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How to Unpack Efficiently After Your Move

According to a recent study, more people moved out of New Jersey than any other state in 2020. One of the top reasons for the move? You guessed it. The pandemic.

But whether you’re moving back to the tri-state area now that restrictions are lifting, or packing your bags to relocate elsewhere, we listed a few tips on how to efficiently unpack after your big move. 

Decide If You'll Need Help

If you have to unpack quickly after moving, then you should consider hiring helpers to finish that task as fast as possible. The problem with unpacking is that, just like packing, it is one of the most time-consuming jobs that you will find in your personal moving calendar. You can either reach out to friends you may have in the new town or city, or look to professional unpacking services.

Create an Unpacking Strategy

The last thing you want to do is start opening random boxes and unpacking items without a plan. Your very first unpacking step is to inspect the delivered boxes and check them against your moving inventory or your packing list to make sure every single item is accounted for. If you do find a box or something else to be missing, then contact your movers immediately and let them know so that the issue can be resolved quickly.

And while your movers are unloading, don’t forget to ensure that boxes are being placed in their correct destination rooms. 

Unpack All Essential Items First

These include toiletries, medications, important hand tools, kitchen essentials, basic clothes and nightwear for the first few days, toys for kids or/and pets, and other miscellaneous items that you’ve packed in order to survive the first day and night in the new home.

Prepare The Rooms As You Go

Using a large, soft-cover crate where pets can move around a bit is less stressful than a small, hard crate. Especially when you’re in the car.


Unpack and stock the bathroom essentials such as toilet paper, towels, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. Stack the towels, unpack the shower curtain, and arrange the toiletries and cosmetic products you’ll need the first few days.


Unpacking a kitchen and making it fully operational can take days, so it’s best to unpack and set up only the absolute kitchen essentials, then organize the rest of your kitchen little by little.

Overall, it’s important to assess correctly how urgent each unpacking task is and to keep tackling the unpacking jobs in the order of its urgency status.