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Planning for the First Night in Your New Home

It’s time to move into your new home! There’s nothing more exciting than moving into your dream home, but making the big purchase is just the first step. The goal is to have the day go as smoothly as possible, and the best way to do that is to plan ahead. Here’s what you need to keep in your “open now” boxes for the first night in your new home.

Personal Item Essentials

The last thing you want to do on the first night in your new home is to sleep in yesterday’s clothes. It’s important to feel at peace when you crawl into bed for the first time, which is why packing a bag of all your personal necessities is key to starting off on the right foot. Here are a few personal items you want to keep available:

  • Pajamas
  • Clothing and outerwear
  • Underwear and socks
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Toiletries  
  • Phone charger and other electronics
  • Medications

Home Essentials

Save yourself a trip to Target, but most importantly, save your sanity by packing a box of all home essentials you may need in your first few days of living there. There’s nothing worse than going to the bathroom and realizing there’s no toilet paper or having trash pile up because you don’t have garbage bags. Below are some of the must-have home products to keep accessible:

  • Sheets / Bedding
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Hand soap
  • Trash bags
  • Batteries
  • Lightbulbs
  • Flashlight
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Scissors
  • First aid kit

Food Essentials

Cooking will probably be the last thing on your mind the first few nights in your new home, but it’s important to have a few staple foods and drink items to hold you over until you make it to the grocery store. Here are a few key food essentials to keep handy:

  • Silverware
  • Cups
  • Plates and bowls
  • Napkins /Paper towels
  • Coffee machine
  • Snacks (trail mix, granola bars, fruit)
  • Breakfast food
  • Take out menus

Kid/Pet Essentials

Moving into a new space can be just as overwhelming for your little ones and your furry friends as it is for you. Check these items off your list to ensure the entire family feels comfortable on their first night.

For your kids:

  • Toys
  • Stuffed animals
  • Entertainment (coloring books, games, etc.)
  • Pacifiers
  • Snacks
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Pajamas and clothing

For your pets:

  • Food and water dishes
  • Chew toys
  • Crate or carrier
  • Treats
  • Leash
  • Poop bags and kitty litter
  • Bed and blanket

Important Documents

Misplacing documents and important papers is easy enough as it is, so imagine losing them in the craziness of unpacking your new home. Important documents are the first thing you want to find a safe space for keeping them handy on your first night will set you up for success. Here’s what you should have:

  • Wallet and ID
  • Social Security card
  • Birth certificate
  • Passport
  • Checkbook
  • Any documents for your new house

The Fun Stuff

While moving can be stressful, it’s also an exciting time in your life that’s worth celebrating! A leaky faucet, a flickering light, and a scratch on the wall are all minor things that can be taken care of later. Enjoy your first night with these celebratory items:

  • Pop some bubbly!
  • Take a walk through your new neighborhood and find a local restaurant to try
  • Chances are, cable won’t be set up on your first night so play a board game with your family
  • Take a bubble bath with a good book to put your mind at ease

It’s your first night in your new home, try to relax and take it all in! But, if you’re excited to get the ball rolling, a great way to start is by separating each box into its respective room so you don’t have an overwhelming cluster in one area. The more prepared you are, the more enjoyable the moving process will be.