How to Unpack Your Home After Your Move

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving - Unpacking Boxes

We've all read about the most productive ways to pack up a house, but what about the flip side? As with most things in life, unpacking from a move to Oklahoma City does have some approaches that work better than others. You can certainly simplify your unpacking piece of the moving process by thinking ahead.

Unpacking in an organized fashon can help you reduce some of the turmoil and disorganization that could likely occur after you move into your new house. If you cannot find what you're looking for, it makes it very tough to feel like you are living normally.

Part of a smooth unpacking process involves preparation for it as you're packing. Some tasks to keep in mind as you pack include the following:

  • Label boxes. This is not rocket science, but you will never be more pleased about heeding this advice as when you're running around your new residence looking for the box with the coffee mugs in it. Is it labeled? Great!
  • Pack an overnight bag. A small satchel or duffel bag can contain your toothbrush, some pajamas, and other things that you are sure you will definitely need fairly soon in the new abode.
  • Give away items you don't use. The fewer things you move, the quicker it will be to unpack. There are a few items that you will not want to get rid of, but if there are possessions that you don't want, ponder donating them to someone who can use them.

Moving - Unpacking BoxesOnce the moving company has unloaded the cartons at your new home, the order and organization you use during unpacking can also diminish confusion. Here are a few of our preferred tips:

  • Set up your bed first. There's nothing better after a demanding day of moving and unpacking than to crawl into a soft bed. If you set up your bed and put on sheets first, you'll be thankful later. This goes for each member of the household. If you hired professional movers, they will do this chore for you.
  • Begin with the necessities. Things like coffee mugs, plates and drinkware and eating utensils, and your computer station are some of the first things you will need as you commence life in your new home. Before diving into the nitty gritty, plan for what you want to have in place in the next couple days. Start there.
  • Box your boxes. Many times, rooms become piled with empty boxes and packing materials during the unpacking process. You can't see what you have left if it's hindered with discarded packing materials. Keep one box intact and fill it with other empty boxes that you've broken down. That way, you can see how much you still have to unpack. Your box of boxes can be trashed or, preferably, recycled.
  • Group your shopping trips. No matter how well you've planned, you will inevitably need to go to the store to get toilet paper, a shower curtain, light bulbs, or other new things. In lieu of making a trip each time you need something, create a running list of necessary materials so that you can purchase everything in one trip. You will save time and money, and also reduce your anxiety.
  • Don't settle on furniture arrangement too hurriedly. Too many people find themselves locked into room layouts the day they move into a new place. Allow yourself some space—not everything must be set in stone right away. The furniture that you adored at your old place may look out of place in your new home. That is okay. Allow yourself some time to settle in and you will get a better idea if you can make it work. This can also be applied to artwork on the walls. It's your home! There is no need to hurry.
  • Establish Which Areas Are Most Important. The most common error that is made during the unpacking process is a refusal to perform the job piece by piece. Instead, we attempt to unpack the entire house at once. Once all of the items have arrived at the house, take a minute to figure out which areas are most crucial. The rooms that you usually spend the most time in are the ones that should be given priority.
  • Set Feasible Goals. In most situations, you are not going to be able to get to all of the unpacking in one attempt. Do not push yourself too much on the first day or two. There is going to be plenty to do and none of the tasks are going anywhere. Set realistic goals and stick with them. Pick the room that needs to be taken care of first and finish it prior to moving onto the following chore.
  • Establish a Reward for Meeting the Deadline. For those who are moving with a whole family, it could be difficult to wrangle everyone on the same page. Everyone is going to have their own agendas and getting everyone on the same page can be quite arduous. Setting up a reward for meeting a predetermined deadline is a good way around this fiasco. By creating a prize, you are doing your part to keep every single member of the family working together. No one will want to slack off. Setting a deadline will also keep you from the annoyances of stepping over various things that haven’t been put away yet after you have already moved to Oklahoma City and gotten somewhat settled.

Since 1974, A-1 Freeman Moving Group assisted individuals and families to move their belongings safely and securely. Contact us now so that we can help you pack, move and unpack in Oklahoma City.