Whether you are an organised packer who labels boxes by room and contents or a random packer who simply puts things wherever they fit, everyone can benefit from an open-first box when they are moving home. The open-first box is where you can put everything you will need as soon as you open the front door. On many people’s list, this will include items such as a kettle, teabags, coffee and toilet roll.
It is a good idea to make yourself a list of what to put in your open-first box, as there is no point remembering the coffee but forgetting a mug. If you plan on getting straight down to work, then a few biscuits or even some bread, a toaster and your favourite spread will be a good idea to keep you and your family sustained. Other items to consider include some basic toiletries, a change of clothes, towels, tea towels, dishcloth, detergent, bin liners, basic medicines and some plates and cutlery.
Practical items such as scissors, a knife, bottle and can opener, a torch and your phone charger are all things that are small and easy to pack and very useful. A good place to start is to think about what you would need for a week’s holiday and use this as your guide. For example, young children may want some of their favourite toys to hand to keep them occupied.
If you have lots of items for your box, you may need more than one and may want to consider hiring a delivery service such as a Man and Van Slough – see https://www.uk-tdl.com/man-and-van-slough.html/.
Moving house is expensive, so make sure you budget. For money-saving advice when moving, see this recent article in Which? Magazine.
Hints and Tips
Pack your open-first box last when leaving your old home. That way anything you are using at the last minute will be available straightaway when you arrive at your new home. Just remember to pop everything in the box.
Always take your box in your car, and don’t put it in the removal lorry. You are likely to arrive first, and it means it can be accessed straightaway. Don’t forget to label it. It doesn’t matter how – just make sure it stands out from the other boxes.