Our Moving Day Checklist: Be Prepared With These Basic Necessities
If you’re one of the four in 10 Americans who say they’ll likely move in the next five years, then you probably know how stressful moving can be. There’s a seemingly overwhelming amount of things to do: pack all of your belongings, contact moving companies, hire movers to get your belongings to the new place faster — the list goes on and on.
If you’re feeling buried under a sea of boxes, have no fear! We’ve narrowed down our best moving day tips to a handy checklist.
Group 1: Basic Necessities
You’ll still have to live in your home up until the day of the move, so don’t pack away the basic necessities you’ll need on a day to day basis.
- Toiletries (bath products, beauty products, etc.)
- Prescription medications
- Electronics (and their respective chargers)
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- A change of clothes
Group 2: Standard Kitchen Items
Typically, people pack the kitchen first because it tends to be the room with the most things. However, remember that you still have to eat. Set aside some kitchen items to use on the day of the move and the first few days in your new place before you fully unpack all of your appliances.
- Paper plates (no dishes to wash)
- Plastic cups and utensils
- At least one cooking pan
- At least one cooking utensil (spatula, wooden spoon, etc.)
- Paper products such as napkins and paper towels
Group 3: Bedding and Blankets
Although your bed and bedroom furniture may already be packed away with the moving company, you’ll want to leave out some bedding and blankets for your first night in the new home. The movers will swiftly set up your bed, but you don’t want to have to scour through boxes to find the bedding you need. Don’t forget to gather these items for each bed or person in your household.
- One fitted sheet
- One flat sheet
- A blanket
- A pillow and pillowcase
- Any comfort items you may need at bed time
It might be helpful to print this list of moving day tips out and post it to your fridge as a reminder. With this checklist, you’ll be well-prepared as you transition to the next chapter of your life.