If you’ve just moved into a new home (or if you’ve ever experienced moving into a new home, apartment or dorm room), you know the feeling of being surrounded by boxes and furniture just not in the right place. It can seem overwhelming and stressful to get a new place set up and feeling like a home. However, it doesn’t have to be! Here are a few tips for unpacking and organizing a new home so you don’t feel like it’s going to take forever to be comfortable in your new space.
Have an essentials box.
This should be one of the last on-first off the moving truck, and set in a place where it won’t get buried or lost in the moving mess. In the box, you can include anything you’ll need pretty immediately and anything you’ll need or want within the first few days. This box should have:
- Toiletries (don’t forget the toilet paper in this box!)
- Granola bars and other easy snacks
- Coffee (instant or a coffee pot, filter and grounds)
- Pet food
- Some bandaids in case of emergencies
- Trash bags
- Phone chargers
- Any important paperwork you may need
Prioritize your rooms.
Priorities may vary, and can change over the course of your life. The first priority if you have small children may be setting up the nursery or kid’s room. By setting up a crib or bed, changing table, rocking chair and other necessities, you can know that you have that space ready to go in the first few weeks in a new home.
This can also help slightly older children feel a sense of normalcy when their room has their bed, clothes, books and toys set up. It also gives them a space to call their own in a new house, where they may be a little uncomfortable or scared.
Tip: The wall decor can wait, if it needs to! As long as the room has the necessities for the kids, it's good to go.
Other priorities may be the kitchen so you can start cooking in the next few days, or a home office if you will be working from home at all during the transition. For the kitchen, just the essential pots and pans, as well as a few plates, bowls and silverware will suffice for now. In the office, the desk, computer, chair and any of the need-to-haves can be set up early on, with everything else waiting until later.
The garage can wait.
The garage unpacking and organizing can wait until last. You’ll probably end up putting boxes in the garage anyways in the meantime while you unpack the necessities. Just make sure you have the tools you need to assemble furniture handy so you aren’t frantically digging through the garage when bedtime comes.
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