METCALF MOVING BLOG
6 Safety Tips for Unpacking in Your New Home
Moving involves a lot of physical and mental work. However, packing up is only half of the job—unpacking still requires a lot of energy, and the risk of injury increases if you’re tired. The following safety tips for unpacking after a household move will help ensure no one gets hurt as you settle into your new home.
1. Don’t Pack Boxes Too Heavy
To help make certain unloading boxes at the other end of the move isn’t too difficult, be sure not to pack the boxes too heavy; focus on efficiency. Heavy lifting can lead to serious injury if not careful—be sure to follow good practices.
2. Dress Appropriately
To minimize the risk of injury, be sure to dress appropriately. You won’t trip, get a sleeve snagged, or stumble. Plan to wear:
- Long sleeves (if the weather is warm, a t-shirt is OK)
- Closed-toe shoes
You’ll want to wear clothing that protects you but is not too loose-fitting, where it could get caught up in boxes, doorways, and other tight spaces. Sneakers are ideal, but if you need extra ankle support, consider sturdy work boots. You also may want to wear gloves to protect your hands.
3. Stay Hydrated and Nourished
Hydration and nourishment sometimes fall by the wayside during a hectic move. So be sure to have a cooler packed in your car before moving, or plan to make it a priority—Stock the cooler with easy-to-grab healthy snacks and plenty of water and drinks. Hydration is essential, especially during summer moves.
4. Plan for Children and Pets
To avoid injury, plan for small children and pets on moving days. First, see if trusted family or friends are available to watch them. If not, set up a safe space for them in the new home as you move all your belongings in. Children and pets can easily be injured, not to mention, if they get underfoot, the adults moving boxes and furniture in can get injured as well.
5. Clear Driveways and Walkways
If your moving day occurs in the fall or winter, your region may experience falling leaves, heavy rains, ice, or snow. Be sure the driveway and walkways are clear of debris to avoid slipping. You may need to shovel snow or treat surface areas in winter. Avoiding this task is not a good shortcut since one accident can cause serious injury.
6. Avoid Trying to Do Everything at Once
An important thing to remember is to not stress yourself out trying to get everything set up immediately. Unpacking and organization take time. Complete the significant tasks and focus on doing what you can each day. It’s OK to take a break between unpacking boxes to grab a snack, take a short walk, or do a few brief mindfulness exercises to reset. Eventually, everything will get done.
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