DIY Unpacking advice - where do I start?
Allow Sufficient Time
The average 3 bedroom home with a family of four will involve around 70-80
cartons to unpack, which would take a professional unpacking company
approximately 16-18 labour hours. If you are unpacking yourself, you need
to allow for this amount of time. The other alternative is hiring 1 or 2
professional unpackers to assist you on the day. Things will run a great
deal quicker and it's not that expensive.
One Room at a Time
A common mistake for people unpacking themselves is in not focussing on one
room at a time. They will flit here and there doing a bit in this room and
a bit in that, getting stressed because they can't see any real progress.
Start in the most important room first, complete that and then carry on down
the priority list. Kitchen and bedrooms are the most essential rooms to unpack
first so that you can at least eat and sleep.
Unpacking With Young Children
If you have young children, unpack their rooms first, which will allow them
to settle more quickly. If they are old enough, let them help to sort their
own room. Then they can play while you get on with the rest of the house.
It's a good idea to have very young children looked after by someone else,
and have them brought back when there is some semblance of order and their
favourite toys are ready to play with. This is often more helpful than having
your friends or family help you unpack. Let them be babysitters and hire
some professional unpacking help.
Keeping it Tidy
Remove boxes and paper as you go. It's tempting to just let all the empty
boxes pile up but you will get a psychological boost if you cut them down
and remove them to the garage or outside, thus clearing floor space quickly
and making the house look less like a bombsite. Put packing paper into rubbish
bags or into the largest boxes. Otherwise you will end up with a mountain
of paper-filled boxes.
Make sure you have some healthy snacks available (nuts are excellent), and
take a 5 minute break every 2 hours. It's also important to drink plenty
of water, or you run the risk of dehydrating.
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