It’s a fact that any relocation can be a challenge. Now that you have a whole family to move, expect the challenge to be even more significant. Even the most organized individuals could use some packing and organizational tips when getting ready to pack their whole life and relocate with their family. So, whether you are moving long-distance or to another neighborhood, it’s essential to start planning and organizing the right way. Luckily, we are here to help you with that. We created a list of tasks you should do before, during, and after the process to stay organized when moving with your family. Enjoy reading!
What to do before, during, and after the move
Home moving is by itself a daunting process, and it sometimes seems like an impossible mission with kids. Since families usually thrive on routine, a big step like this might throw everyone out of balance. Especially if you have a newborn, this is a hard process since you will need to take care of your baby while being present entirely and on top of your relocation task. Therefore, here are some things you can do prior to moving to make things run smoothly.
Before the move
Create a plan and make a timetable
Once you decide to move, it is essential to let your kids know. It would be helpful to hold a family meeting and help your kids familiarize themselves with the process ahead of all of you. Also, you will be able to get input on what they find essential during this situation.
Additionally, creating an organized moving calendar that everyone can see will give you an even more sense of control. This way, you will have all the complicated and minor processes that need to be tackled right in front of you. You can even let your kids check off the completed task and give them more sense of control. For example, the duties to include in the calendar could be some of the following: booking professional movers, visiting the new community, researching schools and kindergartens, ordering packing supplies, scheduling daycare for the moving day, etc.
Get rid of as much as possible
It’s always helpful to declutter your possessions while packing the ones that will surely go with you. People usually hold a garage sale or donate the belongings they no longer need. Of course, don’t forget to make the trash pile for everything that no one can use any longer.
Pack early and to it properly
If you have enough time, it would be good to start packing early. Doing it right means getting the supplies on time, labeling it correctly, and even creating an inventory of each box you pack. The usual rule is to go room by room when packing. However, if you are short on time and have other obligations, you can consider hiring professional packing services. The good news is that they are pretty affordable and will ease a lot of unnecessary stress.
Include your kids and incorporate some fun
Change doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. It’s the perspective that counts. So even if the decision to move isn’t a happy one for you, it’s vital to have a positive attitude in front of your kids.
Luckily, there are ways you can use to incorporate fun activities in your relocation process and make it an adventure for your kids. For example, you can have them draw the way they want their new room to look. Additionally, you can have a competition on who can pack faster.
It’s also important to realize that your kids might not always feel excited throughout the process. They might feel anxious at times too. When you notice that, make sure you talk to them and have them focused on the trip. Make sure you plan some exciting adventures in the city of your relocation to keep the kids excited.
During the move
Organize daycare for the moving day
Be sure you will be busy on your relocation day. There will be a lot going on. So, if you have a trusted friend or a family member, or a babysitter, it would be good to call them to keep your kids occupied that day.
Doing this is a win-win situation since you will ensure things are running smoothly, keeping them from any stressful situation (hopefully, there aren’t any). In addition, they will remember the moving day as having fun.
If you cannot do any of this for some reason, it would be good to give a task to your kid. For example, they can be in charge of the drinks for the moving crew or playing with pets while the movers are around the house.
Keep essential things with you
By this, we don’t only mean your money and important documents, but your kid’s favorite stuffed toys too. You have probably heard of some horror-moving stories when people have forgotten their kid’s favorite teddy, which led to the child crying for a week.
This step goes for everything, a must-have item and will help you stay organized when moving with your family. Those things can be medicine, important documents, jewelry, and so on. You want to avoid the scenario of these things being put in the wrong box and have them with you all the time.
After the move
Things not to forget
Cleaning is a must once you move to your new home, especially nowadays, since we are in the middle of a global pandemic. However, there are many things we all omit to do after the move. Therefore, we advise you to make a list of post-moving activities, like decoration plans, renovations, so you can keep track of your tasks as time passes. The list will give you a straightforward overview of what needs to be done, the same as when you started planning your moving process. This time, however, you don’t need to rush as much.
Take your time unpacking
You should make sure you get your child’s room in order before focusing on the rest of the house. This will give them a sense of familiarity.
However, even if you feel rushed to settle in, unpack, and make your home feel cozy, it doesn’t necessarily mean your kids will enjoy it too. They might not need a perfect house to feel at home. Instead, invest your time in having some outings around the new neighborhood and get to know the place. This will help your kids adjust, and hopefully, help you relax.
Meet the neighbors
Go for the before-dinner walks around your new neighborhood. This will not only help you and your kids familiarize themselves with the place, but they will probably encounter some kids their age. Also, if you are open to new connections, your kids will pick that up from you and easily make new friends.
Final thoughts on how to stay organized when moving with your family
Once you put all the to-do steps on paper, it will be easier to stay organized when moving with your family. We hope our guide helps you along the way in relocating, especially during these difficult times. Happy moving!
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