There are furniture and boxes all over your new apartment. The moments after your belongings have been delivered by your moving company can be the most overwhelming of the entire moving process. So where do you start? With a plan.
Label: Clearly label your boxes when you are packing to move with a number and room description. This will help set a specific destination for your belongings and ensure nothing gets misplaced along the way.
Organize: Move boxes into each designated room or space. If possible, delegate this task to your movers while they are bringing your belongings into your new apartment.
Delegate: Assign tasks to friends or family who are helping on move in day. Helpers like to feel appreciated, so don’t forget the pizza and beer. If you’re moving by yourself, prioritizing and realizing it’s not a race but a marathon will also help. This is your new apartment and there is no rush.
Prioritize: Start unpacking the rooms you’ll need to use first. Put toiletries you need in the bathroom, and kitchen items in your cupboards. Remember, you can always rearrange, but getting things out of boxes and therefore out of the way should be your priority.
Stay Private: If you haven’t secured blinds or window treatments, be sure to put something over your windows for the first night. Retailers sell paper shades, or even a sheet will suffice for the first night or two.
Build: If you have organizational solutions (bookshelves, shoe racks, etc.) that store other items, begin by putting these together first. If you’re in a small space and realize this would help- consider looking into space saving and affordable solutions at stores like The Container Store and Ikea.
Sleep: Put linens on your bed before you’re actually ready to use it. It will be the last thing you want to do after a long day of moving and will be something that will make your new apartment feel like home. Consider your clothing, shoes, and accessories as low hanging fruit. These can be put to the side and unpacked into closets and dressing furniture last.
Review: If you used CityMove.com to select your movers, don’t forget to give them a review on the site.We want to hear what you thought about your New York City movers. Don’t worry- we’ll send you an email reminder a few days after your move.