Unpacking in your new home is arguably more challenging, and time-consuming, than the original packing. For some, this is a chance to get the ball rolling in making your new place feel like it belongs to you, whilst others may recoil in horror at the size of the task at hand.
Regardless of whichever school of thought you may belong to, the task is going nowhere, meaning that like it or love it, those boxes need unpacking.
Just like how we said to pack with a system, you need to unpack with one too. Pack an ‘Open First’ box for each room, in which you have the absolute essentials, such as phone chargers, a toothbrush or medicine.
For your kitchen and bathroom, this first box you open should include cleaning products so you can wipe surfaces down before unpacking. Doing so also allows you to use shelf liners, which makes future cleaning that little easier.
Carry out checks
Especially relevant for those renting a property, carry out checks of everything before you start to unpack and photograph any damage so you can protect your deposit. Ensure you do this before unpacking to remove the threat of any disputes.
In rare instances, accidents can happen. On the off chance damage has happened, and before your removal company has left, carry out checks on everything in the house they have brought in. It could be considerably easier to file a dispute – and resolve it – if an issue is immediately flagged.
Unpack the most important things first
By labelling boxes as you pack them, you give yourself the best chance of efficiently unpacking at your destination. Consider including an inventory inside each box, or taped to the outside, as a reminder of the contents.
Where practical, and possible, after labelling boxes, pack your removal vehicle in reverse order. This approach allows you to prioritise getting the items you need soonest off the truck. It also removes the pressure to try and unpack everything in one go, as your first few boxes should contain whatever is necessary to get through the first few days.
Unpack one room at a time
The time you arrive at your new house may play a part in determining where you begin. But, regardless of if you start with your bathroom or living room, focus on one room at a time to speed the process up.
Once your surfaces are wiped clean, it may make sense to start with the kitchen. You will undoubtedly be spending a lot of time there, but are you going to spend hours making dinner after loading and unloading a van all day, or does a pizza delivery sound more reasonable? If so, a wise place to begin could be your bedroom.
As anyone who has moved can attest, moving is incredibly taxing on both your body and mind – the last thing that anyone wants to do when exhausted is assemble a bed.
Chances are, you will have used a lot of boxes and packing materials to protect your valuables during your move. But, what are you going to do with it all once you have unpacked?
Packing boxes with materials such as newspaper or bubble wrap is a great way to be sustainable as you can recycle these.
If you use cardboard boxes, you have numerous options for being sustainable. You can recycle them or reuse them for things such as storage or keeping the shed organised. Failing that, why not give them back to your removal company so they can help another family move home?
Take your time
Moving home is stressful enough without adding extra pressure, or time-based deadlines, on yourself. Remember, the process of making a house a home is more of a marathon than a sprint. Take your time.
As long as you have a bed built, bathroom essentials stocked, and the capacity to use your kitchen, the rest of the unpacking process can move at your own pace. Label boxes correctly ahead of time and then go at your own pace. If you have a lot of belongings, why not put some in storage until the time comes to unpack them?
Ensure your moving day comes and goes without a hitch by planning your big day – and, where possible, avoid these common mistakes. Or, why not trust the experts? AnyVan can help turn your move into a reality.
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