Moving from one place to another is a big task. However, this task gets exponentially more complicated with the more people you have to be moving. So when you have a full family’s worth of people and things to pack up and move into a new home, the term “it takes a village” brings on a whole new meaning. So to help ensure that you’re able to get everything done and settle into your new home quickly and efficiently, here are three tips for preparing your family for a big move.
Make Lists Your New Best Friends
As soon as you know that you’re going to be moving, Diane Schmidt, a contributor to The Spruce, recommends that you immediately start making lists of things that you need to do and take care of to get your move completed. By creating lists that you can accomplish, both for your short-term needs and your longer-term needs, you’ll be able to have a certain peace of mind that only comes from knowing that you’re not forgetting anything. Additionally, having lists will also make it easier if you have friends or family members who want to help you with your move, as you can now give them something straight from your list to take care of for you.
Consider Holding A Moving Sale
Packing up and moving all the belongings for each member of your family can seem like an insurmountable task. One thing you can do to make this a little easier is to eliminate some of the things you’d have to pack and move through having a moving sale. To help get your kids on board with this idea, Katherine Neer, a contributor to HowStuffWorks.com, suggests that you tell your kids that you’ll spend whatever money is made on something fun for the family, like a new TV for your new house or an outdoor toy for everyone to play with.
Get Involved In Your New Community Before You Even Get There
Not only should you by tying up all the loose ends at your old home, but it’s just as important that you start unfolding your new life in your new home as well. To help with this, Allison Bisbey Colter, a contributor to HGTV.com, advises that you start getting yourself and your kids involved in their new school and community as soon as you can, even before you get there if possible. This will help to give you and your children opportunities to meet new people and make a few friends that you can all feel connected to and supported by after you’ve officially moved in.
If your family will be undertaking a big move soon, consider using the tips mentioned above to help make this transition go over much smoother.