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How to Make Your Next Move Simple and Stress-Free

Moving to a new home can be stressful.

To make it as simple and sane as possible, Consumer Reports reveals its best tips.

First, don't move what you don't want in your new home. Sell that unwanted stuff from your attic or basement at a garage sale, or online!

Plan ahead. Will your big sofa, entertainment center or other large furniture fit through the doorways of your new place? More measuring means less regret.

Don't move your food! A month before your move, stop buying frozen foods and eat what's in your fridge and freezer.

As for packing – empty suitcases, baskets and hampers should be filled with bulky or heavy items, like bedding or books.

Assign each room unique colored stickers, put them on the sides of boxes – and make a chart for your movers.

Take a picture of the back of your electronics so you can easily hook them up again. Loose wires and remotes should be tucked in a plastic bag and taped to the unit.

The same goes for anything you take apart. Keep the bits and pieces with the thing to which they had been attached.

The first night after your big move should be cozy, not chaotic. So pack the items you'll need right away in a separate bin, and move it yourself. This includes valuables, baby and pet items, toiletries, and cleaning supplies.

Most important: don't forget the bedding you'll need for a good night's sleep in your new home.

Consumer Reports advises that about a week before you move, go to USPS online and fill out your change of address information. You can the program the date that you'd like your mail to forward, so you won't miss any of your important bills or housewarming gifts.

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