What to Do After the Moving Trucks Leave: A Guide to Stress-Free Moving

The moving trucks just drove away, and you are left in your empty space; it’s time to take a deep breath and assess what comes next. Depending on the day of your unload or the distance to be traveled, you may be waiting a few days or more until everything moves into your new place. While moving can be stressful, and there are a lot of variables that can complicate the process, it doesn’t have to be! Choosing a reputable company smooths out the process and lets you focus on the exciting parts of moving to a new place. In this blog post, we’ll go over what to do once the moving trucks have left so that you can breathe easy and enjoy the process for what it is, a brand new opportunity!

Come Up With A Game Plan

Moving into a new place is a lot like starting a new project. You wouldn’t start a project without first making all the necessary plans, so why would you move without one? Once you have a general idea of what needs to be done, the process will feel much less overwhelming. A few things to consider when making your moving plans are:

What Needs To Be Unpacked First?

If you are packing for yourself, think of making a box that has items you know you will need right away and marking it so that it is visible. If you have a packing service, you can always mention certain items you want clearly labeled for later, or if you have an unpacking service, you can always ask them to keep their eye out for a specific box. Often, a crew will already have a box set up similarly, which usually keeps bolts for furniture, television remotes, phones, and other important items they come across.

Some important items you may want to consider unpacking first would be:

  • Medications
  • The coffee maker
  • Bedding
  • Toiletries

Be sure to label that box to be one of the first to unpack. You can then let the crew know that this is something you want to be loaded onto the moving trucks last in order for it to be accessible right away.

Where Will You Put Everything?

One of the most overwhelming parts of moving into a new space is when you unpack everything and realize you either don’t have enough space or it looks like too much when it’s all laid out. Take your time unpacking so as to not overwhelm you, and try to stay organized as you go. Dumping it all on the ground or on a bed can be a good way to get rid of all the boxes, but afterwards, it’s gotta go somewhere! Remember how everything was laid out before it was packed, and if you have pictures, use that as a reference.

For bigger furniture pieces, it’s best to know where you want them before the movers take them out from the moving trucks, as it can make the process quicker and simpler for everyone. Make a note of the sizes of the pieces and how they might cause issues with doors or inclines.

This step can be especially challenging if you’re downsizing or moving into a smaller space. We recommend taking inventory of your belongings before moving and sorting them into three categories: keep, donate/sell, and trash. This will help you declutter your space and make room for everything you need. If you have items you simply can’t part from but currently don’t have the room for, consider using storage services, whether it be short-term or long-term.

How Will You Organize Your New Space?

There’s a high chance that the ways you organized in your previous place will no longer be available in the new one, or you’ll have to switch a few things up. Take the time to think about how you are planning to organize before everything is out of the boxes, and maybe hold back from unpacking some less vital items until you know you can have them organized.

Stay Motivated and Well Rested

Moving can be exhausting, both physically and emotionally. It’s important to take care of yourself during this time. Remember to be kind to yourself and those around you during the process, and you need to give yourself breaks as well. One way to stay motivated is to set small goals for each day. For example, “Today, my goal is to unpack all of the boxes in the living room!” This will help you break down the process into manageable tasks, so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Moving is stressful enough – don’t add to the stress by forgetting to take care of yourself!

Rely on Us

At U&Me Moving, we understand how stressful moving can be. That’s why we’re here to help! We offer a variety of services that can take some of the burdens off of your shoulders. From local to long-distance, packing to storage, we can handle it all. Working alongside a respectful crew who genuinely cares about your move can make a huge difference in easing your worries and guarantee a successful move.


We hope this blog post was helpful in giving you an idea of what to do after the moving trucks leave. Contact us to get an estimate today, and remember moving is an adventure; let’s make it a good one!