The last thing you will really want to do is move lots of food especially fresh/frozen food.
You will no doubt have tried to use up as much as possible in the cupboards before moving day, and as such you will have minimal foods once in your new house.
Its therefore worth taking some stress away and organising an online food delivery** for day 2 of your move. That way you know that you will be able to stock up without leaving the house, and you only have to sort out food for moving day and the morning after.
Getting your kids involved as much as possible. For the younger ones make a game out of it; like who can pack their toys the fastest. Labeling the boxes can be fun too. Take them to a dollar store, craft store or teacher supply store and let them pick out fun stickers that they can put on the boxes to represent it is theirs. They can also pick out other stickers to help mark the boxes for the rest of the house.
So heres a summary of what are some very useful moving tips (from moving companies in Calgary) :
I am not an advocate of off site storage, as it usually ends up costing money to store all the things we really dont need but when it comes to moving house there is good reason to use it under certain circumstances.
Often we want to do work on our new house pretty soon after moving in.
If this is the case with you, then why not consider moving some furniture etc.. into storage to make redecorating / re-carpeting etc.. easier?
You could use a storage company**, or your removals company can often store your items for you on a rolling monthly basis, which can ease the strain of having to move everything around to accommodate trades people etc
Decluttering your home is a massive job in itself, and this is a job only you can do.
As such, why not take the strain off a little and get the removals to do what they are best at and thats to pack everything up for you.
For me, its a no-brainer for so many reasons:
They will be insured for any breakages
They can do this SO quickly! (its great to watch the experts in action!)
It usually doesnt cost a lot (a lot less than I imagined it would cost), and when you are talking about the cost of moving I think its an expense thats well worth it.
It frees you up to oversee everything
They supply all boxes and packaging which will save you time and expense
In a similar vein to packing a special box for each child, you should also think about packing a box for you on the first night.
Consider adding things like:
Corkscrew you will probably want to raise a glass in the new house!
Tea / Coffee / Milk
basically anything that you feel you will need pretty much immediately on arriving at your new home.
This will make the first night a lot easier.