Of course, everyone’s home is different so this list may vary. This is just a very short example of how you can list out each room by importance so that when moving day arrives, you know what to attack first instead of just looking at a pile of boxes and wanting to throw yourself off a cliff.
I can’t stress this one enough, especially if you have small children. For our move from Colorado to Georgia, I coordinated with my parents for them to be at our new home on moving day. Their sole responsibility? To take care of Chickie and keep her occupied. That was the only job they had – keep her busy and out of the way. This was invaluable to us because it left Michael and I free to deal with the movers to be able to show them where things belonged in the home while they unloaded the truck without having to deal with Chickie all at the same time. Ask your friends and family for help. Most people are ready and able to help, they just need to know what you need the most. Ask a friend to provide a meal or two for you. Trust me, it will make a huge difference on moving day while you’re trying to organize and unpack.
As your boxes are being moved off the truck and into your home, make sure that they are being placed in the room they belong in so that you’re not wandering all over looking for the boxes and items you need.
Clean each room after you get it unpacked. Your furniture and the boxes being brought into your new home have been on dirty trucks and equipment that has now been brought into your new home. Take time to dust, wipe down counters, run the vacuum, or mop the floors. Having a clean space will really help to give you the feel of being settled in your home.
It’s inevitable that no matter how well you clean out to pack for your move, you’re still going to find a lot of things you don’t want or need when you get to your new home and start unpacking. Take an empty box, set it aside, and put all your unwanted items in that box to be donated once you’re completely done unpacking. There is no need to keep items in your new home that you don’t really want or need. Get rid of the extra clutter and donate it!
Allocate an area in your home to store all your empty boxes until you’re done unpacking so that you don’t have the clutter and visual stimuli laying around and in your way to make you feel overwhelmed. For us, that place was the garage. Immediately after a box is empty, break it down and take it to your allocated collection space so that it’s out of the space you’re trying to organize and clean. For me, there’s nothing more aggravating than a bunch of empty boxes cluttering a space I’m trying to clean.