When moving, it is not always easy to find the time to plan and unpack the boxes when the big day arrives. A smart move would be to unpack the boxes the evening before so they are not a burden the next day.

Here are five ways you can do this to make the moving process more efficient:

  1. Place unopened boxes neatly in the assigned room and leave enough room to create easy access.
  2. Unpack the heavier boxes first; these are the hardest. However, knowing this gives you a light at the end of the tunnel.
  3. Recycle the used bubble wrap and duct tape. Please give it to a friend whos moving and avoid the temptation to store it. It only adds more clutter.
  4. Have some heavy-duty scissors and box cutters handy to cut ties and open boxes, saving you time and effort.
  5. Use some basic home organisation methods to make it easier to unpack and organise household items.

Resolving to unpack your boxes soon can save you considerable time and effort.

Focussing on the task at hand can free up valuable time to relax and focus on other essential activities. In addition, once all the boxes are unpacked, your new home and its furniture will have a more cohesive look and feel.

It’s no easy feat getting unpacked, but knowing your home maintenance’ tools and where they are will simplify your life and make unpacking a breeze.

Practise your ‘home maintenance’ skills by tidying and decluttering as part of your first week of moving in to clear your head and make the space feel more welcoming and at ease.

Similarly, think about the main essentials you need to unpack and ensure they are right at hand.

You’ll probably have all of these sitting nearby in drawers or cupboards – but now is the time to determine which are the most frequently used items.

Deciding which of your kitchen utensils to prioritise – dishes or pots and pans? I decided on dishes because I couldn’t start to think about dinner without a pan!

Set aside a couple of hours one afternoon to sit down and put everything in order – then you’ll be prepared for the evening and can let your mind wander towards getting your first meals in your new home.

Make a list of the most commonly used items and keep the most frequently used one with you – I tend to use the same thing all the time!

So, when it came to unpacking, my top three essentials were dishes, kitchen utensils and one takeaway container. After that, I made a list for my food shopping and stuck it on my fridge door.

Unpacking boxes can be mentally challenging. You may have a lot going on now that you have moved. Kids and animals to take care of, and you keep procrastinating. I would tell someone who wanted to stop procrastinating to make a list of the top things they dread and work to eliminate those first,” Bradon a clinical therapist, said. “You need to get started and finish what you start before you move on to anything else. Then, once you’ve worked on these things, you are freed up to tackle more challenging tasks.”

She added that it’s better to work through the top reasons you procrastinate instead of a massive list of about five things close to the top.

Procrastination and anger

Most of us have been in the situation of being stuck in a pile of things we don’t feel like doing. However, there are some ways to stop feeling overwhelmed and respond calmly.

Create a vision board.

Another tactic is to take a break from the items on your to-do list to refocus your energy. I recommend creating a vision board to help you see what you want and the steps you need to get there.

Make a list of what you want to accomplish, then make an action plan so you can get started, she added. “Taking 10 minutes to do this visual diary is critical to establishing a habit,”

As a bonus, a visual diary can help you keep track of how you spend your time and keep your self-monitoring skills sharp.”

Sometimes it’s good to get some perspective before jumping into a task.

One challenge to overcome when you’re overwhelmed by procrastination is giving yourself a break.

“When you are overwhelmed, sometimes it’s OK to take a break and step away from the task, and you can re-energise,” she said. “If it is a task that you can push through on autopilot and can make some progress, take the time to do that. Otherwise, a mental break is OK, as long as it isn’t a brain-dead day with nothing done.”

Procrastinating can mean that you aren’t learning or growing.

If procrastination is stopping you from making progress, it can mean you are “wasting your time and your opportunities,” Bradon said. Instead, she recommended that you look at the big picture and plan for the future.

“As much as you might want to get to work on your to-do list, you need to build time into your week to look ahead and build a life you want to live,” Bradon said.

“It’s not so much about going and doing the tasks as much as being clear about what you want to do, and it gives you power. It’s taking ownership of your life. Don’t make the same mistake over and over again.”

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