If you have a large family, everything is a bit more difficult and requires a bit more planning, including moving. While a typical family may have a lot of boxes, you may feel as though you are drowning in cardboard. How in the world are you supposed to keep it all organized? The good news is that there are a few things you can do to make the whole process much easier and it only takes a little forward planning and the help of a professional mover.
Get the Kids to Sort Through Your Items
If you have several children, you are probably already teetering on the brink of insanity. Adding the stress of packing each child’s room may just push you over the edge. If your children are old enough, get them involved in the packing process. Give each child a task of sorting through his or her possessions. Encourage them to get rid of items they no longer want or need by giving them to charity, selling them online, or throwing them away. While you may get some resistance, the time it will save you will be worth the conflict.
Teach Your Kids Proper Packing
Once your kids have finished sorting through their items, give them a few boxes and have them begin to pack. If your children are younger, ask them to pack non-breakable items such as books or CDs. It would be better if you handled the fragile items to ensure they get to your new home in one piece.
Create a Family Moving Necessities Box
If you have a large family, you likely have lots of children with all different ages. As such, you probably need different items on a daily basis for each child. Start collecting what you will need during your move into a large box or ice chest. This can include bottles, water, juice, milk, formula, snacks, or medication. If you don’t need anything kept cold, a plastic box will do. Try to also pack things to do like coloring books, CDs, or puzzles to keep your children entertained during the move.
Have a Moving Checklist
Part of keeping sane with a large family is creating checklists for everything. Print off a moving checklist from Bekins Moving Solutions, or create your own. Go down the list before the big day to make sure you have completed everything. If it is helpful, create a checklist giving each family member certain tasks to complete. Older children can help you pack and lift boxes while younger children can clean or organize. With everyone pitching in, you are sure to get everything done in time for moving day!
If you would like some professional assistance with your next move, contact the moving experts at Bekins Moving Solutions. Call (877) 594-1187 for your free moving quote!