The Essential Guide to Unpacking and Organizing After A Move

In this essential guide, you’ll learn how to unpack your boxes and organize your new home efficiently. This stage in the moving process can either be fulfilling or overwhelming. So we’re here to make sure you have a clear system so you can settle in faster.

Let’s dive in.

Create an unpacking plan with your unique needs in mind.

Every successful project begins with a plan, and this is how you should approach the process of settling into your new home. Spend time creating a plan so you know what to do and when. You’ll be more organized, focused and better at completing tasks when you are clear about your goals.

Follow these tips when creating an unpacking plan:

  1. Prioritize rooms. Decide which rooms are most important to unpack first and which can wait. Start with the ones that are essential for your comfort, such as bedrooms and bathrooms.
  2. Label boxes. Label boxes according to their contents and the room they belong in. This will help you streamline the unpacking process and avoid confusion.
  3. Start with the essentials. List down the items that are vital for your day to day needs, such as toiletries, beddings and kitchen supplies.
  4. Organize as you go. Organize your belongings progressively as you unpack. This approach can help you manage your time and keep clutter at bay.

Remember to keep your family’s well-being in mind and make adjustments as needed to ensure everyone feels at home as soon as possible.

Have a floor plan ready.

A floor plan helps you avoid wasted time, clutter and confusion. You can visualize where your furniture and belongings fit, so you can organize each room efficiently.

Follow these steps to create a floor plan:

  1. Measure rooms. Measure each room and take note of windows, doors, and outlets. You’ll need this information when deciding the placement of furniture and appliances.
  2. Sketch the layout. Sketch a basic layout of each room, including the furniture you plan to put in it. By doing this, you’ll find the best arrangement, and prevent overcrowding or underutilizing certain areas of the room.
  3. Add details. Once you have a rough sketch of your floor plan, add details such as furniture, fixtures, and other items to get a better sense of how the space will look and function.
  4. Label the rooms. Label each room on the floor plan, and match them with the boxes you’ve labeled. With clear labels, anyone helping you move or unpack will know exactly where each box belongs.

Take your time and be creative when creating your floor plan.

Determine which furniture to move in first.

Consider moving in larger items such as sofas, beds, and tables. These items will take up the most space and will be easiest to move in when the home is empty. Also, make sure the furniture fits through doorways and has a clear path to its location.

Remember these tips when deciding which furniture to prioritize:

  1. Start with essential furniture. This might include your bed, a dining table and chairs, and essential appliances like a fridge or stove.
  2. Consider room functionality. Think about how you will use each room and the furniture that will help facilitate those activities. For example, in a study room, you may want to prioritize tables, chairs and bookshelves.
  3. Size and weight. It’s easier to move large items into a room when they’re empty. Heavier items will require more people to move them safely.
  4. Accessibility: Consider how you will move the furniture into each room. If there are narrow doorways or stairs, it may be easier to use a hoisting service and have the items pass through a larger window.

By considering factors like functionality, size, and accessibility, you can make the process smoother and more efficient.

Declutter and organize.

As you unpack, you may find more items that you won’t need, or won’t have space for in your new home. Keep in mind that this can happen, and make sure to have a plan.

These tips will help you declutter and organize as you unpack:

  1. Use storage solutions. If you don’t have enough space for everything, consider using shelving units, storage bins, or hanging organizers. These can help you maximize your space and keep your belongings organized.
  2. Be mindful of sentimental items. While it’s important to declutter and get rid of things you don’t need, it’s also important to be mindful of sentimental items that hold special meaning for you.
  3. Use vertical space: Maximize your space by using vertical storage options such as over-the-door organizers, wall-mounted shelves, and pegboards.
  4. Consider renting a storage unit: Storage units like those offered by The Padded Wagon are climate-controlled, so your items will stay in great condition for the next time you need them.

With these tips, you can turn the unpacking process into an opportunity to create a clutter-free and stress-free living environment.

Finally, celebrate your progress.

Remember to celebrate when you finish unpacking each room to build momentum and stay motivated. Unpacking is a process, so taking it one step at a time will make it manageable and enjoyable.

We hope this guide has provided you with helpful tips and the confidence to efficiently organize your new home.

Do you need professionals to help with unpacking?

Imagine being able to relax and enjoy your new home without the overwhelming task of unpacking all your belongings.

If you have a large volume of items, valuable possessions, or limited mobility, hiring professionals can give you peace of mind and make the process much easier and enjoyable.

At The Padded Wagon, we offer a full-service moving experience, including packing, moving, and unpacking. Our team can even hoist large items onto the upper floors of your home.

Contact us today at 212-222-4880 or book online at to schedule your stress-free move.