4 Ways to Acclimate to Rural or Suburban Life After Moving Out of a City

Recent reports indicate that 2020 saw a substantial increase in “urban flight.”  According to US News & World Reports, approximately 40 percent of adults living in cities indicated they would like to move to less populated areas, according to US News & World Reports.

The decision to pack up and move to rural and suburban landscapes can be a culture shock. The bright, big city lights are generally absent from small communities. People who are determined to leave the hustle, bustle, and noise behind to embrace a more laidback lifestyle will have to adjust to the new pace. Here are strategies that can help city transplants acclimate.

1. How to Manage Grocery Needs

Most suburbs have a supermarket within reasonable driving distance. People living out in the country may have to drive a solid hour to shop at a large store. 

Rural homeowners typically employ two strategies to deal with distance. The first is to buy in bulk, get a deep freezer and secure a generator in case of power outages. The second strategy is to grow fresh vegetables. When you grow your own food, you can provide your family with fresh produce and lower your monthly expenses.

2. Plan Your Time in Advance

The Eagles rock band may have summed up city life perfectly with their “Life in the Fast Lane” lyric, “Everything, all the time.” Suburban and rural life tends to be more measured. Cultural events such as live music and community gatherings might be more likely to occur only on weekends. This reality means that running out to a show on a Tuesday night might be off the table. People moving out of the city may acclimate better by planning their time at home and nights out on the town in advance. Consider using a calendar and phone alerts about upcoming events.

3. Learn to Relax and Be With Yourself

Concepts such as mindfulness and meditation can prove helpful in rural and suburban settings. Cities seem always to have something going on, and engaging in a distraction tends to be easy. Quiet towns can task people with grounding themselves.

Mindfulness and meditation can be an invaluable way to transition and embrace the seemingly small things in life. Taking time to prune roses, crafting, and just reading a good book are ways to relax and be at peace. Consider employing the formal structures of mindfulness and meditation as a gateway to improved appreciation.

4. Throw a Backyard BBQ and Invite Your New Neighbors

After the moving company has delivered all of your personal belongings, consider organizing a backyard barbecue. Invite friends, family members, and your new neighbors as a way to get to know them. An outdoor party can be a fantastic ice-breaker and sends a clear message you are putting down roots. It’s also a perfect opportunity to learn more about the community from long-time locals. As a newcomer, a little help from neighbors can increase your comfort and make your new place feel like home.

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Should Retirement-Age People Move to an Accessible Home Now?

The natural effects of age on the human body typically result in muscle loss and limited mobility. According to the U.S. Census, about 10,000 people reach retirement age every day, and 73 million people will be 65 or older by 2030. That means in less than ten years, the second-largest age demographic would benefit from accessible homes. 

As everyday people plan for retirement and their golden years, the best time to move into an accessible home might be right now. If you are a Baby Boomer or anticipate mobility limitations, these are things to consider about moving into an accessible home.

What is an Accessible Home?

The federal government passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 that requires all public buildings to adhere to building codes that provide people who use wheelchairs, walkers, and other mobility devices easy access. The ADA applies only to government and public facilities. Private homes are often retrofitted after a loved one loses mobility.

The Baby Boomer trend has not gone unnoticed by developers and contractors in recent years. Residential communities exclusively for people 55 and 65 and older have become lucrative investments. Contractors have also become open to new construction homes that meet many of the ADA guidelines. Purchasing and moving into an existing ADA-compliant home or planning a new one resolves an issue that will impact us all. We will all get older, and standard building designs can negatively impact our bodies.

How Would Moving into an Accessible Home Differ?

Homebuyers are sometimes turned off by the bulky wheelchair ramps in front of houses that are for sale. Typically, retrofitting does not give a home enhanced curbside appeal. But houses built with an eye toward accessibility integrate ADA elements into the design. These are ADA-compliant aspects of a property that look good and may add value.

  • Open Floor Plans: Merging the kitchen, living, and dining room into vast open living space has been a hot-trending floor plan for decades. This layout provides accessible benefits by its very nature. It eliminates narrow doorways and thresholds considered impediments to people who use wheelchairs and walkers.

