image of a couple packing boxes
image of a couple packing boxes

How to Pack, Unpack & Organize after Moving to a New Place

Sherry Parker
November 9, 2021

When moving to a new place, the excitement of experiencing everything new is usually followed by the dread of packing and unpacking everything. From massive furniture to fragile little decoration pieces, packing can be daunting and unpacking exhausting enough to knock you out for days. 

Keeping that in mind, TicToc aims to share your burden and offer packing/unpacking services operated by women. We know how taxing it can be to look after every single thing that needs to be taken from one place to another. Therefore, to reduce that stress for you, save your time, and make packing fun rather than a task, TicToc’s team is at your service. 

After years of experience with packing and unpacking, we have learned a great deal ourselves. Moving can be made pretty simple provided that the process is planned ahead of time and followed accordingly. This article wishes to share our most workable packing, unpacking, and organization tips to make the entire moving process much less stressful.

Plans are Nothing: Planning is Everything

The first thing we always stress is to plan your entire packing process and start it several weeks before the actual packing day to avoid missing anything. Planning is the most crucial element of the moving process, just like anything else. As they say, an hour of planning can save you ten hours of doing. This couldn’t be more accurate, especially for moving places, because when you plan ahead of time, it saves you a whole lot of time and stress. So, the first thing to do is to plan. Make an outline of how you would want your packing to take place. Then, enlist everything from general to specific and from big to small that you wish to pack and unpack later. The checklist will help you pack in an organized manner and make sure that you don’t miss out on anything. 

Things You Need Before You Start Packing

Now that you have successfully planned the checklist, it is time to get your supplies in order. This also needs to be done ahead of time as looking for packing material and supplies will undoubtedly slow down the packing process. Therefore, get your suitcases ready and buy your boxes. You will also need tape, a permanent marker to label things, bubble wrap for fragile items, and a pair of scissors or cutter. Packing is a long tiring process. That is why we suggest you stay organized and have your packing supplies ready before starting the process.

Label Your Boxes Category Wise

An easy and quick tip that saves you a lot of time during packing and later unpacking is to label the boxes according to whatever you are putting in them. Putting items from the same category and labeling the boxes will make unpacking easier and save you time peeking into boxes when you need something. There are labeling supplies available in the market; however, using a permanent marker on your box will do the job equally well. Another tip to labeling is to number each box while you label them and write that number down. Then you will know exactly how many boxes you will need to move and unpack, ensuring nothing gets left behind.  

Bubble Wrap Fragile Items & Utensils

One of the most time-taking steps to packing is getting fragile items sorted. We all use decoration pieces and kitchen utensils made of glass, and as pleasing as they look, they require the most care when moving to a different place. The safest way to pack them and take them across the city or even the country is to bubble wrap each of your items and tape them. The same goes for kitchen supplies and utensils. Bubble wrapping everything will make sure you do not break anything during the moving process, and it all reaches there safely. So, while you stay organized and make sure every fragile item is nicely bubble wrapped, you are good to go. 

Keep a Survival Box and Make it Colorful

We came across a great tip while looking for ways to make packing simple yet less exhausting to keep a survival box. The idea refers to getting a colorful box to be easily recognizable, so when you finally move, you can get your hands on it. Now comes the question: what to put in the survival box? The simple answer would be motivation. After moving to a new place, you may need to motivate yourself when it comes time to start unpacking and organizing the home all over again. Therefore, the survival box filled with snacks and coffee or tea (according to your preference), water, and juices would be a quick yet great way to give you instant energy and motivation before you have a proper meal for the day.

Necessities First – Unpacking in Action

Now that you have moved and everything is ready to be unpacked, here are some tips and tricks to getting the job done. As exhausting and tiring as it can get, planning and implementing a few tips can make unpacking less stressful and time-consuming. From what we have gathered over the years, making a checklist always helps get things done in an organized manner. When you finally manage to pack and move safely to your new place, unpacking requires the same amount of time and planning as does packing. So, the first thing we would suggest is for you is to unpack your necessities first. The items you are going to need right after moving in are your necessities. These are the things you usually require to get your home running, at least for the first few hours or days. Usually, essentials include kitchen items, toiletries, medications, and if you need to catch up with work, your gadgets like laptops, tablets, etc. Once you’ve unpacked all the necessary items, you can move on to other utilities.

Get Your Kitchen Done First

This one probably goes without saying. When you move to a new place, always get your kitchen in order so that you can start making your meals right away. It will now be much easier to unpack every essential kitchen item with all the boxes labeled from planning with the packing. Although the task may take some time as kitchen items are usually fragile and bubble wrapped, the thought and effort you put into packing are finally going to pay off. In addition, having your kitchen unpacked takes a great deal of stress as you will not have to worry about food and cooking. 

Unpack the Bedrooms and Move on to the Bathrooms

After doing the kitchen, the next thing we would suggest you do is to get your bedroom in order. While other things can take time, the kitchen and bedrooms need to be dealt with at the earliest. The primary essentials for the bedroom would be pillows, sheets, and quilts if needed. Setting the bedrooms would ensure that it would all be in place even in the middle of unpacking if you need to rest for a while or take a nap. 

After the bedrooms, move on to the bathrooms. Arrange your toiletries, your toothbrushes and toothpaste, soaps, and shampoos so that you can you don’t have to wait for long hours of unpacking before you freshen up. Doing all these things in order will make sure that the unpacking process is simple and less tiring. It all comes down to how you have planned and then how you execute your plans. 

Some Last Words on Packing, Unpacking & Organizing

Moving to a new place is a taxing experience as it requires time, effort, and energy. If the process is planned and executed in an organized manner, the stress usually caused can be significantly relieved. At TicToc, our primary aim is to serve our customers and make their moving process as simple as possible. The tips that we discussed have been gathered after years of experience in packing and unpacking and making errors along the way. Therefore, we always suggest that the first step should be planning at least weeks before the day of moving. Taking your time in planning will always save you the hassle of doing things abruptly on the day of moving. Similarly, arrange your supplies and tools just in time so that you can use them readily.  

Last but not least, if you find the tips helpful and the process satisfactory, this is precisely how we do it at TicToc. Give us a ring, and we’ll be happy to serve you!