It’s summer and many families prefer moving during the dry season. Parents may change jobs, relocate to another city, state or want to move closer to a school of choice for the kids.
Whatever the reason, moving is a hectic transition for anyone to make, and having young children makes it all the more difficult. Not only do you have to consider packing up all those toys, books, and clothes, you also have to consider which schools, sports, and dance programs to enroll your children in, many of which have deadlines for you to make your move.
If you’re on a time crunch to move before your kids start school, Unpakt, the authoritative voice on moving and online tool to manage your move, has compiled a list of tips to help you and your children move with ease.
Keep the kids away from the moving site – With all of the commotion of moving out of your old house and into your new one, it can be dangerous for your children to be running around in the middle of it all. On the day of your move, set up a play date with other children in the neighborhood which will help keep them safe, as well as help you focus on your move.
Change your address before you move – It will take some time for all of your mail to be sent to your new address. Making the change ahead of time will ensure you receive your mail after you move.
Subscribe to/pick up the town paper – Local papers carry great information about recreational activities for children as well as family events in town. Pick out some fun things to do and sign up to get your child excited about making this new move. This will also allow them to meet other children in the neighborhood.
Book your move early – Hiring a moving company will make your move quicker and more efficient. For help, consider Unpakt, a comparison pricing site for consumers searching for a moving company, to help you make the transition. You can worry about the children and let Unpakt movers worry about the rest.
Don’t pack important papers and documents into random boxes – Keep documents such as birth certificates, closing papers, credit card information, etc. on hand so you can easily access them at all times, particularly if any documents must be provided to your child’s school district for enrollment.
Pack up your child’s favorite belongings in one box – Keep this box with you for your child to open as soon as you move in. This will help to create a familiar place for your child in the new home.
Take your children to their favorite places in town on moving day – Have a close family friend or a babysitter make one last trip with your children to their favorite places, whether it be a restaurant, the park, or their favorite toy store. This will make your day less stressful and more fun for them.
Find a do-it-yourself kid’s art studio – Take your child to paint a piece of ceramic or a blank canvas to hang in their new bedroom to create a sense of excitement for the move.
Pick up some fun stickers and let the kid’s label their boxes – Involving your children in fun ways will help them associate moving as something fun. Additionally, when the boxes head to the new house, they will be able to get excited about finding the ones that belong to them.
Pack with your child in mind – Moving takes time so be sure to pack at least two days’ worth of necessary items you will need for your children in a separate box, eliminating the hassle of digging through numerous boxes to find specific items.
Unpack your child’s room first – Moving is exhausting for everyone, but organizing your child’s belongings first will help to keep them calm while you unpack the remainder of the house.