Unpacking after a move is that final hurdle that can seem insurmountable when your energy is already depleted from the move itself; the weeks, perhaps months of planning, the admin, the chasing around, the packing, and so on. Of course, there is that personality type that’s still raring to go and completely unfazed. But for some of us, it all starts to feel too much. However, a grasp of what to do first and how to get it done can help alleviate the frustration and confusion. Do all of this with your inventory in easy reach, so you can consult it as you go along. And if you can’t face this alone, remember that Aussie has a brilliant unpacking services that can do it all for you. But if you’re going it alone, here’s how:
1. Start with the essentials; the things you need straight away and for the week ahead. With any luck, you packed an essentials box when you were at your old place, and it’s clearly marked and identifiable. Phew, that’s done – you’ve got your bedding, meds, kettles, things to eat and drink, toiletries and other day to day must-haves.
2. Now it’s time to work on a room-by-room basis and what better place to start than the kitchen. Why not line the cupboards while you have this opportunity. It’ll be much easier now than later. Then it’s time to unload all your crockery, cutlery, cooking utensils and appliances. And having your coffee maker and toaster at the ready is going to make life feel a lot better straight away.
3. It makes sense to address bedrooms and bathrooms now. You’ll already have put some bedding in them because of your essentials box, but now you can unload the rest. Along with putting the beds together, you’ll also be able to put your medication in either bedside tables or bathroom cupboards depending on your preferences. And some clean fluffy towels are going to make your first night much cosier.
4. Placing indoor furniture is the next move and this will be all the easier if you were given layout plans in advance. Bedrooms, sitting rooms and dining rooms will be the key areas that need furnishing. If there are complex, bulky items that need reassembling, only do this when you’re certain of the items’ locations. To brighten your mood and give yourself a lift, why not hang some paintings or set down some framed photographs at this stage – then your space no longer looks uninhabited and anonymous, and your enthusiasm gets a much-needed shot in the arm.
5. Garages, gardens, patios and so on can come last. These are often the least essential areas – at least at this stage. If you’ve moved in the summer months, then unpacking some garden furniture can come first. To get everything wrapped up, now you’ve done the bulk of the work, just mark out an hour or two every day for tying up loose ends and getting things really right. Then the space is yours to live in and to love.