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6 Things to Do on Your First Day in a New Home

Arriving at your new house will be a thrilling day. It’s a time of excitement, new beginnings, and a growing to-do list. Before you set your expectations for what you can complete on your very first day in a new home, it’s crucial to pick your high-priority tasks. Starting with a clear plan of action will save you from suffering from post-move exhaustion. Avoid overcomplicating the day as much as possible. To help you consider where to begin with the settling in process, we’ve come up with six basic points for you to focus on first.

Organize by Room

First things first, you’ll want to have your furniture and boxes placed in the appropriate areas of your home. This should be done before you begin unpacking any individual items. You’ll be happy to have things placed where they need to be before anything can get mixed up. This is a great starting point for a smooth first day.

Unpack the Essentials

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Ideally, you will have packed yourself an essentials box before your move. This is a box that contains everything you’ll be needing right away, like food supplies or toiletries. This will be extra helpful for making sure you and your family are fed and feeling good before unpacking anything else. Beyond these items, go through the bathrooms and bedrooms and decide what else you might want to unpack first.

Do a Safety Check

Before your first night, be sure you’re double checking your home’s safety and security. Wondering what you need to check? Start with the locks, windows, and any alarms. This also includes taking a look at any smoke detectors, and taking care of anything that needs childproofing. See if your new neighborhood has a watch program in place. Feeling secure will put you and your family at ease, and help you to feel protected.

Deep Clean

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There’s no better feeling than a fresh start in a freshly cleaned home. That’s why you should plan to do a thorough clean shortly after getting to your home. This should happen before the bulk of your unpacking process. Regardless of if your home is clean when you arrive, give it another once over. This will ensure that everything is up to your standards, and will help you feel even more at home in your new space.

Make an Unpacking Plan

Now that you have the essentials out and ready to use, don’t neglect to make a plan for all the remaining boxes. If you had a system for packing up, now is a great time to revisit it. Create a to-do list in order of importance. The order in which you unpack can make all the difference in how smoothly things run. Reference any and all inventory lists you may have created. This is important for making sure nothing was lost or broken during the move.

Prioritize Rest

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As simple as it sounds, take time to pause and rest. This might mean setting a strict stopping point for unpacking, cooking a healthy meal for yourself, or making sure the kids and pets are settled in. Too much physical activity and overthinking will no doubt be draining. The best advice is to know your limits. Take care of yourself, and you’ll be ready to tackle the rest of your unpacking with even more efficiency and ease.

Ready to simplify your move-in day? Consider hiring a white glove moving company like Megan’s Moving. We’ll help take the stress out of your move by making sure you’re all set on your first day in a new home. Schedule a consultation with one of our moving experts today!

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