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The items you should unpack first after moving

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If you are searching the Internet for tips on unpacking in your new home, it means that you are likely through with the process of relocation. This is something to be proud of, as moving to a new home can be a complex and stressful task. Luckily, the process of unpacking is much simpler than what precedes it. Especially if you have packer properly, or better yet, hired professional packing services to do it for you. Still, in order to adjust to your new home both easily and quickly, there are certain items that you need to unpack first after moving. To find out what these essentials are, keep reading!

Things to handle before you start unpacking

While you are probably in a rush to start the process of setting up your home, there are some things you have to take care of first:

  • Clean your new home – While most people clean their home before moving out, you never know whether it was done properly prior to your arrival. Before you take any of your things out, make sure to vacuum and wipe the floors and dust all surfaces. This will be much easier if you don’t have to move each item to do so. If you don’t have the time, you can always opt for professional cleaning services that will leave your new home spotless.
  • Make sure that all your belongings are accounted for – Even though it is rare that items get misplaced during a move, it can still happen. Especially in case of international relocation if you are not careful. That is why hiring experienced international NJ movers is advisable. Go through your inventory list and check off boxes as you go.
  • Set up your largest items first – Create a plan of where your largest and bulkiest items will go. This includes your beds, couches, major appliances, etc. This will prevent the need to move them if you decide that there is a better place for them down the line.
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Cleaning your home before unpacking is always a good idea.

Your essentials box should be the first thing you unpack after moving

During the packing process, it is a good idea to set aside some things that you will need when you first move in and pack them in a separate box. This will be your essentials box, which you should take with you during the move. Pack a change of clothes for each family member, some food, bedding, toiletries, medicine, eating utensils, etc. Everything that you need every day should be in that box. Moreover, if you have any kids, make sure to pack some toys to keep them occupied during the move or while you are unpacking.

It’s also a good idea to pack a separate box with cleaning supplies and tools you will need to unpack your boxes. Make sure that these boxes are marked clearly and taken off the moving truck first if you are not taking them with you.

Tackle your kitchen next

The kitchen is arguably the most time-consuming room when you unpack after moving in. In every household, there is a plethora of utensils, pots, pans, appliances, and other smaller items that need to be put away. That is why it is best to start with this room first. Additionally, you and your family will probably want to have a nourishing meal after a hard day’s work. Start by setting up your largest appliances, such as the fridge and the oven. Then move on to smaller ones, like your microwave, toaster, or coffee maker.

A black pan
Wipe each item with a dry cloth before putting it away.

Remember to clean your cabinets before placing anything inside, and you can even line them with contact paper. Then take out your plates, glasses, silverware, jars, and other items. Keep in mind that you don’t have to unpack your entire kitchen right after you move in. Rather, start with the bare essentials and do the rest when you find the time.

Set up your bedrooms

If you have followed our previous advice, you should already have your beds in place. Unpack them and put them together again if they have been disassembled. Take the mattresses out of the plastic covers and vacuum them thoroughly. Place linens, blankets, and pillows on the beds, so that they are ready once you want to rest. Next, set up your drawers and dressers and place your clothes inside. Alternatively, you can leave this step for later, just make sure that everyone has at least two changes of clothes ready.

In case there are some things that you are not sure will fit into your new home right now, or seasonal items such as winter clothes, don’t hesitate to place them in the storage unit. That way, you won’t have to decide right now where to put them. Also, you will know that they are safe and protected.

Unpack your bathroom quickly after moving in

Every member of your household will need to use the bathroom at some point during the day. For this reason, it is important to set it up as soon as possible. Place toilet paper on the holder, take out a clean hand towel and soap and put toothbrushes in a cup. After that, hang your shower curtain and leave out bath towels for each family member. As well as shower gel and shampoo. It is crucial to be able to take a shower after your moving day is finished. Both for hygienic reasons and those related to comfort.

Hand soap is one of the items you should unpack first after moving in
Wash your hands regularly while unpacking so as to prevent the spread of diseases.

Next, move on to your medicine cabinet. All of your prescription medication should be at hand’s reach, as well as anything you might need for first aid. Finally, place your laundry basket as the finishing touch and you are all set!

Take your time with the rest!

While this may seem like a lot to do in one day, you will be surprised by how much it will alleviate the stress of moving in. However, keep in mind that even though these are the items you should unpack first after moving, there is no rush when it comes to the rest. Just try not to procrastinate too much, as leaving unpacked boxes around the house can lead to clutter. If for any reason you wish to leave this task to professionals, know that a reliable moving company such as All Season Movers NJ can also handle unpacking for you. Whichever route you choose, we wish you the best of luck!

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