It’s always the case – you think the hard part is over, now you’ve moved, but you then step back and look at the piles of boxes with a feeling of dread.
Where do you even begin to know where to start with unpacking it all? While we can’t help you do the heavy lifting, we can give you some of our best quick-tips to lighten the load.
1. Furniture first
Making sure your furniture is (near enough) where you want it will make it so much easier to unpack.
Not only will you have drawers, cupboards and wardrobes all ready to be filled, but it’ll be easier to visualise where the more decorative items will look their best.
2. Essentials ready
You’ll likely have already unpacked the kettle and a few other bits during the move. However, you’ll need more than a cup of tea after a busy day – make sure your bed is made before you unpack anything else and then tackle your bathroom boxes. This will save a lot of hunting and extra work at the end of the day, when all you want to do is relax.
Also, don’t forget about your clothes – hang them straight in the wardrobe to save you spending valuable unpacking trying to find your jeans the next day. At the very least, lay out your pajamas for that night and an outfit ready to go for the next day.
3. Save the decor until last
It’s a good idea to leave any decorative objects, ornaments or paintings until you’ve been in the house for a few days, fully unpacked. This will help you get a feel for your new space and where you want everything to go. However, there’s no harm in popping some cushions on the sofa and hanging your curtains, this will make it instantly feel more like home. If you want more tips on how to personalise your space, have a look at our blog post on making a rental house a home.
4. Pop on the Kettle
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