There are few things in life more stressful and exciting as moving to a new home. It’s an adventure, but with so many things to keep on top of it can soon become overwhelming.

Fear not, a little bit of planning and organisation can remove much of the pain from the experience.

We’ve put together a short checklist of new home essential items to help you ease into your new abode.

Room by room

The kitchen

The kitchen is the centre of most homes. It may already have a fridge/freezer, and cooker etc. but depending upon your taste or the age of the appliances, you may want to consider changing/upgrading these. It’s a long list, and you may have some or many of these items already, but a functioning kitchen is essential to a stress-free move.

  • Table
  • Chairs
  • Microwave
  • Kettle
  • Rubbish bin and bin bags
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen roll
  • Sponge
  • Washing-up liquid
  • Tea towel
  • Drying rack
  • Cutlery
  • Crockery
  • Glasses
  • Mugs
  • Sharp knives
  • Can opener
  • Baking tray
  • Pots and pans
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Bottle opener
  • Wooden spoon
  • Salt and pepper shakers
  • Measuring jug
  • Mixing bowl
  • Oven gloves
  • Colander

It’s also a good idea to bring some basic supplies on moving day such as milk, tea, coffee, butter, bread etc. ready to put into the fridge.

The living room

The perceived wisdom is to live in a place for a while before buying loads of new furniture and decorating, in order to get a ‘feel’ for how all the rooms work together. On day one you’ll likely need some basics:

  • Sofa/armchair(s)
  • Coffee table
  • TV, with something to put it on (e.g.: a stand or a wall bracket)
  • A TV cable
  • Wi-Fi (so you can watch your favourite Netflix series!!)
  • Lamp

The bedroom

When you first move into a new home the bedroom often fast becomes a ‘sanctuary’ from the mayhem happening everywhere else. Getting a good nights sleep is very important to help deal with all the jobs that will inevitably need doing! So having a good bed is absolutely # 1 on your list here.

  • Get a good bed with a good mattress – they are not cheap but when you think how much time you spend in it every week it soon becomes a sensible investment!
  • Duvet & pillows
  • Bedding (duvet cover and pillowcases)
  • Bedside table
  • Bedside lamp
  • Wardrobe
  • Hangers for your clothes
  • Chest of drawers
  • A mirror
  • Curtains – also consider a ‘blackout blind’ to ensure a peaceful sleeping environment.

A lot of reports advise not to put any electronic gear in your bedroom – no TV’s, mobile phones etc, but that is a personal choice.

The bathroom

Hopefully, there will already be a bath/shower, sink and toilet in the bathroom. Here are the other essentials you’ll need in the first few days of your big move:

  • Towels
  • Bathroom mat
  • Toilet brush
  • Toilet roll
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Bin
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Bleach
  • Cleaning sponge


With the main rooms covered, it’s time to think of the extra items it can be easy to forget.


One of the first jobs when moving into a new home is to give it a very good clean. You’ll need:

  • Wiping cloths, sponges and scrubbers
  • Mop and bucket
  • Dustpan and brush
  • Washing-up liquid
  • Floor cleaner
  • Kitchen and bathroom spray
  • General disinfectant
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Washing powder/liquid (if you have a washing machine)
  • A clothes horse to dry your clothes on


It’s always advisable to have basic medical supplies in the home, stored in a safe location and away from any children.

  • Painkillers
  • Antisceptic cream
  • Plasters
  • Bandages
  • Thermometer
  • Nail scissors/clippers


Everyone wants to feel safe in their home, and these items really are essential:

  • Smoke alarm
  • Carbon monoxide alarm
  • Torch
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Fire blanket


Whether you are a DIY expert or not you’ll need some basic household supplies to cover emergencies or fix certain items:

  • Ladder
  • Plug extension leads
  • Light bulbs
  • Batteries
  • Hammer
  • Measuring tape
  • Pliers
  • Screwdrivers (flat and Phillip’s heads)
  • Screws


Don’t forget to sort out the following:

  • Electricity
  • Gas
  • Water
  • Wifi
  • Mail forwarding from your old home to your new address

As you can see, there are lots of things to remember, so we hope this list of essentials has you covered and can take the stress out of this wonderful time.

We have also put together a really useful ‘Packing Guide’ that has a very useful checklist in which you can download here.

Metro Storage Packing Tips

Good luck with your move from all the Metro Storage Team!