How to Unpack Your Home After Your Move

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving - Unpacking Boxes

We've all heard about the most productive methods to pack up a residence, but what about the opposite? As with anything in life, unpacking from a move to Atlanta does have some approaches that work better than others. You can streamline the unpacking part of the moving process with a little organization upfront.

Unpacking in an organized fashon can help you cut through some of the turmoil and disorder that could likely ensue after you move into your new home. If you cannot locate what you're looking for, it makes it very difficult to feel like you're back to normal.

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

  • Label boxes. This is not rocket science, but you will never be more glad about following this advice as when you are walking around your new house looking for the carton with the spoons in it. Is it labeled? Yay!
  • Pack an overnight bag. A small satchel or rucksack can carry your dental floss, a clean outfit, and other things that you know you'll absolutely need fairly soon in the new abode.
  • Give away items you don't use. The fewer items you move, the easier it will be to unpack. There are some things that you won't want to get rid of, but if there are things that you don't want, ponder donating them to someone who can use them.

Moving - Unpacking BoxesAfter the moving company has unloaded the moving boxes at your new abode, how you unpack can also diminish chaos. Here are a few of our preferred tips:

  • Set up 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'll thank yourself later. This goes for every member of the house. If you hired professional movers, they can do this job for you.
  • Start with the necessities. Items like coffee mugs, plates and glasses and spoons and forks, and your computer station are some of the first things you will need as you begin life in your new home. Prior to getting into the little details, contemplate what you need to have in place in the next couple days. Begin there.
  • Box your boxes. Frequently, rooms become piled with empty boxes and bubble wrap during the unpacking process. You cannot keep track of what you have left if it's impeded with discarded packing supplies. Keep one box intact and pack it with other empty boxes that you've 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. No matter how well you've planned, you will inevitably need to go to the store to get a new trash can, a shower curtain, light bulbs, or other new items. Instead of making a trip every time you need an item, start a running list of required supplies so that you can buy everything in one trip. You'll save time and money, not to mention cut down on your stress.
  • Do not settle on furniture set up too soon. Too many people find themselves locked into room layouts the day they move into a new place. Allow yourself some leeway—not everything has to be carved in stone immediately. Old sofa that you loved at your old place may look unsuited in your new abode. That is okay. Grant yourself some time to get settled and you will know whether you can make it work. This point also involves waiting to hang any artwork on the walls. It is your home! There is no need to rush.
  • Decide Which Areas Are Most Vital. The most common mistake that is made during the unpacking process is a refusal to execute the task a little at a time. Rather, we try to unpack the complete house at once. Once everything has arrived at the home, take a minute to determine which areas are most crucial. The rooms that you usually spend the most time in are the rooms that should be given priority.
  • Set Feasible Goals. In most instances, you are not going to be able to tackle all of the unpacking in one sitting. Don't push yourself too hard on the first day or two. There is going to be plenty to accomplish and none of the jobs are going anywhere. Create attainable goals and stick to them. Select the area that needs to be addressed first and finish it prior to moving onto the next chore.
  • Establish a Reward for Achieving the Deadline. For those who are moving with an entire family, it can be challenging to have everyone going in the same direction. Everyone is going to have their own agendas and the process of making sure that everyone is pulling in the same direction can be quite arduous. Setting up a reward for reaching a predetermined deadline is a great way around this fiasco. By selecting a prize, you are doing your part to keep the members of the family happy and motivated. No one will want to slack off. Selecting a deadline will also keep you from the annoyances of tripping over numerous items that have not been put away yet after you have already moved to Atlanta and gotten somewhat settled.

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