Your RE/MAX Masterpiece agent has found you your dream home and the deal just closed. The process has been a real nail biter, but you are excited to be starting a new chapter in your life. As you prepare to pack all of your things to move, it is important to have a plan of action to make the transition as stress free as possible. Once you get all of your things moved, you can breathe a sigh of relief, until you realize that everything you need to be comfortable is in boxes spread through your new home. These helpful hints can prepare you to survive your first night in a new home.
Have a Plan
When you begin the packing process, most people are so anxious to move, they are packing boxes as fast as they can. If you have a plan before you begin packing, you will not only have an easier time unpacking, but you can plan ahead to have everything you need to survive your first night. You don’t have to draw up blueprints and a map, simply set aside 7 boxes and label them “First Night.”
You don’t have to hurry to unpack your house if you can think of the basics that you may need to get through the first few days. Take some time to think of basic supplies you may need to get by. If you are going to sleep, you are going to need bedding and a pillow. You are going to want to clean your house before you put stuff away, so you will need cleaning supplies. You will also want to set aside work clothes and pajamas from your wardrobe to get you through. It also helps to have a pen and some paper to write down any new information or make lists.
Emergencies can happen and the world doesn’t slow down for a move. Make sure you are prepared in case of an emergency. You may be handling glass that has been broken in the move, you could be moving around the same time as a storm, and little things may break in the move. Make sure you are prepared for any emergency by packing a first aid kit, trash bags, a flashlight, medications, and a small tool kit.
Think of the Children
Moving can be a hassel without kids, when you add children into the mix, it can make things even more dififcult. Set aside a box for your children to be happy during their first night and make sure their rooms are one of the first set up. Your children box should consist of pajamas, baby supplies, night lights, a change of clothes, and some board games. A first night in a new location can be scary for kids, you also want to pack any comfort items to help them through.
Don’t Move On An Empty Stomach
It is our instinct to get comfortable as quickly as we can, when in the moving process the one thing we always forget is to eat! Make sure you set aside a box with paper plates, plasticware, and a take out menu to your favorite restaurant. After movign boxes around, you certainly will not want to cook a big meal and have to clean up after, so preparing to order out and throw away will make eating simple.
You want to make sure you have all the documents you could need in ana emergency. This includes important papers like ids, passports, deeds, ect. Also make sure that you have all the new documents from your home sale or purchase. Keep these documents in a safe place so they don’t get mixed up in the move.
Keep Up With Hygiene
When going through the moving process, it can be pretty sweaty and you are going to want to clean yourself up when you are done. Don’t forget to pack toiletries for the first night so you don’t have to box dive for your toothbrush. Make sure you have toilet paper, shampoo, soap, a shower curtain, towels, make up, and other hygiene items packed in a bag for first night.
Make Your Furry Friends Feel At Home
Not only is moving stressful for children, but it can be stressful for your pets. Animals feel comfortable in their surroundings, so upping them and moving them to a new place with new smells can be a difficult transition. Make sure your pets are comefortable on their first night by having animal food, medications, leash, collar, toys, and food dishes.
Your first night in your new home can be exciting and terrifying all at once. Being prepared with a few first night boxes can help make unpacking go smoothly and keep you and your family comfortable during your first few nights in your dream home.