3 Tips for Moving with Kids
Moving can be an overwhelming and stressful process. In fact, moving is listed as one of the top stressors that someone can experience in a lifetime. Now, factor in moving with little ones, and the challenge becomes that much greater. Don’t worry, a few helpful tips can go a long way to making your next family move as stress-free as possible.
- Talk it out. Communication is key, especially when it comes to discussing an upcoming move with your children. Depending on your kids’ ages, plan a family meeting and let them know that you’ll be moving. It’s never too early to let them know of the upcoming change, and time will help them process the transition and get excited for a new family home. If their old enough, you can let them know the exact date of the move and circle it on the family calendar, so everyone can have fun counting down the days. Also, add as many fun details as possible. For example, describe your new neighborhood, tell them if they’ll be attending a new school, share information about special house features like a pool, game room or big backyard for playtime.
- Start planning early. It’s never too early to begin planning for an upcoming move. With all the packing, financial disturbances and scheduling pressures, it’s best to plan far in advance when moving with kids. Consider creating a moving schedule with a week-by-week plan. You can include what weeks you’ll pack the kids’ rooms, what week you’ll clean out the kitchen cabinets and when you plan to tackle the garage. You can even add meal prep plans for each weekday since cooking for little ones might feel daunting after a long day of packing boxes. Additionally, plan to utilize kid-free time. Organize your day to where you can pack the children’s toy room while they’re at school or ask a grandparent or friend to babysit for a few hours on a Saturday so you can conquer wrapping fragile item.
3. Organization is key. Staying organized when moving adults is important, but organization is crucial when moving with little ones. Instead of labeling moving boxes with permanent marker, use color-coded duct tape to clearly show which box goes in what room. For instance, use green tape for the kitchen and yellow tape for your daughter’s room. This comes in handy when unloading the moving truck. Another way to stay organized is to strategically unpack at the new house. Aim to unpack the kids’ rooms first to allow them time to settle into their new space and better adjust to the transition.
Although moving with kids can feel overwhelming, there is a way to communicate, plan and organize to create a pleasant moving experience. The real estate agents at Points West Agency are ready to help your family find the perfect home and guide you in the process. Give us a call at (817) 717-6036.