Preparing for a local or long distance move can be a big task. You have to account for the time it takes to pack, transfer utilities and services and coordinate with a local moving company, just to name a few things that need to be done. The time it takes to properly prepare can increase if you have a large family. Coordinating amongst many family members and looking after young children can make a move seem like an even bigger undertaking. Luckily, we’ve encountered this type of situation many times and have developed some techniques to make big family moves go smoothly. Here are some tips that will help you have a stress-free move with a large family.
Babysitter – The easiest way to save time and alleviate stress during a big move is to find a babysitter for any children who are too young to be a help. This, in general, applies to kids who are under the age of 12. Moving heavy furniture and large boxes becomes less of a hazard if there are no small children around. Besides, they will probably have more fun with grandma and grandpa anyway.
Pack Enough Clothes for a Few Days – When you move into your new home you may have to live out of a suitcase for a few days while you get organized. Unpacking will be much easier if you’re not digging through wardrobe boxes and large suitcases in order to get dressed in the morning. Set aside enough small overnight bags for everyone in the family and fill them with clothes, toiletries and other items they will need on a daily basis. This way, you can take your time when unpacking and remain organized. If you have a toddler or infant, make sure to over-stuff the diaper bag.
Food Prep – When you’re moving with a big family, meals can become very time consuming if you’re not prepared. Stock up on disposable plates, cups and flatware so that you can pack up all of your dishes and silverware before moving day. Make the last of your big family meals a few days before moving day and eat the leftovers until then. This will allow you to: pack up all of your cookware early; cut down on the amount of fast-food and takeout that you eat during your move; and it will make cleaning out the fridge a lot easier on moving day.
Make Sure All Phones Are Charged – Everyone who’s involved with your move should have a fully charged smart phone when the movers arrive on moving day. When there are a lot of people working together, communication is key and making sure everyone stays updated and on task is vital. Also, you can use your smartphone to check the weather, look at maps, entertain kids and generally fill the void of your laptops, TVs and game systems, which should all be packed up.
Above all else, remember that plans will change when coordinating a move with a big family. The tips above will provide you with a good guideline for family preparation, which will allow you to be more flexible should changes occur. We also have a few tips for moving the family pet, which will help you.