Are you planning a move with kids in the near future? Moving is stressful, but moving with kids is stressful on another level. Some challenges could include difficulty having to manage and accommodate to their daily routines, or even just giving them adequate attention. Whatever the case may be, we want to help alleviate some of that stress. We’ve compiled a list of brilliant tips from our clients - parents who have gone through moves with kids themselves.
First and foremost, we highly recommend not having your children around during moving day. Leaving the kids with grandparents or finding a babysitter will help you get things done much faster. For the actual move, ask friends and family for help, or hire professional movers. Having external help will expedite the entire moving process, and allow you to spend more leisure time with the family after a long day.
If you would prefer the kids to be a part of the process…
1. Make it as fun and creative as you can. Give them their very own box and make it special – a “treasure box” they can use to pack all their favourite belongings in. This will help them feel like they are helping you. It will also help them be more aware of where their favourite toys are.
2. Start with packing things that you don’t normally use or need at the moment. Keep essential items within reach, and pack those last. Keep snacks, food and toys around that your kids use most often.
3. Keep your children entertained and occupied. Colouring books are great for keeping kids focused on one activity for a long period of time. Children’s books about moving are also great to read and will help prepare and answer questions your kids may have about the process. A fun example is “The Berenstein Bears’ Moving Day” by Stan and Jan Berenstein.
4. Get plenty of rest and have lots of patience. There will be long nights and stressful moments so you’ll need every ounce of energy to make this move as smooth as possible. If you’re genuinely excited, your children will likely reciprocate the emotion!
5. Take them to the new neighbourhood on weekends/spare time and let them explore their new surroundings. Let them roam around local parks, their new school area, restaurants, stores, etc. so they can get a feel of their new environment and get used to it before moving.
6. Be ready to let go of old, unused items. When you move, you'll likely want to purchase new furniture, and everyday items, so it's very important to be able to let go of things that your family no longer use. A clean and decluttered home will make the space feel more fresh. It might be a good idea to put some things that are in good condition up for sale and make a few bucks out of it. It’s also a great time to donate any toys or articles of clothing that your kids no longer use.
The most rewarding feeling is when your family steps out of the car and into your new home. The smile and excitement on everyone’s face will make all the stress worth it, 100% guaranteed.
If you have an upcoming move, we wish you the best of luck! If you require any assistance or have any questions about this process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Hello@HelpingYouMove.ca, we would be more than happy to help.