Moving from home to home can be a stressful process. Most of us are able to get through the beginning stages of packing up a new home, but when it comes to unpacking in the new home, we tend to leave it as unfinished business. We run out of steam and we don’t follow through from beginning to end, leaving the task of unpacking to drag on for weeks to months at a time. We know that moving can be difficult, but it is our belief that every job in our lives can be streamlined to create efficiency and ease.The art of moving can be refined down to a science by following our tips for how to completely unpack and have your new home decorated in just a few short days.
People like to think that their work is complete once the moving trucks drop the load off and leave, but in reality, they are left standing there surrounded by a fortress of boxes that (sadly) won’t unpack themselves. Why is it that some people can unpack so quickly, within a few short days whereas others whose homes seem to be in a constant mode of being on the move? What’s the trick? What’s the secret sauce? Here’s the key to the piece of puzzle you have been missing all along…
The trick to unpacking really quickly lies in the way you pack!
This small but vital piece of information will save you so much time! If you want to save time in unpacking then pack up your old home exactly the way that you would unpack in your new home. How exactly do you do this? Here’s some step-by-step tips on how to apply this the next time you are on the move:
PackOne Section At A Time
Pack everything exactly the way that you would unpack. If you were to pack up the things in a dresser, then pack up one drawer (of the dresser) at a time and do it in a chronological order that makes sense to you. If you are to pack up your kitchen, you don’t necessarily have to categorise the items according to their type. Simply pack it up exactly how you have it put away in the old home, so that when you unpack, everything is still in the same logical order as how you had organised it before. Unless you lived in chaos previously, this trick will save you a lot of time. Make sure to label everything with as much detail as possible. It can cause a lot of confusion ifyou have three different boxes all labeled “Plates”. Try to use descriptive words in your labelling such as, “Blue Dinner Party Plates”, “White Daily-Use Plates”, “Large Serving Platter Plates”, “Afternoon Tea Set Plates”. The more detail you put, the easier it will be for you to distinguish between the all the different moving boxes. Instead of having to rip through every single box in frustration, you can distinguish between which ones to open first according to where you are unpacking in the home.
Unpack One Box At A Time
Similarto packing, you should always unpack one box or one section of the home at atime. The less boxes you have opened, the easier it will be for you to focus onone task at any given time, leaving less room to be overwhelmed and flustered.It’s like going through a to-do list. If youlook at your whole list of tasks needed to be done all at once, chances are youwill become extremely overwhelmed and more prone to stress. However, if youlook at each task and just tackle that one task before moving on to the nexttask, you will be able to get through it much faster and easier without beingdriven to insanity. Don’t ever try totackle too many tasks at once. Not only will it make the process of moving thatmuch more stressful, it will even slow you down. It’sbetter to focus on doing one task well over doing many tasks poorly.
When Packing Up Clothes...
Don’t bother taking them off the hangers and folding them (if you don’t need to). If you are moving a short distance, then just leave them on the hanger sand put them right on the new closet racks. In the goal to be meticulous,people often waste more time in cases when the more economical option is actually the better one. If you’re under garments are already in closet organiser boxes, don’t bother removing them! Just pack up the entire box as it is so that when you unpack, all you need to do is take out the boxes and put them in the new closets. The method of packing can be applied to other things in your home too.Pack up the whole toy box. Pack up the whole dog toys basket. If you are moving your whole office desk, then pack up your whole desk without moving anything inside. This is the key to efficiency. If you are to employ this method, make sure you aren’t moving useless junk with you. Clean out and declutter all your big furniture pieces before moving so that you don’t move things that you don’t want with you to your new home.
If you pack just the way you want to unpack, you will have everything all ready the way you want it for when you get to the new location. You simply have to open up a moving box and transfer it to its allocated spot. It’s literally “Grab and Go” - grab what you need so that they will be ready to go when the time comes for unpacking.