group has worked with individuals and families to move their belongings safely and securely. Contact us today so that we can help you pack, move and unpack in Little Rock.