Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could move to a new house and everything could unpack itself almost instantly? Wonderful, but unfortunately highly improbable. However if you don’t want to be climbing over mountains of boxes for weeks to come whilst trying frantically to remember which of your carefully labelled boxes contains that vital charger you need then don’t worry. Here are our 6 unpacking hacks including the option for cheap storage to help you transition to your new home as smooth as possible.

Declutter
It really is worth having a ruthless sort out of your belongings before you even begin your packing, get rid of those things you don’t need and then you won’t end up trying to unpack them in your new home. They will get in the way and slow you down as you try to find somewhere to store them or realise that you no longer want them and shouldn’t have packed them in the first place.

Label, label, label
Pack your home room by room and make sure that you label all of your boxes. Make sure that you pack the most essential items from each room into a box together; those things that you will need to find almost immediately and label it clearly so that you know what you are looking for. Then you won’t need to root through all your boxes searching.

Storage
If you are downsizing, then there is a good chance that some of your furniture will no longer be needed. If you haven’t yet decided which pieces to keep and which ones to get rid of; perhaps you want to try different combinations in your new home, then why not consider moving with only the most essential pieces. Look for self-storage units locally and store the items you are not sure about until you are completely unpacked, then you will be able to decide at your leisure which items of furniture fit best in your new property.

Kitchen First
Begin by unpacking your kitchen first, the furniture – fitted units – are already in place so you can just unpack your pots, pans and food into them. This will make it easy for you to make cups of tea and offer food to anyone helping you unpack, which should keep them motivated to help for longer!

A Place for Everything…
Everything had a storage space in your old home so where possible stick to using the same storage, if you have brought the furniture with you then make sure you have labelled the boxes appropriately and simply unpack them straight into the storage they came out of. If you want to change things around, wait until you have everything unpacked before you start.

Bedrooms
The second room you need to unpack, everyone will need to be able to sleep and of course get dressed in the morning; and if you have kids this will hopefully be into their school uniform so that they are out of your hair for the day whilst you continue your unpacking!

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