10 awesome unpacking tips

As most of you know, my family has recently moved across the country (from AZ to OH). Who knew it would be so much work?! Woo! We are finally down to the last couple boxes and it feels GREAT!

Here are some unpacking tips I have found helpful for your next big move. If you have organized your move with a moving check list and used my moving tips, your job of unpacking will be much easier. If every thing is labeled and in the correct room, you are already off to a great start. It may be a good idea to quickly run through each room though before you start unpacking to make sure each box is in the right room.

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10 unpacking tips

 

1. Clean before you start unpacking. Make sure each room and closet has been cleaned and sanitized before putting your stuff away. It may look clean… but wait until you pull out the drawers. Eek! It will feel refreshing to know it is clean, I promise! You may even consider hiring a cleaning company to come in and clean before hand if it is really bad.

2. Open the “me-first” box and set up the beds first. Remember to take it one box at a time and make sure everything has a place.

3. If possible dedicate 1-3 days after moving in so you have time to unpack. It feels nice to get everything unpacked in the first couple of weeks.

4. Delegate helpers to unpack a room if you have help. Here’s the rooms I unpacked first and it seemed to work out well.

  • Bedrooms and closets
  • Main bathroom
  • Kitchen/pantry
  • Laundry room
  • Living room
  • Play room
  • Office
  • Garage/basement/other rooms

I almost put my kitchen first on the list, but you have to go to the bathroom and sleep. You just have to! ;) Having the kitchen unpacked, and in clean working order has always saved my sanity. It’s nice to have one clean and organized space when moving into a new home. Find what works for you. :)

5. Keep the kids entertained while you unpack. Give them some crayons and let them draw pictures on the boxes. It may be fun to buy them a new toy as well or let them just explore the new house.

6. Get your house in order before setting up the computers and TV. As tempting as it may be, open the boxes first and then it will be so nice to sit and relax.

7. Get the empty boxes out of the way. As you start unpacking the boxes will start piling up. Take a few loads to the recycling bin, or better yet, list them on Craiglist for someone else to use.

8. Reorganize as you go. As you get into a daily routine you will find yourself moving things around to wear they best fit.

9. Add your own style. Obviously decorating a home won’t happen over night, but it’s fun to start adding your own style to make it feel like home. A few easy ways to do this from the get go, is to add colorful curtains, rugs and pillows.

10. Turn of some music, invite your friends or family over and most importantly have fun! Moving is definitely an adventure! :D

So… what’s the first thing you unpack after a move?

 

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  1. Andrea posted on June 27, 2013 at 2:20 pm (#
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    couldn’t agree more about the first “me box.” i always like to set up kids rooms first and my kitchen. those always help make things easier!

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  2. Jenny@Simcoe Street posted on June 27, 2013 at 2:44 pm (#
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    I set up kids’ rooms first, beds, and bathroom essentials. Next was my kitchen. Moving is such a process. We are STILL unpacking boxes, but having our baby girl arrive 4 weeks after moving in probably has to do will our slow progress :)

    Jenny
    http://www.simcoestreet.blogspot.ca

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  3. Emily @ My Love for Words posted on June 27, 2013 at 3:10 pm (#
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    I think not plugging the tv in right away is a fantastic tip!

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  4. Lindy posted on July 9, 2013 at 12:22 pm (#
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    Great Ideas….I’ll have to remember that if I move again. If I can ask, what part of Ohio? I’m from PA. :)

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    • Jamielyn replied on July 9th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      It definitely helps to have as many tips and tricks as you can! We live in Northern Ohio! :)

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  5. Amy C posted on August 10, 2013 at 4:02 pm (#
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    We move every 5 years or so very long distanced. The moving companies that are hired for us don’t seem to focus on ‘organized’ packing. I have learned to first seek out towels and sheets. Nothing feels as good as a shower after a day of cleaning/unpacking and a good night’s sleep in your own bed is a must!!

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    • Jamielyn replied on August 16th, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      I agree, clean towels and sheets are essentials when you first move in! Thanks for commenting Amy!

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