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The 4-Step Moving Day Checklist for Families

Manny Sahmbi December 8, 2023

Updated: March 28th, 2024

D Day Moving Day* is a massive (and sometimes challenging) event for any family, especially when young children are involved. So, we thought it would be helpful to put our years of experience to use to produce a moving day checklist for families that we believe to be accurate and easy to follow.

As we (Happy2Move) are based in London, this post is mainly geared towards families moving into or around the big city. Although, we’re sure there are valuable insights for every family to take away with them! To further assist in your preparation, we also offer comprehensive support and services tailored for families moving home, ensuring your moving day is as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Disclaimer: This piece looks specifically at moving day – for guidance on the other steps in your moving journey you can read our comprehensive guide for Navigating a Family Move in London. Additionally, to ensure nothing gets overlooked in the whirlwind of moving, our Change of Address Checklist provides a detailed rundown of who to notify about your new address, making the transition as smooth as possible.

The Moving Day Checklist

1. Keep Children Engaged and Safe

Prepare Activities in Advance

Before moving day, you can prepare colouring books, puzzles, and favourite toys. Games can also be an effective way to lower stress levels. For example, drawing letters on your child’s back and having them guess the letter, or playing ‘I Spy’ can be engaging and fun. You can also whisper secrets, ask your child to name all their classmates or family members or discuss their favourite things. 

For physical activities, consider simple games like ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors,’ thumb wrestling, or clapping games. To get creative, try storytelling by taking turns to add sentences, making up silly songs, or engaging in word games like finding rhymes or spelling challenges. These activities not only entertain but also help with bonding and keeping the mood light during the run-up to the     big day.

Here’s a great video with more ideas:

Involve Kids in the Moving Process

Involving children in the actual move not only keeps them engaged but also helps them feel part of the process. Younger children can spend time sorting their toys, while older ones can help with packing and labelling. This can significantly ease their transition to a new environment, and it’s also a valuable skill for them to learn!

Here’s a helpful video from YouTubers Chris and Eve on what it was like to move with their kids and cat:

2. Create Comfortable Spaces

Set Up a Quiet Zone

Create a dedicated quiet zone in your new home with comfortable seating (if possible). This space can be a sanctuary for children to read, draw, or watch films – particularly useful if Wi-Fi isn’t available immediately.

A quiet zone can also provide some well-earned respite for parents when the stresses of the day become hard to manage. Simple activities can help you relax and recharge. Consider reading a book, taking a short nap, or enjoying a long shower. Unplugging from technology can be refreshing too.

After setting up a quiet zone and getting comfortable in your new space, the journey to making your new house feel like home begins. For actionable advice on this next step, check out our guide on settling into your new home. This resource is designed to help you and your family adapt quickly and comfortably to your new surroundings.

3. Nutrition and Hydration on Moving Day

Stock Up on Snacks and Drinks

Keep a selection of easy-to-eat, mess-free snacks and drinks handy to help your children stay hydrated and energised. The last thing you want on a moving day is hangry kids… believe us. 

Struggling for ideas? Here are a few drinks and snacks to consider:

  • Fresh fruits like apples, bananas, or grapes.
  • Pre-cut veggies like carrots or cucumber sticks.
  • Cheese sticks or cubes.
  • Wholegrain crackers or rice cakes.
  • Granola bars or energy bars.
  • Dry cereal or trail mix.
  • Yoghurt tubes or pouches.
  • Water bottles.
  • Juice boxes or pouches.
  • Flavoured water or sports drinks.
  • Individual milk cartons or plant-based milk alternatives.

4. Additional Support Options

Consider a Babysitter

For those with very young children, hiring a babysitter or childminder may be the best option. They can focus on keeping your children safe and entertained, allowing you to concentrate on the move. 

If there are no family or friends you can ask to help, then a website like childcare.co.uk helps find reliable local sitters. Just select your area you’ll be presented with various people to choose from, with reviews and contact info

screenshot of childcare website

Consider a Professional Moving Service

Another option to streamline your family move is to consider a professional moving service. At Happy2Move, we have moved families in and out of London for a very long time, and love being a part of your journey! 

Having a professional team on hand saves you time, and energy, and allows you to focus on the more enjoyable aspects of the day. Our rates are very competitive, and we are always happy to make adjustments based on your budget and timeline. 

If this sounds like something you would be interested in, then please complete our short house removals form for a free and bespoke quote.

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