Moving is tough and there are many things on your mind from what time the moving truck arrives to whether the new house is ready. Moving, in general, is challenging and moving with kids can seem near impossible. Having little kids in your home can make the moving process difficult, especially if they demand your attention often.
Below, we will talk about some excellent tips to help you move with kids. These tips can help alleviate some of the stress you may feel too.
- Wait until the kids are in bed.
Don’t try to pack up the home, especially your kid’s room and toys while they are awake. Why? Because it just won’t happen. Kids are curious by nature and you may find that your kids do not go along with you packing up their things.
The best advice for this is to wait until your kids are asleep and then tackle the toys and their room. Of course, you do not want to strip them of all their toys, so leave their favorites out until the very end.
- Take help from others but use it elsewhere.
We always suggest that you take help when you can get it but instead of using help inside of your home to pack, use that help to get errands done that you need. It can be impossible for you to pack and run all your errands, especially with kids in tow, so use this time to stay behind and pack while someone else runs to the grocery store or to pay a bill for you.
- Make use of online yard sale groups.
If you do not have the time to pack with kids, what makes you think you can run a yard sale with kids? Don’t try it either because you may just regret it.
Downsizing is part of the moving process and if you have items that you want to sell, simply snap a pic and post it in the yard sale groups online, Craigslist, eBay or Facebook Marketplace. Everyone shops online, and you can make a pretty penny selling some of your stuff.
One word of advice – be careful – it can be addicting once you see everyone wants to buy your items.
- Ask your kids for help and have some surprises along the way.
You need all hands-on deck when it comes to packing for your move and if your children are old enough, don’t be afraid to ask them to help. If you have younger children, they can help too – just make sure the job you assign them is something they can handle with ease.
You can reward your kids and make the process fun by adding in some surprises along the way such as a family game and pizza night or even some new toys for the new house.
Moving with Kids Isn’t Impossible
Moving with kids is tough and there is no arguing that, but with a little involvement and some minor modifications, you can do it!