When you move, your attention is focused on making sure all your valuable items, furniture, clothes and decorations get safely packed and ready for transport. You may not have the time to think about what you’re going to need on the other end of your move.
That’s perfectly understandable, and why we create checklists like the following. It will help you quickly get the items you will most likely need.
It seems like such a hassle, but you’ll be glad you planned and set aside all the cleaning supplies you will need. An important tip is to pack all the supplies in one box and take it with you in your own car. That way you will have them handy from the moment you arrive. Just as a reminder, you’ll want:
- All-purpose kitchen and bathroom cleaner
- Window and mirror cleaner
- Toilet and tub cleaning spray or foam
- Toilet brush
- Paper towels or wipes
- Disinfectant wipes
- A pipe declogger (just in case)
As our elders always tell us, it’s much better to have something and not need it than to need something and not have it. A nice toolkit with the basics is a great thing to have as you start in a new home. Something always comes up eventually, and it’s good to have the hammer, screwdriver or wrench that you need.
If you don’t have doors on the shower, then make sure to bring a shower curtain. Otherwise, that’s a run to the store in your new location if you want to clean up (and prefer a shower to a bath).
Hangers are inexpensive and it’s nice to start with a complete set of new hangers in your new home. Simply buy as many as you think you will need and put them in a special box. That way you can take proper care of your clothes from the moment you arrive.
Safety first. If you haven’t checked to see if there’s a new fire extinguisher in 00your home, make sure you bring one. The same goes for smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Toilet Plunger, Toilet Paper
Most people throw away the toilet plunger when they leave one home and may forget to get another one for the new home. If the toilet clogs in the first couple of days, it’s off to the store, once again. You’re going to need this eventually, best to have it from Day 1. And obviously, you want toilet paper from hour one, much less Day 1!
Getting liners for the garbage is one of those things you do automatically at home – but then forget all together during a big move. Just a few will at least get your through the first few days, but a whole, brand new box is better. That way you don’t have to worry about it for a while.
Batteries and Light Bulbs
Two items that you will eventually need, but that you will forget about for years until you need them. That’s why you want these from the start, as well. Just place them wherever you keep the extra stuff (pantry is always a good choice) and wait for the day the TV remote needs new batteries or the lamp in your office needs a new bulb. It’s just a matter of time.
Window Blinds and Shades
Unless your new home comes with these, you’re going to feel pretty funny without them, especially once the sun goes down. Buy in advance so you can put them up as needed.
It’s best to change the air filter on your AC unit the day you move in. You don’t want dirty air in your new home, and you don’t know the last time the previous owner changed the filter (if they did at all). Best to start with a fresh filter.
These are some of the things you will need – and some of the things people often forget. Just check them off this list as you do them, and you’ll be set for your move in. That is, until you start decorating.