Moving into a new home is exciting. But, it takes time to settle in, so it could be weeks before you start to feel like your new house is actually your new home. Fortunately, there are ways to speed up this process so you can start settling in as soon as your boxes arrive. Follow these 7 moving tips:
Pack An Essentials Bag
Keep a small bag separate from the rest of your boxes and bins that contains the essentials you will need to make it through the first night in your new home. This bag should include prescription medications, toiletries, a change of clothes, and chargers for your electronic devices. Putting these items in a separate bag ensures you won’t spend hours digging through boxes and bins to look for what you need right when you arrive.
Set Up Beds First
There’s nothing like sleeping in your own bed to make you feel like home. For this reason, it’s best to focus on setting up the beds for everyone in the house once you arrive at your new home. Unpack sheets, pillows, and blankets so you have everything you need to get a good night’s sleep.
Keep Track of Small Parts and Pieces
Many people need TVs, computers, sofas, and other devices and furniture to feel settled in. Setting up these items in your new home is a hassle, but packing them up the right way can save you a major headache. As you take these items apart, put all of the screws, bolts, cords, and other small pieces into a plastic bag. Then, tape the plastic bag onto one of the larger pieces of the item. All of the components will stay together this way so you know exactly which parts belong to which item. This hack makes the set-up a breeze!
Simplify the Process of Packing Clothing
Your bedroom may not feel like it’s really yours until you see your clothing hanging in the closet and folded in the dresser drawers. But, unpacking clothing can take hours so many people put it off until the last possible moment. Instead of procrastinating, simplify the process by keeping your folded clothes inside the dresser drawers during your move. Clothing items that are hanging should be folded and placed inside a box or bag while they are still on the hangers. With this hack, unpacking your clothes will not take more than a few minutes.
Clearly Label Boxes
Take the time to clearly label each and every moving box. The labels should tell you exactly what’s inside the box so you don’t need to rip it open in order to find out. If you’re working with movers, it’s a good idea to include which room the box should go in inside your home. This helps movers determine where your boxes should go on their own so they don’t need to ask you for guidance repeatedly. It also makes the unpacking process much easier, so you can start to settle in as soon as possible.
Keep Tools Handy
You will need screwdrivers, wrenches, hammers and other tools in order to unpack furniture, appliances, and hanging décor. So if you can’t find these tools, it’s hard to start unpacking your belongings and turning your house into a home. Avoid this problem by keeping your toolbox handy instead of packing it away inside a box. If it’s too big to carry with you, remove the tools you will need and keep them in your essentials bag.
Make the House Your Own
Many people unpack their personal photos and artwork last, but if you want to settle in quickly, these items should be unpacked as soon as possible. A new house won’t feel like a home until it is filled with your favorite artwork and photos of your loved ones’ smiling faces. Make unpacking these items a priority so you can start to feel more comfortable in your new home.
It doesn’t need to take weeks or months to start to feel comfortable in your new home. Follow these tips when preparing to move into your new home and you will be settled in before you know it!