While moving day does mark the end of the arguably-harder part of the moving process, a lot of important steps remain before you are fully settled in your new home. Furniture, electronics, clothing, and more are inside, but not in their places. Forming a strategy and a plan for your approach to unpacking can make this part easier and will help you finish in a shorter time.

Make a plan that keeps you focused.

Don’t expect to be fully moved in on only day two after moving day. Just like packing probably took you longer than a couple of days, so should unpacking if you want things to be orderly and how you like them. Getting all of your things into their rightful places is much more manageable when the work is spread out. It’s always a good idea to start with your day-to-day essentials. This includes clothing, toiletries, dishware and silverware, and cleaning supplies, for example. This will give you a liveable space while you continue to work on getting the rest of your belongings settled.

Of course, priorities will vary from person to person. You may want to prioritize getting your TV set up, so you don’t miss the finale of your favorite show. Or maybe you need your home office as soon as possible so not to disturb your work schedule. Whatever your priorities may be, it is important to consider all things when making an unpacking plan. Be sure to break up the work into manageable chunks of tasks. This will keep you productive and focused more effectively. Plan for something to look forward to once you’ve finished the job. This could be anything from a celebratory night out on the town to a housewarming party with family and friends.

Lighten the load with these tips.

Here are some other quick tips to help you lighten the load of this potentially overwhelming task:


  • Make a clear plan. Be sure to know exactly where to instruct your movers to place each specific item, box, or container. Making sure that everything is in a spot that makes sense from the beginning will make it that much easier to unpack. It’s always a good idea to label all your boxes. Color coding can be a good tool to instruct movers on which box goes to which room.
  • Sketch it out. Whether it’s on paper or in your mind, have a picture of where you’d like each piece of furniture to go. Large, heavy, and difficult-to-move items should be placed where they are meant to go the first time, while you have help. 
  • Recruit help! Ask your friends or family to come keep you company and maybe help you out in the process. Unpacking is almost always much less demanding than the actual process of moving, so it’s an easier request to make. 


Hiring professional movers and packers is sure to make your move easier. To learn more, contact your local Kansas City relocation company, A. Arnold Movers, today!