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You have arrived at a new place! You must feel very relieved! Moving is hard work, and it begins with resettlement planning. Chances are, you’ve been on a long journey and finally seen the light at the end of the tunnel.
Once you arrive at your new home, you want to feel at home. But you are surrounded by boxes and feel overwhelmed. (We can’t blame you for that because of the record.) We cannot blame you.
Fortunately, there is a strategy for decompressing after the move. With some planning, you should be able to unpack and settle in quickly so you can relax in your new place.
Fatigue). Motion Day is a crazy time for everyone, and there’s very little you can do about it. Between packing your old place into a moving truck, tying the ends loosely, unloading the car into your new home, and all the pieces in between, it’s been a busy (and exhausting) day.
Hopefully, you’ve labeled all your boxes when packing. Clearly labeling your boxes helps ensure they arrive in the correct place in your new home. If you unpack the right boxes into the right places, you will find the process much more straightforward.
Your landlord or previous tenant may have cleaned the place before you arrived, but technically what they need most is to clear any visible dirt. Before you open the box, take a moment to do a little cleaning.
Get the necessary cleaning supplies: broom, all-purpose cleaner, rags, and paper towels. Quickly clean floors and surfaces in each room before you begin your unpacking project. You’ll feel more at home knowing it doesn’t have any signs of previous tenants.
Unpack the essentials
Have you packed a box of essentials? Hopefully, you’ve followed one of our favorite tips and packed a box (or two, or three) of your most essential items. That includes bed sheets, pillows, towels, toiletries, medications, pajamas, change of clothes, and underwear. For some of us, coffee pots and cups are essentials too!
Unpacking your essentials first means you’re ready to shower and get a good night’s sleep when the time comes. It also saves you from frantic searching for boxes and looking for the things you need.
Prioritize your room
If the thought of liberating the entire home is overwhelming, remember that you’re not doing it all at once. Let’s start with the most critical rooms first and go from there. Beyond that (and depending on how you label your boxes), begin with the essential things in the most important rooms.
In general, we recommend starting with the bedroom. Start by making the bed and move on to other room areas. Fill your drawers and closets so you can quickly get on with your daily life (like dressing for work or the gym) without tearing the box.
Declutter as you go
While unpacking, remember one thing: make sure you don’t create a mess while moving. Of course, you will have empty boxes and need to find a place. But stay organized and tidy when you empty your bin. You may be able to clear the box a little slower, but it’s best to take your time and put your things in their rightful place the way you do. You will thank yourself later, trust us.
Moving Large or Fragile Item: Everything You Need to Know
Moving isn’t just about stuffing boxes of clothes and packing your forgotten VHS collection in the crawl space. When the day of moving comes, you will have to move a lot of things that need to be more careful.
Moving large or fragile items takes special care to ensure they and you are safe in transit. Improperly moving large items can damage them and put stress on your body. Fragile items should be securely packaged to ensure they arrive in the same condition as they left them. With a few simple tips, you will save time, energy, and stress as you “hopefully” everything stays the same!
Packing fragile items
When packing fragile items, you need to pay special attention to how you pack them. When things like books and clothing are packaged to fill them, the real consideration for fragile items is whether they will be safe and secure in transit.
Consider using a dish box for your plates and pack them vertically. This reduces the surface area and the risk of the panels at the bottom being crushed by the weight of the ones above. Wrap individual discs in bubble wrap and consider a purpose-fit box with dividers to separate each disc.
There are also dedicated boxes for glasses (including wine glasses or champagne flutes) with dividers between each drink. This ensures each is protected from friction or impact, and the glasses stay upright in the box.
Pour wrapping paper over the glass to soften the vibrations in motion. To protect fragile items, wrap each item in paper and bubble wrap. In the case of multi-part objects such as a teapot with a lid, cover the things separately.
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