The art of successful unpacking

Are you moving? Congratulations! Moving is an important step in a person’s life, and can really be a breath of fresh air. However, there’s one thing every person moving dreads – packing and unpacking. However, packing and unpacking aren’t nearly as hard as they seem, when you’re organized. That does mean packing things in a way that will be unpacked easier. Most people focus on successful packing, but few think about successful unpacking. The key to successful unpacking lies in organization and good packing – you can’t unpack with ease if you’ve just crammed everything into boxes and called it a day! But don’t worry. There are plenty of ways to make sure you can unpack easily – and only one of them is hiring long distance movers Brooklyn to pack you.

A box full of children's books in them. If you label them 'kid books', you'll get successful unpacking down in no time.
Of course, successful unpacking can’t be done without good packing – that means labeling every box.

Successful unpacking means knowing where the essentials are

So you’ve just moved into your new place and put the last moving box down. Imagine you suddenly need some minor yet necessary thing, like toilet paper. No one wants to realize they’re out of toilet paper when they need it, right? But thankfully, you did bring some along. But…where is it? Is it in the bathroom boxes? Is it elsewhere? You don’t know. And, in order to unpack successfully, you should. You should pack your essentials, your necessities, the things it would be incredibly inconvenient to be without, in a box labeled as such. That way, you can open one box and have everything you need immediately on arriving. That can be toilet paper, yes, but it can also be a comfy blanket, or a change of clothes, or maybe coffee for the addicts among us.

Fuel is important for successful unpacking - even if the fuel is pizza.
Know how you’ll eat, or be prepared to eat takeout until you unpack.

What is an essentials box? How do you pack it?

What counts as an essential? Just imagine what would suddenly be really inconvenient to be without. The art of successful unpacking lies in the organization – do you know what you’re going to do immediately on arrival? You should. Plus, hopefully, you’ve decluttered before the move so your boxes have only the things you genuinely want. That is very helpful.

  • You should write down the essentials box as a part of your moving checklist.
  • Are you going to clean your new place upon moving in? In that case, your essentials box should have cleaning supplies.
  • You’ll need toilet paper and hand soap for sure.
  • Dish soap, unless you have a hooked up dishwasher
  • Medication goes into the essentials box.
  • A change of clothing and a towel for everyone in your family – to tide you over until you unpack everything else.
  • Do you frequently drink coffee? A coffee maker should go in, then, and so should coffee. No one wants the java jitters mid unpacking.
  • What about utensils? You definitely need a set per person – that includes a cup, a fork, a knife, a spoon, and a plate. You don’t want to eat with your hands!
  • What about scissors or a scalpel – plan how you’ll open the other boxes!
  • An emergency kit is a must. After all, you’re gonna be using sharp things for unpacking.
  • Got a pet? You need to put pet food and pet dishes.
  • How will you feed yourself? You either need to know you’re ordering takeout – and budget for it – or have a quickly made food item with you. Like, for example, pasta. However, if you have a grocery store near your new place, just go in and raid it. Or you can look at websites like ubereats or just look up takeout near you.

Get the kitchen in working order

And yes, that means working and not perfect. It just has to be functional, so you can use it while you unpack everything else. But, with that in mind… Successful unpacking is an art, and art depends on the artist. In that vein, this is merely a suggestion – if you feel better straightening out every last detail, by all means, do so! But be aware of why you’re doing it, and how. Getting the kitchen ready will help you because you will have a kitchen to cook in – and that can help you! You won’t have to constantly dial expensive takeout because you’ll have a place to cook in.

The art of successful unpacking is knowing when to do what - and appliances should be among the firsts on the to do list.
Make arrangements to hook up your appliances as soon as possible – you don’t want a wrench in the works to throw off your successful unpacking!

The bathroom comes second in successful unpacking

This seems like a no-brainer, really. You need the bathroom for a lot of things, and getting it functional is a priority. Imagine really needing a shower, or really needing to use the toilet, with no toilet paper or shower curtain or towels or soap?! That sounds like a nightmare. Once again, the art of successful unpacking is prioritizing – just hanging up the shower curtain and bringing in the hand soap, toilet paper, and towels is enough to tide you over. You don’t need to worry about getting it lined up perfectly or anything, just making it usable until you’re done unpacking. The things you’ll need to use while unpacking take priority when you’re unpacking. This way, you’ll have a working house while you’re working on your house.

What about specialty things?

There are some special things that might be difficult to unpack – because they’re difficult to pack. Things like pool tables or art – things that demand seasoned professionals. Especially art – though, if you’re working on unpacking, art shouldn’t come before the kitchen or the bathroom. However, there’s a reason art lovers search for seasoned art handling companies in NYC –  because successful unpacking is difficult when it comes to art! You don’t want to dig around trying to remove your sculpture from its specialty crate and snap a bit off, right? And god forbid you to drop your priceless oil painting! There are some things best left to professionals, and there are no professionals that can match Dorothy & Martha Movers NYC.

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