Unpacking in Your New Home

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You’ve had your things in self-storage for a few months while your new home is being finished, but now that construction is complete, you’re ready to move in. You’re excited to get everything unpacked and get settled, but you know that it’s going to take some time before you’re completely comfortable in your new house. At EZ Storage® in St. Louis, we’re here to help however we can, and our month-to-month leases make it easy to leave your things in storage for a little while longer, if necessary. In this post, we’ll look at some tips for unpacking and settling into your new house.

1. Know Where Everything Goes

dreamstime_9168768Before you open the first box, make a plan for where everything can go. It can be helpful to make a map of your cupboards, cabinets, and shelves so you know where your tea cups, towels, and everything else will be placed once it’s in the house. It will also help you remember where things are once they’re unpacked.

The second part of this step is to make sure all your boxes and bins are labeled (hopefully you did this before you put things into storage). This will help you separate the kitchen boxes from the bathroom bins, the bedroom items from the living room, and so forth. Putting each box in its respective room will make unpacking much easier!

2. Take Only What You Need

While you may be moving into a house that’s bigger than any place you lived before, it doesn’t mean you have to take everything you own all at once. There may be some items you want or need to leave in storage until you have a dedicated space for it, and moving day can also be a good time to evaluate once more what you should keep and what you should donate or toss. By taking a few trips to and from your storage unit, you can decide what really needs to find its way into your new home.

It can also be beneficial to take one or two rooms’ worth of belongings in one trip. Perhaps you want to begin with your bedroom and your kitchen, and as long as boxes are properly labeled, you can transport those things, unpack them, and come back for the next load. This is a great way to ensure that certain essentials are unpacked before those excess belongings take up space in your house.

3. After a Few Months, Go Through Everything Again

Once you’re unpacked and settled, and everything is put away and arranged how you want it, live with it that way for a few months. See how you feel with things in a certain place or in a certain configuration. After those few months, spend a weekend reevaluating everything and rearranging, if need be. You can also decide if something you unpacked can now be donated or tossed, or if you’d rather have it in another room.

Self-storage can be a great option for those who are building a home or you need to store some things for the short term. Once your house is done, it’s easy to retrieve your belongings, unpack things at your own pace, and get settled into your new house. We hope that these tips will help you relieve a bit of the stress that can accompany moving and unpacking, and if you need storage for longer than you anticipated, we’ll be here.


Stop by one of our four St.Louis-area facilities to speak with an experienced member of our team and to learn more about our unit options.

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