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Open Me First Box, Its Functional

During the first 48 hours in your new home you will need to have access to a lot more than you think. And while unpacking can be a long and sometimes stressful process, if you think ahead there is no reason you cannot set yourself up for success. In order to do this, a little planning is involved to insure as much comfort as is humanly possible. Amidst a sea of boxes, here is a second list of things that will make ridding the tide of your post move an infinitely more enjoyable experience.

Saying Good Morning

Starting out that first day in a happy way is a great thing to do to get yourself and your family on the right track. If you usually have coffee in the morning, make sure to pack your favorite mug and a French Press or an auto coffee maker. If you are more a tea person, don’t forget those tea bags and a hot water pot or some other stove item to heat with. Silverware and plates are good for when someone goes on that fresh pastry run. Also make sure to pack some easily accessible pet food and perhaps a new toy for your dog. Both the family and the pup will be much better behaved if they are able to start their day in a semi- “normal” way.

Extra Touches

Keeping in mind that the first couple of days in your new home will be a lot of work, make sure to stay hydrated. Packing water bottles and a couple of energy bars in case you don’t have time to stop for a formal meal is a great idea. Having music in the house can also vastly improve the pace and the mood of the unpacking process so make sure to bring along an MP3 player with headphones or speakers depending on who will be in the house. And last but not least, why not include a bottle of Champagne as a token to celebrate the move day you have accomplished!

Admin and Medicine

Don’t forget to have some kind of small first aid kit handy. This should include in it things like pain killers for those aching muscles. Also don’t forget that you and your families’ daily medications should be easily handy as you won’t want to unpack the entire bathroom box just to find them.  Make sure to have scissors and a box cutter handy.  Also important can be light bulbs and batteries as you never know when one will be burned out or you may need to power up a screw driver to put something together. Another important tip is to pack a section of current paperwork. You may be surprised how quickly you might need to put your hands on contact numbers, account numbers and your check book during those first few days. Don’t make the mistake of having o sort through the entire office to find what you need.

Open Me First Box, Its Personal

When creating a checklist for a move, one of the most often forgotten items is the “open me first” box.  And while this may seem like a concept of minimal importance, it can potentially make or break your first 48 hours in your new home. There are several different moving guides and relocation tips out there. Each one has a different view on what is important to include in this “box”. There is also some dispute on whether or not you should create an “open me first” box for each room of your home. While this can be a good idea, we feel that for the sake of ease and in an effort to not have to locate all of these boxes before nodding off to sleep, we would like to suggest creating one location that will have everything you need to be comfortable.

Use a Backpack, Suit Case or Duffel Bag

Make sure that this “open me first” box doesn’t look like everything else. It is also helpful to make sure that it doesn’t travel with everything else. If possible, transport this group of things with you in your personal vehicle so that you know where it is at all times. Keeping it in the trunk of your car is recommended until the movers have left and the house has “settled down”. This way you can avoid losing track of it in times of high traffic.

Pack for 2 days

Make sure to include a change of clothes for tomorrow and the next day. This allows for some extra time to get to your unpacking as well as an additional outfit to change into in case something gets spilled on or becomes sweaty from heavy lifting. Don’t forget PJ’s and sheets for your bed as there is literally nothing worse than finally wanting to sleep and having to search for linens. It is important to include all of your toiletries in travel sizes but especially remember to pack a toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant. A travel candle and lighter can be a nice touch to relax you on your first night in your new home.

Vital Forgotten Items

While this may seem obvious, toilet paper is a very important thing to make sure to have in your home throughout the moving process. Everyone involved will benefit from this item arriving first in the bathroom. Expect a long day of talking and coordinating during your move. Don’t forget to pack your cell phone charger and a pen and paper in that first box. It’s also important to make sure to bring soap, a shower curtain and a towel so that at the end of a hard day, you can easily get clean.

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After every move Exodus Moving & Storage completes, we will request your input about your moving experience with us. Continuous improvement is the hallmark of our success as a company and we are always anxious to get your feedback on how well we did our moving job.

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The Cost of relocation is either based on weight or number of men and trucks needed as well as distance traveling. At no charge to you, one of our experienced and courteous Move Coordinators will review their move in great detail and provide you with an accurate move quote. Our Move Coordinator will also confirm requested pick-up and delivery dates.

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