Prior to moving home, there is plenty that you need to organise including your removalists, informing utilities, banks, credit card companies and your employer of your new address, plus ordering any new furniture, carpets and other household items that you wish to renew. That is just the start of the list, as there is a lot more that you will need to plan for and arrange.
However, there is one thing according to Melbourne removalists brillianceremovalistsmelbourne.com.au that everyone moving home should plan for, and it beggars belief why so many forget, or simply do not bother, because it would make the move, and especially the first day and night, a less stressful experience. What we are talking about is a first night box.
Although the name is fairly self-explanatory, if you do not know what it is, let us explain. A first night box is something which you bring with you on the day you move house, and it contains items that the family is going need that first night, but which otherwise would not be easily accessible, due to them being packed in a box or carton.
In effect, it is the essentials that on a normal basis you would literally take for granted as being available to you. However, on the first night in a new home, unless you have an entire team helping you to unpack and organise everything (which very few people have), these might not be readily available.
Assuming you can see the sense in having a first night box, the next question is what should you put in it, so that is what we are going to look at now with some of the essentials items you should include.
Food and Drink
One of the easiest ways to feed your family on the first evening is to order food from a local takeaway. This is where having a set of cutlery from each person in the box will save you having to unpack everything. The same applies to a cup, plate, and bowl for each person, and for this reason some people pack a picnic set in their box which has everything needed.
You should ensure that in your box you have bottled water, tea bags, and coffee, as well as some snacks, albeit try to make them healthy ones. Ideally, pack snacks which can boost everyone’s energy levels on what is likely to be a long and exhausting day. One last point if you have any pets, ensure that you include at least one meal for them in your box, along with their water bowl.
Personal and Hygiene Items
Obviously, there are certain personal items that each individual might need, but general items, such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, flannels, towels, deodorant, and possibly the most important of all, toilet paper, all need be in the box.
Others should be chargers for mobile phones, individual medications, and one important item you should include is a small first aid kit, just in case.
Cleaning Supplies and Other Basics
Every house move will differ in terms of how much cleaning will need to be done on the day someone moves in. Regardless, you should still take a few basic cleaning supplies at least to get started. Dusters, dustpan and brush, trash bags, and cleaning solutions will all be useful.
Other supplies that you might want to have with include spare batteries, a small toolkit with screwdrivers, and spare light bulbs may all be needed at some point during the first day or night.