Today's post is one that seems
to be all too common today. I will be talking about moving when you're going
through a divorce.
Moving on a good day can be a
hard and stressful process. Moving when going through divorce; well, that's
adds emotions to the mix. For some, separating comes with many memories. Some
are beautiful and some, not so much. Either way, packing up what was once your
life with your partner can be emotional. Be gentle with yourself, it won't be
I have put together some tips
to help make the move a little easier and smoother during this time.
See A Lawyer
Make sure you know your legal
rights. Go see a lawyer and make sure you know who gets what before you begin
packing everything up.
If you still need to divide up
belongings in the home, keep your things separate from your partners. Label
your things with stickers or post-it notes. Book movers or friends to help with
your move. Book a storage unit if need be and call your utility companies and
change your information. This way, everything will finished and you won't need
to worry about them on moving day. Next, stop by the post office and have your
mail forwarded to your new place.
Don’t do it alone
There is no need to do it all
on your own. Call a close friend or a reliable neighbour to help you not only
with the move, but if you need a shoulder to lean on.
Selling Your Home?
If you are selling your home,
do everything you can to get the best possible price. Research the best real
estate professional that suits you. One who may also be a professional stager
to help with this process. You want to make sure you are on the right track
before you allow potential buyers into your home.
Put things aside you may need
sooner rather than later once you move. Collect school and medical records,
house information, and insurance paperwork. Put them in a manila envelope and
put them in a box with other essentials you will need. For example, phone
charger, medications, toiletries, an extra set of clothes. In another box, pack
up cleaning supplies, toilet paper, garbage bags, light bulbs, and tools. Some
dish soap, paper town, rags, and paper plates and plastic utensils. Most people
don't get everything unpacked on the first day. This way you will have things
to eat with, clean with and a fresh change of clothes.
Packing material can be costly.
If you are trying to save money use reliable garbage bags to pack clothes,
bedding, towels. Visit your local grocery store and ask if they have any extra
boxes you can have. Use those to pack up food items and cleaning supplies. You
can also use laundry baskets to move items from your old home to your new one.
Wrap glassware/dishes in towels and bedding so they don't get broken in
Keep It Simple
For clothing, leave anything in
your closet on hangers. Quick and easy way to move clothing is to organize
items. Dresses in one pile, shirts in another...you get the idea. Secure the
hangers together and put a hole in the bottom of a garbage bag. Put the bag
over the hangers, and voila, you have your own makeshift garment bag.
Once you decide what is going
with you and what isn't. Label your boxes. It is easier to pack per room and
label the box as you go. This way when you go to unpack, you know all your
items from your bedroom, are in the labeled box "Bedroom".
Moving Day Plan
Have a plan for moving day.
Make sure anyone who is helping you move knows what time to meet and where. If
you have a few people helping, delegate jobs.
Once you're at your new home,
plan to bring the larger furniture first. Place those items where they will
more than like stay. Couch, beds, dressers...those kinds of things. If you get
the big items out of the way, you won't be tripping over things throughout the
day trying to organize.
Home Sweet Home
Make your new home your own. Fill it with things
you love that you didn't have in your previous home. It will be more
comfortable and easier to help you move on.
Thanks for reading. Until next time... Keep It "REAL"