The Best Way to Unpack and Stay Organized After Moving

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Written by Chad Zollinger | Last Updated December 4th, 2019
Chad Allen Zollinger is a Content Management Specialist for Best Company. Majoring in Writing Studies, Chad is an avid reader, a lifelong writer, and once completed the Rubik's Cube in 34 seconds.

Moving boxesSo you've finally found that perfect home in the perfect neighborhood. You've purchased your home and are ready to move in. Now what? This is the beginning of what could be one of the most stressful processes of adult life. Yet, moving doesn't have to be a terrible experience; the more you prepare for what's ahead, the easier the whole process becomes.

How Do I Start?
Most people get so overwhelmed by the moving process that they begin a frantic, frenzied unpacking process the moment they get into their new home. As long as you planned ahead, there’s no reason your move should overwhelm you. Here’s what you should do from start to finish:

  1. When packing up, pack according to room and write the name of the room on each box.
  2. Put the boxes of each room near each other in the moving truck.
  3. Unload the boxes according to room. If you’ve loaded the boxes on the truck correctly, an organized unpacking should be easy.
  4. Put all boxes into their respective rooms before unpacking.
  5. Unpack the kitchen.
  6. Unpack the bedrooms.

Remember to unpack only one room at a time. Don’t get sidetracked—this will always lead to disorganization and you may begin to lose sense of what you have and haven’t already unpacked. Most of the organization begins when you start packing, so don’t forget to label boxes and pack according to room.

Where Do I Start?
Home experts are divided on the answer to this question. Some say you should unpack the kid’s bedrooms first and others say you should start with the kitchen. Personally, I think it’s best to unpack the kitchen before any other room. Your family can get by with sleeping bags or blow-up mattresses for the first few nights, but home life will get frustrating quickly if you haven’t unpacked your kitchen. Not only will you save money by avoiding the cost of takeout and plasticware, you’ll be able to prepare meals for your family before you’re even fully moved in.

Once you’ve finished, all you have to worry about is keeping your home organized and protected. At this point, you may even be thinking about getting a home warranty to protect yourself in case of home system or home appliance repairs. Make sure you check out the best home warranty companies.


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