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As if the stress of moving into a new home is not already enough, the moving logistics can also be something that keeps a person up at night.That first night can be filled with a mix of apprehension and excitement. Did I do everything I needed? I can’t wait to decorate! But wait, did I do everything I needed?

Being well-prepared for that first night is key if you want to continue to have success and adapt as you settle into your new home. Putting together a moving checklist is not only an important thing to do before you move, but making a separate NYC moving checklist for that first night can also save you a lot of time, and simultaneously give you better nights rest. Here are a few things you can do to help smooth your transition:

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Pack A Necessities Box

Packing all your clothing and toiletries into their own separate boxes is of course very convenient when you are ready to unpack everything; piece by piece and room by room. However, having one separate small box with a few different items of clothing (something for any type of weather) and your basic bathroom necessities (toothbrush, soap, shower needs) that is easily accessible can keep you from tearing open several different boxes for each of your needs. Make sure to bring the box with you in your vehicle, separated from the movers pile.

New Key Ring

Let’s be honest, the chance that you are going to misplace something during your move is pretty high. But let’s make it something that’s not extremely important like the keys to your new place. Put them on a new, large key ring and hang it on a nail in your kitchen. While you’re at it, put your car keys there too!

Get the Kitchen Ready

Everybody has to eat, right? Before bed, get anything that you might want to use in the kitchen ready so you can start your second day off right. Toaster? Check. Coffee maker? Double check.

Let There Be Light

It sounds like a no-brainer, but be sure to remember to set up any lamps or lighting in the home before nightfall. Finding your way around a new place in the dark might be awful hard.


After a long day of moving, your mind is sure to be racing with thoughts on what to do and what not to do. It might be hard to even focus on getting shut-eye that evening. A great way to get your ideas together is make a list of things to do for the next day. You can even put Post-Its in each room: garbage bags for the kitchen, shower curtain for the bathroom, a hamper for bedroom. Let your lists take care of the clutter in your brain.

The last thing you want to be doing the first night in your new home is searching around for the things you may need or stressing about forgotten moving logistics. Follow our tips and leave the heavy lifting to the professional movers.

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Tom Philips

Thomas Philips is a writer and content marketer with a keen interest in the moving industry. As a travel enthusiast and logistics expert by training, Thomas has been working with various moving companies for the past 16 years. He currently writes for Roadway Moving and applies his expertise through his written works. Thomas makes it a point to give practical moving advice to both clients and readers to help transform their moving experience into an unforgettable one