There are plenty of reasons why moving house is considered one of life’s most stressful events. Whether you’ve had months to plan your departure or you’ve had to pack in a hurry, buying or renting a new abode is rarely a walk in the park. There’s the physical exertion, the emotional rollercoaster of waving goodbye to an old home, and the uncertainty about what comes next.

Now you’re here, though, it’s time to take a deep breath, take in your new surroundings and figure out what to do first. Here are three tips to help get you started.

 Your First Day in a New Home: What to Do First

Make Your Bed – If you do nothing else on moving day, make sure your bed is ready. Relocating from one home to another, shifting your belongings and dealing with all those physical and emotional changes is exhausting. Needless to say, you’re going to want to crash out somewhere comfortable when it’s all over.

So, whether you go as far as putting your bed frame put together and arranging your new throw pillows or you simply set up a mattress on the floor, make sure you have somewhere you can get some good quality kip – you’re going to need it.

 Your First Day in a New Home: What to Do First

Hang Curtains – Whether you’re moving into a rental property or stepping over the threshold of your newly purchased home, there’s unlikely to be drapes or blinds on the windows. Ideally, you’d have measured up before you moved in and got the fixtures set up, but this is the kind of thing that might slip your mind when you’ve got a lot to organize.

Having exposed windows might not seem like a big deal at first, but what about when you want to sleep in without getting woken up at the crack of dawn, or when you just need a little privacy? If you’re moving during winter, not having drapes up could also let in unwanted drafts, leaving the property poorly insulated and at risk of damp.

Whichever way you look at it, it’s best to get those curtains up straight away so that you can quickly retreat from the stresses of your day and get cozy in your new abode. If you’re yet to purchase drapes for your new house, check out these primitive curtains from Primci.

 Your First Day in a New Home: What to Do First

Unpack Your Essentials – Again, in an ideal world, you’d have foreseen that you might need your toothbrush, some spare underwear and a plate or two before you packed up your things, but many of us are too overwhelmed to think practically when moving house. If you’re still in the packing stages, make sure you label all your boxes and keep your essential belongings easily accessible to reduce stress on the big day.

If you’re surrounded by a see of boxes, with no clue where anything is, you’re going to do at least some unpacking. It’s best to start small to avoid becoming overwhelmed. Think about what you need right now, at this moment, then track down those items. There’s plenty of time to unpack everything else, but for now, focus on what you need for your first night. You can worry about the rest tomorrow!