Ask FlyLady: We’ve Moved, How Do I Unpack?

Dear FlyLady,

So We are now moved into our house. There are so many boxes to unpack.  My parents, my children, hubby and I are now all living together.  That’s 7 people. We moved to a big house with a lot of space but I don’t know where to start the unpacking.

Please help!

FlyBaby H.

Dear FlyBaby H,

I do not want you to get overwhelmed. Place the boxes in the rooms where they belong. Put them along a wall; out of the way. You will need a timer and a water bottle to keep you focused and hydrated.

Keep in mind that once you have the necessities unpacked and placed in the proper rooms, the rest can be unpacked 5 boxes at a time. You did not get it packed up in a day and you are not going to be settled in to your new home over night. BabySteps will get you there. Besides if you were not ruthless with your decluttering while you were packing, then you can take the time to find the right place for your stuff in your new home. If for some strange reason, it does not have a home, then you may need to rethink your decision to hold on to this item. The box you packed it in can also be the box that gets taken to your new charity thrift shop. Get to know these people well!

Please do not crash and burn! Now is not the time to get sick, so pace yourself! This is a direct order. If you will take BabySteps, before you know it, you will be settled into your new home and all of this moving will be just a dream.

Now for those of you that are not moving to a new home, you can make your current home feel like a new one if you will pretend that you are moving and join in with our decluttering. It is all of your clutter that makes your home feel small and cramped. It is also this clutter that makes you feel overwhelmed and depressed. Release this clutter and you will find that your home will become new and joyous place to live. Peace is just a declutter away! Try it.

If your home is declutter and you are not planning on moving, then you can join us in spirit by asking yourself the important questions: Do you love it, Do you have a place for it and Does it make you smile? There is always some decluttering to do.

Moving is always hard, but when you take it in BabySteps, it will not kill you!

Are you ready to FLY through your next move?


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