Moving can be tough for anyone. Unless you’re a gypsy family or an extreme minimalist, no one person should be assigned to take on the whole job of moving. It’s hard enough to keep your kids at bay when you’re at home. The challenge escalates when you have kids.
Sam’s Movers has helped many families move from city to city and across the country. With our expertise, we can help make your move as smooth as possible. Here are some of our tips to parents who are planning to move with little ones:
Call for Backup
Whether you live in a small apartment or a huge 5-bedroom house, you shouldn’t handle moving singlehanded. Your friends and family will be glad to help you organize your move. This includes packing and keeping your kids entertained. It’s a lovely way to bond with the people you’d leave behind. You may even consider giving away a couple of your things to lighten your load.
Let Your Kids Help
Kids as young as 2 years old can fill a box with toys or books. Give them a box they can open first when they arrive at your new house. Include a favorite blanket or a stuffed toy at the top of the box. Refrain from letting kids carry their favorite items. They may lose it in the hustle of moving.
By All Means, Purge
Before a move is a perfect time to purge. Let go of unnecessary loads. A great way to declutter is using the Konmari Method. Donate clothes that don’t fit your lifestyle and books you know you won’t have time to read again. If you plan early enough, have a garage sale.
Make the Most of Bedtime
It is a bad idea to sort through dolls and cars when your kids are awake. Purge and pack when your kids are asleep. Also, keep the donate and throw pile in dark-colored bags or boxes.
Stretch Your Timeline for Moving
4 to 8 weeks is often enough time to organize a move. If you’re moving to a different state, consider planning 6 months before your moving date. On moving day, don’t forget to carry change for tolls. A carry-on bag with essential documents, toiletries, snacks, water, juice, toys, and a change of clothes is also a must.
This is crucial if you’ve asked family and friends to help. Label boxes clearly so no one will unintentionally throw or donate your keepsakes. Make sure to pile your boxes the way you want them to enter the truck and into your new home. A box with your child’s favorite toys, kitchen essentials, and a change of clothes for everyone on the first 2 days should be in the car with you or the last to enter the truck.
Know Your Limits
Moving is said to be the third most stressful thing a person can go through, next to death and divorce. You can feel an array of emotions including anxiety, anticipation, and worry. Prioritize your health and sleep. This way you can be there to support your kids throughout the process. It will also minimize your chances of getting cranky.
Sam’s Movers offers a stress-free way to help you move. We offer transportation and professional packing services. Let our family-owned business help move your family. Schedule your move at samsmovers.com.