When you are planning to move house, or you are just starting to look at the process, you can feel slightly daunted and possibly overwhelmed, especially if you have kids! Moving house with kids in tow conjures up images of moving day chaos and tantrums aplenty.
However, moving with kids doesn’t have to be such an unpleasant experience, and if you are prepared and organized, the whole process can even be easy and enjoyable!
Give Your Whole Family Plenty of Time
A house move for kids is a big deal, no matter which way you look at it. Whether you are just moving around the block or moving to a new state, you are physically moving, things will change, and this is what kids need time to get used to.
When you give everyone within your family the time and space, they need to process the house move, you will then ensure that any nerves, worries, or doubts can be aired and even overcome well before the big move date.
Try to Make the Whole Process Fun and Enjoyable
Moving house does not have to be all doom and gloom. You can make the run-up to the house move date as fun and enjoyable as possible. For example, you could do this by having family get-togethers in the living room while sorting out items from the attic.
Or you could build towers and castles out of moving boxes if you are moving with little ones in tow. Being creative and having fun throughout the whole process will help alleviate doubt and stress in your kids’ minds.
Use a Professional Moving Service
Physically moving yourself, your family, your kids, and your possessions is testing no matter how far away, and it is tiring. Using a professional mover will instantly remove the stress and the pressure off your shoulders, and it will allow you to focus on keeping everyone else as happy and as calm as possible.
In addition, using a professional mover service will save you the hassle, and it will save you time too, as you will not have to pack up your worldly goods (unless, of course, you want to!).
Get Your Kids Involved
Getting the kids to help pack up, label boxes, and even sort through old stuff can be fun, and it can help them feel involved. However, if your kids feel that they are being left out of the removals process, then they might start acting out and causing you a massive headache in the process.
So, where you can, give them jobs and tasks to do and make them feel like they are part of the big house move.
Give Everyone a Little Bit of Responsibility
Everyone in your house is moving, so on moving day, why not let them have a bit of responsibility. It will ease the pressure on you and get the whole family involved (even if they don’t want to be). For instance, younger children could be responsible for carrying a bag with their favorite toys in.