Buying a home and moving in is an exciting yet overwhelming time. Amid the cardboard chaos and with so much to do, it’s easy to forget to pack the essentials.
To help make the first night in your new house feel like a home without the need to unpack multiple boxes, we’ve listed the must-have items that you should pack along with some useful tips and tricks.
So what exactly should you pack?
Tea, coffee, milk and sugar
Oh and don’t forget the kettle! Let’s face it, moving house can be exhausting and you’re going to need a brew. A good tip is to pack a pint of milk along with your teabags, sugar, a spoon and a couple of mugs in a cool bag.
Grouping items that are used together can make the process of finding things a lot easier so before you move, it can be a good idea to declutter and organise your items so that they each fall into their own categories.
Bags and rags
If you’ve moved into a new build property, your house will no doubt be in immaculate condition.
That being said, even the newest of homes can accumulate dust and dirt, especially after boxes have been unloaded and then walked into the house back and forth.
Help keep your new home tidy ready for your first night in with items such as:
- Bin bags
- A pack of cloths or old rags (A great money saving tip is to cut old clothes or sheets that you would have otherwise thrown out. These make great cloths and can be washed and reused again!)
Don’t forget the loo roll!
Is there anything worse than being desperate for the toilet, closing the door and then realising that there is no loo roll?
To avoid this, pack your bathroom bits together but leave a few rolls, along with soap and a hand towel in a separate box. Label clearly and store this box in the car and not the moving van. After all, you don’t want to have to wait for the van to arrive before you can relieve yourself, so keep these items to hand.
Let’s not forget our furry friends. Moving house can be confusing for pets, so keeping familiar comforters or their bed handy can help to make them feel settled for their first night.
Dogs and cats are prone to anxiety in situations that are unfamiliar so place their bed along with their water and food bowls in a quiet part of the house. This allows them some space to sleep and time to familiarise themselves with their new home.
It can also be helpful to pack some treats or a toy as this can keep them occupied during the hustle and bustle of the move.
Food, glorious food
Lugging boxes up and down stairs is hunger striking work and if you’re like most people, you’ve probably cleared out your fridge ahead of the move.
To avoid a hangry house move, keep some snacks in the front of your car (you can use all those Tupperware boxes you found when packing away the kitchen!) and order a small food shop ahead of moving, to be delivered a couple hours after you’ve moved in.
When ordering your munch worthy mini-shop online, set a reminder on your phone to go off just ahead of it being delivered and remember to include carrier bags as most online grocers won’t automatically provide these anymore as they use crates instead.
Finding your plates and cutlery
Pack your plates with the cutlery and then mark the box clearly so that when it comes to finding it, it’s easy to spot it quickly.
Millennial movers, fear not. If being internet-free isn’t an option, you can arrange for it to be installed in time for your move, although you may need to give up to six weeks notice.
If the internet is ready in time for your move, remember to write your wi-fi password down in your phone so you don’t have to rummage through boxes to find it.
If you don’t have the internet set up ahead of your move, you could resort to using your phone as a hotspot but be aware that this can drain your data and battery quickly, so consider buying additional data and pack your charger!
Bubbly and a bottle opener
It’s time to celebrate with some champagne and make the first memories in your new property.
A bottle opener is usually tricky to find as most people pack it away with the other kitchen utensils, so a good tip to ensure you can pop your cork and pour a glass with ease, is to sellotape your bottle opener on the side of the bottle.
It’s also worth noting that plastic glasses won’t smash if knocked by a passerby moving boxes or building furniture, so pack a couple of these with your bottle to avoid accidentally breaking your fancy champagne glasses.
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