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Moving Day: Best Practices for Unpacking and Organizing Your New Home

There are several important parts of the moving day process, and one that’s vital for everyone moving into a new home is how to manage the unpacking and organization process as you move in. From organizing belongings and unpacking in efficient ways to ensuring the cleanliness and safety of your space as you get the family moved in, there are a number of themes you might be thinking about here.

At Sullivan Moving & Storage, we’re here to help with these and numerous other moving services for San Diego clients. Our local movers have assisted with an extensive range of packing and unpacking services, plus are always on-hand for help with any of your other organization themes or other needs when moving into a new space. What are some of the top areas we point to when clients are carrying out unpacking and basic new home organization?

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Cleaning Rooms Before Unpacking

Cleaning is key as you move into your new space, and one method that’s often effective for many is to clean each room before unpacking any boxes or furniture into it. This gives you a completely clean slate to work with, and also allows you to get a feel for the size and layout of each room as you’re moving things in.

It can also prevent any accidents from happening due to lose nails, splinters, or other hazards that might be hidden in the room. Once you’re done cleaning each room, you can start bringing in boxes and furniture and begin unpacking them according to your plan.

Going in the Right Order

If you do plan to utilize the above method for cleaning and moving into rooms individually, you can save yourself a lot of time and hassle by doing this in an efficient order. We strongly recommend starting with the bedrooms and kitchen first — these are typically the most important rooms in the house for people, and the ones where the most possessions are involved, so it’s best to get them squared away as soon as possible.

The living room and other common areas can typically wait a bit longer, as you’ll likely be spending less time in these rooms during the initial days and weeks after moving in. By getting the bedrooms and kitchen set up first, you can ensure that everyone in the family has a place to sleep and eat while the rest of the unpacking process is underway.

Organizing Boxes by Room

Once you start bringing boxes into each room, it’s important to keep them organized so that you don’t have to search through dozens of them to find what you need. A good system to use is to label each box with the name of the room it belongs in, plus a brief description of its contents. For example, you might label a box “Kitchen – Dishes,” or “Bedroom – Clothes.”

This will make it much easier to know where everything is and which boxes need to be unpacked first in each room. You can also use this system for any furniture or other large items that need to be moved into each room, which can save a lot of time and effort later on.

Designating Spaces

Another very helpful tip as you look to stay organized throughout this process, and one that can often begin as soon as your belongings begin entering the new home: Designate specific spaces for certain items, even if they’re only temporary storage areas while you clean or prepare a given room.

For instance, if you’re still in the process of cleaning your master bedroom while certain furniture from this room has already been moved into the home, be sure to separate these items into different areas so that they’re not in the way. You can use a sheet or tarp to divide the room, or simply place these items in another room until you’re ready to bring them into the master bedroom.

This also helps if you have certain larger items that need to be assembled, such as beds or dressers — you can set these up in another room or area until they’re ready to be used, which again prevents them from getting in the way or taking up valuable space.

We can’t tell you how much hassle we’ve seen certain clients build for themselves simply by failing in this one area. Leaving possessions from various rooms or areas strewn together can lead to hours of additional work down the road, so it’s best to avoid this from the start.

Box Breakdown and Recycling

Finally, as you’re finishing up your unpacking s (whether on moving day itself or within the subsequent days or weeks), you’ll want to have a plan for dealing with all of the empty boxes. For some, this might mean re-using these boxes or sharing them with a friend who is moving in the near future.

In other cases, you can look to recycling options. Our team of local movers is happy to assist you with a debris pickup, which you can schedule at your convenience. If this isn’t ideal for you, you can also simply take any leftover boxes or other packing materials to a local recycling center, where they’ll be properly handled.

No matter what you do with these items, it’s important to get them out of your new home as soon as possible so that they’re not taking up valuable space or getting in the way of your unpacking and organization efforts.

For more on important unpacking and organization tips to consider on moving day and the subsequent early days you spend in a new home, or to learn about any of our moving services, speak to the team at Sullivan Moving & Storage today.

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