Checklist for DivorcésWhether you’re still in the process of looking for a Toronto divorce lawyer or you’re getting ready to pack up your belongings and move out, you need to be prepared to establish your own household.

While things like towels, dishes and bedding are probably the last thing on your mind while you’re going through a divorce, it’s tough to live without them. If you can’t get your spouse to split them down the middle while you’re negotiating the division of your property, you’ll have to start fresh.

The New Home Checklist for Divorcés

As you’re preparing to move into a new place, you’ll have to accumulate a small stockpile of necessities, including:

  • Bath towels
  • Toiletries and bath tissue
  • Bath accessories, such as toothbrush holders, shower curtains and soap dishes
  • Pillows and cases, bed sheets and blankets
  • Pots and pans
  • Dishes, drinking glasses and flatware
  • Trash basket
  • Laundry and cleaning supplies
  • Broom, mop and vacuum cleaner
  • Clothing hangers
  • Dish soap, sponges and dish towels

These seem like simple, easy-to-remember items—but you have a lot on your mind when you’re going through a divorce. You might find it helpful to create your own list and keep it handy; that way, you can add to it when you think of something new.

Other Must-Haves for Newly Single People

Aside from furniture, which you may have been able to divide with your ex-spouse, you’ll probably need to make room for:

  • An alarm clock
  • An emergency power-outage kit (flashlight, candles, battery-operated radio and spare batteries)
  • A coffee machine

As you move forward, you can accumulate the other items you need to live comfortably. These “starter” items are hard to live without (particularly the bath towels), though, so if you have time to plan ahead before leaving your marital home, it’s a good idea to get a head start on gathering them.

Talk to your Toronto divorce lawyer about negotiating small items with your soon-to-be ex. If it’s possible, you’ll save some time and money getting the bare necessities, making your transition that much easier.