Essential Items to Unpack First
One of the easiest mistakes to make when moving into your new home is where to begin with the unpacking! To save you ripping open every single box and bag to find that essential item the second you close the front door you’ll need to carefully plan and pack a couple of boxes with essentials. Take the time to make a list of exactly what you’re going to need for the first night in your new home. Start by doing a mental inventory of each room of your house to figure out what you’re going to want and need, and set aside a couple of clearly labelled boxes for essentials. Here are just a few of the things you’ll need for the first night in your new home.- Make sure you have your quilt or duvet clearly separated from the rest of your belongings. You’ll want a good night’s sleep after such a stressful day! You don’t need to use a box just for this, a bin bag or two will suffice. You’ll also need pillows and sheets, so don’t forget to pack these too. - Next up is your bathroom. Pack all the things you would for a night away from home, including any make-up, medicine and toothpaste. Don’t forget to add a toilet roll and any hygiene products you might require to the box! - There are a lot of little items that you’re going to want to keep together in case of emergencies. Though not essential, it’s a good idea to know exactly which box contains things like spare batteries and light bulbs. This could save you a lot of time and hassle in a crisis! Prepare for things you know you or your family are going to want or need, whether this is toys and games for the kids or your laptop for work – make sure they’re all readily available! - When it comes to the kitchen, it’s better to pack too much than too little. Make sure you have enough plates and cutlery to get you through your next three meals at least. If you really want to be on the ball, plan out what meals you’re going to be having to make sure you have all the necessary equipment. Don’t forget mugs and cups! - It’s useful to pack a food box or bag, especially if you’re moving with children. Put together a bag of snacks and enough items to make a few meals as well. If you’re a caffeine junkie then this is where you’ll want to pack coffee, tea, milk and sugar. Keep your main supply of baby food in this box if you need to; just make sure it’s clearly labelled! This is going to be one of the first boxes you unpack since it could contain perishables so try to keep it separate. - As well as all the items you’re going to need on your first night, there’s going to be a lot of things you’ll want to keep on your person. Aside from the usual things you might carry around (like your wallet or purse) you’re also going to want to have copies of any important documents that might be required, any medication, your phone and phone charger, any small valuables and any things you might need for your family, such as nappies or bottles. You might want to keep a couple of snacks and drinks to hand too, especially if you’re moving with little ones who are likely to get bored and cranky.