Moving can be a daunting task, but here are 10 things you can do to minimize the stress on you and your family. From change of address, to checklists, to packing materials, to keeping the kids fed and occupied.
Change Your Address
Be sure to notify:
- Family and friends
- Post office (You can do this online!)
- DMV (You can do this online, too)
- IRS (Find out how…)
Cover Your Valuables
Take pictures of valuable items before the move just in case you need to provide proof for damage later.
Avoid waste by using up items that may spoil (frozen foods, milk, yogurt, etc.). Open canned food which can be a hassle to move.
Set Up a Packing Station
Set up a place for all packing material so that it’s easy to find. Here are some things for your packing area:
- Folded boxes
- Binding rope
- Bubble wrap
- Dolly/hand truck
Label boxes clearly so you will be able to readily identify them after the move. Labels should include the room the box goes to AND the name whose items occupy the box.
Create accounts or transfer funds from your bank account to the area in which you will be living.
Gather Medical Records
Gather copies of medical records… Don’t forget the X-rays, prescriptions, etc.
Inform your children’s schools about the move and ask them to transfer school records and transcripts.
Move the Kids First
Get your children’s rooms set up first to make them most comfortable.
Keep Everyone Happy and Healthy
Be sure to have plenty of water and healthy snacks on hand for the kids during the unpacking.