There are so many things to think about when moving into a new house that you’re bound to forget something. A new house checklist can help organize your move. Don’t forget to pack the essential “first-night” bags! You don’t want to spend the first 24 hours of your new home sifting through your first night boxes looking for underwear, toothbrushes, and pyjamas. It’s even worse when you could be relaxing on the couch, savouring the fruits of your labour, rather than working hard.
Preparation for the first night is especially critical if children and pets are also involved. Juggling the needs of a baby or puppy while looking for diapers, kibble, toys, and applesauce is difficult enough. So, before you move, pack up the necessities for your family and home in a box that’s easy to get to.
We’ve compiled a list of helpful hints for your first day and night in your new digs, so you can stay organized and have a good time.
Make Sure You Have a First-Night Moving Kit Bag Ready
Whether it’s the week before or the night before the big move, organizing your first-night essentials into a single location is highly recommended. As a result, you may doze off in the same clothes you wore the day before. To ensure you have everything you need for the first night in your new home, pack everything in a “first-night” bag, box, or suitcase.A week of packing for an interstate move means you’ll need to bring enough clothes and personal items to get you through the first week without the help of your movers. It’s best to think of your “first-night” bag as a “first-week” suitcase.
First Night Moving Kit Items
When packing your first night moving kit essentials, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Toothpaste and brushes
- Batteries for smartphones, laptops, and other electronic devices.
- An extra pair of briefs
- The first few days’ worths of clothing and outerwear
- If you move to a noisy city, a sleeping machine that emits soothing sounds while you sleep (if you can)
- A medicine cabinet with first aid supplies
- Credit cards and a wallet.
Organize a Box of Necessities for Your Home
A separate suitcase or box should be packed with all your first-day essentials, such as toiletries, food, and clothing, so you don’t forget anything. Pack a box labelled “first night home essentials” to be included with the other relocation night moving boxes if you’re moving the same day. When moving for a few weeks, pack these essentials for your new home.
Additional Items and Necessities Box
In addition to saving you a trip to the CVS, packing these items will keep you sane. Packing cleaning supplies in a separate box helps when arranging things in the new house. It’s tough when it comes to finding toilet paper, for example.
- Snacks, a few cans of food, and a few essential sandwich ingredients are included.
- Bed linens and pillows
- Bags for putting away trash
- Water in a bottle
- In the bathroom, use a towel.
- Batteries can be purchased in bulk.
- a roll of paper towels and some toilet paper
- Laundry detergent in a small bottle
- Curtains for the bathtub or shower (if needed)
- Towels and utensils are also provided.
- opener for tin cans
- Towels, sponges, and other cleaning supplies are essential.
A “First Night” Bag for Children and Pets
Moving with children and pets adds additional difficulty to the relocation process. Fortunately, many of Fluffy and the kids’ first-night issues can be avoided by packing an extra overnight bag. Make a “first-night” bag with everyday items to help ease the anxieties of both pets and children during a moving process that is already stressful and chaotic.
The stress that kids experience when travelling is heightened when they know that they are moving to a new address. They may have processing the move during the travel and would have difficulty sleeping in the new residence. A first-night bag for kids is necessary for them to calm down, and feel right at home.
Pets also have special needs that you have to take into consideration. A bag of pet necessities would help you keep them calm during the trip. Although in general pets are less frisky and excitable than kids, they also follow a different timetable.
Kid’s Overnight Bag Items
The following are some things to keep in mind when picking a kid’s overnight bag:
- Pyjamas and clothing
- Using a portable bouncer or pack-and-play set will help keep them contained.
- A child’s toy
- An iPad or a book.
- Snacks, formula, juice, food, and more.
- bottles or sippy cups
- A first-aid kit and medications
Pets Overnight Kit Content
Here are some things to keep in mind when packing for your pets:
- A few days’ worths of food
- Dishes for food and drink
- Kitty litter box/scooper or poop bags
- For your dog to gnaw on toys and bones
- catnip toys
- Cargo crate or box
What to Take Out of the Bag That Evening?
Preparing for the first night’s necessities is essential, but so is making a list of what you want to unpack and in which rooms. I don’t think it’s a good idea to do too much the first night you’re living in a new place. Moving takes a lot of energy, and no one expects you to be completely unpacked in your new home within the first week.
Unpacking the Bedroom
The bedrooms are an excellent place to start if you plan to unpack anything. After all, you need a place to sleep! Here are some things to keep in mind when unpacking your bedroom:
- Make the bed as soon as possible.
- If you have children, set up their cribs or beds.
- Unpack any night moving boxes labelled “bedroom” first.
- Hang up any clothes that need to be hung up
Unpacking Paper Plates in Kitchen
The second most important place to unpack would be the kitchen Go to the kitchen and unpack everything you’ll need for your first week, such as paper plates, mugs, forks, knives, and the coffee maker. Once you have the essentials, you can start unpacking the rest of your kitchen.
Items to Unpack First
- Coffee maker
- Dishes and kitchen necessities
- Pots and pans
- Cleaning supplies
Unpacking the Bathroom
The bathroom is another place where it’s essential to be unpacked and organized. After all, you need to be able to take care of your hygiene! Here are some things to keep in mind when unpacking your bathroom:
- Unpack any first night boxes labelled “bathroom.”
- Hang up any towels that need to be hung up.
- Put out any toiletries you’ll need, such as soap, shampoo, and toothpaste.
If you have children, set up their bath time supplies. Keeping to a regular night-time schedule helps kids acclimatize to the new house.
Unpacking the Rest of the House
Once you’ve unpacked the essentials, you can start unpacking the rest of your house. It’s up to you how you want to unpack the rest of your belongings. You can unpack by room or by category. For example, you can unpack all of your clothes first, or you can unpack all of your books.
Doing a bit of unpacking each day will help you feel less overwhelmed and will help you get settled into your new home quickly.
Tips for a Successful First Night in Your New Place of Residence
It’s time to relax and take advantage of your new home after you’ve finished unpacking and settling in. It’s not the time of night to worry about trivial matters.
You have just moved, and you need time to acclimatize. Let yourself get used to the new home in your own time. That dripping faucet, the peeling wallpaper, and the malfunctioning garbage disposal are all things you can get done quickly. Relax! It’s time to celebrate after completing a significant move.
Here are a few suggestions for your first night in your new house:
- Take a sip of bubbly.
- Order takeout or delivery instead of slaving over a hot stove all day.
- Take a break from your squalid living quarters and dine elsewhere.
- Play a game with the people you love. The likelihood is that when you arrive, you will not have cable. Wait a while! If you plan, it should be a breeze to install. In the meantime, spend time with your loved ones.
- Take a break from your work and read a novel.
- Welcome to the neighbourhood. The first day in your new home is the best time to meet your new neighbours and make a good impression. Befriend other parents with children in your neighbourhood.
- Take a stroll around your new town. Go for a walk with your family and see what the area has to offer.
- Allow yourself one extra night to double-check that every box is in its proper location before you begin unpacking.
Most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy the moment! You’ve just completed an enormous task, and you deserve to celebrate.