The White House is getting new residents in just a few days. And although only a select few will ever call the mansion-of-mansions in D.C. home, anyone’s first day in their new home is big deal!
And as exciting as it is, many find themselves being overwhelmed by the experience. But don’t fret, there are really only a few things you absolutely must do, and even those tasks are not too tiresome, especially if you have a helping hand. So here are a few tips on how to handle the first day in a new home.
Unpack at Your Own Pace
One of the first things you do in your new home is to begin unpacking. But remember, there is no rush. As a matter of fact, you will find that you will be less stressed, and more likely to create loving memories, if you take your time unloading. The only two rooms that should be immediately addressed are the kitchen and the bathroom. If you follow a simple unpacking order, you are sure to enjoy the experience, rather than dread it.
The kitchen should be first since you may have perishable foods that need to be refrigerated immediately. Food is expensive and wasting it is never a good idea. After the kitchen, unpack your bathroom necessities, such as toilet paper and hand towels, so you can stay refreshed during your first day in your new home.
There is absolutely no need to unpack all your pots and pans and stand over a hot stove cooking a meal. You have worked hard enough just getting into your new home, so treat yourself to some take out and let someone else do the cooking. You will not only get a chance to relax after unpacking, you will become more familiar with local restaurants by researching what is available on your mobile phone.
Knock on Your Neighbor’s Door
Forming a relationship with your neighbors is not only healthy, it is necessary for a few purposes. For example, if you find yourself in some kind of danger, (especially medical) your neighbor is the nearest person to help you if you are alone in the house. If you get locked out of your new home during inclement weather, there is no better place to wait for the locksmith than in the shelter of your neighbor’s home. And of course, if you simply need a cup of sugar and don’t feel like running to the store to buy it, your neighbor can, and will almost always, come to the rescue.
Capture the Moment on Camera
There is nothing like that shot of you and your loved one standing by the front door of your new home. The picture you take on the first day at your new house can sit for years to come on your mantel, reminding you of the joy and excitement you felt when you unpacked, ordered out and met your neighbors the initial afternoon you settled in at your new address.
Get a Good Night Rest
No doubt you are going to be physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted from moving into your new home. Physically you have been carrying and unpacking boxes all day; mentally you are adjusting to your new surroundings; and emotionally you may be missing family and friends you left behind. That is why it is so important to get a good night’s sleep the first evening you are in your new home. Not only are you spent from hours of nonstop action, you will assuredly be rising early to do the exact same chores the following day.
I hope these simple tips are of some practical value to some of you new home owners out there. Although you not serving a four or eight year term of office, may your stay in your new home be no less presidential. And may the first day be most memorable!