How to Stay Sain Moving the Whole Family

Updated on January 15, 2022

At some point in your life, you started as a young and happy couple with just a bag of clothes at your rented apartment. As time was flying your happy family has been growing bigger and now you are facing a lack of space and privacy. You’ve probably already found a Perfect New Home at a Wonderful Location for your Happy Family and started to discuss a Big Move. Before you make any decisions check out where you can find a full list of moving companies operating in your area, catch some tips and hacks on moving, or find out how to organize a DIY move.  

Make a Plan of your Move

You’ll have to make a checklist of things to be done for a successful move. That should include:

  • Sorting out things into three categories: 1) to be taken to a new home, 2) to be prepared for a garage sale, 3) to be donated.
  • Making decisions on your vehicles. Do you want to have them shipped, drive to your new home, or sell one/all of them?  
  • Arranging an estimate from a moving company. That should be done AFTER you decide on the list of things you take with you so that you don’t estimate the things that will be left behind after all. 
  • Setting a Moving Day. When doing that give yourself enough time to prepare your move properly. Usually, add one more week to the date you initially find acceptable.
  • Filing all necessary moving paperwork. Do not forget to check the insurance and Bill of Landing. Make sure your children’s school is informed about your move and their paperwork is ready.
  • Changing your postal address. That might take a while so file for it at least 2-3 weeks before your move.
  • Researching the moving requirements of both your old and new community. Be prepared for two extra weeks of quarantine at your new accommodation. Make sure you can have them off without any harm to your work or school process if needed.

Get all of your family involved in your move

It might sound like another pain but it really is better to create everybody a job in your move rather than watching your kids getting bored and testing their limits with you. Make everybody responsible for something. The older kids can help you reassembling the furniture, packing garden supplies, wrapping gadgets, and other equipment with bubble paper or soft towels and blankets. Juniors may be given three boxes each signed “MY THINGS /name/”, “MY CLOTHES /name”, “TO A GARAGE SALE” to be properly filled in. Make them responsible for a good garage sale. That’ll add some cash to your moving budget and eliminate your packing and moving costs. With little ones, you’ll probably have to arrange to babysit for a Big Packing Day and a Big Moving Day.

Your pets are also moving!

When you change your home address, don’t forget to make the necessary amendments to your pet’s chip. Find out what vet is highly rated in your new community and prepare all the required pet paperwork to become their client. During the long and complicated moving process, your pets can feel lonely and confused. Make sure that one family member (kids preferably) is responsible for the pets. That should include feeding, walking, bathing, etc. talk to your children in a serious manner. Explain that it is important to try to keep the normal routine for your pets. Otherwise, they would feel abandoned and it would be better to find a different loving home for them.

Arrange some family quality time during your move

Once you get involved in this long and far from easy relocation process it is easy to forget the initial goal of it behind all those details and stressful issues of arranging, reassembling, packing, deciding… And the initial goal of this whole moving idea was to move to a New Happy Home for your Happy Family. It is good to remind yourself and your family about it once in a while. Don’t skip family holidays and special occasions, arrange family dinners (doesn’t have to be anything complicated), ask your spouse out to share the evening away from your relocation issues. And here we face the time needed for a stress-free move. Don’t cut yourself very close. Give yourself at least 5-6 weeks to make all the right decisions so that you do not regret it later on.

Follow the safety requirements during your move

Request the amendments done by your moving company in connection with the COVID-19 outbreak. During the pandemic, it would be a good idea to limit your contacts. It can be done in two ways:

  1. You may file up to 50% of your relocation paperwork online. While doing that, remember to verify the signatures of everyone who signs the document. Do not sign any paper if you don’t understand it completely. Print out all your paperwork and keep it in a file for the whole period or your relocation. And even long after it. Keep it safe and handy at least till you safely settle down at the new place.
  2. Another way to limit unwanted contacts is to rent a PODS container at You may load it yourself and use it for storage if your new community’s COVID-19 regulation requires a 14-days quarantine before you can unpack your belongings. The containers come in different sizes and they are ground level so you won’t need a ramp to load it.

Do not try to make your move perfect

The history of moving doesn’t know any 100% perfect moving cases. Don’t try to be the one. There are so many things to be foreseen that making everything perfect seems to be an impossible task that will only add up to your nerves. Let yourself make mistakes and try not to worry about things that are out of your control. Like a weather forecast, delayed moving crew, broken vase… all this may happen but don’t let it ruin your way to your New Happy Home with your Happy Family.  

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