Packing up everything you own and moving someplace new isn’t for the faint of heart, but when you’ve got little ones to deal with, there’s even more to think about. Moving with kids presents a unique challenge that requires a bit of extra planning. These seven tips will help you make sure your move goes as smoothly as possible.
1. Stick to Your Routines
Even when you’re super busy packing and planning, do your best to maintain the kids’ normal schedule – including naptime, mealtime, and playtime. This will help cut down uncertainty and minimize stress.
2. Take Advantage of Kid-Free Time
There are few things harder than trying to pack with kids underfoot. Plan to do most of your packing when they head off to school, take a nap, or go to bed for the night. If you have younger kids, consider having them spend the day with a babysitter so you can give your undivided attention to the tasks at hand.
3. Involve the Kids When You Can
Recruiting your kids to help with age-appropriate tasks can be a win-win. Give them simple to-do lists so they can help you get things done. Also, ask them for their opinions and let them be involved in some decisions. This will help them feel a bit more in control and provide additional stability.
4. Be a Little Sneaky
If you have piles of stuff to donate, put them in the trunk of your car and take them away while the kids are at school. This will help you get rid of junk and forgotten toys without dealing with a meltdown.
5. Start Much Earlier Than You Think
Packing takes much longer than most people think, and if you have kids, there will be plenty of distractions to slow you down. Generally, you’ll want to start planning six to eight weeks ahead of time, but when kids are involved, you’ll likely need more time. Do everyone in your household a favor and start packing months – not weeks – earlier than you think you need to.
6. Avoid Packing Beloved Items
When you get on a roll with packing, it’s normal to want to clear out as much as possible, but be careful not to pack your child’s favorite items too soon. Keep in mind that while you’re distracted and busy, the house is a mess, and the thought of moving starts to sink in, your kids will need the comfort of their favorite stuffed animals, blankets, and other beloved items more than ever.
7. Keep a Positive Attitude
Kids often mirror our attitudes, so if you’re able to stay upbeat and cheerful, they’ll likely behave the same. At the same time, give both yourself and your kids a bit of grace. Moving can be physically and emotionally exhausting for everyone involved, and it might take some time for everyone to adjust. Just remember that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and you’ll all feel more settled soon.
8. Hire a Mover
Trying to do everything by yourself is a recipe for disaster. Finding a mover you can trust will give you extra peace of mind and free up some time for you to take care of other obligations. If it’s in your budget, adding a packing and unpacking service may be the smartest step you can take.
If you’re planning a move, the experts at John’s Moving are here to help. Contact us today to request a free quote.