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Melisa Rana
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Unpack Like a Pro: Essential Tips for Settling into Your New Home Quickly

 June 3, 2024 |  DIY, Home Decor |  guest post, real estate, moving, organization, kitchen

By Lauren from Allied Van Lines

Moving to a new city or state is an exciting adventure, but it can also be stressful. Even after the initial chaos of the move subsides, unpacking and settling in can take a while. Here are some key unpacking strategies to help you feel comfortable and at home in your new place as soon as possible.

1. Pack an Essentials Box for Easy Access

One of the most important tips for both packing and unpacking is to create a designated "essentials box." Before you move, compile a list of items you'll need right away, including:

  • Clothes for a week
  • Medications and toiletries
  • First-aid kit
  • Chargers for electronics
  • Snacks and drinks

Having this box readily available in your car will make the first few days in your new home much smoother.

2. Prioritize Utility Connections and Major Appliances

Ensure a smooth transition by scheduling utility connections (electricity, water, internet) well in advance. Ideally, have them turned on before you even arrive. This allows you to focus on unpacking essentials upon arrival.

Next, prioritize unpacking and setting up major appliances like the stove, refrigerator, and coffee maker. If you work remotely, prioritize setting up internet access as well. Finally, focus on getting the beds ready – a comfortable place to sleep is essential for tackling the unpacking process.

3. Unpack Room-by-Room, Starting with Necessities

Clear Labeling is Key: When packing, clearly label each box with the designated room. This will save you time and frustration during unpacking.

Unpack Necessities First: Once you've addressed the essentials box and major appliances, unpack each room one at a time, prioritizing necessities. For most people, this means tackling the kitchen and bathrooms first, followed by bedrooms. If you work from home, prioritize your workspace. If you have children, unpack their rooms next to create a sense of normalcy.

Focus on Frequently Used Items Within Each Room: As you unpack each room, focus on the items you'll need most frequently first.

Detailed Labeling Makes Unpacking Easier: During packing, create a list of the items in each box. This will help you determine the unpacking order and locate specific items quickly.

4. Take Breaks and Explore Your New Surroundings

Unpacking is a multi-day process. Don't try to do it all at once! Schedule breaks throughout the day to avoid burnout. Use these breaks to explore your new neighborhood – find a park, grab a coffee, or order takeout. This not only gives you a chance to relax but also helps you get acquainted with your new surroundings.

Bonus Tip: Consider Professional Moving Help

For a smoother moving experience, consider hiring professional movers. We can handle everything from packing and loading to unloading and unpacking, giving you more time to focus on settling in and exploring your new home.

By following these unpacking strategies, you'll be feeling comfortable and at home in your new place in no time!

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