With so many things to think about, moving day is an exciting but stressful time, and good planning is key to ensuring the day runs as smoothly as possible.
Having certain items at hand throughout the first few days day will help you get unpacked and settled as quickly as possible, so that you can begin enjoying your new home.
1. Imagine you are going away for a couple of nights and pack whatever you would normally take for this scenario – toiletries, some extra clothes, and chargers for any phones or tablets. This will help you get through the first few days with all of your essentials at hand. Don’t forget to throw in anything that would usually be provided at hotels, such as towels and toilet paper.
2. Bring some all-purpose cleaning products, dusters, and paper towels so that you can clean as you go before storing your belongings away in their new home. Don’t forget some heavy duty bin bags for disposing of all of your packing materials and anything the previous owners may have left behind.
3. If you or your family have any vital medications, ensure you have these in a separate bag and store them somewhere safe and accessible at the beginning of the day.
4. A small toolkit can come in handy for opening boxes and putting together smaller pieces of furniture.
5. Pack plenty of bottled water and snacks to keep you going throughout the day, and if you have time, get hold of the menus from some good local take away eateries for ordering food in later.
6. Keep caffeine levels topped up by including a kettle, mugs, tea and coffee in your kit.
7. It’s always good to have some cash on you if you don’t know where the nearest cash machine is. This will be required when paying for the aforementioned take away, or if picking up any small bits and pieces at local shops that may not take card payments.
8. It never hurts to have a good old-fashioned notepad and pen at hand for writing down meter readings, phone numbers and reminders.
9. If possible, keep your bedding and sheets in a clearly marked box and get your beds made as soon as you get a chance. Having your bed ready for when you are tired will help you get a good night’s sleep after a long day, leaving you refreshed for day two of unpacking.
10. Some good music can help boost flagging motivation levels, so pack a portable radio or mp3 player and docking station to keep everyone moving.