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How to Unpack After Moving

How to unpack after moving

Figuring out how to unpack after moving to or from Toronto, ON or elsewhere in Canada can be a big job. Where will it all go? When will you have time to get it done? Moving disrupts your normal routine and the sooner you can get at least the important stuff unpacked, the sooner you’ll feel like life is getting back to normal. If you’re not looking forward to this part of the process, these tips for how to unpack after moving should get you going in the right direction.

Plan ahead of time

While you’re packing remember that eventually you will have to unpack it. Thinking ahead can save you work later.

Move clothes on hangers – Use wardrobe boxes with a bar inside for hanging clothes. You could also separate your hanging clothes into groups of 10 or less, use a twist tie or rubber band to hold the hangers together and cover with a drawstring garbage bag. You can then fold them into boxes, stack them or hang them during transport.

Items used together should be packed together – For example, if you need a plate, you’ll need silverware to go with it, so pack those items together.

Don’t pack it if you don’t have to – Some items can be moved without having to pack every detail. A small desk with one small drawer and a few office supplies won’t be significantly heavier with the full drawer left in. Just make sure everything can be secured well enough to prevent spills and breakage.

Use technology to stay organized – A smartphone app that keeps track of the location and contents of your boxes to make unpacking easier and more efficient.

Make adjustments to compensate for unpacking time – Eat on paper plates or order take out for a day or two to give yourself time to find things.

Unpack the important items first

If you have lots of furniture to assemble, have a big move or a family, unpacking everything all at once may be impractical or even impossible. Don’t stress out. When deciding how to unpack after moving concentrate on the most important items first. The following works in most situations.

Bring in cleaning supplies – Even if you’re not cleaning the entire place, you will want at least some basic supplies available to handle any mishaps or clean certain areas before you put your stuff away.

Unpack the bathrooms and kitchen first – During the day, you or family members will need to use the kitchen and bathroom. In the kitchen, some plates, silverware and glasses should be unpacked first or have one box with disposables for immediate use. The bathrooms will immediately need toilet paper, soap, and a towel or roll of paper towels. Important personal care items should also be included. Some examples are bandages, emergency medication, and shower supplies.

Assemble beds and put sheets on them – You won’t want to do this at the end of a long day. Do kids’ beds first.

Other tips

Get rid of empty boxes – Have an out of the way place for boxes until you can take them to the recycle bin. You’ll have more room to walk and work.

Put things where they belong – Put items in drawers, cabinets or on shelves as you unpack. It restores order faster.

If you don’t want to worry about how to unpack after moving, hiring Toronto movers that offer packing services is a great option. Tender Touch Moving & Storage can make your local or long distance move go smoothly from start to finish. Contact us today to learn more about our services and to get a free Toronto moving quote.

 

Packing Clothes for Moving

Packing Clothes for MovingThere is so much you have to do when you are preparing to move that it is extremely tempting to just toss all of your clothes into a couple of boxes and call it a day! When you are packing clothes for moving though you really need to plan for it. Not only do you need suits, dresses, and business wear to be wrinkle free, you are going to need to easily find your clothes after the big move. While they may not go bad like food, you do not want to end up wearing the same couple of articles of clothing several days in a row or be forced to do laundry right after moving into your new place.

What most people don’t realize is that packing clothes for moving can be simple without being sloppy.

Dresser Clothing

For items that you keep in your dresser, you may be able to remove the drawers to move the dresser to the van, put the drawers back in for the drive, then remove them at your new place. It means you don’t need boxes for your clothes, just a couple extra minutes to pull the drawers out and put them back. Of course, you will want to make sure everything is folded neatly so it doesn’t spill out on to the floor or ground between the truck and your home!

If you have too many clothes, you can use your suitcases. To make it really easy, you can fill your suitcase with the clothes that you want to wear for the first week or two after you move.

Dress Clothing

Your nice clothing is going to take a little extra time and attention, but it isn’t as bad as you may think. If you still have the plastic bags from when you bought that really nice suit or dress, use that to make sure that no dirt or stains get on the clothing. You can also put several items in one bag. Then just hang it in the truck or your car during the move. You can also wrap and tape bags around a group of items still on their hangers to make putting everything in your new closet quick and easy!

There are also boxes specially designed for moving clothing that needs to be hung up. These boxes are called wardrobe boxes. If you don’t mind spending the extra money, this is an easy way to not only move but keep track of your nicer clothes.

Laundry

Dirty laundry is one of the last things people think about when considering packing clothes for moving, but that can be incredibly problematic. From bed sheets to sweaty clothes to kitchen towels, you are going to need all of those items again. It’s not that you don’t plan to move them, it’s more likely you may forget where you put them or they’ll get mixed in with stuff that you won’t unpack for a few weeks. The best way to manage dirty clothes is by using a hamper or container that has a lid. This makes it easier to find and wash the clothes as soon as you have the space to get to your washer and drying.