Whether you move around a lot or you’re preparing for your very first residential moving experience, you’ll want to keep everyone informed about your plans. Here are some ways to let them know:

#1 – Send out fun announcements via email.

There are many free sites that will help you create an interesting announcement. Look for unique designs, they don’t have to be specific for a change of address. Pick something that showcases your personality and style.

#2 – Use social media.

There are many free programs to help you design your own hilarious meme and add as a photo on one of your social media profiles.

#3 – Have a going away party.

This is a really fun way to say goodbye to your friends and family. No, it’s not vain for you to plan a party for yourself… lots of people do it and their friends love it. Your going away party doesn’t have to be anything fancy, and you don’t have to invite everybody in your city. You can choose to only include your closest friends and family members.

You can send out the invitations for your going away party via e-mail. Consider including your new address and phone number just in case people aren’t able to make it to the party. That way, they still have a way to contact you after you move.

#4 – Have a housewarming party.

If you didn’t have time to do a going away party before you moved, this is a fun way to include old friends and family, as well as any new friends you’ve met.

Your best bet for a housewarming party is to make invitations that actually show your new house. Just take a photo of your new place and include it in the email you send out. The best part is that your guests will have a better idea of what to look for when they’re navigating to your new location. They can have an extra clue in finding your place if their GPS is acting funny.

#5 – Send a video announcement about your move.

You could do this before or after the move, it’s completely up to you. The idea is simply to sit in front of a video camera or your smartphone and talk to your friends and family about the move.

The best part about a video moving announcement is the fact that you can actually show people parts of your move. If your home is filled with boxes you could show your pet’s state of confusion. Maybe do an episode of MTV’s Cribs and show what your new house looks like inside and out. Plus, the people you share this video with will have some idea of your level of excitement about the move. Don’t forget to actually mention your new address and the fact that this video serves as your moving announcement.

Hopefully these five ideas for moving announcements get you started on your relocation project. You can choose a few of these ideas and mix them together or use one as your guide. With all of the stress that moving entails, this could be your way of doing something fun instead of freaking out!