Moving Tips For The Whole Family

By | December 30, 2015

Moving time has come again and as many times as you may have moved in your life, does it still seem like you are still running around at the last minute and throwing whatever you can find into a box just to get it on a moving van? Sometimes it seems like we want our move to be an opportunity to organize and get rid of unwanted things. However, before you know it, when you move into your new home, you wonder why there are so many unwanted things that were moved even if you did start the packing process early. As life moves on, what you have to move also changes. Maybe you have young kids or a few pets that you have to plan for. This article will discuss some great moving tips that include planning your move, how to move with young children, and how to move if you have a pet(s).

 

The process of moving is never any fun. At least if you keep a good perspective of what you will experience after it is all said and done, such as moving to a nicer location, then it will make the process go a lot faster and easier. In the following article by The Denver Post, they discuss some useful tips that you can use when you have to plan your move:

Start early

No matter how good you are, packing always takes longer than you think. Start two or three weeks before moving day. Pack items you use least first. I always start with china and books.

Pack strategically

Mark the boxes you know you will need first with a star or other symbol. Put belongings you will want on Day One — sheets, towels, toiletries, change of clothes — in a suitcase or clothes hamper for easy access.

Don’t be a heavy

Many self-movers think a large box is for big heavy stuff, but the opposite is true. Fill large boxes with light stuff, and put heavy items, like books, in small boxes.

Don’t pack air

Many folks empty dressers and chests before they move. Don’t. This adds to packing time, and wastes usable truck space. Leave dressers full. If a chest is empty, fill it with linens, said Howell. You will also get less load shift. Likewise, don’t pack empty suitcases. Fill them.

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Moving takes time and as this article mentions, be sure to give yourself enough time to move. Also, do not want to sort through things after you move. It is better to give yourself even more time knowing that you have to get organized and then you won’t waste time and money moving something that you don’t need. Make sure that you label everything and once you get to your new home, you have some idea of where each box should go.

If you haven’t moved with a pet then there are some tips that you can follow so that the move isn’t hard on you or your pet. In the following article by the American Humane Society, they discuss some things to consider before you move:

  • Prior to moving day, make sure your pets are fitted with collars and ID tags with your name and current cell-phone number. Microchipping is also recommended and will serve as a backup if your pet loses its collar.
  • If your pet is prone to car sickness, make sure you visit your veterinarian a few weeks prior to your move to get any prescribed medications and feeding recommendations.
  • Always transport cats, small dogs and other small animals in a secure, well-ventilated pet carrier. Keep larger dogs leashed and under control at all times. The stress of a move can cause even the most obedient dog to run away in unfamiliar surroundings. NEVER transport any pet in an open truck bed, trunk of a car or storage area of a moving van.Click here to see this article.

moving tips for the familyIf you are moving make sure that you take your pets’ needs into consideration. Make sure that your pet, especially a cat, has been exposed to the carrier ahead of moving day. Make sure that if your pet is nervous in character to begin with, that you have the proper sedatives so that they don’t get too stressed out.

Another element that you need to consider is moving with small children. Sometimes running to the grocery store seems like a difficult enough chore with little one so moving a far distance can seem overwhelming. In the following article by mom.me, they talk about some tips you can follow if you are moving with small children:

Ask for help: So many people offered to help us. Let us take the kids while you pack, some said. I can come over and help you sort out your closet, others offered.

Give your kids something to do: But give them all a box that they can fill up with their stuff. You may have to repack it later, but when I brought my kids into the process, it gave them a sense of ownership and control over this massive process that was upending our lives.

 De-clutter when your kids are asleep: Do it when they are asleep, and take the trash all the way out of your house. If you just leave it in the kitchen trashcan, they will find it and will react. Poorly.

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If you are moving, then be sure to give yourself extra time especially if you have little children to take into consideration. Also, be sure to find activities to keep them busy while you try to get some packing done as this article mentions. If you are moving with pets, be sure to get a carrier for them if they are small or a leash and collar for bigger dogs. Make sure you give them enough bathroom breaks and fresh water while you are moving. Be sure to use sedative if you believe that your animals will not react well to the move. Moving can be easy if you follow the above steps.