How to Efficiently Unpack After Moving

How long does it usually take to unpack after moving? Consider this: after packing and moving what feels like a hundred boxes, the unpacking process of your move deserves a strategy of its own. It’s easy to let yourself feel overwhelmed getting everything ready after packing and unloading a moving truck, but trust us, you’ll drive yourself crazy if you aim for this! As you begin to settle in your Forest Properties apartment, here are a few helpful tips on how to efficiently unpack after moving. 

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Unpack the Essentials First

From scissors to toilet paper, it’s a smart idea to create a box of moving day essentials (and unpack this one first!). Consider which go-to items you know you’ll need as you unpack, as this will keep you from aimlessly digging through boxes in search of specific tools. Here are a few ideas to add:

  • Scissors
  • Duct tape
  • Paper towels and toilet paper
  • Disinfectant wipes and glass cleaner
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Paper plates, cups, and napkins
  • Water bottles
  • Phone charger

A Helpful Moving Tip: Label your moving boxes! This will help you decide what boxes belong in what room, their contents, and which is marked as your “essential supplies.”

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Stick to Labeled Boxes

The golden rule of packing an apartment: label everything. This, in turn, will ease your unpacking process tremendously! Labeling boxes and their contents may take a few extra minutes, but trust us – your future self will thank you when it comes time to unpack. For additional pre-moving tips, check out our posts on 5 Tips for Moving on Short Notice and What Not to Pack When Moving.

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Figure Out Your Furniture Layout

It’s time to get creative, practice interior design, and put your basic math skills to the test. Before you haul in large pieces of furniture into your Waterford Place apartment like your bed frame, wardrobe, and sofa, consider outlining where these pieces will go in each room. The best way to do this is to measure the furniture and outline its placement on the floor with masking tape, which can be easily removed and will not damage carpet, tile, or hardwood flooring.

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Tackle Room by Room

Now that your moving truck is unloaded at Parkview Exchange and you’re faced with more moving boxes than you could shake a stick at, the best way to unpack is to tackle room by room. This is especially doable if you’ve labeled your moving boxes, so you know exactly where everything belongs without needing to open them up.

Consider starting with rooms and supplies you know you’ll use right away, such as the bathroom, cleaning closet, and bedroom. 

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Save the Kitchen for Tomorrow

You may not want to cook in your kitchen the first night in your apartment after a long day of moving, so don’t drive yourself crazy unpacking, washing, and putting away kitchen accessories. Your first night in the apartment may be a pizza night! However, if you simply can’t wait to set up shop in your luxury Landing 53 apartment kitchen, have at it! The views of Boston are sure to make your recipes taste a little sweeter.

Tackle Your Post-Apartment Move Checklist

Someplace between unpacking and moving boxes, don’t forget to dust off your handy Things to Do Post-Apartment Move checklist. From updating your mailing address to exploring your Audubon Cove apartment community, you’ll be able to enjoy your new home in no time.

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