Bob and Cortney Novogratz Blog: Our Moving Tips That Will Make Your Life as Stress-Free as Possible

07/31/2015 at 11:07 AM ET

Novogratz Family Castle
The Novogratz

Bob and Cortney Novogratz are a design duo—and parents to seven children—who recently bought a 1920s-era castle in the Hollywood Hills. Check back regularly on as they blog about the rewards, risks, messes, and successes of the project, giving their expert tips and tricks for home renovation. You can follow them on Twitter at @TheNovogratz.

Moving is a whirlwind experience, whether it’s across town or across the country. The logistics and the emotions can be overwhelming, but with proper planning you can make the transition seamless and exciting.

We’ve had our fair share of moves. In our 20 plus years in New York, we moved seven times. As of family of 9, the logistics weren’t always easy we once had to move into a rental space with two bedrooms, six kids, and one on the way. Along the way, we learned a lot about what makes moving easier. Here are our best tips:

Novogratz Family Castle
The Novogratz

1. Be organized about packing. If you haven’t used something in over a year, give it to Goodwill. It’s not adding any value to your life, and a cluttered life creates a cluttered mind. Don’t haphazardly throw your things into boxes. Pack by room, and use different colored masking tape for boxes from different rooms. This will make the moving in process so much easier.

2. If you have to live in a rental space before moving into your new home, bring in a few things to make the space comfortable – art, books, and a few great accessories. Do yourself a favor and put most of your things in storage. You’ll thank yourself when it’s time to move into your home and almost everything is still packed.

3. If you’ve got kids, make them feel involved in the process. Make a wish list with them for your new home. Keeping kids involved will make them feel like they were part of the decision to move, and hopefully minimize sadness or resentment about changing environments.

Novogratz Family
The Novogratz

4. Throw a housewarming party when you’ve moved in and invite all your new neighbors. It’s a great way to meet everyone, to get the neighborhood scoop, and for you and your family to start feeling like the new home is yours. We threw a construction kick off party when we first bought the castle, and it was a blast. We brought in a margarita truck, a great DJ, and arts and crafts for the kids.

We painted the front door to look like the work of one of our favorite artists, Richard Woods, and we made a life-size Pinterest board on the stucco with our inspiration images for the project. The great thing about living in a new neighborhood is that you never know who might show up to your party- our friend Michael Kelly made it to ours.

Novogratz Family
The Novogratz

Bottom line? The key to moving is to plan ahead as much as you can, but to go with the flow when everything doesn’t go as planned.

Stay tuned for more about our newest project, the castle, and follow us on our Facebook page.

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Whatever on

Really. Try being a military family and moving 13+ times. As for 7 kids, that’s your own problem

Justme on

Why not just go to their blog and read? TheNovogratzDOTcom

Zeze on

Wow “Whatever” nobody forced you to read this. As for being in the military, you signed up for that, too.

Ann on

These were really good tips. I even made a list of what itms were packed in each marked box so I’d know which boxes needed to be unpacked ASAP and which ones could languish for a while.

SlingManu on

The tips were good ones no matter what your circumstance! With kids is an extra factor to say the least but you’re so right about making them apart of the process! Good wholesome tips!

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Nettie Tucker on

Involving kids in moving is the best thing you could do. I have 7 years old daughter. When we moved in our new house she helped me as much as my friends do. She was so proud with herself. Thanks for sharing your great tips. Greetings!

SuperCheapBoxes on

Marking your boxes up with the contents and room destination can save a lot of time and effort when unpacking. Having to search through all your boxes to find that one essential item will be the last thing you need.


Alyssa Moran on

Moving house with a big family is definitely very difficult. The tips are really good! Thank you for sharing!🙂

Faith Lyman on

Wow, admiration to you guys! Moving with seven kids is definitely not easy. I’m now organizing our family move and although I’m a professional mover, it still seems so hard to move with two kids. Your tips are really great and helpful and I’ll have them on mind all the time. Thank you for sharing! Greets, Faith from🙂

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