What are the Tips On How To Unpack Systematically Giving Priority To What You Need First?
The rule of thumb when it comes to unpacking your furniture and boxes is to do it as soon and as fast as possible so you can start living a normal life. Having to spend hours every day to find a piece of clothing or ordering takeout on a daily basis is not fun at all. Although some people just start at the door and unpack every box from there, there is a systematic way to make sure you unpack the things you need first. Here are some tips on how to do that.
Unpack the essentials first
When you were packing the boxes before moving, there are those boxes that you labeled ‘essentials’ or ‘unpack first’. These boxes should contain everything that you need to use when travelling in the car and during the first days when you arrive at your new home. The essentials should include toiletries, food items and towels because people need to shower. If there is any food in the boxes, you should unpack it first because food is perishable.
Sort out the boxes
The best way to do this is to label boxes well when packing according to room so that movers can just take them directly to the right room. However, it’s not possible for them to do that perfectly so you might need to sort out some boxes and take each and every one of them to their correct room. This will ensure there is no confusion and will also make things easy especially when you want to unpack each room at a time.
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Write down your priorities
You can assume that you know what is more important but most of the time, you can get distracted and even confused by the large quantity of boxes in the house. Sit down before you start the process and come up with a plan of what is more important so you know where to begin. The most ideal place to start is usually the kitchen since appliances like the refrigerator and cooker need to be hooked up as soon as possible. Make sure you unpack everything in the kitchen such that you can be able to make a complete meal in there. Most people then move to bedrooms to make the beds and afterwards to the bathrooms before they rest on the first day. Different people have different priorities and some people need to unpack clothes since they have to report to work the following day and kids have to go to school.
Don’t get side tracked
It’s easy to get side-tracked when you enter a room and start unpacking things that are not really a priority. For example, you can find yourself unpacking clothes in the bedroom instead of fixing the bed. Make sure you know what can wait until the following day and focus on those things that are a priority.
Unpacking systematically is the best way to finish the job fast and easy. Just identify which rooms are priorities to you and begin with them until you finish each room at a time. Be sure to reward yourself for achieving small goals and also ask for help when things get overwhelming.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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