Moving into a new home is something to celebrate! But it’s often tough to manage the transition. To make things a little easier, start planning for move-in day so the unpacking process goes smoothly!
How should you prepare? Keep these tips in mind.
The First Things to Unpack in a New House
When you move into a new home, you should start by unpacking the essentials. This is easier said than done. Having a box with the most important things in one place is the best way to make sure you have everything you need.
We’ve put together a list of things you might want to include:
- A change of clothes. You should make sure it’s something comfortable. The last thing you’ll want to do after a long day of moving is to squeeze into a tight pair of jeans.
- A phone charger. Trust us. Having a charger on hand is an enormous relief when you’re in the red.
- Prescriptions. Any prescription medication you take is going to be tricky to replace, so make sure you don’t lose track of them. The same goes for prescription glasses or contacts!
- Toiletries. This seems like common sense, but it’s easy to forget toiletries in the shuffle of moving.
Tips For The Unpacking Process
The most important things you can do to ease the unpacking process actually take place before you move into your new home! Here are a few tips for packing and unpacking.
1. Label Everything
This is standard advice for a reason! It will take a little extra time when you’re packing, but you’ll thank yourself when you need that one blanket to fall asleep the first night in your new home — easily found without having to dig through a dozen boxes.
2. Take Pictures Before You Pack
Whether it’s a bookshelf, a collection of DVDs or that arrangement of plates that fit in your cabinet just right, there’s bound to be something in your home that you put a lot of time into organizing.
Save yourself a headache by taking pictures before you pack everything up. That way, you’ll have a reference when you’re ready to unpack your new home.
3. Focus On One Room At a Time
This goes for both packing and unpacking. It will be much easier for you to keep things organized if all your boxes for the kitchen area are in a separate space from your living room set.
If you want to be really ambitious, you can even use tape to color code boxes by room!
Motivation For Unpacking Your New House
Even if you have a plan for unpacking on the big day, it can be overwhelming. Fortunately, you should have plenty of things to keep you motivated.
In a practical sense, your own comfort is a key motivator. When you’ve finally finished unpacking for the day, you’ll be ready for a restful night in your new bedroom. That’s the first place you should focus on when you’re unpacking. The details don’t have to be perfect — you can probably skip the throw rug for your first night. But getting your bed set up right away will give you peace of mind for the rest of the day.
The bathroom is another room to prioritize for obvious reasons. Again, you don’t have to sweat the small stuff right away, but you’ll want your toiletries, soap and towels set up as soon as possible.
As long as you focus on the rooms you’re going to use the most right away, everything else should fall into place. What could be better motivation than that?
Still Searching For The Perfect Home?
Are you still searching for the right place to put your bags down? CENTURY 21 Core Partners can help.
Whatever it is you’re looking for in a new home, our team of experienced REALTORS® is happy to help you find it. Don’t hesitate to contact us. The sooner you do, the sooner you can start unpacking your future!