The Best Way to Move a Big Family

The Best Way to Move a Big Family

 

Home is where the heart is and this is doubly true when a big family lives under one roof.  It could be a three-generation household or a blended family, it really doesn’t matter – big families are full of the energy and excitement that make a house a home.

 

However, moving a big family can be a bit of a challenge.  Heck, it can be almost as complicated as a major military operation.  With that in mind, here is an overview on the best way to move a big family.

 

Getting Prepared

 

One of the biggest challenges to moving is getting prepared.   Now, I am not only talking about getting the packing supplies you need and cataloging everything but rather preparing the family to make the move.  For example, teenage children will be upset about leaving their friends, while younger children will be more concerned about the unknowns.  

 

Even moms and dads will need to prepare themselves.  Maybe it is the preparation for a new job but don’t forget needing to rally the troops and manage the move to make sure nothing goes missing along the way – which, by the way, is almost certain to happen.

 

A big part of getting prepared is to square away the costs of the move.  This way you won’t need to worry about breaking the budget.  As such, you will want to get a moving quote very early in the process.  In addition, you can ask the moving company to come in and explain how their service will work – maybe they can even give a presentation to the entire family.

 

Minimize the Pain

 

If we are being honest with ourselves, then you will have to admit that you don’t like moving.  I mean who does?  In fact, the only enjoyable move that I can think of is when I moved out of home and into college but beyond that, almost every move in my life has been a chore.

 

One big way to minimize the pain is to clearly communicate your expectations to everyone in the family.  This way, everyone will have a job to do and all the pitching in will help to bring the family even closer.

 

Just remember to put the project management skills you learned at work to good use by making a schedule and placing it in a central location.  Doing so will help to ensure that everyone knows what their role is.  An added plus is that you won’t need to spend as much time chasing cats – I mean kids.

 

Have Fun

 

Laughter truly is contagious, even when you are during a move.  As mentioned, above you want to make sure that everyone knows what their role should be.  But remember, you don’t want to be the task master.  Instead, make it fun for everyone.  After all, moving should be about closing one door to open another.

Other fun activities can be scavenger hunts, and if possible, taking the kids to the new neighborhood.  In this way, they can familiarize themselves with their new home.

 

Another important aspect to having fun during your move is to not procrastinate.  Start getting everything in place early on so that you, and the rest of the family, will not need to stress during crunch time.

 

Make a List and Check It Twice

 

As mentioned, things tend to go missing when you move.  The best way to make sure this does not happen to you is to make a list.  Start by asking everyone to identify everything that they want to take with them.  This can start by color coding everything in the house so that it is easy to know what will stay and what will go.

 

From there, you will want put together a written list which will note the object, where it is now, and where it should go in your new home.  This will help not only to organize how you pack but to make sure that nothing gets lost along the way.

 

Prioritize

 

Make sure the things that you need on your first night are within arm’s reach.  Take my word for it, you don’t want to show up and find out that your bedding set is in some truck which won’t arrive for another week.  So, use your list to identify what you will need on the first night and make sure you set this aside to either take with you or pack so that it is the first items that come off the moving truck.

Moving with Kids in Tow – How to Avoid Moving-Day Blues

Moving with Kids in Tow – How to Avoid Moving-Day Blues

Moving was hard during your college years, but with kids in tow? That comes with challenges that many a parent would wish away if they could. With a million details to see to, is it unrealistic to hope for a scream-free moving day?

 

Some savvy parents have suggested sending your kids to be with relatives during the height of your move. But not everyone has relatives close enough or capable of pulling babysitting duty. If you fall in that category, Mom and Dad, we’ve got you covered. Read on for a battle plan to get you through the chaos of a move without losing your cool.

  1. Breaking the news.

 

Properly preparing your kids can be the difference in helping them cope and experience an easier transition. How far in advance should you break the news? From 3-4 weeks will give you both time and space to deal with the emotional fallout well enough in advance of moving day.

 

Fear of the unknown is a common trouble for adults and kids alike. The way to help alleviate this type of anxiety is by providing as much information as you can. Pull up maps of your new area. Research restaurants, shops, parks, the new school, and other points of interest.

 

  1. Hire professionals.

 

Gone are the days when all your belongings could fit in the back trunk of your Volvo. Neither should you try. Professional movers can ease much of the stress associated with moving and allow you to deal with the finer points that only you can take care of. According to this Beverly Hills moving company, “You also want movers with lots of experience who will show you how to pack and then come to your home and move all of your items fast and without any breakage problems. The right movers can make all the difference.”

 

  1. Scheduling it right.

 

Even with professional movers hired for moving day, you’re still the mastermind who has to make all the pieces come together. Take a hint from successful people from all walks of life – scheduling tasks is the way to go.

 

As far as 4 weeks out, start a schedule as to what needs to be done each week prior to your move. And then create and schedule tasks for after the move. Having a master schedule that everyone in the family can see and refer to, and add to as needed, will keep everyone on the same page and minimize conflicts.

  1. Pack one overnight bag per child.

 

It’s a rare move where something doesn’t go missing at some point. Even with the most organized mover at the helm, chances are high that you’ll have a child or two complain about not being able to find some item. They need it immediately and can’t live another moment without it.

A week prior to moving day, start up a list of what should go into your kid’s overnight bag. Even with children old enough to get a bag like this ready, double check the contents just in case. Essentials include personal entertainment devices, snacks, PJs, their toothbrush, etc.

  1. Have a fail-proof meal plan for feeding the team.

Moving blues have been known to come to a breaking point amid the chaos and uncertainty of a new place. Tempers can flare when dinners are pushed back because you can’t find the box the plates were packed in. No one is in a sane frame of mind when stomachs are growling. With so much going on to set up your home, you might not be up for cooking full on meals for a couple of days after you arrive. Cut yourself some slack and have takeout numbers ready. Or find a family-friendly restaurant to eat out at. Having a solid plan of what you’ll do for food for the first couple of days will spare you a good number of meltdowns – we promise.

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