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How to Unpack After Moving

Unpacking Strategies to Help You Move In Faster

When preparing for a move, planning and organization can go a long way to making your move go smoothly and stress-free. So, creating an unpacking plan can be just as helpful in helping you set up your new home after you move. Unpacking your home takes patience, determination, and a good system. If you follow our professional unpacking strategies and tips, you can settle into your new home quickly. 

Plan Ahead

Our first unpacking tip starts with when packing up your old home, consider where and how you will unpack your belongings when arriving at your new home. Label your boxes and write down their contents. Pots and pans need to be in a kitchen box. Clothing and bed linens should be packed in a bedroom box. The more effort you put into organizing the contents of your boxes, the easier unpacking them will be later. Furthermore, you will save yourself time and energy by keeping organized. 

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Put Boxes in Their Appropriate Rooms

This unpacking strategy is simple and logical. When you are unloading boxes from the moving van, put them directly into the room where the contents belong. If you put labels or color codes on your boxes, you should already know which room the box belongs to. 

Load the Van One Room at a Time

If you are DIY moving, load the moving truck one room at a time to help keep things under control once everything arrives at your new home. One of the best packing and unpacking strategies is to load your least-used rooms first. The attic, basement, garage, etc., are great rooms to put on the moving truck first because your most important items will be the first things off the truck. 
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Pack an Essentials Bag

Another unpacking hack is to prepare for your first few days in your new home by packing an essentials bag for each family member before moving. Pack toiletries, snacks, medications, and some clothing, plus any other essentials you don’t want to dig through boxes to find. When traveling to your new home, place these bags in the car or on the plane with you.

Place Big Items First

Another unpacking hack is to move anything oversized into place before unpacking moving boxes. Place your boxes to the side so you can place furniture and large items first. You will want to create as much space as possible before unpacking all the smaller items. 

Unpack the Rooms You Need First

When creating your unpacking strategies, always start with the rooms you use the most. Setting these rooms up first will help make your home more livable. Additionally, unpacking these rooms will allow you to relax and unwind after your first day moving into your new home. 

  • Bathroom – Start with unpacking a bathroom. After a long day of unpacking, you can freshen up when you are done. 
  • Bedroom – Definitely tackle unpacking your bedroom. This way, you can get a good night’s sleep the first night in your new home. Even if you don’t get everything put away, you should at least set up your bed. 
  • Kitchen –  You can save this room for later in the unpacking process. But you can’t eat takeout or delivery forever. Unpack your silverware, pots, and pans, so you can start preparing your own meals as soon as possible. This will also save you money in the long run. 
  • Dining Room – 
  • Living Room – Another unpacking hack is to leave the living room until later, so you keep everyone on task. You don’t want someone taking a break because you set up the entertainment center too soon. 
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Break Down Boxes as You Unpack

Getting rid of cardboard boxes seems like a minor detail that you can save for after the move, but they can become tripping hazards and take up space in the room you are unpacking. Once you empty a box, you should break it down and store it away to recycle later. It will keep you safe from falling and help make your new space feel more like home. 

Follow Our Tips for an Efficient Unpacking Experience

After reading our tips on how to unpack after moving, if you still are feeling overwhelmed you can always contact Lile or your local North American Van Lines agent to help assist you. Our moving crews would be happy to assist unpack at your new home. We have the resources and experience to create a moving plan that fits your needs and budget. 
Are you planning to move? Contact Lile at 888-507-6304 or fill out our online residential services quote form to set up your FREE moving survey. Don’t forget to ask about our packing and unpacking services to help make your move stress-free. 

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