Plan Ahead for Your First Night in Your New Home

Pack an “Open Me First” Box

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

The most useful “something” to have is an “Open Me First” box. Of course, that’s where good planning comes in. If you’ve given it some consideration, you’ll have provisioned your first-night “Open Me First” box with …
  • Toiletries
    • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, hair conditioner, shavers, skin lotion, and [[whatever else keeps you fresh, hygienic, and looking good
    • towels (also maybe washcloths or loofahs or some such items, depending on your preference)
  • Kitchen/Meal Essentials
    • Various 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 decide not to cook but to order out, you’ll undoubtedly want something with which to eat and drink besides your hands!)
  • Personal Items
    • A day or two’s worth of clothes (Keep it simple … unless you you’ll be 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 put together yet, so you can skip 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 adequately occupied. It is, after all, for just one night … or so!)
  • First Aid and Medications
    • There are scores of compact, inexpensive but well-equipped first aid kits out there. Get one!
    • Don’t forget to carry with you any prescription medications you or your family members take. Aspirin (or some other over-the-counter painkiller) would be a good idea too.
Take heed: 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.