30 May 2013
Unpacking in your New Home - How to Get Settled in Faster
Getting unpacked will be the last chore of your relocation, but after a hard day loading, unloading and getting to your new home, it can be the last thing anyone wants to have to deal with. Instead of being a hassle, you can make unpacking in your new home fairly stress free and straight forward, by spending a it of time planning ahead before moving day. Here’s how:Organise your packingOne of the most off putting things about unpacking is the fact that you might have to trawl through loads of boxes to find what you are looking for. If all your items were packed randomly in boxes and not kept together in any order, then you won’t simply be able to unpack one room at a time, which can lead to a huge mess in your new home and end up taking a long time to sort out.In order to avoid this, make sure you start your packing as early as you can. This will give you the time you need to pack everything with care and attention. You should also make sure to try and tackle packing one room at a time, and as you go make sure you are clearly labelling not only the contents of each box, but also what room you want them in in your new home. Having everything clearly labelled will make the world of difference when it comes to loading and unloading a removals van, as you or your removal company will know where things need to get unloaded, meaning you won’t have to shift boxes around after they have been moved in to your new home. It will also help the removal men do their job, as they often try to pack by room, working from the downstairs to the upstairs when loading the van. Having organised packing will make their job a lot easier, and as a result faster, and possibly even a bit cheaper for you, if you are using a man in a van or smaller removal company.Things you’ll need for proper packingObviously, boxes will be essential, and if you happen to have any boxes from old purchases, these can be ideal for the items they were used for if you still have them. Alternatively, getting good quality boxes and containers can usually be done through your removal company, which can make keeping track of costs easier. Finally, if you want to try and save money, you can try getting some free boxes from your local supermarket or grocer. Having a lot of good quality masking or packing tape will be essential too, as you can use this to strengthen boxes if they are a bit old by applying tae around the edges. Not only that, it can be handy in general DIY around the house too, so it makes sense to keep a good supply of this anyway.Finally, get yourself a Stanley knife for cutting boxes and tape. It will be much safer and faster than using scissors, and again, can be very useful for other things once you’re in your new home. EssentialsNow you’ve laid the groundwork for a fairly easy unpack, but the real trick is to make sure that you have an essentials box with you, which should be the first thing you unpack. In this box, you should include things like some basic cutlery, a frying pan and pot, some bowls, plates, a change of clothes, towels, and overnight essentials. This will allow you to take a break after unloading, have some refreshment, and get reinvigorated before unpacking at your own pace and enjoying your new home.