You’ve bought your dream home! Unfortunately, the work isn’t over once you leave the closing table. Moving is a delicate process that requires high levels of organization at every touchpoint — and unpacking is no exception! Instead of unpacking the first box off the truck, devise a plan to keep your de-boxing organized from the get-go.
STAY ORGANIZED FROM THE BEGINNING
While you’re packing up, note on the box what’s inside and where it belongs — for example: “Kitchen – dinner plates and bowls.” These descriptions will help inform how you unpack once you make it to your new home.
START WITH YOUR ESSENTIALS
Pack a separate box of essentials, like toilet paper, sheets, towels and medications. If you’re using a moving company, don’t load this box on the truck; keep it in your car so you can access it first thing. Unpack these items before you get started on anything else.
UNPACK BEDROOMS FIRST
Re-construct the beds and accompanying linens. If you have children, unpacking a few of their favorite toys will help them ease into the new home — and keep them occupied! Even with adults, unpacking bedrooms first can provide comfort and familiarity.
TACKLE THE KITCHEN
You don’t need to completely organize your kitchen at this stage, but getting everything out of the boxes and starting to put away appliances and plates will give you a good idea of what you have and the space you have to store it.
NEXT UP: BATHROOMS
Just like with your kitchen, you don’t need to unpack and organize everything just yet, but stocking the showers with soap and toiletries and unloading other essentials like toothbrushes make getting settled in a little more comfortable.
Now that you have these important tasks out of the way, relax — you’ve done a lot of work, and you can start to enjoy your new home and hard work!