the art of priority packing
The trick to organizing a successful move is two-fold. First, hire reliable professionals like Golan’s Chicago Movers to take care of the big stuff. Second, create a few “Open Me First” boxes which contain items you’ll want to access as soon as you’re moved in.
Since no one wants to be caught with their pants down (especially without toilet paper), the “Open Me First” box for the bathroom is most crucial. In addition to containing toilet paper, the box should include soap, towels, shampoo and conditioner, a bath mat, toothbrushes and toothpaste as well as a shower curtain, shower liner and shower rings. You’ll also want to include the all-important first-aid kit containing aspirin, band-aids, hydrogen peroxide, and other key medicinal items.
The second most important “Open Me First” box is for the kitchen. Plastic flatware, paper plates and disposable cups will be needed for your first night’s dinner (usually a delivered pizza or takeout food). Depending on your caffeine preference, you’ll also want to include a coffeemaker, coffee and filters or a tea kettle and teabags so you can be energized when you wake up the next morning and start unpacking. Aluminum foil and plastic wrap may also come in handy.
If you have a dog, create an “Open Me First” box which contains pet food, treats, bowls, toys, a blanket, and leash. If you’re traveling with a feline, include cat litter, a litter liner and litter box in their “Open Me First” box while their food and bowls should be added to the kitchen’s “Open Me First” box since you’ll want to keep anything eatable away from litter.
An “Open Me First” box for the bedroom will contain sheets, blankets and pillows to ensure your first night in your new home is cozy and comfortable.
Going nuts (& bolts)
The final “Open Me First” box should include a flashlight, batteries, scissors and miscellaneous tools such as a Phillips-head screwdriver, flat-head screwdriver, and hammer. Depending on how ambitious you are when it comes to the decor, you may also want to include duct tape, a level, picture hangers, a tape measure and utility knife as well as any tape screws or other small parts that were removed when breaking down tables and other large items for the move.
Lastly, remember to clearly label these boxes so you actually know which “Open Me First” box to open first.