Moving can be tough on anyone, but can be especially difficult for families with young children. As a parent, you have to juggle the stress of moving and the logistics behind it with keeping things as calm as possible for your children so as to not overwhelm them. To make sure your move goes as smoothly as possible, here are a few helpful moving day tips for families.
Focus on the positive aspects of your move
Moving to a new place is exciting! Whether it’s exploring a new neighborhood or having the opportunity to redo the way your home is setup, there are quite a number of positives in starting over. The most important thing in the process is keeping your children involved and making sure they too, see the move as a grand adventure! Before the move, be sure to show your kids photos of the new home and talk about how exciting it will be to set up their new rooms. If it’s in your budget, you can even have them pick out a few new things to decorate their new room with. If you live close, it’s also a good idea to take them by their new home so they can start to get familiar with it. For older children you can task them with finding fun things to do in their new neighborhood. Whether it’s finding a new ice cream shop or having them find the closest movie theater, these small activities will make them feel more included in the process.
Prepare, prepare, prepare!
We might sound like your mother here, but there’s no better tip than making sure you’re 100% prepared on the day of the move. You’ll want to start prepping and starting the conversation with your children months in advance. The last thing you want is to hastily start packing your belongings the week of the move and catch your children off-guard. Even if you’re hiring movers to pack up your things, you’ll want to make sure you’re de-cluttering and getting rid of things you don’t need beforehand, as well as creating a “packing plan.” The best way to prepare is to think of your home in zones and take one room at a time. Create to-do lists and moving day action plans to share with your kids so that they can feel involved in the process and won’t be overwhelmed day of.
On moving day…
On your moving day, make sure your children are introduced to your movers. This will help ease any anxiety your children may have about seeing new faces in their home. While they may be too young to help with the actual move, you can give them small tasks like sweeping away any dust or keeping water on hand for the movers. This will give children a sense of responsibility and will keep them out of harms’ way.
Create a “me” box.
Ease any anxiety and keep kids feeling comforted by having them pack a “me” box that they’re responsible for on the day of the move. This can be a few of their favorite things like their go-to stuffed animal, favorite book, game, or toy, and their nighttime pajamas. This will not only give them something to do, but it will also make sure they aren’t upset that they can’t find their favorite items on the first night in their new home. For older children, this can simply be a book, their favorite handheld game, etc.
Arrange for childcare.
For young children especially, you may want to consider either hiring a babysitter or having a grandparent or family friend watch them for the day. While you may not want to take them out of the action completely, having someone to watch them (even if it’s in your home) is a way to keep them safe and let you focus on the important things. For older children, contact one of their friend’s parents and see if they can spend the day at their house. In addition, if you’re worried about getting everything packed before you move, you can also hire a babysitter for a few hours a week so that you can pack without distraction.
Following these tips will ensure that you and your family are prepared for your big move, and will ultimately help the day go as smoothly as possible. Need help arranging your family’s move? Get in touch with American Movers here.