Just Moved. Now What?

You are now in your new house. There are boxes everywhere and you are probably filled with overwhelming feelings somewhere between relief and anxiety. You are fairly confident that everything you own has made the move but until everything is unpacked and put in its proper place, you won’t know for sure. Ideally, now is the time to concentrate on some of the important aspects of moving that you can control.

It’s going to take several days, if not a couple of weeks to get rid of all the boxes and there is no reason to worry about the mess. There are a few things you are going to have to take care of whether or not the house is unpacked so you may want to take a break from the mess and get some of those chores taken care of.

Prior to the move you may have filled out a change of address card with the post office. You can make a trip to the local office to see if they have any mail for you and let them know you are moved in and regular delivery can begin. You may also need to contact the department of motor vehicles to change the address on your driver’s license or to get a new one if you moved out of state.

Get directions to the local hospital, hoping of course you don’t need it while unpacking, as well as the police station, shopping centers and of course, the grocery store. Don’t feel guilty about leaving the house once in a while during the first few days as you learn your way around your new neighborhood. Durham moving company representatives may have a list of addresses for all of the important places in your new town as well as a list of emergency numbers you may need.

After the first few days, you should see regular mail delivery as well as the local paper being delivered if you signed up for it. You should also see a dwindling number of boxes in every room in the house. You might assign different tasks to different family members since there is no way you can do it all yourself. The first day or two unpack only what you absolutely have to have, knowing the rest will get done…eventually.

In the family room, you will need to setup your television before the cable or satellite company arrives so your television will be ready to be connected. Although, waiting a few days to schedule them may work better by delaying the distraction until after most of the moving boxes have been unpacked.

One security detail you may not want to overlook is having all of the locks in your new house changed. It can be difficult to tell who holds keys to old locks and by changing them all there is little chance that keys to your new home will be in the wrong hands. You may also want to meet your new neighbors, at least to let them know you have arrived and to make new friends who may keep an eye on your place when you’re not home.

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Larry Wall 4 years ago

We have moved several times during our marriage. My wife labels each and every box. Usually we just hired a mover. Once, we had professional movers paid my employer.

The result was the same, she directed where every label box would go and within two days every box was unpacked and the house was running smoothly. Her father was extremely organized and so is she. But the rule is labeling and not combining odd stuff in one box. Do not put kitchen utensils in the same box as the blow dryer and tooth brushes.


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Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Larry for sharing your experience! And I'm extremely impressed by your wife's ambition to get everything unpacked so timely!

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