Unpack and Get Organized After a Move
The Best Way to Unpack and Get Organized After a Move
The only thing more stressful than packing for a move, is unpacking after one. After you’ve just spent hours packing up your home, your next task is to undo all your work and organize! This doesn’t have to be as stressful as it sounds, we’ve created an easy five-step process that’ll help you unpack and organize your new home after a move!
1. Make an “Essential Items” List
Preparing for your move is tough, but taking the time to prepare will go a long way. Before your move, make a list of all the items you’ll need and can’t do without during your first week in your new home.
Items such as:
- Toilet paper.
- Phone chargers.
- Disposable plates, bowls and silverware.
- A week’s worth of clothing for each family member.
- A crockpot (if you don’t want to rely on takeout until your new kitchen is in order).
- Daily toiletries such as toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, body wash and hair care products.
2. Create an Organizational System
Once you’ve got your list of essentials, it’s time to focus on the other boxes of items. We recommend getting more boxes than you think you’ll need, as some items may take up more space or need to be wrapped in bubble wrap, taking up more space than you originally thought. Label the boxes by what room they will go in when they arrive at your new home. You can use colored dot stickers or numbers to represent the different rooms. Or simply label them; bedroom 1, master bedroom, downstairs bathroom, kitchen, etc. This will help you stay organized and avoid a mess of boxes later on.
3. Get Your Priorities Straight
Once you’ve got your boxes labeled by room, it’s time to prioritize them! Pack the low priority items in the back of your moving truck, and the high priority items in the from. Be sure to clearly label everything on your essential items list and make them the very first things unloaded at your new home. Once all the boxes are in the correct rooms, start unpacking the rooms you use most often. We recommend the kitchen, master bedroom, kids’ rooms, and living room be the first ones you do.
4. Set Up Your Furniture and Appliances
Once you’ve unloaded all your essential items, the first step to getting organized after a move is to unpack and set up your major furniture and appliances. If your new home came with the larger appliances such as a stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, washing machine and dyer be sure to clean them thoroughly! Do a quick rinse of your washing machine, dishwasher before using them, wipe down the stove and fridge with disinfectant cleaning spray and make sure there is no left behind lint in your dryers catcher!
Other pieces that will need to be unpacked first include:
- Beds and bedding
- Kitchen or dining room table
- Living room couches, chairs and entertainment center
5. Unpack Remaining Rooms in Order of Importance
Once your kitchen and bathroom are in order, prioritize all of your other rooms. In each, set everything up and find a place for all your items right away. Some rooms may take more than one day, but don’t move on to a new room until you’ve finished unpacking the current one. This will ensure that each room gets completely set up as quickly as possible. Save areas that are used purely for storage, such as your basement, garage or attic, for last.
We hope you’ve found these unpacking tips helpful! With some planning and organization you’ll be able to get back to your normal routine faster than you imagined! Remember, when moving out and moving into a new home you may find yourself with items you don’t need or want in your new home, or some items left behind in your new home that don’t exactly fit your style. If you find yourself in a similar situation, call us at Waste Solutions 123 for an affordable roll off container!