Step-by-Step Guide to Unpack Like a Pro After Moving

Step-by-Step Guide to Unpack Like a Pro After Moving

So you arrived at your new home, and almost everything seem new to you. You want to savor the newness, but there’s one more thing to do.


There are so many boxes, different shapes and sizes, disassembled furniture and tons of other stuff, that it can very easily get overwhelming. Not to worry, we are here to help you unpack like a pro. The biggest thing to remember here is to take a deep breath and understand that you don’t have to unpack everything in just one day! You can take your time and unpack over the next few days without beating yourself up.

But, where do I start???

Happy young woman unpacking boxes in new home
Don’t stress the unpacking part. Divide and conquer should be the rule here. You don’t have to unpack everything at once.

Don’t sweat it. We are here to guide you.

The first step that we suggest you start from is to unpack the essentials box.   The essential box, as we described in one of our earlier posts, is the box where you pack all your useful things such as scissors, toiletries, first-aid kits, light bulbs, cleaning supplies, paper products, tapes etc. which are the things that’ll help you get thru the next few days without any disruption, while you unpack the rest of your stuff.

Now that you have your essentials covered, let’s tackle the unpacking. The following items are some of the basic things you’ll need to make your unpacking easier:

  • Utility knife to open boxes
  • Screwdriver, hammer and nails to reassemble furniture and to hang pictures
  • Room plans
  • Recycle bin to recycle the cardboard boxes
  • Patience, you don’t have to unpack everything in one day!

Below is a room-by-room unpacking list. Even tho everyone’s necessities are different, the list below is arranged in terms of priority to help majority of people settle in smoothly. Follow this list to make sure you get settled in your new home with the least amount of friction, but feel free to go in your own order if you feel that you may need your office set up immediately.

Unpack the Kitchen

Unpacking your kitchen first helps you be ready to cook meals properly. This way you aren’t shuffling around and panicking once hunger strikes. Also a great cost-saver than ordering take out. Photo by Buster Benson @ Flickr / CC BY

You can easily unpack the kitchen items if you’ve labeled all your boxes appropriately. You may start by lining up the cupboard first, or you may unpack only the items you need first.

Your pots and pans should be among the first things to unpack. This way you are able to cook and prepare meals. Also, set up your major appliances, and the smaller ones such as toaster and coffee cup. As soon as the kitchen is unpacked and set up to function, it could be a place for you and your family to converge and take a break from the plethora of boxes in other rooms.

Unpack the Bedroom

The next thing you need to tackle is your bedroom. You want to make sure you have your sleeping arrangements ready so you can rest properly. Once again, you don’t have to unpack everything in the bedroom in just one day. Start with putting the bed together. Also, unpack the linens for each bedroom.

If, for whatever reason, you feel that you can’t assemble the bed before sleeping time, drag mattresses and pillows together in one room and sleep together as a family.

Unpack the Bathroom

The bathroom should be unpacked too before you go to bed. Unpack the most useful items you and your family will need in the bathroom.  Your medication, the shower curtain and towels are some of the major things you’ll need in your bathroom.

Unpack Furniture for other rooms

Once your bedroom, bathrooms and kitchen are all set, the next step you can take is to assemble furniture in the living room, dining room, guest room, office, study etc. First, you need to have a plan, where exactly should each piece be placed and how do you want them to appear? Like everything else in life, if you take the time beforehand to plan where everything should go, you’ll save a lot of time and energy.

Unpack the Garage

One of the last places to unpack may be the garage. Do your best to organize the garage before unpacking. You may need to get the tools you need to make the garage functional. Then place tools and items you’ll need in the garage so you can easily find them when you need them.

We hope that this list makes your life a bit easier and you settle down in your new home without too much hassle.