The Battle Half-Finished  

Moving is exhausting. It’s always a wonder just how much stuff you’ve accumulated over the years. Even after you donate or toss most of that stuff out, you’re somehow still left with piles of boxes. Moving would be a lot easier if you didn’t have to worry about unpacking everything again.  

Unfortunately, unless you want to live in an empty house and live out of boxes, it’s a task you must complete. To help yourself out and keep the unpacking portion of moving out as painless as possible, here are a few tips from professional movers and packers to consider.  

1. Prevention

One of the best things that you can do for a move is to prevent that need to unpack right after you’ve moved in. This can be done by having a single box or bag filled with the essentials that you’ll need for that first night and morning. Clothes, toiletries, bedroom fittings, and a few cooking utensils are all you need. In fact, you can probably do away with the cooking utensils entirely and just order a pizza. With this box, however, you can just relax and unpack a few things.  

This allows you to rest that night and recuperate from the process of moving all of your stuff out of the old place. When you wake up the next day, you’ll undoubtedly be sore, but far less so than if you had stayed up for countless hours unpacking each and every box. With fresh energy, you can tackle those boxes and keep those flaring tempers due to exhaustion limited.  

2. Labeling

Labels are such lovely little things. You can quickly attach them to all of your boxes, so you know immediately what box needs to go where in your new house. Boxes labeled as ‘kitchen’ should contain all of the kitchenware and be set within the kitchen for quick and easy unpacking. The same goes for all of the other boxes.  

This organization not only makes the transfer of boxes from the truck to the house a lot easier but when it comes to unpacking, you can fly through them in a flash because the boxes are already where they need to be.  

3. Delegate

Doing it on your own is going to be exhausting and take forever. As such, you should utilize the members of your family and friends. Assign each one of them a room. With the boxes already there, they can quickly start to work through them. Once someone finishes, they can help someone else with their room.  

One by one, the rooms will be finished at a time, and instead of you just going room-to-room, you’ll find that once you’re done with your assigned room, half the house has been unpacked already.  

4. Room Plans

This is a step that should be completed either before you move, or when you are delegating the room to someone. A room plan is essentially used to tell the person where the furniture is going to be placed. This can help the person unpacking that room know exactly where everything goes, so they don’t have to waste time asking you.  

Have a room plan printed out or drawn out for each room to make the unpacking process faster. 

Following these tips will help your unpacking process go more smoothly and feel less painful! You can get settled into your new home with greater ease.

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