Everybody’s different when it comes to moving into a new place. For some, packing up is a chore while unpacking gives them a feeling of opportunity and energy. Others, however; enjoy the anticipation that accompanies packing up the home but dislike the idea of unpacking once the moving vans leave the furniture at the new place.
Regardless of your attitude towards packing and unpacking, these unpacking strategies will help you settle into your apartment easier.
1. Use a System when Unpacking
Before jumping into opening boxes randomly, identify what you’re unpacking. Ensure you maintain a copy of the inventory list-either the one you obtained from the moving company or the one you generated to track your items before you moved.
2. Strategic Distribution of Boxes
Move-in days tend to be hectic, so you will probably be in a rush to try to empty the van or truck as quickly as possible. In fact, you could be tempted to simply throw all your moving boxes in a pile next to the door and sort them afterward.
Rather than do this, you’d rather take the time to place the boxes in their appropriate rooms. At this point, the labeling system you used while packing will prove useful. Ideally, each box should have a label, clearly indicating where it belongs.
This will save you the hassle of sorting through everything twice and take every box into the appropriate room directly from the moving car. This way, the unpacking will get off to a great start.
3. Clean before Unpacking and While Packing
Wipe off or dust your furniture before you load it into the moving vehicle. The last thing you want is stopping every couple of minutes to clean a piece of furniture once you begin unpacking. Before you start opening any box in your rental, begin cleaning.
When you get cleaning tasks out of the way, this will save time by preventing you from switching back and forth between cleaning and unpacking. This way, you’ll enjoy a smoother experience when moving in. In addition, you’ll be in a position to organize without clutter to obtain a sense of the ideal arrangement. More so, you’ll obtain a sense of your space’s functionality.
4. Unpack by the Room’s Significance
When unpacking, you’ll want to do it in an orderly manner. It’s prudent you unpack room by room by importance. This implies unpacking the entire room at once instead of merely grabbing the necessities and leaving the rest for another time.
While it seems like a larger task upfront, you’ll be less likely to have boxes of insignificant items long after settling in. When it comes to the order of packing, you’ll want to begin with the bedroom first.
After moving in, you’ll probably be tired and want to sleep early. Next should be the kitchen then the major living space. Thereafter, you can proceed to lesser-used spaces such as the guest bedroom.
5. Unpack Sooner
Once you move into your new apartment, you might wonder how long you should take before you start unpacking. You should take as little time as possible.
Beware that procrastination will prevent you from attaining a stress-free move-in, so you’re better off avoiding a prolonged unpacking process. By procrastinating, you’ll also take a longer time to settle and feel comfortable in your new place.
While moving can be daunting and overwhelming, the task shouldn’t stress you. As long as you stay focused and prioritize, you’ll enjoy it. You’ll even settle into your rental faster.
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