Our most recent move consisted of 2 adults and 2 kids moving from a third floor walk up apartment into a 2 story house. Yes, we hired movers, but they only did the physically moving; no packing or unpacking. The day was epic but we got the best piece of advice that day for how to stay sane that first week you're in a new home:
E's mom, a veteran of several large moves while raising 3 boys, had some advice that made all the difference. She said: get the kitchen entirely unpacked: no boxes, no delayed decisions, get it functional that first night and the whole rest of the unpacking and moving will be breeze by because you won't be having to order out, you won't have boxes on the counters, you won't feel crazy every time you walk into this one room.
This is our new kitchen the night of our move, just seeing the glasses in a row, the cake stands on display, made us all breathe a sigh of relief
She helped me that night and we got everything completely unpacked and put away. It made such a huge difference to be able to get up in the morning and make breakfast and coffee like a normal day.
What's the First Thing You Unpack?