We’ve done a few posts on packing for your move and, hopefully, our tips and tricks have been quite useful thus far. We’d like to approach things from the other side this time and do a post on what happens after the move.
When you’ve finally arrived in your new home, chances are you might be feeling a little overwhelmed at the thought of unpacking. Nothing seems more daunting than unboxing a whole bunch of household items that you literally boxed up a few days ago… We feel you.
Here are a few tips to make the unpacking process a little easier:
1. One room at a time
Think of this as the “golden rule of unpacking”. When the movers offload your furniture and boxes in your new home, make sure that everything finds its way to the correct room. You’ll be amazed at how much time you save by simply avoiding shuffling your boxes from one room to another.
2. Give yourself a break – start with the essentials
There’s no reason to jump straight into the intensive unpacking process on your first day. Grab your essential items, fluff up your pillows on the bed, order in a pizza and simply enjoy the first night in your new home. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle your tasks for the day.
3. The kitchen conundrum – large appliances first
Organizing your new kitchen space may seem like a monumental task. You probably have several boxes filled with crockery, cutlery, glassware, plasticware, pots, pans, and pantry goodies leftover from the old house. Take a breath and realize that you don’t need to unpack everything in one fell swoop. Plug in the fridge first. Then set up your other large appliances, followed by the smaller appliances you use every day. Everything else can be done slowly over the course of the next few days.
4. Bathroom bliss – refreshing showers are a necessity
Get your bathroom looking clean and shiny. Organize your toiletries. Make sure you have a soft, fluffy towel hanging up. Perhaps a cozy bathrobe wouldn’t go amiss. Start your day with a refreshing shower, and end it off with a slightly longer, more relaxing one. It’s amazing what the right kind of shower (or bath) can do for your mood during a stressful time.
5. Bedroom base camp – your safe haven needs special attention
When you arrive on your first night, you should take our advice and relax. Don’t bother with the setup of your bed and other furniture. Grab a mattress and your comfiest pillow, and have a mini slumber party. Over the next couple of days you can slowly work your way through each item of furniture in your room, taking time to organize and decorate your space the way you want it. While the rest of the house is in chaos, your room will be a much-needed comfort zone.
6. Living room luxury – take it slow, there are no necessities here
Set up your TV and place your couch in its new spot. That’s all you need for the first few days. Once the rest of the house has taken shape, you can work on organizing the living room to your tastes.
Unpacking your home won’t happen over night. Give yourself adequate time. Don’t place any unnecessary pressure on yourself (or your family). Embrace the change and find a way to enjoy the process.