Moves don’t always go smoothly so, it is important to anticipate as many scenarios as possible including late arrival that prevents you from unpacking on the move day. When that happens, it is best to feed everyone, go to bed and be prepared to tackle the job the next morning when everyone is rested and in better moods.
Even if everything goes smoothly, moving days can be hectic involving many people, hectic activity, tired and cranky children and impatient spouses, You will be tired and tense and in no shape to deal with everybody asking you questions at the same time.
Where is this?
Where is that?
Where are the children?
Where does this go, Honey?
Where do you want this lady?
One of the most important things you can do is to create a “move survival kit”, containing all of the numerous essential move items that can make your move so much less hassle.
Pack the items you will need when you first arrive at the new location Make sure it is different from all other bins and containers so that you can find it easily; a clear plastic storage bin is ideally suited to serve as your move survival kit. Make sure that you take it with you in your car or move vehicle so that it is with you at all times. When you arrive place it in the kitchen and make that your move-in command center. That way, everyone will know where it is.
Things you will need when you arrive at your new move destination:
- Toilet paper, tooth brushes, tooth paste, shaving cream, razor, deodorant, soap, shampoo, conditioner, mouth wash
- First aid items: band aides, antiseptic, Advil, tape, gauze
- Medications: make sure all bottles are clearly marked
- Tape: scotch tape and moving tape
- Box cutter to make opening your boxes when you arrive a much easier and neater task
- paper towels
- eating utensils and cookware for that first night in the new house. These can simply be plastic cutlery
- Trash bags – at the very least you will need trash bags to throw away the used tape, paper towels, food scrapes etc.
- Sandwich bags
- Power strips
- Phone chargers – when you arrive remember to plug the charges into the kitchen outlets and charge your phones
- Tools: screw driver (both regular and Phillips), hammer, wrench, tape measure, level, stapler, power drill
- Nails, screws, binder clips, wall hanger clips (for hanging pictures)
- Snacks: children’s favorite snacks
- Moving contract – just in case you need to resort to it on the day of the move
- Maps of the new location. if applicable. Remember, your Internet access may not be turned on yet.