The first night in your new home can be a daunting, humbling, and even a bit scary experience. After the extra doses of stress, physical exhaustion, and mental fatigue your moving day must have brought upon you, you may choose the shortest possible route to the bed to have a well-deserved rest. What an excellent idea! Provided that the new place already has a bed – otherwise, you will have to assemble it first, or have somebody else do it for you.
But while your first thought may be to go straight to bed, things may not actually go according to plan and, for various reasons, you may end up with your hands full and your mind going into overdrive. Remember that the first night in a new home can be really tough, so you’d better be prepared for what may be coming your way.
The first night in a new house checklist below will help you settle much more quickly in your still unfamiliar home and avoid confusion, insecurity, and even fear in the very first 24 hours after the move.
Unpack the “First Night” box
By now you should be well familiar with the idea of the Open First boxes and what they should contain to help you survive Moving day – various kitchen utensils, non-perishable food, light snacks, bottled water, medications, children’s and pets’ items, basic tools (including a flashlight), and other personal items that you think will need until all your household items are delivered to your new address.
However, to spend the first night in your new apartment or house normally without the convenient access to your everyday stuff, you will need a specific set of things which may or may not be already inside your survival kit. So, if they are not there, make sure you pack them up in the so-called First Night box.
Naturally, the major essentials for the first night in a new home are the items you will most likely need that very first night, such as your favorite set of pajamas, bedding, toiletries, towels, shower curtains, medication, your cellphone and its charger, a good book or your music player if you have trouble falling asleep, and maybe even your tablet or laptop computer.
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First things first: bedroom and bathroom
Speaking of things to do first night in a new home, making sure that your bed is 100% ready for sweet dreams is your top priority. If your place is already furnished properly, then there should be a bed, or beds to be exact, awaiting your arrival. In that case, unpack the bedding and make your bed as soon as you can to know you have something to look forward to if it’s still too early for bed.
If there are no beds to be found in your new home and the sleeping furniture is still to be delivered, then you don’t really have a choice but to take out your trusty sleeping bag and spend a night to remember. Keep repeating to yourself that pretty soon everything will be alright again, and until then, you’re ready to face and overcome any post relocation challenges.
Even if the new apartment or house doesn’t come completely furnished, then you may be still find yourself in luck should your household items are delivered and all. Re-assemble your old faithful bed or have a professional do it for you. Once you’re ready with that, it’s time to turn your attention to the bathroom as a refreshing shower will surely be high on your priority list. Muster your last ounces of energy to arrange your toiletries, hang the shower curtain, stack up toilet paper, and finally prepare the towels and bathrobe.
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It could be a long night
For reasons beyond your control, the first night in a new house or apartment might get to be unforgettable for all the wrong reasons. Here are a few examples how your new home could give you kind of welcoming you were hoping to never get.
- Baby or small child. Moving into a new home with a baby or a small child can be a good recipe for a sleepless first night. Depending on the exact age of your little angel (0-1 or 1-3), he or she will either not notice the changes around them, or they will sense them and get really upset until you figure out a good way to calm them down. Whatever you do, make sure there’s a trustworthy person by their side at all times.
- Pets. Moving into a new house with a turtle as a pet shouldn’t worry you too much but get your loyal dog or friendly cat inside a brand new residence, and things may easily get out of hand. Whenever placed out of their comfort zone, your animal friend will need special attention and constant cares during the first night, and the next few days, or even weeks. Most pets will feel the pangs of separation anxiety just like we humans do.
- Relocation depression. Speaking of separation anxiety, it’s possible that you start feeling its influence the very first night in your new home. More often than not, you’ll be either extremely tired or overexcited (or even both!) to give in on any negative thoughts. However, once the adrenaline subsides, you could expect the relocation depression symptoms to start creeping in uninvited. As for the very first night, you may “get away” with an overdose of sleeplessness. Should you find it hard to fall asleep despite your exhaustion, playing soft music can do wonders for you.
Superstitions and new home traditions
Finally, you may be willing to make your first night in the new home much more interesting and exciting. Whether you’re truly a superstitious person or you just wish to start the new chapter of your life on the right foot, consider trying out one or why not all of these new home traditions.
- Light a candle. This is the easiest thing you can do and won’t cost you any efforts. Lightning a candle in a new home is believed to ward off evil spirits by introducing light into the new residence and chasing the darkness away in a largely symbolical way.
- Burn sage. Originally a Native American tradition, take a bundle of sage (it may be mixed up with some other herbs too, such as lavender), light in and when it begins to smoke, take a walk around your home sending that smoke all the way from the front door to the room corners to clear out any negative energy that may linger there.
- Bread and salt. These are important two symbols of hospitality. Bring in a loaf of bread (to never experience hunger inside that home) and salt (to never lose the flavor in your life).
And, of course, while a housewarming party will definitely not be in your thoughts during the first 24 hours of your new home arrival, it’s a great idea to look forward to it. Click here to learn how to plan and host a housewarming party for the ages!