Settling into your new home will take time, but a solid strategy of prioritizing your efforts will make life more manageable during this transition. These tips for unpacking will help you get back to your regular daily routines as quickly as possible. Keep in mind that a system of labeling each box by room, as well as contents, in advance, has been proven to effectively reduce unpacking time. The first boxes to open are those in the rooms where you typically spend the most time in your home; the bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. The best movers would have already placed your belongings in the correct rooms, using their system of quick identification. This simplification process will save you precious time.
As you open the bedroom boxes, search for your priorities for your first night of sleep and for your activities for the following day. Determine whether you will be staying home or hurrying back to the office the next day, as that will help you prioritize which items are most important. The best movers would have already hung up your clothing from their wardrobe boxes and allowed your folded clothing to remain in your dresser drawers, but you will still need to find everything else for your first restful night at home. This might include mattress pads, sheets, pillows, blankets and alarm clock, for starters.
Until your kitchen is fully unpacked and settled, resolve to eat simple meals or local carryout to reduce the burden of cooking. Choose which kitchen cabinets and drawers would be best for stocking your dishes, glasses, baking goods, canned food, paper products, silverware, and pots and pans before you open the boxes. Put away your everyday essentials, such as dishes, glasses, and silverware, as soon as possible. Baking equipment or anything used infrequently can usually be put away last. To feel organized and ready to resume your normal life, unpack the bathroom boxes on the first day, also. The best movers have labeled anything that may spill or leak. You may want to start there. Put away your soaps, hair products, and cosmetics. Set out your towels and wash cloths so you can relax and enjoy your first bath or shower in your new home.
Everything that isn’t a priority should be unpacked in slower, regular intervals of time. By taking the time to think through a strategy before you get started, your belongings will be put away in the least amount of time.