  • Attached Garages: One of the ways ADA-compliant homes can overcome awkward wheelchair ramps is by including an attached garage. They allow people with physical limitations to exit vehicles in a controlled space and enter through a side door. Building codes generally require a garage floor to be about six inches lower than the primary living space. Negotiating that height won’t need a big ramp. A comprehensive demographic of people also find attached garage beneficial for unloading groceries or managing small children.

  • Bathrooms: ADA-compliant bathrooms are typically more spacious and include walk-in showers, among other amenities. Walk-in showers are another trendy home design element that adds value and a leisure experience.

  • Countertops: Homes with accessibility in mind install countertops at a slightly different height than standard construction. They are usually positioned between 24-36 inches without cabinets below. This offers clearance underneath for mobility devices. The countertop height also tends to deliver improved ergonomics. Preparing meals or folding laundry at ADA height puts less strain on your back.

Like all of us, Baby Boomers will come to a point in life when the body doesn’t cooperate. By moving into an accessible home now, you can avoid the cost and cumbersome look of retrofitting later.

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Tips for Moving Out of Your Rental

Whether you’re moving to a new rental or purchasing a new home, you have many details to attend to at the end of your current rental agreement. To make the moving process to your new place easier, be sure to tick the following on your to-do list.

Give Adequate Notice

Carefully re-read your lease once you know you’re moving, so you know what the terms are for notifying your landlord or property manager. On average, this ranges anywhere from 30-90 days. If you don’t abide by lease terms, you could lose your security deposit or be held accountable for additional months of rent, which can be costly. If you need to break your lease, check to see your options to avoid the steepest penalties or legal repercussions.

Call Utility Providers

At least two weeks before your move, contact your utility providers to schedule your shut off/turn on dates. Keep in mind, depending on where you’re relocating to, you may be dealing with different companies. If so, connect with your new providers so you can work out any details associated with deposits or other requirements for new customers.

Plan to have service terminated at your old place the day after your move-out date. And have the service turned on at your new home the day before your move-in date. This ensures that you have power, water, and other necessary utilities during the moving process.

Move Your Renter’s Insurance

Let your insurance company know you’re moving ASAP so you can make sure your insurance policy seamlessly follows you. Many policies also cover possessions during a move, so be sure to ask about that. Additionally, when contacting your carrier, make any necessary changes needed for your new place. Keep in mind; your premiums may change.

Put in Change of Address Notices

Before your move, start putting in a change of address notices with anyone you associate with, including your employer, family, friends, banks, magazine or newspaper subscriptions, monthly deliveries (e.g., Amazon recurring orders), and anyone else you do business with. For everything else, have your mail forwarded by the USPS. USPS will forward your mail to your new place for one year.

Give the Home a Good Cleaning

You’ll want your security deposit back, so be sure to restore the rental as best you can to have it look as it did the day you moved in. Paint the walls, fix blemishes, scrub kitchens and bathrooms, shampoo carpets, and fill in any nail holes on the walls. Check on your rental agreement to see what is required. Many rental companies charge high fees for deep cleaning if they determine the property is not left up to par. You might want to consider hiring a professional cleaner to save you time and ensure the job is done correctly.

Check Nooks and Crannies

A home typically has more space than an apartment. Be sure to check the attic, basement, crawl spaces, and any other nooks and crannies you might have stashed belongings in. You don’t want to inadvertently leave anything behind that’s been out of sight.

Schedule Walk Through

Schedule a walk-through with your landlord or property manager to take place right before you vacate. Ideally, you should be present for this appointment.

Bonus Tip: Be sure to take photos on the date you leave, in case you need to prove the home’s condition when you departed.

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A Guide for Preparing Your Kitchen for Moving Day

The kitchen is by all rights the heart of your home—meals and memories happen here. To make those meals and memories, you need plenty of items, food-related and otherwise. The kitchen is filled with a variety of gadgets, appliances, and glassware. There are many things to pack. From items inside the drawers and cupboards to stuff nestled on the countertops, they are all uniquely sized and shaped.

When it comes to relocating to a new home, tackling kitchen disassembly can be one of the project’s most challenging components. 

Here’s a guide for preparing the heart of your home for your big move.

1. Collect your packing supplies.

You will need good sturdy moving boxes in several sizes, packing tape, packing paper, markers for labeling, and maybe even a few box dividers or specialty boxes for dishes and glassware to keep things organized. The general rule is to get more than you think you will need.

