If you followed our Packing Tips blog, your job of unpacking will go much smoother. Some people have their own preferences about unpacking, especially the sequence of things, but here is a good guide to consider.

Survival Box. First, unpack your “essentials box”. This should be the first boxes off the truck (because it was the last box loaded on) or something you moved with you in the car. This should contain everything you need for a couple of nights.

General Strategy:

  • Get the essentials unpacked first, then take your time with the rest of the house.
  • Plan the room first before you unpack too many boxes.
  • Get the tools you need to assemble furniture, etc.
  • If you think that you’ll do a task later – such as lining the cupboards or organizing the closet – that’s a sign that you should do the task now or you’ll never get to it.
  • Hang pictures and place family photos around the house early in your unpacking. It will help to make the space feel familiar and comfortable.
  • If you need to rearrange furniture in the bedrooms, living room and dining room, make a plan first so you only have to do it once. Large pieces that need assembling should be completed once you know where furniture will be placed.

Kitchen. If you’ve properly labeled the boxes, you should be able to locate what you need fairly easily. If you have time, I strongly suggest that you line the cupboards first. If you don’t have time, unpack only what you need, including pots and pans. Get the appliances hooked up and any small appliances like the coffee pot and toaster that will make your life a little easier.

Bedrooms. Put the beds together and unpack the linens for each bedroom. Bedrooms can be unpacked by each member of the family. Again, furniture placement or closet organization should be done first before you unpack.

Bathroom(s). Unpack the things that are most important, such as medication, the shower curtain and towels.

Living Room. Get the major furniture arranged first, then leave this area for later.

Garage. One of the last rooms to unpack is the garage. Since most garage items aren’t essential, try to organize the space before you start to unpack.

Patio. The patio items can be unpacked and set up at your own leisure. If you are moving in the summer, you can set-up the barbecue first, so you can cook without needing pots or pans or many utensils. This also makes your life a little more fun, a nice break from the unpacking task.