Fact: There are few things in this life more painful than moving. And considering that , a lot of you are probably still living out of a box right now.
John-Morgan and Lauren Bush are out to change that.
The couple returned to New York after a two-year stint in Boston earlier this summer. When they threw a party at their place just two weeks after moving in, their friends couldn't believe how quickly the Bushes had settled in. "I joked that I should open a business where I unpack your new home and style it with the stuff you already own and make it look fabulous," Lauren Bush says. "No one laughed."
And just like that, was born.
The husband and wife duo will unpack your room – or your entire apartment – while you head to brunch, run errands, or live your best life. By the time you return, like magic, the space will be livable. This is probably how it feels to move like a celebrity, right?
Here's how the Bushes pull off the seemingly herculean task of unpacking an apartment in practically no time:
- When you're putting your stuff in the moving van, put all of your art together, then all of your kitchen boxes together, all of your dining room boxes together, etc. When unloading, put the boxes in their respective rooms so you're organized from the get-go.
- John-Morgan suggests getting your bedroom situated first. "Create a perfect bedroom to retreat to so that you can relax when it seems like everything else in your place is falling down," he says. We can get behind that.
- "People often save their closet for last, because it takes the most time," Bush says. "But you can get rid of some of your biggest boxes that contain most of your day-to-day stuff if you tackle your closet early on."
- While you're packing and unpacking, keep one running list with the stuff you need for each room. It's way more manageable to make one trip to the hardware store instead of twenty, right?
For an extra $200, the Bushes will also scour the city to find you art that reflects your style – or even find you an artist to commission a portrait of you or your pet.
If you're worried about having complete strangers rummage through your skivvies, don't be. "A lot of people send out their laundry, and that's a service. I don't think of what we do as any different than sending out our laundry," Bush says. And if you don't want them to touch something, simply set it in a box aside and they won't look at it.
The only downside, then, is that their services are only available in NYC. Heck, John-Morgan and Lauren are Unpackd's only employees at the moment. But hang tight: If all things go according to plan, the intention is eventually to roll out to other cities soon.