Moving can be stressful... But there are some ways to make the entire process a bit easier.

1.       Make a list.

Write everything down. Before you start packing – create a simple record keeping system so you can find things easier as you unpack.

2.       Have lots of supplies.

Packing tape, boxes, and packing paper… You won’t want to run out half way through your packing.

3.       Keep things together.

Insist on keeping things together – bookends with books, light bulbs with lamps, etc. Any small, loose parts can be attached to the item they belong to with tape or placed in small envelopes.

4.       Pack ahead of time.

Don’t leave things for the last minute – make sure things are packed before moving day. Pack up off-season clothing. Live on bare essentials.

5.       Cleaning…

If you need to clean your old place after moving out – put together a kit of basic cleaning supplies and rags. Clean things ahead of time if at all possible.

6.       Use your luggage.

Fill your luggage and duffle bags with clothing, sheets, towels, etc. You will likely be able to spot your clothes in a suitcase instead of attempting to find the right box.

7.       Keep important papers with you.

Have your list of important papers (birth certificates, school records, new job contracts, utility company numbers, bills, etc.) with you. Don’t leave them with the mover.

8.       Everyone gets their own boxes.

Use brightly coloured storage tote boxes -  a different colour for each person. Let them fill their box with things they will need immediately after the move.

9.       Heavier = Smaller

The heavier the item, the smaller the box. It’s easier to carry heavy items when they are in small boxes. Never over-pack a box.

10.   Prep your furniture.

Remove all heavy and breakable items from dressers and desks so they are easier to lift. Disassemble bedroom sets to save time on moving day.

11.   Declutter.

The more unused and unnecessary items you eliminate, the less you have to pack up, move, unload and organize.

12.   Schedule donation pick-up.

Do you have things that you’d like to donate? Call your local Goodwill or another donation facility. If you have a large amount of items, many will come pick up your donations for no cost.

13.   Schedule disconnect times.

Call your cable, internet, electricity and gas providers at least a week ahead of your move to find out what you need to do to shut everything off.

14.   Change your address before the move.

Change your address ahead of time so your bills, credit card statements, and packages can arrive on time.

15.   Defrost your fridge at least one day before you move.

Take the time to clean your fridge and wipe away any moisture before you haul it to your new home so you don’t have to deal with mildew or mould when you arrive at your new home.