Congratulations on your new home! Moving house can be one of the most exciting, magical times, as you look ahead to a future in a space you can call your own.
However, it can also be one of the most stressful times of your life, which is why it is important to create a moving day survival kit.
This is just an open box or bag with all the essentials for the day inside. Here is what you should include.
You will only need paperwork related to your move. So, any bills, work files and other important files can be packed away until you arrive at your destination. Any paperwork that you will need on moving day should be put in a folder or file for ease of access.
It is a good idea to keep a change of clothes free for every person in the household, since you are all likely to get quite dusty and dirty during the move.
Phones, keys, purses, wallets – these are items that you’ll want to have to hand at all times. You may also feel happier keeping any sentimental or valuable items aside, so that you know where they are, as well as any prescription medicines and phone chargers.
Make sure to keep one or two toilet rolls free – nobody wants to be caught short on moving day! You will also probably want to brush your teeth and wash at some point too – so keep your toiletries out until the very last minute.
You can probably pack towels with the rest of your belongings, but you’ll want those quite quickly after your move, so make sure they are well labelled and one of the last boxes to be loaded onto the van for peace of mind.
Leave your old house clean and get ready to give your new house a quick wipe over when you arrive – it’s just good moving etiquette. A multipurpose spray and some cloths are a great addition to your moving day survival kit, as are toilet brushes. It is also a good idea to keep a few tools handy, to rebuild any furniture you might need straight away, or fix anything that gets damaged in the move.
You’ll need a few bits for breakfast before you leave, and it is a good idea to keep a few easy-to-eat snacks free to keep you going throughout the day. You might also like to make up a flask of tea or coffee and you’ll definitely need a few bottles of water. Plan to order a takeaway for dinner – nobody wants the responsibility of unpacking all the cooking utensils and cutlery on the first day in a new home!
Who knows what time you’ll get to bed on moving day, but if you have fresh bedding and pyjamas ready for everyone, it will make for a much less stressful evening.
Every household will also have a few personal things that they will need in their moving day survival kit, but this list is a great starting point. Remember to label all your moving boxes clearly, so if you do have to start searching for something, at least you have an idea of where to start.