When you arrive at your new home, it might seem like the bulk of the work is over. You did it, you are in your new home! But then the realisation hits – now you need to unpack. To help you with this, here are some of our expert tips on unpacking after moving home to make the process as stress free as possible.
The unpacking plan
There’s no right or wrong way to unpack nor any particular time period it should take to do it. Some people want to dive in the moment the movers have left and get rid of those boxes as quickly as possible. Other people have to do it more slowly for a variety of reasons. What does help is to have some kind of unpacking plan.
This doesn’t need to be a seven-page document with every step documented – a simple list of what is to be done and what jobs are needed to help with this would work. Some examples might be:
- Put up the wardrobes then unpack the clothes
- Put up the bookshelves then empty boxes of books
- Put together the desk then add then computer
This just helps you clear what needs to be done first in order to empty those boxes. Some of the jobs might be more to do with cleaning – wipe down the kitchen cabinet shelves before putting the pots and pans away.
Start unpacking essentials
Once you have a rough idea of what jobs are needed to unpack what, the first thing to start with is the essentials. This is often stuff like fresh clothes, pyjamas, kettle and coffee making stuff (or tea), basic toiletries and cleaning products. Some of these may even have been in the car with you, depending on how you packed.
Get these items into place or at least somewhere you can find them. If there’s wardrobes to put together before the clothes are in, leave fresh clothes in a suitcase in the bedroom until this is done. Leave the basic toiletries in one bathroom until the en-suite and other bathrooms have shelving for them.
Prioritise kitchen and bathroom boxes
Once your essentials are in place, focus on clearing the kitchen and bathroom boxes. These are the things you are most likely to need and are often the easiest to put away as cabinets and cupboards are already in place.
Plus, if you unpack your kitchen stuff, you will make a big hole in your number of boxes and be able to cook meals – which saves money on those takeaways!
Move room to room
After this, it can be worth moving from room to room, unpacking. Prioritise on the rooms you use the most and if you have spare bedrooms, don’t be afraid to use these as a dump room for the non-essential stuff for the time being. You can always close the door until you are ready to sort out whatever is inside them but at least you know all those random items are all in one place.