5 Packing Hacks That Will Make Unpacking Easier

Published On September 11, 2018 | By Clare Louise | Moving

Moving is one of the most stressful and exhausting experiences anyone can go through. You will have to spend a number of hours every day, for several weeks, packing all your possessions and organizing the move. This includes choosing from the different types of moving services that are most suited for your particular requirements. The moving day itself will be demanding and nerve-wracking.

All the hard work and stress that comes with relocating, though, won’t end once you have actually moved to your new home. Once all the boxes have been delivered, you still have to face the grueling task of unpacking and organizing all your items, this time in your new abode.

Unpacking and organizing all your possessions in your new home will go faster and easier if you follow some helpful packing tips and hacks. As such, if you are still packing for your move, follow these techniques and hacks that will make unpacking a breeze:

1.    Pack boxes by the room

Packing on a room-by-room basis and doing one area of the room at a time is one of the best things you can do when preparing for a move. It ensures you get to pack all the items you need and want to bring and sort out the ones you won’t be taking with you.

While packing, make sure you designate boxes for each room. Avoid mixing items from different rooms in one box since this will make unpacking and organizing more chaotic.

2.    Always stay organized

To avoid leaving behind some important things and opening numerous boxes before you find what you’re looking for, stay organized as you are packing all your items whether they are small or big items and even when you get to your appliances and furniture.

Keeping all related items together and by room is a good start to being organized. Creating an inventory list will help greatly as well.

If you are disconnecting appliances or disassembling furniture, take photos first before you begin. These photos will help you a lot when you set up these appliances and furniture in your new home.

Lastly, tape cords to appliances and devices to avoid losing them in the shuffle.

3.Be as detailed as possible when labeling boxes

Write on the top and front part of each carton the room where the box should go and what it contains. If you can’t write directly on the container, write these details on a piece of paper and attach or stick it on the top and front part as well.

Color-coding the boxes will also make unpacking and organizing easier and faster. Assign a color for each room and put sticky notes on at least two sides of each box so that you can easily see which boxes to take to the kitchen, bedroom, etc.

4.Avoid overpacking boxes

Even if your movers will be placing the boxes in or near each room, you may still need to move or carry one or more of them. To avoid hurting your back when doing this, do not overpack boxes. Aim for a reasonable weight of 9 to 11 kg per box – the load which most able-bodied persons are capable of transporting safely.

If you want to balance out the weight of some heavier items, stuff the extra spaces in the box with some lightweight materials such as towels, blankets, curtains, small pillows, and some stuffed toys.

5.Pack an essentials bag and first aid kit

Lastly, if you don’t feel like unpacking immediately or even for the next two days after arriving at your new home, make sure you can go about your regular activities by preparing a bag or two that contains the items you and your family will immediately need.

These should include:

  • Toiletries
  • Some cleaning materials and supplies
  • A change of clothing, including pajamas
  • Slippers or comfy shoes
  • Medicines
  • Ready-to-eat food
  • Snacks
  • Plastic kitchen utensils

Make sure you prepare a simple first aid kit which should include an antibiotic cream, oral antihistamine, non-adhesive pads, safety pins, triangular bandage, and scissors.

Place the bags and kit in your vehicle so that you can easily have access to any item you might need while you are on the road.

Following the right packing techniques will help you deal with the chore of unpacking much easier. By devoting less time to unpacking, you can focus on other things such as cleaning your new home. Additionally, staying organized and anticipating what you will need during the first few days after your move will allow you to settle into your new home more smoothly.


Robert Wise, Sales Administration Manager at Nuss Removals, has been a respected figure in the removals industry for over 20 years. His attention to detail and the ability to truly understand the needs of the customer have ensured the successful relocation of thousands of satisfied individuals and families. For moving and storage across Australia and around the world, Robert’s wealth of experience ensures his customers are in safe hands.


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