The First Room to Unpack After Your Move

Jul 18, 2013

A DIY move is complete when you close the back door on the moving truck and put the lock on it ready to go, right?

I wish that was right.

A lot of people forget that the unloading of the moving truck at your new house is just as important if not more important than the loading up of the truck. Unload in the wrong order or in an unorganized fashion and it will take you days to get it all straightened out. However, unload everything strategically and in some sort of organized manner and you’ll be done before you know it!

But what exactly do you unload first?

Well, besides unloading all the people from your move (trust me, you’ll want their help,) you’ll want to find your essentials kit — you’re minor hand tools, change of clothes, toiletries and other must-haves from either the back of the truck or in another car that came along.

Now that that’s out, we can move on to to getting everything else out of the truck. And once mostly everything is inside, you can start unpacking rooms. But what is the first room to unpack…?

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It’s best to unpack the bedroom first! Having the bedroom all set up gives you one complete room right away — one of the most important rooms at that.

The Bedroom!

When you step back and take a look at your complete bedroom you’ll be thanking me — just don’t fall asleep on the bed quite yet! Having one room unpacked will give you a sense of peace and completion. What better room to have done than the room that some of the most important things take place in? Those being sleeping, showering, planning and the like.

But in all seriousness, being able to complete and remove boxes from one room will put your mind at ease. By nature, majority of humans are resistant to change. Seeing a complete room in similar fashion to your old home will help get you comfortable in the new digs.

You’re not going to get all of the unpacking done in one day. Heck it may even take you more than two days by the time you’ve gotten rid of the last box. Some people argue that unpacking the kitchen is the best first choice. To that I say, when’s the last time you slept in your kitchen? Rest is essential to a DIY move and food can be acquired anywhere, the first few days are usually spent scoping out the local pizza joints anyway. Unless you plan on sleeping in a hotel, which is an added cost, you won’t be outsourcing your sleeping needs.

At 10 p.m. after an exhausting day of driving, unloading and starting to unpack, let your head hit the pillow and take comfort in knowing you have a nice made bed to sleep in and bathroom ready to go to start the day tomorrow. I promise you’ll be happy with your decision!

Are you an expert unpacker? What room do you think the first room to unpack should be? Let us know in the comments below.


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