Get Ready for Your First Night in Your New Home

Pack an “Open Me First” Box

man unpacking a box Regardless of how well you planned – you did properly plan for your move, right? – moving a household can be very chaotic. People and boxes and vehicles and this and that and the other are constantly coming and going and going and coming and – whew! It’s a bear to keep your wits about you! … Which is why, when you finally get yourself (and your family?) into your new home and all the unpacked boxes are strewn around with all your stuff still in ’em, you’ll need something handy to help you through your first night.

The right “something” to have is an “Open Me First” box. Of course, that’s where good planning comes in. If you’ve given it some deliberation, you’ll have crammed your first-night “Open Me First” box with …
  • Toiletries
    • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, hair conditioner, shavers, skin lotion, and [[whatever else helps you maintain your hygiene and appearance
    • towels (also maybe washcloths or loofahs or some such items, depending on your preference)
  • Kitchen/Meal Essentials
    • Various non-perishable foods, as your fridge or freezer may not be hooked up yet – snacks, canned goods, and so forth
    • Plastic or paper plates, cups, utensils, paper towels or napkins (Even if you decide not to cook but to order out, you’ll likely want something with which to eat and drink besides your hands!)
  • Personal Items
    • Only enough clothing to get you through the next day or so (Keep it simple … unless you plan on attending a Grand Ball your first night in!)
    • Cell phone and other chargers
  • Entertainment
    • Cards
    • Board Games
    • Books and magazines
    • (Your TV and entertainment system aren’t likely to be up and running yet, so you can rule out bringing along DVDs or Blu-rays. You know you’ve been wanting a few minutes to finish reading that new novel, anyway. And if you’ve got kids, the cards or board games should keep them well enough engaged. It is, after all, for just one night … or so!)
  • First Aid and Medications
    • There are lots of compact, inexpensive but well-equipped first aid kits out there. Get one!
    • Don’t forget to bring along any prescription medications you or your family members take. Aspirin (or some other over-the-counter painkiller) would be a good idea too.
Keep in mind: the better you plan and the earlier you do it, the smoother your move will go. And the better your first night will be in your new home.