A Guide To Moving When You Have Kids

2017-11-07

A Guide To Moving When You Have Kids

It’s tricky to move without stress when you have little ones at home. It seems that your attention is always divided – making moving seem like an overwhelming task on top of child rearing. Check out the following tips that will facilitate to surmount the impediments that come along with moving when you have children – and maintain your sanity in the process.

Give Your Kids a Task

Let your kids have a box and encourage them to fill it up with their toys or books. While you may have to repack it later, the kids will enjoy being part of the process and feel a sense of control and ownership in the process of moving that is upending their lives.

Make the Most of the Time While Your Kids are Asleep

If you attempt to pare down your kids’ toys while they are awake, you know what will happen: they’ll get them all back out and start playing with them.  Avoid these scenarios and sort through the endless baby dolls and race cars when they are asleep. One you have a pile to donate or sell, remove it from the kid’s view – if they find their toys in a donation box, they will react poorly.

Prepare (Early) for Moving Day

If you’re moving thousands of miles away, make sure you have all car and id documents with you. Find out if there are any tolls you may have to pay so you have the appropriate change on hand, and make sure you have an emergency bag with the essential toiletries and a change of clothes in case your belongings take longer than you expected to be delivered.

Ask for Help

Don’t be afraid to ask for help or let others help you if they offer. While sometimes you may want to do it all, there is no shame in letting friends or family come play with the kids so you can get a lot of packing and organizing accomplished.

Relocating brings a lot of joy and a chance to organize your life, but you’ll also face some stress and worry throughout the process. Though they don’t mean to, your kids can make preparing for the move a little more complicated. With the right approach to moving, from letting your children help pack boxes to relieving your own stress, you can both empower and reassure your children and streamline the process of getting from here to there.