After the exhausting and stressful experience of moving, the last thing you'll feel like doing is unpacking an endless stack of moving boxes, sorting through your wrapped belongings. However, living out of boxes is no fun either. After you move, you want to get unpacked and settled in as soon as possible to start making your new house feel like home. If you feel unmotivated, host an unpacking party!
Instead of hiring costly labor to do your unpacking, rally up some loved ones to aid you with this time-consuming task. Fortunately, the experience doesn't have to be unpleasant! To make it feel less like work and more like fun, here are some tips to throw your very own unpacking party.
Invite close friends and family only
While it is a party, your guests are not coming to relax with a glass of wine and some hors d'oeuvres. They are also doing you a huge favor by helping you unpack your home. It's better to leave casual acquaintances and co-workers off of your guest list. Reserve the invites for close pals and relatives only -- people that will be more than willing to help you because they love you.
Schedule your unpacking party for convenience
While you will want to get things unpacked as soon as possible, suggest several dates to find out what works best for everyone. You are more likely to get a decent turn-out if you take your friends' schedules and availability into consideration. Don't expect anyone to change plans or take time off from work to help you unpack your home!
Make your unpacking party festive
Remember, it's a party! Wrangling up a group of loved ones to mundanely stand around and tear open box after box isn't anyone's idea of fun. Set up your speakers before everyone arrives to help create the party atmosphere. Order some food and provide snacks, beer or a couple bottles of wine to get everyone in a good mood.
TIP: Keep the drinking light. The last thing you want is a bunch of tipsy friends unpacking your fine china!
Keep the labor light during an unpacking party
When your friends arrive at your door ready to unpack, don't surprise them with requests to move or arrange your furniture. Leave the heavy lifting up to the professionals. If a friend gets severely injured while lugging your bed upstairs, you may find yourself in an unsavory position -- liable for their injuries and guilty of their pain. Keep the tasks at your party easy and accident-free, and leave the more strenuous activity to hired help.
Handle the fragile stuff yourself before the party
If one of your helpers accidentally drops a box containing your fragile family heirlooms or delicate crystal wine glasses you received as a wedding gift, you may not be able to resist the urge to snarl. Handle unpacking any valuables, breakables or precious possessions on your own to prevent any uncomfortable situations from arising and souring your party. Your friends are already doing you a favor -- laying on a guilt-trip if they mistakenly damage your belongings will ensure that they never help you with anything again.
Don't be bossy
Resist the urge to yell at your unpacking helpers about their methods of unwrapping, handling and putting away your possessions. Of course, you will want to offer instruction for your items' placement, but be diplomatic and refrain from behaving like a foreman. Some simple instructions at the start of the party about what should go where will eliminate the need for you to breathe down your guests' necks and dictate their every move.