There are few things as stressful and exhausting as moving day. Packing and unpacking, making sure everything arrives in one piece and gets delivered to the right room. When it’s all over, you just want to fall into bed and pass out … except, now you have to find your sheets, your PJs and your toothbrush, and who knows where they are in the sea of boxes! Packing an “essentials box” is a great way to combat some of the chaos of the first day in a new home, and it’s invaluable for children and pets, who are dealing with a lot of emotions and unfamiliarity. Once it’s packed, hand-carry it to your new house so it doesn’t get misplaced. It’s a great idea I learned from my friend Laurie March (AKA The House Counselor) who has moved many of her clients from place to place and has learned a thing or two. Convenience and comfort in a box — that’s a smooth move.