How to Unpack After Moving

10th June 2020

When it comes to moving into your new home, everyone has different methods of unpacking. For some, packing the entire contents of your home is a chore, yet unpacking is new and exciting. However, there are also other people that love packing, but hate unpacking the tonnes of boxes in the new home. Whichever side you’re on, following a clear and simple process will make your house move run as smoothly as possible. We’re here to help you unpack after moving.

Create a system

So the removals van has dropped all of your belongings off at your new house, and you're now stuck with an entire load of boxes, furniture and personal belongings. As hard as it may be, it is essential not to jump in and start unpacking random boxes. Make sure that you are prepared with an inventory list, to keep track of what you have, and where you plan on putting it. In an ideal world, your boxes will have room labels on, but we know that isn’t always the case. If you don't have labels, simply have a peek inside each box before you empty them out. This way you will be able to determine which box goes in which room before you start emptying them out. 

Unpack the essentials

It is important to start by unpacking all of your essentials. Most of the time, you will have a designated essentials box, which contains necessities to keep your home running for a few days. If you don't have this box, collect all of your essential items and unpack those first. This would usually include medication, toiletries, food prep items, clothes, and so on.

Get the kitchen done

The kitchen is a great place to start when you're unpacking in your new home, as this is the room you will most likely need to use first. If you have labelled your boxes, it should be fairly simple to locate your kitchen items. Get out the large appliances, and ensure they are plugged in and ready for use. Although it can be hard to stop yourself from completely re-organising, make sure you have only the essentials out to start with. This will make the unpacking process a lot quicker, helping you settle into your new home as soon as possible.

Move onto the bedrooms

After you have unpacked in the kitchen, it's time to move onto the bedrooms. Start by moving the bed in, and then unpack your bed sheets and pillows so that your bed is ready for the night. Ensure that large furniture items, such as wardrobes and drawers, are positioned in a way that you like before unpacking everything else. If you have shelving units to put up or new furniture on its way, keep small belongings in the boxes until you have time to organise properly. 

Unpack in the bathroom

The fixtures in the bathrooms are typically already functioning, providing there is running water of course. Unpack your towels and other bathroom items, and begin to stack up your shelves and units with your essentials. This will immediately make your new home start to feel more comfortable. 

Our tips for efficient unpacking

To conclude, the unpacking process should be a new, exciting experience. In order to ensure your unpacking process is efficient, see our quick tips to help you along the way.

  • Unpack the essentials first

  • Plan each room carefully before unpacking

  • Customise your space will photos and trinkets

  • Allow each household member to unpack their own belongings

  • Take time to enjoy your new house and your new beginning!