Moving to a new home is a time-consuming and complicated process because you’re packing up an entire house of belongings. If you’re relocating, here are a few tips for moving with your family to make the transition to a new home smooth and successful.
1. Declutter the House Before Moving with Your Family
Don’t pack and transport junk that you no longer need. Declutter the house several weeks in advance to minimize what you take with you to the new property. You’ll waste time, energy, and money transporting unnecessary items that will clutter your new house. Toss or donate items that haven’t been used in the last year. Host a garage sale to earn funds that you can put towards the cost of moving.
2. When Moving with Your Family, Color-Code Each Room
Save time and keep your moving boxes organized by color-coding each room. Color-coding will let you know at a glance where each box belongs in the new house. For example, use red for the kitchen, yellow for the master bedroom, and allow each child to choose the color for their room. Use colored duct tape to seal each box and a marker in the same color to label the contents.
3. Pack a Bag of Essentials
There are items that you’ll want to have on hand during the moving process. Assemble a bag or tote of items that you will need before you reach your destination. Pack medications, snacks, toilet paper, plastic plates and utensils, important documents, keys to the new house, and games to keep your children entertained.
4. Stick to a Schedule When Moving with Your Family
Sticking to a schedule helps your children be more at ease while moving by providing consistency amidst the chaos. Keep your usual routine, like eating at the same time each day or taking a nap in the afternoon. Have a few items that help your children feel secure (maybe their favorite teddy bear or a blanket they love) within reach to offer something familiar during the move.
5. Hire a Sitter
When transporting your items out of your house and into the moving truck, enlist a family member or hire a sitter to watch your kids and pets. A sitter can keep your children safe and occupied in a room of the house or take them to visit a nearby park.
Creating a plan and staying organized makes relocating easier. When you’re moving with your family, plan ahead to cover all the bases as you get settled into your new home.