The Unpacking Order: What Rooms to Unpack First

The Unpacking Order: What Rooms to Unpack First

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Regina Yunghans
Aug 2, 2010

Unpacking your home is a bit like decorating it: there are countless styles and tastes for doing so. One key thing to figure out is what rooms you'll begin unpacking first. On our recent move, my husband and I took a minute to agree upon what made the most sense for us:

Here's what we came up with:

  • Bedroom: When you're weary from a long day of moving, you need a place to sleep, right? The bedroom can also serve as a refuge when the rest of the place is in disarray.
  • Bathroom: You'll feel just a little more human in those days after moving if the bathroom is thoroughly cleaned and your toiletries are out for use instead of stowed in a box somewhere.
  • Kitchen: The kitchen takes a lot of time to unpack, so we held off on it until after the bed and bath so as not to hold up those two rooms. Simple cooking and takeout pizza were our go-to's in the meantime.
  • Living Room: Like the bedroom, the having the living room set up makes you feel a little more at home. It feels great once you can plop down on the sofa after a hard day's work.
  • Dining Room: For us, this room was last. Until it was ready to go, we simply ate at the coffee table in the living room. It wasn't so long ago that we had no dining room at all, so this was a no-brainer for us.

In what order do you unpack the different spaces of your home when you move? Go ahead and tell us your "unpacking order" and why in the comments below!

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