After hours spent on the road and unpacking moving boxes, you're finally glaring at your new Florida apartment. As it is, you are now looking at a hilltop of boxes and furniture, all just piled up. You must feel exhausted by now, but also excited. And Miami movers are here to tell you that the hardest part is done – one final step left is unpacking. If you're wondering where to start, here is a short guide to get you through this Miami post-move unpacking process.
How to plan out and conduct your Miami post-move unpacking
We hope that you paid close attention while doing the packing in regards to labeling and categorizing. So the pile of boxes in front of you should be neatly packed and marked. As long as this is the case, unpacking will be a walk in the park. And the good thing is that even if you forgot, we've got you covered. It might take a bit longer though but you’ll get there. So how about we get into it, one step at a time.
How long will your Miami post-move unpacking take?
The reason we start with this is that it is most likely your main concern. After all, you just moved to sunny Florida and are looking to go out and explore it as soon as possible. This is why you need to determine the best unpacking method. There are two important factors to consider – the amount of stuff there is to unpack and whether there is anyone to assist you. Once established, you’ll be able to choose one of the following methods:
- Professional assistance from a moving company. In case your new home is an empty house and you have a whole lot of furniture, appliances and other things, you might consider simply paying the movers extra for packing/unpacking services. Having them unload and set up most of the things for you. However, this is a step which depends on the budget you've set out for the move.
- Asking for help from friends and family members. This would be the case when you are moving with someone – be that family, significant other or simply a friend or two. And if that’s the deal, everyone needs to put in the work. However, you need to take charge and organize the unpacking process so that everything functions smoothly. As long as that is done, the entire process will be complete in no time.
- Self-unpacking. In cases where you’ve moved alone, this would probably be the best choice. It is highly unlikely that you have that much of stuff, and you would have all the time in the world to unpack at your own pace and convenience.
As long as you take the time to consider and plan everything out, either of these will work for you. After all, the goal here is to make it easier for you so let's move on.
Where does one start with his/her Miami post-move unpacking?
All those boxes in front of you might look like a whole lot of work, but trust us, when you get down to it, it’ll be a breeze. The first step you need to take is to separate the boxes in accordance with the designated rooms. This way you’ll have space to move around the place even if you don’t unpack everything on the same day. Remember that you are unpacking and decorating at the same time, so consider the fun to be had there as well. Once all the boxes have been allocated and organized, time to unpack the necessities:
- Cleaning supplies. No matter how new the apartment, you still need to go through the cleaning process before all else. And consider that unpacking will also make a mess; you should definitely have the cleaning equipment at hand.
- Day-to-day essentials. Whether you decide to unpack in a day or a week, the primary commodities to secure should be sleeping arrangements and personal hygiene.
Which room to unpack first is one of the most common concerns when it comes to organizing your new home after the move. You should unpack the rooms according to the occupational significance. The best approach would be unpacking the most important rooms little by little. No point in unpacking and arranging the whole kitchen immediately and leaving bathroom and bedrooms completely unpacked.
The kitchen takes precedent when conducting Miami post-move unpacking
Unpacking involves spending a lot of energy. As such, it is important to have a way to re-charge, and other than sleeping, you will need food. And this is why the kitchen comes first when unpacking.
To begin with, unpack and connect all the large appliances (oven, fridge, freezer, dishwasher etc.). Next step is organizing and filling out all the cupboards and shelves so that you know where everything is and goes. Bear in mind that smaller appliances which you do not use on a daily basis can wait. All you need is to make sure that you can have that morning coffee and make that most important meal of the day.
Washing up in an unpacked bathroom comes next
People usually underestimate unpacking the bathroom. Given that it is mostly set up, most people think little of the things needed for it. However, there are still things to consider here. Personal hygiene drawers and medicine cabinet are a must, not to mention that the bathroom should be cleaned thoroughly since you’ll need that long relaxing bath after a day of unpacking.
Setting up the bedroom for that well-earned rest
As previously mentioned, one of the first things to unpack would be the necessities for sleeping. A mattress, pillow and blanket and you’re all set. However, after taking care of the kitchen and bathroom, time to get that big soft bed all set up. And while you’re doing that, you can also go about filling out all those closets with the boxes of wardrobe that are just sitting there and waiting.
Putting together the living room as the crowning jewel
This is probably the most relaxing and fun step, given that the living room needs the most decorating and a minimal amount of simply unpacking. So grab a cold one out of the fridge, take a look around the room and visualize how the final product should look. Then you can go into slowly realizing the image you had in your mind. Furniture and appliances first, decorative items and memorabilia come after.
How to decorate your new home after Miami post-move unpacking
No matter how tempting it is to decorate and arrange everything at once, it is recommended to take one step and room at a time. You can start with a prioritized list of plans and purchases you would like to make. Also consider hiring a professional interior designer, depending on your budget.
Plan each room’s design and establish furniture position. Consider implementing colors or neutral tones? Changing the color of at least one wall in each room will add a completely new look to your home. Also, install an appropriate lighting system so as to create the warm and modern environment. Breathe life into your new home by adding some plants, flowers, and colors. If your walls are neutral, think of some window dressing ideas that you may apply so as to make your new place look amazing. Focus on the softness of your new home by adding some velvet colorful cushions and soft wool rugs.
If you are looking to save money, consider visiting some garage sales and second-hand shops. You may be surprised how many affordable quality items can be found in such places.
Once you complete what you have started, you will experience a sense of accomplishment. After all, you have finally made your new place feel like home and you have given it a personal touch.