Unpacking after moving house: A survival guide

Moving house is one of the most stressful situations that life holds. So how can we make the idea of relocating a journey to look forward to, not dread? Anyone who’s packed up and moved to an entirely new home knows that, more often than not, things don’t always run smoothly.

Whether your furniture is damaged in the process, boxes of precious trinkets end up lost, or you suffer an injury while packing (lift with your knees, not your back!), there’s a whole host of things that can go wrong in a move.

We can’t promise that a read of this guide will mean you’ll never encounter a stressful blip in the moving process again, however it will make things as easy as possible for yourself during every stage can absolutely help.

How to start packing up your home
Before embarking on any move, we recommend first taking some steps to ensure you’re in good stead to begin the packing process.

After all, a little bit of organisation pre-pack will ensure a smooth unpack on the other side.

Here are some tips for packing up your home:

  • Take pictures of set-ups
    Before packing, take photos of how shelves or desks were set up so it can be quickly recreated in the next home.
  • Declutter before packing
    Every household accumulates so much unnecessary stuff these days. Before packing anything into a box, go through cupboards first and decide what to keep, donate or toss.
  • Pack room by room and label all boxes
    Write the general category for each room and what’s contained on the top of the box. This will help you choose where to start when it comes time to unpack.

Put together a moving survival kit
Constructing a moving kit of essentials to assist you during the days after a move is always a great idea.

If you’re selling and settling on the current home – make sure to keep legal, banking, real estate, insurance documents and house keys handy.

From there, it’s a matter of packing practical items that you may need such as toilet paper, paper towel, garbage bags, device chargers, snack foods, medications, tea and coffee, a bottle opener, a change of clothes, and a bag of apples are all items you should keep close by.

A few extra touches for comfort, can always make the move a little bit less stressful. A candle can help to make the place smell like home, and a charged iPad or the kids’ favourite soft toys will help them feel settled.

Lastly, a packet of wet wipes for cleaning up spills or wiping over messy shelves before unpacking is always handy, too.

How to start unpacking after the move
Deciding where to begin the unpacking process can be a daunting thought, however a good place to begin is the kitchen. If you brought food from your fridge or freezer with you in an esky, get this unpacked and chilling first up.

It then becomes it’s a matter of moving from room to room based on your needs in the home.

If you have a family member feeling a bit out of sorts because they don’t like moving house, try to unpack their room first. If they’re feeling settled, things will flow easier.