2. Cull the collection carefully.

Culling through your kitchen stuff can come as a challenge. You can have a nagging voice inside saying you need to keep everything because it could be useful. The cocktail maker, cheese tray, double broiler, fondue set—if you’ve not used items like this for several years, they probably won’t be worth packing. Likewise, take the time to pull out duplicates and multiples, such as utensils, dishes, or pans you never use, and donate them. Your new kitchen will be less cluttered without these items you aren’t using. 

3. Create a few boxes labeled as “essential.”

Ideally, you will be packing your kitchen closer to your scheduled moving day, so you still have a functional place for meal prep. Once you do start packing, label a few medium-sized boxes as “essential.” These boxes will contain what you need to make it through in your kitchen until the day you leave and what you may need most once you get to the new place.

These might be the final boxes you tape shut. Set them aside and let the movers know to load those last or, if you have room, bring them with you in your car, so they are readily available at your new house.

Bonus tip: Plan your first meal at the new place ahead and drop everything in a “first meal essentials” box. For example, you could include a jar of pasta sauce, a package of noodles, a pan for cooking, and enough dishes and flatware for your family.

4. Sort items according to their use.

Depending on how you like to organize, you might sort your items into groups according to how something is used. If you are going to reconfigure your new kitchen, you might find this an effective packing strategy. Try something like the following usage groupings:

  • Entertaining dishes
  • Everyday dishes
  • Everyday cooking utensils
  • Canning or food processing equipment
  • Electric kitchen gadgets
  • Kitchen linens and cloth items
  • Flatware
  • Barware

Or, you might prefer to sort and pack items according to their placement. For example, you could label a box “cabinet #1” and place items you know will go in that particular cabinet.

5. Pack your food last.

Naturally, packing food from your pantry, cabinets, and elsewhere last is logical. As you pack, sort through, and check expiration dates, getting rid of what you shouldn’t bring. Some people opt to donate most of their dry groceries to make packing easier; groceries are easy enough to restock once you get settled in. Check with your mover to see what items they might not take.

Dispose of open containers, liquids, and half-used foods before moving day.

6. Prepare your appliances.

Your professional movers can handle the heavy lifting, but you as the homeowner need to ensure that your major appliances are prepared for safe transport before the movers arrive.

Some of your appliances, like your stove or dryer, might be connected to a gas line. These need to be disconnected and the gas line capped off by you or an appliance specialist. 

Each of your large appliances has different requirements. Discuss these considerations with your professional mover so that you can make the necessary arrangements and be prepared on moving day.

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Moving? Make the Most of Your House-Hunting Trip

Are you prepping for a household move with your family? House-hunting, whether in-person or virtual, is arguably one of the most critical steps in planning your relocation. This step serves several purposes in addition to selecting the house itself. 

If you plan an in-person visit to find your home, here are some things to consider when coordinating your trip.

Research Online 

Before you travel to your potential new city to look for houses, get online to gather information about the possible areas you want to look at once you arrive. Narrow down your selected neighborhoods. Then search and compare properties before you head out. Find a real estate agent that specializes in relocation situations.

Explore the Area

Before you can determine which neighborhood best meets your needs, it’s essential to get to know the community when you arrive. Drive around on day one, paying close attention to amenities, culture, and the proximity of each community to services you use most often. Consider which neighborhoods offer the things on your priority list, like the shortest commute or a sense of community.

Visit Properties

Share your housing needs, wants, and dislikes with a realtor and obtain preapproval before the trip. Keep an eye on local listings in advance so you can let your realtor know which properties are most aligned with your preferences. Ask your realtor to schedule viewings (to the homes you’ve shared and properties they identify as good) during the site visit. Be prepared to make an offer while you’re there so you can work through the details in person.

Scout Schools

If you have children in the school system, request a tour of local schools while you’re on site. Get as much information during those appointments as possible so you’re able to make an informed decision and plan ahead. If you have children with special needs, be sure to consider the availability of services in the area and each educational institution.

Visit Daycare Options

If you have children in daycare (or a child on the way), be sure to visit childcare centers while you’re in the area. You may find that you need to be added to a waiting list in advance,  available spots are only in certain neighborhoods, or learn that daycare costs are dramatically more or less than you expected – all factors that may impact your house hunt as well.

