If you've just moved, the very first thing to do is unpack the most essential items from your boxes. Necessities like toilet paper, soap, paper towels, basic kitchen supplies, and bedding items are typically the first things people unpack.
If you want to begin unpacking everything else, that's fine, but it doesn't necessarily have to be done right away either. As long as the essentials are out, you have some time to take care of the other important tasks on your list.
Before setting up or unpacking, it's a good idea to take your phone or camera on a quick walkthrough. Take pictures of any damages you find, and send them to your landlord with a quick, friendly note. They'll likely appreciate the initiative, and it'll ensure the damage is documented, saving you money when it comes time to get your security deposit back.
Unless you're content using your smartphone for all of your Internet needs, it's a good idea to get a wireless router set up as soon as possible.
We often take the Internet for granted, but having it running will make your life infinitely easier. Doubly so if you start unpacking and realize you need to find a nearby hardware store or suddenly become famished and need to order a pizza ASAP.
If you don't have your own router, you may need to contact your Internet provider to have them set one up for you. That may take a couple of days, so make an appointment right away.
You should also call the rest of the utility companies for your building to get everything set up in your name.
Unless utilities are included in your rent and handled by the building, make sure to contact your energy, water, gas, and cable providers.
An important first day task after you've moved into a new place is to hit the local grocery store. Acquaint yourself with the setup and pick up at least a few essentials to get you through the first few days.
While you're there, it's a good idea to see if they have a membership card you can sign up for. Since you'll be shopping there for at least a year, having a discount card can only be beneficial for your bank account.
It's also a good idea to officially change your address with the post office as early as possible so your mail starts getting forwarded right away. The U.S. Postal Service's website makes it easy to change your address online, so start there.
Make sure to also change your billing address with your bank and credit card, and provide a new shipping address for any subscriptions you receive. You may even want to send out a quick email to friends and family members – one of them is guaranteed to ask for it at some point.
Even though you don't technically have to transfer prescriptions until it's time for a refill, it makes sense to get everything set up as soon as possible.
It's easier to transfer them all together, and you'll feel better knowing it's taken care of.
Make a list of all of the furniture and decor you need or want to buy after moving in. Decide where the new items will go, then take measurements of the areas where you'll be putting them. Make sure to mark these measurements down on your list.
Take note of the sizes of your windows and the height of your shower curtain rod. If the shower curtain rod is high enough off the ground, you may need to pick up an extra-long liner.
One of the best parts about moving is the chance to explore a new neighborhood – unless you move only a block away, which has become a habit of mine. The best way to get a feel for your new neighborhood is to just start walking.
Walk up and down the busier streets and take note of cafes, eateries, and shops within walking distance. Look for public transportation stops, fast-food options, and even a gym if you're thinking of joining one. Most of all, just enjoy taking in the sights of your new city.