Moving is hard.
It takes a great deal of effort to pick and start again. Plus, there’s often an emotional aspect to moving which can make things especially challenging.
However, here are a few moving tips and tricks that anyone can use to help their move go more smoothly. Below are five things you can do to prepare for an easy move.
1. Tell Your Family as Soon as Possible
People need time to appropriately process information and emotions.
Your family will benefit from having as much time as possible to prepare emotionally, mentally, and practically. Moves are stressful. Holding back information about an upcoming move is almost guaranteed to make the ordeal more stressful.
Time can either be a resource or a burden. An easy move makes the most of it.
The best moves come with several weeks of planning before the big day. That way, plans can be adapted if need be, and seamlessly executed the day of.
2. Organize Your Easy Move
Even if time is not on your side, taking a moment to create a plan is crucial.
Having a plan eliminates guesswork and uncertainty. Removing that uncertainty makes things a lot easier.
Develop a transportation plan. What size truck will both your new and old neighborhoods allow? Will the new dwelling be big enough hold all your possessions and furniture?
When is the ideal time to move?
Develop a packing system.
Prioritize possessions by focusing on the possible impacts of not being able to take certain things with you. Also, figure out what you’ll need every day while living in your old house. It may be prudent to box up canned goods a few days before loading the truck rather than the bathroom tissue.
There are numerous tricks to simplifying the actual move.
3. Everyone Needs a Job
All family members can make contributions to the move. Having more people working on the same goal makes that goal more attainable. Plus, it’s a great way to teach your children about responsibility and preparation.
Family members who resent the move can also be convinced to “own” some portion of the experience. Having a meaningful task helps the family member become invested in some way.
4. Get the Right Kind of Help
There is nothing wrong in admitting that help is needed.
Working with the professionals can save you save time, money, emotions, and stress.
Consider finding a sitter to handle young children or pets to ensure they aren’t underfoot. Professional movers remove the additional stress of physical exertions — and possibly the stress of a back surgery.
5. The Kids Will Be Alright
Children especially are at risk to suffer from a move. They may not want to leave their school, their neighborhood, and especially the friends that they’ve made. Children look to guardians for comfort and insight on how to handle the situation.
Children are also resilient. But they will likely follow your lead in how to handle the situation. So, you need to stay strong.
But when you need help being strong, consider hiring a professional mover to do the heavy lifting so you can focus on your family having an easy moving experience.