METCALF MOVING BLOG
5 Ways to Make an Easy First Night in Your New Home
After your household move, you still have much work to complete. First, you’ll need to unpack and settle into your new home.
The first night can often be the hardest, particularly if your expectations are too high. Preparing ahead can help.
With these five tips, you can have an easier first night.
1. Make a Schedule
Once the movers leave, you may have several hours left on the first day. Setting a schedule can help you get everything done without overloading yourself.
Think about what you need to do, and be realistic. Even if all your boxes are there, you don’t necessarily need to make a lot of progress unpacking.
If you have children or pets, try to follow their regular routine. It will help them to adjust more quickly.
2. Plan a Simple Meal
It’s common to want to test your new kitchen on the first night. However, it’s best to keep it simple.
Plan to make a simple meal that is tasty and filling. Be sure to have snacks available. Moving can be exhausting, requiring more food to keep you going.
Getting takeout or delivery is ideal, but you sometimes need help figuring out where to go. When in doubt, grab something easy at a nearby grocery store that you can heat and serve immediately.
3. Buy the Basics
Before it gets too late in the day, you’ll probably need to buy a few basics. Of course, you don’t have to buy everything at once, but there are a few necessities.
Some people have an essentials box that holds everything they need. But even then, you’re likely to think of something you didn’t include.
Set a reasonable budget for paper products, cleaning products, and food. You’ll probably need to return in a day or two, so don’t worry about anything you might forget.
4. Do Some Light Exercise
Moving is a physical activity. Even if you aren’t the one loading the boxes, you may stay up late to finish packing. All of this can lead to stiff muscles and joints.
You might feel sore and tired, but doing a few easy stretches in the afternoon or early evening can help. You could even go for a walk around your new neighborhood.
If it’s hard to make time for exercise, remember that it will be worth it. You’ll sleep better and wake up feeling better in the morning.
5. Go to Bed on Time
Moving can feel like an adventure that throws off your routine. One of the best ways to get it under control is to follow the same sleep schedule.
If you’re the type of person who goes to bed early, do your best to wind down and have an early night. If you tend to be a night owl, allow yourself to have a more extended period to settle and relax.
Sleeping in your new home may feel strange because you’re unfamiliar with it. Give yourself more time to sleep, so you have a higher chance of getting a whole night.
The first night in your brand-new home can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Contact us for additional guidance in planning your upcoming move.