Moving house is an exciting endeavor! But it can also be a nerve-racking and overwhelming experience. The challenge doubles when you’re moving with kids who may not necessarily be on the same page with you in this undertaking.
Make moving easier by planning and making it fun for your kids. Ask them to participate as much as possible. By including them in every step of the way, it becomes a team effort.
Organize your thoughts before you even have to pack the first box. You can try writing down everything that you need to do. If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few things to keep in mind:
First things first
- A family discussion
Open a dialogue with your kids, no matter how young they are. Give them a chance to share their thoughts on the move. Address any worries they might have and recognize that their feelings are valid.
- Go on a day trip
Warm your kids up to the idea of moving by visiting your soon-to-be neighborhood. It can be as simple as lunch at the local pizza place or an afternoon in the park. If possible, give them a tour of the house you’ll be moving to. What can be more exciting than showing them their future bedroom?
- Prepare your budget and process the paperwork
Take care of all the necessary paperwork, including the kids’ school and medical records. Come up with a moving budget, decide if you’ll hire a moving company, and process a change of address. All the while, remember to be practical!
Time to pack
- To bring or not to bring
As your moving date draws near, you’ll have to decide what to take to your new house, what to donate, and what to sell at a yard sale. The last idea can also help with your moving budget! If your kids have toys, gadgets, and old clothes to spare, ask them to fill a few boxes to sell or give away.
- Dedicate a box for your most-valuables
When it comes time to move, it can be tough to keep track of what things are in which box. Set aside your most valuable items to personally take to the new house. These may include your IDs, jewelry, photo albums, smaller gadgets, and cash to pay movers.
- Pack a First Night Box
You’ve finally moved and your boxes are stacked one over the other. Actually, you won’t be able to unpack everything at once but you know you’ll need some stuff for your first night in. So before the move, fill a box with all the things you’ll need for your first night, such as toiletries, blankets, an extra set of clothes, as well as comfort items, books, and toys for the kids.
- Participation is key
Same as when you started the move, it’s essential to encourage the kids to help unpack at the new house if possible. They can start with decorating their bedrooms and helping out in other parts of the house once they’re done.
- Take time to explore together
It’s important to take a break from the boxes every now and then. Get out of the house and explore the new neighborhood together. Meet your new neighbors and encourage the kids to make new friends.
- Visit their new school
Before the first day of class, make sure everything is in order at the kids’ new school. The sooner they join extracurricular activities, the faster they’ll warm up to their new environment!
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