When moving with a big family, it can be a challenge for both your family and your movers. To be prepared for such a move, we assembled several ways that you can efficiently prepare and pack your family belongings ahead of moving day.
1. Understand the Types of Stress
Some of the best tips for moving include understanding the two main types of stress during a move – physical and psychological. To reduce physical stress, organize and pack while still maintaining your normal routine. To reduce psychological stress, find a way to help your family work through the change of the move. Although a move may cause stress, help your family adjust by focusing on the benefits of the move, such as the chance for new adventures, a bigger space, nicer weather, etc.
2. Organize and Plan Ahead
When you organize and plan your move ahead of time, it will significantly reduce your stress on moving day and when you are unpacking in your new home.
When preparing your family to move, it is important that you communicate to your children. Children get attached to their home, their friends, and their memories, and the thought of moving can be difficult. In a large family, you can all work together to manage this emotional process. Whenever possible, help your children to understand the benefits and opportunities the move provides. Easing your children’s minds to the relocation as much as possible before the move makes it easier on moving day.
3. Think of the Details
As you plan a move in the state, or even across the country, consider important details you may be missing. Look into schools, local shopping, entertainment options that your family will enjoy, and local parks or athletic clubs to sign up your family for recreational activities. The more you note things ahead of time, the more there is to look ahead to and less to worry about once you get to your new home.
4. Moving Is a Game
While some may think a large family is a headache, you know that it is a well-oiled machine! Working together to complete the task at hand you can make moving fun for your entire family by turning the packing process into a game. One game is a race to pack: place a box in each family member’s room intended for a specific item (clothing, for example), and give them three minutes to pack the box. It may not be the prettiest packing, but your kids will enjoy the process. Packing alone is a huge task, but making it a fun event for the whole family can help the time go by faster. It also helps you declutter before the big move!
5. Declutter and Clean House
As you are surely aware, a big family can collect a lot of clothing and toys, sometimes much more than everyone needs. As you go through the packing process, make a space to place stuff to donate or sell, a space to throw away, and a space to keep. This process can help you declutter ahead of moving into your new home. You can also earn some extra money and help out a charity with your donation!
6. Make an Inventory
Establishing and referencing an inventory list while you pack your old home and unpack in your new home can save you a lot of headaches. Using a color coding system to organize which boxes and items go into your new home using a floor plan will also make your move a lot easier.
7. Use Technology for Your Move
Keep your chargers handy to keep your phone, tablet or laptops accessible during the moving process. This allows you to reference your inventory, moving tips and moving plan in case you need to make changes. You can also pull up maps, lodging, and food establishments when you need this information on the trip. The last thing you want to do is end up on the road and find you packed your charger or devices in a box two rows into the moving truck!
8. Keep Items You Need Close
Just as you do not want your electronic devices too far away, you do not want other things you need stored where you cannot get to them. Pack a travel bag that includes clothing and toiletries. You may also want to bring a cooler with picnic items along and cash in case there are places that do not accept credit cards.
9. Entertain the Kids on the Road
Moving is boring for kids. They need something to help keep their attention. Avoid letting them spend hours on a tablet, and give them some games and activities they can do together and you can do as a family. Avoid the typical “Are we there yet?” every two minutes.
10. Don’t Let the Cost Stress You
On the Go Moving is an affordable moving service that can safely move your entire family. We can provide you with a free consultation and quote for your move. Don’t let the costs and options for moving cause you stress – let us find you the best price and plan for your move.
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We hope some of these house moving tips help you. Let On the Go Moving be your dependable moving company to help relocate your family amidst your busy schedule. Contact us today for a free consultation and estimate.