Unpacking Tips

When your possessions are delivered to your new home, your move is two-thirds of the way done. The last third consists of unpacking and getting settled into your new home.

Unpacking can be the phase of moving that takes the longest, but it can also be the most fun. Unpacking gives you a chance to get your new home organized – you know, the way you'd like to keep it all year, although it never works out that way.

Unpacking Simplified

When you start going through the sea of boxes, there should be a method to your madness. The following tips are a few simple steps to make the unpacking process easier. And remember, you don't have to unpack everything right away!

Unpack one room at a time.
  • Kitchen: Begin here so that you can have a snack to fuel your fire. Items that you won't need right away can be set aside to unpack at a later time when you can better gauge the right setup. This is also a good time to line your cabinets and drawers.
  • Bathroom: This room should be next. Get your toiletries out and make sure that the toilet, faucets, etc. are all operational. A few things you should definitely have are a shower curtain, toilet paper and soap.
  • Bedrooms: If they aren't set up the first night, don't sweat it. Have a family camp out instead! It is helpful to have major pieces of furniture placed before unpacking. Then putting things away will be a cinch! The person whose room it will be should make the area feel comfortable and personal to them. Setting up an organized closet is another great thing to do when moving in.
  • Living Room: Unpacking this room should be a combined effort of everyone in the household. There will be a lot of items to be placed and electronics to hook up. This is a good time to consider the practicality in your home's wiring. For example, the entertainment center will have to be in close proximity to the cable outlet.
  • Garage: Having an organized garage is a daunting task for most. But if you start by setting up shelves and hooks for placement of tools, yard supplies, etc., you might curb the tendency for making piles.

Be your own interior designer.
  • When preparing to shift furniture around in the living room and bedrooms, it's a good idea to make a sketch of the room with squares representing where you would like certain items placed. Erasing an armoire, rather than lifting it, could save you a trip to the chiropractor.
  • Placing furniture so the room feels open and functional is an integral part of getting settled into your new home. Your house probably won't look like what you'd envisioned for a few more months, but taking those few important steps now will help prepare you for the plans to come.

Add Style.
  • Consider painting rooms a different color or stenciling around an archway.
  • Brighten up a room with self-adhesive wallpaper borders.
  • Hang pictures properly by measuring right the first time.
  • Add potted plants for extra color or to fill empty corners.
  • Refinish old cabinets or add new knobs.