5 Tips On Moving With Kids

Moving can be an extremely stressful process, never mind throwing in children to the mix. Here are a few tips on how to make moving with kids as smooth and stress-free as possible.

  • Hire a babysitter. The day you move is going to be hectic and stressful, so take a little bit of craziness out of the equation by hiring a babysitter or family and friends. Have them take the kids off your hands for the big day. Plan an exciting outing for the kids; it will make the day more enjoyable for everyone.
  • Take advantage of alone time. Although this may be the time you want to kick back and relax, when moving take advantage of all the time you can get. This includes, time kids are asleep, at school or just out of the house. Use this quiet time to organize and de-clutter your home which will make packing that much easier.
  • Make them feel part of the move. Moving is a big change in a child’s life so it is important to make sure that they feel part of the process. Helping them pack up their own rooms and label their own boxes can make them feel like they are part of the moving process. Also, take the time to create a memory of their past home they can bring with them. Try creating a memory box with pictures of their old home and memories from their community. This will help them remember their old home when they are in the new one.
  • Teach them something. Moving is a time when you really see how much clutter and useless things you have lying around your home. Take this time to teach your children the power of giving back. Have your child go through their room and find toys and clothing they do not use or play with anymore, and bring them down to the local homeless shelter or Salvation Army. Your children will see how good it feels to give back while at the same time making your move a little easier.
  • Pack a box of their favorite toys. For each of your children, pack a box of their favorite and essential toys, whether it is their favorite stuffed animals or the game that keeps them busy for hours. Pack those toys into a separate box and keep that in the car with you on the move. This way the kids will have access to these on the drive over. It also allows them to have something to occupy themselves as soon as they get to the new house, without waiting for the moving truck to get unpacked.