Moving to a new home is one of the most difficult things for a person to do. There are lots of different tasks that have to be completed, and there are plenty of important decisions to be made, before you can consider the event well under way. When you first look at the situation, it may seem both overwhelming and hopeless, but there are some tried and true methods of dealing with this. Moving to your new place doesn’t have to be the nightmare that you might be expecting; it can, instead, be a time of transition that you and your family can almost enjoy as long as you plan ahead and take a look at these three major aspects of moving and how you can make them easier.

1. The Family

If you have a family, moving is much more difficult than if you are moving on your own. Not only do you have more stuff to pack and relocate, but you also have to consider the effects that the transition will have on the younger members of the family. Kids don’t like change, so employ the following methods to help ease their fears along the way.

  • Communicate openly about the move. Let them know when and where and how the entire process is going to go. The sooner you tell them, the more time they will have to digest it all.
  • Get them involved in the moving process. They can help pack, organize, or even man a yard sale table when you are cleaning things out. Younger children can help label boxes.
  • Give them something to look forward to at the new home. Yes, they will be leaving some friends behind, but they will have a new room that they can paint and decorate the way they want to.

2. The Pets

Another one of the biggest worries that people have when they are moving involves how to get their animals to their new home without too much trouble. This can be tricky, because unlike kids, pets are unable to speak about the change and how it worries them. At the same time, they will show signs of stress, so you need to plan ahead for moving day and the move in general.

  • Find someone who will help watch your pet on moving day or clear out a room and lock the door or put a sign up so no one goes in that room.
  • Take your pet to the vet to get a final checkup. Make sure that their shots are up to date and get copies of their records to take with you to your new home.
  • Keep your pet’s routine the same so that they see some things remain unchanged even if their environment is changing around them.

3. The Stuff

Moving involves taking all of your worldly possessions and transporting them to a new home. This can be quite difficult, especially if you have a large family or if you have been in a home for a good amount of time. Still, there are some things that you can do to avoid too many problems when it comes time to start the packing process.

  • Consider hiring professional moving companies who can at least transport your things safely to your new home. You can also hire them to pack for you if you want to free up some of your time.
  • Weed things out as you pack or clean the home. A good rule to follow involves getting rid of anything you’ve not used in the past year. Have a yard sale to make some money that can go towards moving costs.
  • Use the right packing boxes and materials for the different items in your home. Don’t try to pack glasses or fragile items in boxes that aren’t made for this purpose; they will only get broken somewhere along the way.

While there are plenty of different aspects involved in the moving process, there are some tried and true methods that you can employ to make the entire process easier on everyone. Be sure to keep these things in mind so that you can enjoy the transition to your new home without having to suffer from the stress so often attributed to a move.

Kristy Chin is a writer for With over twenty years of experience in the moving industry and related fields, she strives to provide valuable information to anyone who is facing the need to move in the near future.