We moved last weekend to another house. This is our third move in just over three years. You’d think at this rate I’d be awesome at it, but sadly I’m not. I’m a terrible packer and I really don’t like moving. However, over time, I have learned a few things to help make the move easier on the whole family, especially if you have kids.
1. Purge, purge, purge
This one is huge! If possible, before you move, go through your house and get rid of anything you don’t use, is outgrown or just unnecessary. A few months before, we started doing the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up in our place and it definitely helped with packing. If it’s not possible before hand, then while you’re packing, purge at that time. The less you have to move, the better!
2. Keep grocery shopping to a minimum
The week of the move, keep grocery shopping to a minimum. Just buy what you need to get by and use up what you have. The week that we were moving, I made a meal plan using things I already had in the fridge, freezer and pantry. And the last couple days can even be take-out to keep the cooking and cleaning to a minimum as you’ll need to focus on packing and don’t need the extra work. Plus it’ll be fun!
3. Hire a good moving company
If you are able to, hire a good moving company, it can make a huge difference. We hired Ferguson Moving & Storage and they were amazing! They came in and gave me a flat rate quote for moving, (which meant there would be no additional fees even if it took longer than they anticipated.) On moving day, the guys were friendly and super-hardworking. They did everything and more! I seriously don’t know how we would have done it without them.
4. Label and mark boxes
When you are packing boxes, make sure to label them well. So if you are packing stuff from your bathroom, don’t just write ‘master bathroom’ write down the contents. The reason for this is, if you have a few master boxes if you desperately need something after you’ve packed or after you’ve moved, it’s easily accessible.
A second part to this is when you mark the box as to what room it will be in, also label the rooms in the new place so movers or friends know exactly where the boxes need to go.
5. Make an overnight bag
After a long day of moving, the last thing you want to do is go searching for stuff you need before bed. So put together an overnight bag with toothbrushes, pyjama’s, stuffies, medication etc.. anything you will be needing right away
6. Get babysitters for the kids
If you have grandparents, family or good friends around and they are available, ask them to babysit your children on the day of the move. It gets boring for the kids and it can also be dangerous so if they can be otherwise occupied, it makes moving day easier for everyone.
If the kids are able to sleepover somewhere else the night before the move, it’ll be easier to get all the last minute stuff done and then you can just get going in the morning knowing that the kids are safe and taken care of.
7. Keep the kids occupied
If the kids are with you, put together a little bag of fun stuff for them to enjoy and to keep them occupied. This helps on the day of the move and the day after when you are trying to unpack and get settled. A new activity book, a small lego, a little toy, a colouring book, play dough kit, the possibilities are endless. I love these fabulous play kit ideas from Mama Papa Bubba!
Those are a few tips I have for making moving a little easier, especially when you have kids. Do you have any moving tips that you found really helpful?