How to survive unpacking
People are different -some love packing, others hate it and prefer unpacking and arranging. However, unpacking can be quite tiresome and takes considerable amount of time. Unlike packing which is usually a mechanical process in which you care about the safety of your items and the speed of moving, unpacking requires much more thought. It is not that likely to break something, but your mind is usually busy figuring ways to arrange everything in the new place in the most pleasant and suitable way.
The first thing to do, long before moving, is to plan the structure of your new home. You need to plan what you are going to put in each room and whether you have enough space for all your belongings. If you are moving into a smaller place, and you don't have an attic or a basement, rent a storage space for the items that won't fit. Even if you are not the most organized person in the world, you need a careful list of all your belongings and their future place. Once you have moved in, you should have the boxes with kitchen items in the kitchen room, the living room boxes - in the living room, etc. This saves you time carrying around heavy boxes. The first items to unpack and arrange are the large furniture pieces like wardrobes, bed frames, shelves and so on. Your movers can help you with this task. Once you put the big furniture in its place, arrange the smaller items around it. Movers usually advise families to unpack room by room. The smartest way is to unpack items which you need immediately first - this includes kitchen utensils, food and bathroom items. If you have small children you need to arrange their room as fast as possible so they can rest or play without standing on your way. Small decorations, paintings and books can be unpacked last. After you arrange the bigger items you should start setting up the electric appliances, especially the ones you need immediately - the fridge, air-conditioning, washing machine, etc. If you cannot do it yourself, hire experts. Unpacking is not a competition, so take your time. Finishing everything in one day, especially if you have many rooms, is impossible, so spend a few days, up to a week to nicely arrange your items and make your new place feel like home. It is a good idea to take a few days off from work and really concentrate on unpacking. Find ways to involve the whole family in the process - your children can decorate their room on their own and the woman usually has an eye for fine arrangement and ways to make the home look pretty. Many people would suggest starting with the living room or at least unpacking it as soon as possible, so you have a whole room for your family to gather and relax and room ready for visitors. There are two types of people - those who try to arrange everything the way it was in their previous home and those who try to bring some novelty in their lives. If your new place is different in color, room size and style then it is a good idea to arrange your belongings in a way that will match this place and not necessarily remind you of the old place. Browse online or read magazines on design for ideas how to make your home look its best. Even if you have many items, there are tips to help you arrange them in a pleasant and neat way.