There are so many life lessons that we can take away from the past year and a half, but one thing that I’ve seen more people realize recently is that we need to take charge of our life and we actually need to truly live it. One way to do this – if you are unhappy – is to move. Start fresh! If you are planning a move in the upcoming months, you will need these moving tips for busy moms. This should help the move become a bit easier and less stressful for both you and the entire family:
Plan your move
Planning is everything. A good moving plan will help you avoid surprises on your moving day as you will have sorted everything in advance. Moving should start well ahead of time, since you will be required to sort your belongings, purchase moving materials like boxes and find a reliable moving company or rent a moving truck. As a rule of thumb, give yourself more time for the move than you think. If you do not start packing soon enough, you might not be ready to go on the day that you are supposed to move out, and it could potentially become a disaster. Don’t do this to yourself and try to plan everything out (especially the timeline) well in advance, to reduce stress on yourself and your entire family.
Declutter…and then organize
Use the months or weeks before your move to declutter and organize. If you’re packing yourself, this can be a great time to ask yourself, “do we really use this?” before putting it in a box. When you have to pick up everything that you own, and open every drawer, and label every box, you really have the time to think about what you need and what you don’t really care to leave behind. Whether you’re hiring movers or moving yourself, decluttering (and donating) items can save you a great amount of time and money. Most movers charge by the weight, so the less stuff you take with you on your move, the less you have to pay. And even if you’re moving yourself… think about how many boxes you want to be packing, carrying, and unpacking. Go through your clothes and the kids clothes and try to create a capsule wardrobe. Donate toys they’ve outgrown and no longer play with. Donate books that no one has read. Get rid of extra papers—kids crafts and art projects, old utility statements, etc. The more organized you are on your moving day, the easier it will go, both packing and unpacking. There’s nothing worse than hunting for something you thought was in a master bedroom box, only to find it in the kitchen box.
Prepare your children and make it fun
Moving with children is always a challenge since you have to look for a new school and new extracurricular providers like music teachers. You kids will also face the challenge of leaving their friends behind and all the things they liked about their home and neighbourhood. Most parents try to postpone moving until a school break, but that is still not a solution. The best solution is to prepare your kids by talking to them why you are moving and the good things in the new home. Spend some time researching your new home, neighborhood, and city. Make a list of places you want to visit after you move. Use Google maps to explore the area (if you are new to it) and check out parks or other nearby attractions. If you have any friends or family in the area, reach out to them ahead of time and help your kids connect with any potential friends their age. If your kids are in school, you could involve them in researching potential schools and perhaps even visiting schools before moving. Your kids will also want to keep in touch with their old friends. Assure them they can still keep in touch via telephone, letters, social media, and video games. Consider starting to set up some of these means of contact before your departure. For example, encourage your kids to call their friends to chat or to find each other on their favourite video games and play together. If you plan to return during holidays to visit, they can look forward to that as well.
Hire professionals to take care of the heavy lifting
When it comes to the physical moving process, save yourself time, energy, and stress. Oh, and a backache, too. There are two people/companies that all moms should hire…and this tip is the best of my moving tips for busy moms. You absolutely need to hire a babysitter and you need to hire a moving company, such as Texans Movers. These Texas residential movers are the industry leaders in TX. They have been servicing the state for over ten years and they are family-owned and operated. Not only do they focus on residential moves, but they can also help with commercial moves, long distance moving, storage solutions, packing, and more. You can expect top-quality service from Texans Movers and their goal is to always exceed your expectations by customizing their moving services to fit your needs. As a busy mom, you are going to want the help when it comes to moving your entire house, so take it!
Once you get settled in, take a minute to sit down, breathe, and have a glass of wine! You deserve it! Congratulations on your new home – I truly hope that this adventure is an amazing one for the whole family!