Moving house? It can be overwhelming, and certainly takes some level of planning and budgeting! Casper.com and At Home With Daneen have created a list of essentials to help make your move into a new home a little more smoother, and a lot more organized!
New Home Essentials: What You Need When Moving House
First rule of thumb when planning your move: Not everything you currently own needs to go with you. Leave that rank mattress in the nearest dumpster and throw those banged up pots and pans in the recycling bin. This is a new place, a new start, and time for new beginnings!
Here are a few new home essentials you may want to consider when planning your move.
1. Kitchenware: Dishes, Cookware, Bakeware, Mugs & Glasses, Utensils & Cutlery
Treat your new kitchen to an upgrade with new cooking and dining items and ditch the scorched pots and pans, chipped dishes and mismatched utensils. What better excuse to indulge than the fact that you're moving into a brand new home?
Are you seriously going to decorate your new home exactly as your old? Probably not. Take into consideration the places in your new digs where you plan on displaying artwork; the kind of artwork you want to display, plus the what and how. Larger spaces are perfect for creating gallery walls. Smaller spots for individual pieces. Shelves, tabletops, and fireplace mantles are ideal for creating stylish vignettes.
3. Bedroom Necessities: New Mattresses, Sheets and Pillow
During my last move, I left behind all of the mattresses we owned. They were dirty and dingy and mine in particular was as old as Methuselah. I was not about to bring these funky bad boys into a new space, so it was one of the more heftier expenses I was willing to budget into my new home.
Shopping for a new mattress can be as exasperating as shopping for a new car. But Casper has changed the mattress shopping game dramatically. There’s zero need to visit traditional mattress stores--you order right online! Once your mattress arrives (via free shipping), Casper lets you try out your new mattress out at home for 100 days, no matter if you order directly from their website or amazon.com. If you do want to check it out in person, Casper can be found in some brick and mortar stores (like Target) and they will still adhere to Casper’s 100 day trial period. Nice!
All of Casper’s sleep products are developed in-house by the company’s award-winning R&D team, including its pillow-in-a-pillow, and inventive Lounger and Layer (designed exclusively for Target).
As for Casper's mattresses, they are composed of four--count 'em, four--different layers of foam: poly, memory and two layers of support foam which contour to your body to relieve pressure, while retaining a healthy bounce and a cool temperature with it’s open-cell hypoallergenic latex. There is a single piece of white fabric on top that runs from edge to edge. Most of the mattress is made in USA, with some assemblage in Mexico and the border material produced in Belgium.
Want more help with choosing a mattress? Check out this comprehensive guide from jennreviews on how to choose a mattress--according to science! Packed with practical suggestions and tips, this guide is full of useful advice for anyone interested in upping their mattress game.
4. Closet Organization: Hangers, Hooks, Storage Bins & Baskets, Shoe & Shelf Organizers
Oh, poor closet. It’s one of the most overlooked “rooms” in the house when it comes to moving. I know, I know--you just grab your threads, kicks, odds and ends--and toss in a wardrobe box, amirite? But what happens when it's time to organize your new closets, and you have nothing of what you need? Head on over to The Container Store and check out their Elfa line of closet organization solutions.
Will your new home be rockin' a dressing room or large walk-in? Either way, check out our article on dream dressing room ideas and inspiration for some awesome closet design inspo.
5. Window Treatments: Shades, Blinds, Curtains, Drapes, Valances, Rods & Hardware
Chances are you’re going to have to measure your new windows prior to purchasing any curtains or hardware, so my suggestion is to remember these items when it comes to your new home’s budget. Shades, blinds, curtains, drapes, valances, rods and hardware need to make the list. Check out this handy measuring guide from blinds.com.
6. Utility: Smoke & C02 Detectors; Extension Cords, Surge Protectors, Light Bulbs (in varying wattages), batteries and nightlight
These items are almost always forgotten--or considered after the fact--when it comes to budgeting (and planning) your move. But when you are designing your furniture’s placement in your new home, chances are you’re going to need extension cords for electrical items, surge protectors for your home office, extra light bulbs, batteries in all sizes (for clocks, radios and other small electronics) and brand spankin’ new smoke and CO2 detectors.
Have you moved house lately? What advice would you give for planning & budgeting? What would you add to this new home essentials list? Let us know in the comments below!
*Not sponsored, but I want to thank Casper Mattress for the kudos on our website and for allowing us to write about such an amazing company AND product!