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The Best Order to Unpack After a Move

The key to a stress-free and fast unpacking experience is approaching it with a plan and a positive mindset. Start by envisioning your ideal living space and create a roadmap for unpacking based on your priorities and daily needs. 

  • Bedroom – Start unpacking the bedroom essentials, such as bedding, pillows, and clothes. Set up your bed first to ensure you have a comfortable place to sleep.
  • Bathroom – Next, unpack toiletries, towels, and other bathroom necessities. A functional bathroom is crucial for everyday routines.
  • Kitchen – Focus on unpacking kitchen essentials like dishes, cookware, utensils, and small appliances. Set up your kitchen to prepare meals and snacks, which can help you feel more settled in.
  • Living Room – Unpack your new living room’s furniture, electronics, and entertainment items. You’ll likely spend much time relaxing and socializing in the living room, so make it comfortable and functional.
  • Workspace – Next, set up your home office or workspace. Unpack office supplies, electronics, and any other items you need for work or study.
  • Closets – Once the main living spaces are set up, tackle closets and storage areas. Organize clothing, shoes, and other personal items in closets and unpack belongings in boxes.

Should I unpack room by room or tackle everything at once?

Focusing on one room at a time might be more efficient if you have limited time to unpack. This allows you to prioritize and ensure that essential areas, such as the kitchen and bedroom, are set up first.

Identify which rooms you should unpack first. For example, you should prioritize unpacking the bedroom so you can have a comfortable place to sleep or the kitchen so you can prepare meals.

If you’re moving into a larger home or have a lot of belongings, it may be overwhelming to tackle everything at once. Breaking the process into smaller, more manageable tasks by unpacking room by room can make it less daunting.

How long does it typically take to unpack after a move?

The time it takes to unpack after a move varies depending on factors such as the size of the home, the amount of belongings, and individual efficiency. On average, it can take a few days to a couple of weeks to fully unpack and settle into a new home.

How do I prioritize what to unpack first?

Prioritizing what to unpack first after a move can help streamline the process and quickly make your new space feel more functional. Here’s how to prioritize:

  • Essential items – Begin by unpacking critical items you need for daily living, such as bedding, toiletries, basic kitchenware, and a few changes of clothes. These items will help you establish a comfortable living environment right away.

  • Functional spaces – Focus on unpacking and organizing functional spaces like the bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen. Set up your bed, arrange toiletries, and unpack kitchen essentials to ensure these areas are ready for use.

  • High-traffic areas – Prioritize unpacking high-traffic areas such as the living room and entryway. Unpack furniture, electronics, and other items to make these spaces comfortable and inviting.

  • Personal needs – Consider your preferences when prioritizing what to unpack. If you work from home, prioritize setting up your home office. If you have children, prioritize unpacking their belongings to help them feel settled.

  • Seasonal items – If you’re moving during a specific season, prioritize unpacking items relevant to that season. For example, if it’s winter, unpack winter clothing, coats, and holiday decorations.

When should I consider hiring professional help to unpack?

When should you hire professional help to unpack after a move? Consider it if you’re pressed for time, have a large household, face physical limitations, possess fragile or valuable items, undergo complex moves, or seek peace of mind. Professional unpacking services streamline the process, handle delicate items, and cater to your needs, ensuring a seamless transition into your new home.