Unpacking day has arrived. The thought of having to unpack your life from a collection of cardboard boxes is daunting, but take the opportunity to re-look at your belongings, remember some good times and purge what you no longer need. Music is often a great motivator – so think about creating a playlist for un-packing day. Choose your favourite tracks that will get you twerking while you’re working, then you will speed through the process with a smile on your face. Here’s our step-by-step guide to unpacking without the stress.
- First things first. Check your inventories. Do you have all the boxes you started with? Yes? Good! (and if no– get on the phone to the removals people)
- Next up. Put the right boxes in the right room.
- Now, before you unpack, walk through each room. Have a vision of how you want each one to work. Even make a sketch of how you want to layout some of the larger items of furniture as this will stop the frustration later when you need to drag a cupboard from room to room because it just doesn’t fit.
- Hopefully your new home will have been left in a good condition by the previous residents but it would be prudent to have a quick wipe down of the shelves and sweep the floors. Everything will then be in a good state ready to start the unpacking.
- Our suggestion is to start with the bedroom. Unpacking is exhausting so you’ll need somewhere to rest your weary self after a long day. So, build the bed, unpack the linens and set up your sleeping zone.
- Next job. Move onto the kitchen. You’ll probably need some fuel (or at least a cup of tea!) to keep you going. So unpack all your kitchen equipment. Have a think about where you want everything to go. It’s important to start with a place for everything – so have a dedicated location for your mugs, cups, plates and cutlery.
- Word of advice? Wait to set up the TV! As soon as you set it up you’ll be more likely to get distracted and you’ll never finish the job.
- Why not take the opportunity to purge when you are unpacking? You have been away from your stuff for a little while so you have a new perspective on what needs to be kept. Dedicate a few boxes to stuff you can either give away, or if you do not want to get rid of them forever, move them into a storage unit so they remain yours but don’t clutter up the new home. Shurgard has a range of different size storage rooms at affordable prices so it’s a no-brainer for keeping your new home clutter free. Start with a positive attitude!