Learn how to efficiently unpack your home!
If you followed our packing strategies, unpacking your home room by room shouldn’t be too difficult. Being able to take your labeled boxes to their appropriate rooms instead of stacking everything in the living room will already put you a step ahead.
But going from there takes some planning.
Start with the Essentials
The first thing you should locate and unpack in your new home are living essentials such as:
Making sure your essential items are easily accessible is important so that if you’re exhausted from moving or if something comes up like an unexpected visit or an emergency, your most important items will be easy to find.
Move onto the Bedrooms and Bathrooms
Though exciting, moving can be exhausting so you’ll want your cozy bedroom retreat to be ready for you at the end of the day. If you have children, let them unpack their own rooms and take ownership of their new space while you make your bedroom feel like your perfect retreat. Start with major furniture items like your bed frame, mattress and any dressers, then move on to stowing away clothes and setting up décor. Make organizing your bathrooms a priority as well to make sure all the essentials are ready for use.
Unpack Your Main Living Areas
Next up are the areas where you spend the most time. If you’re passionate about preparing meals for friends and family, unpacking and organizing your kitchen will be your next priority. However, if you love inviting people over to watch movies or games on TV, unpack and organize your family room first.
To unpack and organize these key living areas, start with big items first. You won’t be able to put books on a bookshelf unless the shelf is already set up. You won’t be able to put a lamp and nice vase on your side table unless the side table has already been placed. So how do you organize your main living areas?
How to Plan a Living Room Layout
How to Organize and Plan Your Kitchen
Unpack and Organize Less Used Areas
We know you’ll use every area of your new home, but you probably spend less time in certain areas. If you tend to use your dining room for infrequent formal dinners, save the dining room for last. Plus, you can always eat on the couch or at the kitchen counter for a few days while you transition into your new home.
Save extra storage spaces or less used rooms like the home office, flex room, second living room or play room for the end of your unpacking process. You can use other rooms in the meantime as you make your home your own.
As you unpack each room, think about what unexpected items you might want in different rooms. Will you find yourself constantly bringing your favorite books back and forth from the living room to your bedroom? Every time guests come over, will you be moving toys out of the family room into your child’s bedroom? Thinking about how you want to use different spaces will also help you unpack and get organized right from the beginning of life in your new home.
Article Courtesy of ClaytonHomes.com