#1 Tip for Having a Chaos-Free Move

If you have ever moved to a new home, then you probably remember what chaos it was. You spent months with boxes littering your home as you tried to pack up all of your worldly belongings. In one long day, they were loaded into a moving truck and then unloaded into your new home. Then began the process of unpacking. You had to tear open boxes looking for the most crucial items, and lug everything around. By the end of the first 3 hours, every muscle in your body was aching.

Moving does NOT have to be like this. And it doesn’t even take rocket science of a big monetary investment to make moving less chaotic. All you need is this simple tip:

Color Code Your Boxes!

If you don’t use color coded labels on your boxes, then the movers will just put them down in the first room in your new home. That means you will have to carry all of the boxes to their right place. Unless these boxes are labeled, then you won’t even know where to take them.

By contrast, if you just smack a colored stick on boxes in one room, you can tell the movers “put all of the Green sticker boxes in the kitchen, all of the pink sticker boxes in the master bedroom.”


Devising a color coding system for your moving boxes is very easy. Just go to any office supply store and pick up some color stickers. You will need as many colors as rooms you have. Then assign each room its own color.

On moving day, let the movers know about your color coding system. You can put one of the color stickers on each door so the movers can easily see which colors go where.

Tip: The color coding system works even better if you take some time to organize your home before packing. Spend a few days to make sure every item is in its proper room. So, those scissors your daughter borrowed for her school project will need to go back into the office. The tools in the junk drawer will need to go back into the garage. The toys strewn around your home will go back into the playroom.

This will make it much easier to pack by room. Otherwise, you will have to waste a lot of time walking around your new home when unpacking to return those items to their rightful places.

Important Advice about Relocating with Children during a Divorce

Moving to a new home after getting divorced is a way to start fresh in a new place, without all of those bad memories which come with the house. However, there are a lot of issues which come with relocating with children during a divorce. Here are some of the important things to keep in mind.

Try Not to Relocate Until After the Divorce
If it can be avoided, try not to relocate until after the divorce is finalized. The judge will always put the welfare of the children first, and you might even not be awarded custody if your ex argues that your move shows you don’t have the best interest of the children at heart.

Gather Evidence as to Why the Move Will Benefit the Children
Each state has different rules regarding what is in the best interest of the child in regards to relocation during a divorce. Even in the same state, judges can interpret situations very differently. If you absolutely must move, then you better be able to give evidence as to how the move will benefit the children. It isn’t enough to say you will be getting a higher salary. Some ways that a child could benefit from moving are:
• Better schools
• More benefits from the new job
• Family members in the area of the new home
• Reduced need for babysitter
• Higher salary will improve conditions of life (again, prove why – the pay increase isn’t reason enough!)

You Will Feel Guilty
No matter how many good reasons you have for moving, you will at some point feel guilty for uprooting your children and relocating. And your friends, family, and the judge will also contribute to these feelings of guilt! Some will say you are only doing it to spite your ex, and don’t have the best interest of the child at heart. Before you let the guilt overwhelm you, remember that there is no winner in the situation. It is always going to be a trade-off between your child’s immediate needs and your need to move on. Try to think of the longer-term picture, as the pain and confusion of the divorce will eventually pass.

Come Up with a Parenting Plan
If you are moving far away from your ex, then you obviously won’t be able to do weekly visits. You will have much more luck getting approval by the judge for the relocation if you can come up with a good parenting plan – such as visitations during certain holidays and during school breaks. Try to talk to your ex about the arrangements and maybe your ex won’t even contest the move.

Questions to Ask before Hiring a Moving Company

Are you using professional movers for your next move? Don’t hire a moving company until you’ve asked them these questions!

  1. What is your DOT number?

The DOT number is the license number given by the US Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). You can use this number to check out the moving company’s license status and insurance at safersys.org.

  1. What moving insurance is offered?

All moving companies are required to have basic insurance coverage for items, which is based on the weight of your goods (usually 65 cents per pound of goods). Obviously, this isn’t going to come out in your favor if your expensive flat screen TV gets damaged! See if they offer any other moving insurance and what the conditions are.

  1. How many movers will the move take?

Pay attention to this! One moving company may have a slightly higher hourly rate, but have more movers – meaning the job should get done faster so the move actually costs less.

  1. What items won’t they transport?

Movers won’t transport items like paint, gas, household cleaners, and flammable items. Some movers have other restrictions so ask about this!

  1. What equipment do they use for moving?

A good moving company will have equipment to make the job go faster, such as lifts and dollies. Choose the moving company with the best equipment, even if they are slightly more expensive, as they will get the job done faster and with less damages.

  1. What subcontractors do they use?

Depending on the type of services, the moving company may perform all services themselves. However, it is common for them to use subcontractors for services like vehicle transportation, piano moving, and even packing services.

  1. What extra costs can I expect?

Moving companies will often charge extra for things like:

  • Stairs
  • Long carry (parking far from the door)
  • Elevators
  • Parking
  • Storage in transit
  • Fuel
  • Disassembling furniture

Be sure you understand exactly what moving services are included in the contract, and how much extra services will cost you!