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 most efficient methods to pack up a home, but what about after you get to your new place? As with many 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 reduce a lot of the disarray and disorganization that might occur after you arrive at your new residence. If you cannot locate items that you need to live, it makes it pretty difficult to feel like you're back to normal.

Part of a smooth unpacking process involves preparation for it as you're packing. A few 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 walking around your new home searching for the box with the spoons in it. Is it labeled? Great!
  • Pack a day bag. A small backpack or rucksack can contain your hairbrush, a change of clothes, and anything else you know you'll definitely need quickly in the new abode.
  • Donate items you don't use. The fewer belongings you move, the quicker it will be to unpack. There are a few 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 cartons at your new abode, how you unpack 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 sink into a comfortable 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 cups and silverware, and your computer station are some of the first areas you'll need as you commence life in your new residence. 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 messy 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 all in one piece 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 inevitably need to run to the store to purchase cleaning supplies, a shower curtain, light bulbs, or other new items. In lieu of making a trip every time you need an item, create a running list of required supplies so that you can buy everything in a single trip. You'll save time and money, not to mention cut down on your anxiety.
  • Do not settle on furniture set up too soon. Too many people get locked into room layouts the day they move into a new home. Give yourself some elbow room—not everything must be unchangeable right away. Old couch that you adored 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 also goes for art on the walls. It is your home! There's no need to scramble.
  • 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 try to unpack the complete house at once. Once all of your belongings have arrived at the home, take the time to look around and decide 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. Select the room that needs to be addressed first and finish it before moving onto the subsequent task.
  • Establish a Reward for Achieving the Deadline. For those who are moving with a whole family, it could be difficult 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. Establishing a reward for reaching a target is a great way around this conundrum. 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. Setting 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.