PLANNING TO MOVE – OPEN ME FIRST BOX

Open me First Box

An OMFB (Open Me Fist Box) is a box that has been purposely packed with items that are useful immediately following your arrival at your new home. These items include basic cookware, toiletries, pet supplies, and anything else critical to daily life. Taking steps early on during packing to ensure that these items are grouped together is essential to hassle-free adjustment upon arriving at your destination.

To create an Open-Me-First Box, pack it with items you will need during the first few days after moving. After having packed your OMFB, label it on all sides with something easy to remember (like OMFB). Make sure to group items of a similar nature together. The following is a list of recommendations for what to put in your OMFB's.

Open Me First Box: Kitchen items to pack first

  • Aluminum foil or plastic wrap
  • Break-proof or disposable flatware, cups, and plates
  • Coffee maker and coffee (don't forget the filters!)
  • Dish detergent
  • Frying pan and spatula
  • Pet food and bowels
  • Scissors
  • Tea kettle

Open Me First Box: Main Bathroom items to pack first

  • Bath mat
  • Bath towels
  • First-aid kit (aspirin, band-aids, hydrogen peroxide)
  • Shampoo
  • Shower curtain and rings
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste

Open Me First Box: Tool Room or Drawer items to pack first

  • Duct tape
  • Flashlight
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Level Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Picture hangers
  • Tape measure
  • Utility knife