Moving in Chicago: How to Unpack in One Day

You finally heave a sigh of relief after you've dragged the last box into your brand new apartment in the West Loop (that you found with the help of AptAmigo!). Your moving day in Chicago is almost over; an impossibility a few hours ago as you packed box after box. But you're not out of the woods yet - unpacking is the worst!

So where do you start? Your collection of DVDs from college, or should you organize your mountain of shoes? As moving experts we've found that there are definitely rooms and essentials that need to be prioritized. Here are some essential tips to make unpacking easy for your moving day in Chicago. Because we know how easy it is to get distracted....

Before you open a box, clean up!

Before you roll up your sleeves to dig into the labyrinth of boxes you should make sure your new home has been thoroughly cleaned. Have professional cleaners give your new home a once over. The landlord may have cleaned up the apartment after the previous tenant left (if you're lucky) but making sure that there is no dust and grime never hurt.

Put together your kitchen

The kitchen is the most important part of the house because, FOOD! The unpacking process is going to leave you tired and hungry, even though GrubHub is always an option you'll most likely want to cook for yourself the next evening. Begin by unpacking the essentials in the kitchen such as food, plates, that one skillet you use for your famous grilled cheese sandwiches, or your well-loved rice cooker. Leave the tools you use less for later; that salad spinner that you're not even sure why you bought can stay packed until your next healthy eating kick. You'll also want to unload any dish soap or drying racks for your dishes.

Organize the bathroom

The easiest room to be taken care of while unpacking is the bathroom. Put the shower curtain in place, unpack the toiletries, check that the plumbing is working, and hang the towels. If you have a guest bathroom, make sure that is all set up as well. Then call over your friends to help you unpack the rest!

For those who may have a slight make-up and toiletries hoarding problem, unpack JUST what you'll use for the next day. It's too easy to fall down the rabbit hole of organizing your lip gloss by shade (trust me I've been there).

Unpack the bedroom

You can rest assure that after a long day of moving and unpacking, you're going to want to pass out on your comfy bed as soon as possible. Unpacking the bedroom last is great because it keeps you motivated to get through the earlier rooms, but leaves you at the perfect point to jump in bed immediately after. Unpack the linens and pillows, then make your bed. Pick out a few outfits for the rest of the week, and the rest of your clothes can be organized later as you settle in.

Lucky enough to have a guest bedroom as well? Leave that until later. Your freshly made bed is calling your name anyway!

Unpacking Tip - Level Expert

This is a great time to declutter and get rid of things you don't use. If something stays packed and you don't use it for an extensive period of time, chances are you don't need it. When you realize you haven't used that extra eyeshadow palette all month or maybe you went a few weeks without breaking out that TRX system, this might mean you can part with it.

Still have some items you haven't used but can't seem to let go of? Move them into any extra storage space your building offers to free up more usable space in your home.