Are you moving soon? Moving involves a lot of work and planning, and most people have a strict deadline to meet, which means that they somehow have to get packed and organized in time for the big day.


While planning for the move is the easy part, many people fail to plan for the day after the big move. What happens when you finally reach your new home? It can be overwhelming when your home is covered in boxes. What do you start to unpack first? 


Many people start unpacking but often get distracted and put off completing the task. According to recent statistics, it takes the average American nearly six months to finally unpack that last box after they move to a new home. For some of us, it can take even longer! The bright side is that having a plan can take some of the stress out of unpacking.


If you hire movers, be sure to check your moving inventory to guarantee that everything has arrived safely. Next, move the boxes to their determined rooms if they aren’t there already. It helps to clearly label your boxes with their contents and the room in which they belong. 


Depending on the order each box arrives, determines when you unpack them. If they arrive earlier in the day, you might find it helpful to unpack your kitchen first. If the boxes arrive later, however, you may want to start unpacking your bedroom and bathroom boxes so that you have what you need for a good night’s sleep.


Begin with the essentials, such as soap, shampoo, towels, toothbrushes and toothpaste, toilet paper, and other necessities. Then you can use the bathroom and shower before bed before tackling more unpacking the next day. 


Second, focus on the kitchen. If you’ve moved large appliances, such as a refrigerator, position those first. After all large appliances are in their rightful place, unpack smaller appliances such as the microwave, coffee maker, blender and toaster. Unpack your dishes, cutlery, glassware and other cooking tools last.


After you’re finished unpacking the kitchen and bathroom, you can tackle your bedroom. It helps to labeling a box with your bed’s linens so you can at least sleep on the mattress on the floor and save furniture construction for the following day. 


After you unpack your high-traffic rooms, move on to the living room. Arrange furniture first, then set up your television, stereo, gaming system and other entertainment devices. If you have one, tackle your home office, and leave the garage/storage area for last.


For more information about unpacking, check out the following resource by Moving of America.