A Moving Must Have: First Night Box

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So we have been in this house a little over three months and this post is LONG overdue. Honestly, I thought I had already published it but as I looked through my drafts list I found it, almost complete, and decided it was better late then never!

In the last seven years I have moved seven times, six with Rob, and four with kids in tow. These moves included on campus housing –> townhouse –> single family home –> apartment –> hotel –> and now a rental. I have learned a lot about the dos and don’ts along the way that could make or break a move.

Even if you carefully mark your boxes it can be a little overwhelming once the movers have left and you find yourself boxed in. Two or three houses ago moving didn’t go according to plan and we were bringing in the last of the boxes close to midnight. As if moving all day wasn’t exhausting enough we had to spend the next two hours searching for towels, the remote for the bed, and toilet paper. From then on I always packed a first night box filled with items we might need before we are able to get any boxes unpacked.

First Night Box Materials

Make sure your first night box is sturdy and stands out from the rest. A clear plastic bin is a great option that can be used again and again. Your box may vary based on the time of year and size of family. If we are staying in the new place before the movers are scheduled to arrive we take it with us or use the above as a shopping list once we have arrived.  You can go one step further and secure a clear sheet protector on the inside of the box and make a list of its contents. It’s a nice visual place to check off items as you pack helping to make sure nothing is forgotten.

In our most recent move to Canada it was great after a long trip to open this beauty up, grab what we needed to settle in, and get a good nights sleep in our new home.

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Something else that has been really helpful the last few moves was a large Post-It outside each room. Each room had a letter so when someone came in with a box or furniture I could say room C instead of 2nd room on the left. I also listed the large pieces of furniture that would stand out from the rest so they knew where it went if I was temporarily distracted.

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