Moving into a new home can be an exciting time, but also overwhelming due to all the work that goes into the process. This can be particularly true if you have kids who come with a lot of their own belongings. If you are moving with kids, there are five things you can do to take some of the stress off of your shoulders.
Explain the Move
One of the most important things that you need to do is explain to your kids that you will be moving. This explanation should include why you are moving, where you are moving to, and what the process will be like. You should also plan on spending time with them to help them deal with any angst that will come with moving out of your home. Ensuring they are prepared and knowledgeable about the move will increase the chances that they will be happy when the time to move comes.
Plan Well in Advance
Another thing you should do if moving with kids is to plan well in advance. It would be a good idea to have all the services you need, including moving vans, storage spaces, and movers reserved as far in advance as possible. Many services allow you to book and reserve moving vans and movers months in advance. These services will also be able to give you a consultation on what type of truck you need as well as a detailed quote.
Give Kids Jobs
When you are moving with kids, you should also find ways to give your kids jobs. Giving kids a specific job to do will make them feel empowered and part of the process. Furthermore, even small jobs could take some of the work off of your hands. The jobs that they complete should be age-appropriate but could be as simple as packing up their toys.
Another important step when moving with kids is to ask for help from willing babysitters. While a lot of the work can be done with the kids at home, you will be more efficient if you can have someone watch the kids for even a day. This would be most important on the moving day when boxes will be moved all over the home and could be a stressful time.
Most importantly, you will need to continue to stay organized. It is important that you properly label which boxes belong to which kid, which boxes are going to Goodwill, and which items may be discarded. By taking time to organize and label your boxes you can save a lot of time and get rid of a lot of stress. It may seem like a lot of work now, but it will be well worth it in the long run.
Overall moving with kids doesn’t have to be as stressful as you think it does. There are tons of resources out there to help make your move as easy and stress-free as possible. Just remember when you are planning your move that you are never alone.