Moving Checklist for Large Families family-boxes-large

 

Let’s be clear; moving is always stressful but being organized can reduce stress, right? Well, moving with a large family will always be majorly stressful, no matter how many plans you make or how many people you have to help. Because as you prepare for your new life in a new home, there is just so much to do for your family in the here and now. With this checklist  the near impossible has been done and high stress levels that come with moving a large family can be reduced. Good luck!

  • First off, give Kandela a call. With one phone call a free concierge can be obtained who will take care of everything! From packing to shipping, storage to cleaning services, your personal concierge will help you choose and carry out anything moving related. Spend some stress free time with your family, courtesy of Kandela. Call today!
  • Whichever child or family member of yours that cannot be of huge assistance to you- send away!

It sounds harsh and such advice is not usually given, but is essential that you utilize all those play date rain checks and grandparent offers to watch your children. Keep around your teenagers who can pack and of course the little ones that rely on being around their mommy for food and love. Your older ones will be a huge help with packing or watching your littles whenever necessary.  Everyone else  will slow down your move drastically. Toys will be pulled out of scattered boxes and last minute things will be disrupted and forgotten. Bear in mind to be considerate; don’t send six kids to one grandparent or family friend.  Divide the children into pairs or age groups and send to a couple of different places so no one will carry the full burden.

  • Pack a few days worth of clothes for each child, in separate suitcases or backpacks. This will save your life once you have packed up the kids’ closets and rooms. Don’t forget pajamas!  This will also help when you have moved and haven’t unpacked yet.
  • We already advised you about your designated area. Very prominently place your stash of plastic goods and napkins there. Include in this a of stash toilet paper and diapers. Whatever is left you will pack in a separate box and put in your designated spot in your new house. You may not get to unpack the dishes until week two in your new home. You need paper goods, toilet paper and diapers on hand all the way through packing up and unpacking.
  • Pack what you don’t need in the near future first. Packing up your dinner party ware and bathing suits at the beginning of June is just silly. Plan ahead with what is needed in the next six weeks and start boxing up everything else.  Group similar items together and keep a list of everything being packed. Keep essentials for last in a designated spot.
  • The kids that are home should practice writing their names and new address on the boxes in their room. While you can label the box with its content, this will allow the children to start remembering their new address and phone number if need. It’s useful and keeps them busy!
  • Keep out all laptops, chargers, iPods, iPads and PSPs.

Whether it’s to find the number to Chinese takeout or to entertain you kids during the pack up and drive, all these devices are pretty necessary. They are small and easy to pack up when needed and can really be extremely useful for everyone in the family. Little kids can play, you can check the weather for the week of the move or look up movers insurance rates. Keep chargers on hand so devices are fully juiced and cellphones doesn’t lose battery while on the line,  talking to the movers. When ready to move, all devices can be put in a backpack with all chargers in the front pocket. Keep it all together and they help keep you from falling apart from stress.

  • Takeaway food was already mentioned twice but this part of the checklist is telling you to financially account for it. You don’t want to spend on food for one week what you would usually in a month just for the convenience. So budget wisely. If you move takes a full three to five day, plan accordingly with food. Granola bars for breakfast are filling, healthy and cheap and don’t require a fridge like yogurt does. Cup-a-soups aren’t the most nutritional but trust me, when all it requires is a microwave or a kettle (both essentials which should be packed last…) you’ll be happy to overlook that little fact for a couple of meals.
  • Make sure to be on top of everything that requires a change of address. From credit card bills to Amazon Fresh deliveries and USPS change of address forms, this should not be left to last minute. If it is, ensure any mail is temporarily being forwarded.
  •   Make a plan. BUT DON’T FREAK OUT IF IT CHANGES.

There will definitely be times during the move when you get overwhelmed or feel like  having  a mini panic attack or are just unsure what the next step should be. Making a plan always helps. This checklist is part of a plan, but setting specific goal will be so helpful. For example, aim to pack four boxes a day minimum. It doesn’t matter what size or what’s inside. However with a large family there will be distractions. Keep in mind that the plan needs to be flexible. So if a doctor’s emergency comes up or a cant miss meeting then settle for two boxes today and six tomorrow. Apply this to every part of the plan and avoid that anxiety. Nothing will be left for last minute if everyone willing to stick to a plan that allows for flexibility when necessary.