Moving into a new home can be an exciting and stressful experience in equal measure. The excitement of starting a new chapter in your life versus the pressure of co-ordinating the costs, legal fees and moving your entire life from one place to another. When the big day comes, and you’re handed the keys thoughts turn to how you’re going to set up your new home. With many of us citing as moving house as one of life’s most stressful events, here’s what you definitely need to have with you for that all important first night.
Pack an Overnight Bag Separately
The most logical thing to do when you are in the process of gathering up things to move is to group everything together to make it easier to unpack at the other end. You might have a box for shoes, a box for clothes, and a box for books, etc. The problem is that when you get to the other end, trying to find everything you immediately need becomes challenging.
You can bypass tearing into every box on day 1 by bringing an overnight bag with your pyjamas, fresh clothes, and toothbrush packed separately. This will help you get set-up easier on the first morning and you can continue to unpack.
Remember to Bring Food
While you’re caught up in clearing out cupboards full of long forgotten things that you forgot you owned, it can be easy to overlook food for the first day or two. Emptying kitchen cupboards in your old property often requires a degree of throwing out old perishables that you don’t have the room for or that might not stay fresh for the journey.
This often comes with clearing out junk you no longer want or need. As part of your moving day plan, try to incorporate a trip to a local supermarket and pick up some essentials to see you through your first day or two of unpacking. After a day of working in your new home, you don’t want to trudge out to the shops to buy more food.
Keep Essentials Packed Separately
There are all kinds of little things that it’s useful to have to hand in the first day or two of unpacking. Anyone who has moved house will be able to tell you about the frustration of trying to find things you need immediately amongst everything that you have already packed. Like with your overnight bag for clothes and toiletries, take the time to pack an essentials box, filled with all those things that will be useful to you for the next day or two. Some useful things include;
- Bedding and sheets
- Bin bags
- First-aid kit
- Cleaning supplies
- Phone charger
Working with professional movers and family to pack up your belongings for a move can often result in things being misplaced, or not ending up in the boxes you originally planned. In taking the time to separate out all the essentials that will see you through those first few days, you can make the whole process of unpacking much less stressful and you can enjoy an exciting new chapter in your life!