Quick-step unpacking for first-time moves

No matter how your move went, you will always be tired after it. There were many things to take care of in a limited amount of time and even if you used NYC movers and packers for your move, your energy and nerves are depleted. Now that everything is over, you need to get some well-deserved rest. But, you can’t. Trying to relax surrounded by packed boxes will just leave you stressed out. There will constantly remind you that you are not yet done with moving. So roll your sleeves up and turn on the backup energy reserves, because it is time to do some quick-step unpacking.

Help yourself before the move

There is a lot you can do in order to help yourself unpack much before you even step into your new house. If you didn’t follow these steps and are reading this after moving in, don’t worry. It’s not the end of the world. But, if you are just packing make sure to follow the steps as they will make your quick-step unpacking much quicker. If you are having trouble there are Manhattan moving services to consider.

Label the boxes

If you want to make your unpacking fast, you need to know what is inside of your boxes. It might seem unnecessary as you can just pack your boxes in a truck without any labels. But, you’d be wrong to do so. If you label your boxes you will know in which room you should place them and reduce the time needed for unpacking. Make sure to label what is inside of the box and in which room should the box go. If you want to make it even easier to recognize, you can use different colored markers in order to have the necessary information at first glance.

Labeled boxes
Labeling is vital for quick-step unpacking.

Make a list

When you are packing your boxes you should always make a list. List down everything that is packed and make sure that it is visible what things are packed together. This will allow you to check if anything is missing when you unpack. It will also give you a better idea of how many things you have unpacked and how many you haven’t.

Quick-step unpacking

OK, now that the move is done and the things are unloaded it is time to start unpacking. Follow these guidelines and you’ll unpack yourself in no time.

Start as soon as possible

Do not procrastinate. It is easy by just giving yourself “five minutes to catch your breath” to end up lounging around for two hours. Avoid falling into that trap. Start your unpacking as soon as you can. Do not waste any time. If you labeled your boxes you could’ve told the movers to place them in appropriate rooms. If not, no matter. Start by placing them there yourself.

Unpack essentials first

Start off by unpacking your essentials. By this, we mean your soap, drinking glasses, spare clothes, etc. Whatever you need to refresh yourself and create the proper mood for unpacking. Get your phone chargers and laptops in order to get in contact with people to let them know how your move is going.

Go room by room

The reason why you are putting boxes in their designated rooms is so that you can unpack yourself room by room. By doing so you will have a better idea of how your unpacking is going. You will also feel a better sense of accomplishment. Once a room is done it is done. It is a great energy and morale boost to finish a job completely. Even though this is a quick-step unpacking, you shouldn’t rush. Place everything in its proper place and make sure that it is clean and not damaged.

Get help from a friend

An easy way to speed up your unpacking is to invite a friend to help you. You don’t have to invite a lot of people. One or two friends will be more than enough. Get the people you enjoy spending time with and start unpacking together. Another reason why you should label your boxes is so that your friends will better know how to help you unpack. Coordinate them properly so that there is no confusion as to where your possessions should go. Even though you are tired, try not to get agitated and impatient. Relax and go at it at a comfortable pace. This way you will avoid common mistakes when friends help you move.

Friends unpacking
Unpacking can be great fun if you have the right people helping you.

Have a nice atmosphere

Remember that you are not rushing. There is no timeline to follow here or some deadline to make. Your quick-step unpacking doesn’t necessarily have to be fast, but it is good if it feels fast. And we all know that time flies when you are having fun. That is another reason why it is a good idea to have friends come and help out. Play some music. Order some pizza and beer. Make it comfortable. It shouldn’t be a party, but it doesn’t have to be a serious working atmosphere. As long as you are unpacking and having fun, you’ll unpack yourself in no time.

Get some pizza
Pizza makes everything better.

Reward yourself

Moving was stressful and now is the time to give yourself a break. If you are too tired or too stressed out from the move, you should take a break and relax. Take care of your stress. Sometimes it can be much better to have an hour dedicated to unwinding, and then start unpacking yourself. Just be careful with it. As we said, it is easy to procrastinate. You should unpack as soon as you are capable. Just give yourself enough time to become so.

Treat yourself

An easy way to motivate yourself while unpacking is to treat yourself. If you give yourself a reward every time you successfully unpack a box you will feel much better and will be more motivated to make your unpacking as quick as possible. It may seem stupid, but it works. If it didn’t we wouldn’t be able to train dogs.