Consider Medical Needs 

While most people are comfortable living anywhere with a clinic and an ER, some people have particular medical conditions requiring quick access to specialist services like kidney dialysis, dermatologists, or chemotherapy. If anyone in your household has special medical needs, be sure to explore these services’ availability in your target area. The house-hunting trip is a perfect time to do it.

Follow Up

Stay in contact with your real estate agent. They can let you know if your offer was accepted and what the next steps are. Your specialized relocation agent can also help coordinate inspections, refer you to companies to help with cleaning or repairs, and can coordinate a long-distance house closing.

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Getting Your Kids to Help You Pack for the Move Without Fights

Trying to get your kids to help you with anything takes planning and patience. Getting them to help with your household move might feel impossible.

Kids don’t love change, and moving is a big one. But getting them on board with your decision may be easier than you think.

If you treat your kids like you would want for yourself, you may discover that they’re up to the challenge. Here are a few things you can do to get started.

Be Transparent

The idea of someone doing all your packing for you may feel like a dream. Of course, if that person was also thinning out your belongings, you might worry about it.

Kids, like adults, prefer to make their own decisions about their possessions. So if you’re going to talk to them about sorting out clutter to donate or give away, it’s best to speak plainly about it.

Tell them the limits for the moving truck and your new home. Give them boxes or bins to pack, not garbage bags. They’ll be more confident that you won’t throw it out that way.

Set Age-Appropriate Goals

If you don’t have much time before you move, you may end up investing a lot of your spare time in packing. But that doesn’t mean your kids have to spend all day on the task.

Brainstorm with your kids to come up with some packing goals they can achieve. Turn goal-setting into an activity that your kids will enjoy, with benchmarks you would like them to perform.

Just make sure that they can achieve them. No one feels motivated by a star that they can’t catch.

Allow Kids to Monitor Progress

Most kids thrive on an understanding of where they are going. If you allow your kids to track their progress, they may be better at it than you are.

Let your children choose from various chart templates and encourage them to work on it each day. Make one up for the adults in the house and remind them to keep track of how you’re doing.

Give Prizes

Giving prizes to your kids for their work on packing may feel like a bribe. And good parents don’t bribe, right? It depends on the situation.

It’s better if you think of prizes for goals as a means of motivation. After all, you don’t work all day for the fun of it. Money is your motivator.

Don’t feel like you have to go overboard on the prizes. Choose something small for each benchmark and a slightly bigger item or activity for the final.

Don’t Overestimate Your Commitment

Keep in mind that your children will look to you for the right energy level they need to use for the task. If you hate it, they’ll hate it too.

If you put it off until the last minute, they probably will, too.

Be realistic about your needs and how your own behaviors can get in the way. Manage that, and your kids will have an easier time sticking to the plan.

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Packing with kids doesn’t have to be a nightmare. By inspiring them early, you may find everything you need. 

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Moving Fast? How to Move on Short Notice

Ideally, you would have months to prepare and plan for a move. This allows you to make sure that every detail is covered. But, not everyone has months to arrange for a household move. Sometimes you have to move on short notice. 

If you find yourself in such a situation — where you need to move quickly, read on. Here are some helpful tips to ensure you – and all of your stuff – get where you need to go.

Tips for Moving on Short Notice

1. Take a moment to process your emotions.

If you feel frustrated that you have to move on short notice, understand that it’s perfectly normal. And if you are upset because you waited too long to start planning your move, that’s ok, also. You aren’t the first person to do that, either.

You are allowed to feel whatever you are feeling. Take some deep breaths, then move on with the next steps.

2. Make a plan.

Devote your energy to strategize a moving plan constructively. Since you are short on time, a plan and a checklist are critical.

Assess what you need to accomplish, divide it into tasks, and create a timeline. Make sure you check items off as you complete them.

3. Contact a moving company.

Professional movers can be a great asset when you need to move on short notice. They can complete the job much faster and more efficiently than you can. Professional movers can handle a lot of work for you, including packing, hauling all of your belongings from one location to another – whether you are moving across town or the country, storing your belongings and unpacking for you in your new home.

4. Get your supplies ready.

Depending on how you’re handling your move — with or without pro movers — you might need to stock up on moving supplies. Gather plenty of tape, moving boxes, labels, packing paper, and bubble wrap. If you are completing this as a DIY move, you will also need dollies, hand carts, moving blankets, and a moving truck. 

