Moving can be an extremely complicated process for even the most organized of families. Once you’ve made your decision to relocate to a new home, whether it’s near, far, or far, far away—it’s a good idea to get started planning and organizing right away. After all, the most challenging aspect of even a simple moving project is getting started. However, with kids in the picture, getting started can be much easier said than done.

At Coleman Hawaii Movers, our team of professional moving experts is always glad to help our customers access the best resources possible to plan the perfect move. With full-service packing and unpacking services, logistics planning, and custom options, we go above and beyond to ensure that our customers moving with their kids are well-prepared for a peaceful, organized, and easy moving experience.

If you’re planning a move with your kids and wondering how to get started with the process, you’re in the right place. Here are some of our favorite tips for planning a family move with children and how to make sure you’re making the most out of this exciting experience together.

Tip #1: Create an Organized Moving Calendar

The best way to get started with any move is by creating a moving calendar. This is especially true when you’re organizing the process for the family. There are many tasks that must be completed on time in the weeks and days leading up to a move, which is why it’s so important to get started as early as possible. Creating a moving calendar will help you to keep track of the things you need to get done and by when to avoid leaving everything until the last minute.

If you need help creating a moving calendar, consider asking a professional moving company for help. Most reputable moving companies like Coleman Hawaii Movers will help you with planning tools, checklists, moving calendars, and comprehensive moving services to guide you through the process of a smooth and easy move.

Tip #2: Make Arrangements for Childcare on Moving Day (And Before)

Moving day can be quite hectic, with movers coming and going, move-out or move-in deadlines and truck rentals to consider, cleaning, and everything else. With children underfoot, things can go from hectic to pure chaos—which is why we highly recommend leaving them to the care of someone you trust for the day.

You should also consider hiring a babysitter or leaving your kids with close family or friends a day or two before the move. This will help you tie up any loose ends with packing or other moving tasks and to calmly prepare for moving day.

Tip #3: Let Them Make (Some) Decisions

Moving can be very stressful on children, both physically and emotionally. Kids can feel like their opinions don’t matter, and that decisions are being made without regard to their feelings.

As we recommended before, being compassionate but firm is a good way to guide them through these changes. Be communicative, and explain to them the reasons for moving and why these changes have to be made. At the same time, let them make their own decisions wherever possible. For example, let them know that they’ll get to choose where the family has dinner on the move-in night, or that they’ll get first pick of the bedrooms. Allowing them to decide can help them to feel a bit more confident and less opposed to your moving plans.

Tip #4: Make Personalized Fun Packs for Moving Day

A great way to get organized while making things fun for the kids is to pack fun kits for them to use on moving day. Each kit should be personalized for each child and should include their favorite snacks, toys, and maybe a small gift for the drive, along with the things they’ll need for the first night away from home. These items might include their toothbrush and toothpaste, a hairbrush, a full change of clothing, pajamas, and other necessities.

Tip #5: Hire Movers for a Hassle-Free Experience

This is one tip that’s worth mentioning again and again. For the easiest, most carefree moving experience possible, hire professional movers to do it all for you. Hiring professionals from a reputable moving company will eliminate the stress that comes with any moving process, giving you time to focus on adjusting to your new home with your family. Professional movers can provide you with the full-service solutions you need to enjoy a hands-free move, from planning and strategy services, full packing and unpacking, custom crating, and so much more.

For more information on how our team at Coleman Hawaii Movers can help you smoothly transition into a new home with your family with superior moving services, give us a call now. You can also fill out our online form to request a free, no-obligation moving quote for your local, long-distance, or international moving needs—along with a personalized consultation from one of our expert moving coordinators.