You’ve finished packing, you’re done with removal, and the move from the old location to the new has gone as smooth as possible. If nothing is lost, or damaged or broken, and there have been no conflicts between you and the movers, and the day has gone pretty much without a hitch, you’re probably feeling like a winner at this point.
This would be the perfect time to take a moment to relax and take in your new surroundings. Soon after that, you can begin unpacking. The best thing to do is begin unpacking as soon as possible after relocating, as the task is only going to become more arduous with time.
So, to avoid living out of boxes and start enjoying your new home, here are some tips to make sure that everything gets unpacked and put in its proper place.
- First of all, you need to know where to unpack everything. A good way to achieve this is to take a tour of your new home or apartment and plan out the space. This would enable you to unpack each item in its final location and save yourself a lot of lifting and moving.
- While taking the tour, note the location of all of the electrical sockets and any other details. This will help with the planning process.
- While unpacking, take inventory. If you’ve done this while packing at your old location, you’ll know that, if anything has gotten lost or damaged, it has happened on the road and you can turn to the movers with your grievance. If you haven’t checked everything before leaving, however, it might still be helpful to take inventory, as this will help you notice if you’re missing anything in due time. The quicker you go back to look for the item, the better the chances that it will still be there.
- A good order to follow while unpacking is heaviest to lightest. This usually means arrange the furniture first, then take care of any electronics and small appliances and put up all decorations last. The decorations could even be left for the next day or the following week, month, etc. You might want to settle into your new home before planning the perfect décor and layout.
Generally, the unpacking can be done by one or two people, but, if you ask friends to help, it will speed up the process considerably. Plus, it would also give you a chance to christen your new place.
If everyone is already there, why not turn it into an improvised house-warming party. You don’t really need too many supplies and it’s always nice to relax with a cold beer (or soda) after a hard day’s work.
You do not have to decide on the arrangement of the furniture at first. Everything is not going to look the way it was in your previous home.
Think of the initial order as something that can be changed, evolved and worked over. One of the fun parts of moving is getting to plan and redecorate, so take your time with it until you get a good feel for the space and layout. You could even turn the redecoration as a project.
Author: Ella Andrews