Nice Move: Make an Essentials Box for Moving Day

Making an essentials box

There are few things as stressful and exhausting as moving day. Packing and unpacking, making sure everything arrives in one piece and gets delivered to the right room. When it’s all over, you just want to fall into bed and pass out … except, now you have to find your sheets, your PJs and your toothbrush, and who knows where they are in the sea of boxes! Packing an “essentials box” is a great way to combat some of the chaos of the first day in a new home, and it’s invaluable for children and pets, who are dealing with a lot of emotions and unfamiliarity. Once it’s packed, hand-carry it to your new house so it doesn’t get misplaced. It’s a great idea I learned from my friend Laurie March (AKA The House Counselor) who has moved many of her clients from place to place and has learned a thing or two. Convenience and comfort in a box — that’s a smooth move.


Step 1

 Open GalleryStart with a sturdy boxStart off with a medium-sized bin for each member of the family.

Step 2

 Open GalleryAdd change of clothesPack a change of clothes …

Step 3

 Open GalleryPyjamas too… and a pair of pajamas too — those will come in especially handy when you’re too pooped to find something to sleep in after the big move.

Step 4

 Open GallerySheets for the first nightIf everyone has a sheet set packed, you won’t have to tear through boxes looking for bedding …

Step 5

 Open GalleryToiletries and towels… toiletries and hand towels will be a welcome sight at night too.

Step 6

 Open GalleryBooks and activitiesPack a book and some activities to keep kids busy (while their parents are busy running around unpacking) …

Step 7

 Open GalleryKeepsakes … plus some personal effects to make a still-not-quite-set-up room feel more like home. [Snacks aren't pictured, but a really really good idea as well!]

Step 8

 Open GalleryAnnie's Essentials box for movingLabel the bins clearly with each person’s name, so it’s easy for anyone to identify. Bring it with you if possible (avoid putting it on the truck, in a box), but if you do have to pack it, make sure its box is marked distinctively so it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.

Step 9

 Open GalleryGreat for pets too!Pets need a box too, so all their personal effects are easy to find. Be sure to make sure that their kennel, dog bed, or favorite blanket is unpacked with your beds, so everyone can sleep soundly on the first night.


  • Sturdy plastic bin
  • Personal effects
  • Label
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  2. Laurie_March says:

    Here's to smooth moving for everyone! :)

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