So, you’re moving to Austin. That’s great! Finding your new home is an exciting time, but all that packing and unpacking can turn into a stressful nightmare if you’re not careful. To avoid headaches and make new home organization as smooth as possible, follow these simple packing and unpacking tips.
Pack like a pro
There’s a simple key to smart packing: Remember that you’ll have to unpack everything later, so don’t make the job any harder than it has to be. Staying organized and packing things in a logical order will streamline the whole process.
- Pack in reverse – While it might seem natural to start with the most important items, it’s better to do precisely the opposite. Begin by packing out-of-season and seldom-used items, followed by things you use more often.
- Save the best for last – The last things you pack should be the everyday essentials, like toiletries and cooking supplies. By saving these for last, you’ll be able to use them right up until you move, and then get to them right away when you arrive at your new home.
- Box wisely – Invest in some sturdy boxes that are made for moving, and make sure to get them in different sizes. Pack each box as firmly as possible, using crushed or shredded paper to fill in empty spaces. This will prevent things from shifting and breaking in transit. Additionally, make sure every box is taped securely.
- Similar items go together – Each box should only contain things that belong with each other. Books go with other books, blankets go with other blankets, and so on. At the very least, items from the same room should always be boxed together.
- Label everything – Each box should have a label describing what’s inside, along with an indicator of the room where it belongs.
Unpack your new home
Compared to packing and moving all your possessions, unpacking can actually be a lot of fun. With these moving in tips, you can design your new living space exactly as you’ve always envisioned it, one item at a time. The important thing to remember is that this is an adventure, not a chore.
- Take your time – Everything doesn’t have to be unpacked today. It doesn’t even have to be unpacked this week. The more time you give yourself, the less stressful unpacking will be.
- Unpack essentials first – Begin by getting out all the things you need on the day of your move. Generally, that means taking care of your family’s basic needs—food, rest and bathing—and saving everything else for later. Once you have these essential needs covered, you can start unpacking everything else room by room.
- Start in the kitchen – Get your kitchen set up enough for you to function. That way, it can act as a central place where you and your family get together, take a break when you need to, and make something to eat while you work on the rest of the house.
- Get the bathroom ready – Once your kitchen is up and running, you can tackle the bathroom. Choose a central bathroom that everyone can easily access, and go from there.
- Set up the living room – Next, start arranging a large communal living room or family room, but take a minute to sketch out how you want it arranged first. If this is the last room you get to on your first day, you can have a family camp-out in the living room, and save the bedrooms and everywhere else for another day.
Moving to Austin should be a fun experience, not a traumatic one, and we’re here to help! Contact Clark Wilson Builder today to learn more about getting the most out of your new Austin home.