Yes there are the boxes. And the lifting and hauling of things. There are the extra expenses, the hassle and the dread of anticipation knowing a move’s coming. But moving doesn’t have to be the worst thing ever. Look on the bright side with these four reasons that are always my favorite thing about moving. If you’ve just recently made a move, have a move on the horizon or know someone about to take the plunge, these four moving-doesn’t-always-suck truths might help get the mover through all the lifting, cleaning and hauling!
Have you ever moved and found yourself in your new home without the essentials on hand? Try packing a box of necessities that you’ll need while you’re getting unpacked. Some things you might include:
- towels and cleanser for washing up at the end of the long day and toiletries (don’t forget a temporary shower curtain)
- plates, cups and utensils for dinner. Even if your furniture isn’t set up, a makeshift first-night dinner on the floor still requires a few basics.
- matches: if your new place has a gas cooktop and you can’t get it lit, these can come in very handy when you’re first settling in
- chargers for personal electronics such as laptop, cell phone, etc.
- some basic cleaning supplies: rags for wiping down surfaces before unpacking, a small broom and dustpan
- a sheet set: you don’t want to be caught on the first night in your new home, tired and ready for bed, without sheets to sleep on
Pack this box last so it’s the first thing you’ll get to when you unpack. With a little planning ahead, it could save a few headaches.
Can you think of any other “open first” box items you would include? For example:
- toilet paper, paper towels, duct tape, box cutter, simple tools, pen and paper
- write numbers on each box and create a list to know what’s in each box, do in Excel – that way it’s easy to search for something later
- checkbook for bills that are due right away, (if you still write checks)
- boombox and ipod
- specific food/needs if you have children or pets
- a bottle opener and picnic set – and a light bulb or two
I usually don’t have an open first box, but pack in such a way that the first things I need are readily available, and go in a car as opposed to the truck. Toiletries get dumped in a small suitcase, cleaning supplies in a wastebasket, etc. A toolbox is handy to have loose, as is a cordless drill.
- a bottle of Advil
- one more item is a bottle of champagne to celebrate the move!! no need for a glass just drink from the bottle
Good luck with your move!