Must-Have Moving Essentials

Must-Have Moving Essentials: The Big List

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When moving day rolls around, will you remember the moving essentials? You know, those items that will immediately make your new South Shore Massachusetts 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 the South Shore’s great restaurants 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, check out our Pinterest board.

  • 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

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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 South Shore Massachusetts house feel like home!

Image Source: Flickr/John Benson


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