Putting all your belongings into their right spot takes a lot longer than throwing them all into boxes and ends up being a lot more stressful too. Unpacking can be as fast or as slow as you allow it to be. The time it takes to unpack typically depends on how many boxes you have, how many people you have helping, and how many things need to be reassembled. By planning ahead and knowing the basic unpacking process, you can eliminate the typical stress that accompanies unpacking.
Your unpacking process will greatly be dependent upon your packing process and how well boxes are labeled and organized. First, keep track of how many boxes you have. Write down how many boxes go in each room as well as what their labels are. For example, the master bedroom could have 10 boxes—five for clothes, two for shoes, one for bedding, and two for decorations—list them all out, so you know which boxes go in which room and how many of each you should have. That way, your rooms will stay organized, and you can alert your moving van of any missing boxes.
Secondly, you need a survival box—a box that will contain everything you need to survive while the rest of your belongings are in storage. Think of it as an overnight bag. Your survival items should be the last thing that gets put into the moving van/your trunk, so they will be the first thing you access to when you arrive at your new home.
Thirdly, make an unpacking calendar. Decide what you want to accomplish each day to make unpacking more manageable and less overwhelming.
An entire house is way too much to unpack in a day, which is why you need to establish some priority on which rooms you focus on first. Remember, you don’t need to set them up completely—just set up what you need to make those rooms function. Decorations can come later.
Unpacking doesn’t have to be stressful if you have a plan and stick to it. If you haven’t unpacked already, make a checklist of your boxes and keep them labeled. Ask family to help you get settled and remember it will all get unpacked eventually.