How to Keep Your Family Calm on Moving Day – Collaboration
With a lengthy moving to-do list on top of the daily obligations that come with work, home, and children, a family move certainly has a lot of opportunities for stress. Thankfully, adding some key activities and points of planning to your moving day is a simple way to help keep everyone calm—even the family dog.
Whether you’re moving from LA to NYC or merely a few houses down, these tips will assist in keeping stress at bay for family moves both big and small.
Idle kids have busy minds, so keep them occupied on moving day. Giving your kids designated jobs can keep them engaged, make them feel more involved, and help the to-do list get completed faster.
A couple of jobs to consider include:
Goodbye Wagon. Let kids go around to well-known neighbors and hand out goodbye cards, and maybe even some treats. Get them to craft their own cards if you want to keep them extra busy
Helper. Responsible for any mix of packing boxes, labeling, carrying light items, and other odd tasks.
Photographer: Give them an old phone or disposable camera to snap photos of your moving day journey. The photos can be a great keepsake to have down the road and this activity is also a fantastic first step for teaching photography to kids.
Alternatively, a lot of stress can be negated by keeping kids and animals out of the house on moving day.
Kids. See if they can stay with a friend or family member while you empty the house. This assures you they aren’t in harm’s way. Plus, they’ll probably enjoy their time playing more than moving and this can provide an excellent opportunity for them to say a final goodbye to friends if moving further away.
Pets. Remembering to bring Fido out for walks and bathroom breaks can cut into the flow of moving day. Instead, when moving with pets you may want to consider sending your furry pal to a friend’s house, a day spa, or at the very least, keeping them confined to a single room for moving day. Animals get anxiety just like we do, and a chaotic move can be enough to make them try to flee.
Keep Boxes Organized
After a long day of moving, no one wants to be digging in a mountain of boxes for bedding and other essentials. Keeping boxes organized during your move will save you a lot of stress.
Labels. Be sure to clearly label your boxes with not just what room they belong in, but also a list of their contents. You may want to consider numbering each box and keeping a master inventory list that details what is in each one. For example, Box #3 – Kitchen clock, table centerpiece, coffee machine. This type of detailed list can also put your mind at ease if you feel like you’re missing boxes.
Essentials. Keep the essentials that get used daily confined to a couple of boxes or overnight bags. This will prevent lots of digging and frustration once you reach your destination. Consider making a bag or box for each family member that includes a couple of changes of clothes, toiletries, medications, and any comfort items, like stuffed animals or favorite toys.
Plan A Fun Car Ride
If you’re moving long-distance, keeping everyone entertained in the car will go a long way in pushing any worries out of their minds. One of the best ways to do this is by treating the journey more like a road trip. Hiring a long distance moving company will take away all the major stress out of the moving process, thereby allowing you to make the moving day a fun day for your kids and family.
Ideas for a fun car ride include:
Car Activities. Car Bingo, The License Plate Game, coloring pages, and word searches are all great for car rides. You may even want to consider making each kid a car trip binder filled with these activities and other fun printables, like Disney activity pages.
Snacks. Packing a cooler with some snacks and drinks are always recommended to ward off any hunger.
Audiobook. Try playing an audiobook that everyone can enjoy. If you have slightly older children, the Harry Potter audiobooks are wonderfully put together with lots of fun voices to distinguish between characters.
Headphones. Sometimes everyone just needs a bit of a break to unwind and do their own thing, especially on long trips.
Make A Checklist
A checklist will put your mind at ease, assuring you that you aren’t forget anything. Hopefully, you’ve had a moving checklist from the start of your moving journey, but even so, a separate moving day list is highly recommended. This keeps the day’s tasks confined to one place and really allows you to zone in on what needs to get done
Your moving day checklist may include:
- Emptying the rest of the fridge.
- Packing a car snack.
- Putting any trash bags to the curb.
- Leaving the garage door opener behind.
- Leaving behind your house keys.
- Checking your child has their blanket or stuffed animal with them in the car.
- Doing a final sweep of the home.
- Tipping movers.
- Putting curtains in new home for privacy.
There are many ways to assist your family during moving day to create a calmer transition, but it surely isn’t a one size fits all plan. While younger children may be happy to give a hand by playing photographer for the day, older children may be able to unwind best if they can step out of the house for a while. You have to decide what feels right for your family.
Moving day can be stressful, but with some planning and adjustments, you and your family can stay calm and have fun while journeying toward the newest chapter of your life.