While moving day marks the end of a major transition, the move isn’t quite over yet! There are still some important steps to take before you can be fully settled into your new home. Furniture, electronics, clothes, and other items are inside, but everything still needs to be placed, organized, and set up. Having a prepared approach and strategy for this part of the process will help your new place feel like home.

Make a move-in plan that will keep you focused.

Though we may wish it to be true, you can’t expect to be fully moved in after just a day or two. Just like it’s a good idea to start packing well before moving day, getting all of your belongings in place is much more manageable when the work is spread out. In general, it’s best to start with the essentials. Hang up the clothes that are essential for work first. Set up your toiletries and put kitchen utensils and dishware into cabinets and drawers. This at least makes the space livable for the first few days of unpacking. From there, slowly start unpacking things you don’t need or use on a daily basis.

Of course, it may be a priority for you and your family to set up your TV so not to miss the finale of your favor show’s latest season, or to set up your home office so you can start working as soon as possible. The important thing to keep in mind is the need to make a plan that addresses your individual needs and aligns with how you best manage tasks. Then, unpack and set up your home according to that plan. Break up the work into small, manageable chunks, and consider rewarding yourself when you’ve finished each part. This could be anything from taking a break to eat or snack to throwing a full-blown housewarming party.

Lighten the load while moving in!

Here are some quick tips to keep in mind to make your move-in that much easier:

  • Have a plan. If using movers, have a plan for where they will bring each box and container. Having everything in the right place to start makes it much easier to unpack. Label boxes, use color coding, or find another system that matches your organizational style.
  • Sketch out it out. Whether it’s on paper or in your mind, have an idea of where you want to place furniture, beds, major appliances, large electronics, and other heavy or difficult-to-move items. This approach makes for a minimal amount of work for you to take on yourself, and you can always adjust the plan after you become more familiar with your new home.
  • Get some help! Call on your friends and family. Most of the time, unpacking is much less work than moving, so asking for assistance with moving a few pieces of furniture or setting up an entertainment center can sound less burdensome than an entire day of trips hauling heavy loads back and forth. Be sure to offer a sign of appreciation, like a takeout dinner or grilling session, once the work is done.

Need more help? Call your local relocation company, A. Arnold Moving today!