Tip #96: Set the bed up first.
Another unpacking tip.
Most of you guys are already experts at this (read the comments here if you don’t believe me), but my tried and true tip for moving into a new place is to set up your bed as soon as possible. My mom used to do this for me when I moved back into the college dorms each year after a summer away. She’d busily start unpacking sheets and pillows while I looked dejectedly around my room and when she was finished I’d feel 10,000 times better.
In a big move, beds tend to be the last thing to enter an apartment, but they’re always a priority for me to get sorted. Even when the rest of your apartment is in shambles, fresh sheets will make everything feel better. And if the shambles last a few days, the more pulled together your bedroom (or—for the studio dwellers among us—your bedspace) feels, the easier you’ll be able to breathe.
I pack one bag or box with all of the bedding (don’t forget to add the dust ruffle and mattress pad to the mix if you use them) so that it’s ready to go once we’re moved.
And just remember: beds are big. Try not to hyperventilate too much when you discover that your bed takes up three quarters (or more) of your room. You’ll get used to it. We have; twice.