Must-Have Moving Essentials: The Big List

When moving day rolls around, you won’t forget to pack the big stuff: the couch, refrigerator, washer, and dryer. But what about the moving essentials? Those items that will immediately make your new DFW home feel like home.

When moving day rolls around, will you remember the moving essentials? You know, those items that will immediately make your new DFW home feel like, well, home. Read on for a list of the essential items (broken down room by room) that you’ll want to have handy as you get settled in your new place.

In the Kitchen

The kitchen is the hub of the home, and therefore, you’ll want to have some moving essentials ready to go before you prepare your first meal. Grabbing pizza at one of Dallas’ best pizza joints is great, but eventually you’ll want to cook in your new culinary haven. Paper plates and cups along with plastic cutlery can do in a pinch, but be sure to pull out these items first when you’re unpacking the kitchen:

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Coffee maker
  • Oven mitt
  • Can and bottle opener (and maybe a wine opener, too)

In the Bedroom

When you’re moving into a new home, you’ll want more than a bed and some sheets in your personal sanctuary. Here are some items that many homeowners overlook — but can go a long way at enhancing your new bedroom. For inspiration on creating your best bedroom, stop into this Dallas store.

  • Clothes hamper
  • Hangers
  • Lamps
  • Curtains

In the Bathroom

There are many moving essentials you don’t want to miss for your new bathroom. Here are a few of the most commonly overlooked items:

  • Toilet paper
  • Bath mat
  • Shower curtain, liner, and rings
  • Plunger

In the Living Room

When it comes to moving essentials in the living room, there are a few things that will immediately make your living space feel like home. Here’s a look:

  • Wall decor and family photos
  • Coasters
  • Lamps
  • Throw pillows for your couch

In the Laundry Room

You don’t want to get set up to do your first load of laundry in your new home only to realize that you’ve forgotten some of the essential items. Make sure to keep these laundry necessities on hand as you’re getting settled:

  • Laundry detergent and bleach
  • Dryer sheets
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Laundry basket

Odds and Ends

Not all moving essentials fit into the rooms listed above. But that doesn’t mean they won’t come in handy. These are the items to unpack or purchase as soon as you move into your new place.

  • Flashlight and batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Tool kit

You have a lot to think about when you’re moving into a new home. But by remembering a few of the must-have moving essentials, you’ll be one step closer to making your new DFW house feel like home.

Image Source: Flickr/John Benson


Audrey Sellers is an award-winning, Dallas-based writer and editor with a background in marketing and promotions. She’s a former magazine editor turned blogger who’s a pro at crafting all kinds of engaging content: blog posts, case studies, feature stories, social media content, and more. When her fingers aren’t flying on her laptop, she’s busy not relaxing with her husband and two young kids.

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1 Comment

  1. Lauren
    July 27, 2015

    I wish I would have gone through this moving checklist when I moved a few weeks ago. I got in my new apartment and realized I didn’t have oven mitts or measuring cups. Thanks for shairng!


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