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10 Awesome Unpacking Tips

10 Awesome Unpacking Tips… ideas for unpacking in an organized and orderly way. Decrease your stress on your next move!

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Moving Day

I’m sure you all have experienced the overwhelming feeling of being surrounded by, what seems like, a never-ending supply of moving boxes. Let’s face it, moving is hard work! I can’t think of anyone who enjoys it. Thankfully, there are ways to make the process easier for everyone. For example, having a moving checklist can ensure that everything is labeled and in its proper place ready to be unpacked.

Although many people may have a system for packing, it isn’t as common to have one for unpacking. Just opening every box at once can be hectic and create a lot of unneeded stress. Once you arrive at your new home there are 10 things that you can do to make the unpacking process so much easier. You can find these tips below. Good luck with your new adventure!

10 Awesome Unpacking Tips

  1. Clean Before You Unpack– Make sure that every room and closet has been cleaned and sanitized before you start unpacking. You will thank yourself later!
  2. Set up the Beds First – Make sure you open the most important boxes first, like the ones with your bedding in them. Open the boxes one at a time and make sure everything has a place to be stored.
  3. Dedicate 1-3 Days for Unpacking – Having everything unpacked soon after moving is so nice and allows you to relax and enjoy your new home.
  4. Assign Helpers a Specific Room to Unpack – If you have people to help you unpack then delegate a room to them! It may be nice to start with the rooms you will use first for example: bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, etc. Doing this will save you so much time and ensure that you have what you need for the first few days.
  5. Entertain the Kids With An Activity While You Unpack – Try giving the kids crayons to draw pictures on the boxes or picking up a couple of toys at the Dollar Store for them to play with while you unpack. This will allow you to focus on getting things done quickly and orderly so you can have time later to relax and enjoy some family time in your new home.
  6. Save the Computers and TV for Last – Put your house in order before stting up the computers and TV. You will enjoy sitting down and relaxing a lot more if you aren’t surrounded by clutter.
  7. Get Rid of Empty Boxes – Don’t wait until you unpack all your boxes to dispose of them. Making a few trips to the recycling bin or bringing them to friends to use will create more space house and be much more comfortable for you to continue unpacking.
  8. Reorganize As You Go – Take a look at each room daily and consider where items would best fit. Little by little your home will come together.
  9. Add Your Own Style – Incorporating your own stlye can make your new house feel like a home. You can do this by adding your favorite throw pillows, rugs, and decor.
  10. Crank Up The Music – Put on your favorite tunes, invite friends and family over, and enjoy your new beginning!

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  1. I set up kids’ rooms first, beds, and bathroom essentials. Next was my kitchen. Moving is such a process. We are STILL unpacking boxes, but having our baby girl arrive 4 weeks after moving in probably has to do will our slow progress 🙂


  2. couldn’t agree more about the first “me box.” i always like to set up kids rooms first and my kitchen. those always help make things easier!

  3. Great Ideas….I’ll have to remember that if I move again. If I can ask, what part of Ohio? I’m from PA. 🙂

  4. We move every 5 years or so very long distanced. The moving companies that are hired for us don’t seem to focus on ‘organized’ packing. I have learned to first seek out towels and sheets. Nothing feels as good as a shower after a day of cleaning/unpacking and a good night’s sleep in your own bed is a must!!

  5. If the move is local, try to do your kitchen a day or two before the big moving day. Eat out and use paper products for the last day. 

  6. The first time I read your blog it’s about how to pack things properly if you’re moving, and now you’re giving us another helpful tips on how to unpack things properly. Great job and I really enjoyed reading your blog.

  7. Great post! Interesting and extremely helpful. Let me add a safety tip for moving when you have kids: Keep handbags, laptops, telephones, passports, jewelry and other small valuables together and move them in your own car. Also keep a box with power cables, extension cables, router for internet connection and a couple of table lights with you. The tool box should be around you as well. Kids are curious and love testing out things. They don’t know danger. ~
    Richmond Upon Thames Man And Van Ltd.

  8. I unpack the toilet paper first! 😉 And I set up the shower with a curtain, shampoo, and towel, set up the trash can with a liner, and unpack my scissors for cutting all that tape open on my boxes. Sticking a water pitcher in the fridge with some cups close by is a lifesaver. If you’ve got snacks put them by your cups or in the fridge too. Those are all to keep me and mine comfortable during the process. Moving is awful enough without being hangry or thirsty​ or too tired to hunt for sheets and pillows let alone a shower curtain so you can go to sleep feeling clean. 🙂

  9. I am st a total loss as to how to down size a 12 room home, with 50 years of “things”
    6 thousand sweet feet. Into s 6 room villa!
    I’m overwhelmed as to what to do first. 
    I have so many craft supplies, I could fill up one room. 

    1. We are moving across country and just got rid of a ton of things. If I haven’t used it in a year and it doesn’t bring me joy, I got rid of it! 🙂

  10. I haven’t moved much in my life, let alone my adult life. I am preparing to move soon though and reading all kinds of tips. One of my personal favorites is packing a first day essentials bin. Put things you’ll need immediately and don’t want to unpack multiple boxes for. Toiletries, paper plates/cups, snacks, drinks, cleaning wipes, etc.