We all love the idea of moving. It will give you and your family a fresh start. But no one likes the idea of packing and unpacking all of your stuff. A lot of people will tell you how to organize things when moving: label boxes, make an inventory list, and shuffle the boxes off to its home as soon as you walk in so they don’t all end up in the living room or hallway. While these tips can be extremely helpful, no one ever tells you how to unpack all of your belongings and how to stay organized. Let’s take a look at how to organize your unpacking!
Pack an essentials box for each room and person in your family. It generally takes a few days to unpack everything and could take a week so this box will help you. For each person pack the essential items like a few outfits, deodorant, hair brush, sheets, and toothbrushes. For children, pack sheets, clothes, brushes, and some essential toys to keep them busy. In the bathroom box, pack towels for each member of the family, a shower curtain, soap, toothpaste, mouthwash, makeup, and toilet paper. In the kitchen tote, pack cleaning supplies, trash bags, and paper towels as well as the number to your favorite take out place and a corded or cordless telephone. These items will help save you a lot of time and frustration trying to unpack everything at once. You could be living out of these boxes until you get your clothes and other items unpacked so be sure to pack enough items for a few days. Clearly mark what boxes belong in what room and put them into a clear tote so you can see what belongs where.
Start with Larger Items
It is important to give your family the best start in their new home possible. So build a solid foundation for them. Make sure large items are moved into their respective rooms so they can be set up right away. You can unpack the fixtures and decorations later, but you should make sure your bed are set up and made up before moving onto anything else in your home. This will give you a place to crash of exhaustion instead of sleeping on the floor or couch.
Function Over Decoration
Tackle the basics first: food, sleep, and bathe. Unpack the kitchen first so you will have somewhere to eat your meals, even if you aren’t cooking them yourself. Put away any nonperishable foods you have on hand, dishwashing supplies, drinking glasses, silverware, plates, pans, and anything else you have. Next head to the bedrooms and unpack sheets, clothes, and shoes. Move to the kids’ bedroom and unpack toys, bedding, set up furniture, and nightlights. This will help put the entire family at ease and start the adjustment period. The bathroom is where we spend a lot of time getting ready to start our day so move there next. Set up your curtains and rods, a new toilet seat is a must, and put rugs on the floors. Now to the living room, by this time you should have your cable installed so set up your electronics. Everything else can be moved in and unpacked gradually. Make sure to stay on top of laundry and dishes. They could pile up and become an extensive chore if you aren’t careful.
Moving doesn’t have to be a long, drawn out process. By conquering the big items, your home will be organized in no time!
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