7 Steps to Make Unpacking Easy

Posted on: Friday, September 2, 2011 - 10:15am

7 Steps to Make Unpacking Easy

It's Labor Day weekend! For some of us it means heading over to a friend's house for a BBQ, but for a lot of people especially in Boston and the surrounding areas, it's Move-In Day.  CHR would like to send a warm welcome to the new residents that are joining us and we hope the whole experience goes as smoothly as possible.  To help you out, we compiled a list of tips to help you get quickly settled in your new apartment home. Let's get organized!

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  2. 1. Set up designated areas for boxes before you start unloading. Kitchen boxes go in the corner of the kitchen, living room boxes go in front of the sliding door, etc. Also pick a room or area for miscellaneous items and artwork in a place that you'll be setting up last like the 2nd bedroom or half bathroom.  
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  4. 2. Did you use our Furniture Plan Organizer? Take some time a sketch out where all your big furniture will go. Even if you make adjustments after all the boxes are gone, you'll be glad to have some semblance of a home.  To use our organizer, find your apartment community on our search page here. Click on the "Floorplans and Pricing" tab under the photo slide show. Locate your floorplan in the grid and click on the icon of a floorplan. Arrange away!
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  6. 3. This may seem silly or obvious, but break down boxes as you go and place them all in the same area. It dramatically cuts down on clutter.
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  8. 4. Organize your unpacking room by room. This step will be different for everyone as you should prioritize which room you want to finished first. For some people it's the bathrooms, others the kitchen.  Figure out which room is most important for you. Once you check that room off, you'll be amazed at how much better you feel.
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  10. 5. Let's talk kitchen. What did you hate about the set up in your last kitchen? Were you constantly going from the stove all the way to your spice cabinet? Look for ways to set up your cabinets that will work with your natural cooking flow.
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  12. 6. Don't purchase new furniture or shelving until you unpack EVERYTHING! Take out the items in your remaining boxes and find a place for all your odds and ends. The orphaned items with no place to go should be the basis of your new purchases. 
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  14. 7. If you completed all the steps above, now's the time to stop and relax.  Like a good wine needs to breathe, you need to sit back and let it all settle in. As you get back into your normal routine, you'll notice that you may need to adjust as you go.  Only after you feel comfortable should you hang your artwork.

 

Welcome again to all our new residents! We're glad to have you with us!  Take a look at our previous post Housewarming Party Tips & Ideas and get to know your neighbors.