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Congratulations! The keys are in your hand, the movers have left, and you are now surrounded by stacks of boxes and lots of disassembled furniture. As you wander around the new house you may be wondering how you will ever turn this into a group of livable spaces. So relax, take a breath, and tackle things step by step.

First, reducing the chaos starts before you ever arrive at the new home. Every member of your household should have prepped a “Day One” box of the things they absolutely can’t live without on the first night in the new place. This box should include medications, toiletries, a change of clothes, sheets, and essentials like phone chargers. These items should be the last items onto the moving truck and the first items off so there is no frantic digging through boxes trying to find your toothbrush.

Next, before doing anything else, take the time to set up beds in each bedroom. Even resting your mattresses on the floors in the bedrooms is preferable to unpacking all day and then not having a place to lie down and rest. Tired people make mistakes.

Bathrooms can be set up with a minimal amount of gear to start with. Pack a “bathroom basics box” with what you will need the first few days: a shower curtain, towels, shampoo, soap, and toilet paper. Decorating the bathroom can be safely relegated down the list once the baths are at least usable.

Next time, we’ll talk about the best techniques for getting the rest of your house ship-shape in the least amount of time possible!

If you have any questions about prepping for the big day or would like a quote to let their professionals handle your move for you, contact GreenLight Movers today and get ahead of the curve in reducing your stress level with the big move!