Congratulations on your new home! Whether you’re moving into an apartment or a house, it’s exciting to organize, unpack, and get settled into your new space. Perhaps you’ve recently graduated and are moving into your first apartment or you and your significant other are moving in together for the first time. Maybe you and your partner just bought a new house or you’re tackling your first home solo. Or maybe you’re somewhere in between!
If you’re looking for your first apartment, remember to consider location and budget. If you are bridging the gap between renting an apartment and purchasing a house, consider getting preapproved for a mortgage. By getting preapproved, you’ll receive an estimate for how much money you can borrow to buy a house. This will help prepare you for the financial journey to becoming a homeowner. However, once you’ve nailed down your new home, there will be so much to unpack!
You’ll likely have a lot of items to move into your new home. So you need a moving company who offers different moving services best suited to your needs, such as full move, truck load or unload, or intrabuilding. Your moving crew can provide the muscle needed to move your stuff as well as pack your items and transport them where you need to go. Whichever way you’ve chosen to move, there are a plethora of your belongings to unpack. Below are a few helpful tips to help you get unpacked and settled into your new space.
Unpack the essentials first
The first step is to unpack the essentials. Aside from appliances that come with your new home, most likely the space will look bare at first—apart from the boxes that need to be unloaded! The necessary items that you’ll need will be for eating, sleeping, and (you guessed it) going to the bathroom!
Unpack the kitchen first. This includes pots and pans, silverware, dishes, and glassware. Perhaps here you could also set up any kitchen tables or chairs you may have—you’ll need a place to sit and eat! Remember to organize your kitchen items well. Some utensils are better located near the stove, and there are a variety of ways to organize items with hooks or dividers.
Your sleeping furniture is equally important as your kitchen items. Your first night in your new home is ideally NOT on the floor. So it’s crucial to get that bed frame set up and your mattress donned with its sheets, comforter, and pillows. You may have a nightstand you’ll want next to your bed to house a lamp and any other bedside items, and you’ll also want to set up any shelves or dressers. Here is a perfect time to also unpack your clothes, as your closet is just waiting to be filled!
Don’t forget to unpack the bathroom! You’ll want to set up your shower curtain, mats, and towels. Bathroom cabinets are a good place to store extra toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and hygiene products. If you want to style your bathroom, you can find matching countertop accessories to hold your soap and lotion as well as tissue box covers and soap bar trays, and anything else you could imagine for your bathroom.
After the essentials, you can unpack everything else. It’s probably a good idea to set up your larger items first. If you have help from a professional moving company, your couches, tables, chairs, TV and console, and coffee table may already be unpacked and assembled. However, you’ll want to make sure these furniture items are laid out in a way that suits your lifestyle. Your living room can be organized in a variety of different ways, so choose a layout that works best for you and your space.
Don’t forget to unpack your décor
The last step is the décor. Finish setting up your new home by placing your centerpieces, bookends, string lights, lamps, plants, and art. The moving process can be long and stressful, but your local mover can aid in the moving process. After making that transition and arranging your house or apartment to your liking, you should feel right at home!
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