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How to Unpack After Moving – 5 Tips from the Pros

Published on Jul 20, 2021 by Kfir Cohen

You’ve just dropped the last box from the international moving company car onto the floor of your new house or apartment. You are close yet still far from finally moving into your new home. It is time to unpack all your stuff from the boxes into the required places in your home. 

Unpacking may seem daunting at times. But considering the whole moving process, it is one of the relatively more straightforward phases of your entire moving process. It doesn’t need to be done very quickly since that could lead you to make avoidable mistakes. You don’t want that, do you? It is always better for the process to be done smartly.

Moreover, moving into a new home is particularly exciting, isn’t it? (Unless, of course, you are constantly moving every few months or years, for which we could all agree might be exhausting.)


What’s on this page?

01 | Put all boxes in the correct rooms before unpacking
02 | The correct order for unpacking
03 | Play some music to speed things up
04 | Take it easy
05 | Give yourself a deadline
06 | How long should it take to unpack after moving?
07 | How do you declutter when unpacking?
08 | How do I get motivated to unpack after moving?
09 | Why is unpacking so hard?


Hopefully, good preparations were undertaken when packing, such as tagging and labeling the boxes, grouping similar items together, and packing boxes strategically in the moving truck. In this case, this will most likely make your unpacking much easier and more fun! Here are a few tips you could follow to make your unpacking process smooth and without stress.


1. Put all boxes in the correct rooms before unpacking

A preliminary exercise you must undertake is ensuring each box is put into the corresponding room in which its contents will be removed or used. For instance, you should place a box containing toiletries in the bathroom. Boxes containing utensils and cutlery should likewise be in the kitchen area.

When boxes are placed in their respective rooms, they should now be unpacked methodologically by the rate of usage or importance—the things that will be utilized as soon as possible and frequently should be unloaded first. You could also use your inventory list to guide you, especially if you have labeled your boxes clearly.


2. The correct order for unpacking

You must unpack what you need first. Start with the kitchen, and carefully unload dishes, cutlery and utensils. First, of course, you would need to be able to munch on something after tiring exercises of unpacking. Move on to the bedrooms next since you must have a comfortable area to rest during this unpacking process. The boxes in the remaining rooms can then be unpacked little by little.

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The key here is to leave utility areas last. By this, you need to attend to the areas with boxes containing the things you are not in urgent need of that early. For instance, your storeroom or your garage with boxes containing saws, drills, screws, spanners, and so on can wait.


3. Play some music to speed things up

Would you like to work in deafening silence, or do you enjoy the monotonous sound of boxes make when you remove your things from them? I would most definitely rather not! If you have a Bluetooth speaker, play music from your best playlist to put you in a refreshing mood.

Here’s our favorite Spotify playlist for unpacking and cleaning.

You could also use your phone, place it on a loudspeaker, or use a personal earpiece – either works. Enter a slight dancing rhythm while unpacking your items from the boxes. It makes the process a bit exciting, right? Ultimately free yourself, and allow yourself to have a little fun while unpacking.


4. Take it easy

You should take your time when unpacking. There is no need to rush. After all, you won’t be able to finish unpacking everything in just a day. Do it step by step, and little by little, you without realizing you will end up finishing. As discussed earlier on, you are urged not to rush by unpacking the essential boxes and rooms.

Patience moves mountains. Another consequence of hastily unpacking is that you could easily break and destroy valuable but fragile items, like your ceramic plates and bowls. I bet you wouldn’t want that happening to you, would you? 

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5. Give yourself a deadline

Finally but not least significant, you must set deadlines for this exercise you are undertaking. Failure to do so could leave you unpacking for many months on end. It will be better to wrap up your unpacking in just a few weeks or months, so you can have time to do other essential things.

You will want your life moving on with ease and without hiccups, especially in a new area. Setting realistic deadlines for your unpacking and abiding by them is a point worth taking into account in that regard. Deadlines also enable you to plan strategically during the unpacking process.


How long should it take to unpack after moving?

Your unpacking speed is ultimately a personal decision mainly based on several factors such as time, health, and so on. It will, however, be advisable to finish unpacking within about three months,


How do you declutter when unpacking?

To prevent decluttering as much as possible, unpack a room at a time, starting with the most essential and highly used space, such as the kitchen. The labeled essentials are then to be focused on and removed systematically.


How do I get motivated to unpack after moving?

By setting a deadline, unpacking step by step and room by room, and following an inventory checklist, you could be easily motivated to overcome each obstacle little by little. You could additionally give yourself a little reward such as a snack or a little nap after each checkpoint you set for yourself.


Why is unpacking so hard?

Unpacking is very stressful, physically and mentally. The final hurdle in your whole moving process is a factor since you would be worn out already by the moment it’s time to pack. Having a lot of stuff packed is also an undeniable factor that makes unpacking a headache for many.

By Kfir Cohen

Kfir Cohen is handling global operations, cargo shipping, negotiation, and management of different suppliers around the world. He has more than 15 years of experience in the avant-garde of relocation and the sea/air freight business.
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