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5 ways to ease the stress of moving

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5 ways to ease the stress of moving

This story was originally titled "5 Ways to Ease the Stress of Moving" in the June 2007 issue. Subscribe to Canadian Living today and never miss an issue! 

1. Make a plan. Call a mover or truck rental company two months in advance. Pick up boxes from stores and start stockpiling newspapers and tape. Make a list of the utility companies you need to contact and fill out a change-of-address form at the post office.

2. Prepare your family, especially the kids, who can get very stressed by the upheaval of a move. Tell them what to expect so they don't get any surprises and help them adjust to the new surroundings by taking a walk around the neighbourhood.

3. Separate your essentials – pack a travel bag with necessary items, such as toiletries and a change of clothes. The last thing you need after a hectic day of moving is a lost toothbrush.

4. Purchase a safe-deposit box for valuable items. This way they won't get lost in the shuffle.

5. Once you're in your new place, don't rush to get every picture and painting up on the wall the week you move in. Instead of unpacking or cleaning up the first night, give yourself a break and enjoy a nice dinner.

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