3 Hacks to Make Moving Home Painless, According to Experts

Updated 05/06/19
Alyssa Rosenheck

Moving house can be an exciting transition, but when the buzz from finding your new home and planning the décor has dulled, there's one task that fills most movers with dread: unpacking. If the prospect of unboxing your possessions in your new home seems daunting, there's a new service you need to know about. 

John-Morgan and Lauren Bush are the founders of Unpackd NYC, a genius packing service that promises to take the pain out of moving house. How? The husband-and-wife duo will do the task you dread most and unpack your boxes for one room—or an entire house. Yes, while they take care of admin and style your new home with items you already own, you're free to have brunch, hit the gym, or do whatever you please. 

The entrepreneurial pair tells Elle Decor that unboxing your wares doesn't need to be a chore. They mastered the art of moving during a transition from Boston to New York and have developed some handy hacks to take the pain out of the process. Here are the expert tips they swear by:

  1. Unload boxes straight from the van to their designated room: Load the van so that boxes for each room are stored together, then unload them directly into their new space. Unloading boxes into an entryway or holding area might seem fast, but it's a short-term solution that will increase your workload.
  2. Style your bedroom first: According to John-Morgan, this is the most important room to prioritize. "Create a perfect bedroom to retreat to so that you can relax when it seems like everything else in your place is falling down," he says. 
  1. Don't delay unpacking your closet: "People often save their closet for last, because it takes the most time," Bush tells Elle Decor. "But you can get rid of some of your biggest boxes that contain most of your day-to-day stuff if you tackle your closet early on." Refresh your closet by tossing mismatched hangers and replacing them with one style for a coordinated, clutter-free look. 

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