How to Unpack Your Home After Your Move

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving - Unpacking Boxes

We've all heard about the most productive ways to pack up a house, but what about after you get to your new place? As with many things in life, unpacking from a move to San Antonio does have some best practices. You can streamline your unpacking piece of the moving process with a little organization upfront.

Unpacking mindfully can help you cut through a lot of the disarray and disjointedness that might happen after you move into your new home. If you cannot locate what you are needing, it makes it very difficult to feel like you're living normally.

Part of a flawless unpacking process involves preparation for it as you are packing. A few things to remember as you pack include the following:

  • Label boxes. This is common knowledge, but you will never be more pleased about heeding this advice as when you are wandering around your new house looking for the carton with the coffee mugs in it. Is it labeled? Great!
  • Pack a day bag. A small satchel or bag can carry your dental floss, a clean outfit, and anything else you know you will definitely need fairly soon in the new place.
  • Donate items you do not use. The fewer items you move, the easier it will be to unpack. There are some things that you will not want to get rid of, but if there are items that you do not need, think about giving them to someone who can use them.

Moving - Unpacking BoxesOnce the moving company has unloaded the moving boxes at your new abode, the order and organization you use during unpacking can also diminish confusion. Here are several of our popular tips:

  • Assemble your bed first. There are few things better after a demanding day of moving and unpacking than to sink into a cozy bed. If you set up your bed and put on sheets first, you'll be thankful later. This goes for each member of the house. If you hired professional movers, they should do this task for you.
  • Begin with the necessities. Things like a coffee maker, plates and glasses and silverware, and your computer equipment are some of the first items you will need as you begin life in your new home. Ahead of diving into the nitty gritty, contemplate what you want to have in place in the next 48 hours. Start there.
  • Box your boxes. Frequently, rooms become piled with empty boxes and packing paper in the middle of the unpacking process. You cannot keep under control what you have left if it's impeded with discarded packing supplies. Keep one box all in one piece and stuff it with other empty boxes that you've broken down. That way, you can observe how much you still have to unpack. Your box of boxes can be trashed or, preferably, recycled.
  • Group your shopping trips. Even if you have everything organized, you will inevitably need to go to the store to buy toilet paper, a shower curtain, light bulbs, or other new things. Instead of making a trip each time you need something, keep a running list of necessary supplies so that you can buy everything in a single trip. You will save time and money, not to mention lessen your hassle.
  • Don't settle on furniture arrangement too quickly. Too many people get locked into room layouts the day they move into a new place. Grant yourself some leeway—not everything has to be carved in stone right away. The couch that you adored at your old house may seem unsuited in your new home. That's okay. Allow yourself some time to settle in and you will figure out whether you can make it work. This also goes for artwork on the walls. It's your home! There is no need to hurry.
  • Decide Which Areas Are Most Critical. The most common error that is made during the unpacking process is a refusal to perform the job piece by piece. Instead, we try to unpack the entire house at once. After everything has arrived at the residence, take the time to look around and decide which areas are most crucial. The rooms that you usually spend the most time in are the ones that should be given priority.
  • Set Feasible Goals. In most cases, you are not going to be able to tackle all of the unpacking in one attempt. Don't push yourself too hard in the first couple days. There is going to be lots to accomplish and none of the jobs are going anywhere. Set attainable goals and stick with them. Choose the area that needs to be focused on first and finish it prior to moving onto the next task.
  • Pick a Reward for Meeting the Deadline. For those who are moving with the total family, it might be difficult to wrangle everyone working together. Everyone will have their own agendas and getting everyone on the same page can be quite exhausting. Setting up a reward for achieving a goal is a good way around this conundrum. By creating an incentive, you are doing your part to keep every single member of the family on task. No one will want to slack off. Creating a deadline will also keep you from the annoyances of having to deal with lots of belongings that haven’t been put away yet after you have already moved to San Antonio and gotten somewhat settled.

Since 1974, A-1 Freeman Moving Group has worked with individuals and families to move their household goods safely and securely. Contact us now so that we can help you pack, move and unpack in San Antonio.