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How to Stay Organized While Unpacking
|Your move has reached its successful conclusion, and there's only one
thing left to do--unpack. If you have remained organized and completed your
relocation without mishap so far, make sure you continue while you
While unpacking has the potential to become a chaotic affair of
assorted items and heaps of discarded packing material strewn throughout your
home, keep your cool and follow these tips to remain organized.
Be organized while you packThis is the best way to ensure your
unpacking process will be organized and pain-free. Having a method to packing
your boxes, keeping like items together, and remembering to clearly label each carton with its contents and room is
imperative. This makes it easy for the movers to places your boxes in the
appropriate rooms--which will greatly facilitate your unpacking
Imagine if each room in your house was filled with assorted
boxes--bathroom supplies in the kitchen, bedding in the living room, and
cookware in the bedroom. Avoid every unpacker's worst nightmare and remember to
pack strategically and label accordingly.
One room at a timeTo keep yourself from becoming overwhelmed,
focus on one room at a time. If you begin unpacking in the
kitchen, then wander to the bathroom, and then start on the bedrooms, your whole
home will become a cluttered, half-unpacked mess. Unpacking a single room
at a time will keep your project streamlined and simple. Limit the amount of
items cluttering your home even further by concentrating on a single box at a
time. Once you have found a place for every article inside, proceed to the next
Begin with your "essentials" box that contains the items you will
need right away--such as toiletries, a change of clothes, towels, etc. The
bedroom should be first, so you have a comfortable place to sleep. Next is the
kitchen, so you don't have to keep ordering pizza every night. Tackle the
bathrooms next, then the living room/family room. Unpack the basement, garage,
and outdoor areas last.
Make a scheduleStaying organized is even easier when adhering
to a set schedule. It's easy to procrastinate and stall unpacking duties,
leaving your home a pandemonium of boxes and misplaced belongings. Write up an
unpacking schedule, using as much of your free time as possible. This will keep you motivated to stay on task and get the job done
Have a planBefore move-in day, it is helpful to draw up a
layout plan for your new home. Designate where you want your furniture and other
items placed with a quick sketch. Having a vision of what you want your
finished product to look like will keep you on task and make unpacking much
easier. You'll spend less time wandering around looking for the perfect place
for each item if you already have one in mind.
Make sure your furniture
pieces and other large items are in place before you begin unpacking your boxes.
Keep inventoryHave an itemized inventory list to refer to as you unpack your boxes.
Check off each item as you remove it from the box to ensure that everything has
arrived with your shipment. While it's important to take inventory before you sign for your belongings, it may be difficult to account for
every last item before the movers leave. If you discover that anything has been
misplaced or damaged after you sign for your shipment, contact your moving
company right away to file a claim. If you have already signed the bill of lading
without noting damaged or misplaced items, the process may be difficult--contact
the BBB, the FMCSA, or the AMSA for assistance
in resolving the matter.
Clean upUnpacking is a messy endeavor--an abundance of packing paper,
cardboard boxes, bubble wrap and other materials can create a disaster in your
home. To prevent the unpacking clutter from taking over your space, break down
and dispose of each box after you unpack it. Be sure to dispose
of all packing materials in the most environmentally-friendly manner
possible, or consider recycling or reusing them.
You may also consider
selling or donating your boxes to other relocating families using outlets like
Craigslist, Freecycle, or U-Haul Box Exchange.
Hire professionalsDon't have the time, patience, or
organizational skills to transform your home from a disarray of cardboard boxes
to a fully-functional living space? Hire professional unpacking labor to put
every last item in its place. Fill out our fast and easy
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