Moving house can be overwhelming, there’s so much to do and remember. Before you start pulling your hair out, sit down and make a list of what you have to do, that way you can tick each item off when it’s completed and you will be less likely to miss something.
When you’re packing away your items don’t forget to make a separate box or two for moving essentials so they’re all in one place and you don’t have to hunt through lots of boxes to find the items you will need for the first day or two in your new home. When I moved last year, I didn’t create an essential items box and regretted it when I had to spend a lot of time going through different boxes for the items I wanted. If you want as easy a move as possible I would definitely recommend an essentials box, I will be making one for any future moves. I have even taken the hassle out of thinking about the essentials and have created a list of moving day essentials so you don’t have to.
Kettle, Toaster and Microwave
Chances are that after a long day of moving, everyone will want a cuppa so having a kettle to hand is definitely a top priority. A toaster and microwave are also essentials. The toaster will let you have a few basic and quick meals, whilst a microwave will let you enjoy a range of hot meals. If you have a Panasonic combination microwave you will be able to make a huge range of meals, all using one small appliance. This is especially handy if you need to buy a new cooker or need to wait to have your cooker connected. You will still be able to enjoy proper meals which you’ll need to keep your energy levels up for unpacking and organising your new home.
Food and snacks
Tea bags, coffee, sugar, milk, cereal, bread, crisps, biscuits, fruit etc are all items which you will be thankful you packed in one place. It’s also a good idea to pick up a few local takeaway menus in case you finish moving late or don’t have the energy to cook on your first night.
Plates, bowls and cutlery
It’s no good having all that food to enjoy and having no way to eat it. Remember to pack enough plates, bowls and cutlery for your family so you can enjoy your meals without scrambling for something to put it on.
As well as the above kitchen essentials you will need a few other essential everyday items to see you through the first night or two in your new home. Toilet rolls, shower gel, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo etc.
If you’re moving house with young children then this will be necessary to keep little ones occupied while you get things moved in and organised. You could pack colouring books, board games and if your little ones have a tablet then perhaps putting a movie or two on it before you move using WiFi would be something they would enjoy.
Moving day is hugely stressful, and sometimes, no matter how prepared we try to be we forget an item or two. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to find out where your nearest shop is so you can pick up any items you need and don’t have to hunt around late at night for a shop.
If you have any essentials I haven’t listed below don’t forget to leave a comment and I will add it to the list.