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4 tips for unpacking after moving

4 tips for unpacking after moving

Packing can be a nightmare, and you have to create a plan to get it done, or it will never get done. You will end up having to sort through a lot of boxes six months from now, ones that you have stored in the spare bedroom, or the basement. Read these 4 tips for unpacking after moving to get an idea of what to do.

Time is on your side

The first golden rule of unpacking is to make sure that you have time to do it. If that means you have to take a week from your new job, then do it. If you have kids, then plan to get a babysitter to take care of them during the day, so you can do what you have to do.

For those of you who cannot take time off, then you have to set a schedule to get it done. A simple schedule where each member of the family has to unpack three boxes a night, or something similar. Make it reasonable, but also plan it so that the unpacking can be done quickly. If you are working with kids or teenagers, then you might want to build in an incentive, such as pizza night or timeout after unpacking for a trip to the ice cream shop, pick something that will inspire everyone to complete their daily goals.

Unpack the boxes that are complicated to unpack during the weekend, such as dishes or the spice rack that needs to be organized. Just make sure that you book time off on the weekend, set chores that everyone can do and then stick to the schedule. Once again, implement rewards and incentives.


Unpack one room at a time

4 tips for unpacking after moving

The second golden rule, states that it’s better to have one room completely done than to have three that are half-done. Set aside the bedrooms for evening unpacking, so that everyone can go to their room and unpack. This allows everyone to unpack their personal things and also gives each family member time to settle into their new room. This is especially important for kids and teens. If your kids are able to unpack their own things, let them and encourage them to make their room their own. This will help them settle in and make them feel more at home.

Large, multi-use rooms, should be saved for weekends, assuming that you can’t take time off to unpack. On weekends, the entire family should unpack one room or divide into smaller groups with each group tackling one room. This makes the process a little more fun and allows the kids to voice their opinion on where things should go.



Each member of the family should have an essentials box, and they should be the first boxes that are unpacked. This will not only help you organize the move but will make your first few nights in the new home a little easier. You can also label other boxes with instructions, like open the box for items in the kitchen that you’ll need right away first.

Other essentials are bedding and linens. This should be among the first things put together to make sure that everyone gets a good night’s sleep.


Which room to unpack first

The kitchen should be unpacked first, after assembling beds and other essential parts of furniture. The kitchen is the hardest and the one that is critical to setting up family life. And the faster you have the kitchen set up, the less money you will need to spend on take-out.

Next, the bedrooms, at least making sure that the current seasonal clothes are unpacked. Kids will be returning to school, and you will be going to work, so it will save plenty of time and stress if everything you need is within easy reach.

Bathrooms are definitely next. Of course, this is considering the fact that you would have packed the shower curtain, essential medication, and supplies in the essentials box. If you did not, then you will need to unpack some of the bathroom stuff before you finish the kitchen. Again, these are not strict rules, simply guidelines to help you get organized.

Now you should have some idea of what your unpacking may look like. Thinking about how you are going to tackle the job is really half the battle. Once you have planned how you are going to unpack, it does not seem so bad.


Now that you have read these 4 tips for unpacking after moving, you should be more prepared when unpacking. If you are looking for a professional moving company to help you get to your new home, then Long Distance Moving Experts is here for you. Contact one of our spokespersons to get your free moving quote and to get help organizing your relocation.