Plan Ahead for Your First Night in Your New Home

Pack an “Open Me First” Box

man unpacking a box No matter 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 forever coming and going and going and coming and – whew! It’s hard to keep anything under control! … Which is why, when you finally get yourself (and your family?) into your new home and all the unpacked boxes are scattered 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 attention, you’ll have loaded your first-night “Open Me First” box with …
  • Toiletries
    • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, hair conditioner, shavers, skin lotion, and anything else that helps you stay fresh, hygienic, and looking good
    • towels (also maybe washcloths or loofahs or some such items, depending on your preference)
  • Kitchen/Meal Essentials
    • A few non-perishable foods, should your fridge or freezer not be hooked up yet – snacks, canned goods, and other such items
    • Plastic or paper plates, cups, utensils, paper towels or napkins (Even if you prefer having food delivered to preparing it in your new home that night, you’ll undoubtedly want something with which to eat and drink besides your hands!)
  • Personal Items
    • Enough clothes for a day or two (Keep it simple … unless you figure 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 probably won’t be set up already, so you can forget bringing along DVDs or Blu-rays. You know you’ve been looking for a few minutes to finish reading that new novel, anyway. And if you’ve got kids, the cards or board games should keep them adequately entertained. It is, after all, for just one night … or so!)
  • First Aid and Medications
    • There are lots of practical, inexpensive but well-equipped first aid kits out there. Get one!
    • You’ll also want to carry with you any prescription medications you or your family members take. Aspirin (or some other over-the-counter painkiller) would be prudent as well.
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.