But fear not, because, with a little bit of planning and a handy moving checklist as your sidekick, you can make the move to your new home a breeze! To help you out, we’ve put together some fun and fabulous tips to get your family ready for the big move. So, put on your superhero cape, grab a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine), and let’s get started!
Start planning early so that you have enough time to get everything done. Using a moving checklist will keep you on track, and organized, and ensure that you don’t forget anything important. Need assistance with the organization? Our 2024 family organizer can help you stay on track.
Let’s be honest: Decluttering is daunting, especially for kids who may have a hard time letting go of their belongings. But involving them can help them feel more invested in the move and make the transition easier. Here are some tips to encourage your kids to declutter before moving:
- Start early: Give your kids plenty of time to go through their belongings and decide what to keep and what to get rid of. It’s best to start the decluttering process several weeks before the move so you’re not rushed.
- Make it fun: Decluttering shouldn’t be boring! Turn it into a game or a challenge. For example, you could set a timer and see how many items your kids can donate or sell in 15 minutes.
- Focus on the benefits: Discuss how decluttering can help your kids. Explain that it will make the move easier and that they’ll have more space in their new home for new toys or games.
- Lead by example: Show your kids that you’re willing to let go of items you no longer need or use. This will encourage them to do the same.
- Discuss donations: Have an honest conversation with your kids about passing along belongings to others. They may feel good about spreading happiness to those less fortunate, and it’s a great way to nurture their compassion for others.
- Be understanding: Give your kids the space to have a hard time letting go of certain items. Listen to their concerns and why they may be attached to certain items.
By involving your kids in the decluttering process and making it a fun and positive experience, you can help them feel more prepared and excited for your move!
Packing is a drag — there are so many things we’d rather be doing! To make it easier, ensure you have plenty of packing supplies and pack smart. Label boxes clearly, color-code certain items, and pack essential items separately to easily find them when you arrive at your new home.
Ask for Help
Sure, moving will probably help you get your steps in for the day, but that also means it’s exhausting. Don’t be afraid to ask your extended family or friends for help. Your support system should be happy to help — even if you need to drop the kids off for a day!
Remember: You matter. Busy moms need self-care, too. Take care of yourself during the moving process and find the space to relax when things get overwhelming. Make sure you get plenty of rest, eat well, and take breaks when you need them.
Moving to a new home can be a challenging experience, but don’t worry, you’ve got this! With a bit of planning and preparation, you can make the process easier and less stressful for you and your family. Don’t forget to use a moving checklist to keep you on track and organized. By following these tips and seeking out some extra help, if needed, you can help ensure a smooth transition to your new home. Best of luck with your move!