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The 10 Essential Items to Unpack First

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So, the good news is that the main bit of moving house is over – you’ve had help with the removals process, all your boxes stacked in your new property and you’ve handed back the keys for your old place. The bad news is that it’s time to unpack.

This can be an overwhelming thought for many people, so it’s important you take your time and unpack the essential items first as this will make life significantly easier for you.

1. Unpack Your Essentials Box

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If you planned before packing up your home or scrolled through our blog for moving advice, you would have packed an essentials box. This box has everything you need for the first night in your new home. From toiletries to a change of clothes, this box is pretty essential and that’s why you need to unpack it first. This will help to avoid the common problem of riffling through boxes searching for various items.

2. Make the Beds

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One of the most important things you need to do when starting the unpacking process is putting together those essential pieces of furniture for your first night. Something I always recommend is to make the beds. This ensures you have somewhere familiar and comfortable to sleep at the end of a busy day – and trust me, you will need a good night’s sleep after moving!

All the decorative bits you store in your bedroom, your books, the clothes for your wardrobe, and all the trinkets you store in your bedside table can be unpacked another day.

3. Put Together the Sofa

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Putting together your sofa ensures you have somewhere comfortable to sit down and relax or eat dinner at the end of moving day. So, after putting the beds together and unpacking all the bedding, prioritise re-building the sofa and unpacking all the blankets and cushions so that you can relax and be comfortable at the end of a hard day of unpacking. Somewhere to sit down and relax at the end of a busy day really can make all the difference!

4. Unpack Important Kitchen Items

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If you have made the effort to properly label boxes, it should be easy to locate your kitchen boxes and unpack those important items you will need right away. Items such as the kettle, toaster, plates, cups, and cutlery mean you can make a cup of tea and enjoy your ready-made frozen lasagne with ease.

If you get the chance to, get any major appliances hooked up and then you can concentrate on unpacking the rest of the kitchen another time.

5. Unpack the Necessary Bathroom Items

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Everyone needs to use the bathroom and so unpacking the necessary items are essential. Prioritise unpacking the items that are needed straight away and are, therefore, most important, such as medication, towels, toilet paper, and toiletries. Be sure to hang the shower curtain, put out the soap, and unpack any other bathroom bits you need to freshen up at the end of a long day.

What matters the most when unpacking is ensuring the essentials are easily available and accessible. So, ensure everything you and your family needs from the bathroom is there to make everything that little bit easier.

6. Important Items for Kids

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If you are moving with a young family, it is important you unpack their favourite toys, books, blankets, and so on during the first few hours in your new home. This will help keep them occupied and help comfort them in their new environment – especially if you need to put the little one down for a nap. What’s more, keeping the little ones occupied with their favourite toys will help give you the time you need to focus on unpacking and getting it done faster.

7. Set Up the Electricals

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Who doesn’t enjoy sitting on the sofa at the end of a long day and switching on the television? Well, this is a lot easier to do if your TV is all set-up and working! So, if you want to relax at the end of the day by catching up on your favourite show, it’s important to ensure your TV is all wired up and working.

8. Important Items for Pets

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When moving with pets, it is important to deal with their needs upon arrival. Set up a bowl of food and water in the kitchen, put out their bed, and provide their favourite toys so they feel at home. It’s important your pet is given time to adjust to the space, so let them wander around and familiar themselves with their new environment.

9. Unpack Important Documents

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Knowing where your important documents are at all times while moving home is absolutely essential. It ensures your passports, birth and marriage certificates, identifications and more do not go missing or get damaged. However, this can easily happen – even once you are in your new home. So, it is essential that you prioritise unpacking those important documents and storing them in a safe space that is out of reach of children or pets. This way, you know where they are at all times, you can easily access them, and you know they are safe.

10. Set Up Your Working Space

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Do you work from home? It is not uncommon for people who work from home to have their own office set-ups. If you have your own desk, drawer space, and computer set-up and you start work in the morning, you must set up your working space. Unpack everything you will need for a full day’s work, set up and position your desk, unpack the essentials such as stationary items, and then you are ready to go.

There you have it, my list of essential items to unpack first in your new home! I hope you’ve found it helpful and, if you follow my advice, it should make the unpacking process significantly easier. For more packing and moving advice, check out our blog. I am regularly sharing my tips and tricks for an easier move.

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