You might remember (mostly because I’ve been mentioning it constantly for the past four months), Dave and I purchased our first house this year and officially moved in about two months ago! It’s been a whirlwind, to say the least. We’re loving the new house and definitely feel settled in and like it’s really home. Leia’s made herself right at home too, mostly in the huge fenced-in backyard. The moving day, however, ended up being more work than we thought it would. Things didn’t work in our favor. Neither the couch delivery guy nor the cable guy came at the right time. We weren’t able to fit all our belongings in the U-Haul when we initially assumed they would. As you guys know, I’m quite the list maker. So naturally I put together a moving checklist of everything we would need on moving day that should be packed separately in my car. And I can’t even tell you how glad I am that I did that! We used just about everything in the box, and it was a serious lifesaver. Since it worked like a charm for us, I wanted to share with you guys my ultimate day of moving checklist!
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Originally we had planned to hire a service to clean the house before we moved in because I just loved the idea of moving into a freshly cleaned house. But since we closed literally first thing in the morning and just wanted to get our stuff in the house, it didn’t work out. So I definitely made sure to set aside some cleaning supplies for the day of. I specifically left out some all-purpose cleaner and a cloth so I could wipe down whatever surface necessary. In the end, it actually made more sense not to hire someone to clean before we moved in because we made a mess of the house on moving day trailing in dirt carrying things in, and it made more sense to do a quick vacuum job after the fact.
Toilet Paper and Hand Soap
This one is pretty obvious. You’re going to need to use the bathroom at some point that day. You’ll be happy you packed the essentials.
You’re going to be opening so many boxes that day and for the next few days, you’ll appreciate having those scissors!
Water Bottles and Snacks
When you’re moving all day, you’re definitely going to want to have some food and beverages on hand. It was super hot the day we moved, so we were diligent about drinking plenty of water. We also ordered a Jimmy John’s platter to treat the friends who had helped us out with moving.
Notepad and Pen
Homeownership so far has basically been a constant process of making notes of things that need to be done (including the moving checklist!) It starts before Day 1, so I recommend having a notepad and pen on hand on moving day.
At the end of the day when you’re completely exhausted, you’re not going to want to be digging through boxes to find your bedding. Put everything for your bed on top so you can just crash at the end of the night. Our mattress was still just sitting on the floor at the end of the night, but at least we had our bedding!
I can promise you the first thing you’re going to want to do when you’re done moving is to take a freaking shower! Make to sure to leave all of your shampoo, soap, etc. set aside, along with a couple of towels. And don’t forget the shower curtain!
In addition to the shower supplies, think of any other toiletries you’ll want in the first, say, 24 hours. Think toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush, deodorant, any medications, etc.
Post-moving and post-shower, you’ll definitely appreciate having a clean set of clothes to put on.
Moving day is a stressful one for pets. Seriously, Leia was excited about the new house, but holy cow was she a giant ball of anxiety that day! Make sure to make your pets as comfortable as possible by having all of their essentials on hand such as food and water, their favorite toy or blanket, and maybe a couple of treats.
Plastic Plates, Cups, Utensils
We didn’t get around to unpacking our kitchen boxes for a few days, so it definitely came in handy to have some dishes on hand!
Another one you’ll want to keep out so you don’t have to dig through boxes at the end of the day.
When it comes to homeownership, tools are always an essential!
I promise you’ll need them. Think of all the tape and packing you’ll have to throw away that day, not to mention the things you won’t even think of!
Have you moved recently or are moving soon? What’s on your day-of moving checklist?
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