Moving is stressful enough. You need to pack up your belongings, rent a moving truck or hire movers, and physically lug your stuff from your old home to your new one. From there, how do you know what to unpack first in your new home?


We’ve likely all experienced the cost and stress of moving, but it’s what comes next that really presents a challenge. Packing truly is an art form. If you weren’t organized in your packing, you could end up unable to find the things you need when you first move in. What exactly should you prioritize when unpacking your new home? This guide will help you create the perfect unpack list so you’re never left without the things you need.



What to unpack living room furniture


Start with Large Furniture

The first thing you need to worry about when you move into your new home is your large furniture. Placing this furniture where you want it (or near where you want it) immediately after moving in will majorly cut down on time spent unpacking.


It’s tempting to unload everything into the same space or crowd furniture in a corner until you figure out where you want it to go, but this will just add to your unpacking time. Arranging your furniture where you want it will make unpacking much simpler and less time-consuming.


The same goes for assembling furniture. While it might be the last thing you want to do after a day of moving, building your essential furniture will help you settle quickly into your space. If nothing else, set up your bed! You’ll want that good night of sleep.



Unpack Your Essentials Box

Next, after taking care of your large and essential furniture, you should unpack your essentials box. This is what you should unpack first. Your essentials box doesn’t have to be a box at all. It might also be a suitcase or a small bag you carry with you during your moving day. Keep your essentials box/bag near you at all times. You don’t want to lose it amidst everything else!


What should you have in your essentials box? Try this starter list:

  • Bedding
  • Underwear and clothing (2-3 days worth)
  • Simple cleaning supplies
  • Toiletries
  • Shower curtain or liner
  • Lightbulbs, batteries, and other move-in must-haves
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Small tool kit
  • Snacks and water bottles
  • Dish soap and dishtowel
  • Paper plates, cups, and disposable cutlery
  • Pet food and supplies
  • Medications and vitamins
  • Important documents


Making sure you have these essentials above will make your moving day run much more smoothly, especially if you’re moving with kids and pets. Say goodbye to digging through mislabeled boxes searching for the one thing you need!



Move with Confidence

Knowing what to unpack first when you move to a new home can feel intimidating. In this case, it’s better to be safe than sorry. It’s hard to know exactly what you’ll need, but this list above should get you started.


Make sure everyone in the family is packed with their daily essentials, and that you have enough household goods to get you through a few days without your stuff unpacked. Moving into a new home can be exciting! Just make sure you’re ready for anything with these tips above.