How Do You Survive a Move?

Tuesday, Jul 28, 2009 8:59am  |  COMMENTS (4)

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-2.jpgI’m moving Friday. I was up at 4 a.m. last night fretting. I’m so freaked out by the event that I’m catching a plane on Friday at 6:45 a.m. with my twins. We’re spending the weekend at my mother’s house. My husband thinks the move will be easier if we’re just nowhere near Montclair. I was kind of offended at first, then I decided to get down on my knees and kiss his gnarly toes. My friend Nancy gave me the following moving advice that was so helpful I thought I’d share it…. Feel free to offer me more moving advice in the comments.

Moving tips from Nancy Breslin of CohabiTOT

I love moving day. I mean, I love it when I’m helping my interior design clients move, which I’ve done many times. Here are some helpful tips to make it go smoother.

  • Pack for your family for a week. Keep each person’s suitcase in your car, and not in the moving truck. You don’t want meltdowns because your daughter can’t find her Hello Kitty toothbrush.
  • Pack a box of toiletries and household cleaning supplies, including light bulbs, paper plates and plastic cups. No one will want to do dishes for the first week.
  • Pack sheets,pillows and towels in one suitcase and bring them in your car.
  • Label boxes by room–and color code them if you can. Then color code the new rooms in the house with a piece of construction paper for the movers–many don’t read English.
  • Make sure to take something special from old house.
  • When unpacking, set up the kids’ rooms first.

Now for tips on prepping your kids for your move…

  • Talk about new neighborhood and all the new places they’ll visit… library, park,restaurants.
  • Have fun talking about the first meal in the new home. Ask them what they want for their first breakfast. Recently, my client’s girls’ requested soft boiled eggs, so I got them inexpensive egg cups from Ikea. They were thrilled.
  • As a surprise, get a new stuffed animal for their room for their first night.
  • Start a new ritual in the new house. For example, when we moved, we lucked out. There was a beautiful giraffe mural on one of the walls where I made my son’s room. We started singing the Abcs in there every night.
  • Frame a piece of artwork they did for a special spot in the new house.

Not all kids are good with change. Some love it, and others are apprehensive–just like adults. If you went ahead and bought them new bedding, don’t get rid of the old stuff so fast. They may want that worn out pillow case for a few nights to comfort them.
They’ll adjust quickly and grow to love their new digs. Have you moved and lived to tell the tale? Did your kids love or hate it?


  1. POSTED BY profwilliams  |  July 28, 2009 @ 10:05 am

    Advice on moving?
    That’s right up there with “help” in choosing a color to paint your house, naming your child, baby-proof your house, etc.
    At some point, it is possible to figure out these little things without the benefit of an “expert.”
    Here’s my advice: Get the stuff in boxes, label them and make sure you choose good movers.
    And pack for a week’s vacation.
    Or pay someone to tell you to use a sharpie to label and use plastic bins and pack for 2 weeks.

  2. POSTED BY lifeisgood  |  July 28, 2009 @ 10:46 am

    Can’t comment on the moving tips (our last move is all a blur), but wanted to say “welcome!” to the neighborhood…we’re just up the street from your new house and are looking forward to meeting you (yes, news travels fast on our block!)…

  3. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  July 28, 2009 @ 11:34 am

    As a kid who moved 13 times before the age of 19, I would say that I dread moving. I hate living in transition, so I work like a mad woman to get everything put into place immediately. It makes me crazy and stressed, but once I’m done, I feel at home again.
    My oldest was two-years-old the last time we moved and she transitioned perfectly. I kept her room the same so she would have something familiar and bought her a book about moving.

  4. POSTED BY Jenn  |  July 28, 2009 @ 8:08 pm

    I just moved last week into a new apartment, and the most stressful part was wondering if we were going to get one of those crazy out-of-nowhere downpours we’ve been having recently. Naturally, we did, but not until all the stuff was inside (lucky for me).

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