The First Day In Your New Home
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The First Day In Your New Home

Tips For Getting Organized In Your New Space

You’ve reached your new residence, but your move day isn’t over yet – not until you close your eyes and call it a night. Moving can be stressful and the thought off all you still have to do after the truck is unloaded can be overwhelming. Some things will be much more important than others, so your post-move mission is to start working on the high-priority tasks first and work your way systematically through the list.

What to pack in your first-night home essentials box:

  • Snacks, a few canned goods and sandwich basics
  • Sheets and pillows for the beds
  • Trash bags
  • Bath towels
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Chargers for phones, computers and other necessary electronics
  • Toilet paper and a roll of paper towels
  • Small bottle of laundry detergent
  • Shower curtain (if needed)
    Plates, utensils and cups
  • Lightbulbs
  • Flashlight
  • Can opener
  • Essential cleaning supplies
  • Coffee maker (believe us, you’ll thank us for this one in the morning)

MAKE SURE YOUR UTILITIES ARE WORKING

Your very first task is to check whether all house utilities are up and running as they should be. The major utilities to worry about are electricity (power), running water and gas. Internet, phone and TV are also important, but you can always have them connected at a later stage.

TAKE ALL BOXES TO THE CORRECT ROOMS

Do yourself a favor and take all moving boxes to their destination rooms. Don’t just stack them up in the hallway or inside the room closest to the front door. This little bit of extra effort will pay off handsomely in the days to follow.

LOCATE AND UNPACK THE ESSENTIALS BOXES

Unpack your toiletries and other items for personal hygiene, medications, kitchen essentials and other things that you’re going to need desperately until you can gain access to the rest of your possessions.

GET YOUR KIDS SETTLED

Even though the new place will be strange and unfamiliar for everyone, make sure your kids’ routine is re-established as soon as possible. That will restore their feeling of security and will reduce any stress or anxiety they may be feeling as a result of the move.

 

TAKE CARE OF YOUR PETS

Offer your pets water, food and even their favorite toys from the old home. Make sure there are no open windows or doors for your fur baby to escape through – the new home adaptation period will take time.

GET YOUR BED READY AND ASSEMBLED

Regardless of how ambitious you want to be – you need to make sure you have somewhere to crash when your energy peters out. Set up your bed and get it ready for a good night’s sleep.

ENJOY THE FIRST NIGHT!

You’ve successfully unpacked your essentials and you’re starting to feel at home. It’s time to relax and celebrate your new house. Here are a few ways to unwind after the long day:

  • Instead of stressing yourself out over cooking, order take-out or delivery. If your place is a train wreck, go out to eat instead.
  • Pop some bubbly and toast your new home.
  • Play a game with your family. Chances are, you may not have cable when you arrive. In the meantime, enjoy spending quality time with your family. Living solo? Read a book instead.
  • Go for walk in your new neighborhood. It’ll give you a chance to get out the house and explore the area with your family.
  • Meet your new neighbors. The first day in your new home is as good of a time as ever to introduce yourself to the new neighbors. If you have kids, seek out people with children to befriend.

 

Make sure you take some time to relax – you’ve just accomplished a big feat. Remain realistic about the amount of work you can do in a single day, ultimately, it’ll all still be there in a morning. It takes a few days to get everything sorted out after a move and to really settle in.

Good luck and happy first night!