How to Unpack Your Home After Your Move

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving - Unpacking Boxes

We have all heard about the best methods 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 Denver does have methods that work the best. You can certainly simplify your unpacking part of the moving process by thinking ahead.

Unpacking mindfully can help you cut through some of the disarray and disorganization that could likely occur after you arrive at your new residence. If you cannot locate what you're looking for, it makes it pretty difficult to feel like you're back to normal.

Part of a smooth unpacking process involves preparing for it as you're packing. Some things to not forget as you pack include the following:

  • Label boxes. This is not rocket science, but you will never be happier about listening to this advice as when you're wandering around your new home searching for the box with the coffee mugs in it. Is it labeled? Great!
  • Pack a day bag. A small suitcase or rucksack can contain your dental floss, a change of clothes, and other things that you know you'll definitely need fairly soon in the new home.
  • Donate items you don't use. The fewer belongings you move, the quicker it will be to unpack. There are some things that you won't want to donate to charity, but if there are possessions that you don't use, think about donating them to someone who can use them.

Moving - Unpacking BoxesAfter the moving company has unloaded the moving boxes at your new abode, the order and organization you use during unpacking can also lessen disarray. Here are some of our favorite tips:

  • Assemble your bed first. There is nothing better after a demanding day of moving and unpacking than to fall into a cozy bed. If you set up 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 will do this task for you.
  • Begin with the necessities. Things like coffee mugs, plates and glasses and silverware, and your computer station are some of the first areas you'll need as you commence life in your new house. Ahead of delving into the little details, think about what you would like to have in place in the next 48 hours. Start there.
  • Box your boxes. Many times, rooms become piled with empty boxes and bubble wrap during the unpacking process. You cannot see what you have left if it is obstructed with discarded packing materials. Keep one box complete and stuff it with other empty boxes that you have 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. Even if you have planned, you will most likely need to run to the store to get cleaning supplies, a shower curtain, light bulbs, or other new items. In lieu of making a trip each time you need an item, keep a running list of required supplies so that you can purchase everything in a single trip. You'll save time and money, and also cut down on your hassle.
  • Do not settle on furniture layout too quickly. Too many people get stuck on room layouts the day they move into a new house. Allow yourself some space—not everything must be unchangeable right away. Old sofa that you loved at your old place may seem awkward in your new abode. That's alright. Grant yourself some time to settle in and you will know if you can make it work. This point also involves waiting to hang any pictures on the walls. It is your home! There's no need to hurry.
  • Decide Which Areas Are Most Important. The most common mistake that is made during the unpacking process is a refusal to perform the chore piece by piece. Instead, we attempt to unpack the complete house at once. Once all of your belongings have arrived at the home, take the time to figure out which areas are most important. The rooms that you usually spend the most time in are the ones that should be unpacked first.
  • Set Feasible Goals. In most situations, you are not going to be able to tackle all of the unpacking in one fell swoop. Do not push yourself too much on the first day or two. There will be plenty to accomplish and none of the chores are going anywhere. Create attainable goals and stick with them. Pick the room that needs to be taken care of first and finish it before moving onto the subsequent job.
  • Establish a Reward for Achieving the Deadline. For those who are moving with an entire family, it might be a challenge to wrangle everyone going in the same direction. Each family member could have their own agendas and the process of making sure that everyone is pulling in the same direction can be quite exhausting. Coming up with a reward for meeting a target is a great way around this debacle. By selecting a prize, you are doing your part to keep the members of the family working together. No one will want to be lax. Creating a deadline will also keep you from the annoyances of having to deal with numerous belongings that haven’t been put away yet after you have already moved to Denver and gotten somewhat settled.

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