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Our Tips for Stress-Free Unpacking

Wed, Jan 07, 2015 at 8:50AM


It’s the end of moving day! You’re done with the heavy lifting and are finally ready to relax and unwind in your new home—but you’ve got clusters of brown boxes and suitcases to unpack! How do you deal with the post-move unpacking without letting it get the best of you? We’ve put together a few tips to streamline the process:

Place things where they go, right away. After a long day of moving things from house to house, you may be tempted to just drop every box by your front entryway and plop yourself down to relax. While we think the relaxing part is important, try to put everything in its proper room or nook right away so you can save yourself the hassle later on.

When it comes down to arranging the items themselves, you may find it helpful to place boxes or pieces of furniture right where they will go in the individual room as well—for example, keep your clothes boxes by the closet, or the nightstand items in the nightstand’s corner.

Unpack the essentials first. No one likes to live with a hoard of boxes in their new home, but if you try to get everything out all at once, you’ll end up with a big mess on your hands at the end of the day—not great, especially when you want to sleep after a long day of moving! Set up the kitchen basics, assemble your bed and prepare your clothes and toiletries, but that should be about it on your first night. You’ll wake up on Day 2 recharged and ready to go.

Go slow and steady. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Don’t be discouraged if things aren’t exactly to your liking once they’re out of their boxes; moving is a gradual process! Know your limits and work on making rooms beautiful and functional, as opposed to simply having everything “done” as fast as possible.

Make it fun! You will enjoy the moving process much more if you find ways to make it fun along the way. Treat yourself or your family to take-out, take a break and explore your new surroundings, or play a lunchtime game of hide-and-seek. Whatever your method, make sure you allot time for some stress-relief during your move.

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