Once you’ve finally gotten everything into your new home and the entire process of moving has come to a close, it can be extremely tempting to just breathe a sigh of relief and call it quits. The harsh reality though, is that there is still a big challenge that needs to be tackled head-on before the moving process can be considered “finished” and it’s called unpacking.
Unpacking can be almost as hard as packing, and sometimes it can be even more stressful if you’ve lost track of certain important belongings throughout the move. If you had help moving your stuff, then it can be easy to lose track of which boxes go where, especially if nothing was labeled. More importantly, it can be extremely easy to forget where things were packed if there was no system in place when all your belongings were put into boxes in the first place.
Sorting through everything can take quite a bit of time, and without a solid plan in place to keep everything on track, that time can extend much farther than expected. Making sure that everything has been put away in just the right place can feel tedious, and even cause aggravation if you don’t have as much time as you’d hoped to get it all taken care of.
At D-Town Movers, our team has been helping residents throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX area move into their new homes for years, and we’ve decided to spend a little time sharing some helpful tips on how to stay organized at the end of a move. Taking a little time to set priorities and focus on accomplishing small goals can go a long way towards making sure the entire process goes smoothly.
Sort Your Boxes by Room
Nothing makes unpacking harder, or take longer, than spending time sorting through boxes to find that one item you know belongs exactly where you’ve decided to focus for the day. Instead of putting everything into a large pile, try to keep your boxes separated based on which area they belong in. Kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, and living areas can all be sorted out while unloading if you’ve adopted an appropriate labeling system. By keeping things close to where they will eventually need to be anyway, you can save yourself (and anyone else who helps) a great deal of time and effort as the boxes start to get emptied out.
Focus on Essentials First
An extremely tempting thing to do is to spend additional time placing and positioning everything you own during the unpacking process. The reality is though, that doing this can cost you time and energy in the long run. Instead, keep small objects or other knick-knacks set aside until you’ve got the most important things settled where they need to be. Once you’ve established a solid base to work with, it will actually take less time to get everything else situated comfortably.
Set a Schedule and Stick to It
For many people, taking the time to unpack comfortably is not an option. Whether you’re starting a new job, handling other errands related to the move, or are just plain exhausted now that the dust has started to settle a bit, the process of unpacking can be draining. The best way to make sure the boxes get emptied and your belongings are placed just right is to establish a reasonable, but strict schedule.
If you’re busy working during the day and only have time to unpack at night, then consider setting a rule of two to three boxes a night until everything has been finished. If you have family who can help, but they’re not enthusiastic about the process, then consider offering incentives such as eating out or special desserts as a way to encourage participation. Finally, you may want to think about just setting aside an entire day or two where unpacking is all you do. Whether it’s the weekend or a day off work, that’s up to you, but in the end, focusing solely on the process can yield amazing results.
Don’t Give Up!
Moving is never easy, and most people tend to forget that getting all their belongings into a new home is not quite the finish line in this challenging process. By sticking to a schedule, keeping your boxes separated by rooms, and focusing on the most important objects first, the unpacking process can feel far less overwhelming in the end. Just remember, the time you spend avoiding the process will only cause additional worries and inconveniences, so your best option is to stay focused and stick to a solid plan until everything is done!