Tips to Keep Yourself Organized While You Unpack

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How to Stay Organized While Unpacking

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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 unpack!

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 pack

This 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 duties.

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 time

To 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 box.

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 schedule

Staying 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 swiftly.

Have a plan

Before 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 inventory

Have 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 up

Unpacking 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 professionals

Don'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 quote form at to receive FREE quotes from unpackers near you!

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on October 16, 2013 - Moving Expert
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