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7 Things You Absolutely Need On Your First Day of Moving Into A New Home

Before anything else, CONGRATULATIONS!

Finally, you are moving into your new place! I’m so excited for you because I know how it feels when you make a bold move like this. In my previous post, I shared about our family life and The Truth about Moving Out, Moving In, and Starting from Scratch.

Today, let’s talk about your first day of moving in. This post will highlight your “First Day” basic needs – not for the first week nor first month. Generally, you’re just setting up the place on your first day, to prepare for the big changes ahead. That means you don’t need those big home appliances, heavy furniture, and boxes of everything, just yet, because you simply won’t have the time to arrange all of that in the first few hours of stepping into your new place.

So what do you do on the first day of moving into to your new home? Well for starters, your day will be spent on hours of cleaning and organizing.

The 7 Basic Things You Need On Your First Day of Moving In

  1. Cleaning Materials

    Even if your place is already cleaned and prepared by your landlord, caretakers, or the previous owner, there is still some tidying up to do. And whether your new place is a studio-type condo, 2-bedroom apartment, 4-bedroom house, or a small pad – you will need the same basic cleaning tools like: detergents, brooms or a vacuum, mop, some rags, brush for the floor, tiles, and walls, air freshener, trash bin, and trash bags.

  2. Good Lights

    Having a good source of lights at home is crucial, so you have to carefully inspect every room on your first day of moving in. While most properties are already equipped with lighting and electrical fixtures, many don’t have it installed so you have to buy your own. If it’s already provided, you might consider adding an extra night lamp or change the pre-installed ceiling lights.

  3. Set of Dishes

    While you might not really do some cooking on your first day, I’m sure you will EAT – whether takeout, delivered, or packed ahead.  Depending on your household size –  a family with kids, a couple, living with a group, or moving alone – your basic dish set should include plate, spoon & fork, knife, serving spoons & dish, bowls, glass, and mug. But if you want your whole kitchen set prepared, that’s totally fine!

  4. Bed Foam or Mattress

    Where would you sleep at night after those hours of cleaning and organizing? The first day of moving in can be exhausting so you absolutely deserve a good rest. If your new home is fully furnished, then this is already taken cared of.

  5. Fan / Aircon

    You don’t want to clean the whole day and sweat like a pig, or sleep at night with nothing but warm air, do you? LOL I know I said you don’t need your home appliances right away on your first day, but this is an exemption. It’s not just for comfort, but it’s a necessity.

  6. Toiletries and First Aid Kit

    YES, you need them of course! Your First Day basic toiletry essentials  & emergency kit set should have these: Soap, shampoo, conditioner, deo, lotion, toothpaste & toothbrush, wipes, tissues, alcohol, Q tips (cotton buds), band-aids, and bath towel. Add in what you need for your beauty rituals if you must.

  7. Change of Clothes

    Don’t bring (or unpack) your whole wardrobe on your first day. You just need to prepare a clean set of change of clothes, sleepwear, and clothes for the next day – like work attire or the kids’ school uniform. You can unpack and arrange the rest in the next days.

Last Words

Your first day of moving in can feel overwhelming, so don’t get too stressed out.  It’s okay if you can’t arrange everything on the first day. (Because that’s impossible.) What’s important is you get to CLEAN & ORGANIZE a bit, EAT GOOD FOOD, and simply CELEBRATE THE BIG MOVE! Once again, congratulations on taking the leap!

Now, pop that bottle of champagne! 🙂

RELATED: When you are done with cleaning, be sure to read my post about the Essential Home Appliances That You Need When Moving In.


Did I miss anything for the first day? Add them to let me and others know!  If you have any experience of moving in, how was your first day? Share in the comments below!

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  • Reply Leslie Lidot

    I could still remember the day I moved in to my sister’s boarding house last January. It takes time to clean the mess and organize everything! Phew! 😀

    November 9, 2017 at 1:22 pm
  • Reply Jaime

    Yes, I totally agree with what you said. I think that air conditioner is one of the primary things that are needed when moving to a new house. I think that a new house and the family will be more comfortable with an air conditioner.

    July 30, 2018 at 3:52 pm
  • Reply Linda

    Glad that I stumbled upon this post! Yes, very much agreeable on the aircon and first aid portion. Very good write up. Thanks!

    February 6, 2019 at 12:35 am
  • Reply Jason

    Its really overwhelming and stressful when moving. Thanks for sharing your article, will keep us more prepared when the time of moving comes. Cheers!

    February 17, 2019 at 1:54 pm
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