How Long Does it Take to Unpack After Moving

Whether you’re moving across town or to another country, moving is a lot of work. It is a tedious and lengthy task that can make even the most experienced movers frustrated and exhausted. Packing up all your belongings, ensuring they’re safely stowed away, and then getting them to your new location without damaging anything can be stressful. But then, once you’re at the new location and ready to breathe a sigh of relief, you see the stack of boxes scattered around your house. Now what? Let’s look at how long it takes to unpack after moving.

Unpacking a House After Moving

Are you finally in your new home and now overwhelmed with the boxes scattered around? Looking to make dinner but can’t find a single pan in the mess? You’re relieved to be finally settled in your new home but know you’re not fully able to relax and settle down until all, or at least most of, the cardboard boxes are unpacked and your possessions are put away. When you’re in your new home, one of the most important tasks is to unpack all your possessions and ensure they’re placed in the most functional locations. However, unpacking is difficult, and it can take a long time if you’re without a system and not careful with your time management. That’s why having a plan and knowing what you’ll tackle first is important.

Don’t Underestimate the Task of Unpacking After a Move

Many people severely underestimate the task of unpacking after a move when in reality, it can be even more difficult than packing for several reasons. The first of which, is the lack of a deadline. When packing, there’s often a deadline to move out of your house and have everything packed up. While this is stressful, it does give you the motivation needed to finish packing. But when it comes to unpacking, there is no deadline, there is no real pressure, resulting in many people prolonging that process.

There’s also the likelihood of not having any help with unpacking. Typically, people will ask their friends and family to assist with packing up and/or hire movers to assist with the transportation of items, but when it comes to unpacking, many people overlook their options for help. This can cause unpacking to be a stressful and lonely process that can take an unnecessarily long time.

How Long Should It Take to Unpack a House?

It’s hard to say the exact time that unpacking a house takes since it depends on various factors and influences. Surprisingly, Americans, on average, take an astounding 182 days to unpack. It’s important to remember that this is just an average; many Americans report taking more or less time depending on the specific circumstances. Some people manage to finish it quicker, while others can take longer.

Factors Influencing the Time to Unpack a House

As mentioned above, various factors influence the time it takes to unpack a house. Let’s look at a few of these factors and how they affect the time it takes to fully unpack a house.

  • House size

    Of course, the bigger the home and the more rooms there are, the longer it will take to unpack. Each room will take substantial time to unpack and put all your possessions in their correct locations. You want to be careful with organizing which rooms are the most important to unpack and make usable first. For instance, if you do a lot of cooking, you’ll probably want to start unpacking the kitchen boxes first (which is where we at Nesthetic, recommend everyone start).

  • Amount of items you have

    Regardless of how large or quaint your new home is, the amount of items you have will really dictate the length of the unpacking process. If you’re a minimalist moving into a 4,000 square foot home, it could take you just as long to unpack as a maximalist moving into a 2,000 square foot home. Regardless, we always suggest taking advantage the packing process, which is a great time to declutter, so you’re truly only transporting items to your new home that are useful and meaningful.

  • What else is happening?

    Any time constraints or commitments that you have can also affect how quickly unpacking goes. If your new job is starting soon or your children are adapting to a new school, it can be easy to put unpacking at the bottom of the list. After all, it’s easy to qualify it as the least important. However, you still want to ensure that you unpack the necessities, such as your bathroom and bedroom boxes, so that they’re usable.

  • Your motivation

    Are you in a rush to unpack and get settled in? Your motivation to unpack and get your possessions put away will play a huge role in how fast unpacking goes. As mentioned above, you won’t have a deadline, so relaxing and telling yourself you’ll do it later can be easy. It depends on what energy you have left from the whole moving process.

Where Do I Start Unpacking After Moving?

So, where do you start with the unpacking process? It can be such an overwhelming and complex process that it’s easy to get confused about what you should begin with. At Nesthetic, we firmly believe the kitchen is the heart of the home, and unpacking should always begin there. This is a space you depend on for nourishment, so the quicker you can say “let’s cook tonight,” the quicker you’ll feel at home. This space (aside from your closet) is going to take the most amount of time, so start there when your motivation is at its highest.

Following that, determine what areas you consider essential. Typically we aim to get clothes on hangers and in drawers, so CLOSETS! Keep in mind that the goal is to get all boxes out of the home, so try not to get too bogged down with how things look. Instead, aim to get everything hung, folded and tucked away, knowing you can always return to refine this (and all other) space(s). In tandem with closets, try to hit at least 1 or 2 bathrooms, which can typically be done in 30 minutes to an hour.

By this point, you’ve overcome the biggest unpacking hurdles, so remember that just a small time commitment each day forward, is all it takes. If you can commit an hour or two a day to address all remaining rooms, you’ll be officially unpacked in no time. At that point, it’s all about the fun stuff – décor, artwork, and design! Happy nesting!

How to Speed Up Unpacking?

Are you eager to get unpacked and settled in but unsure how to do it quickly? That’s normal, and it’s normal to feel overwhelmed by all the boxes. Here are a few ways that you can speed up unpacking.

  • Furniture first

    Furniture is time-consuming and bulky to assemble, so starting with it for each room will make the room feel more pulled together. If you have movers, we highly suggest having this mapped out in advance of the move, so they can handle the heavy lifting.

  • Make sure the boxes are in the right rooms

    When you’re unpacking each room, it’s important that all your boxes are in the correct rooms to ensure the easiest unpacking system. What you want to avoid is getting a full room unpacked only to find out you have another two boxes for that space and no more room.

  • Take the trash out as you go

    Don’t let the trash build up as you unpack; it’ll only overwhelm you. Instead, take trash out as you go to make it easier. You can schedule advance appointments at Austin Resource Recovery for all recyclables, which we highly suggest to not only keep our community clean, but hold you accountable to getting boxes broken down.

  • Don’t procrastinate

    The key to speeding up the unpacking process is ensuring you don’t procrastinate, keep moving! If that means 1 or 2 boxes a day, that’s forward progress!

Can You Hire Someone to Unpack?

Unpacking can be an exhausting and stressful process, and shouldn’t take precedence over those things more important in your life, such as picking your kids up from school or making it to that all-staff meeting. That said, it’s always easier said than done, so if you know your schedule isn’t conducive to a quick and seamless move in, you can hire someone to unpack for you! That’s right––say goodbye to the hassle of unpacking and worrying about how long it’ll take. Hire a professional, and they’ll get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Hire Professional Unpackers and Organizers Near You

When looking for a team to help you unpack, you want to ensure you have the best and most professional team. At Nesthetic, our team gets it done right every time, =guaranteeing a seamless transition to your new home, stress-free. For more information on Nesthetic’s unpacking service (the ‘Box Out’), reach out to us at [email protected] or call us at +1 314-750-1884. Our team is excited to get you settled into the next chapter of your life!