ADA WCAG 2.0 Section 508
Voiced by Amazon Polly

Unpacking after the move – it’s nobody’s favorite activity but it’s something you can’t escape. You simply need to take the time to put your house together after the relocation and turn your house into a home. Although you may be done with searching moving companies Brooklyn and figuring out your moving budget, your relocation isn’t completely over yet. Now is the time to start putting everything from your many boxes in its place and decorating your house to your taste. Depending on the number of boxes you have, this can be quite an overwhelming task. You look at all the boxes and don’t know where to start. Don’t worry, there’s no need to tear your hair out. We’re here to tell you how to conquer unpacking and get it done efficiently and stress-free. Keep reading to learn how to properly unpack after moving.

Don’t stall – start unpacking ASAP

After the long and tiring relocation, all you want to do is finally kick your feet up and relax. And while the rest is well-deserved, wouldn’t it feel a hundred times better to relax in a home that’s completely set up and fully functioning? Well, to make sure your house is cozy and livable, you’ll need to take the time to unpack after the move. Of course, this isn’t the thing you’ve been looking forward to, but it has to be done. So, instead of stalling and delaying the unpacking, you should start as soon as possible. That way your home will quickly be all ready for a comfortable life. Also, you’ll realize that decluttering before moving was a great idea.

A watch on a woman's wrist
Don’t waste time and avoid unpacking, it has to be done at some point.

We understand that leaving the unpacking for a later time is tempting, but it will only become harder and harder to force yourself to get it done. So, once all your boxes are delivered and your movers have left, you should slowly start putting everything in its place. You don’t have to finish everything on your first day, but it’s nice to get a head start.

Start by unpacking your essentials bag after the move

Of course, when you start unpacking after the move, certain things will be a bigger priority than others. So start out by deciding which things you need the most and if there are any boxes that can remain unpacked. Namely, the boxes meant for storage NYC don’t have to be unpacked, so at least that’s a relief. All the other boxes will need your attention.

Soap and toothbrushes
Start by unpacking things like toiletries and toothbrushes from your essentials bag.

When you’re thinking about which box to unpack first, we suggest opting for your essentials box. This is the box containing all the things you need for your first night in the new place. People usually pack things like electronics, toiletries, your keys and wallet, a change of clothes, toilet paper, bedding etc. Other than that, it’s smart to keep things like important documents here to make sure they don’t get misplaced. When you’re packing the essentials bag, just think of all the things you absolutely need to function normally before unpacking everything else. That’s exactly why this box is the one you should unpack first after you arrive at your new home.

Assemble furniture and set up appliances

One of the biggest parts of unpacking after the move has to be setting up your large furniture pieces and appliances. Usually, these things are the most important for a functional home. So, it’s best to reassemble furniture soon after moving. Making sure you can use things like your bed, couch and dining table will enable you to spend your first days in your new home comfortably. Also, it’s good to come up with a plan of each room before arranging furniture.

Other than assembling and arranging your furniture, you should also set up your appliances. Make sure your fridge, oven, TV and other appliances you need are up and running. Remember that you should follow the instructions when setting these things up to avoid any mistakes.

Unpack room by room after the move

Just like packing, unpacking after relocation will be much easier if you come up with a good system. So, if you want to be organized and on top of your unpacking game, we have a suggestion. Namely, unpacking one room at a time is a smart move. This way you avoid getting overwhelmed by all the things and your home will come together slowly but surely.

A couple sitting next to a cardboard box when unpacking after the move
To stay focused and not too stressed out, we suggest unpacking one room at a time.
  1. Bathroom: You’ll probably want to take a relaxing shower after the move. So, clean the bathroom and make sure it’s usable. Then unpack the toiletries, towels, and everything else you need in order to make your bathroom functional. This is one of the first rooms you should be unpacking after the move.
  2. Kitchen: Maybe you don’t need to unpack all the glassware now, but make sure you have utensils, plates, glasses and the dishes you need for your first few meals in the new home. Also, set up the most important appliances.
  3. Bedroom: For a comfortable and relaxing first few days after moving, you need to set up your bedroom. Unpack your pillows, duvets and make sure you have a comfortable place to sleep.
  4. Living room: Unpacking your couch and coffee table might make you feel more at home. You can focus on smaller pieces and decorations in a little while, you don’t have to do it on your first day.

Make unpacking a team effort

Since unpacking after the move can be pretty exhausting and dragged out, it’s best if you have someone helping you. If you’ve moved with your family, everyone can focus on unpacking their own room. That way you’ll be done in no time! However, if you’re living alone, you can simply ask friends and family for help. You don’t need to do it all alone! After all, it’s true what they say – teamwork does make the dream work.

About Author

John has been with Divine Moving and Storage in New York for nearly two decades. Starting as a young helper and climbing up the ranks to be a staple in our organization. John has the knowledge and experience to assist our clients with any move or storage related needs. You can reach John or any of our associates in NYC at 212-244-4011