How to Unpack Your Home After Your Move

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving - Unpacking Boxes

We have all read about the most productive ways to pack up a residence, but what about the flip side? As with anything in life, unpacking from a move to Dallas does have some approaches that work better than others. You can certainly simplify the unpacking piece of the moving process by thinking ahead.

Unpacking mindfully can help you minimize a lot of the turmoil and disjointedness that might happen after you arrive at your new house. If you can't locate what you're looking for, it makes it very tough to feel like you are settled in.

Part of a smooth unpacking process involves preparing for it as you are packing. A couple items to keep in mind as you pack include the following:

  • Label boxes. This is not rocket science, but you'll never be happier about following this advice as when you're wandering around your new residence looking for the box with the coffee mugs in it. Is it labeled? Yay!
  • Pack a day bag. A small backpack or bag can contain your hairbrush, some pajamas, and other things that you are sure you will definitely need right away in the new place.
  • Donate items you do not use. The fewer things you move, the faster it will be to unpack. There are a few things that you will not want to donate to charity, but if there are possessions that you don't need, think about giving them to someone who can use them.

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

  • Set up your bed first. There is nothing better after a long day of moving and unpacking than to fall into a comfortable bed. If you set up your bed and put on sheets first, you will be thankful later. This goes for every member of the household. If you hired professional movers, they can do this job for you.
  • Start with the necessities. Items like a coffee maker, plates and drinkware and silverware, and your computer station are some of the first things you'll need as you commence life in your new residence. Ahead of diving into the little details, plan for what you want to have in place in the next 48 hours. Start there.
  • Box your boxes. Often, rooms become cluttered with empty boxes and packing materials during the unpacking process. You can't keep track of what you have left if it is hindered with discarded packing supplies. Keep one box all in one piece and stuff it with other empty boxes that you have broken down. That way, you can see how much you still have to unpack. Your box of boxes can be trashed or, preferably, recycled.
  • Group your shopping trips. Even if you have planned, you will most likely need to run to the store to get a new trash can, a shower curtain, light bulbs, or other new things. Rather than making a run each time you need something, start a running list of necessary supplies so that you can group everything in a single trip. You'll save time and money, and also reduce your anxiety.
  • Don't settle on furniture arrangement too soon. Too many people find themselves locked into room layouts the day they move into a new home. Grant yourself some elbow room—not everything must be carved in stone right away. The sofa that you loved at your old home may seem out of place in your new residence. That is okay. Give yourself some time to settle in and you will know whether you can make it work. This point also involves waiting to hang any artwork on the walls. It's your home! There is no need to scramble.
  • Determine Which Areas Are Most Vital. The most common error that is made during the unpacking process is a refusal to complete the task a little at a time. Instead, we attempt to unpack the entire house at once. After everything has arrived at the residence, take a minute to determine which areas are most crucial. The rooms that you are going to be spending the most time in are the rooms that should be unpacked first.
  • Set Feasible Goals. In most situations, you aren’t going to be able to tackle all of the unpacking in one attempt. Do not push yourself too hard on the first day or two. There will be plenty to do and none of the jobs are going anywhere. Set feasible goals and stick with them. Pick the room that needs to be addressed first and finish it before moving onto the next job.
  • Select a Reward for Reaching the Deadline. For those who are moving with a whole family, it could be challenging to have everyone on the same page. Each family member is going to have their own agendas and the process of making sure that everyone is pulling in the same direction can be quite grueling. Coming up with a reward for achieving a predetermined deadline is a great way around this conundrum. By creating an incentive, 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 various things that have not been put away yet after you have already moved to Dallas 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 Dallas.