So, you’ve survived the move and you’re now sitting in your new home surrounded by a mountain of boxes, various bits of dismantled furniture and a general feeling of gloom at having to unpack all your worldly possessions.
When you first move in to a new place, it can take a little time for you to settle in and feel like you can really call it ‘home’. With most of your energy being sapped by the move itself, it’s a good idea to have a clear plan of action in mind when approaching unpacking so you don’t overcomplicate things. Remember, you don’t have to get the layout of your new place perfect first time round - youcan always make little adjustments later on.
Think about your routine
If you’re heading back to work soon after your move, you’ll want to make sure that you are able to easily access everything you’ll need for you weekly habits. Consider unpacking your clothes and putting them away so that you don’t have to root around in boxes each morning, looking for your work outfits. Create a space where you put important things such as your keys, wallet or phone so that they don’t get lost amongst all your other things. (Whilst you’re at it, make sure your charging leads are easily accessible and in a memorable place. This is particularly important if your phone is your alarm!) Lastly, think about stocking up on essential groceries as well as some meals that are easily prepared as this will help to keep you going for the first week after your move.
Create a cosy space
Concentrate on making a certain room as tidy as possible by unpacking and removing all the boxes from it. It’ll be a nice space for you to come home to and relax in, even if the rest of your house still needs to be unpacked. Setting out some of your favourite possessions (whether that be a favourite book, a cosy blanket or a Playstation) can help you feel more at home. Put on some music, light a candle that smells familiar or get a fresh bunch of flowers and put them on display - whatever makes you feel good in the space.
Whilst it’s important to make sure you can immediately continue your everyday life after your move, you shouldn’t draw out the unpacking process. Having boxes tucked into corners will just remindyou of your move or your old place. If you can take some time off work to get the unpacking donein one go, then that’ll really help you to quickly feel at home. If that’s not possible, then try to get it done over a couple of weekends or after work. The sooner all your stuff is out, the sooner you will start to feel at home.
Once you’ve unpacked enough things to be able to carry on your normal routine, it can be a good time to do any superficial decorating that you want to do. If you want to paint the walls, change the curtains or update the bathroom cabinet, it can be a good idea to take advantage of the fact that many of your possessions are still in boxes. It will save you having to pack things away for a second time when you decide to decorate further down the line.
Putting a date in the diary to celebrate your new home with your family and friends can be a great motivator for unpacking and sorting your things! Whether you want to arrange a house party or just have a few close friends over, the desire to share your home with loved ones should definitely help you to get through the more tedious elements of setting up your new place.