What Should You Unpack First?
After all the excitement of moving to a new house, it can be disappointing to see how much work is still ahead of you. With nearly a hundred boxes staring at you to unpack them, it’s no wonder that it’s overwhelming to even start the job. However, one has to start somewhere in order to see any progress and get the train moving. Here are some of the things you should unpack first on the first day.
When you were packing, there is that essential box or suit case that you packed with everything you will need for one or two days. The first day is hectic and you will need to use the items in that box to survive before you unpack the rest. Get some toiletries, snacks, change of clothes and charger so you can start living.
There are certain things that should not stay in boxes for too long such as kitchen appliances. You also need to start preparing food in your kitchen because takeout is very costly. Start unpacking the refrigerator, dishwasher and cooker and set them up so they are ready for use. You should also get out the toaster and microwave just in case you need to make quick snacks or warm some food. After you are done with appliances, unpack the pots and pans, cutlery, plates, silverware and cups for use even if you haven’t started to cook yet.
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Things like toilet paper, bathing soap, hand sanitizer and toilet cleaner are very important even on the first day. People have to use the bathroom regularly especially since moving can really take a toll on one’s body. Make sure you unpack all the bathroom essentials and toiletries as well as enough towels and slippers.
After a long day of really hard work, people will need to have a good rest in their beds. Make sure the beds have been fixed well and the mattresses placed on them. Unpack all the bedding and make the beds so people can sleep comfortably in their new house. You can also unpack some sleeping essentials like night wear, lotion and even the lamp stand.
Most of the time, small children do not understand the moving process. In the midst of that confusion, the one thing they will feel familiar with is their toys. Prepare their rooms first and give them the toys to play with.
Chances are that the couch, dining room set and cabinets are not really in the right place. Sometimes movers just bring them in and place them anywhere without even taking off the protective materials. Remove any moving blankets and bubble wrap on the furniture and then move them to the right places. Unpacking and organizing furniture makes the house look livable and also gives people a place to sit down. You can also unpack the TV and theatre system if there is time so the family can have some entertainment even on the first day.
Unpacking is a continuous process that can take days even weeks. However, if you have unpacked these five things first, you can have a seemingly normal life as you unpack the rest of the items slowly.
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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