5. Line up some help.

If you have friends or family around, now is the time to call on them for some help. Moving takes time and effort. It takes a lot of time if you are on your own. If you have two or three people helping you, it takes much less.

6. Don’t worry too much about organizing.

Typically, moving tips include organization tips – but you may not have time for that. If your time is tight, you might need to throw everything into boxes and get going. You can certainly try to organize as you go along. It all depends on just how much time you have and how easy organizing is for you. But remember, you must get moved within the time you have available.

7. Label all of your boxes.

Though you are in a rush, remember to label each box. Include the location it should go to in the new home and an outline of the contents. Make sure to label at least two sides of the box. 

8. Stay focused.

Commit to being focused on your move. Otherwise, you’ll get overwhelmed. Maintain your timeline and checklist. When challenges pop up, refocus, and remind yourself about your future adventure. 

Your effort will be worth it.

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Making the New House Home: Tips for Settling into a New Place Quicker

Census data tells us that the average person will transition to a new home about 11 times in their lifetime. While moving from one place to the next is common, the emotional attachment we have to our homes can make every change a bit tough. It’s entirely possible to feel a little homesick for your old place after your move. Once you have all your belongings in your new home, it can still feel a bit like you’re living in someone else’s house for a few weeks, if not longer.

Feeling at home where you live gives us a sense of comfort, so you’ll no doubt want to move through the period where you feel out of place as quickly as possible. 

Here are some tips to help your new house feel like home quicker.

1. Unpack your personal mementos first.

Personal items help to make you feel at home. Unique things like a collection of family photos or a special set of china or knick-knacks given to you by loved ones, or a particular painting you’ve had for years should be opened and put away first. Surround yourself with your precious mementos first. Surround yourself with your personal belongings because they have such a great sentimental value and help make your new home more comfortable.

2. Make your new place smell like home.

Our sense of smell is very stimulating and therapeutic. Unpacking can be a daunting task. Help yourself relax and relieve stress by:

  •  Lighting your favorite candle
  • Spraying your new home with your favorite room spray while you are unpacking
  • Baking a batch of your favorite cookies
  • Playing some of your favorite music and sing along!
  • Buying a bouquet of your favorite sweet-smelling flowers and put them in every room 

3. Give your windows a familiar makeover.

Windows are a focal point in most rooms, especially in an unfamiliar dwelling. Make sure your windows have a familiar appearance if you want to feel at home quicker. Try recreating a particular window dressing with your favorite curtain panels, valances, or sheers.

4. Get some greenery to add warmth.

Fresh plants can perk up a new home and make you feel better. Perhaps you weren’t able to bring your plants along from your previous home. It’s time to replenish your plants and fill your new home with greenery. 

Not only do plants freshen up a room and add some style and a sense of home, but they also help purify the air. Potted plants or fresh cut flowers brighten everything from the dining table to the kitchen and bathroom counters.

5. Keep a routine as much as possible.

Keeping a routine amid a move can sound impossible, but you can usually complete certain aspects of your routine despite all the commotion. For example, if you typically get up at a particular time, have a cup of coffee, and take a shower, force yourself through these common objectives daily. 

Unpack your coffee maker, your alarm clock, and shower necessities to make it possible. The more you work those small familiarities into your schedule in a new house, the more your surroundings can feel like a familiar place.

Professional Movers Help Make the Transition into Your New Home Fast and Easy

Professional movers don’t just move furniture—they move people and are family-focused. Pro movers enjoy meeting new people and interacting with them. Often they can be compared with designers because they have so much experience being in homes. They can walk into a room and know instantly where each piece of furniture should be placed. Feel welcomed to ask them if you are unsure. You will be pleasantly surprised by the suggestions they will offer.

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Moving Your Office? Things to Keep in Mind

Moving is always a challenge, but moving an office can be particularly complex. As hard as it can be to move your possessions from one space to another, you don’t have to worry about things like avoiding business downtime and communicating your move to customers. 

Office moves require careful planning and smart execution to avoid unwanted consequences. Here are some tips for your upcoming office relocation.

Moving Your Office – Things to Keep in Mind

Your company may have a small office with only a few employees or a whole building with hundreds of employees. Whatever the size of your operation, there are some key considerations you need to keep in mind when moving from one location to another.

