How to be ready for moving day.
If you were a Girl Guide or a Scout, then you will already be familiar with the motto: “Be Prepared” – and, when it comes to moving house, it’s a good one to follow.
It’s easy to get lost in the excitement on the day of the Big Move and to focus all your energy on packing. After all, there’s a lot to remember and the biggest risk is that you’ll leave something behind, right …?
You’ll probably have check lists and a military-grade plan to ensure you’re out of your old place on time and that every single one of your belongings either comes with you, gets delivered to a charity shop, sold at a car boot sale or disposed of down at the council tip.
But, what about when you arrive at your new home?
If you’ve been organised, all your stuff will be there … somewhere. But if the kettle is at the bottom of the pile of boxes in the kitchen, you’ve lost track of your pyjamas and there are tears because one of your children can’t find their favourite blanket, suddenly the excitement of moving into your new home can get a little tarnished.
The secret is to plan ahead and, if you can pack the things you think you’re going to need in the first 24 hours separately, it could save you quite a bit of stress later on. Here are some examples of what you might like to include:
An Overnight Kit: Settling in an unmade bed is never easy and you don’t want to start your first day in your new home as a sleep-deprived zombie. Try to ensure you know where all the duvets, pillows and sheets are so at least you can be comfortable on your first night. Dressing gowns and pyjamas too …
When you get up to make a start on making your new house a home, it’ll be easier if you’ve been able to brush your teeth, have a shower, slip into some clean clothes and have some breakfast first. Why not pack a suitcase for everyone including all the essentials? A new toothbrush, a fresh bottle of shower gel and shampoo and a new tube of toothpaste is a small but significant way to celebrate your fresh start in your new home.
Cash and cards: Most of us carry our wallets and purses everywhere – bit that doesn’t mean there’s everything we need in there. Remember, you can’t be sure everywhere takes a debit or credit card and you won’t necessarily know the location of the nearest ATM. It’s probably not a bad idea to have a cash reserve for the Big Move.
Food and drink: It’s not unusual to celebrate the first night in a new home with a takeaway and a couple of drinks – but they’re not so great when they’re cold or flat at 8am the next day. Why not do a small shop and prepare a box which includes some basic groceries which you can put straight in the fridge – milk, bottled water, tea and coffee, some breakfast cereal, a few trusty tins of baked beans or just whatever you think you’d like on Day 1? You could also include some of the practical stuff you’re likely to need – including cleaning fluids and sprays and some washing-up liquid.
Tools: While we’re on the subject of practical stuff, it’s never a bad idea to have some basic tools handy. A couple of screwdrivers (one flat, one crosshead), an adjustable spanner and a sharp knife seem to be the ones most frequently required. We’d also recommend gaffer tape simply because it’s versatile and you simply never know when you might need it.
Children and animals: After all, if they’re happy, life can be so much less complicated. If you have a portable DVD player, a hand-held games console and some familiars or favourite toys, you probably won’t regret it. Some new toys or games could also help to keep your children happy and in a positive frame of mind for long enough to get through the first 48 hours of the Big Move.
But don’t forget the family pets; they may find the disruption of a new home even more challenging than the children and the more preparation you can achieve the better, even visiting your new place in advance a few times if possible.
Hopefully, we’ve given you a few ideas but, if you have any other questions about moving home, feel free to browse our earlier blog posts or even give us a call or drop us a line. We’d be delighted to help if we can.
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