The moving trucks are gone, and you’re finally in your new home. You’ve successfully managed the home search, navigated the home-buying process, and packed and moved all your belongings.
The hard part is over, right? Maybe for some, but for many of us, unpacking is one of the hardest (and most stressful!) parts of a move. No matter what your packing style was as you filled the boxes – haphazardly or with extreme organization – these unpacking tips will help you settle into your new space and quickly unpack your belongings.
To simplify the unpacking process, place boxes into rooms or areas where they need to be unpacked. If you have boxes that don’t have assigned rooms, pick a spare bedroom or a designated corner to store boxes until you’re ready to organize them. This process can start as you unload boxes straight from the truck. (Hopefully, you have each box labeled!)
Carlomagno uses a system known as the ABC method for distinguishing the urgency of unpacking each box. Group belongings and label them accordingly:
This method helps you know which boxes take priority for unpacking and which can stay packed away a bit longer.
Once the room is clean and the furniture is in place, you can start unpacking. The bathrooms, kitchen, and bedrooms are usually the most important rooms to tackle first. Try to take it slow and work on one area at a time. If you focus on the entire home, it’s much easier to find yourself feeling overwhelmed. Instead, set small goals and knock rooms off of your to-do list one by one.
Don’t get caught by the “out of sight, out of mind” mentality. Too often, storage units get filled with boxes you plan to unpack and never do. Of course, there can be rare exceptions, like a major downsize, but for most of us, a storage unit is unnecessary (not to mention a waste of money). Instead of moving unused fitness equipment or old clothes from one place to another, selling, donating, or trashing these belongings before you move is best.
There is no shame in asking for help! Anyone who has been through a move knows what an undertaking the entire process is. And, if you have an incredibly organized friend, chances are they would love to help you out. Ask for help directly or take any help offered to you – having a friendly face around will not only help unpacking go faster, but it can also make the entire process more fun and less stressful.
Moving into a new space is an exciting time, but it does come with challenges. Following these tips can help make unpacking after a move more manageable, but one of the most important things to remember is to give yourself grace and patience. Settling into your home will take some time, and that’s okay!
Counts Real Estate is here to help with all the best moving and unpacking tips for your move-in and around Inlet Beach, Florida. Contact our experienced professional team to learn more about amazing homes for sale and start planning your next move.