Your Day-of-Move essentials survival guide

20150522_143952.pngThere are a lot of factors that go into your moving day, and with all the excitement, it can be easy to overlook something that could be essential to a successful day.  When you are moving with children, pets and other responsibilities, it is very important to put together a “Day-of-move” box filled with essential items that your family may need before the house gets fully unpacked. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and Nashville Moms Blog are here to provide you and your family with the perfect checklist to ensure your first day in your new home is a great family experience.

Step 1

Find a box that can easily be handled and fits well into your car.  TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® carries a box specifically for this with handles to provide ease of movement. dayofmove

Step 2

One of the first things people tend to want to do after a day of moving is shower.  Be sure to pack soap, shampoo, towels, and even a shower curtain liner in your “Day-of-move” box, so it is easily accessible when it comes time to take a break.  It may be easy to even purchase travel sizes of these items so they don’t take up too much space or risk spilling.  Also, be sure to pack toilet paper, toothbrushes, and a change of clothes for each member of the family.

Step 3

The next items to add to the “Day-of-move” are paper plates, cups, and plastic utensils.  This makes it easy to eat before you have the kitchen unpacked.  This is important especially if you have children and have no time to spare when it comes to getting food ready, even if pizza may be the meal of choice!  Many families may like to place their coffee maker in the car, so they have it set up in the morning to be ready for a day of organizing.  Don’t leave the pets hungry either!  Be sure to pack a small bag of pet food and bowls for your animals as well.

Step 4

If your family is anything like others that are moving into their new home, you will need to pack some items that will help you begin setting things up right way.  These items include a basic tool kit, garbage bags, an unopened bottle of all-purpose cleaner, and scissors.  These essentials will get you up and running as soon as you step foot into the new home.  No need to waste your time looking for items that you need before you open the first box!

Step 5

These essentials are especially important for the moms out there!  Pack the remaining space of your “Day-of-move” box with items to keep your child busy while you unpack and begin organizing your new home.  Pack their favorite snacks, stuffed animal, and small game.  Don’t forget to add in a tablet for the children to play games and watch movies.  These items could be life savers for keeping them settled while all the work is going on.  A couple of other miscellaneous items are diapers, chargers, and a Bluetooth speaker to make the unpacking a little more fun if your cable isn’t quite ready yet.

Other items to consider sliding into the “Day-of-move” box or make sure they are in a secure spot during the move are legal documents, medications, jewelry, and medical documents.  Although, most of these you may not need on the actual day of your move, these items are important and/or valuable and should be kept in a safe place during a move.  Also, consider packing any extreme valuables in the car to prevent possible breakage.

Planning ahead with a “Day-of-move” box and a plan for the big moving day will drastically minimize the amount of stress that creeps up on moving day.  When moving with children, planning is key for turning a potential mess into a family victory.  Check out our printable “Day-of-move” box checklist to ensure you don’t miss a thing for your day of the move!  For any other questions about moving visit TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® at twomenbrentwood-franklin.com!

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