Moving house is always a challenge, let alone when you have to move an entire family. Between putting your entire life into hundreds of boxes and keeping your kids entertained, it’s natural to feel a little overwhelmed with the process.
Even though moving house isn’t always easy, it means that you’re moving on to the next stage of your life. While stress might abound, it’s important to have fun when you can. That being said, here are some of the best ways to making moving with your family a little easier.
Get the Kids to Help, But Only with Small Stuff
Teaching your kids how to be more responsible is one of your top duties as a parent. As such, it makes sense that you’d want to teach them how to move their own toys, clothing, and more. The moving process can teach kids how to be more organized, strengthen their gross motor skills, and encourage them to help others. There is a wealth of growth opportunities to be had when you move with kids, but you shouldn’t expect too much of them, especially if they’re young.
The last thing you want to see is an accident. Many people rely on movers because of the hazards involved, so you should be extra careful with your kids. Show them how to pack small items and fragile things in bubble wrap. Allow them to help tape boxes. Don’t let them touch anything too sharp, breakable, or heavy since it might cause an accident. And even if your child is a little older, don’t let them try to show off and lift the heaviest items they can see. In the event of a cut or other accident, be sure to change their bandages at least every 24 hours to help keep cuts and wounds clean.
Allowing your kids to help with moving can help them feel like they’re a part of the process, not just being dragged somewhere new. After all, many children will be sad to leave their friends and schools behind. Giving them something to do throughout the move can help keep their mind off of sad times. Listen to your kids and don’t push them too hard during the moving process.
Rent a Moving Van
Even though you want to save money by relying on various cars and trucks from your family members, renting a moving truck is much easier. This is especially true if you’re worried about your items getting lost in transit.
A rental van ensures that your home is organized into one area. While this might require a few different trips — and more than one visit to the gas station’s oil tanks — you’ll feel more confident knowing that your stuff is together. You can always choose to rent a larger van and cut down on the number of trips by scaling up, too.
Many moving vans even come with trailer hitches to extend your packing space even more. You can also hitch your car to the back of these vans to make longer moves even easier. After all, who wants to move cross-country only to have to fly back and get their car? You deserve to be with your family throughout the moving process. Your kids will also enjoy the tall view they get of other cars from the cab.
Hire the Pros
If you’re truly stressed out by the thought of moving with kids on your own, relying on professional movers can help. After all, these experts are adept at keeping your most fragile items safe and secure. If you’d rather not have your family around the movers, you can always stay in a hotel, too. The average daily rate for a hotel room is around $120 but it might be a bit more if you have a large family. Regardless, this tip is key if you want to prevent excited children from getting under the boots of professional movers.
Many movers can also recommend storage units for holding your extra goods if you happen to be downsizing. Storage units are often less expensive than you think they are and it’s great if you’re trying to hold on to large, valuable items — like pianos — that wouldn’t normally fit in a smaller home.
The benefits of hiring a mover cannot be understated, but it makes sense that you would want to forgo this opportunity if you’re low on cash from the cost of the move. That being said, there are plenty of moving services that offer boxes, tape, and other moving materials if you want a one-and-done location for equipment.
Play Games Whenever You Can
The process of moving is undeniably stressful. Even though you want to get everything done ASAP, you have to be there for your family. Instead of projecting your stress onto your kids, try to play games whenever you can. On the long drive to your new home, you can play a game of I Spy in the car. You can ask your kids to decorate a picture of their new rooms with colored pencils and crayons. Play word games while you pack. There are countless opportunities to make a stressful time a little more fun so long as you use your imagination.
It doesn’t matter if you’re moving to the next town or the next state: rely on these tips to help take the stress out of your next family move.