Maybe you have moved recently - or not so recently - and you have boxes clogging up your space. Unpacking can be just as stressful as packing and moving, and many people drag out the process because they're not sure how to tackle it. If this sounds like you, try these tips for more stress-free unpacking:
1. Create a safe haven.
For many, this is the kitchen or bedroom. Take a minute to think about which area of your house would make you happiest to have unpacked; somewhere you will be able to escape from the stresses of moving. Start there first.
2. Just unpack one box at a time.
It is easy to get overwhelmed when looking at a pile of 100 or more boxes. You don't have to unpack them all right now - just one. Grab one box, open it up - nice job, you are unpacking!
3. Take out just one item at a time.
You may feel overwhelmed looking at that big box full of items - all you have to deal with is one item at a time. Take it out, and find a home for it. Done!
4. Keep it functional as you unpack.
You are just trying to empty boxes right now. Don't try to set up perfect organizing systems at the same time. You can take time for that later, after everything is unpacked and after you have gotten used to how your new space works.
5. Discard any items you don't need, use, or love.
Label three of your now-emptied boxes “discard,” “donate,” and “not sure” to collect these items. The more things you purge, the fewer you need to find homes for. When the "not sure" box is full, tape it closed, and write on it a date 6-12 months in advance. If you haven't opened it by then, it goes into the donation pile.
6. As you empty boxes, flatten them and put them in a central collection point.
This is typically a garage or carport. Once you get a good-size pile, pass them along to friends who are moving soon, list them for resale, or recycle them.
7. Unpacking can be fun!
It’s like Christmas and your birthday all rolled into one, what with all the opening and unwrapping. Put on some fun music, have an adult beverage, maybe sing into your broom handle. As always, attitude is half the battle!