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Moving tips: First steps after a move

Unpack the kitchen first so you have at least one tidy room to escape to when the clutter becomes too much.

Unpack the kitchen first so you have at least one tidy room to escape to when the clutter becomes too much.

After a long move, odds are you just want the whole process to be done with. But alas - there's still all the unpacking to do! Unfortunately, you can't just snap your fingers and have everything magically fall into place. But you can unpack a few things first that might help you relax right away.

When packing for a move, be sure to include a few boxes that you'll open first thing on arrival at your new home. Settling in takes some time, and there are certain essentials no one should be without for very long. You can organize them by room or by function, but however you do it, make sure the boxes contain the basic things you need.

For the bathroom, this could include a toothbrush and toothpaste, towels, shower supplies and toilet paper. Also consider throwing in a first-aid kit, just in case. You never know if something unexpected will happen, and it's never fun to rummage through boxes trying to find a bandage when you're bleeding.

Another set of items that could come in handy during the first few days in your new home might be tools and other utility equipment. Put together a box with screwdrivers, small power tools, duct tape and other around-the-house items. When you're putting furniture back together, you'll probably need to use at least some of these items, so it'll be handy to have them around.

After a move, your house will likely be a mess for a while. Even the most patient person can grow weary of an inescapable mountain of clutter after a while, so pick one room and get it totally unpacked right away. A tip from the website Apartment Therapy: The most useful room to get set up is the kitchen. That way, you'll have an area that's not only free of boxes and clutter where you can retreat when things get overwhelming, you'll be able to make a snack while you're there, maybe fix a drink and forget about the hassles of unpacking. You'll also have an area to make a pot of coffee to get you going with the rest of your tasks.

While a large portion of bedroom items - clothes, bookshelves, dresser drawers, etc. - aren't strictly essential to unpack right away, you might consider setting up your bed pretty soon after arriving in your new home. Moves are wearying work, no matter how helpful and efficient your moving company may have been. You'll need a quiet place to fall asleep after a long day of hauling boxes around.