The kitchen and bathrooms are crucial. Trying to unpack and organize an entire house in a day or two isn’t realistic and will wear you out.
Change the locks, check the windows, change the batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and child proof any hazards to your kids.
If the children are happy, parents are happy. Older children may be eager to help which is a win-win.
Setting them up is the next priority so normal life can resume quickly.
As you unpack, get rid of those boxes cluttering up your space and stressing you out.
This will help your family feel at home. Check out the community hot spots, introduce yourself to some neighbors, and look for ways to get involved. If you have kids, this is especially important.
Resist the temptation to throw things into closets. Slow down and put like items together in an organized fashion. You’ll thank yourself later!
There are more important things to do in the first week, and perhaps it’s best to live in the house for a while before deciding on art placement.
Treat yourself to some time off from the move tasks. Even simple activities can do the trick. Try going to the park, planning a hike, or reading a book in your backyard.