When you have a move, there is an opportunity to take a contemplative look at what you have in your home. A new space is a fresh start. The opportunity is right there to only put things in boxes that truly matter. It will control costs and make your life, and your mover’s lives, much happier. The question is what to keep? Here are a few things that we have learned, over the years, are important to hold on to.

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1. Family Heirlooms
Photos and documents that tie your family together are likely things that you will want to keep. That means keeping your devastating teen photos rocking a mullet that can be used for blackmail if leaked to the public. Your children and grandchildren will thank you.

2. Furniture
You need a place to sleep and sit, so make sure you take some furniture with you. In the future, you may want to completely refurnish your new home, but it takes time to figure out what’s best for your needs and space. It may feel like student living, but it’s a short-term pain for long-term gain.

3. Dishes
The right dinnerware can make a huge difference in food presentation and in projecting your own unique personality. Dinnerware should go beyond function, as it should communicate the overall ambiance and theme of your home for a more inclusive and impressive dining experience.

4. Clothes
The Vancouver climate is frenetic! Cold. Hot. Wet. Dry. We suggest that you pack clothes with you. Familiar and comfortable clothes will help you transition to your new home. One suggestion, especially if you are an avid follower of fashion, is culling a few items that you haven’t worn in over a year.

5. Toys
Toys are an important lifeline for families during a change. Make sure that kids have their favourite books, dolls and toys to play with. It’s the perfect stress buster and babysitter for everyone.

For more resources on making the most of your move, we recommend Konmari’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Happy packing and moving!