How to Deal with Moving When You Don't Want to Move

There are many situations when the fact that you have to move takes precedence over your actual want to move. For those moving with kids, teenagers or those that are pregnant, you know exactly what I mean. has some tips to share to ensure that your unwanted move goes through without a hitch. [And we do recommend staying calm at all costs.]

1. Moving while Pregnant:
Moving when pregnant can get complicated if you move closer to the time when the baby is due. If you have any sort of flexibility, move during your second trimester. The nausea and tiredness from the first trimester will likely have passed, leaving you feeling energized and pretty good (in general). This will be beneficial when you move, especially since your day may involve long travels, as well needing to feel great when working with movers. During the move, be sure to take breaks to rest and stretch, use the restroom, drink tons of fluids and don’t strain your body. This includes not getting stressed out when the inevitable problem happens on moving day. Also, be sure that you are comfortable by wearing comfy shoes and loose fitting clothing and don’t lift anything heavy.

2. Moving with Kids and Babies:
Kids certainly make life more colorful and exciting, but during moving this can get in the way and make the event more stressful than it need to be. You should try to have them stay with a family member or a babysitter during the actual move, since really, moving is no place for children and why should they have to be there. Talk to your babysitter or family member to plan a special outing such as a morning at the park or to the zoo. If you are moving far away, maybe just have them take your child out for their favorite breakfast and be in communication with each other so that they can come back when the movers leave. Babies are a little different since most mothers will be nursing. If at all possible find a helper to stay with the movers or see if they can watch your baby for at least two hours -- this will make a huge difference when dealing with organizing your move and give you a short break; albeit one that involves moving.

3. Moving with Teenagers:
Ah, moving with teenagers, yet another challenging situation to your already hectic day. Telling your teen early on is the best way to deal with this move. This will enable them to process the move as well as ask questions. During the moving process, get them involved with small jobs to help out. If they are reluctant, assign them a job -- something simple, like say labeling boxes. Also, let them have a party to say goodbye to their friends. Even though teens have a tough exterior, they are most likely upset with the move because they are going to be leaving their familiar setting such as their home, school and friends. Ensure them that they can still have the same friends and visit but that new experiences are awaiting them. You should also talk to them about their new neighborhood and area amenities to get them interested.

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4. Get Prepared:
A successful moving day experience is determined by how organized and prepared you are. This involves planning your move by locating movers (and picking individuals that you trust), as well as obtaining boxes, packing and locating a storage facility. When looking for movers, ask friends and family members for referrals as well as use reputable sources such as to locate movers in your area. Make a list of five movers and have two-three movers come to your home for an in-house moving estimate.

5. Get Organized:
You are going to need help with your move. Even if you have a small move, be sure to ask friends and family members for their assistance with anything from packing to calling movers to locating storage. If you can, assign your helpers specific tasks in order to stay organized and have an efficient move-checklists are great for this. You can also have your moving company do all of the packing (for an additional fee).