Setting Up House: Tips and Tricks for Unpacking

Setting Up House: Tips and Tricks for Unpacking

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Welcome home!

You’ve finally done it. After weeks (or months) of planning your move, packing boxes, and tying up loose ends in your previous location, you are now the proud owner of a new home.

Moving in the right direction

With the help of a trusted team of professional interstate removalists on the Gold Coast, you have successfully transported all your personal items to your new home. Now, all you have to do is unpack so you can quickly settle in to your new abode.

This is easier said than done. With all the boxes surrounding you, the excitement of moving into a new place can easily wane. Do not fret, though, as unpacking can be done when you have a clear guide on how to do so.

Below are some useful tips and tricks to help you move forward and set up your home efficiently:

1. Plan the unpacking

Unpacking has to be planned. Much like how you planned your move and how you thoroughly went through your things to be packed, unpacking needs to have some rhyme and reason to it, as well.

When you plan how you would unpack your things, you ensure that you will keep your stress levels down. Having an organized way to do it will allow you to efficiently go through which boxes to open first.

Plan each room as well so you know where to put furniture, appliances and other bulky items. This will then make it easier for you to start unpacking your boxes.

2. Unpack the “essentials” box

When you have properly labelled the boxes before the move and briefed the removalists where to put them, then you at least have part of the unpacking work done.

Marking the “essentials” box as the one to open first will save you time and help you acclimatize to your new home on your first day. This box is where you have all the basic items that you will need on your first day (or night) in your new home. This could include the following:

  • Basic cleaning materials
  • Items that can help you cook a simple meal
  • Your personal hygiene kit e.g. toothbrush, bath items, towel, toilet paper
  • Emergency items and medication

You may also want to include an airbed or a cot so you can sleep comfortably whilst everything is still in disarray. This is especially helpful if you have timed the move so you arrive at your new house in the evening, because chances are you won’t have enough time to set up your bedroom yet.

3. Clean up your new place

Before you tackle all those boxes, it would be wise to give your place a thorough cleaning. It doesn’t matter if there was a previous tenant or it’s a completely new home, it is always better to lean on the safe side.

Wipe surfaces with warm, soapy water or a cleaning agent. Dust may have settled already so it is better to wipe your place clean now. It will also prime spaces like cupboards, shelves, and cabinets for when you are going to line them later or put in your belongings.

Conduct a good, clean sweep of the place. Vacuum what needs to be vacuumed. Start with a clean slate so it will be easier for you to just stash and store as you unpack.

4. Make time to unpack

This is one of the top things you should bear in mind when moving. If you have set aside time to move and relocate, then include time to unpack when you ask for leave from work.

The amount of time you put in when packing and storing your things, will most likely be the same amount of time (or more) you will need while unpacking. It would be best if you can really make time for unpacking so you can organize, sort, and efficiently put away everything in its proper place.

When you do not have the luxury of time, however, at least set aside the weekends for unpacking. You need to have a clear mind to efficiently go through your belongings and arrange your stuff the way you want.

5. Unpack by room

Normally, people would advise you to unpack boxes for your bedroom or kitchen first. You can choose which one best suits your need at the moment.

If you are someone who loves preparing and eating home-cooked meals, then start by unboxing items for your kitchen. If you’re fine with pizza but relish the thought of sleeping in your own bed, then by all means set up your bedroom first.

What is important is that you divide and conquer. Aim to unpack by room starting with the essential ones such as your bedroom, the kitchen and the bathroom. After those, you can tackle shared spaces such as the living area and the entertainment room. Storage spaces like the garage or tool shed, can come last.

Order them by importance. The ones that you will use first should be the ones that you unpack first.

6. Set up utilities

While you may have the basic water and electricity set up already, you may need to make phone calls and arrange for certain providers in your new home.

These can include your Internet connection, telephone lines, and digital TV. You can have your outdoor TV antenna installers come and set up your home entertainment system. Hooking up your TV last is actually advised so you won’t get distracted watching your favourite shows while unpacking.

Sit back and relax

With the tips mentioned above, you can now breathe easy as you have a fair idea on how to go about organising your new home. With a plan in mind, you will have a better guide on unpacking and setting up your new home.

Of course, you can always enlist the help of professionals when unpacking your items. Aside from furniture and piano removals, storage services, and insurance services, your local removalists may also offer partial or full unpacking services.

With a professional and experienced moving company there to do the packing and unpacking for you, you’ll have more time on your hands. Having them onboard can also give you the ease and convenience of having key areas in your home, such as your kitchen, expertly set up, your clothes neatly hung or folded and put away, and furniture and other boxed items appropriately set in their own places.

All you need to do is keep track of your checklist and inventory, check in from time to time, and relax knowing that you have your unpacking needs taken care of.


John Pfeiffer has been the proud owner of Ashtons Removals for over 40 years. His attention to detail, a product of his accountancy background, and his emphasis on training and empowering his team members, has ensured the vast number of Gold Coast families who have been moved by Ashtons Removals, have had their furniture and effects moved undamaged and with minimum fuss.

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