Pragmatic Move What to Think About Before Un-Packing the Boxes

A family unpacking from a long move must work hard to get everything settled in the right way. Unpacking boxes should not be a process that happens haphazardly. Your family can unpack everything properly when you use a plan and are efficient. The plan listed below will allow for the family to unpack quickly, safely and efficiently. This way you can be sure your move is going according to plan and the rest of the adjustment period won’t be so stressful.

Move in at the Right Time

Before you get any boxes out of the truck make sure the house is ready to be moved into. Go through each room with your family and wipe down door frames, knobs and baseboards. Deep clean each bathroom and make sure every shelf is free of stains or grime. You can save the vacuuming until after boxes have been gone through and are stored away. You might also have to wait a day for services like Sohan and Sons basement waterproofing in Cincinnati OH, or appliance repairs can be done.

Label The Boxes
To unpack properly you must label all the boxes before they are moved. The boxes in the house can be moved to the right rooms when they are labeled properly, and can be organized in the moving truck through the same method. Make sure you’re most needed items are stored on top and can be easily accessed again.

Get Everything In The Right Room
Get all your boxes in the right room before everyone begins to unpack. These boxes need to as close to the final destination of their contents as possible. Unpacking just one of these boxes is much easier when the contents are moving just a few feet. Proper placement makes unpacking much more efficient. Items that fill in later like books and decorations can be stored in the garage or farther away until you’re ready to use them.

Take Your Time
Don’t forget to take your time, unpacking is a slow process, and time is often wasted when people scramble to get it done. Make a plan to unpack one room per day, or spend a few weekends unpacking the boxes as fast as you can.
Items are often broken when the unpacking is done too quickly, and the family must work to protect their personal belongings. This plan also allows the right people to unpack the right items. The mother may want to unpack her grandmother’s China set, but the father may want to unpack his all his tools, while kids are excited to get their toys out again. Make sure you plan accordingly and label everything. 

The best way to unpack and settle into a new house is to follow a plan and to be smart and pragmatic about the move. Your family can use the suggestions above to create an unpacking plan, and get everything done as quickly as possible. Every family that unpacks pragmatically will have an organized home shortly after their move.

 Do you have any  unpacking stories or tips to share?

By Erica Buteau

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6 thoughts on “Pragmatic Move: What to Think about Before Unpacking the Boxes”
  1. We can advice you to clean first the rooms and closets (if there are any) in the new place, then to bring the boxes and start unpacking! Make sure you are taking enough breaks. Good luck! Greets, Moving Man Ltd.

  2. These are excellent points about moving. When we moved into our new home, most of the things that ended up breaking didn’t break in the box… they broke when I was rushing myself to unpack. Thankfully most of those items weren’t irreplaceable or expensive! Being mindful of when you move in is also a really good idea. We got lucky and moved in over a 3-day-weekend that my husband had off, and we both took the following Monday off as well.

  3. The most thoughtful and helpful tips I’ve found so far. This post is golden and by sharing it you help a lot of people. When I moved the first time I wish I had this article as my guide. This is why I’m bookmarking it now and sharing it on my fb wall. Thanks for existing and being awesome! <3

  4. I would definitely recommend holding off on vacuuming until the move-in is complete. We tracked so much insulation from the attic through our house, and my sweet husband must have vacuumed 6 times that week. We also did have the basement waterproofed, but that didn’t take as long as I expected. While nothing ever goes 100% as planned, trying your best to plan ahead usually makes the rest of it a little easier to improvise.

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