Unpacking Checklist for Day One in a New Home

Tara Chila
Written by Tara Chila
Updated November 7, 2015
moving tote labeled with bed sheets
Make the beds early on your first day of unpacking. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

Moving into a new home requires extreme planning and several lists.

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You’ll be tired the day you get to the new house, so don’t forget to create a day one unpacking list to keep you on track. Before moving, make sure you have scheduled to have your electricity, Internet and cable turned on prior to or on the day of your arrival. Put the following items on your to-do list for the first day in your new house. You’ll thank us later.


Place large furniture items exactly where you plan to keep them so you don’t need to move them more than once. Place labeled boxes where they belong. Don’t bring all boxes in the house and plan on moving them into the correct rooms later. Just do it right away.

Locate your “essential” box and open it. This includes items such as toilet paper, paper towels and hygiene and cleaning supplies.


Make sure your refrigerator is plugged in and turned on. Cold items will need to be put away immediately. This will save you money on ice and the need for multiple coolers.

Plug in the coffee maker and put it to good use! You’ll need the fuel for the days ahead. You may want to have some cream and sugar readily available as well.


As soon as the bedding box comes in, make up the beds. Making beds at the end of a long moving day could be very difficult, so do it early in the day. You’ll be glad you did when you aren’t sleeping on the couch or floor that night.

Clean at least one bathroom. You will need a shower after a long day of lifting and unloading boxes, and the last thing you want is a dirty, disgusting shower. 

After you have taken care of the essentials, start to prioritize your rooms. In most homes, the kitchen is No. 1 priority. But for those with kids, you might want to work in the kids’ bedrooms and playroom first. Which room you start with depends on your lifestyle and your family. Make a plan and stick to it! Moving can be organized and stress-free with the right planning and lists.

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