Top 7 of the Most Common Unpacking Errors
People tend to assume that the difficult part of moving ends with the unloading of the moving vehicle and the successful placing of all the moving boxes and pieces of furniture somewhere within the new residence. After everything is moved in, the move is over, right!? Unpacking? Uh, it should work by itself, shouldn't it? And this is how the trouble with unpacking begins. Here, I've ranked the top 7 most common unpacking errors for you and added some tips on how to avoid them.
7: Think unpacking is boring
I really cannot imagine why people think unpacking is so boring. I've never found it boring. Think about unpacking this way: there is no time pressure, and you can place everything exactly where it was in your previous residence, or you can change a few things... or even everything. It should be considered an opportunity!
6: Not enough space to unpack
People complaining there is no space for unpacking have usually made another common error - they didn't dispose of the empty boxes ahead of time. It's not necessary to literally throw them in the garbage, you just need to fold every box after emptying its contents, and find a place to store all of the empty boxes until the unpacking is over. A garage or a basement is perfect for the purpose, but the back yard also works when the weather allows. But if you have removed all the empty boxes from the house and you still lack space, then your new place probably is smaller than the previous one. In that case, don't panic, and shift some boxes around so you have a kind of an unpacking area in some of the rooms.
5: Unpack breakables first
Unpacking the boxes of mirrors, glassware and other breakables first happens often, because these boxes are loaded on top of everything else, and therefore unloaded first. Don't unpack them first unless you really want to get rid of that ugly vase that someone gave you. Just stack all the boxes of breakables in a designated corner, and unpack them last.
4: The necessary boxes are buried underneath
If you made that error, you certainly didn't have a furniture layout plan, or you had one and didn't follow it. One of its many advantages is to give you the perspective of where everything should be placed in the beginning, the middle and the end of the moving process.
3: Unpack in any order, but do the kitchen and bathroom first
The kitchen and the bathroom are the most essential rooms in a home, so unpack them first. No exceptions on this one, please!
2: Unpack by oneself
Unpacking should be a collective effort, even if you live only by yourself. Ask the moving day helpers to divide into groups and come help you unpack on the following days. If more people are unpacking, it will go faster and will be more fun (remember 7?), plus a fresh look at things always helps when moving in!
1: Rush into unpacking
This is the single most common unpacking error. Avoiding it is simple - don't open the next box, until you have finished placing the entire contents of the first one in the proper spots! And don't make any compromises with this one, because the next thing you will see is the snowball effect. And, really, why the rush? No one has said that you have to unpack overnight (or pack overnight, if it comes to that ). Moving day is designated for moving, not for packing and unpacking, except for some vitals. So give yourself time, and take three days, why not a whole unpacking week? Eventually, good things take time.