Moving allows you the opportunity to purge. An uncluttered space or an organized clothes closet may be your drug of choice.

Here are a few tips for having a successful move:

  1. Make lists.The first step to a successful move is to make a master list of everything you need to do and when. Change your address, get a new driver’s license (if you’re moving out of state), cancel your cable and turn off your water, for example. Sort your list into what you need to do before you leave and what you need to do when you get to your new home. In this master list, keep track of all important info like login names and passwords for your new services or ticket numbers for cancellation requests. That way, you have one place to find all your important info. (And make sure it’s backed up!)
  2. Purge early.Look around your house and purge as much as possible two to three months before you move. Go room-by-room and start getting rid of stuff. You’ll need to divide things into three piles: sell, donate and throw away. If you’ve got the luxury of time, snap pictures and post them on Kijiji If you don’t, have a one-day garage sale or donate the items. Just don’t pack them — wasting your time and resources on things you’re going to get rid of anyway makes no sense.
  3. Number your boxes.When you start packing, number each box and keep a master list so you know exactly what’s in each box. Keep the master list on an app like OneNote so you have it easily accessible on your phone no matter where you are. (Another bonus to Evernote: The text in your document is also searchable — allowing you to quickly know that your favorite item is in box 69.)

Here’s a great tip you probably haven’t thought of — color-code each room. You can buy colored duct tape for this purpose and I put the colors at the top of your master list — red for the dining room, yellow for the playroom, green for the kitchen, and so on. This way, you can put a piece of tape on the doorway to each room at your new house, and you’ll save your movers time by not having to ask you where things go — just match the colors on the boxes to the colors on the rooms.

  1. Make time to pack.There’s nothing worse than staying up all night the night before you move, frantically shoving things in boxes and then being exhausted the next day — not to mention not being able to find anything once you get to your destination. First, pack the important stuff in a bag that you’ll take with you in your car — jewelry, important paperwork — along with essentials for the first night — clean socks and underwear, toothbrushes, cellphone charger, etc. Then, pack everything else while you take a day off of work, put the kids in front of the TV or wait until they’re asleep. You’ll be much more efficient than if you try to do it haphazardly over a few weeks.
  2. Choose movers wisely.What about when it comes to picking a mover? “Go online and do your research. Once you find a few (minimum of 3) companies, look for reviews online and see if they are a legit company,” the BBB suggest “Find a local moving company. Some companies might have an office far from you and advertise in the same city you live in. The closer the company is to you, the better chance you have of not having any surprises or hidden costs in at the end of your move,” they explain. Finally, be sure to set up appointments for an estimate. “It’s impossible to provide an honest quote over the phone.” Have them come to your home.

Get a move on!

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