The decision to move out of state could be for many good reasons. You know you’re doing what’s best for your family, but there’s no denying that moving out of state is going to be hard on everyone.
It’s difficult for children to understand why some things must happen and why they must say goodbye to their current home.
Because this process can be a stressful one for the entire family, we’ve put together a list of tips for moving out of state with the family. Continue reading below to learn how you can make the move easier on everyone.
1. Start Packing Now
Moving, in general, is a lot of work. Moving out of state is even more so. If you have a set move date, then it’s better to start packing sooner than later.
It might take you longer than you thought to pack the entire house, and you most likely have more items stored away than you thought possible. The sooner you begin packing, the less stressful it’ll be.
2. Give Everyone an Essentials Box
Because not all items can be packed up in the early stages, it’s a good idea to give each family member an essentials box. In this box, they’ll place all of their most-needed items.
These items could be their toothbrush, hairbrush, favorite stuffed toy and blanket, deodorant, and so on. Don’t forget to have your own essential box as well. When the house seems like total chaos, you’ll at least know exactly where your toothbrush is.
3. Allow Them Their Goodbyes
Be gentle with your children when moving them out of their current home. It might be hard for them to leave it behind, and it might not. Either way, allow them time to say their goodbyes.
Walk them through each room and let them say goodbye to everything. You should also have open conversations with them where you explain the move to them and make them feel comfortable asking you any questions. A great way to make them excited about the move is to show them all of the great things their new home has to offer them.
4. Declutter Where Possible
You’ll want to declutter where possible so you’re only moving the items you want or need. Go through everything before packing and sell, donate, or throw away any items you no longer need or use. This will lower your moving cost and save you time as well.
For example, if you’re moving to Virginia from Colorado, you won’t want to lug around any extra weight or take up any extra space as this can get expensive. You should also consider hiring out of state moving companies to help you with long-distance moves.
5. Write a List of Must-Dos
One of the best ways to ease anxiety is when you write down everything on your mind and everything you need to get done. You can then go down your list checking off items as you go.
Some things to keep in mind are switching pediatricians, forwarding your mail, transferring your utilities, and more.
Your Family’s Ready for Moving Out of State
You didn’t think it was possible, but now your family’s ready for moving out of state! Don’t forget to have this guide on hand in case you forget a step. With this information in your back pocket, the family move should be easy sailing.
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