When moving and travelling abroad, it is important to plan every single step. This is especially true for families that travel with children but what many people dismiss is the complexity of transporting household items, and many overlook the dreaded unpacking process.
Unpacking is just as significant as packing because many of the belongings can move during transit. Therefore it is vital to unpack your items properly for maximum protection. Pictures or mirrors can crack if not wrapped carefully, fragile items like perfume can smash if not placed in protective cartons; and clothes can crinkle.
Here is an expert guide on how to unpack:
1. Make it a priority
When you are arriving at your destination, it can be tempting to leave the bags and boxes and see to them later. Ignoring them and leaving them in the corner won’t get the job done any quicker. No-one likes unpacking but it needs to be done, so make it a priority and get it out of the way. The sooner it is done, the faster you can get on with your day.
2. Choose a suitable surface
You need an appropriate sized area to unpack, so we recommend a flat surface like a bed. Make sure you have enough room to make organised piles of your belongings.
By putting all your items in categories, for example all the t-shirts in one pile and all the kitchen gear together, you can save yourself a lot of time.
Try unpacking the items in the room it belongs to.
E.g. unpack all the living room furniture in the living room, and the kid’s possessions in the children’s bedroom. It will save you time running up and down the stairs!
4. Use a check list
Some people have a check list when they pack to make sure they don’t forget anything. Likewise, a checklist can come in handy when you are unpacking.
Cross off each item when you unpack it, and put it away to give yourself peace of mind that it is done and dusted. This site lets you create a free unpacking checklist.
You can go old school and use a pen and paper, or alternatively, check out this fantastic Packing app which lets you create customisable lists.
5. Valuable belongings
The first items you should unpack are the most valuable ones. These include your money, passport, jewellery, mobile phone, camera and paperwork. Find a secure place to keep these, such as a safe or binder.
Before you unpack, you may want to clean the places in which you plan to store your items. There is no point in emptying your clean cutlery into a dirty drawer, or putting your clean clothes in a grimy wardrobe. Give the house a spring clean and then start unpacking.
Before you can empty your clothes and the children’s toys, you will need to sort out the furniture. If the wardrobes have been dismantled, reassemble them and get the beds in the rooms, so everyone has somewhere to sleep on the first-night. The TV stand and dining table are not priority.
If your clothes are clean, you then need to put them away neatly. We recommend you to hang items like shirts and dresses, and to fold t-shirts and pants into a drawer.
Underwear can be put into a drawer. If any garments have become creased, you may want to iron them before hanging them up.
If you hadn’t gone through your wardrobe beforehand, now is the time to sift through your attire and throw out anything that hasn’t been worn in years.
9. Toiletries must-haves
Next, take out all your hair and beauty products. Check to make sure no liquids have come undone and leaked in the boxes. You will need these on a daily basis (like makeup wipes and contact lenses), so it makes sense to unpack them straight away.
10. Essential appliances
There are essential belongings which you need on a daily basis and these comprise of the kettle, toaster, cutlery, cups, and bedding. The oven and boiler should already be wired up.
After your boxes are empty, you may want to store them in the attic or garage for storage purposes. Remember, the more organised you pack in the first place; the easier it will be to unpack.
This article was written by Robinsons removals; the specialist overseas moving company. Speak to the experts today for help and advice on moving abroad.