Was this your last Christmas in your present location? If you are moving to nearby, it will probably be pretty easy for you to return to see family and friends fairly often. However, if you're getting ready for a long-distance move, the chances are that visits will be less frequent, which will bring mixed emotions for you and your family. On one hand, you are looking forward to making new friends and to having different life experiences. On the other hand, it is hard to say goodbye to that which has become familiar and dear to you. Here are some ideas that might help make the move an easier one.
Have A Family Meeting - It's important for your kids to know that you understand their feelings.Reassure them that you'll do all you can to help them make new friends. Find out names of clubs and organizations they can join. Ask your kids to tell you things they are looking forward to and write each reply down on a sheet of paper. For example, if you're moving to a coastal city, one of your children may state that he or she is excited about going to the beach. Write everything down, and put the paper in a prominent place so you can address all wishes when you get to your new location.
Getting Ready For The Move - Several days before the packers come, get each family member to go through personal belongings. Let the kids know that whatever is left in the house will get packed, so they need to get rid of things they don't want. Another good idea is to give each child a suitcase so they can pack everything they want on the trip to your new house, including things like favorite blankets or stuffed animals. Leave bedding out so that you can get to it right away. Having their own sheets on their beds will make your kids feel more comfortable in their new bedrooms.
Moving Day - If you have already gone through your belongings, packing will go a lot more smoothly, and it will go fast. If you don't want to pack all of your things by yourself, consider calling a long-distance moving company such as A W Moving & Storage. The packers have the training and the experience to know how to pack every item in your house. For example, if you have fine antiques or valuable artwork, the packers will pack each piece in protective wrapping and some pieces may even be placed in crates. If it's a rainy day, your furniture will be covered so that it will not be damaged. Your things will travel safely. If anything is lost or damaged, the moving company will replace it or reimburse you.
Give your children notebooks and a pen or pencil and ask them to write down things they see along the way to your new home. That will be a great way to begin a journal of their new lives.