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Top Tips on Unpacking into your New Home

Moving day has finally arrived, and boy is there a lot to do!  By the time you have finished loading the van, driving to your new home and unloading the van of all of your belongings you will probably be ready for a lie down, but your day doesn’t end here.  Now you need to start the tedious process of unpacking. To make the whole unpacking process easier and much less stressful here are some tips on what to unpack, when along with some handy hints:•    The most important thing to remember is not to rush your packing.  It’s a common theme when people move into a new house, they want to unpack and “settle in” straight away, but the reality is you can settle in almost straight away with most of your belongings still boxed up. Rather than trying to unpack everything a quickly as you can, unpack the essentials, and unpack the rest in order of priority when you get the chance too. Trying to rush the unpacking process is simply going to create additional stress to an already stressful day if not few weeks, now you are in your new home you can relax, you have all the time in the world to get it looking how you would like. •    There will of course, be some things you need to do and unpack upon arriving at the new property, in preparation for your first night in the new house, complete these essentials, and then give yourself a well-earned relax:o    Unpack the toiletries so that there is toilet roll, hand soap, shower gel and shmpoo, towels, toothbrushes and toothpaste and medicines available, ensure everyone can brush their teeth and have a shower before bed. o    Unpack the bed linen and make up a fresh bed for everyone.  Ensure each member of the family has somewhere to sleep that night, even if it is just a mattress on the floor for the night. o    Unpack the kitchen essentials, crockery like mugs and glasses, plates, bowls and cutlery.  Unpack some food and drinks, things to make a cup of tea, something for the family to snack on, an evening meal, breakfast for in the morning, etc.  Also unpack things like your kettle and microwave and make sure they haven’t been damaged during the move. o    Unpack and hang up curtains in every window of the house so that you have some privacy from the world outside, but also to hide away your boxed up valuables from opportunists. •    Before you start opening and unpacking boxes make sure you have all the large furniture in place in the house, so that it won’t need to be moved later.  •    Only open a box if you can commit to unpacking it’s entire contents.  As you unpack things ensure everything has a permanent place where it can be stored, if you find not everything can be housed in your new property you may have to consider having a de-clutter. •    When deciding what rooms are best to unpack first, you should ideally start with the living room  or children’s bedroom(s) especially if you have young children you are resistant to the move or are grouchy with everything going on, this will help to settle your children into their new environment and keep them happy.  •    Make sure you have a professional to fit things like your cooker and any fires for you and test these to make sure they are in full working order. If you follow these tips then you should be fine, just remember to take your time.