1. Plan far ahead and plan thoroughly.

You can hire a moving company to help pack up your office and move it from place to place. But the moving company is only capable of handling the actual move. They can’t ensure that there is minimal disruption to your business. That’s up to you – which is why proper planning is so important.

Your company probably already has systems in place to plan and execute projects. Usually, the easiest way to plan your move is to use the same systems you use for other projects. For example, if you use project management tools to keep your teams in sync and operating efficiently, you can use the same tools for your move.

2. Get the timing right.

If you have flexibility on your moving date, try to find a time when it will be easiest to move your business. For example, if you have a slow season, it would make sense to move then.

3. Know what your lease requires.

Your lease is a legally binding agreement, so you want to be sure that you adhere to that agreement. Review your lease carefully for details that concern you, such as early termination clauses, end dates, deposits, fees, and so on.

4. Pay attention to service end dates and start-up dates, such as utilities.

The last thing you want is to get everyone to the new office and discover that your internet isn’t connected yet. You also don’t want to pay for services you aren’t using at your old location. Identify all of the services you need to stop at your old location and start at your new location. Try to schedule stop dates and start dates to minimize disruptions to your operation.

5. Notify all necessary parties of your move.

Depending on your business, it may be important that your customers know that you are moving offices. If so, get the word out early and remember to tell them again after the move is completed.

6. Hire a moving company that is experienced with office moves.

It is important to hire movers that know what they are doing, especially when your business is concerned. Some movers only do residential moves. Others do commercial moves, but only certain types of commercial moves. Look for a moving company that has moved offices and can give you references proving their competency.

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7 Important Items to Pack for Your First Night in Your New Home

Organizing and coordinating a household move can be stressful with the many details to attend to. To reduce stress and make a first night easier, we recommend packing a “first-night” box. The purpose of this box is to ensure you’ll have everything you need upon arrival in your new home and eliminate the need of having to poke through boxes to find essential items.

To help you plan, here’s a list of common items people usually need on their first night in their new home:

1. Personal Items

Pack a couple of sets of clothing for each family member, along with PJs, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair products, medications, and any other personal hygiene items you’ll need. Basically, think of your first night as a weekend getaway and pack any personal items you’d take on a short trip.

2. Electronics

Chances are your phone will be on your person during your physical move, but don’t forget additional items you might need shortly after you arrive, such as chargers, tablets/laptops, and headphones.

3. Bedroom Items

To start your first night off comfortably, plan for fresh bedding. Ahead of your move, wash and separate any sheets, pillowcases, and blankets you’ll need. (Don’t forget pillows!) If you’ve got little ones, pack any special blankets or stuffed animals they hold onto as they doze off to sleep.

4. Bathroom Necessities

It’s easy to forget items that aren’t as obvious, but ones you’ll find you really need upon arrival, like bathroom necessities. Remember to pack toilet paper, soap, hand soap, towels, washcloths, shower liner and hooks, and a bath mat.

5. Kitchen Must-Have’s

Even if you plan to order takeout your first night, you’ll still need to have a few kitchen necessities, such as glasses, coffee mugs, dishes, utensils, and napkins. You might also want to tuck in some snacks, beverages, or breakfast items so you can start your first full day in your new home without hunger pangs or needing to deal with running to the store for food. Don’t forget to pack one or two trash bags.

6. Cleaning Supplies

Even if your new home looks spotless, you’ll want to clean a few key areas for good measure. Useful items to keep on hand include disinfectant wipes, paper towels, gloves, cleaning rags, cleaners, scrub brushes, broom, and dustpan.

7. Kids’ Essentials

If you have children, especially little ones who are too small to help lift and unpack, put aside a few toys, books, art supplies (e.g., coloring books and crayons), or other play items to keep them occupied while you attend to moving details once you arrive in your new home.

Additional Tips

After inventorying your household needs, you might find you actually need more than one box for your first night. Here are some additional tips to help make a smooth move.

  • Clearly label all “first-night” boxes.
  • Put boxes aside, so they aren’t inadvertently packed with other belongings.
  • Bring these items in your car, if possible (if not, talk to your mover about making them the last box on and the first box off the truck.

The first 24 hours of being in a new home are exciting but can be challenging when everything is still packed. Setting aside the essential items for your first night makes it easier and more comfortable.

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