How to Unpack Efficiently After a Move  

No one’s process for unpacking after a move will look quite the same. For some, packing is a daunting task that they have to force themselves to get through but unpacking at the new home fills them with energy and optimism. While for others, packing is a breeze, but unpacking after the moving trucks have left is a dreaded task.  

Whichever camp you’re in, here are some tips from our moving pros at Florida’s Best Moving to unpack efficiently after your move so you can get to relaxing and enjoying your new home.  

Unpack with a System 

Before randomly opening boxes, know what it is that you are unpacking. (This is where a labeling system is especially handy). Ideally, your items are packed in boxes according to their usage or by room, so make sure to examine the box labels or peer inside them before emptying them. This will save you from an unpacking headache!  

Start with the Necessities  

Next, unpack anything essential, or the items that you need to keep your home running in the short term. If you didn’t designate a couple of boxes for essentials as you were packing, quickly search for boxes that contain what you need to get by for a couple of nights. Think essentials like basic toiletries, medication, books, phone and computer chargers, and some basic kitchen items. Like the coffee pot. Now that’s essential!  

Do the Kitchen First  

Now, it’s time to unpack the kitchen boxes and put everything away in your new kitchen! If you have time, it’s a great idea to line your kitchen cabinets and cupboards first.  

If you don’t have time to finish unpacking the kitchen, unpack only what you need, such as pots, pans, knives, and cooking utensils.  

Get your major appliances hooked up, and plug in any small appliances that you might need like the toaster or blender.  

You can return to concentrate on organizing the kitchen once the rest of the house is unpacked.  

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Bedrooms Are Up Next  

After the kitchen, put the beds together and unpack the linens for each bed. If possible, decide on furniture placement and closet organization before you unpack your bedroom boxes. Installing shelving and closet organizing baskets will make streamline unpacking and save you time in the future.  

Move to the Bathrooms 

Provided that your water and utilities are turned on, the bathroom should be pretty easy to get settled. Start by unpacking the most important things first, like medications, body care products, the shower curtain, and towels. Completely setting up the bathroom and unpacking those boxes should be among the first things that you do once you move in.  

Assemble and Arrange Furniture  

If you were able to walk through your home before you moved or have floorplan sketches, then arranging furniture should be pretty straightforward.  

Make a plan for the bedroom, living room, and dining room furniture so you only have to do it once.  

Large pieces of furniture like entertainment centers and bookcases should only be put together after you know where all the furniture is going to be placed. It will waste your time if you assemble large items that may need to be disassembled and moved again.  

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Deal With the Garage Last  

One of the last spaces that you should unpack is the garage, basement, or other utility rooms. Since most items in your garage aren’t essential, try to organize this space before your begin unpacking. Set up pegboards, work tables, shelving, or storage units before you open any boxes.  

Outdoor items for the patio or deck can be unpacked last and set up when you have time. However, if you are moving during the warmer months, it can be a great idea to set up for barbecue grill early, so you can cook outside while your kitchen is still being unpacked and organized.  

Quick Tips for Efficient Unpacking  

  • Unpack the essentials first and then take your time with the rest of the house.  
  • Make a plan for each room before you begin unpacking too many boxes.  
  • Plan for the future. Don’t put off lining cabinet shelves or installing cabinet organizers. Your future self will thank you! 
  • Hang artwork and family photos early during the unpacking stage. It will help make your house feel like home.  
  • If possible, let each family member unpack and organize their own bedroom.  
  • Take time to enjoy your new space once you have unpacked the essentials.  
  • Relax and enjoy. You did it!  

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Your Solution for an Efficient Move 

Ready to make the move to your new home? From expert moving day management to packing and unpacking services, our team at Florida’s Best Moving can help you and your family have the most efficient and streamlined move possible.  

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