How to Make Unpacking Easier After a Move

February 14, 2019 Published by Leave your thoughts
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Last month, we talked about steps you can take before you move to make the process less stressful, from bringing in a professional move management team to keeping a blueprint of your new place in mind. However, proper preparation is only part of the moving process. You’ve still got to tackle packing, transporting your belongings to your new living space, and, finally, unpacking.

Unpacking can be one of the most difficult parts of moving, since you’re exhausted from all the work you’ve already done. It’s tempting to put it off until later, but you don’t want to end up living out of boxes for weeks or even months due to procrastination.

Luckily, there are some strategies you can use to make unpacking quicker and easier. Here are a few tips to help make the process less burdensome.    

Put your boxes in the right rooms before you start unpacking. Before you start opening boxes and containers, you should decide what each room in your new space will be (bedroom, living room, den, etc.), according to the ConsumerAffairs article “How to unpack after moving: Learn how to unpack in stages to keep your new home organized.”

After you’ve decided which room is which, move the boxes to the rooms where you plan to put their contents.

Clean your new space before you start opening boxes. It’s much easier to clean an empty space than one with all your belongings in it, so you should take advantage of this opportunity to dust, vacuum, scrub, and so on, ConsumerAffairs suggests.

Have an unpacking plan, starting with the necessities. Instead of just picking a room at random to begin unpacking, have an unpacking game plan, starting with the most important areas of your new space, The Spruce article “Tips for Unpacking After Moving to a New Home” advises.

When moving, you should have an “essentials” box that contains things like toiletries, medication, and basic food items to get you through the first few days in the new place. After that, tackle the most vital areas of the house, starting with the kitchen, bedrooms, and bathrooms.    

Designate an area for discarded packing supplies. After you’re done unpacking, don’t forget you’ll have to deal with all the packing peanuts, boxes, and other supplies. Designating a particular area (e.g., the garage) for discarded packing materials can help minimize mess and make cleanup faster and easier.  

Put on your favorite music. An upbeat unpacking playlist can make the time go faster and help turn tedious tasks into something at least a little more bearable.

If you’d like assistance with your transition to a new living space, the DWELLING Spaces + Places team of senior move management experts can help with not only preparation and the move itself but also with unpacking and settling in. We can handle everything from unloading boxes to hanging up drapery and pictures.  

Our team uses organizational skills and interior design expertise to assist seniors all over the Chicago area and the North Shore, including Evanston, Winnetka, Highland Park, Kenilworth, and Lake Bluff, among other areas. Learn more about our senior move management services today by calling (847) 769-2412 or emailing

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