Its always worth setting up mail forwarding from your old address, and I advise doing this for 1 year.
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 Calgary movers cost) :
Does everything fit your new home?
Furniture that is in your existing home may well not fit into your new home, and its best to know this up front so you can sell it / donate it before you move.
Take some time to measure doorways etc and work out whether the larger items of furniture (your sofa/dresser etc) will fit into your new space.
There would be nothing worse than leaving a sofa on the front garden on moving day!
TIP This is also an useful exercise for working out whether you have suitable space for all your furniture. If you are downsizing its worth working out what can and cannot fit into your new home, and sorting these out before moving day
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.