Pin It
Favorite

Nest
A Practical Housewarming Kit to Help New Homeowners Survive Moving Day 

Spring signals the start of a busy home-buying season, especially in Vermont. Now that piles of snow and 4 p.m. sunsets aren't obscuring homes and yards, more sellers are putting up the "For sale" signs — and house hunters who have been waiting all winter for the right home to come on the market are jumping at the chance to buy.

So spring is also the season of housewarming gifts. According to the Burlington-based Emily Post Institute, a national authority on etiquette, these gifts "are usually small tokens, not major items: This is, after all, not a wedding." The institute suggests giving "something lasting for the house": guest towels, a houseplant, a cheeseboard, a picture frame, etc. We like a good houseplant as much as the next person, but we couldn't help thinking that moving day itself — always a struggle — calls for more practical gifts, and ones that may be far more appreciated.

Think about it: When you're moving, you're up at the crack of dawn to rent the U-Haul, pack it up, pick up the keys, and begin the days-long task of cleaning and unpacking. You're lifting couches, washing floors and — shoot! You didn't even think to bring toilet paper. And at the end of the day, when you're ready for dinner, you have to dig through all your boxes to find the spaghetti tongs.

Nest put together an easy, low-cost housewarming kit to help new homeowners survive — and thrive — on moving day. Whether you're gifting it to friends or family or taking note for your own upcoming move, everything here is designed to be immediately helpful while still useful in the long run. Now, get a move on!

click to enlarge diy1-1-9b4c37803e45476e.jpg

A Practical Housewarming Kit

  1. Paper towels, a sponge and all-purpose cleaner, because half of moving in is cleaning up.
  2. Toilet paper and hand soap, because everybody always forgets it. Consider rolling up the TP in wrapping paper if gifting it feels tacky.
  3. An attractive basket, tote or box to pack everything into. Select something sturdy that can be used again — a basket makes a good magazine rack, while a lidded box doubles as closet storage.
  4. Pretty dish towels for drying hands and dusting.
  5. A bottle of bubby, because it's all too easy to forget to celebrate homeownership on that first day.
  6. A shower-curtain liner. There's nothing worse than getting ready to jump in the shower and realizing that, if you do, the bathroom will flood. Don't forget hooks!
  7. Lightweight or disposable plates and tableware, to get folks through until the proper dishware is uncovered.
  8. Scissors for opening up all those carefully duct-taped boxes.
  9. A coffee mug. When it's empty, you can put your iPhone in it and play music as you unpack. Voilà — a speaker!
  10. A bottle of aspirin to deal with the inevitable aches and pains of carrying around everything you own.

This housewarming kit is endlessly adaptable. The Emily Post Institute suggests giving new-to-town neighbors "area maps, the town paper, restaurant menus ... anything that will make it easier" to feel welcome and at home. We love that idea. Here are some others:

  • Coupons for pizza delivery and other takeout
  • Delivery of snacks or homemade food at mealtimes
  • Instant coffee or tea bags
  • Gift card to a home-improvement store
  • Tape measure, hammer and screwdriver — or loaner of a full toolbox
  • "Coupons" for babysitting during the busy settling-in period
  • Loaner air mattress or sleeping bag until all bedding is unpacked
  • A basic first-aid kit

The original print version of this article was headlined "Make Your Move"

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

Pin It
Favorite

More by Carolyn Fox

  • Nest — Winter 2016 - 2017
  • Nest — Winter 2016 - 2017

    • Dec 16, 2016
  • In Season, Winter 2016-17
  • In Season, Winter 2016-17

    In 1986, an eight-day international festival in Burlington called Interfolk-86 sowed the seeds for a celebration of world cultures that continues in Vermont to this day. For three days every winter, the Vermont International Festival brings global crafts, cuisine, music and dance to one bustling indoor marketplace, shining a spotlight on the diversity at our doorstep. Performers such as Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater, Grup Anwar and Mal Maiz share traditions from West Africa, the Middle East, Colombia and beyond. Classes and demos introduce attendees to forza (samurai sword-inspired fitness), martial arts and Balkan folk dancing. Here you can wander the world without leaving the state.

    • Dec 13, 2016
  • More »

About The Author

Carolyn Fox

Carolyn Fox

Bio:
Carolyn Fox was the Seven Days calendar editor from 2009-2012. From 2012-2013, she was the managing editor of Kids VT. She currently works as Special Publications Manager for Seven Days.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Seven Days moderates comments in order to ensure a civil environment. Please treat the comments section as you would a town meeting, dinner party or classroom discussion. In other words, keep commenting classy! Read our guidelines...

Note: Comments are limited to 300 words.

Latest in DIY Home

Social Club

Like Seven Days contests and events? Join the club!

See an example of this newsletter...

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative
newsletters:

All content © 2017 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401
Website powered by Foundation