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How to unpack into your small NYC apartment with ease


People get so worked up over the moving that they forget just how big of a nightmare unpacking can be. And this is one step you do not wish to forget. Especially since there is almost no way to avoid it. All the best moving companies Brooklyn can’t save you from the task that awaits. However, you don’t need to worry. There is a way to unpack into your small NYC apartment without too much hassle. There are, however, certain steps you need to follow. Also, if you are able to put in a few extra bucks, there are solutions that make it even easier. But, even if you don’t have the extra cash, you’ll still able to unpack into your small NYC apartment just fine.

The biggest secret to this task is preparation. Preparation is what makes this task as easy as you’d hope for. Still, it will never be something you can neglect, it does not get that easy. But, it does get easy enough so that you don’t have to stress about it. We’ll talk about a few easy steps that you can do beforehand, in order to make this task bearable.

Living in a smaller apartment can have a lot of storage problems.

Unpack into your small NYC apartment – preparation

The best thing you could do is prepare. Even before you summon a moving truck Brooklyn, you should do a few things. The things we are going to focus on when it comes to preparation is box labeling and apartment analysis. I know it may sound super complicated, especially the latter bit, but it is not that difficult. Box labeling is easy enough, and pretty self-explanatory. It just means that you need to label the boxes in a way where it makes sense to unpack them. Apartment analysis is just so that you can learn, ahead of time, how many things you can fit and where. It’s not like you are moving into a random space you know nothing about. You picked the place, you know what you’re in for.

Box labeling

The trick many forget is to label the boxes. There is no special technique in doing so. You just need to know what each box contains when you reach the final destination. Imagine if you didn’t, and every box was a surprise. You would waste a day alone just in opening the boxes and exploring the contents. But, if you were to take a marker and write the content of the box on each of them, you will know what you are opening. So, in this case, there are things you won’t need for days, such as arwork, which should be specially packed for storage, anyway. There is no need to spend energy on them when you can do it later. First, focus on the things you do need to lead a normal life in your new home.

postal boxes
Labeling boxes makes it really easy to know what is inside, without looking.

Apartment analysis

The important bit is planning for the storage in your apartment. This is the truck when you need to unpack into your small NYC apartment. You will know how much space you have, and where. This will also help you in terms of planning to declutter (if there is a need). Maybe, just maybe, your new home will not allow for as many things as you thought of bringing. And this is fine, as long as you are prepared for it. You can’t really turn your apartment into a warehouse. This is why you will analyze it and plan for how many things you are able to bring.

Then comes the hard part – which items do you get rid of? It is never an easy task. I do this by thinking about items that I haven’t used in 6 months, or even a full year. If there are such items – they are the ones that go first (unless there is a sentimental value to them). This can also help you snatch a few extra bucks. Yes, we are talking about a garage sale! One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, so you should capitalize on this. Otherwise, you can always donate to those in need. God knows they will appreciate it greatly.

You need to know how much space you have, analyze your new home carefully.

Unpack into your small NYC apartment – storage units

A very solid trick in this task is renting a storage unit. Yes, it is costly to some, but if you can afford it, it will do wonders for you! Imagine living in a small apartment and having a storage unit nearby. There is no need to get cramped up in your new place when you can safely store it elsewhere. Again, of course, if this is something you can afford. If not, peruse some of the tips to create additional storage in your apartment. Storage units are a brilliant solution when moving as well as when the move is done. Especially if you have items that you don’t use every day, but can’t really get rid of. For instance, a great example of this is seasonal clothing. If it’s mid-summer, and you have a huge supply of winter clothing – a storage unit is a brilliant solution!

But, if you can’t afford one you will just have to be smart about it. Furthermore, you need to be realistic about it. If it is a 25 square meter apartment, you are not going to be able to pack in it all you own, unless you are a closet wizard. So, simply be careful about it and don’t burden yourself too much. It can be stressful when you are in an apartment and have no room to turn around, and I’ve seen this happen before.

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