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Most common unpacking mistakes people make when moving to Chicago

Relocation is often a quite stressful process to go through. It is even more stressful if you lack experience or do not know what to expect of it. In addition, not having a proper organization of any sort, can lead to a mess and clutter. This is something you want to avoid, especially when moving. However, if you lack experience, and require proper assistance, consider hiring Golan’s Moving & Storage to aid you with your relocation process. There are some things moving companies can do to make the relocation easier for you. On the other hand, there are some things you must do alone. That is why we talk about some of the most common unpacking mistakes one can make when moving.

What are the usual causes of the most common unpacking mistakes?

The better you plan your relocation process, the easier it will be to settle into your new home. The process is not as simple as packing your items and moving. There are other obligations you must do, people to contact and items to go through. Because of the overwhelming nature of relocation, many people, especially those with little to no experience, tend to be quite stressed when moving.

a man pushing cardboard boxes on a pile to avoid some of the most common unpacking mistakes
The boxes containing items that are not necessary for the first night can remain unpacked in the corner

This stress, atop of other things, can lead to you making mistakes you are not even aware of. So, if you plan on hiring Chicago area movers, make sure you do everything to be ready for them. Things that often cause mistakes when moving or unpacking, are:

  • Not being organized enough
  • Bad packing process leads to the bad unpacking process
  • Not utilizing the time you have to prepare everything
  • Forgetting to unpack the most important parts of your home first

Try to avoid any unnecessary stress while packing or unpacking

Stress is the number one issue for those who move. However, some are just overwhelmed by the amount of work they have to do. Others, well, tend to create even worse situations when under stress. Regardless, you need to understand that this process will surely be stressful for everybody. Succumbing to the stressful situations during this period can lead to even bigger mistakes. You should be wary of this, especially if handling complex or very fragile material and items. On top of that, stress can make you stray away from your plan and find a more “temporary” solution. The more you avoid stress and prevent it from getting to your head, the better you will manage.

What are some of the mistakes you can make during this process?

It is not often that you get the chance to move. In most cases, a relocation will represent the start of a new chapter in one’s life. As such, you want to make sure that everything goes according to plan. Although in this article, we will be talking about common unpacking mistakes, you should also be aware of the common packing mistakes that you can make. Looking at the bigger picture, your unpacking process will be as easy as the packing process.

a couple sitting on the floor while unpacking cardboard boxes
You should avoid unpacking items without order

The better you pack your items, the easier it will be to maneuver through them when you arrive. However, let us discuss what mistakes you need to avoid when unpacking your home.

One of the most common unpacking mistakes is to not unpack the rooms you need the most first

Once you arrive in your new home you want to get back to your regular lifestyle as soon as possible. To do so, you need to make the rooms you use the most operable as soon as possible. Therefore, make sure to start unpacking everything you will be needing today and tomorrow. For instance, you want to unpack your bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen first. Of course, if you feel there is no need to unpack everything then do not. Unpack only the necessities and the items you will surely need for the first couple of days. If you have time to plan everything out, pack the items you will need on the first night in a special bag. That way, you will be ready in no time.

Creating clutter due to lack of organization

The next issue might cause high levels of stress when unpacking. Namely, you should always have an unpacking order. In most cases, people like to unpack in order in which they packed before the move. If not, you will end up with a plethora of items in your room and no place to store them.

a couple pulling clothes out of a cardboard box
If you decide to unpack your clothes on the first day, you will probably end up in clutter and without any necessary items unpacked

Worst case scenario is that all of your items will be out of their containers and bags and spending the night there. This is something you want to avoid at all costs. Instead, leave the items you do not need inside their containers as that is the best way to prolong their longevity. Additionally, having clutter all around will induce stress and make the situation worse than it already is.

Not taking breaks while unpacking

Breaks are essential throughout the whole moving process. More importantly, having a break every once in a while is better for focus and energy. However, if you decide to do everything “in one go” you will most likely end up with broken items or with high levels of stress. You will less likely be able to unpack everything in one day. So, if you arrive earlier, in the morning, make sure you relax first and then work. As we were saying, one of the common unpacking mistakes is rushing the process and not resting enough. Although it may seem like there is not much work, the process can be extremely tiring. Especially for your mental health, rather than physical.

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