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How to Unpack After a Move

So, you packed your belongings, endured the whole tedious relocation process, and arrived at your new home address, but your troubles do not end there. Now you have to deal with figuring out how to unpack after a move. If you thought that the packing and loading of your belongings were the hardest parts, think again.

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With the right plan all will go smoothly

Setting up your new home can be just as hard, if not even more intensive. The first step of easy unpacking is, you guessed it, organized packing in the first place. If you made your home inventory, came up with good packing strategies, you shouldn’t have any problems with this part.

How to Unpack After a Move Efficiently

It is no secret that you will have fewer problems during the whole process of relocating if you get moving services from relocation specialists. You can opt for different services and packages, but there is an option of hiring a moving company to provide you with packing and unpacking services, along with doing all the loading and heavy lifting for you. If you decide to do it on your own, you should organize the unpacking process to avoid letting everything turn into a hectic mess. Take it one step at a time, better said, one room at a time, but make it a priority to take out the essentials first.

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When to Unpack Boxes

When packing an apartment, you will first have to pack smaller things to free your furniture from it. It is the opposite when you are unpacking. You have to unload your furniture first, position it in your new home, and then start filling it with your clothes, kitchenware, electronics, and other belongings.

Use Your Moving and Packing Agenda

A packing schedule will help you a lot when you move out, and it will be a great guide for when you move in. The more details you include in your agenda about the contents of boxes when you pack, the easier it will be to place them in your home and start unpacking them. You can write numbers on your boxes and the contents of every numerated box on a piece of paper.

Don’t Put Your Boxes Wherever When You Take Them out of the Truck

If this is too big of a job for you, even the placement (i.e., kitchen, bathroom, living room) will help you greatly. It is not a bad idea to make a list of apartment essentials you need as soon as you enter your new home.

Make Your First Day Easier by Creating Unpacking Priorities

You unloaded the truck, positioned all your boxes, and you are ready to start setting everything up. Do it room by room. When putting your moving boxes in the room they belong to, put them in the middle, since the least of your furniture will go there. It is much easier to position your furniture now than later. The next step is to take out the essentials and then tackle the rest of your belongings. To avoid running to the store every few minutes, make a new apartment shopping list and get all of those items as soon as you can. You may need a lot of auxiliary things to set up your electronics, or cleaning and hygiene supplies to start cleaning and unpacking.

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What to Unpack First

What are the essentials we mentioned that you need to get first? Those are the items you will need from the moment you enter your new house. You will probably need some of your clothes and shoes, some food, beddings, a few plates, glasses and cutlery, clean towels, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products, etc. If you are moving with pets, you should have their food and other supplies they need on hand, as well as a safe space for when they need to calm down.


Besides plates for every member of your family, you should first unbox and set up your big kitchen appliances. Hook up your fridge, oven, microwave, set your sink up and turn on the water on the valve. Check all the pipes and drains for leakage, and deal with them if you notice some. You can take out the rest of the glassware, kitchenware, and smaller appliances later.


Some of the essentials you will need in your bathroom are toiletries, clean towels as well as the unavoidable toilet paper. A good and hot shower sounds great after a long time on the road and all the cleaning and heavy lifting you will have to do when you move in.


Since you will probably have to assemble a lot of furniture in your bedroom, keep in mind that a bed with clean sheets is something you will need at the end of a long day. You will make it a lot easier if you pack a set of clean linen in a separate box and assemble your bed before everything else in your bedroom.

Living Room

The living room is not a priority to unpack, and you should avoid setting up any distraction devices before you settle in completely. Don’t hook up your TV, gaming consoles, or computer just yet. You may find yourself distracted when you take a break. A couch, sofa, and a coffee table are enough to enjoy your short break.

Don’t Drag It Too Much

We are not saying that you have to do it all at once, but you should unpack in the shortest time possible. If you take it way too easy, you could end up with boxes, tape, and packing paper lying around your apartment for months. If you don’t know what to do with certain items, put them in a storage unit. On top of that, many creative storage ideas can be decorative and useful if you put some effort into them.

Final Decoration

The worst mistake you can make the day you move in is to focus on trinkets and decorative items from the start. They are the last thing you should take out and set up. Your throw pillows, figurines, vases, decorative rugs, art, and crafts will give the final touch. They are not a necessity.

What If An Accident Happens During Moving

If you hire a moving company to move your home, you will have insurance to cover and compensate for the damage that may occur during transportation, loading, and unloading of your belongings. You should get moving quotes from several movers and get a better insight into their insurance policy for damage during moving.

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Hannah Michaelson

Hannah is a freelance relocation writer from NYC that has become an expert on packing and unpacking.

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