Packing Tips To Make Unpacking A Breeze
When you complete your move and arrive at your new home, you’ll probably let out a sigh of relief— ahhh, the move is finally over. You should take a moment and congratulate yourself! But hold on, there’s more. You still have to unpack in your new home and get settled. If you start out right in the packing stage and follow a few important tips, unpacking will be a breeze.
Organization, efficiency and time management
Keep these three major themes in mind when you start packing. Moving can feel overwhelming, but the key to successful and less stressful packing and unpacking is to stay organized, be efficient and use top-notch time-management skills.
Even if you aren’t the most organized person, tools like moving checklists, labels and the right packing materials will help. Efficiency involves prioritizing your tasks and following a system. Good time-management can begin by starting the packing process as early as possible— six weeks in advance is a good time to start packing a household.
Useful packing & moving tools
- Packing list: You’ll want to record the contents of each box using a packing list. This helpful interactive packing list includes labels to affix to boxes.
- Labels: For maximum efficiency, develop a color-coded labeling system to keep track of items room by room.
- Boxes: Having the right size boxes on hand for packing will make the process easier. You lose time if you have to hunt around for your packing materials.
Prioritizing your packing
Keep this in mind: First in, last out. You want to pack the non-essentials and other things that are not a priority first. If you’re thorough and thoughtful (“will I really watch this DVD before we move?”), you’ll be more efficient. You can then move those boxes to a designated area out of the way. Think of things you won’t use while you prepare for the move— out-of-season clothes, items on bookshelves or media cabinets and other things you don’t use every day.
As your move date approaches, start packing possessions that you use more often, but won’t need until after you’ve moved. These boxes might include:
- China, special-occasion serving dishes and cookware
- Household and cleaning products (except a few basic cleaning items for move-in day)
- Food and other pantry items you won’t be using before moving
- Non-essential pet supplies like extra food
You’ll find that as you get these items packed, boxes labeled and put out of the way, you’ll feel much more in control of the move and packing process. Now pat yourself on the back!
“Open-me-first” boxes: The essentials
The last batch of packing on your list should include those things you want access to immediately when you arrive at your new home. These should be designated to be loaded last on the moving truck, or to ride in the car with you.
- Delegate. Have family members make up their own essentials box and keep track of it.
- Reduce frustration. If you can easily access these things in your new home, you’ll feel less frustrated when unpacking.
- Pamper yourself. Include items that make you feel good— bubble bath, favorite music or anything else that feels like “home.”
If you follow these packing tips, you’ll be rewarded by an easier, more focused unpacking process. You’ll be able to finally relax and enjoy your new home!