Unpacking, Stress Free Moving – How exciting and I bet rather exhausting. You’ve finally arrived to your new home after all the packing, loading, and transporting. What’s next? Where do you start? Unpacking and settling into a new home can be overwhelming and for many daunting at times.
How often have you, or someone you’ve known, moved into a new place and find yourself living out of boxes? Or a and a year later discovered boxes still unopened?
So what do you do? Here are 3 unpacking tips for stress free moving:
1) Before packing to move, create an overnight bag for each family member – It’s quite common to find yourself digging through boxes after you’ve moved into a new place, just to find your daily essentials. As such, rather than dig, put together a bag for each member with everything you guys will need. This will save you guys time and the hassle of having to search for and locate everything. Plus, this helps avoid the stress and need of rushing through unpacking, as you’ve bought yourself a bit more time with already having access to what you need. That said, don’t prolong it.
2) Change your perspective – Unpacking can be overwhelming, but it can also be a great time to organize your home and declutter. Accordingly, as you unload, first place each box into their designated room. Then, as you unpack each box, look at the item and see if you have a new place for your old pieces. Ask yourself, do you really need it? Does it bring you value – or as Marie Kondo, the author of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, states, “Does it spark joy?” Too often, clutter and disorganization arise not from having too many things, but rather not having a home for your things. So, keep what you need and make sure you have a place for each item. What you don’t need, don’t keep. And through this process, remind yourself of the incredible opportunity you have at that moment to not only set-up a clutter free and organized home, but to create a more peaceful, stress-free, and productive space. In essence, unpacking should be the best part of moving.
3) Create a system – As you pack, create a color coding system for your boxes with a different color representing a different room, so that you or your movers can easily know where each box goes. To take it up a notch, attach a photo of the inside of the box onto each box. Then, arrange the big pieces of furniture first (i.e. sofa, coffee table, bed, dresser, bookshelves, etc…) so your home starts to look like a home AND you can create a place to begin designating spaces for your belongings. After you tackle the big items, then start worrying about the boxes with your everyday or smaller items. You already have an overnight bag, so there shouldn’t be anything urgent in any of these boxes that you’re in immediate need of.
And that’s it. One box at a time. One room at a time. Before you know it, you’ll be unpacked and settled into your new home with a place for everything. Unpacking doesn’t have to be overwhelming – it’s your opportunity to create a fresh start and set-up a stress-free, inspiring, and productive environment.
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