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How can I make moving less stressful?

Okay, Jay and I decided to move to a small town in South Dakota. We currently live in New York. I am pregnant and have 5 kids already. Is there any advise out there on how it can be so much less stressful? We are going to start packing everything up in two weeks.


Asked by Teen---Momma at 12:27 PM on Aug. 11, 2009 in Travel

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  • I have 5 kids & wth our last move, as we started packing, we had everybody in sleeping bags in one bedroom. That way, we could pack all the sheets & take down their beds. We put their mattresses standing up against the wall so we had room in the bedrooms for boxes. The kids thought it was a blast.

    Make sure each child has one comfort item that they carry with them--especially if your kids are very little. A blanket or stuffed animal or something.

    Get paper plates & plastic utensils to eat with at your old house for the last few days. Also, do some research on restaurants or take-out places in your new town. You don't want to be scrambling to cook when you don't have dishes unpacked & if you are moving to a small town, you won't have as many choices & they won't be open as late as in NY. Good luck!

    Answer by funnyface1204 at 12:55 PM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • Make a list of the things you need to do first label all the boxes well(by room is best) that way you know where they go when you get there. take pictures of all electronics JIK talk to you kids ahead and get them involved as much as you can. good luck!

    Answer by IMAMOM2-2KIDS at 2:07 PM on Aug. 11, 2009

  • Do either of you have jobs? This will lower your stress level a lot!!

    Show your kids the website of the school that they will attend.

    Set up their new bedrooms as closely to their old ones as you can.

    Answer by rkoloms at 2:15 PM on Aug. 11, 2009

  • As far as the moving part itself, start packing what you can now. Pack anything that is not necessary (wall decorations, knick knacks, unused small appliances, excess clothes, etc). Just go through one room a day for a week or so and pack up anything you don't use on a day-to-day basis. Label the boxes well as you tape them. Stack them in a corner of the room. The week before you move, pack up everything but the absolutely necessary dishes and kitchen ware for cooking, a couple of toys for each kid, and everything but 3 days worth of clothes for each person. That way, on moving day, you have very little left to actually pack, most of which you will want to pack in a suitcase and have readily available anyway. As for adjusting when you get there, have the kids look at their school online and find fun things you can do in the area also. Good luck!

    Answer by AprilDJC at 2:59 PM on Aug. 11, 2009

  • Start packing ASAP, little by little, so everything can be packed nicely and it won't be a mad dash in the end to get it all done.

    As you pack and contemplate packing, go through everything and get rid of as much as you can. Put these donations in bags for Goodwill, or try to sell old clothing to consignment stores. Encourage the kids to get rid of old toys and clothing and narrow it down to just a few boxes of things for each of them to take with. Your new house doesn't need all that clutter.

    Have the kids help pack by making it a bit of a game. "Bring me all the towels". "Bring me all the blue dishes". Have them focus on one category at a time and run it over to you while you put stuff in boxes.

    Answer by Mousuke at 2:49 AM on Aug. 13, 2009