That feeling when you first step into your new home, after you’ve signed the paperwork and it’s officially yours—it’s an incredible feeling. There you are, standing in your new, pristine space, with its freshly painted walls and cleaned carpets and glimmering hardwood floors.
And then the moving van arrives, and you’re suddenly surrounded by boxes. It can be a little overwhelming. Luckily, The Spruce shared some tried-and-true practices for making unpacking less stressful and more efficient.
1. Start with your essentials—those items you packed in your overnight bag (a few changes of clothes, toiletries, medications, a shower curtain and towels, phone charger, etc.). Make sure you have everything you need to keep yourself feeling human that first night in your new home.
2. The first room to focus on is the kitchen. Hook up any major appliances you brought with you. If you have time, go ahead and install your shelf liner before you start filling the cabinets with dishes and cookware. If you’re short on time, just unpack what you’ll need for the new few days. Because you’ll want to make sure you get to this very important next step…
3. The bedrooms! Because you’ll need a place to lay your weary head after a long day of moving in. Assemble the beds and unpack the linens. “Decide on furniture placement and closet organization before you unpack boxed items, if at all possible,” writes moving expert Diane Schmidt. “Installing shelving and closet organization units first will make unpacking more productive and save you future work.”
4. Bathrooms are next. Hang the shower curtain, unpack the towels, and stock the bathroom with all of the essential toiletries you packed in your overnight bag. “Nothing makes a house feel like a home more than having a comfortable, fully stocked bathroom,” says Schmidt.
5. Set up furniture. Once you’ve got the kitchen, bedrooms, and bathroom set up with their essentials, it’s time to start assembling and arranging furniture. Go ahead and set up a few tabletop framed family photos, while you’re at it. It’ll make the place start to feel like home.
6. Once you’ve unpacked the essentials, take your time unpacking everything else as you set up your new home. Think about how you want each room to function and how you want your items to be organized. And in the midst of all of this unpacking and moving in, be sure to take some time to explore your new neighborhood and enjoy this new adventure with your family.