In What Order Should I Unpack Once the Movers Leave?

The move is over, and now it’s time to unpack. That means the hard part is done, right? While transporting all your items is definitely the biggest hurdle, unpacking can also be quite the task. Fortunately, you can streamline the process by developing an efficient plan. Here are our tried-and-true tips on what to unpack first:

5 Steps to Unpack Quickly

Whether this is your first big move or you’re a seasoned pro, these tips will help you unpack and get the house set up in no time.

1. Start with the big items

To start giving your new home some structure, start with big items like furniture, sofas, and dressers. Once these items are in place, you can fill the space around them. Additionally, getting these items out of the truck gives you access to all the smaller boxes behind them.

2. Make the primary rooms functional

Most of us use a few rooms daily: the bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and kids’ rooms (if applicable). Once you’ve arranged your furniture, start focusing on these “must-have” spaces. Unpack clothing, toiletries, bedding, and anything else that you need to live in your new home.

3. Put all boxes in their applicable rooms

If you haven’t organized all your boxes yet, it’s a great time to do it. Often times folks will have the movers put all the boxes in a central area or garage. Once they’ve left, it’s a great time to make sure each box gets situated in its appropriate room. This is where all that labeling and categorizing you did during the move will really pay off.

4. Unpack lesser-used items

While you probably decluttered as you moved, unpacking is an opportunity to declutter once more. As you open boxes, be mindful of what you’re unpacking. There’s no sense in storing items you know you won’t use or leaving half-empty boxes of junk in the garage forever. As you work your way through the final boxes, be vigilant about donating or throwing away anything you won’t use.

5. Move on to artwork and decorations

Finally, it’s time to unpack the things that make your home uniquely yours: artwork, photographs, decorations, and more. By now, the rest of the house should be well set up. That means it’s a great time to start hanging items on the walls and making your space feel like home.

A More Organized Home – Made Simple

While moving can be exhausting, following these tips will help you get unpacked and settled into your new home as quickly as possible. If you want to make your move even more streamlined, consider hiring movers to help you pack, transport, and unpack your items.

Here at Master Movers, our expert teams specialize in local and long-distance moving for customers in and around the Portland area. If you’re moving, we want to help. We’ll handle the details of your move and do the heavy lifting for you, so you can focus on getting settled into your new space. Ready to learn more about our services? Contact us today!