You’ve done the hard work and are safely in your new home with your belongings. But, unfortunately, looking at the surrounding mess can feel like the chore of moving is just beginning. While the work to get settled into your new home will always continue, some quick tricks and tips can help make this project more manageable with minimal stress.
1. Take Advantage of Your Essentials Box
Pack one box with all your essentials to get through the night. Make sure you pack medication, a blanket, a pillow, plates, and silverware. Also, think about your toothbrush, towels, shampoo, and soap that you’ll need to enjoy a hot shower. Have this box clearly labeled and visible. It should also travel with you in your car instead of the moving truck.
A box with only your necessities can ease your mind on the day of the move, even if it gets late. In addition, your necessities-only box can help you through the night and reduce the stress of finding what you need to fall asleep.
2. Create an Order of Operations
While looking at a disorganized room full of boxes may feel overwhelming, know you have a solid plan to unpack. First, create an order of operations for unpacking. You’ll want to move from big to small rooms, first unpacking the most important rooms. Then, move through your unpacking room by room without getting distracted by other, less critical projects.
3. Set Up Your Bed
It seems silly, but setting your bed as a top priority significantly reduces stress after your move. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that you can simply crawl into the known comfort of home at the end of the night. With a bed already set up and waiting, you’ll be able to get a good night’s rest and be recharged to tackle your unpacking the next day.
4. Break Down Boxes
Once you unpack a box in its entirety, be sure to eliminate the box. Breaking down the cartons to reuse or recycle helps eliminate visual clutter from your room and gives you a small reward for a job well done. In addition, there is something mentally satisfying about breaking down a cardboard box and letting you celebrate your small accomplishment. Finally, take your cartons to the local recycling center once complete.
5. Don’t Wait
Moving is a lot of work; there’s no way around it. After packing everything for the move, the last thing you want to do is spend more time unpacking. But you want to try to unpack quickly after your move. Not only will you be less stressed because you can return to the comforts of your home sooner, but you’ll be more motivated to get your new home set up.
Items that stay in boxes for an extended period tend to remain in boxes forever. So, tackle the unpacking as soon as possible to ensure it gets done. Try to avoid unpacking procrastination and tackle the job without hesitation.
6. Find Help
Nobody said this process is your own. Look for friends and family in the area who can help you unpack. A few hours with friends will impact how much unpacking you need to accomplish. Plus, hanging out with friends will make the process more fun and reduce stress.
Managing Moving Stress
While no move is without some stress, careful planning and a helpful team can help make the process as easy as possible. Are you thinking about moving with a professional team? Contact us today to get a quote on your move.