Unpacking After a Move

Family having a laugh while unpacking

Moving can be quite stressful, but unpacking after a long day of moving can be even more challenging. At EZ Storage® in St. Louis, we know how tough it can be to start unpacking on moving day, especially if things haven’t gone smoothly. In this post, we’ll look at a few tips you can use to start unpacking after you’ve moved into your new house or apartment.

If you need a self-storage unit at any time during your move, please visit one of our metro-area locations. Each facility has a number of spaces to choose from, and our staff can help you select the right choice.

Start With the Bedroom

You might be tempted to flop down on the bed and take a nap as soon as your bed frame and mattress are in place. Depending on when your moving day finally ends, all you may feel like doing is going to sleep. While that is perfectly acceptable, you may want to unpack your sheets and blankets so that you can make the bed before turning in for the night. You might have a little energy left to begin unpacking other things in your bedroom, such as your clothes, but having the bed made will be one less thing to worry about when you’re finally ready to call it a day.

Tackle the Kitchen Next

Once you’re well rested and ready to tackle unpacking the rest of the house, the kitchen can be a good place to take on next. You’re going to want to be able to make breakfast, lunch, and dinner at some point during the first week in your new place, and that can be hard to do when all of your dishes, pans, and small kitchen appliances are still in boxes. Before you start unpacking those boxes, however, it can be a good idea to decide where everything is going to go in your kitchen.

Start by labeling each cabinet and cupboard with what it will hold by using sticky notes or tape with the label written on it. Once you’ve figured out where your cups, bowls, toaster, and everything else will go, unpacking can take very little time. You’ll also want to check to make sure nothing was broken or damaged during the move.

Set Time Limits for Each Room

You may have taken some time off of work in order to move to your new residence, which means you might have a few days that you can spend unpacking. It’s important not to procrastinate unpacking your things, but you also don’t want to spend too much time on any one room. It’s good to give yourself a time limit for each room, such as one or two hours, so that you don’t get caught spending several hours unpacking the living room or trying to organize the bathroom. You don’t have to get everything set up or every picture hung on the wall — unpacking and decorating should be two separate tasks.

Find a Storage Unit

If you find as you’re unpacking that you don’t have space for everything, renting a self-storage unit can be a viable option. Perhaps you have a few boxes of family heirlooms or personal mementos that you plan on keeping packed for the foreseeable future; if so, why not put them into storage instead of trying to find a place for them in your garage or basement, spaces where you want to store things you use on a regular basis, such as tools or camping gear?

At EZ Storage® in St. Louis, we can provide you with an affordable and convenient storage space for as long as you need. We offer monthly leases on all of our units, so you can rent for a period of time that works for you. You can access your unit on any day of the year, and our staff members and resident managers are always here to help.

We look forward to seeing you soon!