Packing for a move? Don’t forget your first day necessities. What we mean is a.k.a. the easily overlooked essentials you’re going to need on day one in your new home.
After all, your phone charger and toothbrush are the last things you want to be frantically searching for after a stressful moving day. So, without further ado, here are 9 easily overlooked essentials that we highly recommend bringing with you or purchasing as soon as you arrive in your new digs. Good luck!.
With all of the planning, packing and general craziness that comes along with the whole relocation process, it can be easy to forget a few small things that happen to make a big difference on moving day (and immediate days after).
Basic cleaning supplies
You’ve dreamed of that first, glorious moment inside your new home. The closets are spick-and-span, the floors are gleaming and the toilets are clean. Except, they aren’t. Chances are good that the home you’re moving into won’t be in tip-top shape when you arrive. Even if the previous owners had the place cleaned before you moved in, the home is still going to have a few dust bunnies hiding in the corners not to mention, the floors are sure to get somewhat dirty during the move. After several relocations myself, we've learned the hard way that you need to have cleaning supplies on-hand during the first day of a move. Some of these supplies would typically include the following:
Multi-purpose cleaning spray and clorox wipes to sanitise surfaces and the inside of the fridge/Freezer
Small vacuum or handheld vacuum
Cloths and sponges for dishes
Dishwasher detergent and/or Fairy Liquid
Washing/Laundry detergent and Softener
Broom and dustpan
Planning to pop open some vino on the first night in your home? If you’re looking to celebrate with a glass of wine, you’ll want to make sure you know where the corkscrew is located in the midst of all your things. Instead of packing this up inside your sea of boxes, we suggest throwing it in your personal items or your 'Moving Essentials Box' on moving day.
When packing your things, we suggest loading up all of the clothing hangers in a clear, plastic bin, so that you know exactly where they are in your new home. Otherwise, you could find yourself tearing through every one of your boxes in search of something (anything!) to hang your clothes on. After unpacking your kitchen and making your beds, put all of the hangers in your various closets. This way, you can hang your clothes as you unpack your clothing boxes, and you won’t waste hours every day looking for your garments.
One of the most commonly overlooked items also happens to be one of the most important items when it comes to packing for a move, batteries! Trust me, you’re going to need them during the first week. Whether it’s a TV control that won’t work or a smoke detector that won’t stop beeping. Not having batteries on-hand will drive you crazy that first few days and nights. If you’re not sure whether your power will be on during the first day/night, you’ll also need tourches and/or candles and of course, more batteries.
Make sure you know where your toothbrush is located (and your toothpaste, while you’re at it). Don’t forget to put this very necessary, yet often forgotten, item in your all-important toiletry bag.
Whatever you do, don’t forget your toolkit! If you pack it with your belongings, make sure you’ve clearly labeled the box. The chances of you needing a toolkit during the first day and week of living in a new home are very high. While you may not be hanging pictures on the wall yet, you will probably need simple tools, like measuring tape and a utility knife, on day one in your new home. Check to make sure your toolkit includes the following items before moving:
Stanley knife (for opening boxes)
Wrap glassware items in protective cushioning
When packing glassware (think: highball glasses, wine glasses, flutes, mugs and coupes), wrap and secure each item with a protective layer, such as bubbled cushioning or foam pouch inserts. Stuff packing paper inside the glassware’s opening as well for extra protection.
This one may be pretty self-explanatory, but you would be surprised how many people forget to pack a few rolls of loo roll in their “first night” moving bag. Save yourself a trip to the convenience store on an already-hectic moving day, and pack enough toilet paper to get your family through the first few days in your new home. Everyone in the house – including your movers – will thank you later.
Finally, don’t forget your gadget chargers! These could easily end up getting miss-placed in a random box or (god forbid) left behind at the old house. Make sure to pack everyone’s phone charger, computer charger and any other important charging devices into a separate bag or box. After all, no one wants to spend the first week in their new house with a dead phone.
If you’re not planning to personally bring these items with you on moving day, make sure to carefully pack and label everything in an easy-to-find box.
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