How to Unpack Your Home After Your Move

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving - Unpacking Boxes

We've all read about the best methods to pack up a house, but what about the flip side? As with anything in life, unpacking from a move to Tulsa does have some approaches that work better than others. You can certainly simplify the unpacking portion of the moving process by planning ahead.

Unpacking in an organized fashon can help you cut through lots of the turmoil and disorder that could likely ensue after you arrive at your new home. If you cannot find items that you need to live, it makes it pretty difficult to feel like you're living normally.

Part of a seamless unpacking process involves preparation for it as you are packing. A couple things to remember as you pack include the following:

  • Label boxes. This is super simple advice, but you'll never be more glad about following this advice as when you are running around your new home looking for the box with the forks in it. Is it labeled? Excellent!
  • Pack a day bag. A small satchel or bag can accommodate your dental floss, a change of clothes, and other things that you know you will definitely need right away in the new abode.
  • Donate items you don't need. The fewer belongings you move, the faster it will be to unpack. There are definitely some items that you won't want to get rid of, but if there are things that you don't use, ponder donating them to someone who can use them.

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

  • Put together your bed first. There is nothing better after a demanding day of moving and unpacking than to sink into a soft bed. If you assemble your bed and put on sheets first, you will be glad later. This goes for every member of the house. If you hired professional movers, they should do this task for you.
  • Begin with the necessities. Things like coffee mugs, plates and cups and eating utensils, and your computer station are some of the important items you will need as you commence life in your new home. Before diving into the nitty gritty, think about what you want to have in place today and tomorrow. Begin there.
  • Box your boxes. Many times, rooms become messy with empty boxes and bubble wrap during the unpacking process. You can't keep under control what you have left if it's hindered with discarded packing supplies. Keep one box complete and fill it with other empty cartons 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. Even if you have everything organized, you will most likely 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, start a running list of necessary materials so that you can buy everything in a single trip. You will save time and money, and also reduce your stress.
  • Do not settle on furniture set up too hurriedly. Too many people find themselves locked into room layouts the day they move into a new house. Grant yourself some elbow room—not everything must be carved in stone immediately. Old couch that you adored at your old place may seem unsuited in your new home. That is okay. Give yourself some time to get settled and you will get a better idea if you can make it work. This also goes for pictures on the walls. It is your home! There's no need to hurry.
  • Establish Which Areas Are Most Critical. The most common error that is made during the unpacking process is a refusal to execute the chore piece by piece. Rather, we attempt to unpack the complete house at once. After everything has arrived at the house, take a minute to figure out which areas are most crucial. The rooms that you usually spend the most time in are the ones that should be given priority.
  • Set Feasible Goals. In most cases, you are not going to be able to tackle all of the unpacking in one sitting. Don't push yourself too much in the first couple days. There is going to be an abundance to do and none of the tasks are going anywhere. Set feasible goals and stick to them. Pick the room that needs to be focused on first and finish it prior to moving onto the next job.
  • Select a Reward for Achieving the Deadline. For those who are moving with the total family, it might be challenging to have 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 grueling. Establishing a reward for achieving a predetermined deadline is a great way around this fiasco. By creating an incentive, you are doing your part to keep all members of the family working together. No one will want to slack off. Selecting a deadline will also keep you from the annoyances of having to deal with numerous items that haven’t been put away yet after you have already moved to Tulsa and gotten somewhat settled.

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