How to Unpack and Organize Faster After Moving Without Mess

Moving is one of the most stressful things we do as humans. Add in trying to balance everyday tasks and retain a sense of normalcy as you move, and you’re probably feeling overwhelmed. One of the best ways to stave off this overwhelm is by getting organized before the move, to streamline the unpacking process, minimizing anxiety during and after. While each person, family and situation is incredibly unique, no one is free from the uncomfortable moments when you first move and stare into a sea of boxes, wondering where to begin, especially if you don’t have the time to get organized in advance

What if there was no more wondering? We’re here to get your life moving after moving with our tips on how to quickly unpack and organize so you can settle into your new space and relax.

Importance of Unpacking and Organizing After a Move

Unpacking and organizing after you move is essential to maintain your composure – after all, this is your new sanctuary, a place where you’re supposed to recharge, not stress out! You’ve packed everything you need on a day to day basis into boxes, so the longer you leave those things out of reach, the less settled you feel – both physically and mentally.

Challenges in Unpacking and Organizing After a Move

One of the primary challenges of unpacking and organizing is that you’ve already gone through the immense stress of moving. Finding time and energy to commit to what is a difficult and time-consuming task can feel impossible. That crushing feeling of overwhelm can also prevent you from getting started. And maybe the most unexpected, but problematic issue, is that you simply don’t know where to begin.. That’s where our step-by-step process can help.

Step-by-step Process of Unpacking and Organizing Efficiently

Here’s a walkthrough of quickly resetting your life with efficient unpacking and organization tactics.

Prioritize Rooms and Areas

Priority rooms, like bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens, should always be first on your list. What you consider a priority room, is yours to decide, but start your unpacking journey with essential spaces. This way, you can go through daily life without much hassle, even if you can’t finish unpacking everything in one fell swoop.

Gather Essential Supplies

Next, gather everything you need to make the unpacking as painless as possible. Some examples of what might be on your supply list include:

  • Scissors / Box Cutters
  • Sorting Bins
  • Trash / Recycle Bags
  • Markers
  • Cleaning supplies

Unpack Essentials First

Ask yourself what you can’t get through your day without, and find it amongst the box groupings before you (Pro Tip: LABEL ALL BOXES as you pack up in advance of the move and have movers, should you hire them, place boxes in the rooms for which they are intended)… Essentials will likely include bedding, toiletries, and kitchen essentials. If you haven’t moved yet, it might be a good idea to pack a “survival kit” — this box or boxes would include everything you need when you move into a new space to get through a day.

Arrange Furniture

If you’re able to think about the furniture arrangement before move-in day, do it! Whether you’re moving those larger pieces yourself or hiring professionals, it’s best to do it one time, and one time only. Either way, we suggest getting these pieces set earlier than later, as that placement will make a great difference in feeling like your space is coming together.

Room-by-Room Unpacking

Avoid overwhelm by breaking the unboxing down into smaller chunks. We recommend going room by room, not worrying about the next room until the one you’re currently working on is completely unpacked. Also, remember to organize as you unpack, always thinking about where something will make the most sense.

Declutter as You Unpack

There’s a good chance as you unpack, you’ll realize you have a few things that don’t serve you anymore. We strongly suggest making these edits during the packing process, but in the event you threw them in a box in a panic on your way out the door, now’s the time to decide whether they should still be a part of your life. Make piles of things you want to donate or sell as you will be touching and seeing everything you have during this process anyway.

Set Up Storage Solutions

Storage solutions are crucial if you want to maintain an organized home. And even though it might seem daunting to invest in storage solutions, there are many relatively inexpensive ways to reorganize closets and cabinets. Shelving units, baskets, and organizers are sold everywhere — and they’re worth every penny!

Label and Organize

Remember the marker from before? This is the part where you’ll label things to simplify finding everything you need. Color-coding with different markers or labels is an excellent way to keep track of everything and locate your belongings in otherwise unfamiliar territory.

Final Touches and Clean-Up

The finishing touches, like hanging artwork and adjusting lighting, will tie everything together and turn your new space into a home. Do a final walkthrough to ensure things are where you want them. This is also the moment to make any adjustments that might make more sense after living in your home for a few days.

Benefits of a Well-organized and Functional Home After Unpacking

A well-organized, functioning home is vital for those who want to live harmoniously. While organizing when you already have everything laid out in front of you might seem like a tall order, it is significantly easier than trying to organize everything later. Since the goal should always be to create a space that makes you feel comfortable and relaxed, every homeowner wants to make unpacking and organizing their new home a priority.

Need Help With Unpacking After Moving? Call Nesthetic Home +1 512-961-5080

Here’s a final pro-tip: simplify the entire moving and unpacking process with the professionals at Nesthetic! Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you start your new life on the right foot.

About The Author

Jordan Potter

Growing up in a home with love of Mid-Century design and Feng Shui principles, Nesthetic Co-Founder, Jordan Potter, early understood the importance of visual and spatial balance.

A firm believer these principles are the foundation for how we start and end each day, she’s enjoyed applying them (along with her eclectic flare) to her own South Austin home, where she lives with her husband, Ryan.