5 Must-do’s When You Arrive at Your New Home

Moving is exciting, but it’s also take preparation and work. Here are 5 tips to make your transition a smooth one.


Find the essentials and organize as you unpack.  Unless you've hired the movers to help, don't try to unpack everything at once. Sort your carefully labeled boxes so that you only have to unpack what is absolutely necessary. This gives you the time to organize your space as you go, instead of being forced to toss things randomly into cabinets and closets. Look for towels, bed linens, toiletries and other essentials. Unpack a few clothes so that you'll have something to wear over the next few days. Find the coffee maker and your favorite mug. And don't forget to find Fido's food and water dishes and a few of his favorite toys.


Make the beds.  While you're finding the essentials and come across the linen-filled boxes, unpack enough bedding to set up beds for everyone who is actually going to be sleeping at your house. Make sure you find your daughter's favorite purple princess blanket and your son's flannel robot sheets; you want their first night in the new place to be a good one.


Install window treatments.  If you haven’t had an opportunity to pre-order and have them installed on moving day, try to dress the windows in the most essential rooms. When night falls, you don't want all of your belongings on display for every passerby to see. Of course, if you've yet to even consider your window covering needs, head for the boxes marked "linens" -- you can always tack up a sheet or two until you have time to decide on the style of window treatments you prefer.


Take a break, sit down and enjoy a meal.  Moving can be tiring and stressful. So, after a long day of work, take time to unwind. There's no need to worry about a fancy, homemade meal -- especially if you haven't managed to unpack the kitchen yet. You can drive to the nearest restaurant for takeout or order something for delivery. During dinner, you can relax and make a plan for what you want to tackle next. You might want to start unpacking the kitchen, or maybe you just want to settle down and call it a day. 


Get some sleep.  After you've spent the day moving furniture and unpacking boxes, you need a good night's rest. There's no need to stay up until the wee hours of the morning. Those boxes aren't going anywhere, and you've already unpacked the essentials. By getting an adequate amount of sleep, you'll be ready and able to get started on whatever you need to do the next day, whether it is unpacking the laundry room, hanging your wall art or taking the day off to enjoy your new neighborhood.


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